On the water several early morning rain storms dampened the spirits earlier on but by start time a 10 to 15 knot South Westerly sprung up which saw the yachts quickly away on a 34nm passage race to Koh Rap and back.
Gerry DAUGHTON'S Outrageous was recalled at the start then suffered some sort of glitch with the forestay that put an end to their chances on the day but the most unluckiest yacht must be awarded to Troy Yaw's Ulumulu. Having torn the mainsail yesterday and a crew member dispatched overnight for emergency repairs to Phuket and returning in the early hours of the morning only to suffer from a similar fate on the long outward beat today. Despite all this they carried on with the damaged sail and completed the course to finish up in second place only 1 minute and 27 seconds behind Russ PARKERS Ffreefire who took line and handicap honours for race 4.
Marcel LIEDTS Hocux Pocux 2 added another win to their tally despite Peter CHURCHHOUSE'S Moonblue 2 being right on their tail and Dr Ian NICOLSON'S Intrigue of Stornaway followed close behind to finish up in the same order on handicap as they crossed the line.
The hotly contested Class 2 which has been dominated by the Royal Thai Naval Academy 1 and 2 yachts has been interrupted by David LINDAHL'S La Samudra which split them by securing second spot. A protest lodged against Navy 1 by La Samudra was dismissed by the committee as it was lodged 4 minutes after the time limit which just shows how they can be sticklers for the rules.
In the Sportsboat class Jonathon MAHONY'S Mumm 30 Happy Endings made the most of the long windward beat to convincingly topple David BELL'S winning streak on Pink Pussycat leaving Mark HORWARDS Image Asia Attitude 8 trailing in third place.
Khun Radab's Farrier 9 Cedar Swan just kept his nose in front of Kirati ASSAKUL'S 13m catamaran Sonic for the second day in succession and Francesco BRANCACCIO'S Farrier 24 Vivace has a strangle hold on 3rd place.
Tomorrow is a scheduled lay-day and the media has been invited to try out the local Thai massage and spa while some competitors will be having a golf competition at one of the finest resorts on the island.
Full results are available on the event website at the address below.