10th Multihull Solutions Regatta 2017
AY Race Report 1
Tricky conditions make hard work on Day 1
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 14th Ao Chalong, Phuket: The day started with a light South Westerly but as the passing storm stayed overland, the side effect was for severe changes in wind direction and speed. PRO Simon James elected to send the entire fleet on Course 16, out of Ao Chalong, around Ko Bon and back inside Ao Chalong for some dog legs before finishing. The boats that nailed the start line in clear wind, established early leads but selecting the correct line inshore, out of the current and stronger breeze, paid dividends. As the breeze wasn’t steady to set windward/leeward courses for the second race, the racers were sent on the same course, while the Pulse 600’s did a short inshore race. These were completed in quick time, just as the clouds opened up and a heavy deluge put an end to the days racing.
While Henry Kaye’s Seacart 30 Thor led the Racing Multi’s around the course from the start, Alan Carwardine’s 11.8m Asia Catamarans Hurricane ground them down and by the finish claimed the handicap win and relegated Thor to 4th place. Peter Wood’s Top Cat and Andrew Hurford’s Phantom V slotted into 2nd and 3rd respectively. Not to be denied again, Henry Kaye streaked off into the distance in the second race and this time Thor claimed the daily double and Asia Catamarans Hurricane had to settle on 2nd place but ends the day with the overall lead. Third place for Top Cat has them tied with Thor on 5 points and third overall.
Although the individual Firefly 850 Sports cats showed some good bursts of speed, John Newnham’s Twin Sharks eventually came out on top, with two wins and in the familiar spot at the top of the pointscore. Not to be outdone, Ian Coulson’s Voodoo 3rd and 2nd places to slot into second overall and the battle begins. The young Japanese crew on Natsuki Motoyoshi’s Mil Grace (Frog) were on the hunt with 2nd and 4th places, in front of the more fancied crews, to end the day in third overall.
Only three Pulse 600’s in the class, but this did not diminish their performance. Neil Ayre on Java Racing led by a country mile but went around the wrong rounding mark on their return to Ao Chalong and scored Did Not Finish (DNF), This left the door open for Paul Baker/John Priestly Pulse Yellow to claim victory in the first race. Andrew DeBruin’s Multihull Solutions H30 snatched the second race and the overall lead, with Pulse Yellow trailing in second overall. The costly mistake for Java Racing left them in third and a lot of work to do if they are to recover.
Only one race for the Cruising Multi’s with Robert Hossack’s Rapter claiming the victory by 6 seconds on corrected time from Rick Fielding’s Fusion 40 MOJO. Mike Spurle’s Proud Cat trailed in their wake by 14 minutes and will need to go harder to make an impression.
Racing continues tomorrow and as the SW’ly is predicted to pick up in speed, it’s good to start with lighter conditions before the onslaught tomorrow.
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