Two 1.6 nm trapezoid races had crews working hard sail hoisting and lowering drills. A wonderful sight when everything goes smoothly but devastating on crew morale when things go wrong and any breakages may be very expensive on the pocket.
The 20 man crew on Maligaya from the Philippines must be congratulated on a brilliant effort for getting the big Swan 80 around the short course in extra quick time to finish with 2 Line Honours yesterday.
It will be drinks all round and allot of 'Chok Deeing' tonight for Schle WOOD'S Thai racing team on the Farr 40 Pasaya as they celebrate two wins in Racing class A from yesterday. They have been training for months and deservedly rewarded for participating on all the major Asian Regatta's during the 2002/03 season. Ray ROBERTS on the Farr 52 Hollywood Boulevard slipped in two second place finishes to stay in the running at the top of the leaderboard. Frank PONG'S Mandrake and Peter AHERN'S Yo! shared the third placings to stay within reach of the leaders coming into the two lengthy passage races scheduled for today and Friday.
Steve Walkers Next Page and Greg Coops Abraxas two X372's shared the 1st place honours today with Melissa Olivit's Big Buzzard taking two second places. Abraxas and John Busch's Joan Marie divided up the third places to even up the pointscore and keep everyone in the running for overall places.
Mark JEWELL'S Reflex 28 The Dogs II has firmly topped the leader board in the Sportsboat division with another convincing two first places over Scott DUNCANSON'S Phuket 8 Somtam Express and David BELL'S Marara one third place before ripping the mainsail and retiring from race 3. Catherine FONG'S newly launched Phuket 8 Attitude 8 is living up to her name sake as they have experienced some ironing out problems and are yet to complete a race.
Daniel van KERCKHOF and Kingsley PURSCH put in another dazzling display on their off the beach Taipan catamaran to record one second and a first place on top of the first day's run away win to show why they are ranked the No 2 team in Australia and possibly soon to be crowned the No 1 team in Asia. Although they have not had it all their own way with Thailand's Damrongsak Yongtim's Nacra 5.8 sp taking the honours in race 2 by 22 seconds and ever consistent Scott McCook and Alice Lim recording 2 third places to keep them in the running for overall honours.
Today's 26 nm passage race starts of Chaweng Bay and takes the fleet north about Koh Samui between Koh Pha Ngan (famous for the full moon parties) to Maenam Beach and return. Which if conditions remain unchanged should be a hard slog to windward followed by a quick down wind leg with some exciting surfing and planning on the sea swells generated between the islands.