Missed out on the swings but picked up on the roundabouts
The 7 strong IRC 0 competitors got a bit argey bargey at the start line and some were recalled, while others had to return after hitting the pin mark. While Aussie Philip Turner’s Reichel-Pugh 66 Alive, skippered by Duncan Hind is the biggest racing yacht here and claimed line honours in every race, they were rapidly reduced down the order in the handicap stakes. Carrying on from last years straight points victory, Kevin Whitcraft’s defending champion THA72 clocked in with another 3 wins and go straight to the top of the leaderboard. Sarab Singh’s Welbourn 52 Windsikher II started slow but two 2nd places in the final races, lifts them to second overall. Marcel Liedts Ker 46 Zannekin started on the pace but 6th place in the final race slips them down to 3rd overall and continue with the giant slaying act in front of the bigger TP52’s. The TP52’s are having their own series within the series, are obviously led by THA72 with Li Honguan’s Chinese Ark 323, Troy Yaw’s Team Ulumulu and Sam Chan’s Freefire all tied on 9 points for 2nd place and fighting over the podium places.
David Dimmock’s Club Swan 42 Loco, came off the starting blocks and up the first beat the fastest but on the first two races Fred Kinmonth and Nick Burns GTS 43 Mandrake III had a slight edge downwind and managed to pip them on the finish line. When the IRC ratings are applied the lower rated Loco have won all 3 races and sit on top of the IRC 1 pointscore. Although Timothy Fox’s chartered Beneteau 44.7 Fujin intervened in 2nd place in the first race, Mandrake III finished with two 2nd places for 2nd overall and relegated Fujin to 3rd overall.
Jean Rheault’s One Ton J41 Souay 1 graced the course and light wind with style, to win both Cruising Class races and take the overall lead. Mixed emotions for the other two entries. Mick Grover’s Elliot 7 Moon Shadow got caught offside at the top mark but still recorded 2nd place. Looking like leaving the crew stranded ashore, Tim McMahon finally surfaced for a late start and 3rd place in the 3 boat fleet for his X99 SailQuest Hi Jinks, but returned with a vengeance for 2nd place in the second race to be tied, on 5 points with Moon Shadow for 2nd overall.
Four Corsair Pulse 600’s trimaran’s and Demachy Dominique’s KL 28 Edenko are bundled together in the Multihull class. Andy Pape’s Sudu Red got the better of them all by recording two wins. By exchanging 2nd and 4th places, Demachy Dominique’s KL 28 Edenko became the cat amongst the pigeons for 2nd overall but is tied on 6 points with Mick Tilden’s Pixalux for 2nd overall.
Weather permitting racing continues tomorrow and daily prize presentations at the Tavern Bar on Chaweng Beach, in front of Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui.
Samui Youth Challenge
Kicking off this year’s Samui Regatta were 37 youngsters who competed in the two-day Samui Youth Challenge off Chaweng Beach. Competing in three classes – Optimist (also with an Under 12 years division), Laser Radial and Fareast 11 – the future of sailing in Thailand was on show, battling some tricky conditions which saw good breeze on Day 1 and fickle winds on Day 2.
Twenty eight young Thai sailors from Phuket, Sattahip, Bangkok and Samui took to the Optimist startline and it was Bunyamin Klongsamoot who stamped his authority from the off, with three wins from three races. While he was enjoying the clean air, places were closely fought by the rest of the fleet with five other sailors making it onto the podium on Day 1.
Close racing and tight finishes meant there was plenty to race for on Day 2. The wind gods, however, didn’t comply. Having got the sailors off for their first race in Day 2, the wind vanished leaving the fleet becalmed. As a result, the race was abandoned due to exceeding the time limit.
After a period waiting for the wind to return, it did and the youngsters were off on Race 4 in their series. Although fickle and shifty, the wind held and the race was completed, only to drop off again thereafter and the Race Officer called it a day.
Four bullets saw Bunyamin Klongsamoot the clear winner ahead of Chonchanok Chuenthong in second. An eighth place in the first race of the series hurt Noppassorn Khunboonjan’s scoreline and she had to settle for third overall, two points back.
Of the 28 Optimist sailors competing, 18 were under 12-years old and with divisional trophies up for grabs, the 18 sailors were scored against each other (separate from their overall series scores). With a 2,1,3,2 scoreline Kans Kachachuen claimed the U-12 title by a single point from Thanadej Sooparnich in second and Oonruen Boontawee in third.
Despite there being just three entries in the Laser Radial class the racing was close, evident by the spoils being shared around. However, it was the consistency of Thanawan Aiemme with a 1,1,2,1 scoreline that saw him crowned winner ahead of Yada Hasap who edged out Trirat Valladares by a single point.
Sailors from the Koh Phangan Youth Sailing were out in force racing the six Fareast 11’s and after four races, just three points separated the top three places. Despite a fifth in the first race of the series, Nattakarn Panyawan went on to score three successive firsts to win the class by a single point from Kanchai Wongphaduns. Two points further back in third was Chawanluk Thammawat.
Working closely with the local sailing community, Samui Regatta aims to build on the success of this years Samui Youth Challenge and make it an integral part of the Samui Regatta.
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