New name on Raja Muda Cup – Sarab Singh Windsikher II
Steve Manning’s Ker 42 Black Baza finally broke through to claim a handicap win on the first race and after taking line honours in every race, Philip Turner’s Reichel-Pugh 66 Alive managed to take the daily double in the last race. The three 52 footers have been at each others throat all week and Sarab Singh’s Welbourn 52 Windsikher II seems to have a slight speed edge and despite scoring third and second places today, have won the Raja Muda Cup on their first attempt and in fine style. The team is comprised mainly of expat sailors living in Singapore and after Bill Bremner’s Foxy Lady 6 two wins in two years, surprisingly the Singaporean’s are exerting their supremacy on the Asian circuit.
Second and fourth places for Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth’s Sydney GTS 43 EFG Mandrake, keeps them in second overall and Ray Roberts TP52 Millenium Racing constantly applied the pressure to slot into third overall. One slip up and the order is quickly changed. Although Black Baza, Alive, Ulumulu and Uranus finished off the podium, they all had their moment of glory and their placing’s don’t show the closeness of the results.
Although Andrew Cocks Simonis Voogd 56 Starlight sustained rudder damage during the grounding yesterday and retired from racing, Geoff Hill took the time to steer his Smith 72 Antipodes in a competitive environment and defended the Premier Cruising title with a clean sheet and takes the Jugra Cup home..
Gordon Ketelbey’s syndicated Beneteau 44.7 Fujin won the first race, to defend the IRC 3 class title and gracefully bowed out from competing in the next race. Two second places for Craig Douglas Beneteau 47 Popeye keeps them in second overall and happy with the result on their new ride. Third and a resounding first place for Simon Piff’s Ker 32 Rekering Dream, elevates them into third overall and keeps the boats exceptional record in tact.
Jeff Harris’ J 92S Nijinski finally got the better of Pete Waa’s chartered Farr 1104 Farrgo Express on the final race but scoring six wins in a row, Farrgo Express ran away with the IRC 4 title on their first attempt and with one day to spare. Harris’ Nijinski once again takes the bridesmaid role and Jeremy Camps Hunter Impala Old Pulteney Blue Angel ends up in third place and a little disappointed with his new ride in full displacement mode.
Reinstalled to first place in Race 5, for assisting the dismasted Contesa 32 Marikh, Philip Auger’s Davidson 35 Sophia finished with two more wins, to complete the picket fence and successfully defends the Cruising Class title. Consistently scoring second places, Chris Mitchell’s Naut 40 Lady Bubbly earns them second overall. An exceptional performance on Rama’s Dehler 34 V.G.Offshore has secured them third overall and makes the charismatic owner a very happy chappy.
By winning the last two races, Keith Miller’s Harmony 38 Sade 2 climbs to the top of the Class 6 scoreboard and sails away with the title in grand style. Simon Read’s Beneteau 350 Aeolus XC clings onto second overall despite not winning a race. Dato Richard Curtis’ 100 year old Bristol Pilot Cutter Eveline, skippered by Trevor Richards has run hot and cold during the regatta. After winning two races they looked good but running over the time limit in two races and despite rebounding with second place in the final race, leaves them in third overall.
Danny and Nigel’s PHI 1100 3Itch continued to take class line honours, but when the numbers are crunched the defending champion, Rolf Heemskerk’s chartered Stealth 11.8m Hurricane came out on top and yet again secured the Multihull title. David Liddell’s Stealth 14m WOW also eclipsed 3itch in the handicap stakes for second overall and reduced them to third place.
This year is acclaimed to be the best organised event so far. The administration under Kevin Yong and Connie’s RSYC secretariat team have achieved the impossible. Everything including logistics, running smoothly for the whole trip. Even on the water, the Royal Malaysian Police provided boat crews and PRO Jerry Rollin’s race management team have coordinated with perfection and the ability to make decisions on the run, kept the traveling circus on track.
Having wind and quick transitional periods between sea breeze and land breeze, saw the entire fleet finishing the passage races earlier than expected and crews having more time to enjoy the island stopovers. If crews are feeling absolutely exhausted, suffering sleep deprivation and wondering what went on over the last week, you know you’ve finished the Raja Muda Regatta and trying to find your way home. See ya next year!
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