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Change of pace at CPHP Raceweek
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 16th: Although last nights Windguru weather report still had a glimmer of hope, the early morning rain put an end to the blustery conditions that have blasted Phuket for the last three weeks. Heavily overcast, no wind and a lumpy one meter swell, left over from yesterday, greeted the sailors on the race course. PRO Simon James delayed the start for an hour and a half, until a five knot breeze filled in from the South East and steadied in direction and speed, before going into the starting sequence. As the breeze faded towards the end of the first race and did not look like it was going to return, he had no other option than to call an end to proceedings and hope for something better tomorrow. It has been a slow start but one race is better than no race and gives the crews something to talk about at the evening party.

The Ahern/Wilmer/Bailey's TP 52 Oi!, stole the windward berth and covered Ben Copely's newly acquired TP52 Kodo on every tack before opening up a healthy lead. Although they misinterpreted the course signal and crossed the finish line after two laps, Oi! had time to return to the course, reround the bottom mark and still win by over eight minutes. Making it Oi! 1 - Kodo 0.

Its amazing if the tactician picks the wrong side of the course, how far behind a yacht can get in the space of one leg. Building onto the victory at the Samui Regatta, Roland Dane's Corby 36 Jessandra II claimed the handicap victory from David Dimmock's chartered Swan 42 Foo 4, that led the IRC II fleet around the course. Missing out by only three seconds, Jonathan Kingdon's Farr 30 Judy nipped around the course in front of the more fancied yachts to slot into third place.

Once again showing its pedigree, Mike Downard's Krabi Boat Lagoon Piccolo claimed the daily double in the IRC Cruising Class. Supporting a new set of sails, Patinyakorn 'Ging' Buranrom's S&S 42 Sansiri (Windstar) slotted into second place with the all girls team skippered by Liz Schoch on Sailescapes Farrgo Ladies performing very well in third place. Bill Sax's Fraser 41 Astraeus and Brian Hume's Brenneur Ketch 68 La Flute Enchantee (Ex Kriter) could not finish within the time limit and awarded FPA in fifth and sixth respectively.

In the Charter/Bareboat Class, Ian Lodewyckx/Keith O’Donnell's Hanse 400 Venture was the only boat to finish in the time limit for first place. Tirapongse Pangsrivongse Kantus’ Bride skippered by Kampon Sutara and Con Macarlino's Baveria 32 Fei Yu were also awarded FPA and received second and third places respectively.

The battle between Alan Carwadine's Stealth 11.8 Asia Catamarans Hurricane and John Coffin's sister ship Java has started again in the Racing Multihull class. This time Carwadine's Asia Catamarans Hurricane stole the lead and finished four minutes in front of Java. David Liddell's new Stealth 14m WOW slotted into third place and left the other three contestants wondering what they have to do to beat the Stealth catamarans.

Once again John Newnham's highly polished crew on Twin Sharks, skippered by Brent Gribble grabbed the lead and would not let go, to notch up victory in the Firefly 850 One-Design class. On the last downwind George Eddings Blue Nose gybed inside Neil Ayre's Advanced Racing Team (Mamba) who over stood the pin and allowed Blue Nose through by 18 seconds, on almost the last breath of wind for the day.

All four Corsair Pulse 600’s made it to the combined start line with the Firefly's and two even managed to round the top mark before the Firefly's. Dirk Weiblen skippering Sudu 3 (Blue) claimed the honours in front of Andrew DeBruin/Zam Bevan's SuDu 1 (Red) and Valentin Thomas' SuDu 4 (Yellow) in third, with a little over two minutes separating first to third places.

Racing continues tomorrow and with any luck the wind will return and get the race schedule back on track.

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