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Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Picture perfect conditions to finish the regatta...
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July 22nd: Blue sky, bright sunshine, sparkling sea and a steady 10 to 14 knot South Westerly tradewind greeted sailors for the final rounds of racing. In some classes the overall result was a foregone conclusion but for others the crucial results today would determine their fate and the final outcome. Henry Kaye's Seacart 26 Sweet Chariot was out early and up flying the hulls, while the big boat crews rejoiced as they could finally unleash their full potential and stretch their legs which showed up in the results. Always ready to please sailors, PRO Simon James fired off a quick windward/leeward race for the racing classes, who then joined the Cruising Classes on an islands course out to Koh Maiton and finished up in front of the Cape Panwa Hotel. Enabling house quests to see some of the final day action and what all the fuss has been about for the last four days.

Six bullets in a row for Rick Pointon's J130 Jingjing sealed the deal in the IRC 1 class and the combined IRC Class with one day to spare. The increase in breeze finally got Ben Copely's new Reichel Pugh 45 Katsu scooting along to score the daily double in both races and take some thing back from Jingjing. Although it comes a little to late in proceedings to make a real impression, they have shot up to second overall in IRC 1 and third in the combined IRC class. Two third places for Kevin Whitcraft's GP42 Won Ma Rang secures second overall in the combined IRC class but relegated them down to third overall in the IRC 1 class. After a slow start to the regatta and a relief to the regatta organisers, the big boats have finally come through to fill all the podium places in the combined IRC Class.

First and second places for Ray Waldron's Phuket 8 Surf Patrol keeps them on the top of the Sportsboat leaderboard and race away with the title. Third and fourth places for Paul Murphy's Welbourn 25 Brace! Brace! Brace! did nothing to improve their chances of toppling Surf Patrol for the gold medal and after displaying some terrific bursts of speed with the Dynamic Stability System had to settle on second overall. Seemingly always in the picture frame at the start and mark rounding's, Rolf Heemskerk's chartered Soto 30 Longitude went up and down the order but never received the gong and ended up in third place. As the big boats hit their stride and captured the handicap honours it was these boats that dropped down the combined IRC Class order on the last day.

Although Stuart Williamson's Beneteau 34.7 Skandia EOW and Niels Degenkolw's X3/4 Ton MK2 Phoenix scored wins in the two races held today, it is John Vause's Young 11 Ruby Tuesday that consistently scored two second places and clings onto top spot, to once again lay claim on the IRC 2 title. For most the regatta there has been a four way battle for individual race glory and the overall stakes. Even after the first race today, Williamson's Skandia EOW reclaimed back top spot but fifth place in the second race relegated them to second place and ended up tied on points with Degenkolw's Phoenix that had to accept third place overall. After having wild swings up and down the order Peter Jones Bashford/Howison 41 Moya Hin slotted into fourth place in front of several boats that were completely outclassed by the leading four contenders.

Scoring two wins today, Mike Downard's Sail in Asia firmly placed two hands on the IRC Cruising Class title. Defending champion, Jim Ellis S&S 12.8 Remington had to concede defeat but two second places keeps them in second overall and pleased with the result. Yee Haa! Despite being cruising by nature there is still a strong element of racing in the fleet. Keen to get going the top contenders crowded in on the pin end and ran out of runway. Not wanting to peel away, Andy Brennan steered Jenzminc VI head to wind, which backed the jib and tacked the boat in front of the approaching fleet. In the process clipping Rob Azzopardi's Beneteau Oceanis 423 Dreamtime which may have rattled the proud boat owner and left them down in third place.

David Roberts Andaman Cabriolet Da Vinci skippered by Mark Pescott have clean sweeped the Multihull Class by notching up eight wins in a row. Extending their winning streak to 15 races after the Multihull Championship to make it their second regatta victory in as many weeks. Fourth and third places for Rob Cullen's chartered Andaman Cabriolet Niña is enough for them to hold onto second overall and make it two Andaman Cabriolet's on the top steps of the podium. Two second places for Henry Kaye's Seacart 26 Sweet Chariot moves them up into third overall and displaces David Liddell's Corsair C37RS Miss Saigon down to fourth place.

Although Hans Rahmann's Voodoo wrapped up the series yesterday, they were back out today and added another win to their tally to finish with a clean sheet and yet again take home the Firefly 850 One-Design trophy. In Voodoo's absence, Roger Kingdon's Moto Inzi snarled the last race to secure second overall after being up and down the order throughout the series. After mixing it up with the rest of the boats, John Newnham Twin Sharks has done enough to claim the remaining podium place.

First place today for Simon Morris' Staysail Schooner Sirius drove home the advantage and wrapped up the Classic Class title on their first attempt. Reigning champion, Mark Myking's William Garden Idiom returned to form with second place, to break the overnight tied standings and claim second overall in his own right. Despite taking line honours in every race Joe Gruba's Hans Christian 38T Mc Bob the Boat was overrun in the handicap stakes and had to settle on third overall. Tom Howard's 100 year old gaff rigged schooner Seraph, skippered by Captain Bao traded third and fourth places with Mc Bob the Boat in the last two races to end up tied on points but the last race result leaves them in fourth place in the battle of the grand old dames. Simon Morris also accepted the Seraph Classic Trophy donated by Tom Howard.

Summary
As 80% of the racing was held in less than 10 knots of wind and in strong tidal currents, this is a good test for the sailors to handle these conditions. Anyone can make a boat move in strong wind but the real test is keeping the boat moving and making the right tactical decisions in light winds. The top sailors have shown their ability to cope with these conditions and sure many other crews have learnt a thing or two from them during this regatta. The new venue and Title Sponsor, Cape Panwa Hotel have exceeded all expectations and great to see the enthusiastic staff go about their work with youthful exuberance and present a mixture of scrumptious Thai and foreign food in fine style.

Presenting Sponsor Mount Gay Rum and Official Suppliers Phuket Beer and Mont Clair Wines have kept the sailors huge thirst quenched throughout the regatta and their voices echoing around the walls of The Lighthouse bar and restaurant for quite a while yet. All in all another great success and sure to go down in history as "A change for the better".

The points for the 2012-13 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) Championship are yet to be tabulated and will be released next week along with the AY Photo Gallery with all the action captured at Raceweek.

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