going from bad to worse...
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
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.
continues tomorrow and with any luck the wind will return and get the
race schedule back on track.
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