LANGKAWI: Uranus skipper Salleh Ahmad has downplayed the team's chances of winning the Royal Langkawi International Regatta (RLIR) after the Armed Forces side could only settle for third place in race five yesterday.
They now trail by three points behind leaders THA72 of Thailand, who are also the defending champions. The overall winners will be decided today.
"We made a good start but the wind changed half-way through the race and we could not get close to THA72," said Salleh.
Regardless of whether they win or not today, which is expected to feature two races, Salleh said he was satisfied with what the team have achieved.
Uranus emerged victorious in the round-the-island race four on Thursday.
"Our chances (of winning overall title) are slim. Our boat has different specifications compared to THA72 and they have the ability to create a gap regardless of whether the wind is strong or not tomorrow.
"Even if there are two races tomorrow it won’t be easy as they rarely do any mistakes.
"Regardless, I am still satisfied with how we have done so far this year."
THA72 leads the standings with four points while Uranus are second on seven points. Alive (Australia), who won in 2016, are third on 14 points.
Translated from Berita Harian