Serious racers, on a lot of expensive hardware…
The IRC 0 skippers were so keen to get away, that a general recall was required and followed by a single recall for Zannekin on the restart. No matter how much huffing and puffing the other crews exert, they don’t seem to be able to overcome Kevin Whitcraft’s polished crew, on the newer generation TP52 THA72. Aussie Philip Turner’s Reichel-Pugh 66 Alive, skippered by Duncan Hine roars around at the front of the fleet but cannot convert it to handicap victory. Doesn’t matter where they start, by the time THA72 are half way up the first leg, they are in the lead and spend the rest of the race extending their advantage and did it again in the two races today, to make it 5 wins in a row.
Steadily improving Chen Fulin’s Chinese Ark 323 under Aussie coach Steve McConaghy slotted into 2nd place on the first race but 5th on the long race leaves them down the order in 5th. Sarab Singh’s Welbourn 52 Windsikher II, 4, 2 score line keeps them in 2nd overall and two 3rd places for Alive moves them up into 3rd overall.
Some changes in the order in the TP52 division. THA72 is steadily building a picket fence out of the scoreline in the lead, as Sam Chan’s Freefire and Chen Fulin’s Ark 323 traded 2nd and 3rd places, they are now tied on 10 points for 2nd place. Two 4th places for Troy Yaw’s Team Ulumulu reduces them to 4th, with some work to do to recover.
Suitable conditions for Fred Kinmonth and Nick Burns GTS 43 Mandrake III produced two wins and strike back hard at David Dimmock’s Club Swan 42 Loco lead in the IRC 1 class. As the drop race comes into play, only one point separates the dueling leaders and still everything on the line. Two 3rd places for Timothy Fox’s chartered Beneteau 44.7 Fujin keeps them in 3rd overall as Gary Baguley’s H&P 52 El Coyote retirement, drops them down the order.
Jean Rheault’s One Ton J41 Souay 1 continues on their winning ways in the Cruising Class with another win. Tim McMahon’s heavily reefed X99 SailQuest Hi Jinks slotted into 2nd place, as Mick Grover’s Elliot 7 Moon Shadow didn’t even make it out to the start line.
In the Multihull class, Mick Tilden’s Pixalux came good on the long race, to break Andy Pape’s Sudu Red string of victories. Second place for Sudu Red keeps them in the overall lead but the win for Pixalux moves them into 2nd overall, in their own right. Third place for Nut Thongtoam’s defending champion Sudu Grey is a mark of consistency but will have to go harder in the coming days, to defend the title. Fourth place for Demachy Dominique’s KL 28 Edenko drops the catamaran down the order and paves the way for the one design Corsair Pulse 600’s trimaran’s to rule the waves.
After experiencing two extreme conditions in as many days, what will tomorrow bring? Life goes on and racing continues unabated and daily prize presentations at the Tavern Bar on Chaweng Beach, in front of Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui.
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