Multihull Solutions Regatta overall results

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With podium places on the line, the nervous excitement and anticipation of a great days sailing was clear to see by the feel at the breakfast tables, around the club.

What made it even better, mother nature decided to grace Chalong Bay with a westerly breeze of 10 to 12 knots which promised to grow throughout the day.

The PRO Simon James, motored out to a position in the north east corner of the bay and bang on 1030 ,the racing was underway. First off ,were the racing multihull class,and all eyes were on the three boats battling out for the podium positions. The fresher breeze suited Henry Kaye’s Sea Cart 30, Thor and they jumped to an early lead. It looked like a first and fastest was on the cards, but a small technical problem allowed the three chasing Stealth cats to close the gap.

Hurricane put their stamp on the regatta with a resounding win ,followed by Java and Thor hung on for third. In race two for racing Multihulls, the breeze increased to 16 knots and some great photos were taken and stories of top speeds to bring everyone home with smiles.Thor again jumped out to lead and this time with no mistakes romped home to take a deserved first and fastest.The Hurricane crew sailed very well with awesome speed and flawless sailing to take second ,with Top Cat third.

Overall winners were Asia Catamarans Hurricane led by Alan Carwardine clearly dominating the class while second went to the new and improving Top Cat skippered by Peter Woods. Third went to Java Yachting led by John Coffin ,who showed glimpses of wining speed ,but not often enough to pressure Hurricane.

Second start away were the Fireflies, who’s racing and speed were a joy for everyone to watch. The fresher breezes suited the very consistent and well sailed Twin Sharks, but out of the pack emerged a new contender for the top position in Advanced racing Team Mamba, who showed fantastic speed around the three lap windward and leeward course, and then the longer coastal race that followed. Second and first places were just rewards of her speed and smarts on the race track. It was the very consistent Twin Sharks however who placed first and second over the two races to comfortably sew up the 2016 title. A couple of other boats also showed out during these windier races ,with Blue Noze and Moto Inzi grabbing third placings each today.

When all the points were tallied it was Twin Sharks first, Advanced Racing Team second and Voodoo in third.

The one-design Pulse 600 fleet reveled in the conditions and eagerly jumped at the chance to plane around the race course and enjoy high speeds providing onlookers with quite a spectacle. The fleet raced two, three lap Windward and leeward courses and the windier conditions also threw a few different results in the fleet. In the first race of the day, Pixalux showed great speed and tactics to race away to an impressive all the way win, which also tied up first place in the regatta. Chasing hard was Multihull Solutions to score a second and third clenching second overall. Third place went to Phuket Island radio helmed by Qu Jaimin. Race two around the windward and leeward course, saw the breeze increase favouring the crew of Pulse Red helmed by Paul Baker, Second was Pixalux and third was Pulse yellow ,which was a great reward for perseverance of the crew.

Overall it was Pulse Blue Pixalux, Mick Tilden, second, Multihull Solutions, Andrew deBruin and third was Pulse Red, Paul Baker.

This year’s record fleet was a grand show of strength for multi hull sailing in the region and also the organizing body, Phuket Yacht Club. Special thanks must go to the Sponsors of the regatta who without their contributions the regatta may not have been the great success it was.

Finally  a big thanks to all the volunteers who donated their time and efforts to make the 2016 Multihull Solutions Regatta the best ever!

See you all at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek.

Greg Reynolds.

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Multihull Solutions regatta Race Day 2

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Multihull Solutions regatta Race Day 2 gets under way and the sailing conditions that greeted the competitors and and race management were less than ideal,with clear blue skies and no wind.

But true to the cause PRO Simon James and his band of trusty volunteers left shore at 0830 in search of breeze.

By 1130 and much swimming and good natured banter the wind slowly filled in from the South East.

So a Windward and Leeward course was set for the three classes and at midday the first warning signal was sounded.

First fleet off was the Multihull racing class .and Top Cat had the best of a pin end start and led early,but halfway up the first beat Thor ,Hurricane and Java had closed the gap and a close battle ensued.Jibe for jibe and tack for tack the lead changed.But at the end the placings were Java 1st , Top Cat 2nd and Hurricane 3rd.

Next fleet were the closely matched one design firefly class ,and all eyes were on Twin Sharks after two wins on day one. A brilliant start by Voodoo saw them lead from start to finish and record a brilliant win.Twin Sharks after a less than ideal start fought back from third around most legs of the course to snatch second from Blue Nose at the finish.

The Third fleet to grace the starter was the evenly matched fleet of pulse trimarans and at the head of the fleet,Chief regatta sponsor Andrew Debruin and Mick Tilden continued their battle.

They swapped victories in the Two races today and have sewn up first and second with one day to go,and Mick Tilden has a small lead to protect.

The other three boats are all showing great improvement in the tricky light wind conditions and are pressuring the two leaders around the course,with Paul Baker posting four third places to be consistently on the podium.

Race two got underway in a very light south westerly after a short delay and with the crews keen to race the racing Multhull division went at it with gusto.

Top Cat again pegged the start to get away well with Hurricane and Java left pondering what had happened in their wake.This led to the improving Top Cat posting their first Win of the series and close the points gap on Hurricane to one point with the last day to come.Hurricane are sailing well, have good speed but will need to be on their game tomorrow to hold the trophy. A great third place by Galeforce was reward for sticking at it in the tricky conditions.

Lastly the fantastic Fireflies got off the start line with lots of mocking for position and the top dog , Twin Sharks was forced into a less than enviable start ,with Voodoo sailing off to a good lead ,with clean air and tactics.

But you can’t keep a good boat down forever and Twin Sharks fought back gamely to take the win and consolidate their position on top of the leaderboard. Voodoo posted another great second and are now in second place ahead of the consistent Mamba ,who seem to like the better pressure of the first day ,and would be hoping for similar conditions tomorrow.

All in all a great days racing ,with Chalong Bay ,putting on its best face for visiting sailors and locals alike.

Tomorrow the kings of each division will be crowned , but WHO?

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Multihull Solutions Regatta 2016

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Pre-regatta report
July 9th, 2016

Multihull Solutions Regatta 2016 is nearly here as July is regatta month in Phuket and Australian based yacht brokerage Multihull Solutions have again partnered with the Phuket Yacht Club to arrange Asia’s largest Multihull only sailing regatta.

The warning signals sounds at 10:30 Friday 15th of July and this year promises to be a beauty.

At the time of writing there are 18 confirmed entries and we see an exciting new One Design class in the very quick and nimble Corsair Pulse 600s. The growth of multihull racing and cruising continues unabated in Phuket and the surrounding regions. The tropical climate, moderate wind conditions and idyllic cruising grounds make multihulls the perfect platform for fast passages between islands, racing and cruising.

Multihull Solutions Regatta 2016-Firefly’s

First off the Firefly 850s. Designed by Phuket resident Mark Pescott these racing catamarans offer some of the fastest and most competitive racing in the kingdom. Having dominated this event in 2015 John Newnham’s Twin Sharks went on to win the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek,

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John Newnham’s Twin Sharks

the Phuket Kings Cup and are clear favorites to continue this unbeaten run into 2016.

Hot on their heels however will be Voodoo, this year skippered by Phuket resident Ian Coulson and long-time supporter of multi hull racing Neil Ayre on Mamba. This is a new season however and yacht racing always rewards those who put in extra effort in boat preparation and training. It will be interesting to see if Moto Inzi and Blue Nose can cause an upset amongst the Firefly Racing hierarchy.

The OMR fleet this year see the biggest mixed fleet of Trimarans and Catamarans ever in Phuket and will surely create some very exciting, pre-start action.

On current form the Stealth catamaran designer Alan Carwardine sailing Hurricane would have to be the class favorite and boat to beat however with such a variation in designs and handicaps it’s very difficult to call. John Coffin’s Java is the most likely challenger but with Henry Kaye’s Sea-Cart 30, Thor in the mix and the completely unknown performance of Robert Van Paridon’s 43 foot Trimaran Tantrum Too, anything could happen.

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Scott Duncanson (Commodore) and Peter Greg at a recent race day briefing.

With the addition of some new sails and equipment Mark Horwood’s Adrenaline has certainly shown improvement throughout the year and given the right conditions are certainly a line-honours contender but an unusually high handicap will likely see them struggle for podium positions. The remaining three Stealth catamarans Galeforce, Alegro and the brand new Top Cat skippered by Peter Woods sailing their first regatta will surely be in the mix and keeping the front-runners honest.

Five of the one design Corsair Pulse 600s have entered including the Multihull Solutions Phuket, General Manager Andrew deBruin. Not much is known about who else is sailing these new additions to the multihull scene, seems to be all bit of a secret but rumour has it Mick Tilden has chartered a boat and we look forward to seeing him on the water racing and a local radio station is also stepping up with an entry.

Stay tuned for daily results and post-race reports on the Phuket Yacht Club website and Facebook pages.

Multihull Solutions Regatta 2016 entries

OMR

Java – John Coffin
Hurricane – Alan Carwardine
Top Cat – Peter Woods
Galeforce – Kirill
Alegro – Robert McIntyre
Adrenaline – Mark Horwood
Tantrum 2 – Robert Van Paridon
Thor – Henry Kaye

Firefly O.D.

Twin Sharks – John Newnham
Voodoo – Ian Coulson
Mamba – Neil Ayre
Moto Inzi – Jonathan Kingdom
Blue Nose – George Eddings

Corsair Pulse O.D.

Multihull Solutions – Andrew deBruin
Sudu 1 – TBA
Sudu 2 – TBA
Sudu 3 – TBA
Sudu 4 – TBA