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A day of two extremes, to start the regatta
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
5th May 2017:
An early morning thunderstorm whipped up the sea state and the first race underway, in 16 to 18 knot Southerly and sloppy sea. As the fleet circulated, the breeze started to back and Aussie PRO Denis Thompson kept his team busy relaying the windward mark, to suit the conditions. When the last boats finished the breeze continued to back and by the time the next race started, it had swung 250 degrees and mellowed down to a whisper. This didn't stop the skippers urging the crew on and getting the boat up to speed and efficiently around the course. Two races for most the fleet and three races for the competitive Platu one- design fleet, contesting the Coronation Cup. The dinghy's also started their assault on the class titles and had to endure the varied conditions.

A daring Port tack start saw the Whitcraft family's TP52 THA72 nail the startline and revel in the strong conditions. With the Phuket based yachts, Scott Bradley's Sydney 40 Emagine and David Dimmock's Swan 42 Loco in hot pursuit. As this is a race against time and distance, it is hard to judge the winners on the water. After the IRC time allowances were calculated, Whitcraft's THA72 claimed the daily double by 3 minutes from Bradley's Emagine and Dimmock's Loco. As the breeze faded, the odds increased and resulted in a change of the order. Both Bradley's Emagine and Dimmock's Loco corrected out in front of Whitcraft's THA72 and ended with Emagine leading in the overall IRC 1 stakes.

Gary Baguley's H&P 52 El Coyote started the regatta in fine style, by claiming two daily doubles in strong and light wind, to lead the IRC 3 class. David Bell's Jenneau 35 Magic followed suite with 2 second places, while Martin Brown's Cal 33 Nautical Wheeler and after shaking out the reefed mainsail Tim McMahon's X99 SailQuest Hi Jinks traded 3rd and 4th places, to be tied on points for 3rd overall.

Aussie Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly came from behind to win both Cruising Class races against much bigger yachts. Two no shows, has reduced the class to three entrants and despite two wins for Lady Bubbly, their chances of catching Black Baza in the AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) is reduced, by low scoring, based on the number of class entries. Two 2nd places for the defending champion, Pote Suyasinto's Jenneau 42i Le Vent keeps them in the hunt and two 3rd places for Dwight Willis new Beneteau 54 Thida Waree are coming to grips with sail handling procedures, to get on an even keel with the leaders.

Despite a photo finish on the first race, reigning champion Khun Nim's Crowther 42 Sonic continued on their winning ways, with two wins over Bob Garner's 28ft Corsair Bladerunner 7 in the Ocean Multihull Class. With a few tweaks to improve the pace, Garner's Bladerunner 7 will be up to speed and will threaten Sonic.

With adrenaline running high, eleven familiar rivals started the 22nd running of the prestigious Coronation Cup. Quick off the starting blocks, Ithinai Yingsiri's Pine-Pacific won the first two races, then scored sixth place, to take an early lead. Two second and sixth place, eases Aussie Chris Way's Easy Tiger into second overall. Although scoring 5th in the first race, Rolf Heemskerk's Team ViewPoint improved to take 3rd and 2nd places, in subsequent races, to climb up into 3rd overall, at the end of Day 1. A model of consistency goes to Wiwat PoonPat's Royal Thai Navy with three 4th places, to hold onto 4th overall.

Today also signaled the 42nd running of the Thailand Optimist National Championships. Also on the starting grid, Laser Standard, Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, 420 and 470 classes jostled for position and raced around the course in tricky conditions.

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