Patience and extreme demanding conditions were the order of the day for Friday Racing 2019 CPHPRW.
Friday Racing sponsorship
Once again our co-host resort Kantary Bay Hotel was the Raceday sponsor and awards. We would like to thank our Co Host Kantary Bay Hotel for their support.
The anticipation was high for Friday Racing
As the dark clouds started to lift and the sky clear anticipation was high. Unfortunately it didn’t last too long, sadly, as the rain soon returned forcing an AP onshore. The race Management team went out to look at the options. The oscillating winds and near two-metre swells, where the wind direction was different to the track of the storm cells. It’s “due to the Lunar Eclipse” said some never the less conditions today made a challenge for all.
Wave surfing and near broaches kept competitors on their toes while Race Management worked hard to set a race for all and officially got the 2019 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek underway.
Where’s the 2nd TP 52?
With a TP 52 no-show in IRC Zero means the organisers have decided to score IRC Zero + IRC I for one result, and score IRC I separately for a second result.
That will start tomorrow, however, meaning for today Ray Roberts and his crew on Team Hollywood were the unchallenged winners in IRC Zero.
The Russian crew on Megazip got the better of all-comers in IRC I; second across the line, first on corrected time and their first bullet on the board. Despite crossing first, East Marine Emagine (AUS) had to settle for second today ahead of last year’s winner, AquarII (AUS) in third.
The ever-green Phoenix (DEN) got their defense off to the best possible start with a win in today’s race in IRC II – they lead from early on to cross the line first and claim the win on corrected time. The Dragon, crewd by Simon Oliver from Balmain Yacht Club in Sydney on a 25-foot Platu, got the better of Sydney Premier Karting Park, another 25-foot Platu, to finish second and third respectively.
Cruising Monohull class is the largest class at this year’s regatta with 10 entries, and it was late-entry Phalin (AUS), skippered by Ian Loderwyckx, who romped away with the win today. Lady Bubbly (AUS) and Venture (AUS) sailed hard but had to settle for second and third on the day.
Multihull Racing and Firefly 850
With seven starters in Multihull Racing, during Friday Racing just four managed to finish the race and a number mastered their swell-surfing skills. Winner of the recent Multihull Solutions Regatta, Phantom V (AUS), skippered by designer Alan Carwardine, made the best of the conditions. Phanton V crossing the line second and correcting out for the win. The new Fugazi (AUS), skippered by Dan Fidock claimed second ahead of Bonza (GBR), the old Fugazi, skippered by Warwick Downes, in third.
Looking to defend their Firefly 850 title, Twin Sharks (GBR) won today’s race and put their first bullet on the board. Arch rival Voodoo (GER), however, weren’t far behind and will be looking to make Twin Sharks’ life difficult over the final two days of the regatta. Mono Inzi (FRA), under the new ownership of Marc Chapus, slotted into third.
Friday Racing awards was sponsored by Kantary Bay Hotel with the awards presented on Saturday.