Foxy Lady 6 on their way to winning IRC One. Photo by SamuiPics.com.
Samui returned to its glorious tropical ways for the final day of the 2013 Samui Regatta with 10 knots of breeze and building, under a blue sky with calm seas. PRO Ross Chisholm set two windward/leewards for all classes except IRC Zero, who needed just one more to complete their 10 race schedule.
Although Frank Pong's Jelik (HKG) had already wrapped up the IRC Zero title yesterday, he was out on the startline this morning, full of energy and with the bit between his teeth. Some tweaks to the set-up last night following their 1,5 yesterday saw Jelik back upto speed to take the final race win on the two nautical mile windward/leeward course. Jelik was crowned class winner and also the 2012/13 Asian Yachting Grand Prix Championship Skipper (Frank Pong) and Yacht (Jelik) of the Year.
Sam Chan's Freefire (HKG) placed second in the final race to secure second overall and, although finishing strongly with a third in the last race, it was not enough for the Royal Malaysian Navy entry Miri Marina Uranus (MAS), skippered by Mohamad Razali Mansor, to overhaul Ben Copley's Katsu (AUS) who took third place overall on countback.
Coming into the last day level on points were Foxy Lady 6 (SIN) and Walawala 2 (SIN) in IRC One. Business in Europe meant Bill Bremner, owner/ skipper of Foxy Lady 6, handed the helm to Steve McConaghy for the final day and the pressure was on.
Two windward/leewards were scheduled and in the shifty winds there was plenty of chance to gain points... and loose them. Foxy Lady 6 and Steve Manning's Walawala 2 battled over the short course to finish second and third respectively, behind the rapidly improving Elektra, skippered by Marcel Liedts.
Going into the final race, it was all to play for with a close three-way battle at the top. Having thrown away the lead last year on the final day, placing fifth in the last race and giving the title to EFG Bank Mandrake, all eyes were on the Foxy Lady 6 crew. Game on.
Windsikher (SIN), skippered by Sarab Singh, put in a good performance to finish second, missing out on the win by less than 10 seconds, and secure a comfortable fourth overall. A third for Elektra in the final race was enough to claim second overall and displace Walawala 2 who finished fourth in the last race and third in the overall standings. After the disappointment of last year, it was Foxy Lady 6's time to shine, triumphing in style with a win in the final race and the overall class title.
There's talk of a new Sydney GTS43 for Sarab Singh in the works, and also possibly for Nick Burns/ Fred Kinmonth, which is likely to add even more spice to the hot 40-footers in the region right now. Watch out for this class at Samui Regatta 2014.
A perfect ending to a perfect regatta – at least the winners in IRC Two, Bareboat/Cruising and Multihull classes thought as much. In fact, all competitors felt the same. Matt Allen, the Aussie ace from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, left a fellow-Aussie in charge of Ichi Ban (AUS), Scott Duncanson, who continued Allen's succession of wins to win handsomely IRC Two, scoring a total of nine successive firsts.
Pattaya sailor Gary Baguley held on grimly on El Coyote (THA), to be scored second in the class, followed by Thai-based Free Wind (THA), helmed by Nicholas Smith, Bryan Coianiz's Siren (THA) and Mick Grover's Thai entry Moon Shadow (THA).
Tight racing across all the classes, Samui Regatta 2013. Photo by SamuiPics.com.
But, there was additional kudos for these later finishers, as the Race Director sub-divided IRC Two into a Bareboat/Cruising class, with Free Wind taking the top placing, followed, in order, by Moon Shadow, Patinyakorn Buranrom's Thai-crewed Sansiri (THA), Aussie Barry Waugh's aptly-named The Waughship (AUS), and the Sailquest team from Ocean Marina on Paprika ll (THA). Only one point separated the second and third-placed boats.
Last, but definitely not least, was the ongoing struggle for supremacy in the Multihull class. David Liddell's consistency won the day and the Ao Chalong (Phuket) multi Miss Saigon (THA), beat fellow Phuket challenger Henry Kaye, on Sweet Chariot (THA), who finished some six points behind, with Samui team Crazy Horse (THA) dropping out of contention at the half-way mark.
Multihulls enjoying the racing at the 2013 Samui Regatta. Photo by SamuiPics.com.
A popular addition to this year's regatta has been the Standup Paddleboard Challenge, sponsored by JP Australia, NeilPryde and Kiteboarding Asia, with a competition run daily between sailors, crews, and even select media that took part. The top two of each day went through to a Grand Finale with the winner, Akira Sakai (nickname Splash) representing Walawala 2, taking away an inflatable board, pump and accessories worth over US$1,200.
The 2013 Samui Regatta, organised by leading regatta services provider Regattas Asia, has been a roaring success with some of the highest quality competition and closest racing on-the-water seen at any regatta in Asia, and many sailors announcing it the “Best Racing in Asia”. The proceedings concluded with a lavish Gala Dinner and final awards presentation, including awarding the 2012/13 Asian Yachting Grand Prix Championship Skipper and Yacht of the Year, on the lawn at Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui.
Overall Series Results:
1st Jelik, Frank Pong (13)
2nd Freefire, Sam Chan (21)
3rd Katsu, Ben Copley (29)
1st Foxy Lady 6, Bill Bremner (19)
2nd Elektra, Marcel Liedts (22)
3rd Walawala 2, Steve Manning (23.5)
1st Ichi Ban, Matt Allen (8)
2nd El Coyote, Gary Baguley (16)
3rd Free Wind, Nicholas Smith (29)
1st Free Wind, Nicholas Smith (10)
2nd Moon Shadow, Mick Grover (21)
3rd Sansiri, Patinyakorn Buranrom (22)
1st Miss Saigon, David Liddell (12)
2nd Sweet Chariot, Henry Kaye (18)
3rd Crazy Horse, Team Kunta/ Zanzen (29)
# # #
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.
Nungruthai Julakul/ Duncan Worthington
Tel: +66 (0) 83 650 6848/ +66 (0) 81 893 4006