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Kevin Whitcraft's all conquering TP52 THA72 may have met their match, in the unlikely form of Scott Bradley's Sydney 40 Emagine. Although THA72 finished nine minutes in front, when the IRC ratings were applied, Emagine claimed victory by 3 minutes and 34 seconds. David Dimmock's Swan 42 Loco also jumped up into 2nd place, relegating THA72 to third place. Not one to take this defeat easily, Whitcraft's rallied the THA72 crew and rebounded with first and fastest on the passage race, by a similar margin to Emagine. This leaves Emagine on top in the Overall IRC 1 stakes by two points, from THA72 and Loco a further two points adrift in third overall.
Defending champion Gary Baguley's H&P 52 El Coyote has his foot firmly planted on the accelerator and claimed another two bullets, to comfortably lead the IRC 3 class. Quick off the starting blocks, David Bell's Jenneau 35 Magic, was eventually overhauled by Martin Brown's Cal 33 Nautical Wheeler in the first race, but reversed the roles on the second race, to hold onto 2nd and 3rd overall respectively.
Right from the off, the Cruising Class was sent on a lengthy passage race for the day. Once again defending champion, Pote Suyasinto's Jenneau 42i Le Vent crossed the finish line 16 minutes in front of Aussie Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly, but when the AHC handicaps were applied, Lady Bubbly comes out in front by a mere 5 seconds, to make it 3 wins in a row and lead the class. While these two were fighting it out at the front, Dwight Willis under canvassed Beneteau 54 Thida Waree trailed in their wake for 3rd place and 3rd overall.
After a slow start yesterday, Bob Garner's 28ft Corsair Bladerunner 7 rebounded with two wins today, over reigning champion Khun Nim's Crowther 42 Sonic. This makes it two wins each and even stevens in the Ocean Multihull Class, as we reach the half way mark of the regatta.
Interesting to watch the 11 Platu's jockeying around in the pre-start. As the one minute horn sounds, the commitment has been made and the sound goes up a notch, as they search for clear air lanes and hit the line with speed. The Russians on Valeriy Dichenko's Naiad opened the day with a win, followed by Thailand's Ithinai Yingsiri's Pine-Pacific and Wiwat PoonPat's Royal Thai Navy. In Race 2 the Aussie's on Chris Way's Easy Tiger came to the fore, with Rolf Heemskerk's Team ViewPoint slipping into 2nd place, from Ben Williams The Ferret. Although Wiwat PoonPat's Royal Thai Navy won the third race, 2nd place for Chris Way's Easy Tiger lifts them to the top of the table, in front of the Royal Thai Navy, who finish the day tied on 21 points with Heemskerk's Team ViewPoint for second overall. Only five points separate the top 5 boats and with two days to go, it's still open for the taking, as one little mistake can dramatically shuffle the results.
In the Thailand Optimist National Championships, six races have been completed so far with three more scheduled for tomorrow. In Fleet A the racing is tight and after leading at the end of Day 1, Mic Mohr (Costa Rica) had another good day on-the-water with a 2,2,8 scoreline and holds onto top place ahead of a rapidly closely Thai contingent lead by Panwa Boonnak, whose 5,1,1 moves him upto second and tied with Jedtavvee Yongyuennarn on 22 points. Duncan Gregor, last year's top international youngster, is a little off the pace but still in the running in fourth place.
In Fleet B the podium is dominated by Thai sailors with Thjippawan Khumpinit leading the way. Three points behind is Tanakorn Bunekarat with Vimutti Klinsukontachat in third.
On the dinghy courses it was three more fast and furious races bringing the series total to six races completed so far. Keerati Bualong (THA) continues to dominate Class 9a with two more wins today, while two second places for Chusitt Punjamaca (THA) keeps her in contention. Jarupong Meeyusamsen (THA) holds onto third just two points ahead of Asri Azman (MAS).
Sophia Montgomery (THA) is running away in the Laser 4.7 division (Class 9b). Behind her there's a close battle for second and third places, currently held by Chanokchan Wangsuk and Suchakree Dutthotsapol respectively.
Class 10 is heading for a final day showdown tomorrow with the lead currently tied between Suthon Yampinid (THA) and Sutida Poonpat (THA), both former Thailand Optimist National Champions. Further back is Navee Thamsoontorn who, bar mechanical failure, looks to be safe in third.
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