The 2012 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek got off to a lively start last night with Presenting Sponsor Mount Gay Rum hosting the opening party.
Thirty-four boats registered, competing over seven classes and divisions, including a good spread of racing, cruising, charter and multihulls, made up the 2012 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek fleet. Day 1 looked set for some good competition as predicted winds of 10-12 knots gusting to 15, arrived on cue.
In race 1, Katsu secured line honours, only to loose out on handicap to Jing Jing who sailed a solid race. Wan Marang finished in third only 25 seconds behind Katsu on corrected time.
In Race 2, Wan Marang managed to hold off Katsu’s charge to take line honours but lost out on handicap to Jing Jing who took their second bullet of the day.
In the Sportsboats class, Surf Patrol beat Longitude around the course and also on corrected time.
In Race 2, Brace Brace Brace took both line honours and the handicap win making it two from two on the Day 1.
In IRC Racing II, Regatta regular Skandia Endeavour of Whitby (Stuart Williamson), took the first win on corrected time from line honours-winner Ruby Tuesday (John Vause). Third place went to Phoenix (Niels Degenkolw), with only four minutes separating the top three on corrected time.
Stuart Williamson and his crew on the Bermudian Sloop Skandia Endeavour of Whitby continued their winning ways in Race 2 with a win in the second race from Phoenix who switched places with Ruby Tuesday.
IRC Cruising, the Oceanis 423 Dreamtime (Rob Azzopardi) secured line honours and the win on corrected time. The well-known Sparkman & Stephens design Remington (Jim Ellis) placed second ahead of Sail in Asia (Mike Downard) in third.
Five boats lined up for the Firefly One-Design class, Voodoo won the race and set the standard for the rest of the one-design Firefly’s to beat. Moto Inzi (Roger Kingdon) finished second and Twin Sharks third.
In race 2, Voodoo, Moto Inzi and Twin Sharks powered in to finish 1, 2 and 3 respectively.
For the Multihull Racing class. Sweet Chariot claimed line honours. DaVinci & Miss Saigon crossed the line together. However, on corrected time, DaVinci took the bullet ahead of Charro (Damien Kimball) and Nina (Rob Cullen).
In Race 2, Sweet Chariot again secured another line honours but lost out to in-form DaVinci on corrected time, while Nina again finished third.
In the Classic class the stunning Hans Christian 38T McBob the Boat (Joe Gruba) took line honours but was beaten on corrected time by Sirius (Simon Morris), who after racing for almost three hours beat the grand dame of the fleet, Seraph (Captain Bao), by only 30 seconds on corrected time.
Winners were presented their trophies at a beachside prize-giving and party at the Cape Panwa Hotel. Races continue today.