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2015/16 AY Grand Prix Event


Weather going from bad to worse...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 17th: Unfortunately for the skippers, crew and regatta organisers, the wind did not turn up and left the yachts waiting around for four hours, before the decision to abandon racing for the day, except for the two TP52's in IRC Racing 1. PRO Simon James kept everyone informed of his intentions by radio throughout the day and continually sent the mark laying boats to check the wind and current at other locations. The final straw was to test, the clear water mark into Phuket Harbour, on the way back to the Cape Panwa Hotel mooring area. Four knots of wind and 1 1/2 knots of current and after consultation with the class representatives, everyone except the two TP52's were happy enough to call it a day and try again tomorrow.

A short one mile windward/leeward course was hurriedly set up and after some ole style America's Cup dial up maneuvers, the Ahern/Wilmer/Bailey's TP 52 Oi!, hit the start line first but Ben Copely's TP52 Kodo had the windward berth but slightly behind. Yesterday the Kodo crew said they learnt more about the boat, in an hour and a half of racing, than their four previous training sessions, that lasted all day. Today was a lot closer around the course than yesterday and despite a D4 stay coming loose from the spreader and a crew member winched up the mast to reattach it, Oi! took the daily double by a little over 2 1/2 minutes. to make it Oi! 2 - Kodo 0.

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

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