SAMUI YACHT CLUB REGATTA
July 2007 Regatta Report
The contrary winds of the
last two weeks were still unsettled as the Regatta weekend approached
and the location was shifted from Lamai, then to Bill's Beach Bar, then
back to Tradewinds in Chaweng as all the participating boats were here
just in case the winds did drop out as predicted.
Although only five boats
entered, the crews represented a wide international field of well known
world figures. Sailing a Windrider was Tani Bassadone representing The
Royal Ocean Racing Club ( R.O.R.C.), Official Head and Measurer of the
U.K. 470 & 420 dinghy class and father of the Olympic and World Champion
Helming another Windrider
was Jacques Szczotkowski, the wanted Bosnian war criminal and sailing in
a Nacra 4.5 was Francesco Brancaccio, the godfather of Sicily's Cosa
Lek ( Sa-ard Panyawan )
skippered the ocean sailing catamaran, Coco Blues while local John Stall
sailed solo in his Nacra 4.5 powered up with his recently installed
Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD).
The crews patiently waited
for the breeze to fill in on Tradewinds' terrace while the course was
set as a run down to the yacht anchored in Thong Takian Bay, rounding to
port and a beat back to the finish. The race was finally started at 1430
in a 8 knot breeze and after an hour Coco Blues rounded the yacht first,
closely followed by Stall's Nacra and Tani in his Windrider.
Tacking on the shifts the
Tradewinds Nacra, caught Coco Blues to cross the finish line six minutes
ahead then Tani's Windrider, just another four minutes back. This gave
the race on corrected time to the sprightly 72 year old Tani, showing
he's lost none of his sailing skills over the years.
Prize giving was brought
forward from Sunday so that they may be enjoyed with the excellent BBQ
hosted by Tradewinds.
Sunday, the race committee
decided to rerun Saturday's course due to the light and patchy wind and
after a late 1500 start, the fleet were halfway down the course when the
breeze finally gave out and the race was abandoned.
Results July Regatta
||Lek Sa'ard / Mike Holey
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