Difficult day all round…
Opting for a combined IRC 1 and 2 start, to finally get the fleet away, Kevin Whitcraft’s TP52 THA72 helmed by former Optimist 2010 World Champion Noppakao (Nine) Poonpat, took advantage of the Port bias on the start line and powered away. Although Li Hongquan’s TP52 Ark 323 stayed in touch with THA72 and were four minutes behind at the finish, they have to settle on 2nd place again.
David Dimmock’s Swan 42 Loco completed the 18nm course in just under two hours and claimed their second IRC 2 daily double, in as many days. Gary Baguley’s H&P 52 El Coyote excelled on the long downwind to slot into 2nd place. The Aussie’s on Barry Waugh’s chartered Beneteau 44.7 Fujin came good after yesterdays trial run and are pleased with 3rd place for the ole guys. By juggling the placing’s Fujin, David Bell’s Magic and Jean Rheault’s Souay 1 are all tied on 8 points, for 3rd overall.
By starting with 2 reefs in the mainsail for the fresh conditions, Tim McMahon and the sailing school students on X99 SailQuest Hi Jinks pulled off a surprise win in the Cruising Class. Also having a good day, George Foose’s Tartan 4000 Dream had a chance to stretch their legs and slotted into 2nd place. Although Pote Suyasinto’s Jenneau 42i Le Vent claimed the class line honours, they ended up in 3rd place in the handicap stakes, but after yesterdays race was corrected in their favour, they are the overall class leaders.
By winning the first race today, Rolf Heemskerk’s Team ViewPoint climbed into the overall one-design Platu 25 lead, but by winning the shortened second race, Aussie Chris Way’s Easy Tiger has evened the score, to be tied on 8 points with Team ViewPoint, in the overall stakes. Yesterdays winner Ithinai Yingsiri’s Pine-Pacific scored 2nd and 6th to trail the tied leaders by one point and have opened up a 7 point gap with 4th placed Totsapon Mahanich’s Pim. The boats are evenly matched and the main aim is to stay with the top runners, to be in with a chance at the end of the race, when it matters most.
Demachy Dominique’s sleek KL 28 Edenko made quick work of the passage race to finish nearly one hour in front of Khun Nim’s Crowther 42 Sonic and despite the huge rating difference, managed to win the race by 14 minutes, to make it one win apiece and tied in the overall Ocean Multihull stakes.
The Kiteboard classes finished their series today and despite having to cancel the first day of racing, today they enjoyed some fast rides off Ocean Marina Yacht Club’s North shore.
Thailand dominated the Formula Kite Men with Rachan Taktin in first, Chanon Phrakaew placing second and Teerawat Sudoumkaew third. In the Men TT:R Slalom division, five-time Asian champion, Narapichit Pudla (THA) was undefeated and took a comfortable series win ahead of Thai compatriot Sarun Rupchom while a string of third place finishes for Belgian Sylvian Seynaeve gave him third overall.
In the Men Thai B TT:R Slalom (open to Thai nationals only) Pichit Poolsaguan ran away with the title. Siri Parksiri claimed second and Chairat Dangdeemark rounded out the podium, while in the Women TT:R Slalom division it was Nichanan Rudtheng (THA) who secured the win by a single point from Ploipaphat Kosila (THA) in second and Siriporn Bootsarakomvisithi and Pannipa Kaewto tied in third.
Racing continues tomorrow for the keelboats, multihulls, dinghy and Optimist classes off Ocean Marina Yacht Club.
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