winners are Team Hollywood, Phoenix, Lady Bubbly, Hurricane, Twin
Sharks, Java Racing & Davinci
Being the first regatta of the 2017-18 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP), Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood and John Newnham's Firefly 850 Twin Sharks have scored 7 race wins each and share the lead in the Rankings for the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards.
Having wrapped up the IRC Racing 1 class with a day to spare, there was no need for Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood to race today, but not being part of their nature, they were back on the race course doing what they do best. Seven wins in a row to claim the title with ease. Out to prove a point Scott Bradley's Sydney 40 East Marine Emagine scored 2nd place to cement 2nd overall from the challenges closing in from behind. Fourth place for David Dimmock's Swan 42 Loco is enough to hang onto 3rd overall and a good way to start the new season.
The close tussle between Niels Degenkolw's X3/4 Ton MK2 Phoenix and Lyn Evans on the all girl crew Sailescapes Farrgo Ladies continued with several lead changes but in the end, it is Degenkolw's Phoenix that runs away with the IRC Racing 2 class title. The girls on Sailescapes Farrgo Ladies applied a lot of pressure and come away with a well deserved 2nd overall. Michael Downard's Krabi Boat Lagoon Piccolo has been up and down the order, which resulted in 3rd overall and as good as the results show.
After a little glitch yesterday, Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly returned to form and claimed the daily double today and clinched the Cruising Class title. Winning yesterdays race and 3rd today is enough for Keith Garry's X-412 BeauX Esprit's to slot into 2nd overall. Ian Kennedy's heavy displacement Swan 55 Who Dares Wins needs more than 5 knots of breeze to perform and has clung onto the skirt tails of the leaders, to claim 3rd overall. It's worth noting that Cape Panwa Hotel's very own Kantus’ Bride skippered by Kampon Sutara scored 2nd place today, the best they have ever achieved.
Scoring six wins and not worse than 3rd place, Alan Carwadine's Stealth 11.8 Asia Catamarans Hurricane defends the Racing Multihull title in grand style and adds another trophy to the bulging cabinet. Not being able to improve on 2nd overall, Henry Kaye decided to pack up the Seacart 30 Thor while the crew are still here and has enjoyed the tactical challenge the regatta presented. Third place today for Andrew Hurford's Stealth 13s Phantom V is enough to take 3rd overall from several Stealth catamarans that have pressured the leaders and exchanged places during the races.
With seven wins on the board John Newnham's Twin Sharks wrapped up the Firefly 850 Sports one-design class with a day to spare and didn't need to race today. In their absence the Japanese on Natsuki Motoyoshi's Mil Grace claimed the daily double and take over 3rd overall. Slow of the start line George Eddings Blue Nose climbed back to 3rd place and survived in 2nd overall, to be their best result at any regatta to date.
Andrew DeBruin's Multihull Solutions H30 returned to the winners circle to tie on 14 points with Neil Ayre's Java Racing. The run of five wins puts Ayre's Java Racing in the box seat for the Pulse 600 title and relegates DeBruin's Multihull Solutions H30 to the bridesmaid role. Despite scoring a DNF and DNS mid regatta, Simon Oliver's Su Du Red still ends up in 3rd overall from two other competitors.
Once again Sean Jackson's Andaman Cabriolet Davinci pulled away from Rick Fielding's Fusion 40 MOJO and claimed the daily double and they finish in 1st and 2nd overall respectively.
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