Thai Sailors Move up Standings at Top of the Gulf
Published: Wednesday, 04 May 2016
On May 3, Day 4 of the Top of the Gulf Regatte Presented by Ocean Marina, Kevin Whitcraft’s THA72 and Jessandra II won 2 races, escalating to the top.
During the multihulls' four-day series, full attention now turns to the big boat course, which enjoyed another “Champagne” day of sailing.
Ray Roberts' Millenium Racing (AUS) was off the pace in the first race for IRC 1 today but improved in the second tracking Kevin Whitcraft's THA72 (THA) on a passage race, however, it wasn't enough to trouble THA72 whose two race wins today extends his lead at the top.
In IRC 2 the racing was close with only seconds on corrected time separating podium spots. It was two wins for Jessandra II (THA) today but in the second race, it was just 16 seconds separated from Fujin, while Loco (USA) was on a late charge up the leader board and currently sits third overall.
The trainee crew on SailQuest Hi Jinks (USA), despite placing third in both races again during Day 3, enjoyed the great sailing and gained experience while chasing Nautical Wheeler (UK) who slotted into second, twice, leaving Amanda (THA) to clear-up at the top in both races. After 2 hours 22 minutes of racing in Race 2 just 42 seconds separated from Nautical Wheeler and SailQuest Hi Jinks – a sign the student crew were improving as the series went on.
The surprise Russian package of Valeriy Dichenko in the Platu Class made his mark with a 3,5 scoreline today, moving him up the standings to sit equal third overall. Today, however, was a day for the Thai teams with Ithinai Yingsiri placing second in Race 2 and Wiwat Poonpat second in Race 1 and with that moving to equal third in the standings.
Chris Way's Easy Tiger IV (AUS) scored 4,3 today, hurting his chances as Scott Duncanson's Kingdom Property (AUS) added two more bullets and now sit pretty seven points clear.
A single passage race along the coast towards Pattaya was in order for the Cruising class and it was the 90-year old Selma (FRA) – a stunning piece of maritime history renovated in Thailand and now competing on the Thailand regatta circuit – that corrected out in first ahead of Dream (THA) in second and Le Vent (THA) in third. Selma now sits two points clear in the standings.
Sonic (THA) added two more bullets to their tally in the Ocean Multihulls Class and are unbeatable taking a five-point lead into the final day.
Racing finished on May 4 with the overall prizes being awarded at Ocean Marina Yacht Club.