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29 May 2004, 07:31 pm
Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Lose! - Final Report
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Koh Samui Regatta
Chaweng Beach

As a event unfolds it is normally possible to predict a winner but after 5 days of racing this years Koh Samui Regatta came down to the final race showdown in most classes.
The vagaries of the weather caused early winners to experience late setbacks and others staged a comeback in the dying stages to put themselves in with a chance. Stranger things have happened but one thing is certain that eventually only one winner will emerge in each class.

Despite winning todays final race Troy YAW'S Ulumulu had yesterdays Racing Class 1A provisional race 5 win overturned by the International Jury in favour of Sam CHAN'S Ffreefire. This decision handed the Russ PARKER skippered ULDB sled a narrow victory over Ulumulu skippered by Ray ROBERTS and left Gerry DAUGHTON'S Outrageous trailing in 3rd spot overall.

Racing Class 1B is clearer cut as Marcel LIEDTS well sailed Hocux Pocux 2 scored 4 wins and two seconds to convincingly take the honours over Peter CHURCHHOUSE'S Moonblue 2 and Dr Ian NICOLSON'S Intrigue of Stornaway.

Veerasit PUANGNAK'S Naval Academy 2 four early wins kept their nose in front of a fast finishing Magic Roundabout skippered by Thailand's Saranya MAKINSON who won yesterday and today's final race. Her late run of wins has displaced Rachit SANPHAKAEW Naval Academy 1 to third place overall.

In the Sportsboat Class Jonathon MAHONY'S Mumm 30 Happy Endings scored 4 wins to convincingly take the title from David BELL'S Pink Pussycat and Mark HORWARD'S Image Asia Attitude 8 consistency finished up in 3rd spot.

Except for the first race Khun RADAB'S Farrier 9 Cedar Swan almost preformed a clean sweep of wins in the Multihull Class over Kirati ASSAKUL'S 13m catamaran Sonic from Ocean Marina in Pattaya. Francesco BRANCACCIO'S Farrier 24 Vivace finished with 18 points and a strangle hold on 3rd place.

Full results are available on the event website at the address below.
Capt. Marty (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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