2012 Series 1, Race 1 – Commentary

Departures from Chalong were timed so that the day trippers were out of Bungalow Bay before the fleet arrived. The last observed to leave was Mark Horwood with well stocked Iruvai at around 3.00 in the afternoon. With lots of bodies and booze aboard, they needed a number of dinghy rides to get them out. Mark H supervised the transfers from a sheltered position at the ACYC bar, making sure his fluids were up to cover any dehydration worries for the trip down in the hot afternoon sun.

A good time was had by all in Racha, with leisurely arrivals on Saturday and a peaceful night’s anchorage. Some dined ashore some, some ate aboard and two lucky ones actually stayed at the Racha Resort – luck of the Irish you could say.

An impressive fleet combination of 12 yachts – monuhulls, catamarans and trimarans – participated. We were graced by two yachts from Phuket Cruising Yacht Club – Pacemaker with Captain Brent Mcinnes crewing and Optoloi. The pair showed a clean set of sterns to the rest of the monohull fleet on Sunday to take 1st and 2nd respectively on line honours (there were no handicaps applied on the day).

All had a good run back with a steady Nor’easter running and an easy reaching course with no need to throw a tack in. Ideal conditions for working off the previous evening’s celebrations in Racha – just what the doctor ordered.

Meanwhile as the group plied their way back to Chalong Bay, the yacht club was abuzz with activities. BBQ fired up, salads chopped. Where else can you buy sausages at 30B, Lamb Chops at 100B and Rib Eye at 200B – and have them cooked on the grill by the club’s chef, as well as load copious salad on the plate at no extra cost? What a deal! For the ladies, there was a specially mixed Pina Colada at just 80 Baht as glass – some of the guys were seen to enjoy it as well!

And there was more – a two piece band that played Elvis, Deep Purple, Johnny Cash and Bob Marley – lots of up tempo music to keep the crowd tapping their feet. The selection of Knock, Knock, Knocking on Heavens Door, considering the average age of the crowd, was also quite apt!

Seen flowing across the dance floor entertaining the crowd with his dancing prowess was Twinkle Toes Rob Azzopardi – better known as Rob Has a Party – and his cute girlfriend Bo.

There were lucky door prizes for the oldest participant Huey Thompson, a much valued prize of a pack of Viagra which Huey eyed with a mischievous grin. The youngest crew member, Scott Duncanson’s son Zack (just 4 years old) received a DVD (Zack a smile would have been nice), while the prize for biggest complainer of the day went to Bill on Astraeus. The boats with the least crew got prizes as well – David and Susan Liddell only two aboard Miss Saigon, Adam and his crew on Linda only two again and Huey on Fidji, same again only two. Good on ‘em all for getting out there!

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