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AY Race Report 3

2015/16 AY Grand Prix Event


Wind glorious wind, resuscitates the regatta
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 18th: After two days sitting in the hot sun waiting for wind, the race committee had enough sense to hoist the postponement flag ashore and keep the sailors waiting in the shade of the beach bar, until there was enough wind to race. Never seen the beach chairs and Cape Panwa Hotel's all-new Bamboo Bar so busy. Two hours went by before news came in, that there was a steady 5 knots from the SW and a delighted regatta organiser, Byron Jones blew the whistle and lowered the postponement flag. PRO Simon James waited patiently at the start line and went into sequence as soon as the yachts arrived and much to everyone's satisfaction, fired off two races in succession and not only saved the day, but the entire regatta.

Some sailors were a little bit to keen to get racing again and the strong outgoing tidal current pushed them across the start line before the starting signal sounded and made mark rounding's on the downwind leg difficult to judge, with the prospect of loosing or gaining many places.

As the crew work comes together on Ben Copely's TP52 Kodo, they are getting closer to the Ahern/Wilmer & Bailey's TP 52 Oi! and trailed by a little over a minute on the first race today. Ahern's Oi! was called over the start line in the next race, giving Copely's Kodo the advantage, that they held onto around the course and recorded their first win over Oi! and the first win on the new boat. Making it Oi! 3- Kodo 1.

Although Roland Dane's Corby 36 Jessandra II ploughed on with a 2, 1 scoreline and lead the IRC II class, mixed results behind them have juggled the leader board in their wake.

A win for David Dimmock's chartered Swan 42 Foo 4, in the first race today and fifth in the next race, is enough to secure second overall. Seventh and third places secures Jonathan Kingdon's Farr 30 Judy third overall in front of the more fancied yachts. Third place for John Vause's Young 11 Ruby Tuesday was followed by being over the start line and dipping down to sixth has left them in fourth overall. After a slow start to the regatta, Mike Tilden's syndicated Beneteau 44.7 Fujin is making a comeback and second place in the last race today, leaves them in fifth place and aiming to get amongst the leaders during the next races.

Making a big move today, Patinyakorn 'Ging' Buranrom's S&S 42 Sansiri (Windstar) scored two bullets and takes over the lead in the IRC Cruising Class by the scruff of the neck. Two second places displaces Mike Downard's Krabi Boat Lagoon Piccolo down to second overall and two third places for the all girls team skippered by Liz Schoch on Sailescapes Farrgo Ladies keeps them steady in third overall. Libby Boyd's Standfast 40 Mas Alegre has put up a good showing to finish all the races in fourth place and in front of Brian Hume's much bigger Brenneur Ketch 68 La Flute Enchantee (Ex Kriter).

In the Charter/Bareboat Class, Ian Lodewyckx/Keith O’Donnell's Hanse 400 Venture and Con Macarlino's Baveria 32 Fei Yu shared the wins, but the first race victory puts Venture into the overall lead from Fei Yu. Two second places for Philip Grove's Baveria 46 Cruiser Uhuru slots them into third place and relegates Tirapongse Pangsrivongse Kantus’ Bride skippered by Kampon Sutara down to fourth overall.

Although three of the four Racing Multihull's were recalled at the start for being over the line, they have finished all races in the same order. Alan Carwadine's Stealth 11.8 Asia Catamarans Hurricane pulled away with a clear start to add two more wins to their tally and lead the class. John Coffin's sister ship Java followed suit with two second places and David Liddell's new Stealth 14m WOW with third places. Greenville Fordham's Image Asia Nina holds onto fourth place and two others did not make an appearance.

A few hick ups around the course, made John Newnham's Twin Sharks, skippered by Brent Gribble work extra hard for two victories today and added to the first race win, take a clear overall lead in the Firefly 850 One-Design class. Fifth and second places for George Eddings Blue Nose has them tied on points with Neil Ayre's Advanced Racing Team (Mamba) in third by nature of the last race placing's.

Two wins for Andrew DeBruin/Zam Bevan's SuDu 1 (Red) elevates them to the top of the Corsair Pulse 600 leader board. Dirk Weiblen's Sudu 3 (Blue) slips to second overall after trading 2nd and 3rd places with third placed Valentin Thomas' SuDu 4 (Yellow).

As a storm came in from the South West, with the remaining competitors on the course, this may just be the break through we have been waiting for. The Windguru weather prediction has it increasing overnight and on the final day tomorrow which is a welcome relief for everyone concerned.

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