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AY Race Report 3 & Summary

Miss Saigon and Voodoo are the winners
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 17th: Brilliant sunshine replaced the overcast conditions experienced over the last few days and 6 to 8 knots of South Westerly breeze greeted the sailors as they mustered for the final day of racing. As the breeze direction failed to settle, PRO Simon James chose Island Course 9, up to and around Koh Bon, then back to Chalong Bay for the first race. Staying in the wind lanes and out of the adverse current between the islands played an important tactical part in determining either success or becoming an also ran in the fleet. When we left off yesterday, David Liddell's Corsair C37RS Miss Saigon held a healthy lead in the Performance Multi's and three Firefly's The Frog, Moto Inzi and Voodoo were locked in a three way tie on 10 points and all to play for today.

The top podium contenders started the cat and mouse game during the pre-start and covered each other up the long windward leg to the island. Paul Larson skippering the Andaman Cabriolet Da Vinci took a tack out to oblivion and looked very sad at the beginning but managed to recover and close back in on the approaches to Bon Island. Alan Carwardine’s Sidewinder picked up a favourable wind shift along the coast and led the fleet around the course. They could not shake off David Liddell's Miss Saigon that held close on their tail and picked up the handicap win and went on to cement their name on the overall title plus the inaugural Cosair Cup. Paul Larsen pulled the cat out of the bag and came from behind to secure second place by three seconds from a disappointed Alan Carwardine on Sidewinder. As the breeze lightened up a little the skippers were given the choice if they wanted to have a second race. The general consensus was to return to the comfort of the Ao Chalong Yacht Club bar as the overall winner was already decided.

The hotly contested Firefly 850 One Design class were eager to get going to settle the overall podium or to improve on their placing's. Several position changes up the long windward leg saw all boats round the island within minutes of each other. Gybing downwind looked like a colorful waltz with bows forging ahead with each puff of wind. Eventually several boats approached the finish line from opposite directions and extremely hard to pick who was in front. With a surge of speed Ian Coulson skippering Voodoo slipped across the line to claim victory, in front of Andrew Marshall's Pink Lady and Andy Pape skippering The Frog. Only one minute separated the first five boats. Although Voodoo was declared the winner the majority of skippers wanted to have another go at toppling them and another race was called.

The same scenario developed, going tack for tack to keep tight cover on each other but eventually Voodoo broke away to take the win and nail the Firefly title. Second place for Andy Pape skippering The Frog was enough to earn them second overall. Although Roger Kingdon's Moto Inzi missed a few wind lanes in the first race today they clambered back into third place and collected the third podium position.

Summary
Despite the light wind drift-athon on the first day, the racing schedule was completed and the conditions for the remainder of the regatta made up for the disastrous first day. Although some boats were impeded, the cream of the crop usually rises to the top and by consistently being amongst the leaders in subsequent races normally gets good crew back on the podium. The close racing bought the racing down to the last day and very exciting for the sailors and spectators alike. The media are very thankful to Mark Norris for providing the entertainment onboard the new Da Vinci Sunseeker 50 support boat. The best bloody mary's in Phuket. This result is also great preparation
to hone the crew skills before the action packed Six Senses Phuket Raceweek (July 20 to 24) next week, to be contested on the very same waters.

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