of the Gulf Regatta back on track...
The two TP52's were at it again in the pre-start and hit the line with speed, as the horn sounded. Much to everyone's surprise, Kevin Whitcraft's THA72 helmed by young lady Noppakao Poonpat were first around the top mark and carried it through to the bottom gate. A split in tacks at the gate and a botched spinnaker take down on THA72, allowed Ray Roberts Team Hollywood through, as he doesn't need a invitation and extended to have 1 minute 19 seconds, over them by the end of the race. No let up in the second race and another convincing win for Team Hollywood to keep a clean sheet with 5 - 0 on the scoreboard, at the half way mark of the regatta.
Although the Aussie's on Chris Way's Easy Tiger had a little glitch on the second race with 5th place, by winning in the first race and 2nd on the third race, keeps them firmly on the top of the One-design Platu 25 class. The other top teams have been in and out of the placing's and have allowed Easy Tiger to get a jump on them. Malaysian based Rolf Heemskerk's Team ViewPoint won the second race but 3rd and 5th places keeps them in 2nd overall, but 10 points adrift of the leader. Ithinai Yingsiri's Pine-Pacific won the third race but two 4th places earlier, is holding them back in 3rd overall. The Yacht Racing Assoc of Thailand (YRAT) and UK's Colin Simonds Stingray, continue to get into the placing's but some inconsistency leaves them in 4th and 5th respectively.
The Aussie's on Peter Hewson's Fujin, became the big movers and shakers today. By winning the windward/leeward race and the passage race by a mere 13 seconds from Hugh Halliburton's Tenacious, elevates Fujin to the top of the IRC 2 pointscore by one point. Trading 3rd and 4th places Pana Trugkabuncha's Lewana and Steve Laker's Ink Zone are tied on 18 points for 3rd overall.
Although Michael Grover's Moonshadaw 2 and Hiroshi Kurokawa's Team Spray traded 1st and 2nd places, on the two races today, Moonshadaw 2 holds a slender one point lead in the overall stakes. Two 3rd places for Tim McMahon's Hi Jinks keeps them in 3rd overall, as Lars Zika's Twilight Sparkle is completely outgunned in 4th overall.
As the three Multihull's returned early from the long race, PRO Jerry Rollin sent them on a windward/leeward race, to make up for the missed races, over the past couple of days. By winning both races Bobby Garner's BladeRunner IX extends their overall lead, over Khun Nim's Crowther 42 Sonic that scored two 2nd places and leaves Demachy Dominique's KL 28 Edenko in 3rd place and nine points adrift of the leader.
The Gold and Silver Optimist fleets completed three races, while the Dinghy's, Sailboards and S\V 14 Para Sailing classes, completed four races and came ashore ecstatic about their achievements. Full results can be accessed Here...
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