sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Top of the Gulf 2011 – what a difference a day makes

Top of the Gulf 2011 – what a difference a day makes

'Top of the Gulf Regatta 2011 - Jing Jing and the IRC 2 leaders on the run'    Guy Nowell/Top of the Gulf    Click Here to view large photo

Top of the Gulf 2011 – Yesterday produced just one race for all classes, and an early return to the marina under grey skies when the wind ‘passed out’ completely in the early afternoon. This morning dawned bright and clear, with the prospect of a building sea breeze as soon as the land got a chance to warm up, and that about sums it up. Give a fleet of boats the chance of a suntan and a good sailing breeze, and they’re all going to be happy. It was back to cliché conditions – after a soft start to proceedings, the Race Officer was able to send all divisions away in light breeze that then built to a useful 12+ kts and stayed that way. A single ‘islands’ race for the Cruising division, and a windward-leeward followed by an islands course for everyone else.

Hi Fi (Neil Pryde) walked away with the first windward-leeward race of the day, leaving the rest of the IRC 1 division in her wake – literally – and leading from start to finish. The breeze was strengthening all the time. But on the second start line HiFi got shut out, and was forced to the wrong side of the course – and it showed. Team Premier and Evolution Racing trucked off and stayed in front, and HiFi never got back into the frame.

After racing, HiFi’s hopeful start to the day was further spoiled when yesterday’s protest was re-opened, and this time found against HiFi, disqualifying her from race 3. An appeal has been lodged.

Top of the Gulf Regatta 2011 - the weather is giving ’good blue’. -  Guy Nowell/Top of the Gulf   Click Here to view large photo


Matt Allen’s Ichiban added 1, 2 results to her near-unassailable position at the top of the IRC 2 division. Once again Jing Jing got up to speed and led Ichiban round the track, but Rick Pointon’s Beijing Sailing Centre crew were unable to hold off the Australians on corrected time. Shoun Toh and crew from SMU on board Hi Jinks kept cool heads at the top of the IRC 3 class to win the first race and place second in the second. Thai Navy 1 will be regretting a lapse in concentration that dropped them down to fifth in the second race, and pushed them down to second in division despite having won three out of five races.

Cruising class has to be the way to travel: start at 1145, take in some scenery en route to Ko Klet Kaeo and Ko Rang Kwan, finish at a little after 1400 hrs and nip smartly back to the marina for cold beer and hot showers. Andrew Watt’s San Sanook claimed line honours today, but it was Amanda (Lennart Fahlgren) that bested them on handicap to lead the division overall after three races. Alan Carwardine’s Corsair C28R Bladerunner finished the day with a win in the Multihull class that also took her to the top of the division.

Top of the Gulf Regatta 2011 - Evolution Racing rounds the leeward mark -  Guy Nowell/Top of the Gulf   Click Here to view large photo


It has been a mixed-up three days for the Platu class competing for the Coronation Cup, with pre-regatta favourites The Fox (Rolf Heemskerk) and defending champion The Ferret (Scott Duncanson) languishing down the order in fifth and fourth positions respectively. After three races today (and with four more needed tomorrow to make up the 10 required for the series), top of the leaderboard is Maximilian Soh’s SMU crew on Magic Dragon. Kenta Inaba (Lucky Lady) is tied on points overall, and K Wiwat Poonpat’s Naiad trails in third by a single point. Good breeze and a couple of shifts tomorrow is all that’s needed to shake up the order entirely, so nobody is counting their chickens yet.

One more day’s racing for Top of the Gulf 2011, and another weather forecast for ‘more of the same’. Sail-World Asia was scheduled for a trip in a microlight to take some aerial photos tomorrow, but failed the Weight Test – just thought we’d own up to that before someone else mentioned it! So, back on the water, with fingers crossed for more sunshine and breeze to round out the regatta on a high note.

First start tomorrow: 1100 hrs.

Top of the Gulf Regatta 2011 - Platus scrapping it on the run -  Guy Nowell/Top of the Gulf   Click Here to view large photo


Short results
IRC 1
1 Team Premier 1,2,2,2,1 (8)
2 Evolution Racing 2,1,3,3,2 (11)
3 HiFi 3,3,6*,1,3 (16) *subject to protest appeal

IRC 2
1 Ichi Ban 1,1,1,1,2 (6)
2 Jing Jing 2,2,2,2,1 (9)
3 Katsu 3,4,3,3,3 (16)

IRC 3
1 Hi Jinks 2,2,2,1,2 (9)
2 Navy 1 1,1,1,2,5 (10)
3 Magic 3,3,3,4,4 (17)

IRC 4 (Cruising)
1 Amanda 1,2,1 (4)
2 San Sanook 4,1,2 (7)
3 Free Wind 2,4,3 (9)

Platu OD
1 Magic Dragon 1,4,1,3,3,5 (17)
2 Lucky Lady 2,7,3,1,2,2 (17)
3 Naiad 3,1,4,2,4,4 (18)

Multihulls
1 Bladerunner 1,3,2,3,1 (10)
2 The Sting 2,4,1,1,5 (13)
Sonic 8,2,4,2,3 (19)

Full results at http://www.topofthegulfregatta.com/results.shtml

Top of the Gulf Regatta 2011 - Wan Marang -  Guy Nowell/Top of the Gulf   Click Here to view large photo


Top of the Gulf Regatta 2011 - a perfect line up for an IRC 1 start - Zanzibar, HiFi, Evolution Racing, Team Premier -  Guy Nowell/Top of the Gulf   Click Here to view large photo


Top of the Gulf Regatta 2011 - Platus on the breeze. -  Guy Nowell/Top of the Gulf   Click Here to view large photo


Top of the Gulf Regatta 2011 - Puma stops to catch some dinner -  Guy Nowell/Top of the Gulf   Click Here to view large photo


Top of the Gulf Regatta 2011 - The Stingray. Got a bit on, lads... -  Guy Nowell/Top of the Gulf   Click Here to view large photo


Top of the Gulf Regatta 2011 - Pornstar sandwich -  Guy Nowell/Top of the Gulf   Click Here to view large photo


Top of the Gulf Regatta 2011 - Magic. First off the line in IRC 3. -  Guy Nowell/Top of the Gulf   Click Here to view large photo


Top of the Gulf Regatta 2011 - Ocean Marina -  Guy Nowell/Top of the Gulf   Click Here to view large photo




by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=83082

4:25 PM Mon 2 May 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


News - USA and the World



















International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,
























Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games by Anna Tunnicliffe, Pittsburgh, PA




















Farr 40 West Coast Champ - Skipper Alberto Rossi leads Enfant Terrible
Flying Dutchman World Championships - Magyars are the Masters
Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica pushing towards Southampton
NYYC Race Week - Saving the best for last
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander commands
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3
International Moth Worlds: Thunderstorms delay racing on Day 1
Fuerteventura World Cup - Impressive tricks on day 1
2014 Governor's Cup - Two former winners in the finals
America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature
Wilson and Roble remain number one match racers in U.S.
2014 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Set to start
PWA Pozo World Cup - Moreno twins dominate home spot
ISAF Youth Worlds - Record breaking regatta in Tavira + Video
Melges 32 European Championship - Robertissima remains out front
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Italians take one-point lead
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Marstrom 32 fleet off to anxious start
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Max Ranchi
CYC Race to Mackinac - Cruising fleet sets sail in 106th edition   
Team Alvimedica getting a touchup   
PWA Pozo World Cup - Plenty of drama on day 5   
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship - Day 5 Videos   
NYYC Race Week - High performance classes put on shoreside show   
2014 Pacific Cup - 'Invisible Hand' the first boat to finish   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - B.C.'s Eric Holden skippers wins   
America's Cup: Updates on Team Australia withdraw   
J/70 North American titles - Brian Keane moves to top of leaderboard   
2016-2017 America's Cup - Team Australia withdraws   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander takes charge   
America's Cup: Team NZ disappointed, but on track after Australians go   
America's Cup: Hamilton Island decides not to proceed with Challenge.   
America's Cup: Challenger of Record withdraws from Regatta   
WWA Wakeboard National Championships head to Waco   
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Day 2   
RP52 Scarlet Runner sails in San Francisco   
2014 Governor's Cup - Nevin Snow and team on form   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Americans claim silver medals in Tavira   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Day 1   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT