Raceday 1, A first day to remember at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2018
A busy registration day at Cape Panwa Hotel saw 38 boats and more than 450 crew and families from 20 plus countries registered for the 15th Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek yesterday and with weather warnings by the Thai Meteorological Department re-issued yesterday on the back of tropical storm ‘Son-Tinh’ heading to Thailand, the word “Typhoon” was being bandied about the skippers briefing as all were wondering “what’s going to happen tomorrow?”
What a difference a day makes. Following the Mount Gay Rum-sponsored Opening Party sailors were on the beach bright and early this morning and were welcomed by blue skies, plenty of sun and a fresh 16 knots of breeze – an ideal day for racing in the tropics. as the 15th edition of this great event sets sail.
Raceday 1 and we are off.
Following a brief AP onshore, the fleet were on-the-water and heading for the start line. Due to a rolling sea state the Race Officer decided to keep the smaller, sporty Firefly 850s and Pulse 600s onshore and finally got their race card underway early afternoon, and as the day wore on the breeze started to drop off.
Today’s breeze favoured the bigger boats and in IRC I Ray Roberts and his crew took the first two wins of the series on their TP52, Team Hollywood. Gordon Ketelby’s Farr 40 Ramrod corrected out for second in Race 1, just three seconds ahead of 2016 IRC Racing II winner, the modified Sydney 40 East Marine Emagine, skippered by Phuket-based Aussie Scott Bradley. In the second race of the day East Marine Emagine went one better placing second on corrected time with another Sydney 40 Aquari, skippered by Craig Nicholls, leap-frogging Ramrod to finish third.
Raceday 1, counting the seconds
Seconds made the difference in the one-design Firefly 850 class and it was George Eddings’ Blue Noze who sailed to victory in Race 1, 53 seconds ahead of Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo while defending champion Twin Sharks, skippered by John Newnham finished third.
It was all change in Race 2 of raceday 1 as Twin Sharks were fast out of the blocks and lead around the short course to finish in a time of 00:26:17. Moto Inzi finished in second and Surf Patrol were just nine seconds back in third.
In the one-design Pulse 600 class the five entries enjoyed some close racing on flat water in Chalong Bay and completed just a single race. The first win of the series went to Brian Wood’s SuDu Yellow, thirteen seconds back in second was Pixalux, skippered by Mick Tilden, with Simon Oliver’s SuDu Red in third.
The Raceday 1 Awards
There is a separate report and gallery here for the Raceday 1 Awards
Organised by Media Business Services, the 15th Anniversary edition of the award-winning Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Racewek races over four days finishing on Sunday 22 July, 2018 at Cape Panwa Hotel.
Additional reporting at the Asian Yachting Grand Prix website.