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7 December 2004, 04:40 pm
Racing Gets Going In Earnest
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Phuket Kings Cup Regatta
Phuket

Despite the breeze dropping in strength to 8-10kts after yesterdays opening blast all scheduled races in the Boathouse and Beer Chang races were completed in time.
Racing Class managed to squeeze in three races while Premier Cruising, Sportsboats and IRC 1 completed two and the rest a lengthy Inshore triangle race. A mixed bag of results sees some classes vying for the points whilst others have scored consecutive wins to begin building a handy lead in these early stages. Several starters were very keen to get going and found themselves over the line and their chances dashed as they were recalled. The local sailmakers and boatmen had a busy night repairing a significant amount of damage after race 1 to get ready in time for today's racing.

The pressure is on in the Racing Class and Peter AHERN'S 2002 winner YO! which enjoys lighter breezes took out race 2 and scored 3rd and 2nd in race 3 and 4 respectively for a share of the overall lead. Neil PRYDE'S Hi-Fidelity jumped up the leaderboard scoring 2 wins in race 3 and 4 to be running neck and neck along with the Burns/Kinmonth Mandrake that took race 1 handsomely and scored 5th, 2nd and 3rd today.

Premier Cruising

Brian HAYDEN'S Vida added two wins to yesterdays 2nd place to snatch the overall lead from Hamdan Mohamed's Yendys and Marcel Liedts X612 Hocux Pocux 2 who stormed away in race 1 but suffered a little in the lighter airs.

In the hotly contested Sportsboat Class the all new Buzz 8 came back with 2 wins after loosing the rudder in race 1 while the fore runner to the Buzz 8, David BELL'S Fremantle 8 Pink Pussy Cat has stayed in the points amongst a hungry pack of Mumm 30's and Phuket 8's in hot pursuit. A distinct speed difference exists between the designs as some have been built to suite the IRC handicap system whilst others incur severe penalties as they go for shear speed regardless of the measurement system.

IRC 1

Bill BREMNER's Foxy Lady relegated yesterdays winner John Vause's Ruby Tuesday to second place and Yachtpro's Di Hard is keeping them honest from 3rd place.

IRC 2

The successful Royal Thai Navy came in with a 1, 2 result to lift them to the top of the leaderboard with past champion David Lindahl's La Samudra only 11 seconds behind in 3rd place.

In the specially created Sunsail Class, Princess Anna has scored 2 wins, Princess Arieta 2 x 2nd places, Princess Sharda 2 x 3rd and the rest of the little princesses are following suite.

IRC 3

Kevin Gillow's Minx came to the fore with Singapore'sSumatra skippered by Graham Lind in second and Yachtpro's Vara Peto clinging to third spot.

Ocean Rover

Local charter company Yachtpro Thailand had a good day with Dek Tlay taking first place and Tarawadee second with yesterdays winner Hellmut Schutte's Aquavit III coming in a close third.

Multihull

Tim MILNER's Charro reversed the places with Peter Plant's twin rigged Coco Blues by 28 seconds this time out with Latitude 8's Cyrene filling third spot.

The majestic Sunshine added a second win to their tally while Julian Hill's Phuket Sail Sanook jumped up a spot to second and Dr Jens Ehrhardt's huge Sylvia finished third in the battle of the heavyweights in the Classic Class.

Full PKCR results can be found on the event website at the address below.

Capt Marty (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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