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

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
PlaceBow NoSail NoBoatNameCountryR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Total PointsScore
166SIN 6886Foxy Lady VIBill Bremnerflags/sin11





22
267AUS 6038FujinMick Tildenflags/aus32





55
369HKG 2248Island FlingPaul F Winkelmannflags/hkg23





55
449AUS52Oi!Peter Ahern/Scott Bailey/Fergus Wilmerflags/aus44





88
568SIN 2000Blue NoteDavid Dimmockflags/sin55





1010
IRC Racing II Class
PlaceBow NoSail NoBoatNameCountryR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Total PointsScore
170RQ888Jessandra IIRoland Daneflags/aus11





22
240NZL6800Ruby TuesdayJohn Vauseflags/nzl32





55
371SIN999Foreign AffairGreg Reynoldsflags/aus25





77
439JPN777PhoenixNeils Degenkolwflags/den63





99
551HKT805Surf PatrolRay Waldronflags/aus47





1111
642HKG1683Beaux EspritsKeith Garryflags/hkg56





1111
738MAS88Skandia Endeavour Of WhitbyStuart Williamsonflags/masDNF4





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Classic Class
PlaceBow NoSail NoBoatNameCountryR1R2R3R4Total PointsScore
185tbcAventureMichael Zirconflags/fra1


11
2159SeraphCaptain Baoflags/tha2


22
Charter/Bareboat Class
PlaceBow NoSail NoBoatNameCountryR1R2R3R4R5Total PointsScore
181B34Little EvaJonathan Kingflags/chn12


33
2845643VentureIan Lodewyckxflags/aus41


55
383THA11Sudsakorn TooDavid Coleflags/aus24


66
482SunsailAnchalai (Ratana)Simon Oliverflags/tbc33


66
Firefly 850 Class
PlaceBow NoSail NoBoatNameCountryR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Total PointsScore
111FF298Twin SharksJohn Newnhamflags/gbr11





22
213FF298Advanced Racing MambaNeil Ayreflags/gbr22





44
315FF777VoodooHans Rahmannflags/ger33





66
412FF222Moto InziRoger Kingdonflags/gbr44





88
Multihull Racing Class
PlaceBow NoSail NoBoatNameCountryR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Total PointsScore
15003Asia Catamarans HurricaneAlan Carwardineflags/aus11





22
25805JavaJohn Coffinflags/chn22





44
310AC001NinaGrenville Fordhamflags/tha33





66
475169BulletZam Bevanflags/tha54





99
576US2AdrenalineMark Horwoodflags/tha45





99
673THA888Sweet ChariotHenry Kayeflags/gbr76





1313
774006GaleforceKirill Stashevskiyflags/rus67





1313
872GER 294Zig ZagPeter Boydflags/aus88





1616
Cruising Class
PlaceBow NoSail NoBoatNameCountryR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Total PointsScore
1801104Sail in Asia PinocchioMike Downardflags/gbr11





22
278HKG 2157HeadonistRichard Barnhurstflags/aus22





44
356SANSIRISansiri WindstarPatinyakorn Buranromflags/tha33





66
479USALindaDavid Liddellflags/gbr44





88
56234968AstraeusWilliam Saxflags/can55





1010
6776100Farrgo ExpressPaul Bakerflags/ausDNSDNS





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