Royal Langkawi International Regatta Day 5Royal Langkawi
International Regatta –
Day 5

The elements came out to play on the final day of the 2012 Royal Langkawi International Regatta.

Good breeze, relatively flat seas and blue skies gave everyone a taste of tropical racing, Langkawi-style.

Two races were schedules for IRC Racing, IRC 2 and Multihulls, three for IRC 1 and one for the rest.

Going into the final day, the hotly-contested one-design Sports Boat Class was all equal at the top between Singapore Management University and the Malaysian Armed Forces.

First off the line today were IRC Racing. Team HiFi closely covered Hooligan up the first leg and after the rounding, Hooligan stretched out a lead on the spinnaker run only for Team HiFi to take the win on corrected time.

In the second race, Hooligan showed some good crew work to take the bullet and the series title, from Team HiFi in second.

The Malaysian Navy team, Uranus, turned in two third places today to finish third overall........

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RLI-Regatta - Langkawi - 2012Royal Langkawi
International Regatta -
Day 4

Today was make or break for many at the 2012 Royal Langkawi International Regatta, as the Coastal Course Area was the battleground for what could be the series-deciders in some classes.

This showed as today, Friday 13th, saw plenty of startline action and OCS in a number of classes.

In the IRC Racing Class Hooligan started the day with a commanding lead, and a strong performance today meant they could wrap up the series one day early.

Windward-Leewards saw some tight battles as nearest rival, Team HiFi, pushed Hooligan hard. A tactical duel saw Hooligan finish first and second, and Team HiFi second and first.

At the other end of the class, the two closely matched Malaysian Navy entries, sailing identical DK47s, saw Uranus come out on top with a third and a fourth today.

Tactics have played a big part over the first four days as wind conditions have varied from 4 knots gusting to over 20, with a mix courses including Windward-Leewards, coastal courses and yesterday’s ‘Round-The-Islands’ course............


Abdul Rahman Mahani

RLI-Regatta - LangkawiRoyal Langkawi International Regatta –
Day 3

Langkawi was on full show today as all classes lined up for the ‘Round-the-Islands’ course.

The stunning archipelago, with it’s idyllic coves and beaches, provided a magnificent back-drop for competitors who today were treated to a true taste of sailing in the tropics.The fleet was split in half, each racing a slightly different course around the archipelago.

The Ocean Rover and Club Classes came into their own today as these more cruising-style boats enjoyed the longer scenic course and the chance to stretch their legs.

A downwind spinnaker-start was set. As boats beared down on the line it was a case of ‘do we or don’t we’ for some, and ‘when to hoist’ for others, as a series of combined starts proved interesting all round.

In the Multihulls, Fantasia got a flyer off the startline and left the rest of the fleet standing. She continued over the horizon to take line honours and first place.

Andaman Cabriolet Nina, enjoyed the stronger winds and lumpy seas to put in a good performance and secure second....


Abdul Rahman Mahani

by Kamila Delart:

The Raja Muda Selangor
International Regatta



A popular sailing event with a tradition of 22 years, the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta was entered by sailing crews from all over the world.  Starting  from the Royal Selangor Yacht Club
in Port Klang on 18th November, this annual                Nick Burns and Fred Kinmonth
island hopping regatta included 240 miles of                             
overnight passage races along the west coast of Malaysian Peninsula, and three days of harbor racing in Penang and Langkawi.

Langkawi MERCURY SERVICE CENTREMark: 11 August 2010

SWIFT INFLATABLES in Kuah has a new, fully equipped


for repairing MERCURY Outboard Motors, Sterndrives and Cummins diesel engines. They also repaire other makes of outboards such as Yamaha and Suzuki.

Most spare parts can be delivered within two days from order.

Today all modern marine engines, whether outboard or inboard, are fitted with Electronic Control Modules (ECM’s), also called Process Control Modules (PCM’S), which regulate the operation of the engine. To properly maintain and to service the engine it is essential to be able to monitor the ECM or PCM with a computer diagnostic system. Swift is equipped with a Mercury SPX Computer Diagnostic System (CDS) that enables them to check the functioning of all electronic modules and electrical circuits on a Mercury outboard motor or inboard engine.

Their new website is now up and contains a broad spectrum of Marine Equipment and Services.

Logs in the Water in LangkawiBob: 30 June 2010

WARNING from boat operator.

Local boat owner Tony Williams has kindly supplied details of large logs and old trees that have washed up on the beach recently. With the present high tides they can refloat and there are probably many more in the area which might reach the beach. These pose a serious threat to all boat owners. With a smooth sea you might see them but with a rough sea they are hidden and lurking just below the surface.  -  Care should also be taken when using the channel close to the Star Cruise jetty, between Kuah Harbour and all beaches on the west coast. Other boat operators reading this might like to assist by moving the trees and logs to above the high tide mark to reduce the risk and help clear any debris from the water.

Thanks to Tony for this information.

Jet Skis on Langkawi - Langkawi-GazetteBob: 13 Feb. 2010

In the Trip Advisor Forum there is yet another complaint about an accident with a Para-Sailor damaging the instruments on the top of the mast of a sailing boat with an entangled rope (endangering the flier to fall down) and a further complaint of a Jet Ski scratching the Gel-Coat on another yacht.

It seems advisable for sailing boats not to cruise or anchor at the Pantai Cenang coast, if not necessary.

Blue Jetty - KuahBob: 11 Feb. 2010 

Boating people can now restock their liquid needs and other items inside the Jetty Pelancongan building (the ‘Blue’ Jetty).

The small shop lot run by Surin offers:

Soft Drinks, Water, Ice Cream, Beers (and take away cold beer), Wine (Cask and Bottle), Champagne, Sun Hats, Post Cards, Torch Lights, Fishing Lines, Lotions (Sun/Bath / Nivea Cream), Shaving Cream/ Blades, Batteries, Books in exchange, Charts (old and new), Ropes and different Boating Items.

Surin also provides free information if you need to know something in or around Langkawi and can give you travel advice around Malaysia. She also helps with transport & cargo.
Visit soon and see what's there.

Ray Roberts' Team wins the 2010 Langkawi Regatta - Courtesy event mediaSource: Asian Yachting

All eyes were on the clash of the titans in the racing class of the Langkawi Regatta.
Ray Roberts put Evolution Racing into the box position at the start, and although neck and neck with Neil Pryde's Hi Fi up the first beat, they held a slight advantage at the windward mark.

Bob: 25 Dec 2009  Paul and Rachel Chandler - Langkawi-GazetteOriginal article by Tristan McConnell

British couple, Paul & Rachel Chandler seized by pirates exactly two months ago face a Christmas with their Somali captors after it appeared that their call for the British Government to get them “out by Christmas”, had fallen on deaf ears.

Paul Chandler, 58, and his wife Rachel, 55, were captured by pirates who crept on board their yacht, the "Lynn Rival", close to the Seychelles in October.

Noppakao Poonpat of Thailand - pic sailing_org - Langkawi GazetteMark: 22 Dec. 2009

But: WHO WON ??

Yesterday I got a phone call from Bob, asking me: "Did you hear anything about who won the Optimist Championship? I looked everywhere and can't find the results in any newspapers." -  I answered him that this had probably only one explanation: that it was not a Malaysian who won ....  -  So we went and searched a bit and found it: And indeed - it was a 15 year old Thai girl, Noppako Poonpat.
For those interested: here is the table of the winners

Op[timist Dinghys - Langkawi Gazette (pic: The Times)

Bob: 15. Nov 2009 / Source: The Star

From the 12 to the 20 Dec. 2009 - the Kuah Harbour will act as the racing area and the National Sailing Centre as the shore venue for 140 sailors from 30 countries.

Organised under the authority of the International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA), the Asian meet will feature the Optimist Individual events (boys and girls) and the Optimist Team Racing event.

Bob: 10 Nov. 2009

Confusion with Yachting Laws - Langkawi GazetteConfusion with some Yachting Laws

In recent weeks the Langkawi Gazette has been asked questions by readers, which would seem to indicate there is some confusion with laws for yachts.

With high season starting this month and hundreds of cruising yachts about to arrive
in Langkawi, now is a good time to address these questions which were clarified today by the head of Immigration Headquarters at Telaga Harbour.

Here are the points that were discussed:


Mark: 31 Oct. 2009

Update of Marine Guide: Maintenance and Repairs

Nautical Bits Sdn Bhd has changed address and moved into the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, into the "Boatique" (ex Surin).

Contact: Sheila and Paul: 012 555 8588  -  Email:

As from 2 October, 2009 Simpson Marine have closed  
their office in Langkawi. If you need to contact them the
nearest Simpson office is Port Dickson Tel: 606-6476868

For sales enquiries or listings of sail and power boats, 
in Langkawi, Penang or Phuket, contact the local brokerage company YBC - Yacht Broker & Charters (Langkawi) Sdn.Bhd on (6) 014-2535038 or go to the YBC website here. to obtain their email address.


Ray Roberts - Langkawi gazette (Pic The Star)September 21, 2009 / Source: The Star.

Despite the economy downturn, the Royal  Langkawi International Regatta (RLIR) in 2010 will still go on as planned,

There had been fears that the annual regatta, which is part of the Asian Regatta calendar, might be shelved due to the economy.

But the regatta organisers Royal Langkawi Yacht Club (RLYC) allayed the fears by confirming in a press statement that they are calling for entries for the popular event scheduled for Jan 11-15 in Langkawi.

Bob, 21 Sept. 2009

The story of the restoration of "EIGER",
by Gai and Mike.

A Classic Cornu plan built by Vandernotte,
Nantes, France in 1961.

Whilst continuing our cruising/working
holiday on SV Whimoway, and after 3 years
in Satun, southern Thailand whilst Mike
was Head Shipwright on the historical
restoration of the 113 year old gaff ketch
yacht Cariad, we now find ourselves
restoring another boat of our own, 'EIGER'.

Malaysia best in Optimist Sailing - Langkawi GazetteAugust 15, 2009 / BERNAMA NEWS:

Malaysia's sailing squad emerged as the best team in the IODA's 2009 World Sailing Championship in the Optimist class in Niteroi, Brazil which ended Saturday.

The win is a gift in conjunction with the Merdeka Day on Aug 31, said Mohd Afendy Abdullah, general manager of the Malaysian Yachting Association. (MYA)

Scorpene Submarine (Pic GazetteShirley, 3 September 2009 / Source: Bernama

Guess what is coming our way?

"KD Tunku Abdul Rahman" (KD TAR), Malaysia's first Scorpene submarine is now in the Malacca Strait and sailing towards Port Klang for the official welcoming ceremony today.