racing leaves classes open for the taking
Three laps in light and variable conditions stressed the after guard and strained relations with the tactical calls. Sarab Singh's Windsikher II led the way around the top mark, only to loose out to Peter Ahern's syndicated TP52 Oi! on the downwind. As they closed in on the finish, an early gybe by Oi! had them over standing the mark and bearing away to cross the line. Whilst Windsikher II came in hot and carried the breeze through to finish 4 seconds in front of Oi!. Frank Pong's Jelik slotted between them on corrected time for second place, leaving Peter Ahern's Oi!, in third place and deposed by Windsikher II at the top of the pointscore, with 2 points to spare.
It appeared as an elastic band was tied between the yachts as they circulated. Contracting and expanding with every puff of wind, and to hard to call on handicap as they crossed the finish line. The Malaysian Armed Forces DK47 Uranus skippered by Norhafisam led around the entire course, only to be bettered by Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth's EFG Mandrake on corrected time. Roland Dane's Corby 36 Jessandra II has been piling on the pressure, since their Day 2 catastrophe to slot into third place, in front of series leader Bill Bremner's Foxy Lady 6 by 22 seconds. This result hauls Foxy Lady 6 back to within one point and ties EFG Mandrake and Jessandra II in second place and ready to pounce on the final day tomorrow.
Finally Bryan Coianiz's Sayer 13 Siren kept their nose clean and managed to win a race. Second place for Gary Baguley's Holman Pye 52 El Coyote keeps them on top of the combined IRC 2 Class by a whopping six point margin. Third place for Michael Hough's Spirit 65 Chloe Giselle lifts their spirits and by reducing Patinyakorn 'Ging' Buranrom's S&S 42 Windstar to fourth place, has opened up a battle for the minor podium places.
Under the National Handicap for Cruisers (NHC) system, Gary Baguley's Holman Pye 52 El Coyote holds the lead in the Premier Cruising Class and Patinyakorn 'Ging' Buranrom's S&S 42 Windstar tops the IRC 2 (NHC) Class.
up to two races on the final day tomorrow, then the Samui Regatta culminates
with a gala dinner on the lawns of the Centara
Grand Beach Resort, during which the winning skipper and
vessel will be crowned with the 2014-15
and Yacht of the Year title
and awarded with the perpetual AYGP
filled with champagne and the embroidered Trend
Fashions navy blue blazer to take home.
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