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    Phuket Ao Chalong fourth annual Phuket Raceweek regatta

    Yo! 2 leads Phuket Raceweek

    AO CHALONG: Peter Ahern and his crew on Yo! 2 are in first place overall in the IRC 1 class in the fourth annual Phuket Raceweek regatta, being held in and around Chalong Bay until Sunday.

    Phuket-built Somtam Express drew first blood, winning Race 1 after a midday start in light conditions that teased crews with breezes of two to five knots but stiffening up to eight to 10 knots this afternoon.

    Peter Ahern on Yo! 2 finished second and Jim Poulsen’s Vino, another Phuket yacht, finished third in the opening race.

    Yo! 2 rallied and won IRC 1 Race 2, with Somtam Express finishing second and Vino finishing third in the race and third overall in the class.

    Phuket’s Mike Downard on Tua Lek won the IRC 2 class race, ahead of fellow Phuket sailor Niels Dgenkolf on Phoenix. Peter Dyer on Madam Butterfly finished third.

    The Multihull class saw local sailors claim the top three places, with Tim Milner on Seekronghuk finishing first, ahead of Bob Brindley’s X Cat Riot in second place and Bob Mott’s Chameleon third.

    Roger Kingdon’s Moto Inzi leads the Raimon Land Firefly 850 class after winning both races in the class today. Bill Phelps Twin Sharks is in second place overall, followed by Andrew Marshall’s Pink Lady.

    The Classic class had a downwind start to their race, giving onlookers the opportunity to see the impressive yachts cross the start line with full rigging out to the wind.

    Tom Howard’s century-old, Danish-built schooner Seraph won the race, followed by Gunther Nutt’s Kerida in second place and Greaeme Chuck’s Anjuna third.

    NOTE: The results posted here are the provisional results available at the time of posting to net. Click here for the latest results.

    Phuket Gazette

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    Somtam Express takes Raceweek lead

    Somtam Express takes Raceweek lead


    AO CHALONG: Scott Duncanson’s Somtam Express moved into first place in the IRC 1 class of the Phuket Raceweek regatta after finishing first and second in the two races for the class today.

    Peter Ahern’s Yo! 2 was relegated to second place overall in the class after finishing third and fourth in today’s races.

    Jim Poulsen’s Vino holds steady in third place in the class.

    Mike Downard’s Tua Lek maintains first place overall in the IRC 2 class, with Peter Dyer’s Madam Butterfly in hot pursuit one point behind.

    Mick Kealy and his crew on Minx moved into third place in the class by finishing third and second in today’s two IRC 2 races, while Niels Dgenkolf on Phoenix slipped to fourth place overall.

    Tim Milner on Seekronghuk still leads the Multihull class after winning both today’s races in the class, with Bob Brindley’s X Cat Riot in second place overall followed by Chris Runnegar on Chameleon.

    Roger Kingdon’s Moto Inzi scored two more first places to maintain a perfect record so far in the regatta and now leads the Raimon Land Firefly 850 class by five points.

    Bill Phelps’ Twin Sharks is second overall in the class, followed by Henry Kaye on Mamba.

    Gunther Nutt on Kerida stole the show in the Classic class, winning today’s race to move into first place overall, ahead of Tom Howard’s Seraph. Mark Myking’s Idiom is third overall.

    Although both races today started in light conditions, the breeze picked up as the afternoon went on.

    “We gave them a coastal course, sending them out of the bay and then round Koh Bon, Koh Hei and Koh Ao. About halfway round the course the breeze picked up and some boats were crossing the finish line doing about 14 to 15 knots,” said Race Officer Simon James.

    “The Fireflys were flying,” he added.

    Racing continues tomorrow with the regatta drawing to a close on Sunday.

    NOTE: The results posted here are the provisional results available at the time of posting to net. Click here for the latest results.

    Phuket Gazette

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    Somtam Express wins Phuket Raceweek

    AO CHALONG: After four days of racing in and around Chalong Bay, Scott Duncanson’s Somtam Express has won the IRC 1 class in this year’s Phuket Raceweek regatta.

    Shifting winds played havoc with the start of the final race in the regatta yesterday and the fleet waited four hours for it to swing around to allow the race to start.

    Once underway, the yachts set sail around Koh Bon, Koh Lone and Koh Hei with the finish line in front of the Evason Phuket Resort, which has been host to the regatta.

    Somtam Express yesterday recorded yet another first-place finish to bring their tally to four firsts and one second place to score a tally of just six points.

    Although impressive, it was not Somtam’s best performance – at last year’s Phuket Raceweek Somtam Express won every race in the Sports Boat Racing class.

    Although Peter Ahern’s Yo! 2 beat Somtam Express across the finish line yesterday, the crew finished fourth on the day and second overall with 12 points, followed by Jim Poulsen’s Vino in third place with 14 points.

    John Vause on Ruby Tuesday finished second in the IRC 1 race yesterday to place fourth in the series, while David Lindahl’s La Samudra, although finishing third yesterday, finished in sixth place overall in the class.

    Top honors in IRC 2 were up for grabs right up until the final race, but Peter Dyer’s Madam Butterfly was too quick for Mike Downard on Tua Lek on the day and scored another victory to win the class with eight points.

    Tua Lek finished second overall in the class with 10 points, followed by Niels Dgenkolf on Phoenix with 11 points.

    Tim Milner on Seekronghuk scored three first places and one second place to win the Multihull class even before the final day of racing got underway and scored a total of five points.

    Bob Brindley’s X Cat Riot finished second place overall with seven points, followed by Chris Runnegar on Chameleon with nine points.

    In the Raimon Land Firefly 850 class, Roger Kingdon’s Moto Inzi scored five first places to win the series six points in front of Bill Phelps’ Twin Sharks.

    Henry Kaye on Mamba finished third overall in the class on 14 points.

    Gunther Nutt’s Kerida was a little too quick for the aging Classic class, winning the series with just three points. Tom Howard’s Seraph finished second overall with six points followed by Mark Myking’s Idiom with seven points.

    Phuket Gazette

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