Puravarna Phang Nga Bay Regatta 2008
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PNB tour concludes on a high note...
John Vause recorded Ruby Tuesday's third win to secure the overall racing class title. Three second places for Mike Downard's Switchblade is not only a sign of consistency but earns them second place over Hans Rahmann's Yasooda finishing in third place overall.
In Cruising A another win for Neils Degenkolw's Phoenix sees them on the top of the podium. Second place today for Fredrick Roswold's Wings and dropping fourth place yesterday has them clinging onto second overall in front of Reinhard Haiber's Pytheas Aura who put up a good showing throughout to end with third overall.
Four wins out of four races not only clinches Roger Kingdon's Firefly 850 Moto Inzi the overall trophy but gives them a confidence boost for the rest of the season. Three second places for Henry Kaye's Mamba sees them through to second overall despite finishing fourth today which becomes their drop race. A close tussle for the third podium position developed between Bill Phelps Twin Sharks and Chris Jongerius on The Frog. A well earned second place today for Bill Phelps on Twin Sharks sealed the deal on third place.
Some confusion exists with the overall Cruising B class results. Although Jim Ellis's classic S&S 42 Remington scored there second win of the series they were awarded second place overall. At the prize presentation Chris Kingsley-Smith's Amandla Star took away first place. By my calculations they should have tied on points with Remington coming out on top by nature of winning the last race. Debate will rage on through the night but on the official score sheets Keith MacKay's Delfina is in third place overall.
After some ups and downs in the Sunsail One Design Class it is Lindsey Lane's Princess Sharda that came out on top. All the boats were chartered by Darwin Sailing Club members who proudly flew the Northern Territory flag from the cross trees. Not to be outdone Brendon Atkins on Princess Isabella finished only one point behind in second and John Mills on Princess Anna had a share of the race wins to end up with third overall.
In the Multihull Class Mark Pescott's Summersalt added another race win onto there already impressive tally to take overall victory. Bob Brindley's Xcatriot was on the pace throughout the event but could not quite match Summersalt's performance and had to settle on second place. Aussie Bill Web's Out of the Bag kept everyone honest to finish up third overall. The first regatta for Matt McGrath's newly launched Typhoon saw them up in second place on the last day which seemed to make there day.
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to Phi Phi in record time, for some...
As the Sunsail one designs and slower back markers approached the finish line, the wind had been gradually dropping decided to stop all together. Lindsey Lane's Princess Sharda got to within 10 feet of the line but as the current was stronger than the wind, had to turn away to avoid the finish boat and got washed away down stream. So close yet so far. Several others within close reach of the finish saw their fortunes disappear with the current and sensibly retired. After nearly two hours of patiently waiting in the hot sun a couple of zephyrs of breeze was enough for Princess Anna and Arieta to breast the finish line for first and second respectively.
Despite blowing out the 1/2 ounce spinnaker Hans Rahmann's 70ft Yasooda came to the fore and held its time on the rest of the racing fleet to secure first place by 48 seconds from John Vause's Ruby Tuesday, who with two wins in earlier races is leading overall. Mike Downard's Switchblade trailed by a further 40 seconds to take third place.
A change for the books in Cruising A and B saw the bigger boats prevail. Viroj Nualkair's all Thai crewed Ma Du Zi scored first place in a nick of time. Reinhard Haiber's Pytheas Aura fresh from a lengthy refit secured second spot. Third place on this occasion for Neils Degenkolw's Phoenix will not deter them as two first places keeps them on the top spot of the podium.
Three new faces make an appearance in Cruising B. Gavin Wellman's Rascal took the honours from Bill Crump's Fistral and Chris Kingsley-Smith's Amandla Star completing the triumvirate.
With that little bit extra boatspeed Roger Kingdon's Firefly 850 catamaran Moto Inzi made it three in a row. Henry Kaye's Mamba has played bridesmaid on all three occasions to hold onto second overall. After withdrawing on day two Bill Phelps and Twin Sharks rebounded with third place to stay in the race for the third podium place.
Mark Pescott Summersalt added a race three win onto there race one victory to take the overall lead in the multihull class. Three second places in a row keeps Bob Brindley's Xcatriot in the running for the title. Aussie Bill Web's Out of the Bag completed the podium places for race 3 and hopes to cement his position in the overall title places.
land were time stands proud...
After receiving a warm welcoming reception from the local Laem Sak community and seafood dinner the sailors made there way back to the boats to sleep and prepare for day 2 of racing. The prevailing North Easterly breeze seems to have deserted us, so the sailors had to wait for a couple of hours for some wind to materialize and get racing underway. As they progressed along the course the easterly breeze swung around to the west and eventually settled from the south east. All the cruising classes were shortened at Koh Hong and only the Racing and Firefly classes went on to complete the full course. Hans Rahmann's magnificent 70ft Yasooda had a chance to stretch her legs and finished when the other racing class yachts were still blips on the horizon. Roger Kingdon's Firefly 850 catamaran Moto Inzi made it two wins out of two races and was closely followed across the line by Henry Kaye's Mamba and Chris Jongerius on The Frog in quick succession.
After handicaps have been applied John Vause's Ruby Tuesday makes it two wins out of two races in the racing class. Mike Downard's Switchblade managed to wedge into second place, relegating Hans Rahmann's Yasooda down to third despite the big lead they had on the others.
In Cruising A, Neils Degenkolw's X 3/4 tonner Phoenix managed to stay on top in the light conditions recording there second win. Fredrick Roswold's classic IOR racer Wings took second place and Reinhard Haiber's evergreen Pytheas Aura still can manage third place to be amongst the leaders.
Cruising B sees Cruising Jim Ellis's classic S&S 42 Remington take charge in the light conditions to lead the class. Keith MacKay's Delfina is level pegging with Remington and Rob Azzopardi's Cunning Plan is still on track with a third place.
The sailors from Darwin are engaged in a close battle on the Sunsail 35 one design class. They also live up to there big reputation of being "Bloody good drinkers" at the nightly prize giving parties. Lindsey Lane's team on Princess Sharda have got the best of the rest on two occasions. Brendon Atkins on Princess Isabella finished second and John Mills on Princess Anna third.
Mark Pescott skippering his own multihull Summersalt on this occasion slipped through the fleet to score first on race two. After handicaps have been applied Bob Brindley's Xcatriot got relegated to second place and Floretta Simpson's Farrier 28 Dingo scored third place to stay in the overall running.
Selected photos courtesy of John Everingham.
the fun begin...
Meanwhile for lunch on the finishing boat Escape Artist a seafood platter was served up by the Thai crew after purchasing some delicacies from the local long tail fisherman. Oh Gee! We are really doing it tough up here. I notice still painted ships on a glassy sea outside. As its quite a motor to the nights anchorage some skippers elected to retire from the race in favour of moving on to the picturesque stopover.
At the finish line, boats approached from all directions but spinnakers hung bedraggled waiting for the next zephyr of wind to fill them. Eventually is was Roger Kingdon's Firefly catamaran Moto Inzi that ghosted across the line slightly in front of Henry Kaye's sistership Mamba. In the monohull classes John Vause's Ruby Tuesday pulled of a remarkable line honours win over Hans Rahmann's 70ft Yasooda with Neils Degenkolw's X 3/4 tonner Phoenix close on there tails. At the end it really came down to who was better positioned to take advantage of the next puff of wind. Handicaps have yet to be applied but that fades into insignificance, like the wind did as the next party beckons.
this year include Puravarna,
all going on a summer holiday...
regions in Northern Asia especially China have experienced extreme cold
weather conditions lately, down here in Southern and South East Asian
waters we have the added benefit of being summer most the time and thus
able to support an all year round, coast to coast sailing season.
four day courses seem quite straight forward and takes me back to some
old favourite stomping grounds, back in the early nineties.
Sorting out the monohull and mutihull classes plus their handicaps will be a difficult task and certainly not one for the feint hearted. Were is Dave the Brave when ya need him?
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aboard for the fun in the sun regatta...
organisers were taken by surprise when the regatta grew so quickly,
expanding from an average of 30 boats in the early years,
yachts in 2006 and 50 boats lined
up in 2007. Making
the Phang Nga Bay Regatta, Asia's second biggest sailing event, after
the King's Cup. Unlike other annual
regattas held in
Over the years the regatta has become many things to many people. Some people call it 'the regatta among the mountains' because it passes through all those little islands or limestone Kra's with sheer cliffs rising up from the seabed. Others call it the 'fun regatta' as they enjoy the more leisurely pace of the event while taking in some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. John Everingham, vice-president of the organising committee and one of the three original founders of the regatta said "We try to make some changes every year as is tradition with the regatta. Mixing hotel parties with beach parties and this year we plan to return to the Chong Lat anchorage at the very north of Phang Nga Bay for a party on the mainland. This was a feature of the earlier regattas and after a few years away, we are excited to return. It's a very special place."
Most of the entries are local keelboats divided into IRC Racing, Cruising A & B and Multihull classes. The Phuket designed and built Firefly catamarans are well represented as is a growing number of Cosair trimarans arriving on the Asian racing scene. Sunsail, the biggest yacht charter company in the world, has also rented out seven yachts to competitors in this year's regatta, which is shaping up as one of the most competitive on record.
and the opening party takes place on February 6 at the Chandara Resort
& Spa on Phuket's east coast. The regatta will sail from Phuket into
this year include Puravarna,
Ventures Sdn. Bhd. (Co.