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AY Race Report 2

More carnage reshuffles the overall order

By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 12th: The old cliche "One day a rooster, the next day a feather duster" applies today. Some yachts that came through with relative little damage and looking good on the score sheets yesterday, suffered damage and their overall order reshuffled today. Despite the public holidays, the camaraderie amongst the crews have miraculously conducted repairs overnight and most boats were back out to fight another day. Just as the starting sequence was completed, the dark clouds building up over Rawai, swept across the course and gave the crews a thorough dousing. The South Westerly topped out at 40 knots as the storm descended on the fleet, then dramatically dropped during the rain, but as soon as the storm passed over, returned with a vengeance.

Hans Rahmann's Voodoo remarkable winning streak in the Firefly One-Design Class came to an end, with broken halyards in both races and by gracefully retiring, handed over the overall lead to John Newnham's Twin Sharks, who has had problems of their own. After cleaning up on the first race, Newnham's Twin Sharks shredded their second mainsail in as many days and Neil Ayre's Advanced Racing Team (Mamba) came through to win the second race and slot into second overall. Despite some great starts, Roger Kingdon's crew on Moto Inzi are still coming to grips with handling the boat and settled on two 3rd places, to sit in third overall. Today's demise drops Rahmann's Voodoo to fourth overall.

Mixed emotions for the 10 Racing Multi's (OMR) yachts. This time Henry Kaye's Seacart 26 Sweet Chariot suffered from broken halyards and forced to retire. Once again, Mark Horwood's precarious balanced Formula 40 trimaran Adrenalin retired after two laps and Peter Boyd's Corsair 31 Zig Zag disappeared from the course. Shane Grover / Zam Bevan's Corsair Sprint MK2 Bullet was one of three boats that started prematurely and did not return to restart.

The Stealth catamarans are dominating the proceedings. The builder and designer, Alan Carwardine on his 11.8m Asia Catamarans Hurricane traded first and second places with Mick Coleman's sister ship Java. Carwardine's retirement yesterday has paved the way for Coleman's Java to lead the overall standings, but may change in the final races tomorrow. Third place for Grenville Fordham / Bob Mott's Andaman Cabriolet Nina in the first race but retiring with broken reef lines in the second race, reduces them to third overall.

Despite all three Open Multi's (NHC Handicap) yachts being tied on four points and everything to play for, Tim Milner's Whitehaven 38 Seekronghuk did not make it out to the startline. This left Roman Shirokov's Lagoon 380 Star Fruit and the all Thai crew on the Nautitech 395 White Conch skippered by Tu Songyod to fight it out. By winning one race each, they are now tied on seven points apiece. This heavyweight showdown will continue to the end.

Racing continues tomorrow with two more races and a drop race to conclude the series. The final prize presentation party will be held at the Ao Chalong Yacht Club tomorrow night.


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