Otonomos Mandrake hold IRC 1 lead on Day 3 of the 2017 Phuket King’s Cup Regatta
6 December, 2017
Three days of good breeze and the cliches are being dusted off – it’s “champagne sailing” for all at the 2017 Phuket King’s Cup Regatta as regatta historians sharpen their pencils in preparation to write into the history books the windiest edition on record.
Whatever the historians decide, there’s no doubt the winds are good, the sailing excellent and there are a lot of happy sailors off Phuket’s west coast enjoying some challenging (but fun) racing.
Nowhere are the smiles bigger than on the crew of THA72 as they race on into the Lay Day undefeated in IRC 0. Despite the scoresheet no looking favourable for current third-placer Alive, the crew seem to be enjoying themselves; “Who said Asia is always light? 27 on the dial today.”
Team Kata Rocks are also putting on a masterclass of tactical sailing comfortably leading IRC 2 with nearest rivals, Big Boys Racing (Farrgo Express) six points behind.
A first and third today for Otonomos Mandrake sees them finish the day with a four point cushion over Loco in IRC 1. With four races over two days left in their series, IRC 1 now looks to be a two-horse race. In Premier the scoreboard is much closer with just one point separating Antipodes and Thai team Pine-Pacific, with the former holding the advantage.
In the multihull classes, our points separate the top three in Firefly 850 Sport, Pixalux and Multihull Solutions H3O are tied at the top of Pulse 600, Mojo Multihull Solutions continues to lead Multihull Cruising despite a 3,3 today, and Thor is untouchable in Multihull Racing with seven wins from seven races.
John Newnham, skipper of current Firefly 850 Sport leader, Twin Sharks, explains their dramatic week of racing so far, “It was really unfortunate on the first day when we had a collision with Ray Waldron (Surf Patrol), we basically came across and the two boats hit. We felt bad about it and offered Ray our boat, but he decided to continue with his own. We’re good friends, happily! After losing the points on Monday, we’ve won everything we’ve entered. The competition is very strong among the five-man crews of the Firefly fleet. We’re going to enjoy a few beers on the rest day tomorrow, and after that any of four boats could win on Friday and Saturday. The competition is very tight, so anyone could win the class”.
The International Dinghy racing sponsored by Haad Thip Pcl. continued off Kata Beach with winners as follows: Suthon Yampinid (Laser 4.7), Nattapong Yoang-ngam (Topper), Panwa Boonnak (Optimist Boy), Patcharee Sringam (Optimist Girl), Keerati Bualong (Laser Standard), Manat Phothong (Laser Radial), Teerada Fakkaew / Piyaporn Kaemkaew (420).
As the regatta enters its Lay Day most crews will be focussed on rest and recuperation, while some will be putting their efforts into fixing some breakages so they can be out on the race course again on Friday.
For full results, go to www.kingscup.com.