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8 December 2005, 05:08 pm
Strong Wind Takes A Toll
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Raiman Land Phuket Kings Cup Regatta 2005
Phuket, Thailand

The best winds seen at a Phuket King's Cup Regatta in many years pushed the big fleet of 85 boats around the 27 nautical mile course at a record speed in Thailand yesterday, but the heavy conditions at sea took their toll.
There were two collisions at sea, but fortunately no sailors were injured. Classic class boat Eveline was badly damaged after a collision with Lady M early in the race, while a smaller Platu boat also sustained some damage after being hit by another boat as the winds gusted to more than 20 knots.

As the northeasterly winds kicked in at up to 25 knots, Neil PRYDE's Hi Fi finally broke through for a win in the top flight Racing class to finish in front of Mandrake in the provisional results, but Drumstick Quantum Racing's fourth place in yesterday's race was still enough to retain the overall lead. Hi Fi is second overall and Mandrake third.

In the Premier class Australian boat Strewth, skippered by Geoffrey HILL, finished second in the day's long offshore race, but is still leading overall. Vida, another Australian boat, owned and skippered by Brian HAYDEN, is second overall despite finishing fourth. Moonblue, with Britain's Andrew RICKARDS at the helm, is third overall.

In the small but fast Sportsboats class, Morten JACOBSEN's Emma Mathilde XX has the overall lead after a third place yesterday, while Thai-registered boat Yachtpro 106, a Platu skippered by Riku ROUKOLAHTI, is second and Scot DUNCANSON's Somtam Express is third.

Ruby Tuesday, with the experienced John VAUSE at the helm, had another victory yesterday and has the overall lead from Thailand's Viroj NUALKHAIR on Octopussy, with Mike DOWNARD's Switchblade, skippered by Robert BAILEY, third in the IRC 1 class.

The Royal Thai Navy 1 boat again blew her rivals away in the IRC 2 class and leads overall after a third straight win yesterday. David LINDAHL's La Samudra is second overall with Master Blaster, skippered by Russia's Andrey NOVODEREZHKIN, in third place overall.

Thai-registered boat Minx, with Australian Mia GILLOW doing the steering, has the overall lead in the IRC 3 class over Britain Stewart CROWE's Cinders and Patrice II, skippered by another Brit, Ian WILKINSON.

The fastest boat on the water today was Moto Inzi, a catamaran designed and skippered by Mark PESCOTT, which has the overall lead in the Multihull 1 class.

'Our equipment showed we were doing a little over 23 knots,' said PESCOTT. Moto Inzi is Sawahili for firefly, and the catamaran is easily the fastest boat in the fleet in strong winds. Second overall in the Multihull 1 class is the unusual twin-masted catamaran Coco Blues, which was built in Koh Samui. Veteran Thai sailor Radab KANJANAVANIT was also flying yesterday on his boat Cedar Swan and is in third place overall after three races.

In the Classic class Sanook still leads overall despite a poor sixth place in yesterday's race, but the massive old boat Silvia is a solid second and Senang third.

In the Ocean Rover class, Aquavit III leads overall from Jemini Jo and Cordelia. The sailors all relaxed at night with a party at the Phuket Orchid Resort on Karon before today's rest day. Many are expected to visit the Phuket Boat Show, which opened today.

Event Media. Image:© Guy Nowell
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