THA72 make history with 4 Samui wins in a row
A toss up between Marcel Liedts Ker 46 Zannekin in the middle of the line and Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood at the pin end, as to who won the start and powered up the windward beat. Although Liedts Zannekin held up Frank Pong's Custom Dibley 75 Jelik to a point where they were forced to tack away, Jelik recovered to be the first boat around the top mark, followed by Team Hollywood and THA72.
Sadly the story does not end there, as the breeze began backing to the North and turning into a soldiers course, with wind lanes between the marks. When they returned to the top mark, low and behold, Whitcraft's THA72 had taken the lead, from Roberts Team Hollywood, Pong's Jelik and seemed to be footing faster than the others. They held on for the single shy reaching leg to the finish and consolidated their position at the top of the IRC 0 pointscore.
The breeze faded quickly as the fleet finished and the race committee went in search of more wind and tested areas to the South with a Follow Me notice. Eventually they had to call it off and no further racing could be held. The overall positions stand and left a few teams longing for another race and a chance to improve their standings.
The defending champions Kevin & Tom Whitcraft's THA72 made history by winning four Samui Regattas in a row. Ray Roberts Team Hollywood had to settle on 2nd place and the unsung heroes are Marcel Liedts Ker 46 Zannekin in 3rd overall, after out maneuvering the bigger boats and sailing up to their IRC rating in the light conditions.
The defending IRC 1 champions, Fred Kinmonth and Nick Burns GTS 43 Mandrake III have racked up seven wins in a row and not only decimated the IRC 1 fleet in the process but also became the 'Highest AYGP Scorer' at this regatta and regain 2nd overall in the AYGP Rankings. With a row of 2nd places Timothy Fox's Beneteau 44.7 Fujin, holds onto 2nd overall and 3rd place for Hugh Halliburton's Adams 10 Tenacious keeps them in front of Morton Jackobsen/Neil Semple's VX One Over Here in 4th.
The Premier Monohull and Cruising Classes set off on a short passage race, over to Koh Phangan and back. Yet again, Michiel Brinkers Andrews 70 Bella Uno claimed line honours, but they have dropped their guard and let Pana Trungkabunchar's X512 Lawana through for the handicap victory. Five wins in the earlier races, keeps Brinkers Bella Uno at the top of the Premier Monohull class and by winning the race today Trungkabunchar's Lawana consolidates 2nd overall in front of Peter Churchhouse's Warwick 64 MoonBlue 2, with all the sailing legends onboard.
Meitatsu Fukumoto / Seng Huang Lee’s flying ORMA 60 SHK Scallywag FUKU skippered by David Witt, racked up another win in the newly minted NHC Premier Open Class, to rise up the rankings and end up tied on points with Trungkabunchar's Lawana for 2nd overall.
A hard earned victory today for Samui based Mick Grover's Davidson 35 Moon Shadaw 2 saw them close to within one point of the Cruising Class leaders, Andre Den Braven's Whiting 36 Graffiti but no second race meant the overall placing's stand. This is also a historic moment, as the yacht Graffiti has the distinction of winning the Keelboat 1 Class, at the 1st Samui Regatta in 2002 under David Bell's stewardship. Unable to race today with rigging damage, Pattaya's Tim McMahon's X99 SailQuest Hi Jinks, slots into 3rd overall.
After 12 scoring regattas this season, Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood comes through to win the 2018-19 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year, and has won the AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) title, for the fourth time, in the illustrious 17 year history of the AYGP Awards.
Ray Roberts remarkable success on his TP52 Team Hollywood stems from winning all the IRC 1 races at the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, 2nd place at the China Cup, six out of nine races at the Phuket King's Cup, nine out of ten races at the Royal Langkawi International Regatta, clean sweeping all eight races at the Top of the Gulf Regatta, and 2nd place at the season ending Samui Regatta, to claim the "Hardest sports trophy to win in Asia".
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