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Goto AY Race Report 5 & SummaryFighting it out till the very end...
By AY MultiMedia
June 2nd, Koh Samui, Thailand: Despite being the final day of racing and most the class winners decided, everyone was back out on the water and very determined to make the most of the last races for the 2017-18 Season. Another short wait while the Easterly increased in strength and PRO Ross Chisholm and the race team, set up for two windward/leeward races, for all four classes. Talk about keen to get going, there were individual recalls on the first IRC 0 start, followed by a general recall in Race 2 and more individual recalls on the restart. In this highly charged atmosphere, there is no coming back after being recalled and the fight for the podium places, received some last minute adjustments. Although Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns GTS 43 Mandrake III have already won the 2017-18 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year titles, they were gunning for the IRC 1 title and held a slim 2 point lead coming into today's final and expecting to have a double celebration at the prize presentation. Follow the action in the AY Photo Gallery.

There was a determined effort to crowd out Kevin Whitcraft's TP52 THA72 at the start line and despite turning back to avoid being caught offside, the slick crew work and sailing in high mode, it didn't take long to get back up to speed and recapture their rightful place at the front of the pack. Apart from the Race 6 blemish THA72, has won every race to defend the IRC 0 title and make it a three-peat, with the most amount of wins. Sarab Singh's Welbourn 52 Windsikher II suffered from an individual recall, but they still hang onto 2nd overall, as the individual podium places today were spread down the order. Perennial Line Honours champion Aussie Philip Turner’s Reichel-Pugh 66 Alive were oscillating between 3rd and 4th overall and by slipping into 3rd place on the final race, secured 3rd overall. Marcel Liedts Ker 46 Zannekin started the regatta strong and the only yacht to take a win from THA72, but mixed results leaves them in 4th overall. Chen Fulin's Ark 323 and Sam Chan's Freefire both scored 2nd places today, but it comes late in proceedings, to improve beyond 5th and 6th overall.

Another complete white wash for Kevin Whitcraft's THA72 in the TP52 Division. Sam Chan's Freefire clings on for 2nd place, while Chen Fulin's Ark 323 secures 3rd overall, in front of Troy Yaw's Team Ulumulu in the after guard.

While Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns GTS 43 Mandrake III and David Dimmock's Club Swan 42 Loco played the covering game in their duel for the IRC 1 title, Timothy Fox's chartered Beneteau 44.7 Fujin came through to win both races, but doesn't improve beyond 3rd overall. As Mandrake III and Loco traded 2nd and 3rd places, they remain in the same order, with Mandrake III snatching the IRC 1 title, from the defending champion, in a winner take all finale.

All good things must come to an end. Having won 5 races on the trot, Jean Rheault's One Ton J41 Souay 1, string of victories came to an end, when Tim McMahon's X99 SailQuest Hi Jinks corrected out in front by 47 seconds and gave his crew of sailing students, something to cheer about. Despite a rapidly delaminating headsail Souay 1, came back to win the final race and after the drop race, finished with a clean sheet. This might also be the last time we see 3rd placed Mick Grover's Samui based Elliot 7 Moon Shadow competing here, as he has purchased a replacement and put Moon Shadow on the market.

After breaking the centerboard yesterday, on Andy Pape's Sudu Red, the Corsair Pulse 600 skippers rallied around and last placed Paul Baker's Sudu Yellow did the honourable thing and lent his centerboard to the leader Pape's Sudu Red, to contest the final races. Which he did to distinction by winning both races and the Multihull title in the process. As they circulate they are often in close company. With a 3, 4 score line today, Mick Tilden's Pixalux dropped of the pace and allowed Nut Thongtoam's defending champion Sudu Grey back in to score two 2nd places and end up tied on 14 points. The tie was broken in favour of Pixalux for 2nd overall and Sudu Grey settles back in 3rd.

AYGP Presentation ceremony
Having a fantastic run of victories this season, Fred Kinmonth and Nick Burns, with mainly a corinthian crew on their GTS 43 Mandrake III have won their class at the
China Coast Regatta, King's Cup, Subic Verde Is. Race & Subic Cup, IRC Overall on Rolex China Sea Race, Commodores Cup and now the Samui Regatta. Our minute of glory came as we awarded Fred and Nick with the 2017-18 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year titles, at the season ending prize presentation hosted on the magnificent Centara Grand Beach Resort lawn setting on Chewang Beach, Ko Samui.

This unique partnership has successfully run yachting campaigns over the past 20 years and scored in all 16 AYGP seasons to date, on four different yachts. Mostly finishing in the top order, with three runner up places and now topping it off with victory on their finest year, is an outstanding achievement and honours their special sailing partnership.

KTA Hydrofoil Series - Final Day
The KTA riders were met with much lighter winds today at Mae Man Beach, with the breeze building slowly to around 8/9 kts for the start of the first race at 11am. There had been much talk overnight about the sizzling performance of the young Singaporean, Max Maeder yesterday and great interest to see how the dual between the top 3 would play out in today’s lighter air. The first race kicked off with a full fleet start and some very tight racing to the top mark. Then slowly at first three riders pulled away to open up a lead gap that would not be closing again.

Much to everyone’s excitement on the beach as Malaysia’s Daniel Leow tacked early on the second beat, Max held his line which proved to be the winning move and left him uncatchable as he rounded the top mark for the second time and tore off towards the finish line to take his first ever bullet. In races two and three Daniel reasserted his authority and returned flawless performances to put himself back in pole position.

Yesterday’s other top rider Rachan Taktin, could not however repeat his top 3 finishing positions and was this time pushed out by Japan’s Kazimusa Sugihara, who proved more adept in the lighter winds. Sadly as race three was drawing to a close the steady breeze the racers had been enjoying began to drop way. That however was that for the kiting and for the first round of the KTA Hydrofoil Series as the wind refused to put back in an appearance in the afternoon. With nine races in the bag it has been a successful start to the series and a great experience to be part of the 17th Samui Regatta, which we all look forward to being a part of again in the years to come.

Summary
The end of the season is always worthy of a gala celebration and this year is like no other. It's a long hard slog for competitors, regatta organisers, boat owners and many of the behind the scene workers, volunteers and helpers. These must be all thanked for their tireless efforts and for bringing success to the Asian Circuit. Samui Regatta is unique, as it's the only regatta on the calendar, where all the yachts make their way there from foreign shores, for friendly competition. Over the years it has attracted the top yachts and crew to grace the racing classes. The long standing relationship with
Centara Grand Beach Resort for hosting the regatta for the past 17 years maybe coming to an end, but life goes on and further details will be released as they come to hand during the year. One thing is for certain, mark down May 25th to June 1st 2019 next year in your sailing calendar, if your up for a memorable party and celebration to remember,

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