Final act rests with the wind...
by AsianYachting.com on 9 Dec 2006
Racing got away on the final day in a light North Easterly breeze. The racers with a chance at winning their class were keen to get away and hoped the short trapezoid course for everyone would bring them glory and bragging rights for christmas. Paul Winkelmann's TP52 Island Fling and Neil Pryde's Hi Fi took a commanding lead and after the windward/leeward legs looked as if they had the race in the bag. Having been delayed on the first beat Frank Pong's Jelik was quickly making up for lost ground. A sheer in the wind developed across the course while the cruising classes sailing on the wing side of the trapezoid course suffered from a lack of breeze, the racing classes sailing a mile over to the right enjoyed reasonably brisk conditions. As they transferred to the wing mark of the course the leaders came to a halt and the back markers happily caught up with them and effectively a restart occurred with two legs to go. Any advantage the leaders had was washed away in the current. When the fleet was sufficiently bunched up the breeze then swept across the course further helping the back markers and effectively sealing the fate of the leaders.
After trailing the fleet Adam Ng's mainland Chinese boat Konka Hummingbird benefited the most from the restart to win another race on their first year of competing. All racing class yachts eventually finished within seven minutes of each other, which gifted Toby O'Connell on the chartered DK 46 Dhevatara Drumstick his first King's Cup victory. After leading the fleet Neil Pryde's Hi Fi tied on points with Drumstick but lost out on a count back. Paul Winkelmann's TP52 Island Fling has shown allot of promise during the week but had to settle on third place overall after drifting into the mark adding further insult to injury. It must be said how a twist of fate seems to play a hand in determining King Cup results, as earlier in the week Drumstick was dealt a difficult blow from the jury and perhaps as retribution, nature has repaid them for the inconvenience.
Similarly in the Premier Cruising class David Ross's Frangipani Girl came from behind to clinch a win in today's race. Geoff Hill's lower rating Strewth scored second place to break the overnight tie with Peter Churchhouse's Moon Blue II and take out the overall title. Jon Wardill's Australian Maid slipped into third place today but a little to late to make any impression. Andrew Richards on the smaller Moon Blue finished fourth which was enough to keep them in third place overall.
Peter Dyer's Humphreys 3/4 tonner Madam Butterfly extended their lead by adding a third win to their tally and taking out Racing 2 on their first try. Niels Dgenkolf's Phoenix maintained second place and although Jonathan Mahony's Mumm 30 Happy Endings dipped down to fifth place today has done enough to survive in third overall.
In the Sportsboat scramble for the line Keisuke Nagamatsu's Platu 25 Risotada came out on top today but finished down the order in fifth overall. Japan's Kenichi Takahashi kept his Platu 25 Motornet on track with a second place to claim the overall title. Scott Duncanson's G4S Somtam Express is by far the fastest boat around the track but after handicaps are applied usually yields to the Platu's and has finished up with second overall. Shuji Hagihara's third place on Just keeps him in third overall.
Ryuji Nakata's X442 Rhythm Stick is certainly in sync with the weather as four first places and two second places gives them the overall IRC 1 title. A tussle for the placing's behind Rhythm Stick has resulted in Thailand's Jaray Tipsuk skippering Octopussy securing second place and Peter Wintle's improved performance on Sita has them finishing in third overall. Despite first place today for Andy Pape's Big A and second for Valdemar Bandolowski's Di Hard it comes a little to late to make an impression on the leaders.
Yesterday Marc Cudennec's Chi Machine already tied up the inaugural Firefly 850 Sport catamarans class so did not have to compete today. In their absence Bill Phelps picked up the win on Twin Sharks to end up with second overall. Henry Kaye's second place on Mamba today is an improvement but Roger Kingdon's third place on Moto Inzi is enough to secure third overall in front of Mamba.
Despite the light wind on the Multihull Racing course Philip Day's crew kept The Sting on the pace in front of bigger opposition to secure first place today and the overall title. Tim Milner's second place on Seekronghuk keeps them in second overall. Benoit Lasaffre's much faster Crowther 50 Atmosphere has taken line honours in all races but after handicap calculations has finished in third overall.
Larry Pollock's second place today on Running Cloud is enough to take out the Performance Multihull title. First place for Liam Nichols on Gone with the Wind lifts them to second overall in front of Chris Runnegar's Raimon Land Chameleon that was in the running for the title but a third today sees them drop out of contention.
Lt. Peera Sagultem's crew did everything right today on Royal Thai Navy 1 to win the race and the IRC 2 title. Although Andrey Novoderezhkin's crew on Master Blaster kept the pressure on till the end with line honours but scoring second place leaves them in second overall. Rob Taylor's fourth place on Minx secures them third overall and Peter Forbes third place on Next Page has them in fourth overall.
Antonio Escribano on Princess Athena could only manage a seventh place today but three wins and a second place secures them the Sunsail One Design SunOdyssey 35 race of the princesses. Keith Harding's Princess Isabella added a third to their tally and finished second overall. A win for Robert Yeltes on Princess Christina lifts them to third overall in front of last years winner Christian Eschenberg on Princess Anna.
Naoki Wada's smaller Fidgi claimed the race today and by doing so broke the leaders tie coming into the final race and picked up third overall. Theodore Bakker's second place on Intan moves them into second overall and D. Maddern/Keith Blankly third place on Bintang is enough to win the Bareboat Charter class title. The tie between Bintang and Amadeus was broken when Japan's Masakido Kato's Amadeus finished back in sixth place.
Geoff Wilson's Dufor 54 Calypso JJ had a insurmountable lead coming into the final race to sail away with the Ocean Rover class title. Simon Piff's Singaporean based Rainbow Dream third place today lifts them to second overall. Despite Nick Pochin scoring ten points today on Festina Lente they have done enough in the earlier races to finish in third overall. Simon Dupe's first place on Waconda today gives them a much needed confidence boost.
Four wins for Tim Wilson's Cordelia gives them the Classic Class title. Brendon Baumeister's win today on the 33.5 meter Argo has secured them second place. Roger Brett's second place today on Kiara lifts them to third just above Mathew Harsley's 24 meter Jubilaeum on the very last race.
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