Bright Sunshine on a Sunday and the Phuket Yacht Club race day and the early morning forecast of showers and very light winds behind them another memorable day was the order.
With the weather forecast proven to be wrong and with bright sunshine along with a steady 10 to 14 knot west south-west breeze greeting the 8 boats which consisted of 5 Multihulls and 3 monohulls it looked like it was going to be a wonderful day on the water.
The club race officer Pete Gregg set a great course in the confines of Chalong Bay which sent the fleet West to a mark in towards the west end of the bay and the East towards the Barnett safe water mark.
At 11.05 am our wonderful race officer Chandrun sent the combined fleet off and the race was on.
Slainte Math was the first monohull to be right on the start, and this proved pivotal as the race progressed.
Surf Patrol, the Firefly 850 led the multis, but we’re soon overtaken by the new Stealth cat Twister 2 and eventually by Adrenalin, who seemed to be taking a lead out of Team NZ in the Americas Cup.
Don’t push too hard at the start as we have speed on the current fleet.
That also proved critical in the final placings on handicap, with the Big tri scoring fastest time in the multis with a top speed of 17 knots at one point in the race, but ultimately finished third, with the new stealth winning the race with the improving Surf Patrol coming second.
Bright Sunshine and wonderful company.
In the monohull race, The beautiful Aqua, with Mig and Mirke taking a couple of visitors to the club looked a picture out on the course and sailed well to take third place.
The battle for first came down to 6 seconds on handicap with Judy leading online honours, but a couple of broaches in the gusty weather saw the Beneteau 27.5 Slainte Mirth to gain a well-earned win.
The bright sunshine and beautiful weather brought many people to the yacht club for the afternoon as well as the sailors and the smiles on the hard working staff of the PK restaurant which is always a very welcoming return for the sailors.
In two weeks time is the last race of this current season, before the clubs Multihull Solutions Regatta 13th-16th July Did you get your registration in yet? Don’t forget the following week Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 19th-24th July the following week., so a busy time is approaching for the
A busy time is approaching for the club and all the volunteers, and if anyone is not busy we would always welcome any volunteer help around the club for the four days of the regatta.
Bright Sunshine, Great Weather and wonderful people, in all a great day on the water and back at the Phuket Yacht Club.