day shootout ends in a fizzer...
By dropping the missed race due to being high and dry in the marina entrance, Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi becomes the 2012 IRC 1 champion and can tick the box for one of the few regattas he has not won in his illustrious sailing career on Asian waters. Yesterdays leader Yasuo Nanamori's Summit 40 Karasu is relegated to second place and can put it down to the slow start to the event. David Ross' Kerr 40 KukuKERchu and Steve Manning's Sydney GTS 43 Walawala 2 ended up tied on 16 points but the Race 2 win for KukuKERchu puts them on the third step of the podium.
David Bell's Jenneau 35 Magic and Gary Baguley's H&P 52 El Coyote traded first and second places throughout the regatta but it was the Race 1 win for Bell's Magic that secured them IRC 2 title. Brad Kirk's Farr 12.8m Dynamite and K. Pote Suyasinto's Jenneau 42i Le Vent battled it out for third and fourth places which Kirk's Dynamite eventually came out on top to secure third overall.
Once again Damrong Sirisakorn's Farr MRX 36 Navy 1 reigned supreme to add another TOTGR IRC 3 trophy to their cabinet. Gregory Ho's X99 Hi Jinks managed to take a couple of wins from the Navy but had to settle on second place. The other Farr MRX 36 Navy Academy skippered by Khun Navi seems to lack the horsepower of their sister ship on some occasions and ended up in third place.
Four wins in a row, hands Peter Herning's Bavaria 42 Kirafiki a walkover in the Cruising Class. Consistently scoring second places Andrew Watt's Jenneau 36i San Sanook secured second overall. Up and down the lower order eventually Eric Habers' Bavaria 39 Reef Knot secured third place after a battle with Sadunori Osada's Beneteau 21.7 Tai Two in fourth place.
Aussie Noel Leigh-Smith's Shaw 650 Crime Scene decimated the Sportsboat fleet with six wins in a row. Local Shaw 650 promoter Kipsan Beck huffed and puffed but could not place his Porn Star any better than second place. After a slow start Paul Murphy's Welbourn 25 Brace Brace Brace with the horizontal foil came good after burying the leeward hiking wing in strong wind to take third place.
Unfortunately the much anticipated two way shoot out for the long running Coronation Cup did not eventuate. Although Chris Way's Aussie team on The Ferret incurred a four point penalty yesterday, when the drop race is introduced they ended up tied on points with their biggest rival Rolf Heemskerk's Nataya. On count back the same number of first second and third places plus the sixth place drop race still had them tied, so it came down to The Ferret winning the last race to sail away with the prestigious King's Coronation Cup. Once again Rolf Heemskerk is deprived of the win and settled on second fiddle. Ken Russell's Naiad held onto third place to be the best of the rest in a fourteen boat fleet.
After Henry Kaye's Sea Cart 26 Sweet Chariot skippered by John Higham droped their Did Not Finish (DNF) they romped away with the Ocean Multihull title on their first attempt. Andrew Stansky's 15m cat Fantasia led for most the regatta but dips down to second place. David Race's Corsair 28 Free Wheeler is the best of a gaggle of different Corsair trimaran's that slots into third place.
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