Race Report 1
Senses Phuket Raceweek off to a slow start...
July 22nd: After some deliberation the 20 IRC monohull racers got divided into three classes according to their rating and potential performance. Hot off last weekends SEA Property Multihull Championship nine boats are fronting up in the Multihull Class and eight Firefly 850 Sports in the one-design class. Two classic boats round out the order, making it a total of 39 boats contesting this year. The weather forecast did not look to promising and after a short wait, PRO Simon James managed to get the fleet away on a two island passage race. Some were a little to keen to get underway and a general recall for the combined IRC 1 & 2 classes even delayed the proceedings further. Hopes for another race were dashed as the wind did not pick-up and moved all over the place, so PRO James decided to call it a day in light of the circumstances.
Competitors found it difficult in the lee of the islands, on the one race that was sailed today. This is were fortunes can be won and lost. From the press boat it looked like a game of snakes and ladders, until they rounded the final hurdle and got back into the wind line. The boats that had a fast trip through the lee of Koh Aeo have in general gone on to win their class.
Ben Copley's Swan CS 42 Katsu led the IRC Racing class across the finish line but it was Scott Duncanson's Phuket 8 Quantum Fusion M that snatched victory after handicaps were applied, leaving Katsu in second place. Up from Malaysia, Antony Hastings' Beneteau First 53 F5 Baby Tonga with Aussie legend Fraser Jonson on the helm slotted into third place.
Peter Dyer's IOR 1/4 tonner Sea Bees took out the daily double of line and handicap honours in the IRC 1 class. Then came a gaggle of Platu's led by Mike Downard's Tuay Lek and the Royal Thai Navy's new acquisitions No's 5 & 4 skippered by Jaray Tipsuk and Co. Pornprom Sakultem respectively.
The Russians are in town and Alex Takhovski showed their superior sailing skills when he drove the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 50DS Lero across the finish line to take out the daily double in fine style. Keith Garry's Malaysian based X-412 BeauX Esprits happily slotted into second place. Despite returning late after the general recall Horst Lakits' Swan 55 Big A managed to climb back up into third place.
The battle for superiority in the Multihull Class continues with great intensity. Henry Kaye's Seacart 30 Thor continued on their winning ways from last weekend by scoring first and fastest in Race 1. Andy Pape skippering the new Andaman Cabriolet Da Vinci slotted into second place to renew their rivalry with Thor which is expected to go down to the wire again. David Liddell's Corsair 37 Miss Saigon is never for behind and only needs a tiny bit more speed to improve on third place.
In the Firefly 850 Sport one-design class, Andrew Marshall's Pink Lady skippered by Mark Pescott went gybe for gybe with Hans Rahmann's Voodoo around the back of Koh Aeo. On the final stretch Mark took Pink Lady a little wider and was released from the light patch early and streaked off into the distance, never to be headed. Hans Rahmann on Voodoo fought back to regain second place. Always in the wings and ready to pounce Roger Kingdon's Moto Inzi ended up in third place.
There are only two boats in the Classic class and on this occasion Gunther Nutt's Friendship Sloop Kerida prevailed over Tom Howard's 100 year old North Sea Fishing Boat Seraph.
Racing continues tomorrow and as the weather forecast is for stronger winds over the weekend, all fingers are crossed that the prediction comes true.
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