THE FIRST KOH SAMUI REGATTA - PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
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Sunday 28th April 2002 Registration Day

10.00 17.00 Registration at the Central Samui Beach Resort.
14.00 Practice Race Chaweng Bay
17.00 Press Briefing Central Samui Beach Resort
17.30 Skippers Briefing at the Central Samui Beach Resort
8.30 20.00 Welcome Cocktail Party at the Central Samui Beach Resort.

Monday 29th April Race Day One

10.30 Start Bangkok Airways Ocean Race.
Chaweng Hin Ang Wang Chaweng
18.30 20.00 Cocktail Party - Central Samui Beach Resort

Tuesday 30th April Race Day Two

10.30 Start Red Bull Extra Race Series.
Back to back races Chaweng Bay
18.30 20.00 Cocktail Party - Central Samui Beach Resort

Wednesday 1st May Race Day Three

10.30 Start Santiburi Dusit Resort Ocean Race.
Chaweng Mae Nam Chaweng
20.00 Cocktail Party Santiburi Dusit Resort

Thursday 2nd May Lay Day

Races may be rescheduled in the event of earlier races being abandoned.

Friday 3rd May Race Day Four

09.30 Start - Coconut Land & House Ocean Race.
Chaweng Santi Thani Ko Tae Nok Chaweng
18.30 20.00 Cocktail Party - Central Samui Beach Resort

Saturday 4th May Race Day Five

10.30 Start - Central Samui Beach Resort Race.
Olympic Racecourse - Chaweng Bay
19.00 Awards Ceremony and closing Banquet at Central Samui Beach Resort

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29TH APRIL - RACE DAY ONE
BANGKOK AIRWAYS OCEAN RACE

A bright, sunny day greeted the first day of the inaugural Koh Samui International Regatta, with winds at 6 - 8 knots out of the east south east.

The yachts got off to a good start and Big Buzzard was clean out of the traps after Aussie Ray Roberts on Luna Nova decided to run down the start line on port tack - in order to try to confuse everyone??

But once clear of the start and round the windward mark, Frank Pong and the guys on Jelik (see picture) were soon to show a clean stern to the rest of the fleet and never needed to look back.

Meanwhile the rest of the keel boats were keen to take each other on and race for places.

In the beach catamarans, after a slightly delayed start the fleet were also away clean and the race was on!

In 28 seconds under 2 hours, Jelik was first across the line and Luna Nova, looking resplendent under blue spinnaker was beaten into 3rd place on corrected time by Keith Moore on Pla Loma, who finished 2nd.

In class two, David Bell on Graffiti took first place over the line in this group, and on corrected time, with Steve Ellis on Next Page, 16 minutes behind (corrected) in second and the Thai Naval Academy No.1 MRX, flying their new Red Bull Extra spinnaker, in 3rd.

In the Beach Cat Class, and despite starting 20 minutes after the keel boats, Saranya Makinson crossed first over the line on her Nacra 5.5 flying a spinnaker, ahead of the first Class 2 keel boat. But Bob Garner on his Nacra Inter 17 (without spinnaker) pushed her back into second on corrected time. Third place over the line, and on corrected time, was Frank Teeuwen on his Nacra 16 square, also with spinnaker.

So the provisional race results at the end of Race Day One - the Bangkok Airways Ocean Race, were as follows.

KEELBOATS CLASS ONE
1st Jelik Hong Kong
2nd Pla Loma Malaysia
3rd Luna Nova Australia

KEELBOATS CLASS ONE
1st Graffiti New Zealand
2nd Next Page Singapore
3rd Royal Thai Navy 1 Thailand

BEACH CAT CLASS
1st Bob Garner British
2nd Saranya Makinson Thailand
3rd Frank Teeuwen Holland

So with eight different nationalities in the nine places the First Koh Samui Regatta can truly be called, an International Regatta. The early evening cocktail party at the Central Samui Beach Resort saw Peter Wiesner, Vice President Marketing, hand over the trophies on behalf of Race Day Sponsor - Bangkok Airways.

THANKS EVERYONE AND SEE YOU ON THE WATER TOMORROW!!!!!!
All photos courtesy of ArtAsia Press.

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30TH APRIL - RACE DAY TWO
RED BULL EXTRA - RACE SERIES
Race Report by Peter Cummins

RED BULL EXTRA JOINS THE SAMUI REGATTA: PONG, BELL AND GARNER DOMINATE

Race One of the Red Bull Extra events started off in light southerlies, with Singaporean Keith Moore's "Pla Loma", revelling in the lighter conditions, to edge out erstwhile Keelboat Class One leader Frank Pong's spectacular ULDB sloop (Ultra-light Displacement Boat), "Jelik" from Hong Kong with Aussie Ray Roberts' "Luna Nuova" third, David Bailey's "Hocux Pocux" fourth, just one minute ahead of George Olivit's "Big Buzzard" (Singapore), fifth.

In Race Two of the Red Bull Extra Series, a little more wind favoured the mighty "Jelik" which went back to pride of place on the leader board, at the end of the regatta' third race overall, "turning the tables" (so to speak) on "Pla Loma", with the same three as in Race One, following in placings three to five.

New Zealander David Bell continued on his winning way in Keelboat Class Two Division, racking up two more first placings on "Graffiti", from Steve Walker's Singapore entry "Next Page" in Red Bull Race One and the Royal Thai Navy's "Naval Academy One". flying the Red Bull spinnaker, in Race Two.  The Pattaya boys, on board Richard Ellis' "Seamanda" struggled along, rounding out Class Two.

The consignment of Royal Varuna Yacht Club's Nacra fleet, delivered courtesy of the Royal Thai Navy's landing barge, right to Chaweng Beach, continued their struggle, with master Bob Garner's Nacra Inter 17 well on top of the pile, holding off Les Nyerges (Nacra 16 Sq.) and Frank Teeuwen Nacra 16 Sq., spinnaker) in Red Bull Race One, while rising star - and only female helm, Saranya Makinson - sailed the family Nacra 5.5 (spinnaker) into second place, ahead of Les Nyerges, in Race Two.

Local lad big Roy Copp appeared for the first time, to challenge the visitors and finish seventh in Race One and fourth in Race Two, sailing the equally-big Nacra 6. 

There was the traditional Awards Party, held beach-front at Central Samui Resort, where many litres of the famous Red Bull Energy drink were disbursed in tiny 18cl. cans.  "A small amount  of a powerful energy drink" can be very stimulating," noted one old salt.  In other words, it could be said that "A little Bull goes a long way...!

The First Koh Samui Regatta, even at this early stage, is being hailed as the best stimulation to yachting and marine sports generally, since the economic down-turn in 1997.  Furthermore, the big fleet of yachts and beach-launched catamarans which have descended upon Samui for this inaugural event, have added a new chapter in Thailand's tourism potential.  Today's Red Bull Extra's in-shore racing series, featuring races two and three of this week-long yachting fest, brought the refreshing and almost-tangible sight of multi-coloured craft and sails, close in to the island's spectacular coast. 

Most yacht racing, including the Phuket King's Cup Regatta, takes place almost over the horizon.  But at Samui today, the courses set parallel to the shore, provided a spectator 'viewing platform' while, at the same time, presented the 100 sailors taking part, with a panorama of this lovely island which most have never seen before.

The press and media are also high profile around the racing area, with the television crews recording diligently (of course), all the colourful action from the vantage point of their own viewing platform, generously provided by The Dive Shop.   

PROVISIONAL RESULTS

RACE 2 - RED BULL EXTRA - RACE SERIES 1

KEELBOATS CLASS ONE

1st       Pla Loma                   Malaysia
2nd      Jelik                          Hong Kong 
3rd        Luna Nuova                Australia

KEELBOATS CLASS TWO

1st    Graffiti                       New Zealand
2nd    Next Page                Singapore
3rd    Royal Thai Navy 1      Thailand

BEACH CAT CLASS

1st    Bob Garner                British
2nd    Les Nyerges            Australia
3rd    Frank Teeuwen          Holland

RACE 3 - RED BULL EXTRA - RACE SERIES 2

KEELBOATS CLASS ONE

1st       Jelik                    Hong Kong
2nd      Pla Loma            Malaysia
3rd       Luna Nuova           Australia

KEELBOATS CLASS TWO

1st    Graffiti                      New Zealand
2nd    Royal Thai Navy 1      Thailand
3rd    Next Page                Singapore

BEACH CAT CLASS

1st    Bob Garner                British
2nd    Saranya Makinson     Thailand
3rd    Les Nyerges            Australia

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1ST MAY - RACE DAY THREE
SANTIBURI DUSIT RESORT OCEAN RACE

Race Report by John and Alison Harigan of E-Travel Blackboard - internet travel specialists throughout Australia and S.E. Asia.

All of the crews from the participating yachts were showing high spirits and enthusiasm at the Red Bull trophy awards Cocktail Party, held Tuesday night 30th April at the Central Samui Beach resort. Donning Red Bulls horns, the crews, sponsors and officials enjoyed another terrific evening of camaraderie hosted by the Gentleman General Manager of the Central Samui Mr. Jacques Mury and his professional team. All were eager to discuss the days racing and the events to come.

Wednesday 1st May dawned with a gorgeous sunrise breaking the horizon on Chaweng Beach - "One of the world most beautiful beaches!" Several of the competing yachts, international and local were lit by the early morning glow offering a unique visage of the ocean landscape. These yachts, part of the inaugural Koh Samui Regatta are part of the history that is being made here in Koh Samui - to become an important part of the Asian racing calendar.

Into the third day of this exciting racing event, Wednesday's Santiburi Singha Ocean race sees some of the participating crews becoming more familiar with the Samui seas, some upsets in the order of place getting and new challenges to be fought.

So far in the series Frank Pong's Jelik a 76ft golaith out of Hong Kong has been grabbing the headwinds to secure several first place positions in its Class 1 races. However not to be outdone Pla Loma from Malaysia and Luna Nouva of Australia have been giving Jelik a run for her money. They are moving up to first and second positions in the Santiburi Singha ocean race.

Class 2 racing has seen some incredible sailing skills exhibited by all entries, standout entry Grafitti of Thailand has swept away with first place in all of it's Class 2 races. Another first in the Santiburi Singha Ocean race - maintains her winning run.

Excitingly close, the beach cats prove to be popular with the viewing crowds who watch with anticipation from the beaches and headlands. The duels taking place out at sea.

PROVISIONAL RESULTS

KEELBOATS CLASS ONE

1st       Pla Loma                   Malaysia
2nd       Luna Nuova                Australia
3rd        Hocux Pocux             USA
4th        Jelik                          Hong Kong
5th        Big Buzzard              Singapore

KEELBOATS CLASS TWO

1st    Graffiti                       New Zealand
2nd    Next Page                Singapore
3rd    Royal Thai Navy 1      Thailand
4th    Seamanda                Thailand
5th    Royal Thai Navy 4    Thailand

BEACH CAT CLASS

1st    Bob Garner                British
2nd    Saranya Makinson    Thailand
3rd    Les Nyerges            Australia
4th    Alex Skaria                Switzerland
5th    Frank Teeuwen            Holland

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2ND MAY - RACE DAY FOUR
COCONUT LAND & HOUSE OCEAN RACE

"DOWN TO THE WIRE"

After the predictable "Lay Day Blow" Race day 4 of the inaugural Koh Samui Regatta saw an early morning south easter strengthening from sunrise to become a good 12 knot blow for an on-time 09.30 start to this, the longest ocean race at around 38 miles. This made for a great spectacle on the start line where the keel boats bunched up at the favoured windward end of the line, edging in close to the Royal Thai Navy Committee Boat to get a good reaching position for the north north eastward first corner at Ko Kong Ok.

Once round this point it was a rapid spinnaker run down to the next major turning mark in front of the Race Day sponsor's development at Coconut Sands. Here, the gathered party was amazed at the sight of these thoroughbred racing yachts screaming down the coastline and rounding the buoy a mere 80 mtrs. offshore, dropping the kites then heeling over into a close hauled leg, north towards Koh Tae Nok, close by the south west corner of Koh Phangan.

With only two of the Class One keel boats round the sponsor's mark the leading beach catamarans of Saranya Makinson and Bob Garner were soon flying in, revelling under the stiff winds and flat seas off the leeward coast. The comments from shore indicated a good many none-yachties now becoming converts to the colourful sailing spectacle unfolding before them, for the first time.

The next turning point between the limestone pinnacle, just off Koh Tae Nok saw pretty much all the fleet coming through in good time.

The long reach back down to Ko Kong Ok saw some favourable northerly windshifts benefit the latter racers and make it back round the corner for the last leg south to the finish at Chaweng Bay.

All in all it seemed like a great day for the yachts, the crews and the sponsors as this the longest passage race was completed with the line honours "Jelik" through the finish in a couple of minutes over four hours and forty minutes.

The results today mean that David Bell on Graffiti has sealed Class 2 keel boats, whilst the consistent Bob Garner has taken first overall in the Beach Catamarans. 2nd in keel boats 2 looks destined to go Steve Walker on Next Page whilst 2nd and 3rd in beach catamarans will be keenly fought for tomorrow by local lady Saranya Makinson and Aussie - Les Nyerges. 

Whereas in Class 1 Keel boats, Jelik and Pla Loma both have 9 points from the 5 races to date. So it's down to the wire and whoever wins the Central Samui Beach Resort Olympic Race tomorrow in Chaweng Bay will be crowned the winner of the Inaugural Koh Samui Regatta.

Stay tuned for the conclusion tommorow!!!!!!!!

PROVISIONAL RESULTS - RACE FIVE

KEELBOATS CLASS ONE

1st       Jelik                          Hong Kong
2nd       Luna Nuova                Australia
3rd       Pla Loma                   Malaysia
4th       Hocux Pocux             USA
5th       Big Buzzard              Singapore

KEELBOATS CLASS TWO

1st    Graffiti                       New Zealand
2nd    Next Page                Singapore
3rd    Royal Thai Navy 4      Thailand
4th     Royal Thai Navy 1      Thailand
5th    Seamanda                 Thailand

BEACH CAT CLASS

1st    Bob Garner                British
2nd    Saranya Makinson    Thailand
3rd    Les Nyerges            Australia
4th    Sa-ard                     Thailand
5th    Frank Teeuwen         Holland

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4TH MAY - RACE DAY FOUR CENTRAL SAMUI BEACH RESORT 

- OLYMPIC COURSE
Race report by Peter Plant

The early morning saw light south easters at around 6-7 knots which increased slightly to 8 for the on-time start at 10.30. An uncharacteristic slip by Jelik at the start line handed an immediate advantage to Pla Loma and Luna Nuova. But by the windward mark her upwind speed in these light airs allowed her to round Mark 1 one boat length ahead of Pla Loma who was in turn one boat length in front of Luna Nuova - nice tight stuff and exciting to watch from the shore.

Flying her big white translucent kite Jelik soon pulled away down wind on the first of the two windward-leeward legs. Leaving the two following boats to match race each other with some very close racing. A slight lightening of wind and a shift northerly meant that the yachts had to jibe their chutes to round the leeward Mark 3 and Pla Loma were neck and neck during this maneuver, making a real spectacle for the crowd viewing from the beach.

Once again Jelik was first across the line with Luna Nuova just over 14 minutes behind and Pla Loma just over one and a half minutes behind. But this was close enough to hand the win to Pla Loma on corrected time from Jelik.

In Class Two David Bell on Graffiti sailed another impeccable race to record a straight six out of six wins and walk away with this class overall.

In Class Three, today rather fittingly saw the ever improving local Nacra 6.0, helmed by Sa-ard with Big Roy Copp - the owner, trimming the jib take both line honours and first place on corrected time from Saranya Makinson and Bob Garner - who finished in an unusual (for him) 3rd placing.  Saranya's second means she edges Les Nyerges, who finished fourth today, into third place for the overall series.

PROVISIONAL RESULTS - RACE SIX

KEELBOATS CLASS ONE

1st       Pla Loma                   Malaysia
2nd      Jelik                          Hong Kong
3rd       Luna Nuova                Australia
4th       Hocux Pocux             USA
5th       Big Buzzard              Singapore

KEELBOATS CLASS TWO

1st    Graffiti                       New Zealand
2nd    Next Page                Singapore
3rd    Royal Thai Navy 1      Thailand
4th     Royal Thai Navy 4      Thailand
5th    Seamanda                 Thailand

BEACH CAT CLASS

1st    Sa-ard                     Thailand
2nd   Saranya Makinson    Thailand
3rd    Bob Garner               British
4th    Les Nyerges             Australia
5th    Frank Teeuwen         Holland

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THE REGATTA DRAWS TO A CLOSE
- SUMMARY

Just how close can you get? Well, in the case of Jelik and Pla Loma - neck and neck! After five days of racing and after discarding their worst results these two contenders finished dead level on seven points each. On the count back basis Pla Loma takes the overall winners trophy by virtue of beating Jelik in the last race.

In Class Two Aussie, David Bell on Graffiti sailed an impeccable six firsts to sweep this class. Steve Walker with Next Page out of Singapore took a steady 5 out of 6 second place finishes to easily clinch the runner up spot. Royal Thai Navy 1 with a bit more consistency and maybe a cleaner bottom(!!) edged Royal Thai Navy 4 into third place overall. Meanwhile Richard Ellis on Seamanda hung in there and commendably sailed every race - to use his words "hey, we're having fun out there".

In Class Three, beach cats, Bob Garner almost sailed a perfect six - but for the last day win by the ever improving local windsurf expert Sa-ard with Big Roy Copp on Samui based Miracle, their Nacra 6.0.

Saranya Makinson's consistent seconds were enough for her to clearly take Runeer up spot after discarding an uncharacteristic sixth. Les Nyerges meanwhile sailed a steady week to clinch a comfortable third overall for the Series.

At the end of the week there can only be one winner - but really, at the end of this First Koh Samui Regatta there were many winners - the participants, the organisers, the sponsors, the specatators and the local community were all clear winners!

See you all again next year for the 2nd Koh Samui International Regatta from 25th - 31st May 2003.

OVERALL REGATTA RESULTS (PROVISIONAL)

CLASS 1

1. Pla Loma    Keith Moore    7 points.
2. Jelik            Frank Pong    7 points
3. Luna Nuova    Ray Roberts    13 points
4. Hocux Pocux    David Bailey     19 points
5. Big Buzzard     George Olivit    25 points

CLASS 2

1. Graffiti        David Bell                5 points
2. Next Page    Steve Walker        10 points
3. Naval Academy 1 Royal Thai Navy   14 points
4. Naval Academy 4  Royal Thai Navy   20 points
5. Seamanda    Richard Ellis            26 points

CLASS 3

1. 181    Bob Garner                    5 points
2. 575    Saranya Makinson            10 points
3. 39    Les Nyerges                        15 points
4. 210    Frank Teeuwin                    21 points
5. 276    Sa-ard                                22 points

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