Ideal sailing on Day 2 of Phuket Raceweek

PRO Simon James started the fleet for the 19th Phuket Raceweek in the same spot as on Day 1, just south of Koh Lan off the southern coast of Phuket in a light 6-8 knots for the first windward-leeward race, although it had picked up to 12 knots by the time the second race started ,with the fleet circumnavigating Chalong Bay.

James Bury and Craig Nichols’ Alright stole the thunder today in the IRC Zero class, winning both races with Ray Roberts Team Hollywood from Australia taking the second spot.

Garry Holt’s Let’s Get it On, a Corby 36, had two-thirds. The fourth boat in the class, Douglas/Kettlebey was able to sail his Farr 40, Ramrod, today, after getting his hands on a set of sails. He settled for two fourth-place finishes.

In IRC 1, Alright continued its run, winning both races. Let’s Get it On took second in both races and Ramrod claimed the third spot twice.

Niels Degenklow’s Phoenix and Stuart Williamson’s APW Endeavour of Whitby swapped positions today, with Phoenix winning both races in the six-boat IRC Cruising Monohull class. APW Endeavour of Whitby came second both times.

Enjoying the day in the IRC Cruising Class

Toshiro Furuta’s Sakura had a good day coming third both races, while Kirill Stashevsky’s Russian crew on Agata had two-fourths. Fred Haes’ Venture and Kampon Sutara’s Kantus Bride swapped fifth and sixth spots to round out the class.

The Pulse 600s (Tristan Hamilton skippering Pulse Grey and Paul Flatty Baker skippering Pulse Yellow) took to the water again. Both skippers handled their craft admirably in choppy waters, with Hamilton continuing his winning ways, capturing both races today.

Pulse Grey makes haste

In the Racing Multiclass class, Dan Fidock’s Extreme 40, Parabellum, did it again, taking line honours and winning both races, as spectators looked on in awe as it whizzed by on the water.

Warwick Downes’ Bonza was next, claiming their second and third place and drawing a fair number of gasps with its hull lifts. Alan Carwardine’s Saffron was third overall, with a fourth and second-place finish.

John Newnham’s Twin Sharks, Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo, Ray Waldron’s Surf Patrol, and George Eddings Blue Nose finish one through four in that order in both races in the Firefly 850 Sport boat class.

Voodoo in the Firefly 850 Sport boat class

It is Rung Jones’s birthday today, and we can’t say enough about all the hard work that Rung puts into the event months in advance to make this regatta happen. The regatta wouldn’t happen if not for her tireless efforts and dedication. Happy birthday Rung, from all the participants and all the committee members.

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