Published: Monday, 20 July 2015

The Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2015 has finished the four-day regatta off Thailand's southwest coast. 

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(Photo: Guy Nowell/Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Racweek) 

The 12th annual event is also the opening event of the 2015/16 Asian Yachting Grand Prix – a regional sailing championship that includes 12 of the best regattas in Asia.

The island course routed around the windward mark and back around Lone Island to the finish for all classes except IRC Racing I, who headed off on a longer course taking in Aeo, Hei and Bon Islands.

As the wind held up, the race officer sent all but the Cruising and Charter/Bareboat classes on a second race, around Maithon Island finishing near the Safe Water Mark off Panwa Cape.

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In the first IRC Racing I, Australian crew Oi! claimed the win over Kodo (AUS) with just 10 seconds ahead on race 1. Race 2 gave Kodo an early lead. The crew crossed the lined just 56 seconds ahead of Oi!, but it wasn’t enough to claim the overall title.

Jessandra II (AUS) came into the final day of the IRC Racing II division with a 1,2,1 scoreline. The crew maintained their position throughout both races, with the fight between second and third happening behind. Foo 4 (USA) took second and third went to Fujin (AUS). 

Multihull Racing class had a six-boat line-up looking to end the Regatta in style. Two more wins for Asia Catamarans Hurricane (AUS) saw them unbeaten over the week and the clear class winner. Second and third places were hard earned with just seconds between WOW (GBR) and Java (CHN) in both races. Java claimed second place with WOW taking third, only one point behind the Chinese crew. 

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(Photo: Guy Nowell/Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Racweek) 

Twin Sharks (GBR) took first place of the Firefly 850 class, with a six-point lead. Advanced Racing Mamba (GBR) finished second overall and Voodoo (GER) was third.

The four Corsair Pulse 600 crews of the Corsair class made their first appearance at the regatta. The series was decided on the final race, by just three seconds. SuDu 1 edged out SuDu 3 in the final race and took the overall Corsair class title by a single point. SuDu 3 settled for second with SuDu 4 third overall. 

Following two wins, Sansiri Windstar jumped to the top of the Cruising class standings and brought a one point lead into the final day. The crew sailed flawlessly in the final race and claimed line honours and the win on corrected time.

Venture (AUS) overtook Uhuru (AUS) in the Charter/Bareboat class. Uhuru managed to keep in touch and earn a well deserved win on corrected time – their first win of the Series. Fei Yu (AUS) came in third.

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The 36 boats and 500 plus sailors and friends came together to celebrate at the final prize-giving ceremony hosted by the Cape Panwa Hotel.

Overall Results (top three)

IRC Racing I

Oi!, Peter Ahern/ Scott Bailey/ Fergus Wilmer (6)

Kodo, Ben Copley (8)


IRC Racing II

Jessandra II, Roland Dane (4)

Foo 4, David Dimmock (9)

Fujin, Mick Tilden (13)


Multihull Racing

Asia Catamarans Hurricane, Alan Carwadine (4)

Java, John Coffin (9)

WOW, David Liddell (10)


Firefly 850

Twin Sharks, John Newnham (4)

Advanced Racing Mamba, Neil Ayre (10)

Voodoo, Hans Rahmann (11)



SuDu 1, Andrew DeBruin/ Zam Bevan (5)

SuDu 3, Dirk Weiblen (6)

SuDu 4, Scott Galle (11)



Sansiri Windstar, Patinyakorn Buranrom (5)

Krabi Boat Lagoon Piccolo, Mike Downard (7)

Sailescapes Fargo Ladies, Liz Schoch (12)


Charter/ Bareboat

Venture, Ian Lodewyckx. Keith O'Donnell (4)

Uhuru, Philip Grove (5)

Fei Yu, Con Macarlino (7)