PHUKET: Great winds on the final day brought down the curtain on a successful 10th Anniversary Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - arguably the best yet.
Oi!, skippered by Peter Ahern, claimed two more wins yesterday to win the IRC Racing I class by a clear eight points over Katsu in second and Wa Ma Rang in third, who had their best day yesterday with two seconds to close out the regatta.
Undefeated heading into the last day, there was little doubt Fujin would carry their form through to win, and they did. Two more wins sealed a clean sheet in IRC Racing II. Skandia Endeavour of Whitby sailed well to score 2,3 and place second overall, ahead of Neils Degenkolw's Phoenix.
Two more wins for Peter Wood's Windstar underscored their superiority in IRC Cruising, winning overall by a four-point margin. Racing was much closer further down the order with Rob Azzopardi's Dreamtime scoring two seconds to places second overall, with Mike Crisp's Sail in Asia Venture in third.
Twin Sharks, skippered by Briton John Newnham, didn't contend the last race having already won seven from seven and being unbeatable in the Firefly 850 class. The battle was on, however, for second and third between Voodoo and Moto Inzi. A 2,1 for the former saw them secure second overall by a single point.
The strong winds have made for perfect sailing conditions for the super-fast Phuket-built Firefly 850 sport catamarans, with many reaching in excess of 20 knots (37kmh) at times.
The Multihull Racing boats also enjoyed some fast competition and the title went down to the wire. Asia Catamarans Hurricane set the pace most of the regatta but DaVinci remained in contention and a great last day performance saw them score 2,1 to finish one point ahead and defend their title.