Australians Dominate First Day of Top of the
Gulf Regatta 2019 in Pattaya, Thailand
The Top of the Gulf Regatta 2019 at
Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya, Thailand, got off to a good start
on Wednesday, a solid 10 knots giving the Race Officer
confidence to set the fleet on a long distance race.
It was a lonely start for Team
Hollywood (AUS) in IRC Racing 1 with fellow TP52, THA72, not
making the start of the first race. Not to be distracted from the
task ahead, Ray Roberts and crew zeroed in on the second race and
get the better of THA72 over distance, finishing the day with two
bullets and an early lead in the standings.
in IRC Racing 2 saw the Australian team on the Adams 10,
Tenancious (ex Ichi Ban) win the long distance race and finish the
day with a 2,1 scoreline, tied on points with the Beneteau First
44.7 Fujin (ex Ichi Ban) who placed 1,2. Lawana (THA) and Ink Zone
(AUS) traded places in third and fourth, and both sit on seven
points at the end of the first day.
After a third place
finish in the first race of IRC Racing 3's series, the Japanese
crew on Team Spray bounced back to place first in the second race
and sit top of the standings. A three-way tie sees MoonShadow2
(UK) in second and SailQuest Hi Jinks (USA) in third.
what is often the most competitive class of the regatta, for the
one-design Platus every race counts. One slip early on could cost
a team a place on the podium and past winner Easy Tiger V (AUS)
know this well. They hit the ground running today with a 1,2,1 in
their three windward/leewards. A good start to their campaign, but there is a long way
to go. Thai entries Pine Pacific and YRAT rounded out the top
three today, placing second and third overall.
(FRA) got the better of the multihulls today with a win in their
single, long distance race of the day. Having competed in the Top
of the Gulf Regatta for the first time last year, and placing
second overall, Dominique Demachy and his crew are looking to go
one better this year. However, the ever-green Sonic (THA) will be
looking to make it as difficult as possible and defend their
title, despite a slow start today finishing third overall behind BladeRunner IX (UK) in second.
The dinghy and Optimist
fleets will join the fray tomorrow and compete over four day
series, and for the first time Para Sailing will be part of the
regatta with 14 Para Sailors competing in seven of the new double-handed S\V14s.
Team Hollywood TP52 (IRC1) - Interview with Ray Roberts, Owner /