Race commentary by John Stall:

This months mini regatta was hosted by Tradewinds Resort on Chaweng beach and consisted entirely of multihulls including the performance cruising 8 meter Firefly catamaran Moto Inzi (Swahili for firefly) and the new Corsair 8 meter trimaran The Sting.

Both these boats hail from Phuket and with sailors down from Pattaya crewing together with the local Samui entrants Vivace a Corsair 24 and the two Coco cats, China House and Coco Blues, the Hobie 18 Hammerhead and Nok Talay a 30 foot Wharram, it was a true regional event.

How apt then to have the big 16 meter catamaran Kia Ora as Committee boat with Race officer Mick Grover presiding and at 1230 Saturday, he started the first race and sent the fleet South to race around the marker buoy off the reef Hin Ang Wang which lies South of Lamai off Laem Set.

After a reaching start, as expected Moto Inzi took the lead closely followed by The Sting and China House. Vivace soon powered over China House and these three boats soon stretched out into a commanding lead.

Tacking through the ever shifty light 8 knot breeze was frustrating for all, as most of the boats found, as they tacked, the wind tacked with them. Moto Inzi rounded the buoy first with The Sting hot her tail and then as Vivace approached a fisherman kindly laid a buoyed fishing net across her path.

China House saved some time as Kunta steered the boat through the rocks and the narrow passage off Laem Nan.

Questioned after the race why he took the chance, Kunta logically answered "Well, it's not my boat"

After some five hours of sailing and a failing breeze, the RO wisely shortened the race to finish off Laem Nan with Moto Inzi first, The Sting second and Vivace third followed by China House and Coco Blues.

Hammerhead and Nok Talay retired.

By 6pm everyone was ashore and proceeded to get stuck into the Barbeque and keg beer provided by the host Tradewinds.

 

 

 

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Image & Photo Gallery - July 2006 Archive

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Samui Yacht Club Regatta - Koh Samui - Thailand Robbie, the whistle blower at work!!
Samui Yacht Club Regatta - Koh Samui - Thailand A close start on the windward / leeward race on Sunday
Samui Yacht Club Regatta - Koh Samui - Thailand Vivace crew in action after rounding the bottom mark in.  Sunday’s race.
Samui Yacht Club Regatta - Koh Samui - Thailand Race officer Mick Grover lays down the law during one of his race
Samui Yacht Club Regatta - Koh Samui - Thailand A Samui mermaid cools off.
Samui Yacht Club Regatta - Koh Samui - Thailand Beer, at last…, beer at last!!!
Samui Yacht Club Regatta - Koh Samui - Thailand I’ll huff and I’ll puff and …
Samui Yacht Club Regatta - Koh Samui - Thailand the technical explanation
Samui Yacht Club Regatta - Koh Samui - Thailand all the way from Bangkok
Samui Yacht Club Regatta - Koh Samui - Thailand “the bum”
Samui Yacht Club Regatta - Koh Samui - Thailand So, where do you think the wind is?
Samui Yacht Club Regatta - Koh Samui - Thailand The start
Samui Yacht Club Regatta - Koh Samui - Thailand Around the first turn
Samui Yacht Club Regatta - Koh Samui - Thailand The finish
Samui Yacht Club Regatta - Koh Samui - Thailand The morning after
That’s all folks…See you at the next Regatta