Kirill and the Galeforce team

Rain did not stop play

Raceday report, the rain did not stop play.

Series 1 race number 3 Sunday 2nd April 2017 with thanks to Greg Reynolds.

Early rain on Sunday morning and the thought of more rain, looked to have dampened the enthusiasm of the club racers from showing up on Sunday for racing.

Phuket Yacht Club racedayAs the sun came out and the appearance of our intrepid race officer Chandron, brought a flood of competitors. 

Pete Gregg the PYC race officer set a course inside of Chalong Bay so that the three keelboats and three catamarans could sail a course, that could be changed at any given point depending on the weather.

All smiles at Phuket Yacht ClubSo, with the hooter sounding at 1:05 pm to get the race underway with all boats on the start line, the race got under way in a very light south easterly breeze.

The first boat to show out was the Java yachting Mumm 30 which revelled in the light breeze to show the way around the top mark to all competitors, while Hurricane and Galeforce and the new Corsair trimaran The Sting were dicing up the beat.

Rain did not stop play and the PYC ladies team

The Girl’s team enjoying their racing

Liz and the girl’s team had clamped a tight cover on the new monohull Slainte Math in the fleet that has Liz soon to be husband on the boat Alfie and wasn’t going let him have bragging rights on their upcoming wedding day.

So the race progressed and a rain squall followed by absolutely stunning conditions for the last hour of the race, brought everybody to the finish line happy with a great day out on the Chalong race course.Julie awards prize on Raceday 3As each boat crosses the line, we are greeted with that big Chandron smile and either told well done or if he has seen a slight muck up, you are also told about that as well.

Big thanks to our Race Officers as we can’t go and enjoy the water without them and the other volunteers who make our day possible.
So to the results,
Raid did not stop play for Alan and the Hurricane teamIn the Multihull class first was Galeforce, (main picture) with Kirill giving great instruction to the crew all the way round the marks and then followed by Hurricane, who needs a good bottom wipe, or so Alan tells us, and third the corsair trimaran The Sting which was warmly greeted into the club having joined the fleet.

The monohulls were similar with the light conditions suiting the light wind flyer Judy over the heavier Farrago and the new Beneteau 27.5 Slainte Math.

A great crowd of onlookers and competitors alike enjoyed the great food and drinks at the Phuket Yacht club, after the race and many stories told of how the next race will unfold.

So in two weeks time on the 16th of April, the next race will be on to members and non-members alike welcome to join in the festivities.

Please don not forget the Phuket Yacht Club AGM  on the 21st April.See you all soon.

See you all soon.