5th Top of The Gulf Regatta 2009 & Coronation Cup
5th Top of The Gulf Regatta 2009 & Coronation Cup

“Another AY Grand Prix Championship Event

Another AYGP Event


5th Top of The Gulf Regatta 2009

AY Race Report 1

Slow but sure start to racing...
01 May 09: An early morning thunderstorm bought a complete change to the usual windy conditions experienced in Pattaya. Breakfast at the panoramic Ocean Marina restaurant which looks out over the marina and out to sea is usually the mustering hour for the committee and competitors to speculate about the days proceedings and discuss the expected weather conditions. Today was no different but the glassy sea and remaining drizzle had the look of a bleak outcome. Fortunately after a short wait a light northerly breeze sprung up which allowed the committee to complete the first windward/leeward race and send the boats off on a point to point race, around a small offshore island and back. The northerly breeze caught the Race Officer Jerry Rollin by surprise as nobody predicted it and all the courses were planned with a south westerly in mind. Placing a short one mile leg to windward into the course provided the solution.

Visiting CYCA Commodore Matt Allen's Beneteau 44.7 Ichi Ban made the most of the conditions to post two first and fastest's, to promptly go to the top of the Racing Class. With a lack of entries in the Sportsboats they have been given a run with the bigger IRC Racing boats. Race 1 saw Kipsan Beck's Shaw 6.5 Pornstar and Ray Waldron's Phuket 8 Vino finish in 2nd and 3rd respectively to give the small boats an advantage. Race 2 saw the bigger boats take the lead with Pascal Leray's Jarkan 38 Breakaway take second place and lift to second overall. Gary Baguely's Holman & Pye El Coyote claimed third place in front of Pornstar but a better pointscore has allowed Pornstar slip into third overall.

The hotly contested One Design Platu class lived up to everyone's expectations. Fourteen boats vying for the best starting position, then splitting to either side of the course before coming back together at the windward mark to see who was in the lead. Scott Duncanson's crew managed to dig The Ferret out from the second row and come to the fore on the final downwind to snatch first place in Race 1. After leading the fleet around the course Khun Aek's Naiad slipped to second place and Aussie champion Ray Roberts showed his sailing expertise to claim third place for Wikki in Race 1. Having a good turn of speed Rays crew carried out a bit of tweaking that shows you can't keep a good team down. Nils Razmilovic shot Stingray off the startline and despite having to dip the stern of Naiad managed to round the top mark first and go on to take victory in Race 2. Second place for Ray Roberts has them tied with Stingray for second overall. Third place for Scott Duncanson's The Ferret added to the Race 1 win has them topping the overall leaderboard but there is a long way to go and obviously won't have it all there own way.

In the Ocean Multihulls David Wales C750S The Sting maybe the smallest boat in the class but made up for it by scoring second and first places to take the overnight lead. Radab Kanjanavanit's F9-A Cedar Swan triumphed in Race 1 and fourth place in Race 2 has them holding second overall. Peter Dywer's Firefly 850 Sea Property took line honours in both races but scored fourth and second places, so after handicaps were calculated ended the day in third overall. David Race's C28R Free Wheeler scored two third places to be tied in third place with Sea Property.

The IRC Racing 2 Class saw Leif Ho's Carrena take out the daily double in the only race completed today. John Higham RS Elite OD Prosecco is just out of the factory in Thailand and climbed into second spot with a very low handicap. The Thai Navy 1 Farr MRX managed to sail back into contention with third place after being of the pace in the early stages.

Singapore's Renfred Tay skippering Amanda leapt with joy as they crossed the finish line and corrected out into first place on the only Cruising Class race scheduled today. Fredrik Anderson's Oceanis 46.1 Constanza took line honours but had to settle on second place at the end of the day. Tetsuro Ogino's Sun Magic 44 Missy was the only other boat to finish in the class as the remaining four competitors either withdrew or retired to be scored Did Not Finish.

More TOTGR 2009 news and results can be found at: http://www.topofthegulfregatta.com

TOTGR 09 Photo Gallery: http://www.asianyachting.com/photos/photo.htm?TOTGR09

Race Report 4 & Summary: http://asianyachting.com/news/TOTGR09/4.htm
Race Report 3:
http://asianyachting.com/news/TOTGR09/3.htm

Race Report 2:
http://asianyachting.com/news/TOTGR09/2.htm

Pre-Race Report:
http://asianyachting.com/news/TOTGR09/0.htm
April Press Release: http://asianyachting.com/news/TOTGR09/PR.htm

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