Race Results from Samui Yacht Club Regatta
Koh Samui Sailing
Fishing fleet taking off in squall
Race #1: Saturday 28 October 2006
A varied fleet of 8 yachts gathered in front of the
beachfront Mermaid Resort at Ban Rak, including Jock Cromie over from
Phuket to defend his title and a French team led by Captain Didier,
sporting special shirts for the occasion on their big Hobie 21.
Another French connection was the new owners of
Vivace, Serge Straeten and old sailing veteran Jacques who had some of
the old crew, Francesco and Lek (Saard) aboard.
Good to see Martin with Nok Talay back, again with a
full crew of ladies ( Wharrams Class rules).
This race’s special effects swung into action early,
by producing a 35 knot line squall as the fleet headed for the starting
Committee boat provided by
Those that could, got their sails down, while the two
Nacras feathered their boats as best they could, while the Hobie 21
capsized resulting in a broken mast which had stuck in the mud.
As Ban Rak bay has a depth of only 5 m. this is not
the best place to capsize. Meanwhile Nok Talay’s crew disappeared down
below for another round of cards with a wine and cheese tasting.
Only three boats eventually started and headed West to
round the large steel restaurant boat, anchored at Bo Phud. Nacra 1
rounded first closely followed by Vivace and Nacra 2.
Thinking the next mark was the committee boat
(mistake) Nacra 1 then tacked inshore, while the rest headed out to sea
to round the two rocks Hin Mu Yai and Hin Mu Lek (correct) and then Ko
Som. Nacra 1’s skipper Cap’n Squall realized his mistake and then
Lesson; always attend the skippers pre race briefing.
Vivace extended her lead with some good spinnaker work
and finished well in front of Nok Talay the only other finisher.
Race Results: 1 Vivace, Serge Staeten, 2 Nok Talay
Race #2: Sunday 29 October 2006
As the fleet headed for the starting line for an 1130
start, a huge tropical downpour descended, ensuring all the crews were
awake and their cigarettes stash soaked. Nok Talay’s crew, smug and dry
beneath their sunroof, razzed the shivering wet crews on their open
Race officer Mike Reeves started the race immediately
after the rain finished, the fleet heading West with a very light
breeze. This was not to the likening of Nok Talay, who drifted on to the
OD mark and then spent half an hour trying to dislodge it from between
the hulls, much to the amusement of the “wet” sailors.
Nacra 1 took the lead closely followed by Vivace and
Nacra 2 went out to sea having spotted a wind line. At the bottom mark
(again the big restaurant boat), the two Nacras rounded locked together
and were immediately becalmed on the lee side of the restaurant boat.
Vivace spotted them having difficulty and took a wider turn and sailed
through them into the lead.
Coco Blues also had difficulty in rounding and took
ages to get going again. Nacra 2 and Vivace enjoyed some close racing
with Nacra 1 copping Vivace’s bad air, headed out to sea. As these three
closed on the finishing line, the wind dropped and switched to small
swinging puffs, much to the frustration of Nacra 1 whose curses to the
heavens were heard all over Bo Phud bay.
Vivace came home to finish first with Nacra 2 three
minutes behind but enough to take Vivace on handicap and Nacra 1 a
further thirty minutes as the wind finally died out on a glassy sea.
Results from monthly
October 28 and 29
|Nok Talay Tiki 30
|Retired: Nacra 1,
|DNS: China House, Coco
Blues (Radical Bay 8000’s), Hobie 21 Conchita Macgregor 26
|DNF: Nok Talay, China
House, Coco Blues, Conchita
|Overall results: Vivace 1,
Nacra 2, Nok Talay 3
A fine sailing regatta it was indeed. Special thanks to our
hosts at Mermaid Resort in Ban Bang Rak. On the Saturday at 5pm the
Mermaid Resort hosted all the participants to a fabulous barbeque which
together with the traditional regatta beer keg was set down beachfront
to enjoy one of the best sunset sites on the island. Our thanks to all
the management and friendly staff of Mermaid Resort for being such
generous sailing regatta sponsors.