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30 May 2003, 05:02 pm
Day Four
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Koh Samui International Regatta

As tropical cyclone Linya moves north to Japan another depression has formed in the South China Sea and continues to provide a strong South Westerly flow across the entire region.
After a few mediocre performances Peter Ahern's Yo! rebounded with the handicap honours today but Ray Roberts 2nd place, yet again, puts Hollywood Boulevard in a unbeatable position for the overall title. Frank Pongs Mandrake took advantage of the other boats misfortunes and bad sail handling during the gybes to fill 3rd place.

Despite shredding a spinnaker Greg Coops Abraxas adds a first to his tally and as discards now come into play are level pegging with Melissa Olivit's Big Buzzard in the overall pointscore. Who ever wins tomorrow will be the Class 2 champion with Steve Walkers Next Page taking 3rd.

Mark Jewells Reflex 28 The Dogs II added another win to make it 5 in a row from David Bells Fremantle 8 Marara and Catherine Fong's new Phuket 8 Attitude 8 managed to finish her first race in 3rd place. Scott Duncansons Somtam Express did not leave the mooring area as they were experiencing some mechanical difficulties.

In the off the beach catamarans Daniel van Kerckhof and Kingsley Pursch added a 3rd and 1st to their almost flawless record to take an unassailable lead despite one more race to go. Scott McCook and Alice Lim recorded 2 second places today and have leap frogged Thailand's Damrongsak Yongtim's into second place. These 3 teams have a commanding points lead over the rest of the 34 boat fleet and have consistently been performing the best of the rest.

Tomorrows final Central Samui Beach Resort Race is a trapezoid course for all classes to be held of Chaweng Beach where the final awards ceremony and closing banquet will take place in the evening.
Capt Marty Rijkuris (As Amended by ISAF News Editor)
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