end to a splendid regatta...
Coming into the final day Ray Roberts DK46 Evolution Sails held a slender three point lead over Neil Pryde's Welbourne 52 Hi Fi. The discussion over breakfast was "Would this be enough? Could Peter Ahern's Farr 40 YO!2 slot in to create some points separation?" Neil Pryde's crew were up and at it early, with an air of confidence in their stride and struck gold soon after by winning both races today. Only 34 seconds in Race 7 and 41 seconds in Race 8 behind was Ray Roberts on Evolution Sails that reduced the overall points lead down to one, for Ray Roberts to claim the title on his first outing at Raceweek. Talk about coming down to the wire. If that's how it is going to be for the next nine events on the AYGP we are in for a bumper season. Two third places for Peter Ahern's Farr 40 YO!2 places them in third overall and hopefully enough motivation to join us for a few more events on the calendar.
Jaray Tipsuk's all Thai crew on the Platu 25 Mitrmitri climbed onto the top of the Overall leaderboard yesterday and by winning both races today firmly stands on the top of the podium in the hotly contested IRC 1 class. This is a great achievement for the Thai team that raised 5,000 Baht per sponsor and then plastered the names all over the hull of the boat. Not to pretty but seems to be very effective. The battle for second and third overall came down to Peter Dyer's IOR 1/2 tonner Madam Butterfly and Niels Dgenkolf's X Yacht IOR 3/4 tonner Phoenix sparring it out, which came out in favour Peter Dyer's Madam Butterfly taking second and then Niels Dgenkolf's Phoenix holding off the chasing pack including Stuart Williamson's two race winner Skandia Endeavour of Whitby to claim third place.
Andrew de Bruin's Ron Swanson Sloop Awatea has been on form all regatta and by keeping a clean scoresheet they take home the Club Charter Class title for the second year running. Horst Lakits crew on the Swan 55 Big A have been busting a gut all regatta but could only win one race and enough points to secure second overall. Rob Azzopardi's Jeanneau SO 34.2 Prosafe Cunning Plan may have taken them on a bumpy ride but solidifies third place overall by the end of the day.
The battle royal between Henry Kaye and Fergus Wilmer's Sea Cart 30 Thor and Grenville Fordham's newly launched Andaman Cabriolet skippered by designer Alan Carwadine came gracefully to an end. Winning the starts, showing a good turn of speed and being in front of the Corsairs won Da Vinci Niña six out of eight races and the Multihull title on her first aggressive outing. Henry Kaye is not happy to be beaten by an Italian restaurant but will have to settle on second place for Thor. Neil Ayre's Corsair 28 Shanghai Baby has been hanging in there all regatta and a well earned third place overall makes them the best of the rest.
Although there was a change in the finishing order in Race 7 today, six wins for Hans Rahmann's Voodoo Child, in the earlier races, sealed them the Firefly One Design title with a day to spare. Despite breaking some gear causing an early retirement Roger Kingdon's Moto Inzi six second places earned them second overall. John Newnham's The Frog won Race 6 today and consistently scoring third places keeps them in third overall. As the results were well and truly decided plus the early retirements it was whole heartedly agreed not to race the final race and seek shelter from the burning sun rays at the 'Into the Beach' bar back at the Evason.
Tom Howard's North Sea Fishing Boat Seraph being the only grand old lady to turn up this year for the Classic Class has had four beautiful days of sailing around the islands to the South East of Phuket and no doubt win the Seraph Trophy. They are disappointed that other boats did not come and enjoy the delights of Phuket, so would like to extend an invitation to all other Classic boat owners in the region to take them on next year.
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