EVASON PHUKET RACEWEEK 2007
persistence pays off in the end...
A separate course for the Classic Class was set within the bay and a wonderful parade of sail could be viewed from the Evason Resort. Gunther Nutt's Norwegian classic Kerida made it three wins in a row and a run away victory in the overall standings. Mark Myking's second place on Idiom was a gallant effort but they had to settle on third overall when the points were tallied. Tom Howard's 101 year old Danish schooner Seraph dipped to third today but their earlier Race 1 win keeps Seraph in second place overall.
Full PRW 07 results at: http://www.phuketraceweek.com/results.htm
out the results...
The battle at the top of the IRC 1 leaderboard continues with Peter Ahern's Farr 40 Yo!2 taking line honours on his much preferred windward/leeward course. Had they done enough to regain their standing? A short wait for Scott Duncanson's Phuket 8 Som Tam Express to cross the line revealed that Yo!2 had missed out by 44 seconds and had to settle on second place. After a good start David Lindahl's Swan 42 La Samudra redeemed themselves after mixed performances to score third place although a protest was being lodged against them for a top mark incident. With only one race to go, mathematically speaking and after securing three wins Scott Duncanson's Phuket 8 Som Tam Express has won the class.
After the results of today's two races the IRC 2 class has been reduced to a three horse race. Peter Dyer's 3/4 tonner Madam Butterfly scored 1st and 2nd to elevate them to the top of the leaderboard. Niels Dgenkolf's Phoenix crewed by the RSYC Sailing Academy from Malaysia have been very quick out of the starting box and scored a 3rd and resounding 1st place to climb into 2nd overall trailing the leader by a mere point. Overnight leader Mike Downard on Platu 25 Evason Phuket Tua Lek 2nd and 4th placing drops him down to third overall but still within striking distance on the final race tomorrow. Mick Kealy's X-342 Minx was on the comeback trail but a 4th and 3rd place has made it almost impossible for them to recover.
In the Multihull class it was Bob Brindley's turn on X Catriot to pick up the daily double. Thereby breaking Tim Milner's three race winning streak on Seekronghuk. Bob Mott's heavier displacement Chameleon never recovered for being slow of the start line and had to settle on third place.
A half inch adjustment on the forestay to alter the rake of the mast is all it took for Henry Kaye's Mamba to get back on the pace and break Roger Kingdon's Moto Inzi dominance of the regatta. Chris Jongerius on The Frog chose the favourable side on the final run to the finish to come from behind and claim a narrow second place. After leading at the top mark Bill Phelps on Twin Sharks tussled closely throughout only to be piped at the finish to end up third. A forth place for Roger Kingdon's Moto Inzi will do him no harm as four earlier wins has built them an insurmountable lead at the top of the leaderboard.
In the Classic Class Gunther Nutt's Norwegian classic Kerida made it two wins in a row and goto the top of the leaderboard. Mark Myking's Idiom hung on in with the pack to score second place. Tom Howard's 101 year old Danish schooner Seraph dropped of the pace for a third place and will have to pull out all stops tomorrow to get back on the top of the leaderboard.
Full PRW 07 results at: http://www.phuketraceweek.com/results.htm
day of many contrasts...
With the rest of the afternoon to look forward to, PRO James known for his sheer tenacity, set up for another start and this time sent the boats on a three island passage race with another storm brewing further out to sea. Once again a light start as the breeze filled in from the South West to propel the boats around Koh Bon. As they ran under spinnaker down the long back strait behind the islands, the gusts arrived from the building storm which generated some excitement and gave crews plenty to think about as they quickly went about controlling the boat and sails in strong winds.
The older IOR boats had their hands full with the odd broach as they were never known for their downwind stability in heavy winds. Hopefully with all the storm activity it might be a sign that the SW Monsoon is returning for the rest of the week.
The two Phuket 8's made a day of it and seemed to be in the right place at the right time when the wind gusts came through. Scott Duncanson's Som Tam Express often seen in planning mode to take out Race 3 and 2nd place in Race 4 with Jim Poulsen's Vino close on his tail, filling 2nd and 3rd spots respectively. John Vause on Ruby Tuesday came to the fore in Race 4 with a resounding victory to warn the leaders he is still there and knocking on the door. Despite claiming Line Honours, Peter Ahern's Farr 40 Yo!2 shared the overall lead but with a 3rd and 4th today sees them being toppled for the time being by Scott Duncanson's Som Tam Express.
A four way battle has erupted in the IRC 2 Class. Peter Dyer's 3/4 tonner Madam Butterfly claimed 1st place in race 2 but an almighty broach in race 3 saw them drop back to 4th at the finish. Mike Downard having the advantage of knowing where all the rocks are, hugged the shore on his Platu 25 Evason Phuket Tua Lek to came out on top in race 3. Stuart Crowe's Beneteau First 285 Cinders rebounded from a bad start to score 2nd place in race 2 but finished down in 5th on race 3 to help juggle the overall point score. Mick Kealy's X-342 Minx threw their hat into the ring with a well sailed 3rd and 2nd place to announce their arrival on the overall standings. Niels Dgenkolf's Phoenix crewed by the RSYC Sailing Academy from Malaysia found exiting the parking lot difficult in race 2 but came back with a third place in race 3 to stay within reach of the leaders. Only 2 points separate the top four places so the series still remains very open for the taking.
In the Multihull class Tim Milner's lighter displacement Seekronghuk added two more wins to their tally. When the wind came in Bob Mott's heavier aluminum Chameleon and Bob Brindley's X Catriot showed a turn of speed and closed the gap on the leader to exchange 2nd and 3rd places respectively.
After being slightly of the pace at earlier regattas Roger Kingdon is having the time of his life here on Moto Inzi by collecting four bullets in a row. Bill Phelps Twin Sharks helmed by class designer Mark Pescott has consistently scored three 2nd places to be in second overall. Third place rotated between Henry Kaye's Mamba on race 3 and Chris Jongerius The Frog with a top notch Solent crew aboard in race 4. All boats experienced the wonderful downwind surfing conditions around the back of the islands.
Earlier on Gunther Nutt's Norwegian classic Kerida took the best path through the minefield of parking lots to lead the grand old classics across the line and magnanimous in handicap victory. Not to be outdone Tom Howard's 101 year old Danish schooner Seraph followed his race 1 win with second place today to share the overall lead with Kerida. Mark Myking's Idiom only arrived today and put in a spectacular performance to take out third place.
Full PRW 07 results at: http://www.phuketraceweek.com/results.htm
and runnung but don't mention the wind...
These conditions tend to favour the light weight boats over the fully fiitted furniture boats and require a highly skilled and lucky tactician to stay in the wind lanes and keep the boat moving all the time. Peter Ahern's Farr 40 Yo!2 led off the starting blocks, with the two Phuket 8's of Scott Duncanson's Som Tam Express and the Pattaya Team on Vino in hot pursuit. After a cat and mouse game around the course it was Scott Duncanson's Som Tam Express that crossed the finish line first, a little over a minute ahead of Peter Ahern's Yo!2 with Jim Poulsen's Vino coming in third. That's how they finished up on handicap. The fading conditions saw a lengthy delay but the sheer determination of PRO James had the IRC 1 and Firefly One Design Class completing a second race when the breeze picked up again before the time limit expired. This time Peter Ahern's Yo!2 turned the tables on Som Tam Express to claim the daily double for race 2. Jim Poulsen's Vino finished up with two third places.
Mike Downard's light weight Platu 25 Evason Phuket Tua Lek also benefited from the conditions and managed to ghost around the course to claim the IRC 1 daily double by over one hour on some of the heavier boats. Niels Dgenkolf's Phoenix crewed by the RSYC Sailing Academy from Malaysia put in a credible performance to score 2nd place by a mere twenty six seconds in front of Peter Dyer's stripped out 3/4 tonner Madam Butterfly in third place. Only one race was held today.
In the Multihull class Tim Milner's Seekronghuk scored a convincing win but a close encounter between Bob Brindley's X Catriot and Bob Mott's Chameleon saw only fifty seconds separate them at the finish, to end up second and third respectively on the only race today.
The Firefly 850 One Design class promised that every start and mark rounding will be hotly contested. Despite the light wind they never fail to deliver and watching five boats traveling in close company, exchanging positions along the way, is a bit like ballet on the water. In a come from behind move with broader and faster downwind angles Roger Kingdon's Moto Inzi claimed two first places. After being quick off the start line and sharing the lead on several occasions Andrew Marshall's Pink Lady and Bill Phelps Twin Sharks helmed by class designer Mark Pescott were eventually run down and had to settle on a mixture of second and third places on the two races. After a bad start on race two Henry Kaye's Mamba weaved his way through the pack and seemed to pick up an extra burst of speed approaching the finish and claim third spot.
The grand old ladies in the Classic Class were given the added benefit of getting racing underway this year by starting their coastal race first. As graceful as they maybe they are very slow in these conditions, so PRO James took the opportunity to get them out of the way of the racers to come. A long windward beat on a glassy sea tested the crews patience but they probably made up for it with ample liquid refreshments. Eventually a line of breeze appeared on the horizon and as it filled in Tom Howard's 101 year old Danish schooner Seraph got it first which propelled them to the finish line to claim the daily double. Gunther Nutt's Norwegian classic Kerida had every sail in the book flying but had to settle on second place. Graham Chuck's ketch rigged Anjuna was caught out on the wrong side of the course when the breeze filled in to finish almost an hour after the leader and take third place.
Full results at: http://www.phuketraceweek.com/results.htm
our marks and ready to go...
The 19 yachts entered in the IRC Class will be divided into two classes based on their IRC handicaps to have boats of similar performance racing each other. Peter Ahern's Farr 40 Yo!2 tops the list in racing performance but will have their hands full taking on Bob Yapp's Custom Simonis 56 Yo Mo and the Phuket 8's of Scott Duncanson's Som Tam Express and the Pattaya Team on Vino. The IRC handicap rules take into account the type and style of boat, so providing the crew race the boat up to its rating they could all be in with a chance. Ben Copely's Beneteau First 40.7 Asia Spirit, David Lindahl's Swan 42 La Samudra and John Vause's Ruby Tuesday have all won races before and have consistently picked up class victories at other major events held in Thailand last season.
In the smaller IRC 2 class Mick Kealy's X-342 Minx is expected to face off again with Stuart Crowe's Beneteau First 285 Cinders that in past years have fought it out to the very bitter end. Peter Dyer's 3/4 tonner Madam Butterfly got the best of Niels Dgenkolf's Phoenix at the Kings Cup last year and are expected to be back in the hunt again this week. Mike Downard's Platu 25 Evason Phuket Tua Lek and George Foose's Free Wind could be in with a chance if the conditions suite them. Having the IRC cut off at 1.010 seems to have divided the boats quite evenly in size and speed so we can expect to have some extremely close match ups across both IRC classes.
The Multihull class sees three cruising catamarans contesting this years title. Bob Mott's Tim Mumby designed Chameleon has won here before, Tim Milner's new Pescott designed Seekronghuk and Bob Brindley's X Catriot are all pretty evenly matched and dependant on who gets the first break.
The hotly contested Firefly 850 One Design class has five fired up catamaran skippers and crew ready to do battle in the final regatta of the Raimon Land sponsored series. Class Captain, fleet motivator and Far East veteran Henry Kaye's Mamba is tied on points with Roger Kingdon's Moto Inzi coming into this final event. Henry Kaye will surely like to make up for being piped in the final race in Koh Samui last month. The favourite on this occasion could well be Twin Sharks owned by Bill Phelps, as it is helmed by Mark Pescott, the well known multi hull designer and skipper that has pocketed all of the multi trophies on offer over the last few years. Not to be outdone Chris Jongerius on The Frog has allegedly a top notch Solent crew aboard and Andrew Marshall has recruited a very experienced crew for Pink Lady from Queensland - the home of Multihull sailing in Australia. Expect every start and mark rounding to be hotly contested. This is class racing at it’s best, all owners sharing tips on sail handling, tuning, trimming and helping each other with crew, launching, and generally being extremely helpful to each other but still very competitive and no quarter will be given on the water.
Four grand old ladies are lining up in the Classic Class and hoping to take home the second Seraph Perpetual Trophy. Tom Howard's hundred year old Danish schooner Seraph and Gunther Nutt's Norwegian classic Kerida will be taking on Graham Chuck's ketch rigged Anjuna and Mark Myking's more modern Idiom round out the golden oldies.
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