Slow winds again hampered sailing on day two of the Bay Regatta; organizers were not able to get a race in for the cruising classes, but moving down the course they were able to get in a shortened course in for the racing and multihull classes from the southern tip of Koh Pang, leaving Koh Hong to starboard finishing between the committee boats and Koh Nang.
The racing class was won by Roland Dane’s Jessandra 11 who came in with a corrected time of 00:58:38; second went to Evegeni Nikforov’s First at 1:00:29, followed by Fergus & Jennifer Wilmer’s Foo 4 (1:00:57). Then Mick Tilden’s Fujin *was fourth (1:03:03) with Nicolay Vlasov’s *Tiburon (1:09:18).
Multihulls saw John Coffin’s Java take first on 00:51:29, corrected time. Second spot went to Andrew DeBruin’s Bullet (00:52:08), with third going to Alan Carwadine’s Asia Catamarans Hurricane (00:54:57). Fourth place went to Kiril Stashevsky’s Galeforce (0:55:05); fifth to George Eddings’ *Blue Nose* (00:55:24) and sixth spot to Mark Horwood/Merv Owen’s *Adrenelin *(00:57:01) with John Newnham’s Twin Sharks (00:58:40), Danny Moore’s 3itch (1:01:13) finishing seventh and eighth respectively. Grenville Fordham’s *Nina, *suffering most from lack of wind, finishing last with a time of 1:04:00 (Fordham’s team did the win the most colourful crew contest though).
The lack of wind didn’t damper the spirits of the participants who enjoyed themselves at the P.P. Erawan Palms Resort, which hosted the evening party and award’s ceremony with Andy Dowden doing the honours as MC. The first night’s party was held at the Paradise Koh Yao Beach Resort & Spa where the MC was party organizer Simon James.
The regatta was moved to March this year due to scheduling conflicts with Chinese New Year and a popular sailor’s wedding last weekend in Khao Lak. But it is so difficult to predict the wind as forecasters are calling for lots of it—next week!
Host sponsors for the regatta are the Chandara Resort & Spa, the Paradise Koh Yao Beach Resort & Spa, Arayaburi Boutique Resort, Bay View Resort, PP Erawan Palms Resort and O2 Beach Club.
Regattas Asia is the event organizer and The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Yacht Racing Authority of Thailand (YRAT) and the Ao Chalong Yacht Club (ACYC) are the supporting authorities.
Local supporters include B&G, Canvas Creations, Electrical Marine, Quantum Sails, Octopus Electrical Services, Krabi Boat Lagoon, Phuket Boat Lagoon and SY Seraph. The official media partners are *SEA Yachting *and the *Greater Phuket Magazine.*
While regatta partners include Asahi, Asia Catamarans, Haad Thip, Jungceylon, Mont Clair, Singha Light, Neil Pryde and the Mangosteen.
To give all boats in this class a better chance, Cruising B raced under the new NHC performance handicap system, which the Bay Regatta first employed last year.
The regatta features a different anchorage and party every night and the average course is about 20 miles long.
The committee boats are the 104-yr-old Seraph (70ft with bowsprit) and the power cat Rendezvous, built by Asia Catamarans. They were graciously supplied by Tom Howard and Alan Carwardine, respectively.