Six knots, then eight knots. Grey skies, then blue. That was the weather prediction for Day 2 of the 2012 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek and as the boats left the anchorage, the winds were light but building.
Two windward/leewards for IRC Racing, Firefly and Racing Multihull classes, and longer island courses for IRC Cruising and Classic classes was the order of the day and Race 1 got underway in a fresh eight knots of breeze.
Wan Marang took line honours in Race 1. Despite the lively finish to the end of the race as a storm came through, Chinese team Jing Jing (Rick Pointon) sailed well to win Race 1 on corrected time.
After a delay waiting for the winds to fill in, Race 2 started under glorious blue skies with seven knots of wind building to 10. OCS for Katsu, Wan Marang and Ruby Tuesday saw them unable to recover and Jing Jing raced on for another win.
In Sportsboats Longitude took line honours by a single second from Brace! Brace!! Brace!!! However, on corrected time, the win went to Thai boat Surf Patrol (Ray Waldron). In Race 2 Brace! Brace!! Brace!!! went on to win both line honours and on corrected time.
Coming off the back of a 2-1 yesterday, Skandia Endeavour of Whitby (Stuart Williamson) slipped off the pace in the first race which saw Australian-entry Moya Hin (Peter Jones) take both line honours and the win on corrected time in Race 1. In Race 2 today, Moya Hin took her second line honours but lost out on corrected time to an improving Skandia Endeavour of Whitby.
IRC Cruising got to stretch their legs on a scenic coastal course and Sail in Asia (Mike Downard), sailed by a crew of students learning to sail in Thailand, made the best start taking an early lead which they never relinquished, to secure the daily double – line honours and the win on corrected time.
The Phuket-built Firefly One-Design boats enjoyed some exciting racing, especially when the winds picked up during the passing storm in Race 1. Voodoo (Hans Rahmann), who scored two firsts yesterday, put in a good performance to win both races and despite it being a clean sweep so far, only a few minutes are separating the top three places each race. Today’s minor places were shared between Premier Cru (Peter Dyer), Twin Sharks (John Newnham) and Moto Inzi (Roger Kingdon).
In Race 1 in the Racing Multihulls class DaVinci secured line honours and the win on corrected time.
In Race 2 DaVinci secured another win, making it four from four, but the racing was tight as Miss Saigon took line honours by a single second. Rob Cullen and crew on Nina are racing consistently with two thirds today placing them third overall with two days to go.
In the Classic class, McBob The Boat (Joe Gruba) took line honours and the handicap win. She moves to the top of the class standings, tied on points with Seraph (Captain Bao).
Races continue today off Cape Panwa Hotel.