Top of the Gulf Regatta – AY Race Report 1


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Rain delays the start of the regatta…
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
28th April 2018:
Waking up to the sound of thunder, lightning and rain, is very demoralizing for sailors to approach the days proceedings. As the radar displayed a widespread pattern, the AP flag was hoisted ashore and left sailors looking out to sea and hoping for a break in the weather. PRO Simon James and the race team were on station and just after 1100 the AP was lowered and sailors headed out wearing wet weather gear, into the drizzling rain. The saving grace was an 8 to 10 knot Northerly that got Race 1 underway and completed but an approaching storm cell signaled no further racing today.

Kevin Whitcraft’s TP52 THA72 got the better of Li Hongquan’s TP52 Ark 323 at the start line and superior crew work allowed them to extend their lead around the course, to claim the IRC 1 daily double by a little over a minute.

Several IRC 2 yachts were a bit early for the start and forced to run down the line and left the door open for Barry Waugh’s chartered Beneteau 44.7 Fujin and David Dimmock’s Swan 42 Loco to claim a slight advantage at the committee boat end. As they circulated Dimmock’s Loco displayed their pedigree and jumped into the lead and never looked back. Gary Baguley’s lower rated H&P 52 El Coyote made a late charge through the fleet to slot into 2nd place. Less than three minutes behind on corrected time, David Bell’s Jenneau 35 Magic settled on 3rd place, despite the handicap concerns he expressed at last nights opening party.

Pote Suyasinto’s Jenneau 42i Le Vent was the only boat at the start line when the horn sounded and sailed away in clear air, to take the Cruising Class line Honours. But when the times were corrected, Hiroshi Kurokawa’s Team Spray (Sariya) scored the handicap honours by 4 minutes from Le Vent. A little over 4 minutes elapsed before George Foose’s Tartan 4000 Dream could claim 3rd place and rue the mistimed start.

A lot of jockeying around before the 11 one-design Platu 25 keelboats hit the start line with speed. Aussie Chris Way’s Easy Tiger and Rolf Heemskerk’s Team ViewPoint held each other up to secure the committee boat end. Many lead changes were noted as the boats rotated on the first lap, but as the breeze veered by 30 degrees, the course tuned into a soldiers march and limited the overtaking moves. The skippers that were slow to pick up the change and didn’t gybe/hoist at the top mark, slipped down the order. Eventually Ithinai Yingsiri’s Pine-Pacific claimed the first race win, with defending champion Heemskerk’s Team ViewPoint 11 seconds behind in 2nd place and Way’s Easy Tiger only 18 seconds adrift in 3rd place.

Despite Demachy Dominique’s sleek KL 28 Edenko having a speed advantage and finishing 8 minutes in front of Khun Nim’s defending champion Crowther 42 Sonic, the tables were turned in Sonic‘s favour by 8 minutes, in the Ocean Multihull handicap stakes.

Racing continues tomorrow and hopefully the weather turns for the better.

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