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16th Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2019

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Higher success rate despite scattered showers...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 20th Cape Panwa, Phuket: Despite the relatively clear morning sky, the TMD Weather Radar at the airport said otherwise, as a very big storm cell was heading our way. The AP flags were raised onshore and everyone kept an eye out. The AP came down at 0900 with a reminder of Rule 4 Decision to Sail. Although the main part of the storm passed to the North of the island, the fleet were advised to take shelter behind Koh Lon, while the outer bands passed over. Then it was on for young and old, and despite some scattered showers, three windward/leeward races were held for the IRC and Firefly cats, while the Multihull racing class completed a W/L race, then a passage race into AO Chalong and back. The Cruising Class a single point to point race, around SWM, then Koh Lon and finish back at the start. Check out the action in the AY Photo Gallery

Despite the jib halyard parting company on the first race and having to send a crew member aloft, Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood managed to get their time back from the IRC 1 racers in the combined results and post three wins in the IRC 0 class.

The Russians on Alexey Mashkin's Cookson 12 MegaZip and the Aussie's on Craig Nicholls Sydney 40 Aquarii, are neck and neck around the race course and by posting similar scores over two days, are tied on eight points, with MegaZip leading by scoring two wins. Despite damaging the gooseneck on the boom and retiring from Race 2, Scott Bradley's East Marine Emagine did some running repairs and bounced back to win the third race and is still in contention with 3rd overall.

The core of the crew on Niels Degenkolw's X3/4 Ton MK2 Phoenix, have been together for many years and shared many victory celebrations together, in Phuket and Langkawi. It comes as no surprise, that they notched up three wins today and are on top of the IRC 2 pointscore. The two Aussie Platu 25 teams, Simon Oliver's The Dragon and Garry Holt/Michael Spies Sydney Premier Karting Park are duking it out on the race course and although their scores have been up and down the order, they are tied on 11 points for 2nd and 3rd places. Aussie Lyn Evans on the Farr 1104 Farrgo Express are trailing the fleet and have lodged a protest against Sydney Premier Karting Park for an incident today.

The short windward slog for the 10 Cruising Monohull yachts, sorted them out before a hair raising run under spinnaker, to the outer harbour mark. At the end of the race, the veteran team on Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly came out on top and take over the lead. Second place for John Vickery's Hansee 400E Venture lifts them to 2nd overall, while the defending champion Keith Garry's X-412 BeauX Esprit's made improvements and by claiming 3rd place have climbed up into 3rd overall. Fourth place for yesterdays winner Ian Loderwyckx's Phalin, has reduced them to 4th overall. Although Laurie Piper's Yankee Schooner Atlanta, isn't likely to win any prizes, they paint a lovely picture with all sails set and drawing.

Despite Mark Thornborrow's Moore 36 trimaran Bonza, with Warwick Downes on the reigns and Dan Fidock's 10m Bakewell-White catamaran Fugazi, flying hulls and covered in a cloud of spray around the course, its the sheer cunning sailing style onboard Andrew Hurford's Stealth 13 Phantom V, with the boat builder Alan Carwardine calling the shots, that scored two wins, on top of yesterdays single win, to lead the Multihull Racing with three bullets. Two second places for Thornborrow's Bonza allows them to take over 2nd overall from a hungry chasing pack. Although Fugazi established an early lead on the first race, they overlaid the mark during a huge gust and lost valuable time getting back on track, that may have contributed to slipping to 3rd overall.

Over the years there has been intense rivalry between John Newnham's Twin Sharks and Hans Rahmann's Voodoo, with Twin Sharks usually taking the honours. This year Rahmann's Voodoo has found some hidden speed and posted two wins plus second place, to take the lead in the highly competitive Firefly 850 Sports One-Design. They are tied on six points, with the same placing's over two days and tomorrows final day will be the decider. Three 4th places for Marc Chapus' Moto Inzi secures them 3rd overall, while Ray Waldron's Surf Patrol and George Eddings Blue Nose have exchanged places at the bottom of the table and will have to go hard to improve their standings.

Last day of racing tomorrow and weather permitting some more races can be held to complete the series. Normal service has been resumed downstairs at the race village tonight and hopefully tomorrow for the gala dinner and prize giving.

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