Final Day 2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
Published: Monday, 21 July 2014
It all came down to the final day of the 2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek after the abandonment of racing for all classes on Saturday.
The forecast wasn’t looking great and after searching for breeze, Principal Race Officer Simon James set a start line and got the fleet underway. It was an islands course around Hei and Aeo for the multihull racing, cruising, charter/bareboat and classic classes with a short windward/leeward for the rest.
Foxy Lady VI headed towards Aeo Island while the rest of the fleet took the other side of the course. As they rounded the top mark, Oi! and Island Fling had got the better of the first upwind leg while Foxy Lady VI had slipped back and seemed to have chosen the wrong side of the course.
Two laps of the windward/leeward and Oi! took its fifth line honours of the series but couldn’t convert it to a handicap win, having to settle for third in the race and third overall, while Island Fling sailed well to win by two minutes on corrected time.
Foxy Lady VI won IRC Racing 1 comfortably and at its first attempt. Lead by Bill Bremner, it's the boat in Asia to beat right now with eight consecutive wins on the Asian circuit.
In IRC II, with lots of non-racing boats on the water, hanging around the start boat, Jessandra II, helmed by Scott Duncanson, had to round one and came into the start at a tight angle and with no rights or options left had to squeeze in between Surf Patrol and the start boat. A three way collision followed, and with no serious damage, both Surf Patrol and Jessandra II took a penalty turn and continued their racing. There was no protest and everything was left on the water.
Ray Waldron’s Surf Patrol took line honours, converting to second place on corrected time less than one minute behind Jessandra II, whose final day win made it five from five and a class win its first time trying.
In the cruising class, finishing seven minutes ahead was not enough for Hedonist to win the race and it had to settle for second place by less than two minutes on corrected time, behind race-winner Sail in Asia Pinocchio. However, a second place was enough for Hedonist to secure the class win.
After a slow start to the series by Venture, it put in a string of wins to lead the class coming into the final day. The tricky conditions saw Anchalai (Ratana) score its first bullet of the series. A third place for Little Eva kept it in the running but when the handicaps were calculated, Venture had placed fourth and Little Eva won the Charter/Bareboat class title by a single point.
In multihull racing, Adrenalin, skippered by Mark Horwood sailed the conditions well and scored its first line honours of the series, but on corrected time had to settle for sixth in the race. Despite being fifth across the line, Bullet won the final race of the series with Java in second and Asia Catamarans Hurricane in third. Hurricane won the series by two points and claimed its first Raceweek win.
For the Firefly class, only three boats made it to the start line for the final day of racing. Twin Sharks had a good lead but Advanced Racing Mamba was close on its heels. However, after having a poor series by Voodoo’s high standards, it did well in the final race to win by nearly four minutes. Twin Sharks finished second and with it defend its title and are only the second Firefly to take the title twice.
Three classics lined up on the final day for the start. After over three hours, the final classic yacht crossed the line and the handicaps were calculated. It was Seraph, skippered by Captain Bao that won the race and the class title.
IRC Racing I
Foxy Lady VI, Bill Bremner
Island Fling, Paul F. Winklemann
Oi!, Peter Ahern/ Scott Bailey/ Fergus Wilmer
IRC Racing II
Jessandra II, Roland Dane
Foreign Affair, Greg Reynolds
Ruby Tuesday, John Vause
Hedonist, Richard Barnhurst
Sail in Asia Pinocchio, Mike Downard
Sansiri Windstar, Patinyakorn Buranrom
Little Eva, Jonathan King
Venture, Ian Lodewyckx
Anchalai (Ratana), Simon Oliver
Asia Catamarans Hurricane, Alan Carwardine
Java, John Coffin
Bullet, Zam Bevan
Twin Sharks, John Newnham
Advanced Racing Mamba, Richard Ayre
Voodoo, Hans Rahmann
Seraph, Captain Bao
Aventure, Michael Zircon
Sirius, Simon Morris