Thrilling Final Day at Cape Panwa Hotel
Phuket Raceweek 2019
Extremely diverse and unpredictable weather conditions helped to
make this year's Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek one of the most
thrilling and challenging to date.
All classes got in a series of up to seven races and a
steady 8-10 knots on the final day, delivering a great finish to the
regatta with many titles going down to the wire.
Marine Emagine (AUS) (pictured) got the better of Team Hollywood (AUS)
winning two of the three races in IRC Zero on Sunday, however Team
Hollywood bounced back to win the final race and secure the 2019
IRC Zero title.
Three wins from three races for East Marine
Emagine (AUS) in IRC I saw them leapfrog their nearest rivals and
finish top of the standings to claim their second title in four
years. Defending champions AquarII (AUS) sailed consistently
throughout and were never off the podium, however, they had to
settle for second place overall. Scoring well early in the series
a string of fourth place finishes later on means the Russian crew
on Megazip were third overall.
There was no
stopping Phoenix (DEN) this week with Neils Degenkolw and his
multinational crew romping to seven wins from seven races, and
their fourth consecutive Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek title.
The two Platus in IRC II enjoyed some close racing, swapping
places throughout and it was Sydney Premier Karting Park (AUS) who
had the best final day and with it they secured second place
overall. The Dragon (AUS) finished three points back and had to
settle for third, overall.
Two shorter races on Sunday for
Cruising Monohull threw the class wide open. Coming into the final
day Lady Bubbly (AUS) was in the driving seat at the top of the
standings, but struggled on the shorter courses. Stepping up,
a 1,2 for BeauX Esprits (AUS) tied them with Lady Bubbly (AUS) and
the count back broke in their favour – final places are BeauX
Esprits second and Lady Bubbly third.
Four out of the seven
entries competing in Multihull Racing have been on the podium this
week, showing the calibre of the crews across a variety of
conditions. Getting their series off to a flying start with three
wins, the Australian-designed and Phuket-built Phantom V (AUS) fell
off the pace a little on the final day, but their 2,3,1 scoreline
was enough to keep them on top and claim the Multihull Racing
title at the second time of trying.
The former Fugazi (new
re-badged Bonza and under new ownership) got the better of the new
Fugazi (GBR) finishing second and third overall respectively.
Twin Sharks (GBR) have been a long time proponent of the
Firefly 850 class and have been a top performer over the years.
Having dominated Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek for a number of
years, their arch rival Voodoo (GER) had them on the ropes early
in the series this year. A string of first and second places saw
Voodoo leading coming into the final day. A long race followed by
two shorter races mixed things up for the five one-design entries
and the Twin Sharks team found another gear – three wins on the
final day saw them power away to win the class and make it eight
wins in a row at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek.
Voodoo comfortable in second, the race for third place was on.
Surf Patrol (AUS) and Moto Inzi (FRA) traded places throughout the
regatta but it was Surf Patrol who had the better final day, tieing with Moto Inzi and winning courtesy of their three third
places to Moto Inzi's two.
16th edition of Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek wrapped up with a
lavish beachfront party presided over by Admiral Naris
Pratoomsuwan, President of the Yachting Racing Association of
Thailand, and hosted by Cape Panwa Hotel.