Phantom V captures Multihull Solutions Regatta title

Phantom V

The Stealth catamaran Phantom V with its boat builders Alan Carwardine and Roger Diggleman on board, as well as owner Andrew Hurford, won the Racing Multihull Division of the 2019 Multihull Solutions Regatta. Its four first-place finishes, while never finishing lower than third, helped Phantom V clinch the title hi-lighting three days of great racing.

Bonza (old Fugazi) won line honors in almost every race.

Warwick Downes’ Bonza (the old Fugazi) flew around the course all regatta earning line honours on most of its races but had to settle for second overall though it did win two races during the event.

The new Fugazi found its way on the last day, flying through the course,

On the final day, Dan Fidock’s new Fugazi (a Bakewell White 10.5) shed its teething problems as it romped through the water like a bat out of hell earning line honours (and second overall) in race one crossing the finish line in 1:35:29 after it sailed out around Koh Bon and then Koh Loh before turning for home at the Phuket deep port safe water mark. It also won race two on the day for the Racing Multis, a three-lap windward-leeward giving the boat its first victory of the regatta.

Liz Schoch, as always, displayed the skill set that has made her one of Phuket’s best sailors.

Glyn Rowlands’ Twister 2 featured three generations on board – with Glyn and Karen having their daughters and grandchildren along for the ride – finished fourth and if not for a FPSA on race three might have even placed higher. Dirk Weiblen’s No Fear came last in the five-boat division but a combination of DNSs and DNFs saw it only start three of the seven races held in the Racing Multis.

Firefly’s a Battle Royale

The Firefly division was a Battle Royale from the get-go between arch-rivals Twin Sharks and Voodoo as only a point separated them going into the final day of racing. And fittingly, it was all decided on the last race when Twin Sharks managed to push Voodoo into fourth place with a port vs starboard incident on the downward leg of the last lap enabling Twin Sharks to move into second place in the race and grab the title.

Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo staged a Battle Royale with Twin Sharks throughout the regatta,

George Eddings’ Blue Noze was in the midst of it all throughout the regatta winning one race and taking third overall. Rau Waldron’s Surf Patrol finished the regatta with a strong performance winning the last race but placed fourth overall, followed by Marc Chapus and his crew on Moto Inzi, who never really did get over their teething problems finishing last in the majority of the races.

Cruising Multihull

Zam Bevan’s ShoVel won all its races in the Cruising Multihull division but its sole competitor Bill Kane’s The Sting was granted “the perseverance trophy” for its “never say die” attitude during the event.

Bill Kane’s The Sting’s competitive spirit earned them the perseverance trophy.

Day three racing was sponsored by East Marine Asia. Great job by the PYC and Commodore Scott Duncanson for putting on a tremendous regatta. A tireless effort by Tom Cracknell and other volunteer committee members helped the regatta run smoothly. Khun Jeab and her crew in the kitchen made sure all the sailors’ thirsts were quenched and that their bellies were full. The Thailand Yacht Show graciously provided the food for the final party.

Skipper Ray Waldron rides high on Surf Patrol.

The 2020 Multihull Solutions Regatta is set for July 10-13, make your plans now to participate in one of Southeast Asia’s most exciting regattas. Contact title sponsor Andrew de Bruin at andrew@multihullsolutions.asia if interested in chartering a multihull (Photography by Scott Murray/SEA Yachting).

Strong winds & tight racing hi-lite MSR’s day two

Strong Winds

Whitecaps and winds gusting to the mid-teens greeted sailors as they lined up for day two of the 2019 Multihull Solutions Regatta.

Andrew Hurford’s Phantom V and Warwick Downes’ Bonza flipped positions on the day with Phantom V winning race one and Bonza coming second, only to see Bonza stretch its legs flying through the water to seize race two with Phantom placing second.

Hans Rahmann and his tight-knit crew always make things interesting.

The Racing Multis sailed two races today; the first a three-lap windward-leeward in Chalong Bay and the second a longer course out to the safe water mark just before Cape Panwa.

Glwyn Rowlands’ Twister 2 with two third-place finishes on the day consolidated its hold on third place in the division.

Dan Fidock and crew getting accustomed to their new boat.

Dan Fidock and his crew on Fugazi are still developing their new boat, and had some good thru-the-water speed, but had a bit of trouble with their halyard locks. They sit fourth in the division with fifteen points.

Dirk Weiblen’s No Fear, unfortunately, had trouble early in race one and had to withdraw from racing for the day.

Moto Inzi sailing under the watchful eye of the Big Buddha.

There were three races for the Fireflies on the day: the first, a three-lap windward-leeward course; the second a two-lap windward-leeward course and the third being a triangle course in Chalong Bay.

For the last five years, this division has seen a heated rivalry between John Newnham’s Twin Sharks and Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo on the water, which is only matched by the camaraderie the boats share off the water. They have reigned dominant in this division for some time and today was no different.

Voodoo and Twin Sharks continue their epic battle in the Firefly division.

A rare poor drop by Twin Sharks on the leeward side of the first mark allowed Voodoo to push through and claim the first race, and from there on in it seemed as if the boats were joined at the hip with only a couple boat lengths marking the distance between the two at each rounding.

George Eddings’ Blue Nose suffered some bad luck when they preferred spinnaker went down in the third race and they dropped from first place to last quickly.

No one knows how to ride a hull better than Warwick Downes and Bonza.

The Fireflies, which were designed by Phuketian Mark Pescott and built by Phuketian Mark Horwood have been a mainstay of the regatta since day one.

After two days of racing featuring six races with one drop, Voodoo sits atop the Firefly leaderboard with seven points with Twin Sharks only one point back with eight points. Blue Noze, Ray Waldron’s Surf Patrol and Marc Chapus’ Moto Inzi follow in that order with 15, 17, and 22 points, respectively.

The Blue Nose crew always seem to have fun on the water.

Zam Bevan’s Sho,Vel has won all five races in the two-boat Cruising Multihull Class as today it beat Bill Kane’s The Sting in both the windward-leeward race it sailed as well as the race around Koh Lon.

Again, kudos go out to Simon James and his crew for great course management on the water and a big thank you to Captain Brent McInnes of the Phuket Cruising Yacht Club for providing the photography boat. Day two racing was sponsored by Octopus Electrical Services.

Andrew Hurford’s PhantomV skirts the shoreline on race day two.

he principal sponsor for the sixth straight year is Andrew de Bruin and Multihull Solutions. Race day sponsors include Boat Lagoon, East Marine Asia and Octopus Electrical Services. Supporting sponsors are SEA Yachting, the Thailand Yacht Show, Asia Catamarans, Regatta’s Asia and Doyle Sails (Photography by Scott Murray/SEA Yachting) .

Strong winds greet sailors on first day of MSR

Day one of the twelfth annual Multihull Solutions Regatta was delayed for an hour due to strong shifting winds gusting to 31 knots. PRO Simon James then got the fleet underway just before 1 pm with the Racing and Ocean Multis sharing the same start, followed by the Fireflies. Some shifty manoeuvring by John Newnham’s Twin Sharks saw Ray Waldron’s Surf Patrol go OSR in the Firefly division, but then it was off to the races around Koh Bon with the fluctuating weather and wind conditions causing some frustration and an eventually shortened course for the shortened multihulls.

Moto Inzi prepares to do battle against the regatta’s more experienced crews.

By the time the second race got underway later in the afternoon the wind had died down to seven knots and PRO James held two more windward-leeward races, the first being three laps, the second two, which was shortened shortly before 5 pm when racing was scheduled to end for the day.

Battling Racing Multihull Class

There was a minor battle within a major battle in the Racing Multihull Class – the battle of the Fugazis; Dan Fidock’s new customized catamaran vs. the old Fugazi (a Moore 37), now Bonza. It was the first race for Bonza with its new crew and the first race for the new Fugazi (a Bakewell White 10.5).

Glyn Rowlands Twister 2 (a Stealth cat: always gets nice images in the setting sun.

Phantom took the division on this day, with Warwick Downes’ Bonza second. Dirk Weiblen podiumed on No Fear finishing third on the day. This boat was previously known as Offline and This! Dan Fidock’s Fugazi was fourth and Twister 2 fifth.

Twin Sharks skipper/owner John Newnham surveys the course ahead.

Competitive Firefly’s

The Firefly division was particularly competitive with multiple lead changes throughout the three races: Twin Sharks won the day, Blue Noze came second and Voodoo placed third overall, after being disqualified from the third race. Surf Patrol and Moto Inzi rounded out the class in that order.

Marc Chapus & his all-French Moto Inzi crew seemed to enjoy their time on the water.

Shovel in the Cruising Multihull Class won the day with new sails and tactical skills capturing all three races though its only other competitor in the division unexpectantly had to undergo minor repairs before race one, so had to sit that one out but joined in for the latter two races.

The Bonza crew had a lot of fun getting used to their new boat.

Two Protests

There were two protests on the day: the first in race two saw a port-starboard dispute between Twin Sharks vs Moto Inzi resolved when Moto Inzi retired gracefully. In race three, Surf Patrol and Voodoo bumped near the shortened finish line, and the protest committee decided in Surf Patrol’s favour handing Voodoo a DSQ.

The regatta’s on-water team deserves a lot of credit for pulling off three races in challenging weather and wind conditions that changed dramatically throughout the day (Photography by Scott Murray/SEA Yachting) .

Hans Rahmann takes a short break while steering Voodoo.
  • Thank you to sailing oracle Captain Marty Rijurkis for pointing out that this was indeed the 12th Multihull Solutions Regatta.

Thank you Sponsors

The principal sponsor for the sixth straight year is Andrew de Bruin and Multihull Solutions. Race day sponsors include Boat Lagoon, East Marine Asia and Octopus Electrical Services. Supporting sponsors are SEA Yachting, the Thailand Yacht Show, Asia Catamarans, Regatta’s Asia and Doyle Sails.

Please take a look at the entries page HERE and all the results are HERE

Multihull Solutions Regatta celebrates 12th year on the water

Multihull Solutions Regatta celebrates a decade on the water

Celebrating twelve years on the water, and hopefully, many more to come, the Multihull Solutions Regatta, organized by the Phuket Yacht Club, sails from the 12th to the 15th of July in Chalong Bay on Phuket’s protected east coast. This regatta has become many a sailor’s “green season” favourite due to the more consistent southwesterly monsoon winds and cooler temperatures.

Moto Inzi capsized last year; Marc Chapus’ new crew eager not to repeat the mistake this time around.

Twelve Yachts ready to Race

Twelve yachts are set to compete across three divisions: Racing & Cruising Multihulls and the Firefly 850 Sports One Design Class. With participants coming from Australia, Malaysia and even the United Kingdom cementing the regatta’s reputation as an international event.

Three generations of Glyn Rowland family will be sailing Twister 2.

The Fugazi Racing team will be cutting its teeth on a new 10M sports cat. Fugazi (Ex Ninja), designed by Brett Bakewellwhite as a training boat for the 2013 Korean Americas Cup team. The boat weighs in at around 750kg, despite having a mainsail larger than the original Fugazi trimaran. The boat was optimized at Asia Catamarans with the addition of adjustable carbon T foil rudders from Halls and Asiayachtspars. The team includes Joel Berg, Nick Guthry, Scott McCook, Ciaran Corrigan and Dan Fidock. The Fugazi crew along with Twin Sharks are returning to defend their Racing Multi & Firefly champion’s titles, respectively.

Short of tying them to the dock, there’s n slowing down John Newnham’s Twin Sharks.

Simon James and his team on the water.

Principal Race Officer Simon James, fresh from a very successful Koh Samui Regatta, returns to manage the racing while an exciting social program is being planned by the Phuket Yacht Club organizing committee.

Blue Nose is always in the thick of the fight in the Firefly division.

PYC Commodore Scott Duncanson and his team have more than a few regattas under their belts and are happy to ride the surge in multihull popularity worldwide, which has helped the MSR become Asia’s largest multihull-only regatta (Photography by Scott Murray/SEA Yachting) .

Thank you to our Sponsors.

The principal sponsor for the sixth straight year is Andrew de Bruin and Multihull Solutions. Race day sponsors include Boat Lagoon, East Marine Asia and Octopus Electrical Services. Supporting sponsors are SEA Yachting, the Thailand Yacht Show, Asia Catamarans, Regatta’s Asia and Doyle Sails.

Please take a look at the entries page HERE and all the results will be HERE.

Tenth Multihull Solutions Regatta gets underway

Day one in the 10th Multihull Solutions Regatta saw fifteen boats divided into four classes compete off the shores of host organizer Phuket Yacht Club in Chalong Bay in Boat Lagoon Race Day.

Before the regatta started, Multihull Solutions’ Andrew de Bruin said, “We are back for the 5th year as title sponsors to the Phuket Yacht Club’s Multihull Regatta and, as usual, we look to be in for the windiest and friendliest regatta in the region. There will be some very exciting racing out on Chalong Bay. It’s a great event for us and of course a natural fit for a company specializing in multihull yacht sales as we do, and I’m sure our involvement will continue.”

The Racing Multihulls and Firefly 850 Sportboat classes had six boats each, while the Pulse 600 had two entries and Cruising Multihulls had three boats.

Principal Race Officer Simon James ran windward-leewards for most classes for the first two races but sent the Cruising Class off a trip around Koh Lon for their second race of the day; the racing multis, including the Pulses, plus the Fireflies headed out and around the Cape Panwa safe water mark for their third and final race of the day.

FugaziDan Fidock’s trimaran Fugazi (formerly Three Itch) jumped off the start line and never let up as its main hull spent most of the day kissing the water’s surface as it cruised to line honours in each race. Bob Garner’s Blade Runner with two seconds and a third, held on to second spot overall in Racing Multihulls with seven points after three races while Peter Wilcox’s Cosmo was in third spot with eight points. Mick Tilden’s 4-4-5 placings gave him fourth overall with 13 points, while Glywn Rowlands 6-5-4 finishes and 15 points gave Twister 2 fifth overall and Andrew de Bruin’s Multihull Solutions H30 finished sixth with his 5-6-6 placings and 17 points.

They come in all shapes and sizes in this year’s Racing Multihull division ranging from Andrew de Bruin’s and Mick Tilden’s Pulse 600s to Peter Wilcox’s recently launched 12m foiling-assisted Stealth Cosmo to Bob Garner’s DM24 Blade Runner, Glywn Rowlands Stealth Twister 2, and Dan Fidock’s, Fugazi, built by Dan Moore, which always draws plenty of attention.

Cosmo, built by Asia Catamarans, has been in the water for less than two weeks, and suffered through a 40-knot bashing on a recent trip to Langkawi. There are only two Stealths in this race, but much Stealth news as Hurricane was recently sold to a fellow in San Diego and was being shipped there by Sevenstar via New York. And past Multihull Solutions competitors Top Cat and Gale Force have both been re-sold so lots of movement for Alan Cawardine’s creations.                     

Twin Sharks Firefly 850In the Firefly division, John Newnham’s Twin Sharks renewed its heated rivalry with Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo and race one saw the familiar Twin Sharks-Voodoo one-two finish. Twin Sharks continued to shine throughout the day capturing all three races while Voodoo faltered slightly earning 2-4-6 finished for third overall. George Eddings Blue Noze had a great day finishing 3-2-2 to hold on to second spot. Neil Ayre/Mick Coleman’s recently purchased Advanced CAE (Mamba) and their 4-6-3 finishes were good enough for fourth place. Ray Waldron’s Surf Patrol with a revamped crew was back to avenge its nose dive and capsize of last year and finished 6-3-4 on the day to hold down fifth spot. Jonathon Kingdon’s Moto Inzi took three fifth-place finishes to hold down sixth. The Fireflys were designed by Phuketian Mark Pescott, who is racing on Surf Patrol for this regatta.

Mick Tilden’s Pixalux and lead sponsor Andrew de Bruin with his Multihull Solutions H30 did battle in the two-boat Pulse 600 division. Tilden, who used to own a share in Fujin, put his competitive monohull racing career on hold when he discovered the joys of sailing a Corsair Pulse 600. Today’s racing saw Mick take all three races with Andrew coming a close second.

The StingThe Cruising Multihull three-boat class saw Anthony Passmore’s DaVinci, Bill Kane’s The Sting, and Rick Fielding’s Mojo finish 1-2-3 in the two races they sailed.

This event is a veritable who’s who of sailing in Phuket, as everyone who is anyone is involved in the regatta in some way.  

Story and photos by Scott Murray

Strong gusts mark day two of MSR

Nineteen knots of wind in Ao Chalong greeted competitors as they sailed out to compete in day two of the Multihull Solutions Regatta. Armchair pundits were hedging their bets as to which boats would be damaged by heavy winds. Some thought the Corsair Pulses, who have been a touch fragile in heavy weather, might be in trouble, but the Pulses held strong.

The first casualty of the day occurred around midway through the first race when Jonathon Kingdon’s Firefly Moto Inzi nosedived and hung in the air until Captain Brent McInnis of the Phuket Cruising Yacht Club’s Rescue and Salvage Operation (otherwise known as the PCYCRSO) showed up to save the day, right the ship and tow it back to shore. As we went to print, Moto Inzi was in the CBS “Coconuts” Boatyard and we were waiting to see if she would be ready for next week’s Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek.

Moto Inzi capsize

A veteran observer described the Moto Inzi sequence thus, “Sailing downwind, with the spinnaker up Moto Inzi was hit by a large gust and the leeward bow dug in, so she started to nose dive so much so the rudders came out of the water and the boat was on the tipping point of capsizing completely. The crew hung there until the boat capsized and the mast was stuck in the mud with the crew left hanging.” Drama, indeed.
Mitch Olivieri jumped off Mamba to assist Moto Inzi as did Justin Wong and Brent Gribble from Twin Sharks as Brent’s wife Sariwan (Khun Sa) was one of the Moto Inzi crew still in the water with Louis Monge, Hans van der Velden and skipper Jonathan Kingdon. Crewmates Saithon “Oi” Termngam and Charanya Daengthongdee were pulled out of the water by the PCYC rescue boat. 

The second casualty occurred about halfway through the second race when another Firefly, this time Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo, ripped the top of its mainsail and had to retire from racing for the day. Later in the day, the crew was seen trying to repair the damage, so they could race in the third and final day of the regatta tomorrow.

Moto Inzi capsize

Principal Race Officer Simon James ran the same set of windward-leewards he had done the previous day giving all classes except Cruising Multis three races, while the cruisers had two. Simon wisely decided to keep the fleet within the Bay as the damage would have been undoubtedly much worse if they raced outside.  

Dan Fidock’s trimaran Fugazi (formerly Three Itch) again took off like a bolt of lightning from the start line and again claimed line honours in all three races. But Bob Garner’s Blade Runner pulled two big upsets today winning races five and six on corrected time, when handicap was applied, which was even more dramatic as they survived a near nose dive on the last leg of the second race.

Moto Inzi capsize

After two days of racing Fugazi, built and designed by Dan Moore in Bali and fitted out in Langkawi in 2012, sits atop the Racing Multihull division with six points while Blade Runner is second with eight points. Mick Tilden’s consistent performances have Pixalux is in third overall with 17 points, while Peter Wilcox’s Cosmo sits in fourth spot with 20 points. Andrew de Bruin’s Multihull Solutions H30 is close behind with 21 points while Glywn Rowlands’ Twister 2 brings up the rear with 24 points.           

In the Firefly division, John Newnham’s Twin Sharks had a 1-RDG-I today to maintain its overall lead with six points (the RDG came as it went to assist Moto Inzi). George Eddings Blue Noze’s 3-1-3 placings on the day left the boat second overall for 14 points. Ray Waldon had a good day with its 4-2-2 placings leaving it in third overall with 21 points. Voodoo had a second place, a DNF and a DNS leaving it in fourth overall with 28 points. Mamba sits in fifth with 32 points as it had a fifth-place finish and two DNS’s today. Moto Inzi brings up the year with 36 points on its one DNF and two DNs’s.   

Twin Sharks lifting a hull

Lead sponsor Andrew de Bruin and crewmate Zam Bevan with their Multihull Solutions H30 did manage to take the second race today from Mick Tilden and Derek Sheppard’s Pixalux in the two-boat Pulse 600 division. But after two days of racing Pixalux is ahead with five points compared to MS’s H30’s nine. Both crews have sailed this regatta before and have experience in these waters.                                                                       

The Cruising Multihull three-boat class saw Rick Fielding’s Mojo and Anthony Passmore’s DaVinci swap places from yesterday with Mojo coming in first in both races and DaVinci finishing third in the first race and chalking up a DNF in the second race. Bill Kane’s The Sting kept up its string of second-place finishes and after two days of racing sits tied in top spot with Mojo and DaVinci trails the two with ten points.    

Fugazi racing trimaran

DaVinci crewmates Paul Baker and Peter and Gary Slattery were mates back in the Kogarah Sailing Club forty years ago and haven’t seen each in almost three decades but they reconnected to sail as crew on PLANIT, a CADCAM cutting-edge solutions company who is chartering DaVinci, a boat that Baker manages.

 

Story and photos by Scott Murray

 

MSR wraps up with Fugazi claiming top honours

The 10th annual Multihull Solutions Regatta wrapped up today with another good day of sailing. Principal Race Officer Simon James ran two races today, a three-lap windward-leeward and then a triangle course for all classes except Cruising, which did a loop around nearby Koh Lon.

Dan Fidock’s trimaran Fugazi claimed the Racing Multihull division winning six of the eight races it sailed in, finishing with 10 points. Fugazi claimed line honours in every race and was a sight to behold in full throttle. Bob Garner’s Blade Runner claimed the other two victories on handicap, which along with their other finishes, gave them second place overall in Racing Multis with 21 points.

Fugazi racing trimaran

Peter Wilcox christened his new Stealth Cosmo with a third-place finish and 30 points. Mick Tilden’s Pixalux had the same amount of points but settled for fourth as Cosmo had a greater number of higher finishes. Andrew de Bruin’s Multihull Solutions H30 came in fifth overall with 37 points. while Glywn Rowlands’ Twister 2 rounded out the class with 40 points.         

Pulse 600 & Andrew de Bruin

In the final race of the Firefly series, positions two and three overall were still undecided. As John Newnham’s Twin Sharks had won every race up until then it had already captured the division with eight points After the first mark, Surf Patrol took a commanding lead with Blue Noze, Mamba and Twin Sharks trailing in that order, Positions two through four changed throughout the next lap until the final run when Twin Sharks jumped into the lead and Blue Noze finished in third place to take second overall with 21 points to Surf Patrol’s 25.

Voodoo & Advanced CAE (Mamba) Firefly 850

Voodoo’ two DNS’s on day two hurt it and it slipped back to fourth overall with 36 points. Mamba, which also had two DNS’s on day two came fifth with 41 points, while Jonathan Kingdon’s Moto Inzi had to retire from the regatta after its mishap and finished with 50 points, including four DNS’s and a DNF   

Mick Tilden and Derek Sheppard’s Pixalux defeated lead sponsor Andrew de Bruin and crewmate Zeam Bevan on their Multihull Solutions H30 in seven of the eight races in the two-boat Pulse 600 division accumulating nine points to MS H30’s fifteen. 

 

The Cruising Multihull three-boat class saw Rick Fielding’s Mojo beat Bill Kane’s The Sting on tie-break. Even though The Sting finished with fewer points (9 vs. 10) both were allowed a drop race, as they had both sailed five races. This allowed Mojo to drop its third-place finish then tying it with The Sting at seven points each (The Sting never finished lower than second). Anthony Passmore’s DaVinci ended up in third spot with 15 points, including a DNF & DNS.

 

Jonathon Kingdon’s Firefly Moto Inzi was the only casualty of the regatta when it nosedived during the second race of the second day. Captain Brent McInnis of the Phuket Cruising Yacht Club’s preformed heroic work orchestrating the rescue. 

Good sportsmanship was displayed when crew members from both Twin Sharks and Mamba jumped in the water to aid Moto Inzi. And Blue Noze and Surf Patrol both reefed during those winding conditions, demonstrating good seamanship, earning themselves podium positions. 

'Blue Nose' Firefly 850

Liz Schoch and her initiative Responsible Rubbish (www.facebook.com/ResponsibleRubbish) made a big impact in the event as many sailors used Liz’s refillable bottles during the regatta instead of disposable plastic ones, thereby saving 500 plastic bottles from being used during the event. Lizzy, by the way, sailed on Blue Noze in the regatta.

A big thank you must go to Andrew de Bruin and Multihull Solutions for being the principal sponsor; Phuket Boat Lagoon for sponsoring day one’s racing; Octopus Electrical Service for sponsoring the second day of racing. East Marine, Java Yachting and Regattas Asia were generous support sponsors, while SEA Yachting was the media partner and Rainman Watermakers (Bob Mott) kindly supplying skipper bags. Kim Mitchell and his staff did a super job of keeping all the sailors fed and hydrated with delicious meals and drinks.     

Kudos to Commodore Scott Duncanson of the Phuket Yacht Club for organizing the regatta along with his two able lieutenants Tom Cracknell, the on-shore Manager, and Alfie Rowson, a driving force on the organizing committee.  &nbsp

Story and photos by Scott Murray

Multihull Solutions Regatta Phuket 2018 – Results

Sailors Regatta Notice of Race March 8 – 10th 2019

PRELIMINARY NOTICE OF RACE

 

 

Organising Authority

The Regatta is organised by the Phuket Yacht Club (PYC)

  1. Rules

1.1. The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing and by:

1.2. The Firefly 850 Sports One Design Class Rules, Firefly Class rep. Mark Pescott. For information about Firefly Charter opportunities please contact Ian Coulson ian_sea@yahoo.com Tel. +66872637008

1.3. The Platu 25

1.4. Other O.D. classes considered acceptable by the organizers, Phuket Yacht Club

1.5. This Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions

1.6. In case of conflict, the Sailing Instructions will prevail (this changes RRS Rule 63.7).

1.7. World Sailing Offshore (OSR) Special Regulations for Inshore Racing in daylight hours shall apply to all boats except that: the requirement to be self-righting will not apply; and lifelines will not be required.

1.8. All boats shall carry an operational marine band VHF radio and monitor the designated channels from 30 minutes before any scheduled start until after finishing. 


1.9. No national prescriptions will apply.

2.0. Boats maybe required to display advertising chosen and supplied by the organizing authority.

  • Eligibility and Entry

2.1. The Regatta is open to all mono and multihulls with a length overall of greater than 6 meters that are acceptable to the Race Committee.

2.2. The Regatta will receive entries from One Design and classes (subject to entries received) under the handicap system specified in brackets below.

Class 1 – Monohull (IRC)

Class 2 – Mutihull  (OMR)

2.3.        The Race Committee may change the above eligibility factors and number of classes based on its analysis of entries received. A minimum of 4 boats are required to constitute a class or division, however exemptions may be made at the races committee’s discretion.

2.4.        Application for entry shall be made on the official Entry Form, which are available at PYC and online from this site. Entries should be submitted online at www.phuketyachtclub.com Entries may be made up until close of registration at 10:30 hrs Friday, March 1st 2019.

2.5.        Entry Fee – THB 3,000 per boat

3.0 Schedule of Events

The following is the proposed schedule for the 2019 Regatta

Friday March 8th Race Day #1 Up to 2 races scheduled

08:30 – 10:30     Registration and weigh-in if required at PYC

10:30                    Briefing

12:00                     Warning signal

Saturday March 9th Race Day #2 Up to 3 races scheduled

11:00 First Warning Signal
17:00 Prize giving at PYC

Sunday March 10th Race Day #3 Up to 3 races scheduled

11:00 First Warning Signal
17:00          Prize giving at PYC
   
   
  • Sailing Instructions

The Sailing Instructions will be available at registration.

  • Courses

5.1.   Racing will take place in or in the environs of Ao Chalong.

5.2. Courses will be chosen to take into account prevailing or forecast conditions for each race.

5.3.   Windward/leeward courses will be located in Ao Chalong.

5.4. Coastal courses will take place around islands, fixed navigation marks and inflatable buoys in and around the environs of Ao Chalong.

5.5.   Course diagrams will be issued with the Sailing Instructions.

  • Penalty System

6.1. For all classes, rule 44.1 is changed so that the Two-Turns Penalty is replaced by the One-Turn Penalty.

6.2.   Decisions of the protest committee will be final as provided in rule 70.5.

  • SCORING

7.1.   For all classes, a maximum of 6 races are scheduled.

7.2.   Two completed races are required to constitute a series.

7.3.   All races count towards points, there are no discarded races

  • CREW WEIGHT

8.1.   Firefly 850 Sports One Design

In accordance with class rules.

  • RADIO COMMUNICATION

Except in an emergency, a boat shall neither make radio transmissions while racing nor receive radio communications not available to all boats. This restriction also applies to mobile telephones.

  1. PRIZES

10.1.  A trophy will be awarded to the winning yacht in each class.

10.2.  Second and third place prizes will also be awarded in each class.

  1. INSPECTION

All yachts shall be liable for inspection in accordance with applicable safety and measurement requirements.

  1. INSURANCE

Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third party liability insurance to a minimum cover of Thai Baht Twenty Million (or equivalent) for the duration of the event.

  1. DISCLAIMER

Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See rule 4, Decision to Race. The organizing authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.

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Sailor’s Regatta Sailing Instructions

Sailor’s Regatta 2018 – March 8th-10th 2019
SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
Organising Authority
The Regatta is organised by the Phuket Yacht Club (PYC)

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RULES
1.1. The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing, and by:
1.2. The OMR rule for Multihulls.
1.3. The Firefly 850 Sports One Design Class Rules.
1.4. The Corsair Pulse 600 One Design Rules.
1.5. The Notice of Race and these Sailing Instructions
1.6. In case of conflict, these Sailing Instructions will prevail (this changes RRS Rule 63.7).
1.7. World Sailing Offshore (OSR) Special Regulations for Inshore Racing in daylight hours shall apply to all boats except that: the requirement to be self-righting will not apply; and lifelines will not be required. No national prescriptions will apply.
1.8. Crew Weight
1.8.1. In accordance with OMR, each boat shall declare a minimum crew weight, WCD.
1.8.2. In Class Two, Firefly 850 Sports One Design Class, WCD will be in accordance with class rules.
1.8.3. In Class Three, Pulse 600 One Design Class, WCD will be in accordance with class rules.
1.8.4. In Class Four, Open/Performance Multihulls Using the PYC Regatta Performance System each boat shall declare a minimum crew weight, WCD. Boats will be allocated a base handicap by the racecommittee based on the principals of the OMR Rating System. A boat’s rating may be adjusted after each race, based on her performance in that race, her base rating and the series to date.
1.8.5. For the purposes of crew weight, scales will be available at registration on Friday.

1.9. No owner requested alteration to the boats’ TCC will be permitted during the regatta except as a result of a rating protest, to correct rating office errors or to allow for the use of substitute equipment result
of serious damage. However, the Race Committee may grant special dispensation for boats carrying official media representatives for an individual race.

  1. IDENTIFICATION AND ADVERTISING
    2.1. All boats shall carry an identifying sail number of at least 2 digits on the mainsail.
    2.2. The Organisers may require all participating boats to display event sponsor advertising in accordance with ISAF Regulation 20.4.
  2. NOTICES TO COMPETITORS
    3.1. Notices to competitors will be posted on the Official Regatta Notice Board located at the PYC and to the PYC website.
    3.2. Failure to display notices on the website or at the additional notice boards will not be grounds for redress.
  3. CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
    4.1. Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted before 08.30 on the day it will take effect, except that any change to the schedule of races will be posted by 20.00 on the day before it will take effect.
  4. SIGNALS MADE ASHORE
    5.1. Signals made ashore will be displayed on a flag post located at the sea wall in front of PYC.
    5.2. When Flag AP (Answering Pennant) is displayed ashore, “one minute” is replaced with “not less than
    30 minutes” in Race Signal AP.
    5.3. When a visual signal is displayed over a class flag(s), it applies to that class(es) only.
  5. SCHEDULE OF RACES
    6.1. The regatta will consist of 3 days racing. It is intended there will be 6 races in total.
    6.2. The Skippers briefing and Weigh-in will be held at PYC on Friday 8th March from 08:30- 10:00
    6.3. The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first class each day is:
    Day 1 Friday March 8th 12.00hours 2 races
    Day 2 Saturday March 9th 11.00 Hours 3 Races
    Day 3 Sunday March 10th 11.00 Hours 3 Races
    6.4. Classes may be started in any order.
    6.5. When more than one race will be held on the same day, the warning signal for succeeding races will be made as soon as practicable. To alert boats that another race will begin soon, the postponement signal will be displayed before the warning signal for the first class to start is displayed.
    6.6. On the last day of the regatta no warning signal will be made after 15.00hrs
  6. CLASS FLAGS – IRC = Blue, OMR = Yellow, PHS = Orange
  7. RACING AREAS – Chalong Bay and surrounding islands
  8. COURSES
    9.1 Courses will be displayed at the bar on each race day. They will contain a number of Windward/Leeward and Coastal courses.
    9.2. Courses will be chosen to take into account the prevailing or forecast weather conditions.
  9. THE START
    10.1. Races will be started using RRS Rule 26 with the warning signal given 5 minutes before the starting signal.
    10.2. Before the second race of the day for a class(es) is started, the warning signal for the first class to
    start will be preceded by the display of a postponement signal for at least 5 minutes. This instruction will not apply after a general recall or abandonment.
    10.3. A boat starting later than 5 minutes after her starting signal will be scored Did Not Start without a hearing. This changes rule A4.
    10.4. Boats whose warning signal has not been made shall avoid the starting area during the starting sequence for other races.
  10. PENALTY SYSTEM
    11.1. For all class(es) rule 44.1 is changed so that the Two-Turns Penalty is replaced by the One-Turn Penalty.
    11.2. Unless otherwise prescribed in these Sailing instructions, the Protest Committee in accordance with RRS 64, may award a scoring penalty as an alternative to DSQ. The penalty will be at the discretion of the
    Protest Committee. The scoring abbreviation for a discretionary penalty imposed under this instruction will be DPI
  11. TIME LIMIT
    12.1. The absolute time limit for all racing is 17.30 hours on any day. Boats finishing outside this limit will be scored Did Not Finish without a hearing. This changes rules 35, A4 and A5.
    12.2. The time limit for individual coastal courses shall be 4 hours. Boats failing to finish within 120
    minutes after the first boat in their class, sails the course and finishes will be scored Did Not Finish without a hearing. This changes rules 35, A4 and A5.
    12.3. The time limit for individual Windward/Leeward courses shall be 2 hours. Boats failing to finish within 60 minutes after the first boat in their class, sails the course and finishes will be scored Did Not Finish without a hearing. This changes rules 35, A4 and A5.
    12.4. The Race Committee may, at its absolute discretion award finishing points (FPA) to the last few stragglers in a class. Boats who are informed of this decision shall immediately return to the start area, if there is a second race, or return ashore if that was their last race of the day. This changes Rule 35 and
    Appendix 4.1
  12. PROTESTS and REQUESTS for REDRESS
    13.1. Protest forms are available from the race office. Protests and Requests for Redress shall be delivered there within the protest time limit. Protest Fee is THB 10,000

13.2. For each class, the protest time limit is 60 minutes after the last boat has finished the last race of the day or the race committee signals no more racing today, whichever is later.

13.3. Notices will be posted no later than 30 minutes after the protest time limit to inform competitors of hearings in which they are parties or named as witnesses. Hearings will be held in the protest room at the times posted.
13.4. Notices of protests by the race committee or protest committee will be posted on the official notice board situated near the kitchen, to inform boats under rule 61.1(b).
13.5. Decisions of the Protest Committee will be final as provided in RRS Rule 70.4

  1. SCORING
    14.1. For all classes, a maximum 8 races are scheduled.
    14.2. Two races are required to be completed to constitute a series.
    14.3. If less than 8 races are completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores
  2. OFFICIAL BOATS – Official boats may or may not display a “Race Committee” Flag.
  3. RADIO COMMUNICATION
    16.1. Radio communications between boats and the Race Committee will be carried out by VHF on Channel 72.
    16.2. Except in an emergency, a boat shall neither make radio transmissions while racing nor receive radio communications not available to all boats. This restriction also applies to mobile telephones.
    16.3. A yacht retiring from a race must at the earliest opportunity notify the Race Committee of this by hail, message, VHF on Channel 72 or cellular phone on the number provided by the Race Committee.
  4. SHORTENING COURSE
    17.1. The Race committee may shorten course at any rounding or passing mark in accordance with RRS 32 and/or as changed by this SI.
  5. PRIZES – Yes, if you all behave yourselves, do your turns and don’t protest.
  6. INSURANCE
  7. Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third party liability insurance to a minimum cover
    of Thai Baht Twenty Million per incident or the equivalent.
  8. EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE CONTACT:
    21.1. Ambulance – 076210935
    21.2. Emergency Meeting Point: Primary – Chalong Pier. Secondary – Phuket Yacht Club
  9. DISCLAIMER – Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See rule 4, Decision to Race. The organising authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.

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Junior sailors to the fore

Junior sailing challenge sailors group

Twenty three junior sailors aged between seven and fourteen descended on the Phuket Yacht Club last Saturday for a day of fun and excitement in the first O’pen BIC sailing challenge in Thailand.  “We were certainly overwhelmed by the response” says the club’s Commodore, Scott Duncanson. “As this was the first time we have held a  junior sailing regatta we were never quite sure how much interest we would receive given there are so many other sporting options on the island. I was most impressed with the creativity of some our regular sailing school participants and equally so by some of the children who had never ever stepped foot on a sailing dinghy before. Handstand on a sailing dinghy!Ella Stephens won the freestyle event with an act of amazing balance performing a handstand on the side of the boat, while 7 year old Ryan Duncanson won the fancy hat contest sporting a very cute pirate bandanna and eye patch. Some great prizes were on offer including sailing watches, sunglasses and free sailing tuition. Parents were also in on the fun and entertainment on board a pontoon, spectator boat generously provided to the club by Phuket local Billy Duff. 

three in one boat!The O’pen BIC, often simply referred to as the Open Bic is a single handed sailboat designed for younger sailors. Developed by Vitali Design, the boat was launched in 2006 and is an International Class, as recognized by World Sailing. The ideal weight for a user of this boat is 30 kg – 65 kg but it can accommodate up to 80kgs, making it suitable for children and young teens, the same people who would sail Optimist dinghies but are looking for a more modern and exciting boat. Many pro-sailing nations around the world now consider the Open BIC as the first step on the pathway towards Olympic level sailing.

the O'pen BIC dinghy fleet is growing“The Phuket Yacht Club is Royal Yachting Association (RYA) certified and fully committed to developing Phuket’s sailing youth” said Mr. Duncanson. “We recently purchased an additional 3 boats bring our fleet total to eight and positive it will continue grow with the addition of privately owned boats too”. The PYC sailing school runs junior sailing sessions for children over the age seven every Saturday morning from 09:30, no previous sailing experience required but all participants must be able to swim.

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For more information and confirmation of session times please contact school@phuketyachtclub.com 
For more information about this exciting junior class please visit https://world.bicsport.com/open-bic.html