LANGKAWI, 14 January 2023 – The last day of the RLIR started the same way as all the other days this week, with the AP flag up at 7.45am. Although all committee boats led by the police start boat headed into Bass Harbor at about 8.30am. Since all flags were flying at the marina, there was some hope that there could be some wind in the bay.
But despite of all the effort from the Principal Race Officer, Simon James, to find some wind, it was an unsuccessful exercise. A beautiful sunny day in Langkawi, a dream day for all the tourists visiting Langkawi, but a sad and disappointing day for the regatta participants with another windless last day.


In total we had three racing days with five races for the Racing class, three races for Club Class and all other classes raced four times.


Although we missed out on some exciting racing due to the fickle wind conditions this week, the mood in general was surprisingly good as the RLIR is one of yachties favorite events. The joy in renewing old acquaintances, meeting new ones and the anticipation of better weather next year for the 20th RLIR has everyone looking forward to the final dinner, prizegiving and rewards tonight.


To finish the final race report news release for the 2023 RLIR it may be appropriate to quote some classic poetry from Samuel Coleridge’s famous poem “The Ancient Mariner”.


Down dropt the breeze, the sails dropt down,
Twas sad as sad could be;
And we did speak only to break
The silence of the sea!
All in a hot and copper sky,
The bloody Sun, at noon,
Right up above the mast did stand,
No bigger than the Moon.
Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.