25 May TO 1 June, 2024


25th May 2023 - 00:03Scott Murray (Sea Yachting)

Samui Regatta stages inaugural pursuit race

Discover Sailing Asia's Venture

In the two-decade storied history of the Samui Regatta, no one has ever staged a pursuit race until today. 

The sixty-plus sailors are delighted with the course selection so far: after sending the fleet on a coastal race and a few windward-leewards on the first couple days, PRO & Regatta Organizer Simon James decided to break new ground and send them on the regatta’s inaugural pursuit race, a 17-mile-long course towards the south of the island. Yacht competed for not only the Pursuit prize, but were also scored under the IRC Handicap system for the overall series points.   

The sequence was such: first off was Sail Quest Graffiti, followed 12 minutes later by Tenacious, and then 17 minutes later by Venture, with Freefire, the last to cross the start line, 55 minutes later.            
With 11 knots of breeze, Graffiti sprinted off the line heading out to sea, while Tenatious and Venture prowled the start line waiting for their time to come. Once underway, Tenatious headed out to sea while Venture decided to hug the shore line. However, the wind gods had a different idea, while the wind remained with Graffiti, the two later starters were becalmed for some 20 mins before the breeze stablised again.
After a late breakfast, Freefire started just as the wind kicked in and set off to chase the fleet. As the breeze picked up the boats converged all rounding the Hin Ang Wan reef together. It was then a sprint back up the coast to see who would win the honors. 
As the yachts rounded the final headland into Chaweng Beach, the boats experienced some major wind shifts and the fleet compressed again for a very close finish. 
The spry 75-year-old Sam Chan, skipper/owner of Freefire said he first took up sailing while studying at the University of Manchester in the 1960s. Chan, who has long been a regatta regular, showcased his crew’s skill set by bringing home first-place in both the Pursuit Race and IRC Open Classes today. Venture took second in the Pursuit Race followed by Tenacious and Sail Quest Graffiti. IRC Open saw Venture follow Freefire in second with Tenacious and Sail Quest Graffiti tied for third.

Sail Quest Graffiti’s performance was remarkable today as she was sailing not only without a spinnaker,  so could not take advantage of the big gusts on the offwind legs, but were also without their co-skipper, who was described by the crew as "missing in action" from the days activities.....

In regattas, it’s natural to focus on the competitors and as such many of the people that help make the regattas happen behind the scenes get little notice. But it should be noted that the person running the mark boat in this regatta is retired US Navy Commander David Rucker, who flew 76 combat missions as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War and celebrates his 80th Birthday this year.  

Making an appearance at the buffet dinner was Grenville Fordham, who organized the Samui Regatta one year and founded the Phuket Race Week regatta. He was in the area gathering information for his comprehensive chartbook, Southeast Asia Pilot.  

The days prizes were presented by Khun Vorsit Phongkumphan,  Vice President of  the Nora Group, a long time supported of the Regatta and who's Nora Beach Resort will hold the final Gala Dinner and presentations on Saturday evening. 19.00-22:00.
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