Freefire and Jelik off the line on Day 1 of the 2013 Samui Regatta. Photo by SamuiPics.com.
Samui turned on the style for Day 1 of the 2013 Samui Regatta with steady 10-14 knot breezes under blue skies, and some tight racing across the 22-strong fleet.
The winds held good through the day allowing Principal Race Officer Ross Chisholm to finish two windward/leewards for all classes and a third race for IRC Zero.
Jelik (HKG), skippered by Frank Pong, got off to a flyer with line honours and the win on corrected time in Race 1, with their closest rival in size – the 72-foot Antipodes (HKG), skippered by Geoff Hill – placing fifth. Second place went to Freefire (HKG), skippered by Sam Chan and Katsu (AUS), skippered by Ben Copley took third.
Pong continued his winning ways with another first in Race 2, again followed by Freefire in second and Antipodes found their groove finishing third. A little over three minutes separated the entire class.
The final race saw Pong again come out on top making it three wins from three, and three line honours to boot. A contender for the 2012/13 Asian Yachting Grand Prix Championship title, which concludes at Samui Regatta, the results after Day 1 has put Pong firmly in the driving seat.
Hong Kong boat Jelik, takes an early lead on the first day of the 2013 Samui Regatta. Photo by SamuiPics.com.
Last years IRC One class winners EFG Bank Mandrake (HKG), skippered by Nick Burns/ Fred Kinmonth, got off to a slow start today with a fifth place finish in the first race of the day. They managed to get back on track with a second in Race 2, but following a protest and subsequent disqualification of Windsikher (SIN) for a port/starboard incident, EFG Bank Mandrake placed first.
Walalwala 2 (SIN), skippered by Steve Manning, raced well to take the double in Race 1 – line honours and handicap win. Elektra (HKG), skippered by Marcel Liedts finished second ahead of Singapore-based Foxy Lady 6 (SIN), skippered by Bill Bremner, in third.
In Race 2 the tables were turned with EFG Bank Mandrake in first, Foxy Lady 6 in second, and Walawala 2 third.
After slipping up on the final day last year, Foxy Lady 6 has put in a solid performance on Day with a 3,2, setting themselves up for what looks to be a tough competition over the next four days.
The largest class in the Regatta, IRC Two, saw eight boats on the startline and it was Italian entry Siren (ITA), skippered by Bryan Coianiz, that took the early line honours win. However, they did not convert to a win on corrected time and finished third overall in the first race of the day. The win went to Matt Allen's Ichi Ban (AUS) who finished over seven minutes clear of Pattaya-based El Coyote (THA), skippered by Gary Baguley in second, and Siren placed third.
The second race went to form with Ichi Ban again taking first, El Coyote second and Siren third. Known for his Sydney Hobart Race exploits on his VO70 of the same name, Matt Allen and his crew are making a name for themselves on the Thai regatta scene with wins this season at the Phuket King's Cup and Top of the Gulf regattas.
The Multihull class is dominated by Thai entries this year, and it was Crazy Horse (THA), entered by Samui Ocean Sports, that galloped off to a win in the first race and a second in Race 2 to take an early lead in the standings. Miss Saigon (THA), skippered by David Liddell, placed 2,1 on the day and Sweet Chariot (THA), skippered by Henry Kaye, placed third in Race 1 and following breakage scored a DNF in Race 2 and trails behind.
The 2013 Samui Regatta is organised by leading regatta services provider, Regattas Asia, with strong support from Samui businesses and staff. Racing continues tomorrow 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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Tel: +66 (0) 83 650 6848/ +66 (0) 81 893 4006