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Quick off the mark on day 1 of Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek

by Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week 2014 on 17 Jul 2014
Close racing in the Multihull Racing fleet on Day 1 of the 2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek. Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2014 - Foxy Lady VI leads IRC Racing I. Jessandra II leads IRC Racing II.

Phuket – Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek kicked off with 12-15 knots of wind on the opening day. Principal Race Officer Simon James set two races for all but the Classic class and with the wind building throughout the day the second, longer race, produced some exhilarating sailing for the 400+ sailors.

The 35 boats are split over seven classes, and include many familiar faces together with a growing number of international boats and charterers this year.

Having set the startline between Lone and Aeo islands, the racing started on time and first off were IRC Racing I on a windward-leeward.

The in-form Foxy Lady VI were up against Peter Ahern's Australian entry Oi!, the well campaigned Fujin, Blue Note and the 42-footer Island Fling from Hong Kong. A mixed bunch, and it was Foxy Lady VI who were first to put a win on the board. An error early on by Oi! hit them hard as they finished first but on corrected time had to settle for fourth. Island Fling enjoyed the good breeze and all powered up secured second place, two minutes ahead of Fujin.

In the second race, the class were sent towards the Chalong coastline, downwind to the Safe Water Mark off Panwa Cape, back towards Chalong, around Aeo Island, and back upwind before one last downwind leg to the finish. With the wind building, Fujin went one better this time to finish second in Race two, knocking Island Fling into third. But again, it was the slick crew work on Foxy Lady VI that saw them take the win by four minutes on corrected time. Two out of two.

Last year’s winner, Phoenix, got off to a slow start in IRC Racing II with a sixth place finish in Race one. They improved in the Race two to sit fourth overall at the end of the day, but the day’s glory goes to Australian boat Jessandra II, who competing at Raceweek for the first time scored two comfortable wins to lead the scoreboard.

Ruby Tuesday's three,two and the Mumm 30 Foreign Affair's two,five, puts them in second and third overall respectively.
Starting together, the Cruising and Charter-Bareboat classes enjoyed some close racing on the course and on handicap, and Sail in Asia Pinocchio were the early winners with two first places today in Cruising, while a 1,2 for Little Eva in Bareboat-Charter sees them lead the standings.

A single race for the Classic class saw the fleet stretch their legs on an island course, enjoying the stunning cruising grounds in this southeast corner of Phuket. Crossing the line first, after almost two hours of sailing, was Michael Zircon's Aventure that took the win by just ten minutes on corrected time from the ever-young Seraph.

The multihulls are back in force this year with 12 split into two classes: Firefly 850 and Multihull Racing.

Good winds and relatively flat seas proved ideal racing conditions for the super fast one-design Firefly's. All podium-placers in the past, there is plenty of pedigree in the fleet, and defending champion Twin Sharks, despite capsizing a week before while preparing for the Multihull Regatta in Phuket, showed no signs of concern scoring two bullets on the day. Having nailed both starts, Advanced Racing Mamba came in a close second in both races.

In Multihull Racing, the smaller boats of Sweet Chariot and Bullet struggled in the breeze today while the Stealth cats from the Asia Catamarans yard, Java and Asia Catamarans Hurricane, lead the way. And it was two firsts for Asia Catamarans Hurricane and two seconds for Java at the end of the day with Grenville Fordham's Nina sitting in third overall.

Organised by Media Business Services, the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek consists of four days of world-class racing from 17th to 20th July off Phuket's southeast coast. Racing continues tomorrow.

Results


IRC Racing I Class

Place Bow No Sail No Boat Name Country R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Total Points Score
1 66 SIN 6886 Foxy Lady VI Bill Bremner flags/sin 1 1





2 2
2 67 AUS 6038 Fujin Mick Tilden flags/aus 3 2





5 5
3 69 HKG 2248 Island Fling Paul F Winkelmann flags/hkg 2 3





5 5
4 49 AUS52 Oi! Peter Ahern/Scott Bailey/Fergus Wilmer flags/aus 4 4





8 8
5 68 SIN 2000 Blue Note David Dimmock flags/sin 5 5





10 10

IRC Racing II Class

Place Bow No Sail No Boat Name Country R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Total Points Score
1 70 RQ888 Jessandra II Roland Dane flags/aus 1 1





2 2
2 40 NZL6800 Ruby Tuesday John Vause flags/nzl 3 2





5 5
3 71 SIN999 Foreign Affair Greg Reynolds flags/aus 2 5





7 7
4 39 JPN777 Phoenix Neils Degenkolw flags/den 6 3





9 9
5 51 HKT805 Surf Patrol Ray Waldron flags/aus 4 7





11 11
6 42 HKG1683 Beaux Esprits Keith Garry flags/hkg 5 6





11 11
7 38 MAS88 Skandia Endeavour Of Whitby Stuart Williamson flags/mas DNF 4





12 12


Classic Class

Place Bow No Sail No Boat Name Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Points Score
1 85 tbc Aventure Michael Zircon flags/fra 1


1 1
2 1 59 Seraph Captain Bao flags/tha 2


2 2


Charter/Bareboat Class

Place Bow No Sail No Boat Name Country R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Points Score
1 81 B34 Little Eva Jonathan King flags/chn 1 2


3 3
2 84 5643 Venture Ian Lodewyckx flags/aus 4 1


5 5
3 83 THA11 Sudsakorn Too David Cole flags/aus 2 4


6 6
4 82 Sunsail Anchalai (Ratana) Simon Oliver flags/tbc 3 3


6 6


Firefly 850 Class

Place Bow No Sail No Boat Name Country R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Total Points Score
1 11 FF298 Twin Sharks John Newnham flags/gbr 1 1





2 2
2 13 FF298 Advanced Racing Mamba Neil Ayre flags/gbr 2 2





4 4
3 15 FF777 Voodoo Hans Rahmann flags/ger 3 3





6 6
4 12 FF222 Moto Inzi Roger Kingdon flags/gbr 4 4





8 8


Multihull Racing Class

Place Bow No Sail No Boat Name Country R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Total Points Score
1 5 003 Asia Catamarans Hurricane Alan Carwardine flags/aus 1 1





2 2
2 58 05 Java John Coffin flags/chn 2 2





4 4
3 10 AC001 Nina Grenville Fordham flags/tha 3 3





6 6
4 75 169 Bullet Zam Bevan flags/tha 5 4





9 9
5 76 US2 Adrenaline Mark Horwood flags/tha 4 5





9 9
6 73 THA888 Sweet Chariot Henry Kaye flags/gbr 7 6





13 13
7 74 006 Galeforce Kirill Stashevskiy flags/rus 6 7





13 13
8 72 GER 294 Zig Zag Peter Boyd flags/aus 8 8





16 16


Cruising Class

Place Bow No Sail No Boat Name Country R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Total Points Score
1 80 1104 Sail in Asia Pinocchio Mike Downard flags/gbr 1 1





2 2
2 78 HKG 2157 Headonist Richard Barnhurst flags/aus 2 2





4 4
3 56 SANSIRI Sansiri Windstar Patinyakorn Buranrom flags/tha 3 3





6 6
4 79 USA Linda David Liddell flags/gbr 4 4





8 8
5 62 34968 Astraeus William Sax flags/can 5 5





10 10
6 77 6100 Farrgo Express Paul Baker flags/aus DNS DNS





14 14




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