to a slow start...
10:02:2011 The warm welcoming party at The Village Coconut Island, set the leisurely scene for the regatta and at a comfortable pace the sailors enjoy. PRO Simon James selected Course 1, a trapezoid type course that would take all classes around Ko Lipi and Ko Sup before heading to rounding marks and onto the finish line. The wind never got above 5-6 knots and all classes fired away on time. Unfortunately half way around the course the breeze started to fade away and become very patchy. The class leaders streaked away into the distance only to become becalmed between the last mark and the finish. Before the Bareboat Charter and Cruising B Class could round the last mark, the course was wisely shortened for them. The afternoon sea breeze arrived early from the South East which the leaders picked up and drove them onto the finish leaving the others wallowing in their wake.
Scott Duncanson's Phuket 8 Quantum Fusion M was quick off the starting blocks and drove away into the distance to score the daily double. The Russians on Andrey Arbuzov's lime green Beneteau First 40.7 First were the only ones to keep up with Duncanson's Quantum Fusion M and missed out on first place by 22 seconds and had to settle in second instead. Alex Takhovski's Russian entry on the Jeanneau 50DS LeRo struggled in the light patches and eventually secured third place.
At the shortened finish line Paul Kendall's SO 44i Sunsail Lychee took the honours in the Bareboat Charter Class. Andy Dowden's sistership SO 44i PIMEX slipped into a close second place. Steven Gear-Evans Hanse 400e 2.05 Venture hung on in for third place.
Cruising Jim Ellis clearly displayed his S&S 42 Remington pedigree by securing the daily double by a country mile. Regularly competing at Asian events over the last few years Gavin Welman's Hallberg-Rassy Rascal second place keeps them in good company. Third place for Kevan Perrins 13.10m Rusalka is a good indication of their intentions.
Also quick off the start line Niels Degenkolw's IOR 3/4 Ton Xyacht Phoenix took advantage of the early breeze and hold onto the lead to score the daily double in the Cruising A Class. Never far off the pace Mick Kealy's X-342 Minx slotted into second place. Jean Rheault's One Tonner Souay 1 has pushed the envelope at past regattas and opened up in third place here.
Alan Carwardine fired up the Sidewinder and blasted around the course to eventually overtake the racing class and take the daily double in the Multihull Class. Even David Liddell's Kings Cup winning Corsair C37RS Miss Saigon could not make any inroads on Sidewinder and settled on second place. After enduring the calm spell and waiting for the sea breeze Grenville Fordham's Andaman Cabriolet Nina claimed third spot.
The party tonight is sponsored by the The Village Coconut Island and once again at the same venue. Racing on Day 2 heads off in a northeast direction to Koh Yao Noi, then turns right passing Hin Mot Deng and Ko Batang before finishing off Ko Kudu. Presentations and party will be at The Paradise Koh Yao Boutique Resort & Spa, Koh Yao Noi.
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