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AY Race Report 2

Skippers looking for consistency
By AY MultiMedia
May 23rd, Koh Samui, Thailand: Despite the grim looking weather forecast and the mirror like surface in Chaweng Bay this morning, the early wind scouts found 12 to 15 knot Westerly, blowing down the Strait between Samui and Koh Phangan. The tropical depression formed over the Nicobar Islands to the West of Phuket, is moving slower than expected and producing the Westerly flow we're experiencing. With a smile on the dial, PRO Ross Chisholm fired away one windward / leeward race, then the IRC Racers and Multihull's joined the Cruising Class, on a 26nm Coastal course between the islands. After yesterdays opening rounds, things are getting serious, with crews more than ever determined to please the skippers in their quest for consistency and the elusive silverware, for their trophy cabinets. Goto AY Photo Gallery for the latest images.

Although attempts to crowd in Kevin Whitcraft's TP52 THA 72 at the start line, have temporarily slowed them down, they manage to escape the clutches, put it in top gear and scarper away. Posting two more wins, to make it five in a row and a clean sheet to be well on the way to defending the IRC 0 title. Sam Chan's TP52 Free Fire found some extra pace to record two 2nd places and take over second overall. Marcel Liedts Ker 46 Zannekin and Frank Pong's Custom Dibley 75 Jelik traded 3rd and 4th places to hold the respective overall positions.

Responding to the fresh breeze, Steve Manning & Anthony Root's Ker 42 Black Baza and David Dimmock's Club Swan 42 Loco claimed race wins to boost their standing. As the drop race comes into play after five races, Gary Baguley's Beneteau 44.7 Fujin drops a dismal 6th place and goes directly to the top of the IRC 1 table. Not scoring worse than 3rd, Dimmock's Loco trails Fujin by one point and ready to strike back in the coming days.

Black Baza was forced to retire for missing the gate on the second race and opened the door for Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns GTS 43 Mandrake III to hold onto 3rd overall and a two point cushion over Black Baza in fourth. Once again only one minute of corrected time, separated the first six yachts on the short courses and the juggling of places is expected to continue, with the title still open for the taking.

Having mostly crew from Mick Grover's Elliot 7 sports boat, has bought Aussie Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly to a whole new level of competition and four wins in a row, is starting to resemble a picket fence. The crew of trainees on Tim McMahon's X99 SailQuest Hi Jinks, are on a steep learning curve and beginning to make inroads on Lady Bubbly's lead.

Although Mick Tilden's Corsair Pulse 600 Pixalux has won most the starts, a stark difference in pointing ability on the first leg, has seen Nut Thongtoam's H3O Multihull Solutions sail over the top of them and win every race, to lead the Multihull Class by an ever increasing margin.

Racing continues tomorrow and weather permitting a mixture of windward/leeward and coastal courses are on the menu.

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