Shaws Score 1-2 in Top of the Gulf Regatta 2012
11 / 05 / 2012
Sailing in first day 20+ knots, second day 15-18, third day 10-12 and an abandoned 4th day, Shaw 650 Crime Scene won the Top of the Gulf Regatta 2012 Sportsboat division, run under SMS with a string of bullets; Pornstar took 2nd and Hello Kitty were unlucky not to get 3rd, finishing 0.5 points behind the Welbourne 25 Brace!Brace!Brace!
(B!B!B! received redress in race 2, for assisting a capsized competitor, and this shunted Hello Kitty down a spot).
In the big breeze first day, Crime Scene actually finished both races 1st on line as well against the bigger boats, and all 3 Shaws were quicker and lower downwind on the windward leeward courses. Day 2 saw Pornstar put her nose in front several times, but Crime Scene were always able to squeeze a few seconds at each mark, and had better downwind speed. Day 3 saw the Hello Kitty team of Thai Munchusa Hutasingh, stringing together a 2nd and a 3rd to really create a tight last day, but with winds dying it was not to be.
Once again, the Shaws are proving to be very competitive in SMS, and as the fleet grows in Asia and Australia, more one design racing in this highly exciting class will continue to build.