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2014/15 AY Grand Prix Event


Another challenging day in paradise
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 18th: Although the South Westerly has dropped a little to 8-12 knots, the sun is out, the sky is blue and the fleet completed up to two races by 1500hrs and back at the Cape Panwa Hotel beach bar, for refreshing cold drinks, to finish another challenging day in paradise. PRO Simon James, chose a quick windward/leeward race for the racing classes and a single passage race around the islands for the Bareboat/Charter and Classic Classes. Then it was the racers turn for an islands passage race and the number of islands is determined by the average boat speed in the class.

Crews were trying hard to eliminate any silly mistakes, that lost them valuable time and punished them yesterday. The pecking order has been established and its time for the crews to shape up, if the skippers ambition is to stand on the podium by the end of the regatta.

There doesn't seem to be anyone that can stop Bill Bremner's AYGP award winning Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 from winning races. Although Bremner doubted taking on Ahern's TP52 Oi! before the regatta, master Aussie tactician and racing coach, Steve McConaghy implied "Its important to be on top of your game at the start of the regatta and get a jump on the competitors before they can catch you". Two more wins today for the Foxy Lady boyz and a 4 picket fence appears on the scoreboard.

Ahern's Oi! were being super cautious on the mark rounding's and have significantly closed the gap to score 2nd and 3rd places today and climb onto the bottom step of the podium. Paul Winkelmann’s HH42 Island Fling is showing signs that the recent optimization efforts are paying dividends, by beating Oi! by 43 seconds, on the second race today and holds onto second overall.

The same applies in the IRC 2 Class. The closest anyone has come to toppling Roland Dane's Corby 36 Jessandra II is 4 minutes on corrected time. Most the boats are 10 years old or more, compared to Jessandra II's latest technology and crew skills, that's earned them 4 wins in a row. Two second places for Greg Reynolds Farr 30 Foreign Affair lifts them to second overall. Rebounding after yesterdays broken halyard let them down, Stuart Williamson's Beneteau 34.7 Skandia EOW closed with two 3rd places and managed to get the better of John Vause's Young 11 Ruby Tuesday, that followed suite with two 4th places but still holds onto third overall.

Only one long passage race for the IRC Cruising Class today. Mike Downard's newly acquired Sail in Asia Pinocchio is keeping the ageing Farr 1104 class burgee flying high, as they added another win to their tally at the top of the leader board. Their closest challenger is Richard Barn hurst's Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 Hedonist had settle on second place again. Third place for Patinyakorn 'Ging' Buranrom's S&S 42 Sansiri keeps the flag flying for Thailand.

Since the first race hiccup, Philip Grove/Ian Lodewyckx's Hanse 400 Venture have had the pedal to the metal and once again cleaned up by over 40 minutes, to go directly to the top of the Charter/Bareboat Class. David Cole's Hanse 315 Sudsakorn Too, got the better of Jonathan Kingdon's Baveria 34 Little Eva, by three minutes but the roles are reversed on the scoreboard.

The battle for the lead between Alan Carwadine's Stealth 11.8m Asia Catamarans Hurricane and John Coffin's sister ship Java continues unabated. Coffin's Java came out on top, in the three lap windward/ leeward race but Carwadine's Asia Catamarans Hurricane came back on the islands passage race, to cement first overall in the Multihull Racing class. The lighter breeze saw Greenville Fordham/Bob Mott's Andaman Cabriolet Niña drop of the pace and made way for Shane Grover / Zam Bevan's Corsair Sprint MK2 Bullet and Mark Horwood's Formula 40 trimaran Adrenalin to share 3rd and 4th places. This result after four races, leaves Niña, Bullet and Adrenalin all tied on 16 points and presently in the same respective overall order.

Although Roger Kingdon's Moto Inzi pulled off a convincing port tack start and led for most the race, eventually John Newnham's Twin Sharks, Neil Ayre's Advanced Racing Team (Mamba) and Hans Rahmann's Voodoo mowed them down. The rivalry between Newnham's Twin Sharks and Ayre's Advanced Racing Team is ongoing since the Multihull Regatta last week. By trading 1st and 2nd places, its even stevens today and three wins for Newnham's Twin Sharks keeps them on top of the Firefly 850 Sports One-Design class. A string of 3rd places leaves Hans Rahmann's defending champion Voodoo in third overall and needs to find an extra minute of boat speed, if they are to defend the title.

Simon Morris' Staysail Schooner Sirius made her first appearance this year in the Classic Class and immediately made an impression by correcting out in 1st place. Although Michael Zircon's 95ft Aventure crossed the finish line, 21 minutes in front, both Sirius and Tom Howard's gaff rigged schooner Seraph, skippered by Thai Captain Bao have eclipsed Aventure in the handicap stakes. This leaves Aventure and Seraph tied on 4 points for the overall lead but with Morris and Sirius lurking only one point behind, despite their lateness don't write off the defending champions.

Racing around the islands continues tomorrow and after a night off, the daily prize presentation and superb Cape Panwa Hotel cuisine and beverage also resumes tomorrow night.

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