Please select your home edition
Edition
upffront 728x90

Close racing in challenging conditions on Day 4 of 2013 Samui Regatta

by Event Media on 1 Jun 2013
Jelik claims the IRC Zero crown one day early at the 2013 Samui Regatta Samuipics.com
At the 2013 Samui Regatta, following a day off for some well-earned rest and relaxation, the sailors were back in action today with two races – a windward leeward and around-the-cans – starting in an eight knot building breeze off Chaweng Beach.

It was another double for Frank Pong and his Asian crew on Jelik (HKG) with Line Honours and the handicap win in Race 1, but the interest is in the details with just a few a minutes separating the entire class on corrected time. Freefire (HKG), skippered by Sam Chan returned to form with a second place, followed by the improving Royal Malaysian Navy team, skippered by Mohamad Razali Mansor, on Uranus (MAS) whose second and four thirds so far shows they can mix it up with the best in Asia.

PRO Ross Chisholm changed the course for Race 2 to what is known locally as the 'Samui Course'. According to Race Director Simon James, 'This course allows flexibility in length and whilst a variation allows to include a cleverly designed Windward/Leeward leg, it provides the sailors with different conditions and a different test.'

The change had a dramatic impact on the results. Pong and his crew slipped to fifth place with the glory going to Antipodes (HKG), the 72-footer currently being driven by five-times round-the-world veteran Matt Humphries, who displayed great skill to beat Katsu (AUS), skippered by Ben Copley by just over 30 seconds. The smallest in the class at 45-foot, the Aquila Reichel Pugh has delivered a few surprises so far this week with three second places in the Series and remains a threat currently sitting in third overall. Third place in Race 2 went to Freefire (HKG).

Despite a disappointing fifth in the second race today, Jelik has sewn up the Samui Regatta 2013 IRC Zero title one day early and can no longer be caught in the 2012/13 Asian Yachting Grand Prix Championship.


In IRC One, the lighter winds in Race 1 proved tricky for some shaking up the class and the scoreboard on this the penultimate day. Foxy Lady 6 (SIN) suffered most placing fifth in the race with Windsikher (SIN), skippered by Sarab Singh and an ex-Foxy Lady itself, showing superior sailing skills to master the conditions and top the class on corrected time, ahead of defending champion EFG Bank Mandrake (HKG), skippered by Nick Burns/ Fred Kinmonth.

It was Marcel Liedts' Elektra (HKG) that came out on top in Race 2 to move them up to third in the overall rankings. A second for Walawala 2 and third for Foxy Lady 6 sees them tied on 16 points going into the final day.

Aussie Matt Allen consolidated his command of the IRC Two Class on the penultimate day of the 12th Samui Regatta, even though he was absent today. Matt turned over the reigns of Ichi Ban (AUS) to fellow Aussie, local and a former Aussie youth champion, Scott Duncanson, to carry the flag. But, it was close racing against another Aussie, Ocean Marina skipper Gary Baguley's El Coyote (THA). In fact, scarce minutes - even seconds - have been the margin between the two IRC Two front-runners.

Close behind, also, in fierce competition are three Thai entries: Mick Grover's Moon Shadow (THA), Nicholas Smith's Free Wind (THA) and Bryan Coianiz's Siren (ITA).

The consolation for these skippers and Patinyakorn Buranrom's Sansiri (THA), right behind them, is that all these will be also rated separately as the top skippers in the Bareboat/Cruising class, to be announced at the Gala Awards Dinner tomorrow.

Elsewhere yesterday, Ao Chalong Yacht Club (Phuket) entry, David Liddell's Miss Saigon (THA), bolted away from erstwhile challenger in the Multihull class, Phuket's Henry Kaye, on Sweet Chariot (THA) and leads the standing by two points.

The 2013 Samui Regatta is organised by leading regatta services provider, Regattas Asia, with strong support from Samui businesses and staff. The final day of racing is tomorrow, followed by a lavish Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony at Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, Chaweng Beach.

For more information, visit www.samuiregatta.com.

Zhik Dinghy 660x82T Clewring One DesignPacific Sailing School 660x82 1

Related Articles

New French leader on Day 3 of Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup
Breakfast time today saw some furious adding up to resolve the winning team in the high scoring offshore race Initially France Blue, overall leaders after day one, looked strong with their two big boats, Eric de Turkheim's A13, Teasing Machine, and the Prietz family's JND 39, GOA, in front. As boats started finishing the Flanders North Sea team edged ahead.
Posted today at 5:53 pm
Gstaad Yacht Club's Racing Team trio for Rio 2016
Pre-Olympic Brunch at the GYC clubhouse – members, guests and friends gave a Brazilian farewell to the GYC Racing Team. The Gstaad Yacht Clubs sport members are: the Nacra 17 team with Matías Bühler and Nathalie Brugger who qualified for Switzerland, the 470 sailor Will Ryan, who starts with his helmsman Matthew Belcher for Australia and Billy Besson, who starts in the Nacra 17 class too, together with his crew Marie Riou for France.
Posted today at 4:27 pm
J/111 Garmin World Championship less than a week away
Championship is less than a week away, fourteen teams from seven different countries will be taking part. Forming a truly international fleet, the teams come from Australia, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States of America. Racing on tight Solent courses the fleet will enjoy a five day racing programme and a lively social schedule, organised at the Island Sailing Club in the heart of Cowes.
Posted today at 3:57 pm
Reducing weight aloft with composite backstays
Reducing weight aloft is one of the most cost effective ways of increasing your boat speed and performance. Reducing weight aloft is one of the most cost effective ways of increasing your boat speed and performance. Every kilogram you take out of the rig is roughly equivalent to 4kg added to the bottom of your keel!
Posted today at 2:13 pm
America's Cup World Series - Ian Roman's Images from Portsmouth
Ian Roman was in Portsmouth for the America's Cup World Series and provided this first of two galleries from the event Top international photographer, Ian Roman was in Portsmouth for the America's Cup World Series and provided this first of two galleries of the racing across the three days of the regatta.
Posted today at 12:36 pm
Owners work together on new 52fter project to kick-start SoCal fleet
Manouch Moshayedi owner and skipper of the Bakewell-White 100 Rio100 is behind establishing a 52fter fleet in California The 52fters will be based on the latest design by Judel/Vrolijk. “There are some improvements over the boats in the SuperSeries in the Med that we have made specifically for California sailing, including taller masts, larger mains, larger jibs, larger spinnakers and lighter displacement,” explains Manouch Moshayedi.
Posted today at 9:58 am
Pacific Cup - Riding Rufless across the Pacific
The former Bronco was a well sailed class boat the ridden hard and put away wet. 2016 Pacific Cup - We begin this tale with the fundamental roots. The Melges 32 featured in this story is not a tock Melges 32' by any means. The former Bronco was a well sailed class boat the ridden hard and put away wet. When found a few years ago in a San Diego boat yard, she was in sad shape and in need of a good home.
Posted today at 6:43 am
OK Dinghy World - Danes dominate glamour first day
Jørgen Svendsen (DEN) and Bo Petersen (DEN) shared the spoils on the first day of the 2016 OK Dinghy World Championship Jørgen Svendsen (DEN) and Bo Petersen (DEN) shared the spoils on the first day of the 2016 OK Dinghy World Championship in Quiberon, France after a glamour day on the water with unbroken sunshine and a building sea breeze that topped out at 16-18 knots. An impressive 105 OK Dinghies from 10 nations completed registration.
Posted today at 3:35 am
Entry opens for Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race
Entry is open for the first-ever Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race 2017 Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race - Entry is open for the first-ever Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race, the lead-in offshore race of the New Year and one of the major events to fall within The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s sesquicentenary year (150yrs).
Posted on 25 Jul
2015-16 Offshore Racing - Cougar's wild weekend
The Farr30 Cougar finished the weekend with two fastest times and two IRC firsts in a masterful display by Scott Glaskin In conditions that could hardly have been more different, Fremantle Sailing Club conducted both the Mayflower Race and the re-sail of the Ensign Race on successive days last weekend. The Farr30 Cougar finished the weekend with two fastest times and two IRC firsts in a masterful display by skipper Scott Glaskin and his crew.
Posted on 25 Jul