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AY Race Report 2

2018/19 AY Grand Prix Event

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By AsianYachting MultiMedia
2nd May 2019:
Although everyone was looking forward to the dinghy and Optimist fleets joining the big boats and the first time Para Sailing was introduced as a part of a regatta, with 14 Para Sailors competing in seven of the new and exciting double-handed S\V14s, the breeze struggled to reach 8 knots and faded away after a couple of races were completed. None the less racing is underway and perhaps the conditions will improve in the coming days. It was a case of the rich getting richer in most classes and making up for yesterdays mistakes, to rise up the overall order. Some class results yesterday were incorrect and we will try to make up for it in this report. Check out the AY Photo Gallery

Both Kevin Whitcraft's TP52 THA72 helmed by young lady Noppakao Poonpat and Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood agreed on two windward/leeward races for the day. As they pulled the trigger at the start, Team Hollywood had the windward advantage and slightly better boat speed, to pull away into the lead. They extended around the course, to have their time on handicap and make it 3 - zip. Although THA72 got a better start, the breeze dropped to 2 knots and the race was abandoned on the way to the top mark, so the overall score remains the same.

The Aussie's on Chris Way's Easy Tiger have the bit between the teeth and convincingly won both races today, to increase their lead by having 4 wins and 2nd place in their overall tally. Malaysian based Rolf Heemskerk's Team ViewPoint returned to the pace and claimed two 2nd places, to elevate themselves to 2nd overall. The Yacht Racing Assoc of Thailand (YRAT) continue to shine with 3rd and 5th places, to hold onto 3rd overall. On the first race of the day, Ithinai Yingsiri's Pine-Pacific had a shocker on the right hand side and slumped down to 8th place, but rebounded with 3rd place in the next race and replace 2nd overall with 4th overall, but could improve when the drop race is introduced.

Correction to Day 1 IRC 2 class results, stand at Hugh Halliburton's Tenacious two 1st places, Peter Hewson's Fujin, two 2nd places, Pana Trugkabuncha's Lewana and Steve Laker's Ink Zone shared 3rd and 4th places, to be tied for 3rd place with 7 points. Although the Aussie's on Peter Hewson's Fujin, claimed victory on the only race today, 2nd place for Tenacious is enough to hold a slender one point lead in the overall stakes. Third place for Lewana breaks the tie with Ink Zone and they are respectively 3rd and 4th overall.

Correction to Day 1 IRC 3 class results, Michael Grover's Moonshadaw 2 romped it home yesterday, with two 1st places, while Hiroshi Kurokawa's Team Spray and Tim McMahon's Hi Jinks shared 2nd and 3rd places, to be tied for 2nd place on 5 points. Today Kurokawa's Team Spray had a change of fortune by correcting out 6 minutes in front of McMahon's Hi Jinks. Although Grover's Moonshadaw 2 had to settle on 3rd place, they still have a slender one point lead over Team Spray in the overall stakes.

Again the three Multihull's were sent on a passage race, this time 20nm around offshore islands and marks. Yesterdays marathon results have been amended with Khun Nim's Crowther 42 Sonic in 1st, Bobby Garner's BladeRunner IX 2nd and Demachy Dominique's KL 28 Edenko in 3rd. Once again they struggled in light airs and adverse current, until the race committee had the sense to shorten the race at Ko Rang Kwian. Garner's BladeRunner IX was the only yacht to finish and takes the overall lead by dislodging Sonic to 2nd and Edenko to 3rd.

Most the Dinghy Sailboards and first ever S\V 14 Para Sailing class completed two races before the wind faded and called it a day. Full results can be accessed Here...

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