2010 -11 AYGP
It seemed like each gybe one boat would pull slightly ahead, then the next gybe another boat was looking famous for a while. Until eventually Frank Pong's 76ft Jelik II crossed the shortened finish line taking line honours with the 52 footers hot on his transom. Twenty seven seconds latter Hannes Waimer's TP52 Team Premier breasted the line with Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi only four seconds adrift. A further 22 seconds elapsed and Sam Chan's TP52 Freefire came through with Ray Roberts TP52 Evolution Racing trailing them by forty three seconds. All in all, a little over two minutes elapsed for all the Racing Class boats to finish and the number crunching started. When we left off yesterday Neil Pryde's Hi Fi took over the lead and stayed on the pace to win the last three races and take out the Racing Class title. A couple of bad luck races reduced Hannes Waimer's Team Premier down to second overall and second place today for Sam Chan's TP52 Freefire breaks the tie with Ray Roberts Evolution Racing to end up third and fourth overall respectively.
Although Neil Pryde has won the regatta and Ray Roberts finished in fourth place, under the six regatta's to score system, Ray Roberts still manages to win the 2010-11 AYGP Championship and take home the new 2010-11 Evolution Sails AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year trophy. This regatta is the seventh event they have both contested and becomes the drop event for Roberts, after winning 4 events as opposed to Pryde's 2 wins, Roberts defends the title they won last year.
Despite being recalled at the startline, Marcel Liedts Archambault 40 Elektra managed to claw their way back into contention and win the final Race 10 by 33 seconds from Matt Allen's Beneteau 44.7 Zhik Ichi Ban and Simon Powell's Archambault 40 Sell Side Dream slipping into 3rd spot. Several protest hearings and redress for the Day 2 accident has resulted in Matt Allen's crew having a torrid time in the protest room and his Beneteau 44.7 Zhik Ichi Ban being dethroned as top gun in the IRC 1 class down to second overall. As a result of Ichi Ban scoring average points and collecting a 50% penalty infringement, Marcel Liedts Elektra is elevated to first overall in the points shakeup. With placing's ranging from 2 x 1st to 7th, Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth Mills 40 EFG Bank Mandrake takes the third podium place, in front of the hungry chasing pack of 40 footers that have scraped for every single place in the pointscore.
Greg Coops X 372 Abraxas added another win to their tally making it five wins out of seven races to sew up the IRC 2/Cruising class in fine style. Peter Herning's Baveria 42 Kirafiki turned the tables on Jean Rheault's Johnstone One Tonner Souay 1 in today's race but in the overall stakes Souay 1 retains second and Kirafiki slots into third overall.
In the Multihull class Saad Pangawan's Belize 43 Kindred Spirit are ecstatic that they have won a race at their home regatta. Second place for Kirati Assakul (Nim) Bandara Sonic gives them the overall victory on handicap. Despite not being able to convert line honours into handicap victories, Henry Kaye's Firefly 850 Sports Pagatoon ends up in second place on the podium. Second place today for Kunta's (Samui Ocean Sports} bi-plane rigged Radical Bay 8000 Team Zazen has lifted them into third overall after Radab Kanjanavanit's KT-ZMICO Cedar Swan had to retire halfway through the event with hull damage.
The 'Junior Optimist Koh Samui Regatta 2011' continues through to Sunday when the new champion will be crowned.
Due to passing rainstorms in the afternoon, it was decided well in advance to hold the final prize presentation indoors at the spectacular Centara Grand Beach Resort on Chewang Beach.
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