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16th Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2019

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July 21st Cape Panwa, Phuket: After all the stormy weather, an 8 to 10 knot South Westerly and slightly overcast sky, was all that remained and a great relief to the sailors and organisers alike. PRO Simon James and his race team have worked tirelessly all week, to get racing underway and managed to squeeze in three windward/leeward races for the racing classes and two for the cruisers, that constitute a series. At times the teams have experienced overpowering conditions and some of the new multihull teams are learning to tame their beasts, in the upper wind limits, but today could keep their rides under control and it shows on the results sheets. Check out the action in the AY Photo Gallery

Scott Bradley's Sydney 40 East Marine Emagine came out on fire today and made up for the DNF yesterday, to not only beat Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood on two races today, in the IRC 0 class but also claim all three races in IRC 1 class and in doing so claimed the IRC 1 title in the process. Five wins out of seven races, sealed the IRC 0 class for Roberts Team Hollywood and got his defense of the 2019-20 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards off to a good start.

Favouring light weather is the main reason Bradley's East Marine Emagine came to the fore and toppled the Aussie's on Craig Nicholls Sydney 40 Aquarii and the Russians on Alexey Mashkin's Cookson 12 MegaZip, that until today, were tied on eight points at the top of the table and now reduced to 2nd and 3rd overall respectively.

The multinational crew from Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand on Danish Niels Degenkolw's X3/4 Ton MK2 Phoenix, have clean sweeped the IRC 2 class, by posting seven wins in a row and their 4th IRC 2 title on the trot, plus become the 'Highest AYGP Scorer' at this regatta. Despite being up and down the order, Garry Holt/Michael Spies Platu 25 Sydney Premier Karting Park have survived a protest hearing to secure 2nd overall. The other Aussie Platu 25 team, Simon Oliver's The Dragon started well but fell of the pace in latter races, to end up in 3rd overall. Protest dismissed, has left Aussie Lyn Evans on the Farr 1104 Farrgo Express down in 4th overall.

Two races for the 10 Cruising Monohull yachts, brings them to a total of 4 races and by constituting a series, the drop race comes into play. John Vickery's Hansee 400E Venture and Keith Garry's X-412 BeauX Esprit's traded 1st and 2nd places today and after the drop race, Vickery's Venture has two 2nd places, that gives them overall victory. Garry's BeauX Esprit's and overnight leader Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly ended up tied on six points and broken in favour of BeauX Esprit's for 2nd overall, with a better final day race score.

Despite Mark Thornborrow's Moore 36 trimaran Bonza, and Dan Fidock's 10m Bakewell-White catamaran Fugazi, coming to the fore and winning races, in controllable situations today and denying overnight leader Andrew Hurford's Stealth 13 Phantom V, scoring a clean sheet. They came back with a last race victory, to claim the Multihull Racing title for the first time. Asking the boat builder and tactician, Alan Carwardine what's the secret to success in this highly tweaked class and he said 'I know when the boat is going slow and how to fix it. Getting a good start and being on the pace, is the main ingredient and successfully applying it around the course, is the battle'. Two further second places for Thornborrow's Bonza gives them 2nd overall and on a steep learning curve Dan Fidock's Fugazi slots into 3rd overall.

The change in wind strength saw John Newnham's Twin Sharks streak away into the lead and by posting three wins today, wrapped up the Firefly 850 Sports One-Design class and defend the title for the 7th time. Slightly of the pace in the lighter breeze, Hans Rahmann's Voodoo ended with three 2nd places and playing the bridesmaid role again. The change of pace also suited Ray Waldron's Surf Patrol that leap frogged over Marc Chapus' Moto Inzi to secure 3rd overall and relegate Moto Inzi down to 4th overall.

Although the regatta has been plagued with bad weather and the race committee have put in a sterling effort to run races, we haven't heard to many complaints from the sailors. We can control almost anything, on and off the water but the weather, we have to do what we can, with what we are dealt. It is very fitting that the Race Committee run by Chandran received the Phuket Raceweek Recognition Award for Services to Sailing this year. Every year is different and has been successfully concluded in all conditions. Mark down 15th to 19th July 2020 in your diary, for next years 17th enthralling edition.

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