Samui Regatta – AY Race Report 5 & Summary

 

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Samui Regatta victory for THA 72, Jessandra II & El Coyote
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May 28th, Koh Samui, Thailand: An early morning passing storm, to the South of Samui, generated an 18 – 22 knot South Westerly, which produced a tough slog to windward and fast surfing conditions downwind, to bring the regatta to an exciting conclusion. Kevin Whitcraft’s TP52 THA 72 made it nine wins in a row before calling it quits and Roland Dane’s Corby 36 Jessandra II scored seven wins to successfully defend the IRC 1 title. Both boats always hit the start line with speed, when the horn sounded, leaving the rest of the fleet to play catch up. It’s the first regatta in some time to have favourable wind for the whole event and kept crews on their toes during crucial maneuvers. One little mistake like a fouled spinnaker drop or equipment breakage and the yacht would go from first to last.

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Sunday Finale Sees Quantum Favourites

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(Saturday 28th May, Scarlino) – Takashi Okura’s Sled won the only race of the 52 SUPER SERIES’ Scarlino Cup today but a second place by Harm Müller Spreer’s Platoon takes the German-flagged team to within four points of regatta leaders Quantum Racing with one day of racing left. ??Ed Baird steered Quantum Racing to another super consistent fourth place on a funky late afternoon race course on which tactician Terry Hutchinson admitted it would have been all too easy to shoot themselves in the foot. Although the 2013 and 2014 52 SUPER SERIES champions were caught slightly on the overall standings by their Quantum-powered sparring partners Platoon today, Hutchinson quips: ??“I’d rather be sitting where we are than anywhere else.” ??Losing a race today because of a sustained period of very light, fickle breezes on the Golfo di Follonica means that a final Super Sunday schedule of three races is targeted.

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Historic measures agreed to protect Indian Ocean tuna

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The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), responsible for managing nearly a quarter of the global tuna catch took a major step today by adopting much needed harvest control rules for skipjack tuna in the Indian Ocean. Of greater significance for the seafood industry were discussions on measures to address overfishing of yellowfin tuna stocks which resulted in agreed steps to reduce catches of one of the most important stocks managed by the IOTC.

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Senate bills fund ten Navy, six USCG ships; Canada announces tweaks to National Shipbuilding Strategy

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Senate bills fund ten Navy, six USCG ships
May 27, 2016—The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the FY2017 Defense Appropriations Bill and the FY2017 Homeland Security Bill. The defense bill recommends $20.5 billion for Navy shipbuilding, an increase of $2.1 billion and three ships over the budget request. The shipbuilding program includes $1.0 billion to construct the first U.S.-made icebreaker in more than 25 years.

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Samui Regatta – AY Race Report 4

 

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Goto AY Race Report 4Samui Regatta – Race is on for the podium places
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May 27th, Koh Samui, Thailand: Both Kevin Whitcraft’s TP52 THA 72 and Roland Dane’s Corby 36 Jessandra II are run away leaders in the respective IRC 0 and 1 classes. This leaves the rest of the fleet fighting over 2nd and 3rd places on the podium. There is still plenty of wind coming from the South West flow created earlier in the week and as the rain has stopped, the sky is clearing and providing perfect racing conditions. PRO Ross Chisholm released the racers on a windward/leeward race, then joined the Cruising Class on a coastal race to the South of Samui, that turned into a lengthy downwind slide back to the finish line. Although several breakages and a collision put an end to some boats chances, there are others that will grasp the opportunity to fill their positions. View the action so far in the AY Photo Gallery and goto AY Race Report 4

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Pinpoint Provezza’s Perfect Pair

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(Thursday 26th May, Scarlino) – Broad smiles around the Marina di Scarlino told the story of Races 3 and 4 for the 52 SUPER SERIES’ Scarlino Cup and without doubt the most contented crew were that of Ergin Imre’s Provezza. Not only did the Turkish flagged team win both races but they led at every mark, even the margins at times were mere metres. It was a nice early season payback to the hugely supportive and enthusiastic owner Imre who invested heavily through this last winter, ordering a new, stiffer rig and new foils and enhanced their sail programme in a clearly defined quest to stand on the podium at the end of this season.

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