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33rd Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2019

AY Race Report 3

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A few hiccups but the beat goes on @ King's Cup
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
4th December 2019: Although what appeared to be a steady North Easterly breeze onshore, turned out to be very shifty and variable in strength offshore. Then during the first sequence it swung 45 degrees and the race had to be postponed for an hour, to move the course further out to sea. When the racing classes did get underway, the windward mark for the big boats, was laid in the wrong place and a rushed attempt to correct it failed, so PRO Ross Chisholm was forced to can the race. Racing did eventually get underway, three and half hours late, as the breeze began to fade but two windward/leeward races were completed. The Cruisers on Course B did get away on time, with a course that took them up the coast to Patong Bay and back. As it was completed in relatively quick time, another course was laid and two more races took place for most the classes. The International Dinghy classes and Radio Controlled IOM class, also started their series today, with mixed results. Check out the AY Photo Gallery

Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood and PKCR Chairman Kevin Whitcraft's THA 72 helmed by young Thai Noppakao Poonpat, traded 1st and 2nd places, to remain in the same overall order and separated by 2 points. Two 3rd places for Sarab Singh / Nick Burns Welbourn 52 Windsikher II keeps them in 3rd overall and 4 points from the lead. A Port Starboard collision between Mark Thornburrow's Multihull Moore 36 Bonza and Rob Aldis TP52 Millennium Racing resulted in severe damage and both boats retiring and probably will not take further part in this regatta.

Kazuki Kihara's First 40.7 Char Chan and Larry Dean's First 44.7 Fujin shared the IRC 1 wins and improved their overall standings to 3rd and 4th respectively. While 3rd and 2nd places for the Russians on Alexey Mashkins Cookson 12m MegaZip extended their overall lead, over the Japanese on Yasuo Nanamori's chartered Sydney 40 Karasu (Emagine). A bad day for Mati Sepp's Swan 42 Club Loco from Estonia, fell from grace with 6th and 7th places, to end up in 6th overall.

While the Chinese on Minzhi Fengs Mumm 30 Highlead Encourage (Judy) and Morton Jakobsen's VX One Design Sports boat Over Here, shared the race wins, Shen Sheng's 3/4 Ton Humphreys Bigboys Sailing Team (Madame Butterfly) scored 2nd and 3rd places, to keeps them at the top of the IRC 2 leader board by two points.

Back on the pace, Peter Cremers Warwick 75 Shahtoosh, claimed the race win, on the only Premier Cruising class race today, to slot back into 2nd overall, in his own right. Fifth place for Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes, becomes their drop race but still maintains 1st overall by one point from Shahtoosh. Fourth place for Thailand's Ithinai Yingsiri's X55 Pine-Pacific, keeps them in 3rd place, but the pointscore is widening. Third place for Andy Cocks Beneteau First 50 Firstlight is rapidly closing in the points but the defending champion might have to hand over the title.

Six wins in a row, in the Multihull Racing Class, Dan Fidock praised the crew on his newly acquired Grainger 10m (Ex Mad Max) Fugazi, for sticking together, after winning the Multihull Racing class last year, on the defending champion Moore 36 Bonza (Ex Fugazi), that makes all the difference. Danny Moore & Nigel Cross Seacart 30X Frankenstein is picking up the pace and traded 2nd and 3rd places, with the German's on Gaetan Verhegge's 10m Bakewell White Team Blood Red (Ex Fugazi). Mark Thornburrow's collision and damage to Dirk Weiblen's No Fear has reduced the Multihull fleet, to three boats and share the podium places.

A great day for Hans Rahmann's Voodoo, winning both Firefly 850 Sports races today. It's been a long time coming and reducing John Newnham's all conquering Twin Sharks, to 2nd place is no easy task and their lead to two points, is a step in the right direction, with two days of racing to go. Neil Ayre's Mamba and Peter Taylor's Ballerina traded 3rd and 4th places and likely to end up there in the overall stakes.

Wins for Robert Hossack's Raptor 2001 and Theimann Peter's German Team on Alienkat, has them closing in on the Cruising Multihull leaders, but will have to keep the pressure on, to make a difference. Despite 4th and 3rd places today, Zhang Yongdong's Andaman Cabriolet Wuhan University EMBA Sailing Team (Da Vinci) still leads in the overall stakes but is reduced to one point from Andre Lee's Klook Star Trek in 2nd overall.

Despite the wins being shared across the board by Jianquan Tong's BOC Atom, Sergei Butenko's Hope and Xiongting's Mermaid (Mas Alegre), the Russians on Andrey Novoderezhkin's Bavaria 36 Kata Rocks Sea Escapes could only score 7, 4, 3 but still lead the Cruising class by 5 points, from Andrew Merry's Hanse 415 Night Train. Eric Alfredson's Swanson 36 Awatea slips down off the podium to 6th place and makes way for Torben Kristensen's Kinnon to take over 3rd overall.

The results today have drastically changed the order in the Bareboat Charter A class. Two 1st places and 2nd for Phil Beattie's Jing Jing Too (Tonicola 2) elevates them to the top of the pointscore. With a 6, 1, 2 scoreline, Xu Xingpang's Oceanis 45 Megan holds onto 2nd overall but 3 points from the leader. The biggest looser today are the Russians on Aleksei Brunov's Oceanis 45 Moonshine, which falls from grace at the top of the leader board, to 3rd overall when the calculations are completed.

The Russians on Musikhin Serge's Hanse 385 Iyarada have done just enough, with a 1, 2, 4 scoreline to scrape into the lead, but are tied on 11 points with their Russian counterparts, Igor Ginzburg's Sun Odyssey 409 INLOVA for the Bareboat Charter B class title. After yesterdays retirement the Japanese on Toshihiko Iijima's Hippocrates (SARIYA) have rebounded to 3rd overall and only one point adrift from the dueling leaders.

One of the highlights of the regatta is the International Dinghy Classes for sailors and on Wednesday a clinic was held as well as the first races. The special guest at the clinic was John Doerr, a member of the World Sailing International Jury, who kindly shared and updated the dinghy sailors on the rules.

The aim of the clinic was to help youth sailors improve their skills and knowledge.

A total of 126 sailors are racing in the International Dinghy Classes, which are being held off Kata Beach, with members of the Royal Thai Navy playing a key role.

In the first two races in the 420 class on Wednesday, Thailand’s Thanawan Aiam-mi and Nattapon Yuang-Ngam scores two wins for the overall lead. In second place was Nattapong Yuang-Ngam and Chawaluk Thammawat, followed by Chanintron Paosen and Apichet Wisetporsri.

Winners of the other youth classes were Weka Bhanubandh in the Optimists, Suchakree Detthotsapol in the Laser Radial, Paliga Poonpat in the Laser 4.7 and Jarupong Meesusamsen in the Laser Standard class.

Layday tomorrow for some rest and repairs before the final two days of racing on Friday and Saturday.

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