The second day of the 2011 Six Senses Phuket Raceweek returned to form with good wind and good sailing, after competitors had gathered ashore to wait out a rain storm that swept through the anchorage, leaving behind good consistent winds for which ‘Asia’s Best Regatta’ has become famous.
PRO Simon James wasted no time in laying a start line off Bon Island and after the AP was lowered, the fleet went into sequence. IRC3 and Classics completed a single ’round-the-island’ race while all others completed a short windward-leeward course followed by a longer second race (course 28).
In IRC Racing, Team Premier (Neil Pryde) kept up the momentum of Day 1 and stretched her series lead with two more bullets. Behind her with two second places was Katsu (Ben Copley) and KukuKERchu (David Ross) with a pair of thirds. Good crew work on Katsu has brought her back into the series with a solid fourth place overall.
In IRC 2, Piccolo (Mark Chapman) continued where she left off with line honours and a handicap win in Race 1 from WDB Endeavour of Whitby (Stuart Williamson) in second and Team Sea Bees (Peter Dyer) in third. Royal Thai Navy 4 (Cdr. Pornprom Sakultem) gave a glimpse of their calibre taking first in Race 2 today from Piccolo and Team Sea Bees.
PRO James sent IRC 3 yachts around the islands and gave them a chance to stretch their legs. Remington (Jim Ellis) took advantage and showed her true colours romping home first by almost ten minutes on corrected time. Second was Dreamtime (Rob Azzopardi) with Linda (Jim Kane) in third.
In Multihull Racing, series leader DaVinci (Paul Larsen), made it three from three with another win today from Sidewinder (Alan Carwardine), second. Six Senses Nina, skippered by Grenville Fordham and with round-the-world yachtswoman Dee Caffari aboard, finally found her groove and turned in an impressive third, clearly revelling in the stronger winds.
In Race 2, DaVinci slipped to third with Sidewinder taking the win and Miss Saigon (David Liddell) in second.
Team Land and Houses (Peter Dyer) finally shook off her bridesmaid tag to score two bullets in the Firefly 850 Sport, with Voodoo (Ian Coulson/ Clarence Tatong) scoring a pair of second’s to tie the two boats on points. Twin Sharks (John Newnham) finished third in the earlier race with Moto Enzi (Roger Kingdom) filling third in second race.
The Classic Class took in the best of the scenery on an islands course, the sight of two old dames a sight to behold. Tables were turned on corrected time with Seraph (Kuhn Boa) taking first place from Idiom (Mark Miking) in second.
After a well-attended night at offsite party sponsor DaVinci restaurant, participants settled in for afternoon and early evening drinks and a buffet at Evason Phuket and Bon Island.