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
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.
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
Questioned after the race
why he took the chance, Kunta logically answered "Well, it's not my
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
By 6pm everyone was ashore
and proceeded to get stuck into the Barbeque and keg beer provided by
the host Tradewinds.