Preparations for the 2019 Multihull Solutions Regatta are well underway.
Organized and operated by Phuket Yacht Club in the environs of Chalong Bay the MHSR has become the largest Multihull only event in Asia.
Early Bird registration can now be completed and Notice of Race found at the club’s new website www.phuketyachtclub.com /registration
The racing schedule changes a little in 2019 with registration and weigh-in starting on Friday 12th of July and racing conducted from Saturday 13th through to Monday 15th.
Crews will then have 48 hours or so to prepare for the Cape Panwa Phuket RaceWeek.
Whos saying what about the 2019 Multihull Solutions Regatta.
Phuket Yacht Club Commodore, Scott Duncanson said:
“With many competitors travelling from abroad to compete we thought it would be beneficial to compact the racing to maximize sailing time whilst still leaving a day or so to recover or conduct boat repairs if needed.
The early bird offer is particularly attractive this year with entry fee just 6,000 baht and crew 2,000 baht per person making the Multihull Solutions Regatta one of the best value for money regattas in the region”
Scott concludes with:
Participant numbers have been increasing, 18 yachts competed in 2018 and it is hoped 2019 will be another successful year.
Cruising Multihulls most welcome
While the Multihull Solutions Regatta is a very competitive event for most sailors. Cruising Multihulls are of course welcome to participate in a much more relaxed and laid-back atmosphere. P.Y.C. Race Director Tom Cracknell explained:
“Chalong Bay and surrounding Islands really do offer some spectacular cruising opportunities and what better way to conduct a preliminary survey of the area than to sail the Cruising Class courses which are specifically designed, pending weather conditions, to view some of the most beautiful island scenery around. The Chalong Bay anchorage is extremely safe during the South Westerly monsoon. Along with easy access to the Phuket Yacht Club and on-shore amenities via the floating dock”.
A message from Title sponsor Andrew de Bruin, General Manager of Multihull Solutions Asia.
We are very proud and happy to return as the primary regatta sponsors in 2019. This will be the 6th consecutive year we have partnered with the Phuket Yacht Club in the promotion of multihull sailing, cruising and racing, in Thailand and beyond.
We are really looking forward to July and the beautiful sailing conditions the South Westerly monsoon has to offer. The Southern Phuket islands are stunning and ideally suited for swimming, sailing, diving and fishing; and of course, a multihull is a perfect platform for these activities.”
Another stellar line-up.
It’s difficult to pick winners at this early stage. Going on current form John Newnham’s Twin Sharks would have to start as favourites. Again in the FireFly 850 One design class will be competitive. Niel Ayre and Michael Coleman aboard Mamba might have something to say about.
Peter Taylor‘s Ballerina has shown very good form. Recently finishing 2nd at the PYC Sailor’s Regatta he is tight-lipped so far in regards to his challenge in 2019.
Hans Rahmann’s very consistent Voodoo are the class Mr Nice Guys but a light weather regatta could shake things up a bit.
The premier OMR class is wide open with last year’s winner, a trimaran named Fugazi being sold to world-class Etchells 22 sailor Mark Thornborrow. With well known local legend Henry Kaye involved this is going to be interesting. Fugazi was renamed BONZA in memory of late Hong Kong, Olympic and National sailing coach Colin Smith will surely be a serious contender for overall OMR honours.
Somewhat of a wild-card at the time of writing is Dan Fidock’s Bakewell-White 10 metre sports catamaran. New to Phuket, no doubt this quite extreme design will be exceptionally fast. Performance under the Ocean Multihull Rule handicap is still completely unknown.