it out till the very end...
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.
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.
Hydrofoil Series - Final Day
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.
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