Tropical Island Regatta
â€˜Tropical Island Regattaâ€'
Koh Samui, Thailand. 31 May, 2010 â€" The 2010 Sawadee.com Regatta began today
in glorious conditions, with blue skies overhead and clear blue waters below, as the
racingÂ fleetÂ headedÂ outÂ toÂ seaÂ forÂ thisÂ tropicalÂ islandÂ regattaÂ offÂ theÂ shoresÂ of
Chaweng Beach, located on the eastern coastline of Koh Samui, Thailand.
2009 Sawadee.com Regatta Racing Class Winner, Neil Pryde and the crew of Hi Fi,
have returnedÂ to defendÂ theirÂ title â€" and will be expectingÂ fierce competitionÂ inÂ their
division from Ray Roberts of Evolution Racing, Frank Pong of Jelik II (Boracay) and
Nick Burns/Fred Kinmouth of EFG Bank Mandrake.Â
TheÂ regatta willÂ seeÂ fiveÂ classesÂ battlingÂ itÂ outÂ overÂ the week-longÂ event: Racing,
IRC-1, Premier, Bareboat/Cruising and Multihulls.Â
On Day 1, after a short delay while the start boat headed for a wind line that looked
promising, all classes got away in 5 to 7 knots of wind. PRO Ross Chisholm elected
toÂ sendÂ the Premier Cruisers, Bareboat/CruisingÂ and Multihull ClassesÂ on Coastal
CourseÂ 1,Â upÂ toÂ KohÂ Phangan.Â The RacingÂ andÂ IRC ClassesÂ stayedÂ closeÂ byÂ for
short windward/leeward courses.Â
The much-anticipated clash between Ray Roberts TP52 Evolution Racing and Neil
Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi came alive again today, with both fully intent on not giving
anÂ inchÂ toÂ eachÂ other.Â FrankÂ Pong'sÂ 76ftÂ JelikÂ IIÂ (Boracay)Â isÂ preparedÂ toÂ getÂ in
amongstÂ theÂ mixÂ andÂ theÂ NickÂ Burns/FredÂ KinmonthÂ co-ownedÂ MillsÂ 51Â EFG
Mandrake are definitely not hereÂ justÂ to make upÂ the numbers. Two close but clear
starts saw the racers either heading for the coast or staying further offshore. Not only
wasÂ the adverse current stronger offshore, butÂ the patchy nature ofÂ the breeze had
tacticiansÂ constantlyÂ scratchingÂ their heads. So muchÂ soÂ that during Race 1, Hi Fi
and Evolution Racing changed places on nearly everyÂ leg ofÂ theÂ race and muchÂ to
everyone'sÂ surpriseÂ inÂ RaceÂ 2Â allÂ threeÂ 50Â footersÂ ledÂ FrankÂ Pong'sÂ 76ftÂ JelikÂ II
aroundÂ theÂ first mark and both Pryde and Roberts crossedÂ theÂ finishÂ lineÂ inÂ front of
Pong. After a good opening round jostle, Neil Pryde's Hi Fi came out on top in both racesÂ withÂ RayÂ RobertsÂ EvolutionÂ RacingÂ inÂ secondÂ andÂ theÂ co-ownedÂ Nick
Burns/Fred Kinmonth EFG Mandrake in third.
InÂ theÂ IRC Class, a battle of big proportions developed between Ben Copley's Club
Swan NY 42OD Katsu and David Ross' Kerr 32 Kukukerchu. Race 1 was shortened
at the top mark on the second rounding, which saw Katsu take out the daily double in
front of Kukukerchu. HoweverÂ theÂ roles wereÂ reversedÂ in Race 2 with Kukukerchu
taking outÂ the handicap honours which hasÂ themÂ tied on overall points after Day 1.
Brad Kirk's Farr 42 Dynamite did the best of the rest by posting two third places and
making the Thai based foreign crew members very happy in their home waters.
The early leaders in the Premier Cruisers sailed into some light patches on the long
runÂ home. AtÂ theÂ endÂ ofÂ theÂ dayÂ it wasÂ theÂ smallestÂ inÂ theÂ class, Gary Baguley's
Holman & Pye 52 El Coyote,Â thatÂ took handicap honoursÂ from Peter Forsythe and
Jing Lee's X55 XenaÂ that sailed solidlyÂ to claimÂ line honours. Jon Wardill's Cassidy
55 Australian Maid was one of the yachts that sailed down the middle of the course
to settle on third place.
The interesting mix of entries in the Bareboat/Cruising class on the coastal race saw
John Stall's Atkins 34 Lanta Concept take out the daily double in front of the Sunsail
boats. Nigel Hopkins Oyster Lightwave 48 Celere jumped up into second place after
handicapsÂ haveÂ beenÂ applied.Â ScottÂ Finisten'sÂ OceanisÂ 461Â AndrewÂ ShortÂ -
Constanza slippedÂ intoÂ third place -Â theÂ firstÂ timeÂ inÂ two years atÂ this eventÂ thatÂ this
boat has lost a race.Â
InÂ the MultihullÂ class Kirati Assakul'sÂ (Nim) CrowtherÂ 42 SonicÂ isÂ upÂ againstÂ three
locally built bi-plane rigged catamarans and despite all of their best laid plans, Sonic
managedÂ toÂ comeÂ outÂ onÂ topÂ onÂ theÂ coastalÂ race. Kunta'sÂ (Samui Ocean Sports}
Radical Bay Team Zazen is one of the first bi-plane rigged boats to be built on Koh
Samui and scored second place in front of the new designs from the home of the bi-
plane rigs. Kim Thomas' Storm maybe a Tornado look alike but had to settle on third
Peter Churchouse, Skipper of Moonblue 2, summed up this tropical island regatta at
yesterdayâ€'sÂ openingÂ Press ConferenceÂ byÂ saying,Â â€œWeÂ loveÂ theÂ sailingÂ hereÂ â€"Â itâ€'s
greatÂ fun and offers usÂ the opportunityÂ to comeÂ together at a great destination with
friends and family from around the world â€" great sailing, great food, great parties and
great camaraderie â€" what more can you ask for?â€Â
CallumÂ Laing,Â ChairmanÂ ofÂ theÂ Sawadee.comÂ Regatta,Â commented,Â â€œThe
Sawadee.com Regatta 2010 is off to a great start with Neil Pryde and his crew on Hi
FiÂ settingÂ theÂ paceÂ forÂ theÂ weekÂ ahead.Â TheÂ on-the-waterÂ actionÂ hasÂ been
spectacular and weâ€'re all set for a great week of racingâ€.
Adding to the action at this yearâ€'s regatta are two entries from the Royal Thai Navy.
â€˜NavalÂ AcademyÂ 1â€'Â &Â â€˜NavalÂ AcademyÂ 2â€'Â â€"Â bothÂ FarrÂ MRXÂ designÂ boatsÂ are
competingÂ inÂ theÂ IRC-1 Division. Crewed by Naval cadets between 20-22 years of
age, the regatta experience not only helps develop their competitive sailing skills, but
also provides them with valuable life and social skills. The cadets, who are based at
the Sattahip Royal Thai Naval Base South of Bangkok, haveÂ trained extensivelyÂ for
theÂ regattaÂ overÂ theÂ pastÂ twoÂ weeksÂ andÂ clearlyÂ enjoyÂ thisÂ sailingÂ development opportunity. Lt Commander Atthasit Wongpaibool directs the cadet programme, â€œThe
last time the Royal Thai Navy competed in Samui, we came first in our division. Weâ€'ll
be pushing hard for a similar result in 2010â€.
TheÂ RegattaÂ continuesÂ throughÂ toÂ SaturdayÂ 5th
Â June,Â withÂ aÂ dailyÂ spectatorÂ boat
following the racing fleet.
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About the Sawadee.com Regatta 2010, Samui
The Sawadee.com Regatta 2010, Samui, is an annual event that takes place on theÂ
beautifulÂ ThaiÂ islandÂ ofÂ KohÂ Samui.Â NowÂ inÂ itsÂ ninthÂ year,Â thisÂ â€˜TropicalÂ Island
Regattaâ€' has become one of the main events on the Asian sailing circuit and attracts
an international fleet.
New events such as the Sawadee.com Regatta Open, a golf tournament held at the
SantiburiÂ Samui Country ClubÂ andÂ Asiaâ€'sÂ BiggestÂ Bootcamp,Â aÂ three-dayÂ nutrition
and fitness workshop; will be held in conjunction with the regatta this year.Â Â
Web Sawadee PLC is the title sponsor with Centara Grand and Singa as co-partners.Â
Event partners are Hertz Rent-a-Car, Prana Resorts & Spa, B1 Villa & Spa, Beach
Republic,Â TravelÂ +Â Leisure,Â SamuiÂ VillaÂ &Â Home,Â Dhevatara,Â KandaburiÂ ResortÂ &
Spa, Anantara Lawana, Mont Clair, The Wall Street Journal, Virgin Radio Thailand
and Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa.
For further details see www.samuiregatta.com