|The Final Series 2019 Award Cape Panwa Hotel arrive after 4 days of incredible weather.|
The 2019 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek will for sure go down as one of the most challenging yet.
Challenging for sailors, Race Management and organisers, and despite those challenges all classes got in a series of up to seven races.
A steady 8-10 knots on the final day delivered a good finish to the regatta, with many titles going down to the wire.
The sixteenth Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek.
Comprising of four days of world-class yacht racing and four nights of beachside parties.
Run over six or more classes including IRC, multihull, charter and one-design classes, Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek has gained a reputation for its competitive racing.
Serious boat crews and moderate courses around islands for the less experienced racers.
It is also the first event of the prestigious 2019/20 AsianYachting Grand Prix.
Final Series 2019 Awards Cape Panwa Hotel results and pictures are below.
Top Three In Each Class
Team Hollywood, Ray Roberts (7)
East Marine Emagine, Scott Bradley (9)
AquarII, Craig Nicholls (12)
Megazip, Alexey Mashkin (15)
Phoenix, Neils Degenkolw (6)
Sydney Premier Karting Park, Gary Holt/Michael Spies (14)
The Dragon, Simon Oliver (17)
Venture, John Vickery (5)
BeauX Esprits, Keith Garry (6)
Lady Bubbly, Chris Mitchell (6)
Phantom V, Alan Carwardine (6)
Bonza, Warwick Downes (9)
Fugazi, Dan Fidock (12)
Twin Sharks, John Newnham (7)
Voodoo, Hans Rahmann (10)
Surf Patrol, Ray Waldron (22)
Sunday Racing report
After a slow start on Thursday with poor weather and just one race on Friday, Saturday and Sunday really got the momentum going. Most classes completing 3 races on Sunday
IRC Zero and 1.
Emagine (AUS) got the better of Team Hollywood (AUS) winning two of the three races in IRC Zero today, however Team Hollywood bounced back to win the final race and secure the 2019 IRC Zero title.
Three wins from three races for Emagine (AUS) in IRC I see them leapfrog their nearest rivals and finish top of the standings to claim their second title in four years. Defending champions AquarII (AUS) sailed consistently throughout and were never off the podium, however, they have to settle for second place overall. Scoring well early in the series, a string of fourth place finishes later on means the Russian crew on Megazip have to settle for third overall.
There was no stopping Phoenix (DEN) this week with Neils Degenkolw and his multinational crew romping to seven wins from seven races, and their fourth consecutive Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek title. The two Platus in IRC II enjoyed some close racing, swapping places throughout and it was Sydney Premier Karting Park (AUS) who had the best final day and with it they secured second place overall. The Dragon (AUS) finished three points back and had to settle for third, overall.
Two shorter races today for Cruising Monohull threw the class-wide open. Coming into the final day Lady Bubbly (AUS) was in the driving seat at the top of the standings, but struggled on today’s shorter courses. Stepping up, a 1,2 for BeauX Esprits (AUS) tied them with Lady Bubbly (AUS) and the countback broke in their favour – final places are a first for Venture, BeauX Esprits second and Lady Bubbly third.
Four out of the seven entries competing in Multihull Racing have been on the podium this week, showing the calibre of the crews across a variety of conditions. Getting their series off to a flying start with three wins, the Australian-designed-Phuket-built Phantom V (AUS) fell off the pace a little on the final day but their 2,3,1 scoreline was enough to keep them on top and claim the Multihull Racing title at the second time of trying.
The former Fugazi (new re-badged Bonza and under new ownership) got the better of the new Fugazi (GBR) finishing second and third overall respectively.
Twin Sharks (GBR) have been a long-time proponent of the Firefly 850 class. John and his team have been a top performer over the years. Having dominated Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek for a number of years, their arch-rival Voodoo (GER) had them on the ropes early in the series this year. A string of first and second places saw Voodoo leading coming into the final day. A long race followed by two shorter races mixed things up for the five one-design entries and the Twin Sharks team found another gear – three wins on the final day saw them power away to win the class and make it eight wins in a row at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek.
With Voodoo comfortable in second, the race for third place was on. Surf Patrol (AUS) and Moto Inzi (FRA) traded places throughout the regatta but it was Surf Patrol who had the better final day, tieing with Moto Inzi and winning courtesy of their three third places to Moto Inzi’s two.
Cape Panwa Hotel
The Final Series 2019 Awards Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek were wrapped up with a lavish beachside party.
As Title and Co-hosts Cape Panwa Hotel offers a selection of elegant, sea-facing suites and pool villas. All feature large private balconies and spacious, tastefully decorated interiors. And as you would expect all the comforts of modern-day living. Internet connections, iPod docks and DVD players. Furthermore, the six two-bedroom Pool Villas offer an infinity pool and sun deck in stylish privacy while the Panwa Lodge is a luxurious, three-bedroom, colonial-style home located right on the beach.