Team Premier wins at 2011 Six Senses Phuket Raceweek
Published: Tuesday, 26 July 2011
The final day of the 2011 Six Senses Phuket Raceweek saw good winds and tight competition, as podium places were to be decided on the day. In IRC Racing, the battle was on for second and third overall as Team Premier (Neil Pryde), having already wrapped up the series, decided not to go out. As winds grew to 13-15 knots, KukuKERchu (David Ross) lead off the start from with Jing Jing (Rick Pointon) and Katsu (Ben Copley) close on her stern. Katsu tacked early and lost ground as KukuKERchu and Jing Jing stretched out a small lead on-the-water and rounded the top mark ahead. After three loops and a crew injury on KukuKERchu, Jing Jing took the win on corrected time from Katsu in second and KukuKERchu in third. Katsu headed in to the final race of the series with a one point lead over KukuKERchu. PRO James set IRC Racing off on Course 13, around Lon Island, for the final race of the series. In Race 2, Jing Jing took her second win of the day from Katsu in second and Babe (Mark Mizner) in third. Team Premier took the series win from Jing Jing who took second place on count back from Katsu in third.
IRC 2 racers tied for second and third going into the final day, saw Piccolo (Mark Chapman) stretch out a lead and take line honours and handicap win from WDB Endeavour of Whitby (Stuart Williamson) in second and Team Sea Bees (Peter Dyer) in third. Piccolo finally took the win in Race 2 from Royal Thai Navy 4 and Team Sea Bees, in second and third respectively. Piccolo took the series title from Royal Thai Navy 4 in second and Team Sea Bees in third. IRC 3 went into the final day with four points separating the top three, with Remington, Linda and Dreamtime taking the honours.
The one-design Fireflys were all geared up for the white caps and expectations were high as Team Land and Houses (Peter Dyer) took a two point lead over Voodoo (Ian Coulson/ Clarance Tayong), and held it for the win in the hotly contested division. In Multihulls, Sidewinder beat out DaVinci, helmed by Paul Larsen of Vestsa Sailrocket fame, and Miss Saigon (David Liddell), which took third.
This year the Regatta welcomes round-the-world yachtswoman Dee Caffari who is sailing on Six Senses Niña, and Paul Larsen, who with the Vestas SailRocket is attempting to set the ‘Outright World Speed Sailing Record’ and sailing on DaVinci in the Regatta. Said Caffari, “This is my first time in Phuket, first time in Thailand and first time in Asia. And I'm loving it.”
Overall Series results:
IRC Racing: Team Premier (15), Jing Jing (17), Katsu (17).
IRC 2: Piccolo (9), Royal Thai Navy 4 (17), Team Sea Bees (19).
IRC 3: Remington (6), Linda (11), Dreamtime (11).
Multihull Racing: Sidewinder (9), DaVinci (12), Miss Saigon (18).
Firefly 850 Sport: Team Land and Houses (11), Voodoo (13), Twin Sharks (17).
Classic Class: Idiom (3), Seraph (5).