Long, slow road to success…
With his foot firmly planted on the throttle, Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood led the three 52 footers in close company, around the windward/leeward course. Kevin Whitcraft’s TP52 THA 72 and Sarab Singh’s Welbourn 52 Windsikher II, were determined not to let them get away. Despite having a higher TCF, Team Hollywood eked out enough time to beat THA 72 by 9 seconds and left Windsikher II, a further 22 seconds adrift. Different story on the long race, as they made their way up the East coast and photographers could fit all three yachts in the same picture frame. Team Hollywood claimed Line Honours but Windsikher II is optimized for light weather and claimed the Handicap stakes, by a little over three minutes, to put an end to Team Hollywood‘s winning streak. Whitcraft’s THA 72 were recalled at the start of the long race and despite making big strides, to come back into contention, they had to settle on 3rd place. Usually when three boats a fighting it out at the front of the fleet, the trailing boats can make up ground. Although Marcel Liedts Ker 46 Zannekin isn’t far behind, they haven’t made an impression beyond 4th place.
Although Craig Nicholls Sydney 40 Mod Aquari II and Scott Bradley’s Sydney 40 Emagine, shared the wins today, two 2nd places for Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns Sydney GTS 43 Mandrake III keeps them at the top of the IRC 1 pointscore. These results elevate Bradley’s Emagine into 2nd overall and advance Nicholls Aquari II into 3rd overall. Dropping Craig Douglas’ Farr 40 Ramrod and Mati Sepp’s chartered Swan 42 Club Loco down to 4th and 5th respectively.
In the IRC 2 haste to get going, Morton Jakobsen’s VX One Design Sportsboat Over Here were recalled at the start of the first race and a general recall at the start of the second race. This didn’t deter the Highlead Encouragers (Judy) from scoring 1st and 2nd places and extend their lead, at the top of the table. After a slow start to the regatta, Urii Firsov’s IOR Farr 43 Uminoko came through with 2nd and 3rd places, to lift them into 4th overall. Same story for Andrew McDermott’s Corby 36 Jessandra, taking victory on the second race but their dismal start to the regatta, leaves them in 9th place. Two 4th places for Team Ludwigsthal’s Ker 32CR Ludwigsthall (Getaway Ichi) keeps them in 2nd overall but starting to slip behind the leader in the pointscore. Jakobsen’s Over Here never recovered from the OCS and with 6, 9 score line, slips to 3rd overall and now tied on points with Firsov’s fast emerging Uminoko.
There is no let up amongst the three dueling Premier Cruising Class yachts. Andy Cocks Beneteau First 50 Firstlight, added another win to their score, on the windward/leeward race but Geoff Hill’s Smith 72 Antipodes finally found enough runway, to make up for being recalled at the start and come through to take the daily double on the coastal course. By sneaking into second place on the long course, Thailand’s Ithinai Yingsiri’s defending champion X55 Pine-Pacific, are now tied on 9 points with Antipodes for 2nd overall.
At the start of the first Firefly 850 Sports race, the three leading contenders, John Newnham’s Twin Sharks, Japan’s Natsuki Motoyoshi’s Mil Grace / Frog and Neil Ayre’s Mamba were all recalled and allowed Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo to capitalize on their mistakes, with victory and break Twin Sharks winning spree. On the long race Ayre’s Mamba held on through the light stuff and claimed the daily double at the finish line. Two 2nd places for Twin Sharks keeps them on top of the pointscore and despite scoring two 3rd places Mil Grace / Frog holds onto 2nd overall, while Mamba occupy’s 3rd place.
Although Meitatsu Fukumoto / Seng Huang Lee’s ORMA 60 SHK Scallywag FUKU skippered by David Witt, has amazing speed in a straight line, going around the cans requires different strategies. Being recalled at the start of Race 1 doesn’t help either. The crew on Dan Fidock’s Moore 36 Fugazi have been working very hard, for this clash of the titans and taken the challenge by the scruff of the neck and added two more victories to their tally, making it 4 in a row. Dan the giant killer, leaves SHK Scallywag FUKU with two 2nd places and in 2nd overall. David Fuller’s chartered Stealth 11.8 Java managed to correct out, with the same time as the Scallywags in Race 1, to share the 2nd place points but retiring from the next race, keeps them in 3rd place in the overall stakes.
The Bareboat A & B, Modern Classic and Cruising classes, completed a singe islands race and some times were taken a various shortened gates around the course. The Russians on Andrey Eliseev’s Kinnon are proving to be indestructible in all conditions and added another win to their tally, to lead the Bareboat A class. Third place for the Chinese on Xingpang Xu’s Little Sun Ling Lang Sailing keeps them in 2nd overall. Chen Hechis Shanghai Maritime University (Isabella) finished in 2nd place and have jumped up to share 3rd overall, with the Russians on Stanislav Pechenkin’s Kingsman.
Sergei Musikhin’s Alexa got the better of Igor Ginzburg’s Sun Odyssey 409 Sunsail Phailin on this occasion but the positions are reversed in the Overall Bareboat B stakes. Vladimir Oleynikovs Anchali continues with the Russian dominance and a string of 3rd places, enables them to hold onto 3rd overall, in the 7 boat class.
Similar scenario in the Modern Classic class. Victory for the Japanese on Toshihiko Iijima’s Hippocrates (Sariya) over the Russians on Andrey Novoderezhkin’s Kata Rocks Sea Escapes on the race today, but the overall order is reversed on the leaderboard. Third place for Shane Armitage’s Farr 1104 Piccolo breaks the tie for 3rd overall, as the defending champion, Xiong Ting’s Standfast 40 Mermaid (Mas Allegre), Did Not Finish (DNF).
The Swedes on Eric Alfredson’s Oyster 56 Lisanne added another win to their tally and extend their lead in the Cruising Class pointscore. Third place for Chris Mitchell’s Naut 40 Lady Bubbly and 2nd place for the Aussie’s on Tony Byrnes Zingara leaves them tied on 8 points for 2nd overall, in the 11 boat class.
Zam Bevan’s Pescott SHN 10.6 Sho,Vel, returned to form and victory on today’s race, gives them top spot, in their own right, on the Cruising Multihull pointscore. Second place for Zhang Yong Dong’s Andaman Cabriolet Big Boys Sailing Team 2 (Kata Rocks) grants them 2nd overall and only one point adrift of Sho,Vel. Li Bin’s Star Trek got the better of Petr Kochnev’s Leopard 444 Keirana on this occasion but the positions are reversed to 3rd and 4th overall and starting to slip away from the dueling leaders.
Monohull and Multihull racing continues tomorrow, and many of Thailand’s promising junior sailors also start racing, when the dinghy classes take to water.
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