14th Samui Regatta 2015
AY Race Report 5 & Summary
And the winners are Windsikher II, Jessandra II and El Coyote
Bill Bremner & Foxy Lady 6 crowned AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year
By AY MultiMedia
May 30th, Koh Samui, Thailand: Once again, the race committee had to contend with light, variable wind and glassy patches before they could safely lay the course and get racing underway. To keep themselves amused, some crews tried wake boarding behind the boat or swinging around from the main halyard before taking a dip. Eventually the Easterly strengthened to a steady 5 knots and everyone swung into action before it faded for the final showdown. The likelihood that there would only be one race, was on everyone’s mind and the top contenders were ready and willing to give their best shot at the title.
Despite starting in the second row and looking dead and buried, Sarab Singh’s Windsikher II slowly worked their way back into contention, overtaking Sam Chan’s FreeFire and closing in on Peter Ahern’s Oi! at the finish line, to win the final race and seal overall victory in the IRC 0 Class, on their first outing. Peter Ahern’s Oi! led the class, halfway through the regatta but yielded to Windsikher II over the last two races and had to settle on second overall. A few silly mistakes onboard Sam Chan’s TP52 FreeFire and lacking light air speed, leaves them in third overall. Despite several new keels to optimize boat speed, Frank Pong’s Jelik also suffered in the light wind and found themselves in unfamiliar territory, amongst the TP52’s at the top mark, but gybed away to give them clear air, to fight amongst themselves and regain line honours but were reduced to fourth place and third overall when the numbers are crunched.
The IRC 1 Class has also experienced some changes since the beginning of the regatta, when the wind died out. The Malaysian Armed Forces DK47 Uranus skippered by Norhafisam claimed line honours and looked set for the handicap honours but on both occasions was reduced to second place. It’s extremely hard to pick on the water, as the six boats are stretched out in handicap order and the space between them stretch and reduce with every puff of wind. Roland Dane’s Corby 36 Jessandra II started the regatta in fine style but a Day 2 catastrophe saw them hand over the lead to Bill Bremner’s Foxy Lady 6. Since then they have fought back to within one point of the leaders and today their mission was completed by winning the race and going on to win the overall title. By slotting into third place David Dimmock’s Dubois 40 Blue Note provided the needed separation for Jessandra II to take the title and reduce Bill Bremner’s Foxy Lady 6 to fourth today and ended up in second overall. Bad day for Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth’s EFG Mandrake saw them finish in fifth place and reduced to third overall in the standings.
This jumbling of places on the final races has resulted in Dane’s Jessandra II taking the IRC1 title and although dropping to second place, it elevates Bill Bremner and Foxy Lady 6 into becoming the 2014-15 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year. This is the first time since the all inclusive class era was introduced, that someone has defended the title and we could not be blessed with such a worthy recipient. Winning four regattas and two second places is what earns them the title and respect from their competitors. These results also lift some competitors up into the top ten Skippers in Asia for the 2014-15 Season. The final results are posted – See how your favourite sailing team fared in the 2014-15 AYGP Rankings, can be viewed by Skipper – Yacht – Regatta – Race Dates and Scoring System.
Another win for Bryan Coianiz’s Sayer 13 Siren elevates them to second overall in the combined IRC 2 Class. Second place for Patinyakorn ‘Ging’ Buranrom’s S&S 42 Windstar puts them back on the podium in third place. Notching up four wins at the start of the regatta has kept Gary Baguley’s Holman Pye 52 El Coyote on the top step throughout the event.
With five wins on the board, Patinyakorn ‘Ging’ Buranrom’s S&S 42 Windstar tops the IRC 2 (NHC) Class, with Mick Grover’s locally owned Elliot 7 Moon Shadow making a brave statement with two wins to secure second overall. More wind is needed if Captain Tim McMahon’s Sail Quest Paprika are to do better than third place, in a three boat class.
Under the National Handicap for Cruisers (NHC) system, Gary Baguley’s Holman Pye 52 El Coyote has held the lead in the Premier Cruising Class since the beginning. After notching up three wins Bryan Coianiz’s Sayer 13 Siren trails the leader by one point and secures second overall. Michael Hough’s modern classic Spirit 65 Chloe Giselle has been admired all week and third overall after missing one day is the best they can expect.
Despite the light air ending, the high standards set both on and off the water have been maintained throughout. The IRC racing classes have fought a close battle, with the final results decided on the last race, on the last day. It doesn’t get much better than that. Our moment of glory, presenting the 2014-15 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year title and awarding the winner with the perpetual AYGP Cup filled with champagne and the embroidered Trend Fashions navy blue blazer to take home, is one of the highlights of this regatta. Koh Samui also comes highly recommended as a holiday destination, so hitting two birds with the same stone, could turn in your favour, as quality family time during a regatta is hard to find. If you missed this year, mark down May 21st to 28th 2016 in your calendar, as a ‘must do’ event.
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