Sawadee.com Regatta – AY Race Report 2

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Patiently playing the waiting game…
By AY MultiMedia
May 31st: As the heavy overcast sky prevented the morning breeze from pushing through, PRO Ross Chisholm sent the mark boats in all directions in search of wind. Eventually a patch was found to the East of the Ko Samui and Ko Pangan passage and the ‘Follow Me’ instruction came crackling over the radio. Thirty minutes after the prescribed start time the starting sequence began with the Racing Class away in 7-8 knots of Westerly breeze. During the IRC 1 start a crunching sound was heard coming from the pin end and shortly after the class favourite Ichi Ban radioed in their withdrawal from the race and intention to seek redress. Several boats were caught off guard and desperately tried under spinnaker to get to the start line. Shortly after starting the breeze faded and the skippers had to contend with a strong Northerly flowing current after rounding the top mark. Another announcement that all courses will be shortened at the bottom mark, bought some relief but the minefield still had to be delicately crossed. Tactical decisions to gybe down current towards the wind line or stay in the light stuff and stem the tide. Initially it looked good down tide but as time wore on, their hopes washed away in the current. The four 52 footers elected to stay up current and completed a huge arc on one tack to cross the finish line in front of Frank Pong’s 76ft Jelik II.

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