Published: Friday, 18 July 2014

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 more than 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.

Foxy Lady VI was up against Peter Ahern’s Australian Oi!, Fujin, Blue Note and the 42-footer Island Fling from Hong Kong. Foxy Lady VI was first to put a win on the board. Island Fling came in second followed by Fujin.

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In the second race, Fujin went one better this time to finish second in Race 2, knocking Island Fling into third. But again, it was Foxy Lady VI that took the win by four minutes on corrected time.

Last year’s winner Phoenix, got off to a slow start in IRC Racing II with a sixth place finish in Race 1. It improved in Race 2 to sit fourth overall at the end of the day, but the glory goes to Australian boat Jessandra II, who competed at Raceweek for the first time and scored two comfortable wins to lead the scoreboard.

Ruby Tuesday’s 3,2 and the Mumm 30 Foreign Affair’s 2,5 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 was the early winner with two first places today in cruising, while a 1,2 for Little Eva in bareboat/charter sees it lead the standings.

Crossing the line first in the Classic class, 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.

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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. Having nailed both starts, Advanced Racing Mamba came in a close second in both races.

In Multihull Racing, 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.

Racing continues tomorrow.