day to open King's Cup proceedings...
Guaranteed to be always in top form, Ray Roberts went and purchased a newer generation 2015 TP52 Provezza and rebranded her under the Team Hollywood stable. Especially to take on PKCR Chairman Kevin Whitcraft's all conquering TP52 THA 72, also an earlier generation 2008 Provezza. Each generation brings with it new improvements in boat speed and performance. It didn't take long to capitalise and despite only 6 and 19 seconds separating them on corrected time, Roberts Team Hollywood went on to claim two daily doubles and reverse last years order. Sarab Singh's Welbourn 52 Windsikher II clung onto their coat tails and being 11 and 4 seconds further adrift from THA 72, have to settle on two 3rd places. Marcel Liedts Ker 46 Zannekin couldn't match the pace of the leaders and ended up with two 4th places. We can expect some fireworks to come.
After breaking their mast last year, Scott Bradley's Sydney 40 Emagine, came out full of determination and won the first race, plus equal 3rd in the second race, to end the day in 2nd overall. Undeterred the 2017-18 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year, Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns Sydney GTS 43 Mandrake III rebounded to claim the daily double in the second race and take the IRC 1 overall lead. Only 30 seconds separated 2nd to 4th places in Race 1 and 24 seconds between 2nd to 5th place in Race 2. This resulted in a dead heat for 3rd place, between Bradley's Emagine and Craig Douglas' Farr 40 Ramrod. By scoring 2nd places Mati Sepp's chartered Swan 42 Club Loco and Craig Nicholls Sydney 40 Mod Aquari II are tied on 7 points for 3rd overall. Very close racing and could go anyone's way.
The defending champion Mumm 30 Judy, now under the Highlead Encouragers (Judy) and same team name, opened with a bullet and 3rd place, to take top spot in the IRC 2 class. Morton Jakobsen's VX One Design Sportsboat Over Here ended with two 2nd places, to tie with the leader on 4 points and 2nd overall on count back. Team Ludwigsthal's Ker 32CR Ludwigsthall (Getaway Ichi) came through to win the second race and despite 7th place in Race 1 and severe juggling of the places between races, ended up in 3rd overall. A little more wind will bring the heavier displacement yachts, back into contention in the coming days.
The graceful lines of the three Premier Cruising Class yachts are a sight to behold, as the crews go through the motions, on the race course. Despite Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes charging away at the front of the pack and taking line honours by 9 minutes from Thailand's Ithinai Yingsiri's X55 Pine-Pacific and Andy Cocks Beneteau First 50 Firstlight, the positions are reversed in both races and the overall order.
There is no let up by John Newnham's all conquering Twin Sharks team, as they post two wins and take over where they left off last year, at the top of the one design Firefly 850 Sports Class. Hot on their tail, Japan's Natsuki Motoyoshi's Mil Grace / Frog, missed out by 55 seconds from breaking Twin Sharks run of victories, with two 2nd places for 2nd overall and keeps the pressure on. Third and 4th places for Hans Rahmann's Voodoo and Neil Ayre's Mamba, has them tied on 7 points for 3rd overall and some work to do on tactics and boat speed, to stay up with the leaders.
Although Meitatsu Fukumoto / Seng Huang Lee’s ORMA 60 SHK Scallywag FUKU skippered by David Witt, appeared to fly around the course, shock and horror the unthinkable has happened and Dan Fidock’s Moore 36 Fugazi has beaten them in the handicap stakes on both races. Best of the rest, David Fuller's chartered Stealth 11.8 Java was not disgraced and two solid 3rd places, keeps them in the running but need to make up 15 minutes before they can interfere with the leaders.
There was also a lot of action and close racing on the Bareboat A & B, Modern Classic and Cruising class courses. The Russians on Andrey Eliseev's Kinnon posted two bullets to lead the Bareboat A class. The Chinese on Xingpang Xu's Little Sun Ling Lang Sailing followed suite, with two 2nd places and are sandwiched between another Russian team on Stanislav Pechenkin's Kingsman in 3rd overall.
The Russians rule the roost in the Bareboat B class. By posting two wins Igor Ginzburg's Sun Odyssey 409 Sunsail Phailin are on track to defend the title. Two 2nd places for Sergei Musikhin's Alexa keeps them in touch with the leader. Vladimir Oleynikovs Anchali followed with two 3rd places, to sit in 3rd overall.
Similar scenario in the Modern Classic class. The Russians on Andrey Novoderezhkin's Kata Rocks Sea Escapes claimed two bullets, to take the lead. Two 2nd places for the Japanese on Toshihiko Iijima's Hippocrates (Sariya) breaks the Russian dominance. Trading 3rd and 4th places, Shane Armitage's Farr 1104 Piccolo and defending champion, Xiong Ting's Standfast 40 Mermaid (Mas Allegre), are tied on 7 points and sharing 3rd overall.
Eric Alfredson's Oyster 56 Lisanne and Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly shared the race wins but 2nd and 4th places respectively, separates them on the top of the Cruising Class pointscore. Fourth and second places for the Aussie's on Tony Byrnes Zingara leaves them in 3rd overall.
Zam Bevan's Pescott SHN 10.6 Sho,Vel, won the first race but a back row start on the second race, let Zhang Yong Dong's Andaman Cabriolet Big Boys Sailing Team 2 (Davinci) through to share the spoils and tied on top of the Cruising Multihull class. Two 3rd places for Petr Kochnev's Leopard 444 Keirana leaves them sitting in 3rd overall in the 6 boat fleet.
This event is the sixth point scoring regatta on the 2018-19 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) and gives the early leaders on the Western Circuit, a chance to improve their standings. Ultimately the skipper and yacht with the highest pointscore at the end of the season, will be crowned the 2017-18 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year. Check out the 2018-19 AYGP Rankings, by clicking on Skipper - Yacht - Regatta and Scoring System.
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