Sunny skies, good wind greet Jai-Dee regatta on second day
Sunny skies and good wind met competitors on the second day of the Jai-Dee Regatta. Monohull racing saw Andrew McDermott’s Jessandra II squeak by Niels Degenkolw’s Phoenix by 0.1 seconds on elapsed time in the day’s only counted race but on corrected time they dropped back to third place behind John Vause’s Ruby Tuesday.
Jessandra II & Ruby Tuesday swap those positions in the overall standings where Phoenix retains the top spot heading into tomorrow’s final day. Vitalii Plaksin’s Uminoko sits in the fourth spot, followed by Paul “Flatty” Baker helming John Coffin’s Judy in fifth, Mike Downard’s Magic in sixth, Kirsten Durward’s Fox Sails Asia in seventh & Martyn Henman’s Second Nature rounds out the class in the final spot.
In the race that counted for the multihulls, Warwick Downes Bonza took line honors as usual but had to settle for second overall today behind Alan Carwardine’s Coconuts, making her racing debut at the regatta (she has only been in the water for ten weeks). Racing on Coconuts is a family affair with the husband-wife team of Alan and June Carwardine on board as well as Anthony Gates and his young son Jay along for the ride as crew.
John Newhamn’s Twin Sharks and Ian Coulson’s Voodoo finished third and fourth, in the multihulls today, moving them into second and third spot overall followed by Bonza, Dan Fidock’s Fugazi in fifth, Francis Guerre-Genton’s Moto Inzi in sixth, and Bill Kane’s The Sting in seventh, heading into the final day.
As the afternoon wore on, and the wind died down, PRO Matt McGrath had hoped to get in two windward-leeward races for the seven-boat multihull class and the eight-boat monohull class.
But as the wind continued to fade, Matt decided to shorten the course to one lap, but unfortunately, that’s where the trouble began as confusion reigned over which mark need to be rounded before crossing the finish and indeed where the finish line was supposed to be and where the “S” mark was supposed to be flown. Protests were called and looking like discussions and arguments would go long into the evening, the Race Committee, in the spirit of the “kind-hearted regatta”, wisely decided to abandon the second race. It was still a good day for all on the water, as everyone got in two races, though only one counted in the standings.
The racing continues Sunday at 1pm with the wrap-up party and awards dinner at the Phuket Yacht Club in the evening.