16th Samui Regatta 2017 2016/17 AY Grand Prix Event AY Race Report 3

Thursday, 25 May 2017


May 24th, Koh Samui, Thailand: Already some ole rivalry's have emerged and bound to intensify, as we reach the half way mark and go into the final days. Nothing more serious than the Mandrake versus Black Baza battle. While Black Baza has won all the blue water offshore classics to claim the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards, for the last two seasons, Mandrake has beaten them in most the multi race regattas, they have contested and are claiming a moral victory. The AYGP point scoring system, is already under review for next season and likely changes are in the wind. Luck was again on PRO Ross Chisholm's side, as the wind spotters found 8 to 12 knots on the North East of Samui and the race makers quickly swung into action and fired off 2 windward / leeward races, before the wind faded away. Seven races have now been completed out of a 10 race program and its the first time ever, that the drop race has been introduced after 2 days of racing.

As much as the big boys huff and puff or even try daring Port tack starts, Kevin Whitcraft's TP52 THA 72 are locked in with seven wins and on track to defend the title, in the same fashion as last year. Two 2nd places for Marcel Liedts Ker 46 Zannekin regains second overall and the battle with Sam Chan's TP52 Free Fire continues with one point separation, for second overall. Despite Frank Pong's Custom Dibley 75 Jelik racking up line honours, they may have the lightening up optimization program, out of sync with the weather.

Despite Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns GTS 43 Mandrake III and Steve Manning & Anthony Root's Ker 42 Black Baza taking the wins today, it's the consistent David Dimmock's Club Swan 42 Loco posting two 2nd places that takes the IRC 1 overall lead. Gary Baguley's Beneteau 44.7 Fujin slips to second overall and is now tied with Mandrake III on 16 points and can't afford any slip ups on the final races, as Black Baza is waiting in the wings ready to pounce.

Once again Aussie Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly has out classed Tim McMahon's X99 SailQuest Hi Jinks and continues to build a picket fence out of the Cruising Class results.

Similar situation in the Multihull Class. Nut Thongtoam's H3O Multihull Solutions continues to roll over Mick Tilden's Pixalux with ease and in match racing terms 7-0 has wrapped up the title at the half way mark.

A well earned layday tomorrow and time to consider the options before the final showdown on Friday and Saturday.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 May 2017 )