Blue skies & good wind greet sailors on day two
Good sailing weather greeted all competitors as they bolted from the start line just before midday on day two of the fourth annual Sailor’s Regatta. PRO Matt McGrath had the Monohulls & Multis do two races; a round-the-island course & a windward-leeward, while the Platus and Pulses (+ The Sting) sailed two “round the cans” races in Ao Chalong Bay. John Newnham’s well-seasoned crew on Twin Sharks didn’t have a great day on the water finishing fourth and fifth in the two races in the five-boat Racing class. But Twin Sharks’ three first-place finishes on day one still sees the boat leading the pack going into the final day. The Scott Duncanson-skipped Fugazi made the biggest improvement today earning a first and second-place finish after three last-place finishes on day one, but they still sit in last place in the class. The Warwick Downes skipped Bonza continued to rack up line honours and sits in second spot in the division followed by Alan Carwardine’s Coconuts and Ian Coulson’s Voodoo, with its primarily Filipino crew. Niels Degenkolw took up where he left off yesterday as the wily Dane helmed Phoenix to two wins in the four-boat monohull division. Andrew McDermott’s Jessandra, with its predominately female crew, swapped second and third-place finishes with Mike Downard’s Magic (David Bell’s old boat). Martyn Henman’s Second Nature has been plagued by troubles all regatta and didn’t even start the second race today (race four), after taking four-and-a-half hours to round the island in race one. The Sting helmed by Scotsman Bill Kane won both races today in the three-boat Multihull class while the two Pulses, skipped by two Aussies Paul “Flatty” Baker (Grey Pulse) and Simon Boyd (Red Pulse) flipped second and third-place finishes on the day. Mike Downard’s Sail in Asia entered swapped one of its boats, Dragon, for another, The Fox, in the Platu class, with Jon Oeygard keeping the same crew aboard the replacement Platu. The Fox then traded first-place finishes with Scotswoman Kirsten Durward’s Wolf, who leads the class heading into the final day, while American Brooke Palmer’s Tiger came third in both races and sits in last place. The regatta concludes tomorrow with some classes still up from grabs and an awards presentation and buffet dinner will be held at the Phuket Yacht Club in the evening.