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2015/16 AY Grand Prix Event


Normal service resumed to finish Raceweek on high note...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 19th: Overnight the SW trade wind returned and much to everyone's delight, the last day of racing started on time and two races were held to complete the series. What looked very bleak at the start of the regatta, turn the fan up a notch or two and all is forgotten. Warming up to the occasion, the two TP52's have staged a close battle and Ben Copely is pleased with the Kodo crew, after winning the last race from Peter Ahern's syndicated Oi! by thirty seconds, on their first outing in anger. Some leaders in other classes have extended their lead, while others have juggled the places and fought over the podium places.

As if joined by an elastic band, the two TP52's circulated in close company, on two passage races, around neighboring islands. Only 10 seconds separated them in favour of Oi! on the first race today and Kodo held onto a 30 second lead in the second race, to claim its second win of the series. With four wins on the board, Ahern's Oi! takes the IRC 1 Racing title and Ben Copely is pleased with the crews performance, as they meld together on the new ride. Can't wait till a few more TP52's race come together on the same race track.

Unfortunately the low number of races contested and in some classes the small entry list will reduce the number of points scored in the 2015-16 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP). After winning all five races and having more than five boats in the class, Alan Carwadine's Stealth 11.8 Asia Catamarans Hurricane scores maximum points and leads the way into the 2015-16 Season from the Multihull class.

Roland Dane's Corby 36 Jessandra II has been on a mission all week, and posting two more wins today, seals the IRC Racing II title in the process. Although David Dimmock's chartered Swan 42 Foo 4, seemed to have a healthy lead on the water, but when the IRC ratings were applied, they finished down the order and hung on to claim second overall. After a slow start to the regatta, Mike Tilden's syndicated Beneteau 44.7 Fujin corrected out with two 3rd places today and leap frogged Jonathan Kingdon's Farr 30 Judy and John Vause's Young 11 Ruby Tuesday into third overall.

After making a big move yesterday, Patinyakorn 'Ging' Buranrom's S&S 42 Sansiri (Windstar) followed it up with another bullet today and puts it down to the new set of sails to win the IRC Cruising Class. After leading the regatta in the early stages Mike Downard's Krabi Boat Lagoon Piccolo was over run and settles on second overall. Even a fouled spinnaker hoist could not stop the all girls team skippered by Liz Schoch on Sailescapes Farrgo Ladies from progressing and third overall behind the dueling leaders is not to be sneezed at.

Second place for Ian Lodewyckx/Keith O’Donnell's Hanse 400 Venture is enough to keep them at the top of the Charter/ Bareboat Class. A win for Philip Grove's Baveria 46 Cruiser Uhuru lifts them into second overall and third place today for Con Macarlino's Baveria 32 Fei Yu relegates them to third overall.

Staying on their winning ways, Alan Carwadine's Stealth 11.8 Asia Catamarans Hurricane scored two more wins, to make it five in a row and take the Racing Multihull title with a clean sheet. They also score maximum points and lead the way into the 2015-16 AYGP Season from the Multihull class. Despite scoring two 3rd places today, John Coffin's sister ship Java holds onto second overall, from David Liddell's fast finishing Stealth 14m WOW in third overall. Fourth place for Greenville Fordham's Image Asia Nina is the first of the non stealth boats and beat two of the more fancied trimaran's.

A slow windward beat on the first race today, left John Newnham's Twin Sharks, skippered by Brent Gribble in the middle of the Firefly 850 One-Design fleet and try as hard as they could to recover, uncharacteristically scored them in fourth place. It's hard to keep a good team down, and they returned to the pace to win the next race, to bag the title with four wins out of five races. Neil Ayre's Advanced Racing Team (Mamba) also returned to form with two 2nd places to take over second overall. After quick repairs Hans Rahmann's crew have regained confidence in Voodoo to snatch third overall from George Eddings Blue Nose.

Andrew DeBruin/Zam Bevan's SuDu 1 (Red) traded 1st and 2nd places with Dirk Weiblen's Sudu 3 (Blue) to even the score and leaves DeBruin's SuDu 1 (Red) with the inaugural Corsair Pulse 600 title. Two 3rd places for Valentin Thomas' SuDu 4 (Yellow) keeps them in third overall and a lot of work to do to keep up with the leaders.

The Phuket Raceweek services to sailing award was presented to Mick Kealy by Byron Jones for his contribution over the last 25 years to the marine electrical industry, Commodore of the Ao Chalong Yacht Club along with a whole lot of other accolades to many to mention here.

Summary
Unfortunately we cannot control the weather and luckily the sailors understand this and can compromise the situation. Also they are easy to please and very patient people, so when the wind did return, all is forgotten and lets get on with the job. It's all about fun and there is plenty of that to be had, at the beach bar and nightly presentation party. We haven't heard to many complaints about the weather and the overall running of the event. Mostly favourable compliments and as
Cape Panwa Hotel have extended the title sponsorship and hosting agreement for another two years, we are all looking forward to coming back next year from the 20th to the 24th July. See ya then...

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