Race Report 3
day of two contrasts!
July 24th: What started with a brisk windward / leeward race, finished in almost drifting conditions on a passage race around the islands. The storm that swept in from the Andaman Sea, engulfed all of Phuket in heavy rain, soon put an end to the lovely 15 knot SW breeze and left the yachts rocking and rolling in the lumpy sea that formed overnight. To make matters worse the sailors had to contend with a strong out going current, which turned the usual surfing conditions around the back of the islands into a drifting match in a difficult seaway. Again some skippers were a little to keen at the start and individually recalled for being over the line. This time it was Horst Lakits' Swan 55 Big A that miss judged the current and collected The Moorings sponsored start boat, fortunately with little or no visible damage other than a bruised ego.
The crew on Antony Hastings' Beneteau First 53 F5 Baby Tonga went out determined to put in a good showing in the fresh conditions and that's just what they did. Taking the IRC Racing daily double in Race 5 by 42 seconds from Ben Copley's Swan CS 42 Katsu and Ray Waldron's brand new Phuket 8 Surf Patrol taking third spot. Scott Duncanson's Phuket 8 Quantum Fusion M developed spinnaker problems and had to overshoot the bottom mark, then forced to retire. Not to be outdone, Ben Copley rebounded on Katsu by taking the daily double in Race 6 and as the drop race comes into play, taking a healthy two point lead over Scott Duncanson's second placed Quantum Fusion M who recovered from the earlier setback. Ray Waldron's brand new Surf Patrol slotted into third place and the crew work is improving with every race. In the light winds Antony Hastings had to settle on fourth place for Baby Tonga which keeps them steady in third overall and depending on how many races are run on the final day tomorrow to have any chance of improving.
Bryan Gauson's 1976 Sydney Hobart Race winning Farr 1104 Piccolo has felt the highs and lows of yacht racing before. Today was no exception when they luffed their main competitors above the start boat and never looked back, to score first and fastest in Race 5. Only to finish up dead last in the Race 6 drifting match. Despite all this they have posted four wins and Race 6 becomes the drop, so they still hold a four point lead in the IRC 2 overall stakes. Peter Dyer's IOR 1/4 tonner Sea Bees excelled in the light wind and staged a comeback by winning Race 6 and third in Race 5 to take over second overall. Defending champion Jaray Tipsuk on Platu 25 Royal Thai Navy 5, Stuart Williamson's Beneteau 34.7 Skandia Endeavour of Whitby and Co. Pornprom Sakultem's Platu 25 Royal Thai Navy 4 have shared the placing's around and are locked in battle for the third podium place.
Despite being recalled on both races today, the Russians on Alex Takhovski's Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 50DS Lero went on to score two bullets and in doing so claim back the overall lead, displacing Keith Garry's Malaysian based X-412 BeauX Esprits to second overall in the IRC 3 class. Bob Yapp's Simonis 56 Yo Mo, John Caffin's Jeanneau J53 Don't Think Twice skippered by James Hardie and Horst Lakits' Swan 55 Big A shared the placing's and have closed in on each other to be fighting it out for third overall.
Henry Kaye's Seacart 30 Thor added two more wins, making it six in a row and some thing really untoward will have to happen for them to loose the Multihull Class title from here. Andy Pape skippering the new Andaman Cabriolet Da Vinci continues to play the bridesmaid role, with second place in Race 5 and joined the five retirements when they fell of the pace in Race 6 to hold onto second overall. As Alan Carwadine's crew come to grips with the new Stealth 12.5 Sidewinder, they scored second place in Race 6 and are progressively climbing the rankings. Two third places for David Liddell's Corsair 37 Miss Saigon keeps them steady in third overall but may have fend off some likely challengers if they are to retain third spot.
A little hiccup during Race 5 caused Hans Rahmann's Voodoo to suddenly drop down to second place but Race 6 saw them back on their winning ways and take a healthy five point lead into tomorrows final day of racing before they secure the Firefly 850 Sport one-design class trophy. Roger Kingdon's Moto Inzi stepped up to the plate and took victory in Race 5 and second place in Race 6, to hold onto second overall and become the only boat that can trouble Vodoo from here. Third and second places for Ann Otherone in charge of SEA Property lifts them to third overall and relegates Andrew Marshall's Pink Lady down to fourth overall.
In the two boat Classic Class, Tom Howard's 100 year old North Sea Fishing Boat Seraph once again triumphed over Gunther Nutt's Friendship Sloop Kerida, to take a one point advantage in the overall stakes, which will be determined by tomorrows final race.
For the final day of racing tomorrow, PRO Simon James has indicated that (weather permitting) the race committee would like to hold two races for the racing classes and fairly settle the outstanding racing.
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