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The Whitcraft family's TP52 THA72 were delayed with hydraulic problems and left Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood to rotate alone on the first windward/leeward race. Racing got seriously underway on the passage race, as Roberts won the start and they both disappeared out of the bay. Roberts put the pedal down and left the Whitcraft's in their wake, during the light patches and although THA72 closed back in when the fresh breeze arrived from behind, Team Hollywood scored two wins on the first day and look in devastating form.
No taking it easy, as 11 Platu's lined up for the start, in the One-design Platu 25 class, as two general recalls out of three starts were called. Amazingly how the cream of the crop, generally rise to the top. By the windward mark Ithinai Yingsiri's Pine-Pacific, UK's Colin Simonds Stingray, Aussie Chris Way's Easy Tiger and Malaysian based Rolf Heemskerk's Team ViewPoint are generally in the mix. From then on some slight adjustments maybe made to the order, but generally the winner comes from this tight pack. With a 1, 2, 1 score line, Chris Way's Easy Tiger takes the overall lead from Ithinai Yingsiri's Pine-Pacific with a 2, 3, 3 score line. The Yacht Racing Assoc of Thailand (YRAT) slot into 3rd place leaving the reigning champions Rolf Heemskerk's Team ViewPoint trailing by one point, in 4th overall.
In the IRC 2 class, the Aussies on Hugh Halliburton's Tenacious shared 1st and 2nd places with Peter Hewson's Fujin, to be tied on 3 points at the top of the table. Third place for Pana Trugkabuncha's Lewana and not finishing the long race leaves them in 3rd overall.
While Hiroshi Kurokawa's Team Spray and Micheal Grover's Moonshadaw 2 shared 1st and 3rd places, Tim McMahon's Hi Jinks romped home with two 2nd places, for all three boats to be tied on four points, at the top of the IRC 3 table.
The three Multihull's were first to start and sent directly on the long 25nm course. While they struggled in light airs and adverse current, pushing them sideways for two hours, before relief arrived and regained some composure, against the late arriving monohull fleet. Demachy Dominique's KL 28 Edenko managed the conditions better and patiently claimed the first race victory. Bobby Garner's BladeRunner IX slotted into 2nd place and pleased to pull one over the reigning champions, Khun Nim's Crowther 42 Sonic, at this early stage.
Tomorrow the Optimists, other 'Off the Beach' classes and first ever S\V 14 Para Sailing Championship join in the fun.
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