Raja Muda 2013 - all wrapped up

 
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 24 Nov 2013
 


It has often been said that the Raja Muda Selangor Regatta is “not a sprint or even a series of sprints, but a marathon”. This is very true. The Regatta Director asked me this morning what day it is – I had to look at my watch. It is Sunday, meaning that the entertaining and thoroughly challenging event that runs from Port Klang to Pangkor to Penang and then Langkawi is now over for another year. Last night a new Raja Muda champion lifted the trophy – see below for a full set of regatta reports.

Hong Kong sailor Karl Kwok has launched a new Botin 80', and at the same time is cleaning up yet another stage of the TP52 Southern Cross Series in Australia. We have some interesting post-AC stories, and interviews with Tom Slingsby and Iain Percy. It's always interesting to hear it from the horse's mouth.

Back to the editing desk now in an attempt to finish and pack away all the Raja Muda photography, and make space for next week's Phuket King's Cup!

Guy Nowell, Editor



Raja Muda 2013 – last gasp at the end of a marathon
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta 2013 edition wrapped up yesterday with a windward/leewards for the racing classes and just one race for the cruisers. On station, on time, PRO Jerry Rollin had his patience tested to the limit as the breeze wandered from east of south to almost due west, and back again, and then westerly again, until settling down at 080 degrees - mostly.... [more]
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Raja Muda 2013 – race day 5 – shifty beyond words
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The vessel support team, the Maritim Malaysia Enforcement Agent (MMEA), aka Malaysian Coastguard, had one of the two Committee Boats ‘back at base' for repairs (or some such, reasons are not always clear) and the baggage boat was signed up as a substitute. But the baggage boat had no flags on board. Cutting a long and frustrating story short, this occasioned a substantial delay in the Course Yello... [more]
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Raja Muda 2013, race 5 Penang-Langkawi. The power of the right.
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Way back in – oooh, 1995? – the last coastal race of the Raja Muda from Penang to Langkawi finished near Rebak Island (and then the fleet completed the series with Pelangi Beach Resort as regatta HQ). So if you were sailing the Raja Muda 18 years ago, then today's finish was in a familiar patch of water. Australian Maid was the record holder for the trip, in something like 9 hours.... [more]
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Raja Muda 2013 – Penang Inshores. The boomerang that didn't come back
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The Penang inshore races in the Raja Muda series are best known for hot sunshine, flat water and a very long wait for a sea breeze to arrive. Today was rather different – 10 knots or so from the northeast, and persistent chilly rain. Tropical rain we understand: warm, heavy, and strictly short time. This was English rain. Booked in for the whole day.... [more]
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Raja Muda 2013 – race 2 – A classic south-of-Penang hole
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
With some crews evidently in recuperation mode after the previous evening's prizegiving party, it rather looked as if the breeze had been at the bash as well. All starts were slightly delayed, and classes 5 and 6 had their start position moved out of the lee of Pulau Pangkor into the beginning of a breeze from 320? - exactly the direction of Penang.... [more]
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'Raja Muda' 2013. Race 1. Patience, and shuffle the cards.
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Race 1, Port Klang to Pangkor, 110nm. Hot and sunny leaving the pontoon, with a promise from all the weather websites of – er, not much – in the way of wind. PRO Jerry Rollin took off at flank speed to set the line for the 1100h start group to the south of the entrance to Port Klang. All boats in Classes 5 and 6 away safely in 5 knots of breeze from the southwest and 3 knots of carrying tide... [more]
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Welcome to Chalong Bay Thailand- and we'll rescue your boat if need be
Phukette Gazette/Sail-World Cruising,
There's nowhere more famous in Thailand than Chalong Bay for nomadic cruising sailors. Its vast anchorage spells a welcome to cruising yachts from all over the world. However, it's when the locals show just how real their welcome is by personally rescuing a foreign-owned boat that Chalong Bay's reputation really goes sky high.... [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup Round 3: Day 2 images by Dale Lorimer
Dale Lorimer,
Today's TP52 racing on Sydney Harbour was in stark contrast to yesterday's wild weather. With breezes today ranging from 0-15 knots and rain giving way to sun and then threatening storm clouds, the tacticians aboard the four yachts earned their keep. Karl Kwok's Team Beau Geste won today's only race. Dale Lorimer followed the fleet while they tackled the erratic conditions and shot these ima... [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup Round 3: Video Day 1's racing
Dale Lorimer,
Day 1 in the third round of the TP52 Southern Cross Cup got underway yesterday on Sydney Harbour under grey skies with five entries. High wind and grey skies produced an eventful day with only three of the five entrants completing two races before racing was cancelled due to high winds. Dale Lorimer was on the harbour and captured some of the action.... [more]
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Love boat gear? So did 20,000 others at METS this year
Lee Mylchreest,
If you not only love sailing but love boat gear as well, there's one trade show in the world you would like to be at, and it's the Marine Equipment Trade Show in Amsterdam, every year in November. This year some 20,500 people attended.... [more]
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HRH the Princess Royal presents RYA Volunteer Awards in London
Susie NationGrainger,
Dedicated volunteers from around Britain had their endeavours recognised by HRH the Princess Royal at the annual RYA Volunteer Awards in London yesterday (21st November 2013).... [more]
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Tom Slingsby – on the America's Cup 35 and the boats (Part II)
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
This is part two of three part Sail-World interview with Tom Slingsby Olympic Gold Medallist and Oracle Team USA 34th AC strategist who is returning to the Oracle Team for AC35.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2013 - Singha on board
Pkuket King's Cup Media,
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta, one of Asia's most famous international regattas, is to be sponsored by Singha Corporation in honour of the birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - World's best prepare for showdown in Malaysia
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
The world's best match racing skippers are in full preparation for next week's season finale of the 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour in Malaysia - The Monsoon Cup from 25-30 November. Any one of the top six teams on the Tour leaderboard can still clinch the Championship with a $500,000 prize purse up for grabs at the event.... [more]
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Beau Geste splashed in Auckland - first images
Richard Gladwell,
Karl Kwok's new 80ft Botin design was splashed in Auckland's Westhaven marina this afternoon from the Southern Spars yard. She was constructed by Auckland's Cookson Boats and will be fitted with a Southern Spars rig Sail-World was on hand to capture the moment and provide the first images of the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart entrant, as she entered the water for the first time.... [more]
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Team Aqua wins the 2013 RC44 Match Racing Championship in Calero Marin
RC44 Media,
Returning to Lanzarote for the sixth time since the RC44 class was conceived in 2007, the final leg of the 2013 Championship Tour kicked off with season's match racing finale in Puerto Calero. The competition was tight with just four points separating the top four teams. The race committee managed to squeeze nine flights into a squally 10-20 knots day, that saw some big names tumbled off the podiu... [more]
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America's Cup: Where to now, for Artemis? Iain Percy gives the answers
Pierre Orphanidis,
Iain Percy, the three-time British Olympic medalist is in Puerto Calero, calling tactics for Torbjörn Törnqvist oboard Artemis Racing at the RC44 World Championship. European sailing website vsail.info's Pierre Orphanidis caught up with Percy and talked about his new role as Team Manager and the present and future of the team and the America's Cup.... [more]
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Tom Slingsby – on the America's Cup (Part I)
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
Olympic Gold Medallist and Oracle Team USA 34th AC strategist Tom Slingsby confirmed to Sail-World last week that he will return to Oracle Team USA when it mounts its defense of the 35th America's Cup. Sail-World talked at length with Tom in recent weeks. Here is the first part of our three part interview series with him.... [more]
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America's Cup: The Comeback - Video
Sail-World,
Oracle Team USA, winners of the 34th America's Cup present a video compilation of the team's comeback to win one of the closest regattas in America's Cup regatta. Duration over 9 minutes. Enjoy!... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Official launch November 26
Jennifer Crooks,
The official launch of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2013 is set to take place next Tuesday, 26 November 2013, at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney. The launch will mark just one calendar month until the Boxing Day start of one of the world's most famous yacht races.... [more]
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SAP Extreme Sailing Team capsize on penultimate day + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
It was another action-packed, full pressure day at the penultimate day's racing for the Extreme 40 fleet at the Extreme Sailing Series™ 2013 finale in Florianópolis, presented by Land Rover. It was in the seventh race when the SAP Extreme Sailing Team Extreme 40 were hit by the biggest gust of the day, causing the boat to trip over its bows and capsize.... [more]
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Rogue wave hits crew in yacht Great Britain - story includes Video
Julia Wall-Clarke/Sail-World Cruising,
Rogue waves are one of the unknowns in the ocean, whether in 10 knots or 50. I have personally encountered a rogue wave in the Pacific which thoroughly pooped our boat when lightly running in around 10 knots of wind. Here is a 'close encounter' with a rogue wave by British yacht Great Britain. It occurred this week in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in the South Indian Ocean:... [more]
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2013 Phuket King's Cup Regatta
30/11/13
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta is Asia's biggest and most popular regatta. Inaugurated in 1987 to celebrate the 60th birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, the event has been held every year since during the first week of December....
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