10th Multihull Solutions Regatta 2017
AY Race Report 2
Fresh breeze claims some scalps on Day 2
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 15th Ao Chalong, Phuket: The strong wind warning issued by the Phuket Weather Bureau proved to be correct and produced plenty of exciting moments, equipment failure and a spectacular nose dive, followed by a capsize. The saving grace was, that there were no rain squalls, normally associated with the blustery SW monsoon. Each day has produced some carnage and after two windward/leeward races today, the fleet is drastically reduced. The prevailing breeze is predicted to increase tomorrow and some doubt exist on whether to race, with a wait and see attitude. The class leaders managed to stay under control and have extended their lead. Goto the action packed AY Photo Gallery
On both races Henry Kaye’s Seacart 30 Thor hit the start line with speed and with two hulls flying, accelerated away in a cloud of spray. They also had a few exciting moments but managed to stay up right and claimed two bullets, to take the overall lead in the Racing Multihull Class. Once again Alan Carwardine’s 11.8m Asia Catamarans Hurricane out preformed the other Stealth catamarans and by scoring two 2nd places, hand over the lead to Thor but retain second overall. Fourth and third places for Peter Wood’s Top Cat keeps them in third overall, as Andrew Hurford’s Phantom V slip back a little in points but hold onto fourth overall.
John Newnham’s Twin Sharks continue on their winning way, with two more wins and will need something untoward to happen, if they don’t defend the title. Some distance behind Ian Coulson’s Voodoo stayed on the pace with two 2nd places and set their sights on second overall. The young Japanese crew on Natsuki Motoyoshi’s Mil Grace (Frog) have surprised some pundits. with their boat handling and two 3rd places have almost cemented third overall.
Early withdrawal by Neil Ayre’s Java Racing, left only two Pulse 600’s to race. Andrew DeBruin’s Multihull Solutions H30 took the lead but gybing for the finish, the spinnaker fouled and despite surviving a nose dive, ended up in the water and difficult to retrieve. This allowed Paul Baker/John Priestly Pulse Yellow to sail on by and claim victory. The unsettled crew on Multihull Solutions H30 never recovered and Pulse Yellow went on to claim the next race and climb up to take the overall lead.
The Cruising Multi’s were sent on a circumnavigation of Ko Lon and after two hours of racing, returned with Rick Fielding’s Fusion 40 MOJO taking line honours. Mike Spurle’s Proud Cat claimed the handicap honours, to relegate MOJO to 2nd place and Robert Hossack’s Rapter to third. Proud Cat decided to call it a day, while the other two completed another short race, that MOJO won and take the overall lead in the Cruising class.
Racing continues tomorrow and as the SW’ly is predicted to increase to 25 knots, which is the upper limit to race, stay tuned for another exciting report on the final day of racing.
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