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.

Final Day 2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 1

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.

 Final Day 2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2

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. 

Final Day 2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 3 

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.


Series Results:


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 


Multihull Racing

Asia Catamarans Hurricane, Alan Carwardine 

Java, John Coffin 

Bullet, Zam Bevan 


Firefly 850

Twin Sharks, John Newnham 

Advanced Racing Mamba, Richard Ayre 

Voodoo, Hans Rahmann 



Seraph, Captain Bao 

Aventure, Michael Zircon 

Sirius, Simon Morris