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14th Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2017

AY Race Report 4 & Summary

2017/18 AY Grand Prix Event

The winners are Team Hollywood, Phoenix, Lady Bubbly, Hurricane, Twin Sharks, Java Racing & Davinci
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 23rd Cape Panwa: A small clockwise pressure system to the South of Phuket, in the Northern reaches of the Malacca Strait, is pushing the SW'ly monsoon flow, out into the Bay of Bengal, to the West of Phuket and replacing it with its own light South Westerly breeze. This disturbed air flow has confused weather forecasters over the last few days and despite the grim predictions, local conditions have prevailed and defied the forecast, with four days of racing in 5 to 12 knots and managed to complete 8 races for the racing class and 6 for the cruisers. In these conditions the racing becomes very tactical and choosing the right lanes is the formula to success. Follow all the action in the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryBeing 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.

Summary
After a couple of years plagued with late starts and cancelled race days, the run of bad luck has been replaced by four days of tactical racing, despite the marginal weather conditions. Four nights of superb beach side dining and entertainment provided by the Cape Panwa Hotel make it one of the best catered regattas in the region. Simon James and the race organisation are second to none in providing excellent race management in the prevailing conditions. Combining the two makes it one of the best regattas in Asia and must be experienced to be believed. Mark down July 18th to 22nd 2018 in your sailing diary for some ole fashioned Thai hospitality and high-octane racing action.

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