Top of the Gulf Regatta 2006
AY Race Report 4 & Summary

Blustery conditions decide the overall outcome...
The final day started off well but the rain storms lingering around out to sea had a threatening look about them. The first classes got away cleanly but a little after the last class started the breeze moved hard right and strengthened to over 20 knots turning the windward/leeward course into two hair raising blast reaching legs. The light weight multi's took off in a cloud of spray and some keelboats were clearly overpowered carrying to much sail and broaching up to windward. As the course turned into a soldiers course and dangerous for yachts converging on each other Race Officer Jerry Rollin wisely shortened the course after one lap had been completed.

After relaying the windward mark and start line to suit the new wind direction the race committee got the starting sequence going again. The yachts had only just got into the first leg when all hell broke loose as the offshore storm swept across the course bringing a blinding deluge, interspersed with 20 knot squalls. The entire fleet began checking the helms course as they disappeared into the rain and mist, searching for the first mark. Eventually as the storm passed and wind decreased, seven yachts were found converging on the mark together and readying spinnakers for a lively downwind ride to the once again shortened course finish line. Wow! What a day to finish up on, this regatta has had it all.

Class 1 (Keelboats IRC)
Despite an overnight disqualification and only managing a fourth and second place in the final races, David Lindahl's four earlier wins on the Swan 42 La Samudra was enough to sail away with the overall pointscore victory. Pascal Leray's X99 Hi Jinx has consistently finished in the top three to earn his crew a well deserved second place on the podium. Last years champion Gary Baguly's Magic Roundabout suffered from some early breakages but came good towards the end to secure first place in race six and third spot overall. David Bell's crew hung around looking threatening on Pink Pussycat but had to wait till the last race to claim a well earned win against his bigger competitors and fourth place overall.

Class 2 (Keelboats Thaicap)
Cruising Jim Ellis and his crew of mainly beginners had their dreams come true when the S&S 42 Remington won both the final races to secure a resounding overall class victory. A late start for Dick Sanders on Thai Raver may have sealed their fate but a final second place saw them knocked off the top perch and settle for second overall. Weera Leksomoon's Wes did not fare to well today but consistently finished amongst the place getters earlier on to windup with third on the podium.


Class 4 (Platu) Coronation Cup 2006
Being tied on points coming into the final races Marty Kaye's plans for Pom Rak Khun was to get an early advantage then keep a tight cover on Scott Duncanson's Lee Marine to better them on the first race of the day. Then quickly repeat the exercise and drag them to the extremes of the course in the final race, dispensing with this race result to secure the Coronation Cup. A ding dong battle resulted and went roughly according to plan with Pom Rak Khun taking Race 6 by thirty seconds from Lee Marine and both finished up at the back of the order in Race 7 to become the discard race. Marco Belonje's The Ferret has kept the pressure on all series to scrape into third place with a chasing pack breathing down their necks. Goto the excellent blow by blow summary compiled by Marty Kaye's winning Pom Rak Khun crew members here...

Class 5 (Ocean Multihulls)
Despite skipper Redab Kanjanavanit having to depart for overseas his crew on Cedar Swan scored a first and fourth to keep them on the top of the leaderboard. By securing a last race win Olaf Reese's Voodoo Child jumped back into second place overall in a hotly contested grouping. Henry Kaye's small Farrier trimaran The Sting is regularly first off the start line, have shown they can mix it with the big boys by ending up in third place overall.


Thai Optimist National Championships
For the second successive year, 14 year old Benjamas Poonpat (nicknamed Nhueng) from the Yacht Racing Assoc of Thailand (YRAT) convincingly took on and beat over 70 other contestants to be crowned the Optimist National Champion. However she did not have it all her own way as her closet male rival Navee Thamsoontom won two races and was level pegging midway through, only to be over run in the last two races to end in second place. Young Patteera Meeyousamsen finished in third spot after a tough battle at the top end of the order.

Beach Cats
Thai national sailor Damrongsak Tongtim has been in superb form in the beach catamaran class, winning six of the seven races and the overall championship. Second place went to Bob Garner while Narongrit Beakaew edged out Alberto Cassio by one point for third place.

Laser Class
Thanakan Korkerp of Thailand won the overall title after nine races. Nicholas Henley came second and Sai Chimaswat third.

Mott Class
Thailand’s Chindanai Tanbuakee finally won first prize in the SuperMod class after leading all three rounds since Thursday. His compatriot Kit Buthsri was second and Surapong Witayaku third.

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Top of the Gulf Regatta 2006
AY Race Report 3

Big day for some out on the Gulf...
The results on the penultimate day usually determine the yachts that are in with a chance on the overall podium positions. All the classes were out on the water and as the sunshine and light South Westerly breeze had returned most sailors were keen to get underway in these crucial deciding races. Some a little bit to keen perhaps?

David Lindahl's Swan 42 La Samudra added a forth win in a row but had to settle on 5th place in Race 5 that ruined his clean sweep to date. Pascal Leray's X99 Hi Jinx scored two second places today to keep him firmly in second place overall. Gary Baguly's last years winner Magic Roundabout completed the day with two third places which is a little to late for defending the title. David Pollard's Foreign Exchange II was responsible for La Samudra's downfall in Race 5 taking out the daily double of Line and Handicap honours in a mixed fleet that finished within twenty minutes of each other on the long passage race.

The Class 2 Thaicap Keelboats started early on a long passage race that was to last all day. Jim Ellis is determined to make a point that his classic S&S 42 Remington if sailed well, can take on Dick Sanders more recently built Thai Raver and overcome the age difference. Yesterday after leading the fleet at the windward mark by a proverbial mile only to be run down by the yachts carrying spinnakers and ending up third place, Jim had to wait till today to earn his revenge and also take out the daily double in the only race today. Dick Sanders Thai Raver finished second and goes into tomorrows final with a slender one point overall advantage over Remington. Weera Leksomoon's Wes came in third and holds onto third overall and with the present points difference can only watch on as the two leaders battle it out for the title.

Things are also hotting up in the fleet racing for the Coronation Cup on identical Platu 25 keelboats. There does not seem to be any love lost between the Phuket and Pattaya based sailors and perhaps some past grievances are being aired.

Scott Duncanson's Lee Marine snuck into first place in Race 4 by a mere six seconds from Vivat Poonpat's Naiad on the short windward/leeward course to replace yesterdays missed race. Marco Belonje's The Ferret third place keeps him up with the leading pack.

The long passage Race 5 that kept some back markers on the water till dark saw Marty Kaye's Pom Rak Khun jump back into contention with a first place. Last years champions Jakabsen/Semple's Emma Mathilde XX have trailed the fleet since scoring two OCS's at the beginning of the regatta managed to recover some form with second place. Scott Duncanson's Lee Marine third place now ties him on equal first with Marty Kaye's Pom Rak Khun going into tomorrows no holds barred final races to decide overall champions. May the best crew win.

The start line may have been a bit short and starboard biased for the seven fast approaching multihull's, as two were forced over early and Damien Kimball's brand new X Ta Sea was forced to tack away after a luffing duel then slammed straight into the side of Kirati Assakul's Sonic shortly after the start.

Redab Kanjanavanit's Cedar Swan took hold of the situation with a first place and Roger Kingdon's Moto Inzi did well to recover from the early start for second place. After the collision Kirati Assakul's Sonic managed to keep their wits together for third place on the short windward /leeward course.

On the afternoon passage race Roger Kingdon's Moto Inzi turned the tables on Redab Kanjanavanit's Cedar Swan this time but having better results in the early races Redab holds a two point advantage on Olaf Reese's Voodoo Child who could only manage third place in Race 5. The quickly improving Moto Inzi may trail in third by three points coming into the final races but from here anything can happen and if recent form comes into consideration they could be in with a chance.

Top of the Gulf Regatta 2006
AY Race Report 2

Down came the rain to interrupt play...
Thunder, lightning and heavy rain during the morning added another dimension to sailing of Pattaya. By midday the rain had stopped and a Southerly breeze had sprung up, so Regatta founder and organizer Bill Gasson signaled an end to the postponement which sent sailors scurrying to their boats and out onto the water.

The Optimists, Mott's, Lasers and Beach Cats got straight into it on the inshore courses using the fresh breeze that had arrived with the passing storm. The keelboats were a little longer getting going and probably wasted a good opportunity as the breeze dropped to a whisper by the time the leading yachts got to the top mark and had to rely on the luck of the wind gods for the rest of the race.

David Lindahl's Swan 46 La Samudra led from start to finish, thereby adding a third victory to his tally. David Bell's Fremantle 8 Pink Pussycat re-entered the frey with a second place and Pascal Leray's X99 Hi Jinx crept up into third spot before Race Officer Jerry Rollin's shortened the course and called a finish to the days racing.

The Class 2 Thaicap Keelboats started earlier and headed out into the gray mist on a passage race around the islands but did not get to far as the breeze faded. Dick Sanders Thai Raver was first to reach the hurriedly laid shortened course finish line and was rewarded by picking up first and fastest for race three. Weera Leksomoon's crew on Wes came good with a second place and Jim Ellis's Remington stayed in touch with the leaders by scoring third place.

The Platu's competing for the Coronation Cup struggled around the complete course in a dwindling breeze and Marty Kaye's Pom Rak Khun managed to hold onto the lead through out the race to score a handy win at this stage in proceedings. In second place Pote Suyasinto Platu 122 did the best of the Thai sailors to hold of a charging pack lead by Marco Belonje's The Ferret in third that finished within twenty five seconds of the next three competitors.

In the Multihull Class the Farrier trimarans of Henry Kaye The Sting and Redab Kanjanavanit's Cedar Swan showed their light wind advantage to score first and second respectively but decided to gracefully retire as there was a protest lodged against them both for allegedly not rounding the last downwind mark before proceeding to the finish. Roger Kingdon's Moto Inzi completed the correct course to finish up in third place and the best of the catamarans. The outcome of this sees them gaining a couple places to receive first place from other peoples mistakes. The two other Fire Fly designs of Olaf Reese's Voodoo Child and Damien Kimball's brand new X Ta Sea climb the ladder to 2nd and 3rd place to make it a threesome of cats on the podium.

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Top of the Gulf Regatta 2006
AY Race Report 1

They are off and running...
All the concern yesterday about having no wind were put to rest today when a 10 to 15 knot breeze blew in overnight from the South West to send the sailors happily on the way. The two races scheduled proved to be a good warm up for some and as the Platu's were keen to get going several were scored OCS and protests lodged to make the day that little bit more exciting.

David Lindahl's Swan 46 La Samudra won both races in IRC Class 1 but had to contend with Pascal Leray's Hi Jinx hot on his heels that ended up with two seconds. Despite taking line honours David Pollard's Foreign Exchange II dropped down to third place in both races after handicaps were applied.

Dick Sanders Thai Raver and Jim Ellis's Remington shared the honours in Class 2 with a one-two then a two-one using the Thaicap system to be even on points at the end of day 1 racing. Tetsuo on Missy scored two third places from eight entrants to be pleased with their overall performance.

The ten Platu's competing for the Coronation Cup looked more like dodgem cars at the start line. Three were over the line early and one failed to return, another one was disqualified after a racing incident. Marco Belonje sailing The Ferret claimed Race 1 by 28 seconds from Scott Duncanson's Lee Marine with Marty Kaye on Pom Rak Khun (I love you) a mere seven seconds back in third place. Race 2 saw Scott Duncanson's Lee Marine assume his usual position at the front of the pack with Marty Kaye on Pom Rak Khun close behind in second and Marco Belonje's The Ferret had to settle on third place this time around.

The hotly contested multihull fleet got off to fine start with Ocean Marina's Kirati Asssakul's Sonic taking the honours in Race 1 over Olaf Reese's more fancied Fire Fly design Voodoo Child. Redab Kanjanavanit's Farrier trimaran Cedar Swan slotted into third as the others were starting to find their legs. Olaf Reese's well sailed Voodoo Child rebounded with a win in Race 2 over Kirati Asssakul's Sonic and Roger Kingdon's Phuket King's Cup winner Moto Inzi regained lost ground to finish up in third place.

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Top of the Gulf Regatta 2006
AY Pre - Regatta Report

The stage is set and the sailors are ready...
Encouraged by last year's successful inaugural event, this year promises to be bigger and better with the First Pattaya Boat Show presently being held at Ocean Marina prior to tomorrows start of racing. Main sponsors Raimon Land are pleased that most of the sailboat racing classes in the kingdom are represented here and joined by sailors from all over the world to well and truly celebrate the 60th anniversary of HM King Bhumibhol Adulyadej's accession to the Thai throne.

Some 400-500 sailors on around 200-250 craft ranging from Optimist dinghy's to keelboats and large multi's will face the starters gun off Jomtein beach on the beautiful Gulf of Thailand. A special feature will be a big fleet of wind-surfers racing on a separate course and a spectacular kite surfing display over the weekend. Over 80 Optimists will be contesting the Thai National Championships and the course set near the marina making racing visible from the marina deck and special tents set on top of the breakwater for anxious parents and spectators to easily follow the action from the shore.

One other feature in the dinghy's, especially in view of His Majesty's Golden Jubilee will be the introduction of 10 Mott's - the small light-weight dinghy adapted and designed from the International Moth Class by His Majesty the King himself, which ideally suits the lighter Thai physique. Long known as the "Mod" (Ant), a long serving Yachting Association officer Anirut Posakrisna insists it is the "Mott" that has been resurrected and back in action this week.

This year makes it the Thai Navy's 11th Coronation Cup supported by Princess Galyani in challenging Platu 7.5 metre keelboats designed by Kiwi Bruce Farr, arguably the world's best naval architect. Eighteen to twenty boats are contesting making it the biggest one design class to race in Asian waters. The Platu itself is a native mackerel-type fish that are found predominantly in the Western Gulf.

Keelboats will be contesting under the IRC measurement rule mainly in the cruiser/racing classes and the more popular Sportsboat Class. A mixture of multihull craft ranging from trimaran to catamarans are expecting some close racing with three new super quick Phuket built Mark Pescott designed cats amongst the pigeons.

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