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AY Race Report 4

2018/19 AY Grand Prix Event

Change of fortune with the weather...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
4th May 2019:
The weather looked grim as the sailors left the marina. Barely 4 knots and shifting from WSW to SE, so the postponement flag was hoisted. A couple of starts were attempted, only to be abandoned before they started. PRO Jerry Rollin sent everyone back to the marina, while closer to shore the dinghy, wind surfers and Para Sailing double-handed S\V14 classes had a little more breeze and got their fleets away. The two day IOM Radio Controlled Yachts series also got underway with a vengeance to seaward of the marina breakwater. As the fleet were returning to the course area from the marina, an ominous black cloud storm, was building over the land and it became a race to get the fleet started or the storm arriving first. Check out the AY Photo Gallery

The three Multihull's were started on a passage race just as the storm hit and once again the postponement flag came out. After the storm passed over, the course was relayed to the East and the remaining classes started after 1500 hrs. Despite the late hour and the breeze fading an attempt at a second race was either shortened at the top mark or abandoned after the start.

An interesting comparison has been drawn between the helms of the two TP52's. On one hand is the seasoned, owner driver Ray Roberts on Team Hollywood and on the other hand on THA72, is 24 year old Noppakao Poonpat, the 2010 World Optimist Champion. Uncharacteristically Ray Roberts pulled out off the windward berth and gybed onto port tack and left THA72 to take the lead off the start line and around the first lap. A quick gybe, hoist at the top mark paid dividends and Team Hollywood crossed the line with a couple of minutes to spare. Both yachts were over the line at the next start and on the restart THA72 took a while to restart after being OCS, which allowed Team Hollywood to go on and record their seventh win in a row and wrap up the IRC 0 title with one day to spare.

An interesting scenario in the One-design Platu 25 class. Initially the overall leaders, the Aussie's on Chris Way's Easy Tiger were called over the start line and by returning to restart, dropped down the order, to near last place. Upon review PRO Jerry Rollin realised the mistake and when ashore, opened a redress hearing with the International jury, that granted them lost time, which equates them back to 1st place. Although provisionally Wiwat Poonpat's Royal Thai Navy, dressed in yellow to celebrate the the new King;s coronation, UK's Colin Simonds Stingray, and the Yacht Racing Assoc of Thailand (YRAT) were awarded the podium places. The reshuffle leaves Easy Tiger in 1st overall, and something untoward would have to happen to loose from here. Malaysian based Rolf Heemskerk's Team ViewPoint still holds onto 2nd overall and YRAT has replaced Ithinai Yingsiri's Pine-Pacific in third place.

Two wins for the Aussie's on Peter Hewson's Fujin, extends their lead in the IRC 2 Class to be three points in front of 2nd placed Hugh Halliburton's Tenacious. They are head and shoulders above Pana Trugkabuncha's Lewana and Steve Laker's Ink Zone in 3rd and 4th respectively but don't have a chance of catching the dueling leaders.

Hiroshi Kurokawa's Team Spray seems to have an advantage in the light weather and by posting two wins today, have retaken the IRC 3 overall lead from Michael Grover's Moonshadaw 2 by two points. The local grudge match between Moonshadaw 2 and Tim McMahon's Hi Jinks has resulted in them sharing 2nd and 3rd places and 2nd and 3rd overall respectively. Lars Zika's Twilight Sparkle is completely out of the running in 4th overall.

Despite the different size and speed of the three Multihull's, Bobby Garner's BladeRunner IX keeps correcting out a couple of minutes in front of Khun Nim's Crowther 42 Sonic. Although Demachy Dominique's KL 28 Edenko takes line honours they are reduced to 3rd place. This result is the fourth win for BladeRunner IX and five points in front of Sonic, have wrapped up the title with a day to spare.

Meanwhile, on the dinghy courses, in between the waiting they managed to get in some racing, two for most classes, and the S\V14s completed three. Adding to the fun today were the IOM radio controlled yachts. While the rain proved a little tricky, the lack of wind didn't and they had a great opening day of their two-day series. Full results can be accessed Here...

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