conditions to finish the regatta...
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.
S\V14 Para Sailing Championship
Optimist Open Championship
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.
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.
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.
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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