Classic conditions return for Andaman Sea Race
Although Frank Pong closed the door on Philip Turner’s Alive, at the boat end of the start line, when they sorted out the canting keel and recovered from the incursion, set off in earnest playing catch up and take their rightful place at the front of the fleet. The well drilled crew are constantly producing the fastest setup and by staying trouble free for the rest of the race, claimed their first daily double in the IRC 0 class. Eight minutes latter Frank Pong’s Dibley Custom 75 Jelik crossed the line and corrected out in second place, to make it a big boat race. Clearly leading the dueling 52 footers, Hannes Waimer’s chartered TP52 Team Premier Oi! missed out on second place by 16 seconds and is now tied with Ray Roberts TP52 Millenium Racing for second overall in the standings. Fourth place for Sarab Singh’s Welbourn 52 Windsikher II is their worst result so far, but take a five point advantage and top of the leaderboard, coming into the lay day.
Following up on their passage Race 2 victory, Kevin Whitcraft’s GP 42 Wan Ma Rang repeated the dose and posted their second IRC 1 bullet in the series, to stay in third overall. Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth’s Sydney GTS43 EFG Bank Mandrake slotted into second place and Anthony Root’s Ker 42 Black Baza finally broke through for third place, to tighten up the overall standings. Fourth place for Ken Eyears’ Sydney 40 MOD Redefine, has them leap froging, Estonian Matti Sep’s chartered Dubois 40 Blue Note for top spot on the score sheet and now only one point a piece, separates the three podium places and still very open for the taking.
Triumph today, for Roland Dane’s Corby 36 Jessandra II moves them to the top of the IRC 2 score sheet. Second place for Japan’s Yasuo Nanamori’s Beneteau 40.7 Karasu, ties them on points with Jessandra II, but is relegated to second overall on count back. Mick Tilden‘s syndicated Beneteau 44.7 Fujin has consistently scored third places and occupies third overall. The other three teams are finding it hard to make an impression on the leaders.
There is no stopping Thailand’s defending champion, Ithinai Yingsiri’s X55 Pine-Pacific continuing on with the winning streak, in the Premier Cruising Class. Aussie Kim Ramen and Adrian Fini’s lower rated X55 Audeamus, is keeping them honest, scoring second places and getting closer to toppling them in the handicap stakes. Philipp Liholm’s Jeanneau 57 Raincloud is watching the dueling X55’s from third place and Russia’s Andrey Eliseey’s chartered Baby Tonga ended up in fourth.
In this weather, the Multihull classes come alive with white knuckle, fast and furious sailing action. There is no letting up, on John Newnham’s Twin Sharks, as they drive like they stole the boat and scoring four wins in a row, puts the defending champion in the box seat, for the one-design Firefly 850 Sports Class title. Never far off the pace, Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo, clocked in two minutes latter and secures second overall. Despite having an injured crew member, Jon Kingdon’s Moto Inzi, still finished in third place before seeking medical evacuation. As the drop race is introduced, Neil Ayre’s Advance Racing is now tied on points with Moto Inzi and takes over third overall on count back.
Another win for Mick Coleman/John Coffin’s Stealth 11.8 Java, be it by less than a minute, cements first overall in the Multihull Racing class, for the time being. Back on the pace in the fresh breeze, David Liddell’s 14m WOW scored second place and holds onto third overall. Scott McCook has ironed out earlier teething problems, on his 30ft trimaran Pro Sail Asia, to finish in third place and show the true potential of the yacht. Fourth place for Alan Carwardine’s Stealth 11.8 Asia Catamarans Hurricane becomes their drop race and comes into the lay day, only two points behind the leader in second overall. Back on the water after breaking their daggerboard, Danny Moore’s PHI 1100 trimaran, 3Itch blitzed the course in a little over two hours, for line honours but missing four races, is mathematically ruled out of the title race.
The race committee are undertaking a review on the arbitrary handicaps used by the Multihull Cruising class. When we left off yesterday, Japan’s Norikazu Arai’s Lagoon 410 Minnie was on top of the table, tied on 4 points with second placed Nikolay Pismenskiy’s Lagoon 380 Star Fruit. An irregularity occurred when trying to compare 40 feet production cats with Grant Horsfield’s massive Fountaine Pajot 67 Arabella’s Naked Dad. This will be resolved on the lay day and updated in Friday’s Race Report.
While the big boats roared around the offshore course, three races were held in the one-design Corsair Pulse 600 – Performance Catamaran Class. Two wins and second place, for Elizabeth Schoch’s Sudu 3, lifts them to the top of the pointscore. Scott Galle’s Sudu 4 returned to form, with two second places and finished with a flourish, to take over second overall. A slow day for Andrew de Bruin’s Multihull Solutions H30, demotes them down the order, to third overall and realise they have some serious competitors to contend with.
When the wind picks up, the Farr 1104’s come into their own. John Vickery’s Farrgo Express claimed the daily double over Mike Downard’s Krabi Boat Lagoon Piccolo. John Boardman’s Pinocchio followed suite in third place. Fourth place for Wiwat Poonpat’s Platu 25 Royal Thai Navy 1, keeps them on the top of the Modern Classic class, but Farrgo Express is within striking distance.
In the Bareboat Class, Vasily Mikhalev Bavaria 46 Isabella rose to the occasion and put an end to Andrey Novikov’s Oceanis 40 Alexa, winning streak. Andrei Duvanov’s Bavaria 46 Uhuru, squeezed into second place and in doing so, takes over third overall. Fourth place for Ukrainian Leonid Fakeev’s Malee, is enough to hang onto second overall, but will need to take giant strides, if they are to make up the six point deficit, on Novikov’s Alexa run away lead.
The only yacht to have a clean sheet, is Vladimir Oleynikov’s chartered First 47.7 Popeye and completely dominates the Open Charter class. Second place for Shen Sheng’s Chinese team on the J130 Big Boy Sailing Team, keeps them in second overall. While third place for Mick Kealy’s chartered X-412 Beaux Esprit, is a big improvement, fourth place for Boris Gusev’s Hanse 400E Venture, holds onto third overall.
Tony Byrnes First 40.7 Mohawk, added another win to their tally, to stay on top of the Cruising Class leaderboard. After them a severe shakeup in the placing’s, occurred across the order. From 8th overall, Bob Riley’s Bavaria 49 Linda scored second place and third place for UK’s Alan Hogg’s Trintella 47 Rogue, moves them up to fifth overall. Despite finishing in seventh and eighth places, Kiwi Warren Batt’s Farr 46 Mustang Sally, breaks the tie with Aussie Rod Mulcahy’s Beneteau First 44.7 Slipstream and now hold onto second and third overall respectively.
Cedric Rimaud’s very sleek Vintage 6r4 Selma, out sailed Japan’s Kiyoshi Masuda’s Umeboshi, on every point of sail, to claim another win and lead the two boat Classic Class.
Tomorrow is the lay day and many crews, including the media are looking forward to some rest and relaxation.
Racing continues on Friday and the regatta comes to a natural conclusion on Saturday.
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