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Final day showdown did not disappoint

By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 13th: In stark contrast to the last two days, the South Westerly moderated to 15-18 knots, with a clear sky and boat damage limited to minor breakages. In all three classes the podium places were open for the taking and most the fleet completed hurried repairs and were back out on the water, to fight on the final day. For the first race, PRO Simon James decided to send the fleet out of Chalong Bay, to the Phuket Harbour clear water mark and back, followed by a windward/leeward race to finish with. There was still plenty of excitement as the boats rotated and changed places on each leg of the course.

In the Racing Multi's (OMR) Class, Alan Carwardine's 11.8m Asia Catamarans Hurricane traded first and second places with Mick Coleman's sister ship Java. This prevented Carwardine's Hurricane from overtaking Coleman's Java for the title. Carwardine's retirement on Day 1 became the drop race but was not enough to interfere with the superbly sailed Java, that was on the pace all regatta and finished every race in the top two places. Two third places for Grenville Fordham / Bob Mott's Andaman Cabriolet Nina, hands them the bronze medal and very rewarding in front of the more fancied yachts.

Its been a game of snakes and ladders in the Firefly One-Design Class. Hans Rahmann's Voodoo streaked off with two wins on the Day 1 but not finishing any races on Day 2 dropped them down to fourth. After capsizing on the practice day, John Newnham's Twin Sharks made a remarkable come back, to lead by the finish of Day 2 and in line for the title.

Rahmann's Voodoo bounced back into contention by winning the first race today, as some boat handling errors and minor breakages left Newnham's Twin Sharks back in fifth place. All the time, Neil Ayre's Advanced Racing Team (Mamba) were picking up podium places and by winning the last race and dropping the first race withdrawal have come out on top for the title. After bringing his team from the UK for many years, this is Neil Ayre's first and well deserved overall victory. As the numbers crunched, Newnham's Twin Sharks ended in second and Rahmann's Voodoo in third overall.

Coming into today, the two remaining boats in the Open Multi's (NHC Handicap) Class were tied on seven points apiece. Tu Songyod's all Thai crew on the Nautitech 395 White Conch mistakenly thought they were over the start line and lost time restarting. The Ruskies on Roman Shirokov's Lagoon 380 Star Fruit took the lead but on the long run to the outer harbour mark, were overtaken by Songyod's White Conch and finished in that order. When the handicaps were applied, Shirokov's Star Fruit comes out in front and claims the title for a very jubilant Russian crew.

Summary
Wow! What a wonderful three days of racing and hospitality at the Ao Chalong Yacht Club. It must be the windiest regatta, we have ever been to in Thailand. Apart from the carnage each day, everyone seems to have had a good time and a weary crowd turned up for the final presentation. The camaraderie amongst the crews to repair damage each day, is a good measure on the clubs depth and made the regatta a success despite the conditions. This regatta will prove to be a perfect warm up event for
the crew to hone their skills before the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek to be contested on the very same waters, next week.

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