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2015/16 AY Grand Prix Event

TOTGR - Grand slam accomplished in all classes
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
04th May 2016:
Amazing, in 17 years of covering yacht racing, we have never experienced a situation where all the class winners have wrapped up the series, with one day to spare. Consistent SW wind in the high teens all week, meant the crew work had to be spot on with the procedures, as one little mistake could loose several places and never be recovered. Also some crews are not suited to the breeze strength in body weight or experience. If you looked at the entry list and class break down before the regatta began, one most probably would have predicted the eventual winners to be on the podium, but not all. The winners are all top racing teams campaigning in the Asian region and firing off a warning signal to the teams fronting up at the season ending Samui Regatta in a couple weeks time.

Although there were only two competitors in the IRC Racing Class, the speed of Kevin Whitcraft's recent generation TP52 THA72 on their first outing in anger, has earned them seven wins out of eight races, over Ray Roberts older generation TP52 Millinium Racing, that has won the King's Cup before and is never an easy push over. It will be interesting to see how they go when they come up against six 52 footers expected at the Samui showdown.

Apart from second place in the first race of the series, Roland Dane's Corby 36 Jessandra II has won six races on the trot, thereby giving the last race a miss for early haul out and won the IRC 2 class with a day to spare. There may have been only a few seconds separating the boats on corrected time, but Mick Tilden's syndicated Beneteau 44.7 Fujin consistently had to play the bridesmaid role and settled on second overall. Looking very quick around the course, David Dimmock's Swan 42 Loco took class line honors and apart from the last race victory, found it difficult to progress beyond third place in the handicap stakes.

Winning two races, every day, for four days, gives Lennart Fahlgren's Tasker 32 Amanda a clean sweep of 8 races in a row and the IRC 3 class title at a canter. Completely outclassed, Martin Brown's Cal 33 Nautical Wheeler scored all second places and Tim McMahon's X99 SailQuest Hi Jinks followed suite with third places, to respectively remain in the same order.

Another win today for K. Pote Suyasinto's Jenneau 42i Le Vent sealed victory for them in the Cruising Class. Second place for Nukool Pothi's Sein Samathi 1 and discarding fourth place, leap frogs them over Cedric Rimaud's restored 90-year old classic 6-metre Selma for second and third overall respectively. There has been some changes down the order during the regatta, as the results don't show the individual performances.

Late adjustments to the Multihull handicaps, has resulted in Khun Nim's Crowther 42 Sonic and Khun Radab's Thai built F9A Cedar Swan sharing the race wins 5-3. As opposed to the insurmountable lead that Sonic had posted yesterday. They still win the Multihull title and force Radab to handover the trophy.

An almost flawless performance by Scott Duncanson's Kingdom Property, has not only defended the Platu 25 Coronation Cup and recorded the first ever three peat in history, it makes a total of 6 victories for Scott Duncanson and his crew over the years. Never far off the pace, Chris Way's Easy Tiger IV couldn't match Kingdom Property speed upwind and had to settle on second overall. Winning the last two races, bumped Russia's Valeriy Dichenko Wikki up into third overall and relegated Wiwat Poonpat Thai Royal Navy down to fourth in the process.

What wonderful sailing conditions were experienced all week and right in front of the marina. Can't get much better than that! Right through a range of sailors from Optimist dinghy's to the latest TP52 keelboats. The benefits were clearly on display with Rio Olympic bound sailors, taking the last opportunity to strut their stuff at home before they go. The Ocean Marina Yacht Club must be commended for running four race committees over five days, vibrant social program and two gala prize presentations. They deserve more support from Thai based teams and ask that May 4th - 8th 2017 be firmly inked into the sailing diary for more fun and exceptional racing.

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