Latest News from the Multihull Solutions Regatta as Title sponsors agree to a two-year commitment.
Preparations are ramping up for the 2017 Multihull Solutions Regatta and the Phuket Yacht Club organising committee are delighted to announce an additional two-year commitment from principal sponsor Multihull Solutions.
PYC Commodore Scott Duncanson said of the sponsorship renewal,
“We are very proud and grateful of the financial support received from Multihull Solutions”.
The partnership now in its fourth year is a testament to the ever-growing strength of multihull sailing globally.
“The club is working very hard to ensure the regatta continues to grow, develop and attract more cruising and racing sailors to the beautiful waters of Phuket”
Race-day sponsors Octopus Electrical and East Marine return for another year with the addition of charter yacht company Sail Escapes who are testing MHSR sponsorship waters for the first time in what has become Asia Pacific’s largest, multi-hull only event.
Entries are coming in with Adrenalin ( Mark Horward), Kaze (Alan Hodges), cruising div Mojo (Rick Fielding), firefly Surf Patrol ( Ray Waldron) and the Pulse 6o0 H 30 (Andrew De Bruin)
With such a large variety of boats and sailors expected, Corsair Marine based in Vietnam, Java Yachting, Thailand and Sovereign BBQs and Grills, Australia are welcomed as supporting sponsors offering some superb prizes for cruisers and racers alike.
Word of the MHSR will be spread globally this year via two of the most recognised marine publications, Multihull World and SEA Yachting providing further strength to its status in the world of sailing.
A record-breaking fleet of over 25 yachts is expected this year with the possibility of six, locally built Stealth catamarans, seven Firefly 850s and five Pulse 600s providing a solid base for the regatta along with an array of specialist racing and cruising Multihulls from around the Asia Pacific region.
Early bird registrations close soon so if you would like to be in the running to win the Sovereign BBQ lucky draw please register your entry before the June deadline.
Due to many other commitments, just one monohull ‘Slainte Math’ was on the water along with a compliment of five Multihulls were racing on Sunday on what was a very warm and sunny Phuket day.
Adrenalin showed the fleet a clean pair of heels to lead all round the racecourse and eventually finish third on handicap.
Galeforce stuck to her task well and with Kiril calling the shots and spinnakers going up and down nicely, they were rewarded with second place on handicap.
The winner of the multihull section, however, was the Corsair tri the Sting.
Improving with every outing they are proving to be a worthy combatant on the race course.
In the monohull race, it’s great to see the new boat Slainte Math on the track, getting used to the race course and management and deserve the clubs plaudits for being on the water.
Race seven will take place on the 28 th of May and again all members and non-members are welcome.
There’s more news coming later in the week with the introduction of an Annual Corporate membership and also news of a Club fun day out on June the 5th.
In the meantime with the early bird deadline looming for the Multihull Solutions Regatta why not get over and register now.
The Phuket Yacht Club AGM 2017 was held on Friday 28th April
2016 provided the club with many challenges both socially and economically and I if I may I would like to call it a year of consolidation. Not that it means the committee sat idle by any means but after two years of significant development and investment in club infrastructure, 2016 was a year to reduce spending slightly, start rebuilding our cash holdings and means of protecting our member’s investment.
May I take this opportunity to quickly review the past year’s major events and our achievements as a club.
Firstly and most importantly on October 13, we saw the passing of Thailand’s King and Father, Bhumipol Adulyadej. This was a very sad occasion for the Thai people and expats alike. Khun Bhumipol was a very competent yachtsman and his loss especially touched all those involved in this wonderful sport. The first 30 days of the mourning period were quite difficult for all businesses and the lack of information and indeed incorrect information didn’t make things any easier. In response and respect of His Majesty’s passing the yacht club bar was closed and the scheduled racing for the month postponed. May we please pause for a few seconds to show our respect.
With the ever increasing numbers of members and visitors frequenting the club restaurant, it was decided that a more private area was required to operate the club business. In July the Phuket Yacht Club meeting and training room was completed and now provides a much-needed area for committee meetings, sail training sessions, protest hearings and of course the filing and storage of important club documentation.
Now while insurance is a rather boring topic to raise we can’t underestimate its importance as the club continues to grow. We must remember that PYC now provides a junior sailing program, maintains RYA recognition, not to mention club racing and the operation of the largest Multihull regatta in Asia. We now have public liability and contents insurance.
The 2016 Multihull Solutions Regatta was the largest and most successful ever in the 7-year history of the event. Not only from the perspective of entry and participation numbers but also in terms of sponsorship, media and interest from the global sailing community. With a major shift towards multihull sailing not just in Asia but globally, we should all be proud to be the owners and operators of this fabulous event. This year’s regatta is shaping up to be even bigger and better and the organising committee looks forward to driving it to new heights in 2017.
Finally, before the current committee officially resigns Club Commodore Scott Duncanson made a special note of thanks to June Carwardine who after over six years of service as club secretary has decided to take a much-needed break. Quite simply June has been fantastic in what is probably one of the most time-consuming roles on the committee. We have a special gift of thanks for June tonight, could you all please put your hands together for June Carwardine.
To close my report for tonight I’d like to add it’s been a real pleasure to work with the 2016 organising committee. Please let us all remember must that each and every one of them is a volunteer working to operate, maintain and manage this great organisation.
Thank you very much.
Phuket Yacht Club AGM 2017 Race Committee Report.
Phuket Yacht Club had a great season in 2016 even thou it was somewhat interrupted by the death of the King and a couple of races were cancelled out of respect. We had a couple of new boats show up in both divisions and a total of 19 boats competed.
The Multihull division had 9 boats compete for the series with Gale Force coming out on top narrowly beating Hurricane and 3rd was Adrenaline.
The Monohull division had 10 boats compete for the 2 series and the all-girls team of Farrgo Express came out on top beating Aqua and a newcomer Pac Man.
Over the season we made enough money to cover all the racing expenses. The committee would like to thank all the volunteers and race officers who helped out over the season. The committee would also like to thank the Owners and crews who sailed during the season as without them there would be no sailing.
2107 season has already begun and we have a couple more new boats trying to knock the top boats off their perches, we are also looking forward to implementing a couple of new ideas to liven up the racing.
Preparations for the Multihull Solutions Regatta are well underway and we are looking forward to this year being the biggest and best yet with the inclusion of a new cruising division.
Phuket Yacht Club Sailing School Report
Over the past year Phuket Yacht Club Sailing School has introduced RYA cruising courses and powerboat courses to our range of activities. There are courses running regularly and this year we will be running RYA theory navigation courses. Other new activities coming this year is the introduction of intermediate/race coaching for dinghy sailing to support and advance the clubs fledging dinghy racing series.
The Ladies Sailing Team, supported by Sailescapes Farrgo Express, has participated in several local regattas as well as club racing with overall podium finishes in all events. They will be continuing this year entering local regattas and club racing, please contact Liz if you want to get involved.
For those not eligible for the ladies sailing team there are still opportunities to get involved in keelboat/multihull racing. This year the sailing school will have boats available to crew on for club racing or if you would rather some coaching for your team on your boat please contact us.
Main Picture The 2017/18 Phuket Yacht Club Committee, L to R Mick Kealy, Matt McGrath, Greg Reynolds, Scott Duncanson (Commodore), Peter Gregg and Byron Jones.
The Phuket Yacht Club and Multihull Solutions are proud to announce Sovereign BBQ and Grills, Australia as a new supporting sponsorof the Multihull Solutions Regatta2017.
To encourage and motivate sailors to participate in Asia’s largest Multihull event, all early-bird entries received before the 1st of June deadline will receive automatic entry into the Sovereign Barbeque and Grill raffle. The draw will be held at the final presentation ceremony, Sunday 16th of July with the winner receiving a beautiful Alpha Marine Barbeque valued at over AUD$ 1,000.00kindly supplied by Ultra Marine see the website here.
Make sure you’re eligible and have a chance to win this fantastic prize, get your entry in NOW!
Why not pop over to the registration page it only takes an minute and get entered with a chance to win this excellent prize from Sovereign BBQs and Grills, Australia.
Club Racing Report as Sunday morning dawned a beautiful sunny day, but very light breezes to the growing band of yachties who turned up for the club race.
So a short postponement until the breeze settled in and the great fleet of four monohulls and six multihulls were set off on a windward and leeward course inside Chalong bay.
The 5 knots of breeze stayed in for the race and all boats showed great speed and persistence on the race course, with the flooding tide causing one side of the course to be favoured.
In the multihull fleet, the small corsair tri show the fleet the way out of the start, but size does matter, and soon Adrenalin and Hurricane had gobbled them up to round the top mark first.
Club Racing Results
This duel continued all day with Adrenalin,
in the end, posting a well earned first and fastest victory, with Hurricane snapping at their heels all day to finish second on handicap. Third, was the very consistent Galeforce.
The Monohull fleet was similarly close out of the start, with Farrgo leading early but soon grabbed by Judy, and Judy stretched out to eventually post a fastest but was relegated to 2nd on handicap, as Farrgo kept sailing in the breeze to eventually win on Handicap.
Third, was Aqua who enjoyed the stunning day as always.
Club Racing is held throughout the summer and the next race is Sunday the 14th of May and we hope to see old and new sailors to join us in a great day at the Phuket Yacht Club and the revelry that ensues at the restaurant after the sailing and the live music creates a nice atmosphere for all to enjoy.
This report for race 5 of series 1 2017 was compiled with thanks to Greg Reynolds.
Entries are now arriving for the Multihull Solutions Regatta and early bird is open please register early here.