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AY Race Report 5 & Summary

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Champagne conditions to finish the regatta...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
5th May 2019:
A short delay holding the yachts ashore, waiting for the SW breeze to establish itself and increase in strength. Then a rush to get to the start line and find 8 to 10 knots and the course laid and ready to go. Once again the Multihull's were dispatched on an 18nm passage race, out to Ko Rang Kwian and back. The rest of the keelboat classes on variable windward / leeward courses and the intention was to get as many races as possible, before the 1400 cut off time. The dinghy, wind surfers, Para Sailing double-handed S\V14 classes and IOM Radio Controlled Yachts also enjoyed the brisk increase in breeze and managed to run multiple races and make up for yesterdays foul conditions. Check out the complete AY Photo Gallery

A little jostling during the pre-start and young Noppakao Poonpat, managed to get the windward berth on THA72. However it didn't last long, as Ray Roberts Team Hollywood went into overdrive and dug themselves out and forced THA72 to tack away. From then on they had the upper hand and kept a tight cover as they pulled away. Recording 8 wins in a row and another clean sweep on the IRC 1 scoreboard. Despite only 2 boats in the class and low scoring on the AYGP Rankings, Ray Roberts and Team Hollywood have extended their lead in the 2018-19 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year and will be recipients for the fourth time, in the illustrious 17 year history of the AYGP Awards.

After receiving redress yesterday and despite scoring 2nd and 5th on the first two races today, the Aussie's on Chris Way's Easy Tiger wrapped up the One-design Platu 25 class and dropped the last race retirement, to end up 8 points in front of 2nd place. They have been on fire all week and won six races, three 2nd places on the 12 race series and also become the 'Highest AYGP Scorer' at this event. Defending champion Rolf Heemskerk's Team ViewPoint finished with a 3, 2, 1 score line and despite having to pass the title on, have secured 2nd overall, after a sluggish start to the series. Ithinai Yingsiri's Pine-Pacific rebounded with two wins and 2nd place today, to regain 3rd overall and push the Yacht Racing Assoc of Thailand (YRAT) and UK's Colin Simonds Stingray, down to 4th and 5th respectively.

By slamming home two wins today, the Aussie's on Peter Hewson's Fujin, have comfortably won the IRC 2 Class title. Although Hugh Halliburton's Tenacious, started the regatta with two wins, they have played the brides maid role ever since and have to settle on 2nd place. Pana Trugkabuncha's Lewana and Steve Laker's Ink Zone traded 3rd and 4th places but have ended tied on 28 points and well down the points scale, in 3rd and 4th respectively.

As the Japanese on Hiroshi Kurokawa's Team Spray and Michael Grover's Moonshadaw 2, traded 1st and 2nd places today, the score remains even stevens, with Kurokawa's Team Spray securing the IRC 3 title, on their first attempt. The local grudge match between Grover's Moonshadaw 2 and Tim McMahon's Hi Jinks was resolved when McMahon's Hi Jinks could only manage two 3rd places and was relegated to 3rd overall. In this competitive class, Lars Zika's Twilight Sparkle was completely out of the running in 4th overall.

Although Bobby Garner's BladeRunner IX was coming out from the marina when the starting horn sounded, they quickly made up ground in the fresh conditions and posted their fifth victory out of six races and claimed the Multihull title in the process. Defending champion Khun Nim's Crowther 42 Sonic clocked out five minutes behind them and this time has to settle on 2nd overall. Once again Demachy Dominique's KL 28 Edenko claimed line honours but they were reduced to 3rd place and ended up 3rd overall.

Thailand S\V14 Para Sailing Championship
Two races wrapped up a fun, and competitive four-day series for the Para Sailing class and inaugural Thailand S\V14 Para Sailing Championship. Paisol Pateh/ Mahseedi Hadumor (THA) have barely put a foot wrong all regatta dropping their final race score (a six) to finish top of the standings and 11 points clear of Kasempon Hondee/ Suraphong Chitkong (THA) with Kristo Priks/ Peep Krusberg (EST) in third. Finishing strongly with a win in the final race of the series, Russel Vollmer (RSA)/ Cherrie Pinpin (PHI) settled for fourth overall.

Thailand Optimist Open Championship
Known for the Optimist class and support of youth sailing in Thailand, the 15th Top of the Gulf Regatta saw more than 80 youngsters split into Gold and Silver fleets, compete in the new Thailand Optimist Open Championship. Four races for both fleets turned the final day into a marathon and resulted with all competing a 10-race series.

Losing his way a little in the middle of the regatta, Panwa Boonak (THA) bounced back today with a 9 (his drop), 2,1,1 to win comfortably. Second place went to Bowonnan Chanram (THA) who edged out M.L. Weka Bhanubandh by a point, who had to settle for third overall.

In the Silver fleet, Pitipoom Jaroenpon (THA) dominated with a 23 point winning margin from Supakan Kerdsakul (THA) in second and Amonwan Aphiwatudomkun (THA) just three points further back in third.

Dinghy Classes
Three races for all the dinghy classes (8, 9, 10, 11) today wrapped up their series and in Class 8 a 1,3,2 on the final day was enough for Albert Nazarov (RUS) to claim the title ahead of Ralf Donner in second and Apichart Tongmak in third.

Ahmad Latif Khan B.Ali Sabri Khan (MAS) finished strong in Class 9 with a 2,1,1 to take the title ahead of fellow Malaysians Nur Shazrin Mohamad Latif in second and Israr Hazim B.Ismail in third.

In Class 10, Patcharee Sringam (THA) carved out a three point lead to claim class honours ahead of Mohammad Shahieran Rin Raiman (MAS) in second and Eric Owen Tan Chang Fook in third.

Meanwhile in the double-handed dinghies (Class 11), the Thai duo of Jedtavee Yongyuennarn/ Chakkaphat Wiriyakitti finished their series with a 2,1,2 which wasn't enough to overhaul the consistency of Muhammad Syafie Bin Ali/ Ikrami Hakimin Bin Markham (MAS) who held on for the class win. Fellow Malaysians, Muhammad Fauzi Kaman Shah/ Omar Ac Faroue placed third.

Windsurfs
Three races today completed the four-day series for the windsurfers and Ahmad Danish Abdul Hadi Kame (MAS) dominated RS:X, their only second place becoming their drop race. Geh Cheow Lin (MAS) secured second ahead of Nuur Fatin Solehah Binti Abdul Rahman (MAS) in third.

The RS:One class was similarly dominated by Ilham Bin Wahab (MAS) who win seven of the eight races. Muhammad Izzudin Bin Abdul Rani (MAS) finished his series in style with a win in the final race to secure second place ahead of Darron Chin Hui Jie (MAS) in third.

IOM RC Yachts
Twelve radio controlled yachts competed in the IOM RC Yachts class at this year's regatta and completed an impressive 27 races over two days. With four discards allowed, Dean Martin had the edge and finished with 73 points to top the standings and claim the winners prize. Second place went to Kosit Kanithadis who won on count back, tied on points with Waranan Yusanon who had to settle for third place overall.

Summary
Although we mainly concentrate on the big boats, there are 103 dinghy and wind surfers going through their paces. Pattaya being the home of sailing in Thailand, where many champions are born, a lot is made of being an all inclusive regatta and very appropriate for the region. There is nothing better than watching the youngsters skillfully maneuvering their boats in all conditions and coming ashore very satisfied with their achievements. One farther that tagged along on the media boat, pointed out his 8 year old daughter, sailing in the Optimist class and said he has banned hand phone use and would rather see her develop some character building and sporting skills, than waste her time chatting online.

Credit must go to the organisers and especially the race officers, that have patiently worked their way through the schedule from early morning till late afternoon, in all conditions. Many have volunteered their time and despite some crumbling from the sailors there wouldn't be any racing without them. They maybe down on big boat entries but the ones that did turn up, have thoroughly enjoyed the close racing and having a marina and social functions, to come home to each day. On, on I say... and they confirmed 1st to 5th of May 2020, for next years festival of sail.

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