Light but varying winds once again prevailed in Day Three of the inaugural Phuket Race Week. With a delayed start, the fleet was off on an around-the-buoy course with the hosting sponsor, the Evason Phuket Resort and Six Senses Spa in sight.
Boats in the racing class battled for the lead with Image Asia Attitude ahead until after the first mark. Competition became stiffer under spinnaker as boats headed to the next mark and a more serious quest for the lead and victory began. The Mumm 30 Panic! finished first while the Phuket 8's, Securicor Som Tam Express and Skiff Asia Pla Loma finished second and third respectively.
Similar conditions prevailed in IRC and Club with a close field and keen competition. In IRC skipper Mick KEALY'S Minx finished first while Ruby Tuesday placed second with Octopussy third. In Club, Blue Moon, skippered by Al BOONE placed first with Cinders and Four Winds coming second and third.
Three boats competed in Multihulls with Kilo back after having to retire due to problems with its head sail. Under Chris SIEBER, Kilo raced to first place. The two catamarans, Ceberus and Chimera, which are built in Phuket by Latitude Yachting, finished second and third respectively.
Light wind conditions in this usually breezy month of July have offered something of a challenge to both racers and Race Committee members. In yesterday's race, Principal Race Officer John MCLELLAND and his team were able to shorten the course just 30 seconds before the first boat crossed the line.
Racing will take place on Lay Day tomorrow for all four classes to make up for today's missed second Windward/Leeward race. Club and Multihulls will have an additional race to account for the DNFs from Monday's race.