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.

O’pen Skiff Challenge 5

O'pen Skiff Challenge 5

The O’pen Skiff Challenge 5 takes place this Saturday July 6th the Phuket Yacht Club.

O'pen Skiff Challenge 5
Everyone is welcome.

Welcoming all Junior Sailors aged 7-14 to the Open Skiff Sailing Challenge #5.

Rig up from 09:30, Safety briefing 10:30, Launch 11:00.

Great prizes for freestyle, spectacular capsize, tag and racing.

O'pen Skiff Challenge 5 Phuket Yacht Club
Loads of fun for all ages

School holiday fun for just THB 800 entry fee and includes free sausage sizzle.

Come and try sailing. RSVP school@phuketyachtclub.com #phuketyachtclubsailingschool #openskiff.

Check out all the events at Phuket Yacht Club HERE