LANGKAWI: Two last place finishes during the race on the second day of the 16th Royal Langkawi International Regatta (RLIR) have not broken the spirit of team Zuhal in putting up more of a challenge to other competitors.
In the two races, the Royal Malaysian Armed Forces team faced stiff competition from 2016 champions, Alive who had earlier experienced technical difficulties.
However, an understanding between the crew which is becoming more positive has convinced Zuhal team captain Hairolnizam Hat that their team has what it takes to return to finish the race on the podium as how they did on the first day of competition yesterday.
"Competition is tight in the cluster of four teams competing in this Racing class,” said Hairolnizam.
"Whatever it is, team Zuhal are showing improvements. The crew have a much better understanding between one another and they did try to do their best today.
"The winds were much better compared to yesterday and we hope tomorrow (Thursday) will be as good as today.”
For the 16th edition, Zuhal have a new crew and Hairolnizam commented: “There is already good understanding, and for tomorrow we will step it up a notch and work towards the coveted podium finish.”
After three races, Zuhal are fourth overall, on 11 points with Alive, while defending champions THA72 lead the Racing class by three points. Saturn’s sister team, Uranus are in second place with six points.