Blue skies and a steady eight knots of wind greeted sailors on Day 3 of the 2012 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek. Placings on day 3 could make or break the series and the international fleet were keen to get the racing underway.
PRO Simon James announced a scenic island course for all classes — Course 39 for all except the Classics who were set Course 23. After two days of windward/leewards for many classes, this was a chance for some to stretch their legs. A second race, a short windward/leeward, was then set for IRC Racing, Firefly One-Design and Multihull Racing classes.
First off was the 13-strong IRC Racing. With three divisional splits and trophies (IRC Racing I, Sportsboats and IRC Racing II), plus an overall IRC trophy, there is plenty to play for. Katsu (Ben Copley) took line honours. However, the glory was Jing Jing’s (Rick Pointon) who won on corrected time.
In Race 2 got Jing Jing continued their winning ways making it two from two on the day and five from six overall. Jing Jing look to have one hand on two trophies — IRC Overall and IRC Racing I. Two second place finishes moved Wan Marang up to second in the IRC Overall standings.
In the Sportsboats class, Surf Patrol (Ray Waldron) scored a win on corrected time in Race 1, only to be beaten into second place in Race 2 with Brace! Brace!! Brace!!! taking the win.
IRC Racing II enjoyed the scenic islands course with Moya Hin (Peter Jones) took line honours in Race 1. Ruby Tuesday (John Vause) scored the win on corrected time by two minutes.
After finishing only fourth in Race 1, Skandia Endeavour of Whitby (Stuart Williamson) upped their game to finish second in Race 2 behind Phoenix (Niels Degenkolw), leaving them tied on points with Ruby Tuesday.
A single race for IRC Cruising saw Remington (Jim Ellis) scored the daily double and move up to second overall, one point behind Sail in Asia (Mike Downard). Only two points separate to the top three.
In the Firefly One-Design class, Voodoo (Hans Rahmann) started last but sailed well around the course and clawed their way back to score two firsts, making it six from six overall and securing the series trophy one day early.
Multihull Racing played out true to form at the top with DaVinci (Mark Pescott) scoring two more first places today, adding to their tally of six — a clean sweep — wrapping up the class victory one day early. However, the performance of the day goes to Nina (Bob Cullen) who finished second, tied on corrected time with Miss Saigon (David Liddell) in Race 1. Nina went on to score another second in Race 2, leaving them second overall and three points clear of Miss Saigon going into the final day.
Despite McBob The Boat (Joe Gruba) finishing ahead by almost one hour in the Classic class, she lost out on handicap to reigning champion Idiom (Mark Myking). In the overall standings, just one point separates the four boats in the class as Sirius (Simon Morris) and McBob The Boat are tied at the top, and Idiom and Seraph (Captain Bao) are points-tied one point behind.