Lady 6 win by 2 seconds - You couldn't write a better script...
Yesterday ended with Frank Pong's Dibley custom 76 Jelik, tied on points for the IRC 0 title with Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi and the Ahern/ Bailey/ Wilmer trio on Oi! closing in on one point behind the leaders and all to play for in the final showdown. Although the NW breeze struggled to reach 10 knots the race was on in earnest. Being optimised for light wind, Pryde's Hi Fi led the TP 52's around the course and the big question being asked on the media boat, was Pong's Jelik far enough in front to win the race.
As the numbers crunched, it turned out in favour of Pryde's Hi Fi followed by Oi! and Jelik. Although a second race was fired away, it was soon abandoned as the breeze faded away and so did the chances of toppling Hi Fi, who was suffocating in the second row at the start of the second race. The final Overall placing's are 1st Hi Fi, with Jelik and Oi! tied on 18 points and broken in favour of Jelik.
Yesterday Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 miraculously made it seven wins in a row and sealed the IRC 1 title with one day to spare. Today its all about the remaining podium places and whether the all conquering crew on Foxy Lady 6 can win one more race and fore fill their seasons ambitions by claiming the 2013-14 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards.
As the yachts circulated, Foxy Lady 6 was on the pace but hard for the spectators to judge if they have enough in reserve to win the race. Finally the radio announced that they have won the race by a mere 2 seconds from Roland Dane's Corby 36 Jessandra II and Anthony Root's Archambault 35 Red Kite II pulling up in third. The final Overall placing's are victory for Bremner's Foxy Lady 6, 2nd for Marcel Liedts Sydney GTS 43 Elektra and on their first outing in Asia, Dane's Jessandra II in third.
Last year Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 started their "Assault of the Gulf" and won both the Top of the Gulf and Samui Regattas. They continued the winning streak into the 2013-14 Season by convincingly winning the Raja Muda, King's Cup, Royal Langkawi and returned for the second assault at the Top of the Gulf and now the Samui Regatta. Like a Canadian cowboy would say "Not only did they grab the bull by the horns but got amongst it and kicked ass".
This seven regatta winning streak has been masterminded by Bill and Janis Bremner and superbly conducted by a mixed crew of Canadian, Singaporean, Philippine and Aussie sailing legends - Cap'n Bill on the helm, Steve McConaghy calling the shots, sail trimmers Janis Bremner, Andrew Chan, Stuy Lee and Scott Minton, Chas Mitchell on the bow, Benny Mawson in the pit, Dale Johnston on the mast and navigator Ko Chuan Yang. They will be celebrating long into the night.
Gary Baguley's Holman & Pye 52 Custom El Coyote has dominated the IRC 2 class, stringing together six wins and two second places. Patinyakorn 'Ging' Buranrom's S&S 42 Sansiri settles on second overall with Mick Grover's locally owned Elliot 7 Moon Shadow rounding out in third overall.
Different story in the Bareboat/Cruising Class, where the NHC Performance Handicap System is used on the same boats in IRC 2 and handicaps are changed each day based on the corrected times from the previous race. Mick Grover's Elliot 7 Moon Shadow won today's race, but Overall victory goes to Patinyakorn 'Ging' Buranrom's S&S 42 Sansiri. Grover's Moon Shadow holds onto second overall, while Baguley's El Coyote has to settle on third overall under this system.
For now its time to party at the combined gala prize presentation party, on the magnificent lawn setting in front of Centara Grand Beach Resort on Chaweng Beach.
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