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By AsianYachting MultiMedia
7th May 2013:
Despite the scores already on the board, all the boats were back out on the water for the final reckoning. They were just as determined to strike out, as they were three days ago for Race 1. Although the light Southerly breeze proved to be a bit shifty, the big boats and multihull's completed one race for their series. While the feisty One-Design Platu fleet completed their second race, the breeze from a storm cell that was building over the land throughout the day, descended on them and completely reversed the course layout. However the cream of the crop always seem to be in the leading pack and invariably fighting it out for the podium places.

Although Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6, had all but wrapped up the Class 1 title yesterday, this did not stop Kevin Whitcraft's GP42 Wan Marang from having a final go at them. Finishing over 10 minutes in front of Foxy Lady 6, the crew of Wan Marang were eagerly waiting, whether they have done enough this time. Low and behold they had, by a mere 8 seconds, which has boosted their confidence before the 2012-13 Season ending shoot out in Samui. A further minute behind, David Ross' Kerr 40 KukuKERchu corrected out in third place overall and is in the process of relocating the boat to Hong Kong and looking forward to future challenges there. Anyone going to Samui latter this month, should sit up and take notice, as this is what they will be up against in the racing class.

Since scoring 2nd place in Race 1, Matt Allen's Sydney Hobart Race crew on his Adams 10 Ichiban have completely dominated, by winning six races in a row, they take home the Class 2 title. Cpl. Wiwat Poonpat's Thai Navy 1 seems to be the only team that can put up a good fight with Allen's Ichiban but once again they have to settle on second place. Although Brad Kirk's Farr 12.8m Dynamite was back on form for third place today, it is Dean Rheault's J41 Souy 1 that takes the third step on the podium.

By winning all seven Class 3 races, The Singapore Management University (SMU) chartered X99 Hi Jinks skippered by Chung Pei Quan has outclassed the opposition and is the only class winner to keep a clean sheet. Despite Lennart Falhgren's Jenneau 35 San Sanook and Japan's Sadunori Osada Beneteau 21.7 Tai Two, sneaking into second and third places today, Patinyakorn Buranrom's Hood 23 Ooh la la has done enough in earlier races to earn the silver medal. After an up and down start to the regatta, Osada's Tai Two has consistently scored third places to end up with the bronze medal.

Even though Gary McNally's Black Betty was caught offside in the last race, when wind from a passing storm cell completely reversed the windward/leeward course, they have won four races and scored two 2nd and 3rd places plus a 5th to win the prestigious Coronation Cup on their first attempt. A very determined crew on Brian McMaster's Problem Child (Formerly Short Time) scored 1st and 2nd places today, to close within 3 points of the leader but forced to settle in second overall. Quite often in this hotly contested One-Design Platu 25 Class, the cream of the crop always seem to be in the leading pack and invariably fighting it out for the podium places. Representing Hong Kong, Andrew Moore's Tigrana has also found some cracking form and although they couldn't quite topple the leaders, a string of third places keeps them in third overall. Defending champion, Aussie Chris Way's Easy Tiger IV ended in fourth and the other Batam built Platu, Rolf Heemskerk's Team ViewPoint in fifth overall. Race by Race Trackers for the Platu's can be viewed Here...

After yesterdays hiccup, David Liddell's Corsair 37 Miss Saigon was back on form today and adds the Multihull Class title to their extensive collection of trophy's. In the light wind, Scott Galle's Black Swan got the better of Khun Nim's Crowther 42 Sonic today, when they ran out of time but they swap places in the overall stakes.

Summary
If anyone knows how to run a regatta and throw a good party, it is Organising Chairman Bill Gasson. Being one of the founding farther's of the Phuket King's Cup and Samui Regatta's, his swan song is the Top of the Gulf Regatta held at Ocean Marina, home of the yachting elite in Thailand. Very encouraging is watching 120 kids manouvering their Optimists around and youthful energy displayed in the dinghy and catamaran classes. This region is where many Thai champions spring from, so it is no surprise that Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Myanmar, have sent teams to compete against the best.

For several young Olympic hopefuls, this regatta is a wonderful opportunity for them to mix in their own waters with the star studded line up and rub shoulders with sailing legends crewing on the big boats. Although foreign crews have come, seen and conquered, the local sailors have lifted their game and for those going to Samui latter this month, this experience will put them in good shape for the 2012-13 season ending shoot out. The new Aussie race team lead by PRO Denis Thompson have preformed a seamless change over and maintained the high standards expected from them. Last but not least the generous sponsors and volunteers must be thanked for making the regatta possible and keeping the sailors thoroughly entertained throughout the event.

The final results can be found HERE...

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