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13th Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2016

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2016/17 AY Grand Prix Event

Persistence pays off in the end...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 22nd: Unfortunately a small high pressure system has moved up the coast and is covering the whole of Phuket in a breathless zone. Even the South Westerly monsoon that prevails this time of the year, has been deflected away and changed direction towards the North. Leaving the record 47 boat fleet and 500+ sailors stranded at various locations around the racing area. PRO Simon James had the sense to hoist the postponement flag on the jetty and keep the sailors ashore until the breeze materialised. So at 1245 the AP flag came down and a great sigh of relief was heard, as the sailors had an hour to get out on the water with the prospect of racing. Five to six knots at 230/240 degrees was enough to complete two short races for most the classes and only one for the cruisers.

After some pre-start jostling, the hotly contested Firefly 850 One-Design class were again first away. Several lead changes as they circulated but in the end it was the defending champion, John Newnham's Twin Sharks that came away with two wins and resumed the role at the top of the leaderboard. Close on their heels Hans Rahmann/Ian Coulson's Voodoo scored second and third places and despite handing over the overall lead, they hold onto second place. Neil Ayre's Advanced Racing Team (Mamba) led for most the first race, only to be overrun on the second lap and ended in third. The big mover is George Eddings Blue Nose with second place in the second race, lifting them to third overall.

With only seconds between the two TP 52's, they are almost inseparable around the short tight courses. Peter Ahern's newer generation Oi! seems to have a slight speed edge but Ray Roberts highly optimised Millenium Racing I manages to keep up and with a lower rating comes to the fore in the handicap stakes. Today they scored one win a piece (28 and 8 seconds) added onto yesterdays victory, Roberts Millenium Racing I holds onto the lead by one point.

With seven evenly matched starters, the IRC Racing II class is turning into a close run affair. David Dimmock's Swan 42 Loco has hit top form at the right time, to lead around the course on the first two races and take out the daily double. Only seconds separate Ben Copley's recently acquired Ker 40 Gust (ex KukuKERchu), Scott Bradley's Sydney 40 Emagine and Richard Barnhurst's Beneteau First 45 Balance. Bradley's Emagine broke through in the second race today, to take victory from Copley's Gust and relegated Dimmock's Loco to third place. This result leaves Loco in first place but is now tied on five points with Emagine, and Gust in third overall.

Niels Degenkolw's X3/4 Ton MK2 Phoenix took advantage of a finishing error made by Ian Lodewyckx/ Keith O’Donnell's Farr 30 Foreign Affair to claim victory on the first race today. Thinking they had another lap to do, Foreign Affair rounded the leeward mark instead of going to the finish, thereby loosing valuable time and opened the door for others to come through. Recovering with 3rd place and finishing before the 1700 cut off time in the second race, gifted Foreign Affair victory and they still retain the overall lead. Finishing after the cut of time Degenkolw's Phoenix was awarded Finish Place Awarded (FPA) and 3rd place to hold onto second overall. Paul Scholten's Soto 30 Moon Smile has excelled and second place in the last race elevates them into third overall.

Despite nine Multihull's all going hammer and tong around the course, Alan Carwadine's Stealth 11.8 Asia Catamarans Hurricane is one step ahead and posted two wins to maintain the overall lead. John Coffin's sister ship Java, is following suite with second places, despite being recalled at the start and making other little errors. Third and fifth places for Peter Wood's new Stealth 13s Top Cat gives them third overall and completes the podium places with a Stealth white wash.

Starting as the horn sounds, in clear air and with speed, Aussie Mick Tilden's Pixalux Sudu Blue sails off into the distance and claimed both Corsair races today, to keep a clean sheet. Zam Bevan's H30 and Charles Robinson Su Du Yellow traded second and third places to hold the respective places in the overall stakes.

Singapore's Clement Lim Phuket Boat Lagoon Weasel wasted no time today and pushed the Platu 25 to the limit and notched up two wins, to go directly to the top of the One Design leaderboard. Second and third places for Liz Schoch and the all girl crew on Phuket Boat Lagoon Fox eases them down to second overall and some work to do to regain the lead. Kev Scott's Absolute One Design with the oldest foredeck hand in the world, scored 5th then slipped into 2nd place to advance into third overall.

Only one race for the combined IRC Cruising/Charter Class could be completed. Making a determined effort from the start, Jim Ellis' S&S 46 Remington led around the course and increased at every turning mark, to claim the daily double and goto the top of the class. Second place for Keith Garry's X-412 BeauX Esprits has them tied on four points with Remington and retains second overall. Fourth place for Jim Oosterweghel's Hanse 400 Venture drops the overnight leader to third overall and opened the door for Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly to make advances on their third spot.

Racing continues tomorrow and although the weather prediction remains the same, hopefully the seabreeze comes in again, so more races can be completed.

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