Slowly but surely getting through the regatta.
After yesterdays accident, unfortunately Sarab Singh's Welbourn 52 Windsikher II will play no further part in the regatta. Quick repairs to the stanchions and patch the hole in the transom on Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood during the lay-day and they were ready to go. The International jury awarded Team Hollywood average points for the missed races and the adjusted results kept Roberts Team Hollywood in the overall lead by .5 of a point from Kevin Whitcraft's TP52 THA72. Everyone was keen to get going and this time it was Marcel Liedts Ker 46 Zannekin called over the line and recalled. Whitcraft's THA72 got the better of Roberts Team Hollywood on the first windward beat, extended on the downwind and never looked back, to take the overall lead. Liedts Ker 46 Zannekin recovered quickly to sandwich themselves between THA72 and Team Hollywood in 3rd place and reduce Roberts to 2nd overall.
With the lead changing and pressure mounting, a second race was called. This time Roberts Team Hollywood made no mistakes and returned to form with a slight advantage over Whitcraft's THA72. This victory closed the gap down to .5 of a point advantage to THA72 over Team Hollywood, with the final day to come. Can the defending champion THA72 hang on and make it four regatta wins in a row, or will Team Hollywood spoil their celebrations or alternatively will the wind gods play a pivotal role in deciding the outcome.
The defending IRC 1 champions, Fred Kinmonth and Nick Burns GTS 43 Mandrake III have built up a six pailing picket fence out of the result sheet, to completely outclass the opposition and have won the class with one day to spare. The rest of the fleet are scattered around the course when Mandrake III crosses the finish line and trailing in the distance, Timothy Fox's Beneteau 44.7 Fujin, is the only one close enough to make a difference, but 2nd is the best they could do. Although Morton Jackobsen/Neil Semple's VX One Over Here claimed 3rd place today, Hugh Halliburton's Adams 10 Tenacious still has a one point advantage over them in 3rd place in the overall stakes.
The Premier Monohull and Cruising Classes set off on a short passage race, round the corner to Lamai Beach and back. Michiel Brinkers Andrews 70 Bella Uno outpaced everyone again and by posting 5 wins in a row, has won the Premier Monohull class, with one day to spare. Peter Churchhouse's Warwick 64 MoonBlue 2 and Pana Trungkabunchar's X512 Lawana, had a close tussle down to the Lamai mark, and although Churchhouse's MoonBlue 2 had a 7 minute lead at the finish, Trungkabunchar's lower rated X512 Lawana came from behind to snatch 2nd place and slot into 2nd overall in the process.
Finally enough wind for Meitatsu Fukumoto / Seng Huang Lee’s flying ORMA 60 SHK Scallywag FUKU skippered by David Witt, to sail swiftly around the course and claim 1st place in the newly minted NHC Premier Open Class.
By winning the only race today, Andre Den Braven's Whiting 36 Graffiti has cemented their place at the top of the Cruising Class. Samui based Mick Grover's Davidson 35 Moon Shadaw 2 continued to get the better of Pattaya's Tim McMahon's X99 SailQuest Hi Jinks, to hold onto 2nd overall and leave SailQuest Hi Jinks back in 3rd overall.
Last day of racing
tomorrow and all eyes will be on the IRC 0 class were only a couple points
separate the podium places. Everything culminates at the gala dinner and
final prize giving, plus the presentation of the 2018-19
and Yacht of the Year titles at
the Chaweng Lake Area (Opposite Central Festival) tomorrow night.
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