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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 Christina Bassadone.

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 Nostra.

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

Boat Helm Elapsed
Windrider Tani Bassadone 1.44.02 1.16.30 1
Radical Bay Lek Sa'ard / Mike Holey 1.40.51 1.22.40 2
Nacra 4.5 John Stall 1.34.35 1.22.57 3
Windrider Jacques Blanc 3.07.13 2.17.39 4
Nacra 4.5 Franco Brancaccio 2.17.13 2.36.25 5

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