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Six Senses Phuket Raceweek 2011 ready for the ‘off’

July 20, 2011

Six Senses Phuket Raceweek starts tomorrow: 38 yachts will be divided into three IRC divisions, Performance Multihull, Firefly One Design and Classic classes. The serious racers are getting ready for some high-octane racing on challenging courses laid just offshore from the Evason and the less serious racers on fun filled courses around the outlying islands.

Top billing in the IRC Racing class is Neil Pryde’s professional racing team, apparently out to test run the TP52 Team Premier with a view of purchasing her. David Ross’ brand new Ker 40 KukuKERchu is making her regatta debut and judging by the design shape is expected to raise a few eyebrows.

Seven evenly matched performance yachts ranging from 25 to 42 feet are lining up in the IRC 2 class. Bryan Gauson’s refitted 1976 Sydney Hobart Race winning Farr 1104 Piccolo and John Vause’s Young 11 Ruby Tuesday have both won here before and returning to repeat the dose.

Nine heavy displacement cruising yachts are contesting the IRC 3 Class, and Dee Caffari and Paul Larsen will be racing against each other in the Performance Multihull class. Caffari will be helming the Andaman Cabriolet Niña, while World Sailing Speed Record contender Paul Larsen is skippering the newer Andaman Cabriolet Da Vinci.

For full SSPRW11 results, race reports, news and photos go to: http://www.phuketraceweek.com

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