22nd Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2008
“Another AY Grand Prix Championship Event”
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Roberts bags third Racing Class title
At the start of proceedings Paul Winkelmann's TP52 Island Fling sat on top of the table, two points in front of Ray Roberts DK 46 Quantum Racing and Neil Pryde's Welbourne 52 Hi-Fi that were tied on points with one race to go. Cautious starts were the order of the day and Neil Pryde's Hi-Fi had the jump on Paul Winkelmann's Island Fling around the top mark. Frank Pong's Jelik extended at the front of the fleet. Island Fling overtook Hi-Fi on the downwind and the now all to familiar order was reestablished. The elastic band effect between the boats and judging time and distance as the wind faded made it almost impossible to pick a winner. Jelik took line honours well out in front. When Island Fling and Hi-Fi crossed the line, the clock started ticking and the crews waited in anticipation for Mandrake and Quantum Racing to finish. As Quantum Racing crossed the line it was high fives all round and thumbs up to the media boat to indicate overall victory is in sight.
Final results for race eight has Frank Pong's Jelik taking out the daily double by forty one seconds from Ray Roberts Quantum Racing. Neil Pryde's Hi-Fi slotted into third place in front of the Nick Burns/Fred Kinmoth Fortis Mandrake by twenty four seconds. Fifth place for Paul Winkelmann's Island Fling was the final nail in the coffin for them as it saw them slip from top of the podium to third place overall after a tremendous effort during the earlier races.
The overall podium placing's ended up with Ray Roberts Quantum Racing standing proudly on the top, Neil Pryde's Hi-Fi on the silver medal step and Paul Winkelmann's Island Fling in the bronze medal position.
Tacking over to the right and picking up better pressure on the first upwind leg became the winning combination for David Ross' Swan 53 Macquarie - Frangipani Girl. This gave them the race and restored them to the top spot on the podium. Second place for Peter Cremers Shahtoosh has them conceding yesterdays lead to Macquarie - Frangipani Girl but maintaining second overall. Dr Jon Wardill's Cassidy 55 Australian Maid has steadily climbed the rankings and third place today has them taking third place overall and relegating Dr Ian Nicolson's Dubois 80 Intrigue to fourth overall.
Scott Duncanson's Phuket 8 Raimon Land The Heights had virtually rapped up the series yesterday and went on to score second place today to prove a point. Japan's Kenchi Takahashi Platu 25 Motor Net has been nipping on Duncanson's heels all week but could not improve beyond second place overall. Morten Jakobsen's Platu 25 Emma Mathilde Ji-Zip sailed a brilliant race to score first place today which secures third overall for them in front of a hungry chasing pack of Platu's.
Although Ben Copley's Swann CS 42 Katsu finished seven minutes and thirty six seconds in front of Matt Allen's Beneteau First 44.7 Ichi Ban is was not enough to capture first place today. Ichi Ban has completely dominated the IRC 1 class winning six out of seven races and rapped up the title yesterday by a country mile. Second place today for Katsu has them leap frogging Rob Bottomley's Beneteau First 47.7 Sailplane for second overall after Sailplane held that position all regatta. Third place for Jeff Davison's Mumm 30 Panic has them occupying fourth overall and the best of the small boats in the class.
First place today for Peter Dyer's Madame Butterfly comes a little late in proceedings so the defending champions have to relinquish the title and settle on third overall. After making a bigger comeback than lazarus the Royal Thai Navy 1 Farr MRX skippered by CPO.3 Wiwat Poonpat kept the pressure on to score second place today and win the overall title in remarkable style. Sistership Royal Thai Navy 2 Farr MRX skippered by NC Pontap Sukudom started off well but conceded to Navy 1 as they out sailed them and have held onto second overall.
In the Sunsail One Design class Achim Griese's Dutch crew on Princess Anna continued on their winning ways and scored four firsts out of five races to secure the overall title. Fourth place today for Jan Ruedel's German crew on Princess Arieta may be upsetting but they have done enough in the earlier races to hold onto second overall. Nick Rose's British crew on Princess Christina have consistently scored third places to end up with third overall.
Finishing third today Toru Inoue's Japanese team on TAG ended up tied on points at the top of the table with Jan Kisteit's Bavaria 34 cruiser Little Eva. As Little Eva could only manage fifth place in the last race the tie is broken in favour of TAG with Little Eva coming a close second. Second place for Mike Crisp's Venture has them taking third overall leaving Trevor Joyce's Kinnon in there wake.
Going into the final race Peter Dyer's SEA Property held an insurmountable lead and although they sailed conservatively into fifth place today they have secured top of the podium in the Firefly 850 Sport class. Hans Rahmann's Voodo Child holds onto second overall and is thrilled with the cats performance on there first outing. Scoring another win today has Aussie Brent Gribble's Twin Sharks holding firmly onto third overall in the face of diversity.
As the conditions suited the race committee ran two races for the Multihull class which completed the seven race program. Overnight Radab Kanjanavanit's Farrier - 9A SEAMICO Cedar Swan held a commanding lead so 3rd & 4th places did not have any real effect on taking out the title again. David Liddell's Miss Saigon ended up tied on points for second overall with Bob Brindley's X Catriot and after a countback was broken in favour Miss Saigon.
In the Ocean Rover Class Krasnoperov Oleg's Russian team on Thalassa sealed their fate by winning the final race and take home the trophy on their first attempt. Japan's Keitaro Kurihara's Magic Lady gave the Russians a run for there money but eventually second overall was there destiny. Chapus Marc's USA team on Sailor Rest had an up and down regatta to settle on third overall.
For the final three races Paul Brunning's Dondang Sarang skippered by Christopher Edwards has been on fire, notching up three wins to take out the Classic Class in fine style. Despite the wind softening James Stoll's magnificent Argo held on for second overall and become the photographers favourite this year. Ralph Goetz's Waconda skippered by Simon Jupe worked their way steadily up the ladder to take out third overall.
"Sailor Chick of the Regatta" Noticed onboard Fortis Mandrake during the pre start this morning some lovely ladies having a discussion on the rail while hiking out. Probably about there husbands over indulgence at last nights function. Moe (left) looks on with concern. If any of the readers can help us identify some of the chicks please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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