IRC One is seeing some very close racing with just a few seconds separating them at times. Photo by SamuiPics.com.
All change on Day 3 of the Samui Regatta as the drop in wind strength shuffled the pack. A Windward/Leeward for all classes was set in a building breeze, but by early in the second race, a passage race South, the winds died and kicked back in later ensuring a full schedule of races were completed.
Coming into today undefeated, Frank Pong and his crew on Jelik (HKG) struggled in the first race to place fifth in IRC Zero, despite taking Line Honours. The win was Antipodes', who has had a mixed bag of results so far but got upto speed to secure the win by the slimmest of margins – just two seconds on corrected time.
The Royal Malaysian Navy (MAS), skippered by Mohamad Razali Mansor, sailed a good first race to take second place 11 seconds ahead of Sam Chan's Freefire (HKG). Just 63 seconds separated the entire IRC Zero fleet in Race 1.
In Race 2, Jelik was back on form, revelling in the distance race and improving winds, taking his sixth win from seven starts and stretching out an eight point lead overall in the standings.
Katsu (AUS), skippered by Ben Copley pipped the Royal Malaysian Navy to second and moves up to third overall, tied with the Royal Malaysian Navy team.
The story of today was the rapidly improving Royal Malaysian Navy team and how close all the IRC Zero boats are on handicap, with little more than a minute often separating the entire class on corrected time.
It was a similar story in IRC One today with leader Walawala 2 (SIN), skippered by Steve Manning, struggling in the lighter conditions and slipping down to two fifth place finishes. That opened the door for Bill Bremner and his crew on Foxy Lady 6 (SIN) who put in a fantastic performance in the challenging conditions to score two bullets and take the overall lead.
Windsikher (SIN), skippered by Sarab Singh, placed second in Race 1, just two seconds behind Foxy Lady 6 on corrected time, while Marcel Liedts' Elektra (HKG) 3,2 on the day saw them move up the standings into third overall, two points behind Walawala 2.
A 4,4 today for defending champions EFG Bank Mandrake (HKG), skippered by Nick Burns/ Fred Kinmonth, sees them slip down the scoreboard to lay fourth overall and four points off a podium position.
Antipodes, helmed by Matt Humphries, scored their first win in IRC Zero today. Photo by SamuiPics.com
Cruising Yacht Club of Australia afficianado, Matt Allen, helming Ichi Ban (AUS) proclaimed his superiority of the IRC Two class, adding two first placings to his previous three firsts on the first two days, to be virtually unassailable in this fleet, with two more days of sailing to go.
But, fighting him all the way in second place is Pattaya-based Gary Baguley skippering El Coyote (THA) who sailed down to Samui from the Ocean Marina. As in the previous races, Italy's Bryan Coianiz skippering Siren remained in third, while Nicholas Smith's Free Wind (THA) moved into fourth place.
In a division of the IRC Two which the racing committee will implement at Saturday's awards ceremonies, Nicholas Smith also found himself at the top of the Bareboat/Cruising class, ahead of the Ao Chalong entry Sansiri (THA) skippered by Patinyakorn Buranrom and the aptly-named The Waughship (AUS) piloted by Aussie Barry Waugh.
In the hard-fought Multihull class veteran racer Henry Kaye's Phuket-based craft, Sweet Chariot, (THA) after a disastrous start in the early races, has drawn close to class leader David Liddell's Miss Saigon (THA), but two firsts for Liddell today leaves him two points ahead overall, with Team Kunta/Zanzen sailing Crazy Horse (THA) in third place.
The 2013 Samui Regatta is organised by leading regatta services provider, Regattas Asia, with strong support from Samui businesses and staff. Tomorrow is a Reserve Day, racing continues on Friday off Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, Chaweng Beach.
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About Samui Regatta
Samui Regatta was formed in 2002 and is also known at the 'Tropical Island Regatta'. Over its 12 year history, the Regatta has grown from strength-to-strength regularly attracting a strong racing, cruising and multihull fleet and approximately 500 participants from over 20 countries. Samui Regatta has established itself as one of Asia's leading regattas and one of the best regatta party scenes.
Samui Regatta attracts many international participants from Asia and beyond, as well as Thailand-based sailors and boats. The Regatta is the final event in the Asian Yachting Grand Prix Championship, a series of 5-star racing events held throughout Asia.
The 2013 Samui Regatta takes place May 25th to June 1st and comprises five days of tropical sailing with six parties.
Samui Regatta Sponsors
The Regatta is supported by Host Sponsor Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui.
Co-sponsors include Beach Republic, Berri Estates, PTT Group, Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa, Sports Authority of Thailand and the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Official Suppliers include Asahi, Budget, Haad Thip, NeilPryde, Nivea Sun, Quantum, TOT and Infinity Communications.
Media Partners include SEA Yachting, aBOAT, Samui Holiday magazine, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, HELM Superyacht Asia Pacific, AsianYachting.com and SamuiPics.com are the Official photographer.
Island partners include A Plus Italia, Bangkok Hospital Samui, Electrical Marine, Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, ibis Samui Bophut, JP-Australia, Kiteboarding Asia, Mittare Insurance, Saard's Watersport Center, Samui Verti Color, Samui Ocean Sports & Yacht Charter, Seascape Beach Resort, Tradewinds, Bar Solo Koh Samui, Subway, Sunsail, Trend Fashion and The Kala.
Organising and Supporting Authorities include the Sports Authority of Thailand, Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, Tourism Authority of Thailand, International Sailing Federation, Samui Yacht Club Regatta and Regattas Asia.
Marketing Support provided by Paul Poole (South East Asia) Co., Ltd.
About Regattas Asia
Regattas Asia is a brand name of Phuket and More Co. Ltd., established in 2001 with over 15 years involvement in the organisation of leading marine events in Asia. Formed by Simon James and Kae Wattana, Regattas Asia has become a prominent player in Asia's regattas industry, with an innovative approach to the management of major sailing events in the region.
Regattas Asia provide services to the following events: Phuket King's Cup Regatta, The Bay Regatta, Phuket Raceweek, Sabang International Regatta (Indonesia), Royal Langkawi International Regatta (Malaysia), Hainan Around the Island Regatta (China), China Cup International Regatta, and are sole organisers of Samui Regatta.
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