Six Senses Phuket Raceweek 2011
Goto 2011-12 AYGP Championship8th Six Senses Phuket Raceweek 2011

AY Race Report 4 & Summary

Blustery end to a great regatta...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 24th: Persistent overnight rain dampened the sailors spirits as they arrived at the Evason this morning. Swirling wind and small whitecaps deterred some teams from participating for fear of breaking valuable equipment on the boats. After winning six races on the trot, Neil Pryde was the first to announce they were not racing the borrowed TP52 Team Premier, as the IRC 1 Racing trophy is already in the bag, even if two races are held. A mixture of windward/leeward and passage races were selected for different classes as conditions moderated to a steady 10 to 12 knots with a rolly seaway left over from the passing storms.

With a sigh of relief that Premier Racing, two Phuket 8's and Baby Tonga had withdrawn, it was left to the four 40-45 footers to do battle amongst themselves for the remaining podium places. Ben Copley's Swan 42 Katsu nailed the start line but was quickly overhauled by David Ross' new Ker 40 KukuKERchu and Rick Pointon's J130 Jingjing as they lifted up the first beat. As they circulated Katsu hauled Jingjing back in as the race for handicap honours unraveled. Race 7 results 1st Jingjing, 2nd Katsu and 3rd KukuKERchu meant that Katsu held a slender one point lead over Jingjing with one race to go. Down to the final passage race showdown. As they reappeared from behind Ko Lon it was hard to determine who held the advantage on handicap. After crossing the finish line and number crunching completed, two wins for Jingjing tied them on points with Katsu and after count back gives Jingjing second overall and Katsu comes to rest with third on the podium.

As the breeze eased off the sloppy one meter sea made for hard going in the IRC 2 Class. Several skippers had voiced their displeasure at Bryan Gauson's Farr 1104 Piccolo, starting tactics, that the jury have already discussed at length and were determined to get the better of them. Piccolo's skipper Mark Chapman made sure they kept their nose clean and stayed on the pace to win both Race 7 and 8 and graciously defend the title. Fourth and second places for Pornprom Sakultem skippering the Platu 25 Royal Thai Navy 4 is enough to hold onto second overall. Apart from the Race 1 win, Peter Dyer's IOR 1/2 tonner Team Sea Bees has consistently scored third places to naturally end up third overall.

The IRC 3, Performance Multi's and Classic Classes were sent on a passage race into Ao Chalong Bay and back. As the leaders entered the bay, light drizzling rain descended upon them and as the wind faded the back markers made up ground causing almost a restart at the entrance. As the day wore on the light drizzle gave way to sunshine and pleasant sailing conditions so a further Race 8 was dialed in for the racing classes.

With the taste of success in sight Jim Ellis S&S 12.8 Remington went on to snatch victory today and claim the IRC 3 title on their first attempt. Jim Kane's Bavaria 49 Linda and Rob Azzopardi's Beneteau Oceanis 423 Dreamtime have ended up tied on points which was broken in favour of Linda as they have won two races with Dreamtime taking the 3rd podium place.

In the Performance Multihull class Alan Carwardine’s Stealth 12.5 Sidewinder streaked off into the lead and after surviving the light patches in Ao Chalong reappeared in front to claim the daily double and solidify their position at the top of the table. Second place for Paul Larsen skippering the Andaman Cabriolet Da Vinci dropped them to second overall after leading the class for half the regatta. Third place for David Liddell's Corsair C37RS Miss Saigon put them out of contention for winning the class. With the bit between his teeth Alan Carwardine drove Sidewinder mercilessly in the final race to clinch the title. David Liddell's Miss Saigon slotted into second place in front of Paul Larsen's Da Vinci but ended up in the reverse order on the podium.

Undeterred by recent ups and downs, Ian Coulson's crew buckled down on Voodoo to claim Race 7 and put themselves back on the top of the Firefly 850 One-Design class. At the start of the day Peter Dyer's Team Land & Houses ably skippered by Rob Meizer held the overall lead by one point but third place and John Newnham wedging Twin Sharks into second place provided the separation to trail by one point with one race to go. All eyes focused on the fleet as they disappeared behind Koh Lon and when they returned it was Team Land & Houses with a healthy lead that streaked across the bay to win the race. Roger Kingdom's Moto Inzi and John Newnham's Twin Sharks slotted into second and third and as Voodoo mysteriously fell of the pace Rob Meizer skippering Team Land & Houses went on to claim the title. Voodoo had to settle on second and Twin Sharks on third overall.

After winning three of the four grudge matches Mark Myking's William Garden Idiom has sailed of into the sunset with the Classic Class trophy. Tom Howard's North Sea Fishing Boat Seraph, skippered by Khun Bao weren't far behind but had to settle on second place this year.

We have had the full range of conditions throughout the four days of racing which has kept the sailors on their toes. This time of the year anything from dead flat calms to sailing straight into the blustery teeth of the SW monsoon can be experienced. Over the years the sailors have grown accustomed to this and they come prepared for anything that can be thrown at them. The friendly and casual nature of the event, held in five star Evason elegance with free flowing culinary delights has made this regatta the best in the region
. Long may it continue into the future...

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