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Picture perfect conditions to start off with
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 17th: All speculation about the weather conditions over the last couple of days, were put to rest, when 12 to 14 knot South Westerly and clear blue sky, graced the course for the opening races. The fleet were eager to get away and the smart racers were checking out the windward beat and spinnaker handling techniques before the start. On paper the IRC Racing Class seemed a bit lopsided, with four forty footers taking on the might of Ahern/ Wilmer & Bailey's TP 52 Oi!, but when Race 1 results were broadcast, it was Bill Bremner's AYGP award winning Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 in the box seat and Oi! down in 4th place.

No one was prepared to give an inch away and drove their boats mercilessly, to get the extra yard on their opponents. Even Mark Horwood's Formula 40 trimaran Adrenalin, was fully powered up with spray across the trampoline and clocked in with 4th place, in the highly competitive Multihull Racing Class.

In a case of not making any mistakes and sailing the boat up to maximum boat speed in the conditions, then letting the IRC rating take care of the results, Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 stayed on their winning ways and won both races today, to sit on top of the leaderboard. Paul Winkelmann’s HH42 Island Fling and the Sorensen/ Tilden/ Ketelbey & Brown's fully retweaked Beneteau 44.7 Fujin traded 2nd and 3rd places. A fouled spinnaker take down left the Ahern/ Wilmer & Bailey's TP 52 Oi!, scratching their heads with two 4th places.

Roland Dane's Corby 36 Jessandra II with Aussie legend Micheal Spies and local sailors Scott Duncanson and Mia Gillow onboard, completely dominated the IRC 2 Class with two wins out of two races. Just after the start, the halyard on Stuart Williamson's Beneteau 34.7 Skandia EOW parted company, which left John Vause's Young 11 Ruby Tuesday, Greg Reynolds Farr 30 Foreign Affair and Niels Degenkolw's X3/4 Ton MK2 Phoenix to fight over 2nd and 3rd places. Ray Waldron's Phuket 8 Surf Patrol showed some bursts of speed around the course but late starting on the second race has left them down in 4th overall.

In the IRC Cruising Class, Mike Downard's newly acquired Farr 1104 Sail in Asia Pinocchio scored two handicap wins, in front of Richard Barnhurst's Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 Hedonist their closest challenger had to settle on two 2nd places. Following suite, with two 3rd places Patinyakorn 'Ging' Buranrom's S&S 42 Sansiri leaves Thailand's up and coming sailing star in third overall.

Aussie David Cole's Hanse 315 Sudsakorn Too, finished 32 seconds in front of the Brit's on Jonathan Kingdon's Baveria 34 Little Eva, in the first race, but the roles were reversed when the Charter/Bareboat Class handicaps were applied. Although Philip Grove/Ian Lodewyckx's Hanse 400 Venture seemed to struggle around the windward/leeward course, they opened an half hour lead on the long passage race, to claim the daily double by the proverbial mile. Second place for Kingdon's Little Eva puts them on top of the points table.

Playing bridesmaid to his sistership at the Multihull Regatta last week, has stirred the crew on Alan Carwadine's Stealth 11.8m Asia Catamarans Hurricane into action and by scoring two first and fastest's today, in a closely fought and high speed battle with John Coffin's sistership Java, has restored the respective order in their favour. Greenville Fordham/Bob Mott's Andaman Cabriolet Niña, are still on the pace and enjoying the favourable conditions, to score two 3rd places and end up in third overall.

The action in the Firefly 850 One-Design class, is fast and furious with regular changes in the order and only seconds separating the leaders. John Newnham's Twin Sharks is leaving no stone unturned and although the results don't give justice to the height of battle, they won Race 1 by 6 seconds and Race 2 by 50 seconds from Neil Ayre's Advanced Racing Team (Mamba). Defending champion Hans Rahmann's Voodoo is only a minute behind the dueling leaders but two 3rd places leaves them with some work to do.

Weighing in at 90 tons or roughly one ton per foot, Michael Zircon's superbly Indonesian built Aventure, streaked off to an hour and half lead over Tom Howard's 100+ year old gaff rigged schooner Seraph, skippered by Thai Captain Bao. Although Seraph pulled back a lot of time when the handicaps were applied, its Zircon's Aventure with Cruising Jim on the helm, that takes out the daily double in the Classic Class.

Racing around the islands continues tomorrow and everybody is hoping the great conditions today will stay with us.

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