Samui Regatta – Persistence pays off in the long run…
Despite the slow speed around the course, accidents still happen. After winning the first race and leading the second race, when approaching the top mark, Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood on Starboard tack, was struck by Sarab Singh’s Welbourn 52 Windsikher II, when attempting to bear away and go behind. This resulted in tearing off Team Hollywood‘s pulpit, port stanchions and eventually the push pit by Windsikher II‘s bowsprit. Which snapped off in the process, and in the final act spun the boat around and put a hole in Team Hollywood‘s transom. Sarab Singh has admitted guilt to the accident and the International jury held a redress meeting and awarded Team Hollywood average points for the missed races. In their absence, Kevin Whitcraft’s TP52 THA72 won the race and tied with Frank Pong’s Custom Dibley 75 Jelik, for first place in Race 3. This result keeps Whitcraft’s THA72 in the overall lead, Marcel Liedts Ker 46 Zannekin moves up into 2nd overall and displaces Team Hollywood to 3rd overall.
The defending IRC 1 champions, Fred Kinmonth and Nick Burns GTS 43 Mandrake III have continued on their winning ways and added 3 more wins, to make it 5 in a row. With a 3, 2, 2 score line, Timothy Fox’s Beneteau 44.7 Fujin, maintains 2nd overall and needs some extra grunt to stay up with Mandrake III. Hugh Halliburton’s Adams 10 Tenacious and Morton Jackobsen/Neil Semple’s VX One Over Here traded 3rd and 4th places to hold onto 3rd and 4th respectively.
The Premier Cruising and Cruising Classes originally struggled with two trapezoid style courses, then a short windward/leeward race to catch up with their scheduled program.
Michiel Brinkers Andrews 70 Bella Uno outpaced everyone to post 3 wins and take a handsome lead in the Premier Cruising Class. Peter Churchhouse’s Warwick 64 MoonBlue 2 still holds onto 2nd place but will have to watch over their shoulder for Pana Trungkabunchar’s X512 Lawana, that is advancing from the rear and could overtake them when the drop race comes into play.
In the NHC Premier Open Class, Meitatsu Fukumoto / Seng Huang Lee’s flying ORMA 60 SHK Scallywag FUKU skippered by David Witt, ghosted around the course and slotted into 3rd place and by not participating on the other two races, has no comparison times and trails the fleet at the back of the order.
With a little more wind and some sail tweaking, Andre Den Braven’s Whiting 36 Graffiti raced through with a 2, 1, 1 score line and goes directly to the top of the Cruising Class. Samui based Mick Grover’s Davidson 35 Moon Shadaw 2 got the better of Pattaya’s Tim McMahon’s X99 SailQuest Hi Jinks, on all races today, to hold onto 2nd overall and reduce SailQuest Hi Jinks to 3rd overall.
By completing 3 races today the schedule is back on track and the planned layday activities can still go ahead. Racing resumes on Friday and finishes on Saturday with the gala dinner and prize giving, at the Chaweng Lake Area (Opposite Central Festival).
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