Everyone is a winner...
07:02:2010 Although sailors had to endure light winds for the first two days, the spectacular scenery and lively parties at some of the finest island resorts in Thailand made up for it. This allowed crews to savour the pristine environment as they wound their way between the steep sided limestone karsts. The breeze picked up on Day 3 and today they made fast work of the short windward beat then a nice long downwind slide to finish of Ko Yao Yai. Finishing early meant they could quickly disperse and return to their home marina berths or anchorage to prepare for the final presentation and windup party at Kan Eang Seafood 2 sponsored by Silolona and Diva Andaman.
John Vause's Ruby Tuesday broke through to score first place today in the Racing Class but when Mike Downard's Switchblade sailing under Team Turkey posted second place they have done enough to secure the Overall title. Third place for Ben Copley's Katsu has them tied on points with Ruby Tuesday which was broken in Katsu's favour and relegates Ruby Tuesday down to third overall.
Niels Degenkolw's Phoenix kept a clean score sheet with four wins in a row, to rap up the Cruising A title in style. Once again Hugh Thompson's Fidgi took second place and Jon Button/Phil Kendall's Simba in third place. As these three top three boats have finished all races in the same order it means that they fill the podium places in the same order.
Graham Tuckey's Optoloi (Vietnamese for kangaroo) finally broke through to break Bill Crump and Fistral's stranglehold on first place. Kevan Perrins Rusalka did one better than yesterday to slot into second place. Barry Wickett's Kay Sira mainly crewed by Langkawi Sailing School students lifted their game in the stronger winds to fill third place today. As the drop race is introduced despite only having four races Bill Crump's Fistral three wins in a row is the undisputed overall Cruising B class winner. First place today for Graham Tuckey's Optoloi lifts them to second overall and Gavin Welman's Rascal slips down to third overall.
Hans Rahmann's Voodoo made it four wins in a row to romp away with the Firefly 850 class title with a day to spare. After a slow start Roger Kingdon's Moto Inzi came good to slip into second place overall. Third place for Chris Jongerius The Frog automatically broke yesterdays tie with Moto Inzi and confirms third spot on the podium.
The Multihull Racing class have been a little up and down but when Fergus Wilmer/Henry Kaye's Thor slammed the door shut on the competitors to snatch line and handicap honours they rocketed back up to the top of the podium. Second place for Mark Pescott's Sumersalt sees the overnight leader drop down to second overall. Two third places in a row for Grenville Fordham's Da Vinci Nina made a gallant recovery to claim third overall.
Finally Hermann Schwarz's Vienna Cat put one over Bill Phelps Maharani in the two boat Multihull Cruising class but not enough to topple Maharani from the top of the podium.
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