Racing Gets Underway on Day 2 of Cape Panwa
Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2019
The Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2019
officially got underway on Friday, as the poor weather which has
been battering Phuket for the past few days took enough of a pause
for racing to begin.
The respite did not last long though, as
ferocious wind, rain and near two-metre swells dropped visibility
to next to nothing and forced Race Management to call the sailors
There were supposed to be two TP52 yachts taking part
in Phuket Raceweek this year, but as one did not turn up organisers decided to score IRC Zero + IRC I as one result,
and score IRC I separately for a second result. That will start
today (Saturday) however, meaning that
Ray Roberts and his crew on
Team Hollywood were the unchallenged winners in IRC Zero on Friday.
The Russian crew on Megazip got the better of all-comers in IRC I;
second across the line, first on corrected time and their first
bullet on the board. Despite crossing first, East Marine Emagine
(AUS) had to settle for second ahead of last year's winner, AquarII (AUS) in third.
The ever-green Phoenix (DEN) got their defense
off to the best possible start with a win in IRC
II – they led from early on to cross the line first and claim the
win on corrected time. The Dragon, a 25-foot Platu, got the better
of Sydney Premier Karting Park, another 25-foot Platu, to finish
second and third respectively.
Cruising Monohull class is
the largest class at this year's regatta with 10 entries, and it
was late-entry Phalin (AUS), skippered by Ian Loderwyckx, who
romped away with the win on Friday. Lady Bubbly (AUS) and Venture
(AUS) sailed hard but had to settle for second and third on the
With seven starters in Multihull Racing, just four
managed to finish the race and a number mastered their
swell-surfing skills. Winner of the recent Multihull Solutions
Regatta, Phantom V (AUS), skippered by designer Alan Carwardine,
made the best of the conditions crossing the line second and
correcting out for the win. The new Fugazi (AUS), skippered by Dan
Fidock claimed second ahead of Bonza (GBR), the old Fugazi,
skippered by Warwick Downes, in third.
defend their Firefly 850 title, Twin Sharks (GBR) won Friday's race
and put their first bullet on the board. Arch rival Voodoo (GER),
however, weren't far behind and will be looking to make Twin
Sharks' life difficult over the final two days of the regatta.
Mono Inzi (FRA), under the new ownership of Marc Chapus, slotted
The 16th annual Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
2019 is taking place from 17-21 July 2019.