conditions return for final days...
After a dip in form on Wednesdays drifting race, Kevin Whitcraft's TP52 THA72 are back on the pace in the breeze and added another victory, to make it 6 wins out of 7 races and sure to defend the IRC 0 title. Aussie Philip Turner’s Reichel-Pugh 66 Alive enjoyed the long race, as it gave them a chance to stretch their legs to secure 2nd place and retake 3rd overall. Sam Chan's TP52 Freefire has a history of heavy air performances and held of the rest of the fleet to slot into 3rd place but remains in 5th overall. An individual recall at the second start for Sarab Singh's Welbourn 52 Windsikher II left them trailing the fleet around the course and although 6th place is all they could manage, they are still in 2nd place in the overall stakes.
While Kevin Whitcraft's THA72 marches away with the TP52 Division, Sam Chan's Freefire holds onto 2nd place, while Chen Fulin's Ark 323 drifts down to 3rd overall.
Although Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns GTS 43 Mandrake III made a slow start to the regatta, they have made up for it, by winning the last 4 races and taking the daily double today, puts them in an enviable position for the IRC 1 title. Timothy Fox's chartered Beneteau 44.7 Fujin aren't done with it yet and continue to sandwich in between the dueling Mandrake III and David Dimmock's defending champion Club Swan 42 Loco in the handicap stakes and provide the points separation needed for Mandrake III to secure the title.
In these conditions, Tim McMahon's X99 SailQuest Hi Jinks and Mick Grover's Elliot 7 Moon Shadow are no match for Jean Rheault's One Ton J41 Souay 1, that has won every race so far and wrap up the Cruising Class title, with a day to spare. SailQuest Hi Jinks and Moon Shadow will have to settle on 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The nippy Corsair Pulse 600's trimaran's are a handful in these conditions. As they worked their way along the Ko Phangan coast, the overall leader Andy Pape's Sudu Red radioed in, they were retiring with a broken centerboard. This paved the way for Nut Thongtoam's defending champion Sudu Grey to break the string of 3rd places and claim the race win, but do not improve on 3rd overall. Second place for Mick Tilden's Pixalux ties them on eleven points with the leader Sudu Red but remain in 2nd overall and all to play for on the final day tomorrow.
Meanwhile over on Mad Nam beach, the first round of the Asia - Oceanic KTA Hydrofoil Tour, got underway, after a postponed day yesterday due to no wind and rain. The first two races where to see tight racing throughout, on the two lap course, with Malaysian rider Daniel Leow and Thai rider Rachan Taktin exchanging the first two bullets between them. Close behind them in their wake however, was one of the fleet’s youngest riders at just 11yrs old, Max Maeder from Singapore. Max would hold his own with riders many years his senior throughout the day, claiming 3rd position in all 6 races – most appropriate it would seem with a race number of 03.
In the afternoon the battles recommenced between Loew and Taktin for superiority, the lead changing back and forth over the 3 races. On the final race of the day it looked that Taktin had made a blunder that would cost him his day’s ranking as he came off the starting line in last position. However, with some masterful sailing over the upwind legs, he chose the lines that would him right back in contention and even back into 2nd slot as he pipped the young Singaporean on the final finish line dash. So with 6 races now in the bag the kiters scoresheet is open and everyone left the beach in high spirits and fight on the final day tomorrow.
day of racing tomorrow and as the weather forecast remains the same, we
can expect all the teams, irrespective of their placing's, to go out in
a blaze of glory, on the final races of the 2017-18 season. Weather permitting
the popular Gala Dinner and Prize Presentation will be held on the spectacular
lawn setting in front of the Centara
Grand Beach Resort Samui tomorrow night.
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