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Barmy tropics interrupts racing but persistence pays off
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 20th: After a two days of superb sailing conditions, the South Westerly flow deserted us yesterday and racing was completely abandoned. It didn't look any better this morning and after another lengthy wait, miraculously a light South Easterly appeared on the horizon, which was just enough for PRO Simon James to get racing underway. The Multihull, Cruiser and Classics started first and were dispatched to seaward on a two island passage race. Then the IRC Racers on a short windward/ leeward course. No racing yesterday, virtually ensured the run away class leaders overall victory. It didn't have the excitement of a final race showdown but none the less everyone was keen to get going again and make the most of the last day of racing.

A failed port tack start for Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 was their first mistake and not getting into stride during the race, leaves them down in 4th place and breaking their run of four victories. Paul Winkelmann’s HH42 Island Fling showed their light weather prowess to win the handicap stakes from David Dimmock's fast finishing Dubois 40 Blue Note. Once again perennial Line Honours winner, Peter Ahern's TP52 Oi! gets dumped down to 3rd place after the handicaps are applied.

Four wins in a row for Bremner's Foxy Lady 6, earns them the IRC Racing Class title on their first attempt and completes an eight regatta winning streak, since the 2012 Top of the Gulf Regatta. It also kicks off their assault on the 2014-15 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) in fine style and looking good to repeat winning the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards. Second overall for Paul Winkelmann’s Island Fling, showed a lot of pace around the course and as they are seriously contesting the AYGP this season, will be a threat at other regattas. Ahern's crew on Oi! are disappointed with the result and not defending the title, but are sure to come back with a vengeance, when racing similar length boats in better conditions.

Despite being caught barging at the start line and having to do penalty turns, Roland Dane's Corby 36 Jessandra II helmed by local sailing legend Scott Duncanson, still made it five wins in a row and a run away victory in the IRC 2 Class. Ray Waldron's Phuket 8 Surf Patrol finally came good with 2nd place today but to late in proceedings to improve beyond sixth overall. Third place for Keith Garry's X-412 BeauX Esprits is a good result in front of lighter boats in these conditions. Fifth place for Greg Reynolds Farr 30 Foreign Affair is enough to retain second overall, as their closest rival, John Vause's Young 11 Ruby Tuesday finished in 7th, to cling onto third overall from Stuart Williamson's rapidly advancing Beneteau 34.7 Skandia EOW in fourth overall.

Although Mike Downard's newly acquired Farr 1104 Sail in Asia Pinocchio won again today, they have received Retired After Finishing (RAF) in Race 3, for changing sails without notifying the race committee and as there is no drop race, hand the IRC Cruising Class title to Richard Barnhurst's Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 Hedonist, that scored all second places. Another third place for Patinyakorn 'Ging' Buranrom's S&S 42 Sansiri keeps them in third overall and in front of some newer more fancied yachts.

Mixed results in the Charter/Bareboat Class has juggled the overall order. A win for Simon Oliver's Sunsail Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 Anchalai (Rattana) breaks the tie with David Cole's Hanse 315 Sudsakorn Too for third overall. By taking 3rd place today, Jonathan Kingdon's Baveria 34 Little Eva rises back to the top of leader board. As Philip Grove/ Ian Lodewyckx's Hanse 400 Venture faltered back in 4th place and after counting 4th place from the first race of the series, drop to second overall,

By coming through and winning the final race, Zam Bevan's Corsair Sprint MK2 Bullet broke the three way tie for third overall in their favour. Although John Coffin's Stealth 11.8m Java got the better on handicap of Alan Carwadine's sister ship Asia Catamarans Hurricane on this occasion, but three first places and a second, grants Carwadine's Asia Catamarans Hurricane the Multihull Racing class title. Coffin's Java has to settle on second overall but can still smart over their Multihull Regatta victory.

Although Hans Rahmann's Voodoo pulled off a daring port tack start and went on to convincingly win the race, this result leaves them in third overall and having to hand over the title. Second place today and three wins in earlier races, gives John Newnham's Twin Sharks the Firefly 850 Sports One-Design class title. After winning the Multihull Regatta last week, Neil Ayre's Advanced Racing Team (Mamba) has been on the pace and become Twin Sharks biggest rival, but a Race 4 disqualification (DSQ) and they have to settle on second overall this time.

The current dragged the Classic Class yachts over the horizon and when they returned Michael Zircon's 95ft Aventure had a 43 minute lead over Tom Howard's gaff rigged schooner Seraph, skippered by Thai Captain Bao. Having steering problems, Simon Morris' Staysail Schooner Sirius was 9 minutes further adrift. When handicaps were applied, Tom Howard's Seraph comes out on top in the race and in doing so wins the Classic Class title. Second place for Zircon's Aventure slips them into second overall, with defending champion Morris' Sirius ending up in third overall. Seraph were also awarded the Seraph Classic Trophy donated by Tom Howard.

Grenville Fordham was the worthy recipient of a new award created by Byron Jones at Media Business Services Co., Ltd for the "Person who has given the most to expanding sailing in Thailand over the years".

Summary
Unfortunately all the organising in the world but we cannot control the weather. According to PRO Simon James yesterday was the first time we have ever lost a day at Raceweek and the first time in 10 years he had to fly N over A and 3 toots, to cancel a day at any Asian regatta. All hopes were dashed for competitors expecting to make a comeback on the final two days. But sometimes that's the way we have to roll. The superb hospitality and fantastic Cape Panwa Hotel cuisine and free flow of beverage, makes up for the lost racing and should not be missed if your intending to race in Asia next year.

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