It finally happened, Kevin Whitcraft’s TP52 THA 72 winning streak came to an end, as Marcel Liedts Ker 46 Zannekin and Sam Chan’s TP52 Free Fire corrected out in front of them. Although Whitcraft’s THA 72 has wrapped up the IRC 0 title, with one day to spare, the tussle between Zannekin and Free Fire continues for the remaining podium places. Only two points separate them, and the final two races tomorrow, will become the deciding factor, for second overall. Line honours for Frank Pong’s Custom Dibley 75 Jelik but as the others finished within 7 minutes of them, they are relegated down the order to 4th place.
The low rating yachts benefited from the lull in proceedings. Gary Baguley’s Beneteau 44.7 Fujin scored another win and closes to within 2 points of the overall leader David Dimmock’s Club Swan 42 Loco. The China Cup‘s Beneteau 40.7’s Ocean Knight skippered by Ran Yang, successfully came through the minefield, to slot into 2nd place, the best so far. Scott Bradley’s under performing Sydney 40 Emagine enjoyed the light weather to take third spot. Fourth place for Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns GTS 43 Mandrake III keeps them in third overall. Fifth place for Dimmock’s Loco is their worst result so far and becomes their drop race but still hold the overall lead and can’t afford any more slow races. Although Steve Manning & Anthony Root’s Ker 42 Black Baza looked good in the early stages of the race, finishing up in 7th place, rules them out of the title race.
Over doing the Cruising Class celebrations on the lay day, is the excuse Aussie Chris Mitchell’s Naut 40 Lady Bubbly are using, for their loss today. It’s time for the sail trainees, on Tim McMahon’s X99 SailQuest Hi Jinks to celebrate a win and put an end to Lady Bubbly‘s winning streak.
After sailing all the way to the furthermost mark, Nut Thongtoam’s H3O Multihull Solutions didn’t go through the finish line and retired. Although coming to late in proceedings, Mick Tilden’s Pixalux took the win but has to settle on the bridesmaid role, in the overall scheme of things.
The final showdown looms tomorrow and the media is expecting an exciting finish in the IRC 1 class, before the gala dinner and prize presentation, on the spectacular lawn setting, in front of the Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui.
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