Fickle winds keep Jai-dee sailors on their toes


Scott Murray

Fickle winds keep Jai-dee sailors on their toes

Noted yachtsman Mick Coleman sailing on Fez summed up the vagrancies of the wind direction and force on the day, saying, “Snakes and ladders, holes and gusts” even throwing in a “rooster, rooster, feather duster.”

Indeed PRO Simon James had to go deep into his bag of tricks to set and reset courses to get all classes in two races today, as little wind and changing wind made setting courses a difficult task. Jon Oeygard sailed over from Ao Yon in the Platu Tiger to join Mike Downard’s Dragon & Dan Evilsiser’s Wolf giving the Sail in Asia outfit three boats in the class and making sixteen the overall number of boats in the regatta. Oeygard won both races on the day and Downard and Evilssiser swapped second and third place finishes. Overall, Dragon sits atop this class with seven points, followed by the Wolf (9 pts) and Tiger (10 pts).

John Spencer’s Zero (formerly Phantom 5) edged out George Eddings’ Blue Noze to take top spot in the eight-boat Multihull Overall class on day two. John Newnham’s Twin Sharks and Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo finished third and fourth respectively giving the Mark Pescott-designed Fireflies three of the top four spots in the class. Eddings, Newnham and Rahmann had all flown in recently from the UK and Germany to take part in the regatta.

John Coffin’s Fez , Dan Fidock’s Fugazi, Glywn Rowlands Twister 2 and Bill Kane’s The Sting, finished in that order, rounded out the class scoring on the day.

Heading into the final day of racing Twin Sharks stands atop the class with 10 points followed by Zero (15.5 points), Fugazi (17 points), Voodoo (17.5 points), Blue Noze (23 points), Fez (24 points), Twister 2 (33 points) and The Sting (40 points).

The Multi Racing Division class saw Blue Noze take top spot followed by Twin Sharks & Voodoo and Fugazi. Overall results have Twin Sharks in top spot with 8 points and the other three boats tied with 14 points apiece.

The Multi Cruising division class saw Alan Carwardine’s three Stealths do battle with the 13m Zero (Asia Catamarans hull #16) winning followed by the 12.6m Fez (hull # 19) and the 12m Twister 2 (hull #12). The Sting took fourth place in this division. Overall, Zero sites in first place with six points followed by Fez (9 pts), Twister 2 (15 pts) and The Sting (20 pts).

In the three-boat Monohull IRC class Andrew McDermott’s edged out Niels Degenkolw’s Phoenix for top spot in the combine two races with Torben Kristensen’s Kinnon coming in third. Overall, it’s Phoenix with seven points, followed by Jessandra II (8pts) and Kinnon (15 pts).

The five-boat Monohull PHS division saw Jessandra II take first with Kirill Stasthevsky’s Andaman Discovery in second followed by Kinnon in third, Phoenix in fourth and Martyn Henman’s Second Nature rounding out the class. Overall its Jessandra II in first with 10 points followed by Phoenix (11 pts), Kinnon (15 pts) Andaman Discovery (16 pts), and Martyn Henman’s Second Nature (23 pts).

As the late great Captain Marty Rijurkis used to say there’s plenty to play for on the final day, especially if the wind cooperates. Racing continues Sunday at 1:30pm with a prize giving and buffet dinner at the Phuket Yacht Club on Sunday night.

Fickle winds keep Jai-dee sailors on their toes