PRO Matt McGrath, overseeing his second PYC regatta, contemplated sending the participants on a round-the-island course on the final day of the inaugural Jai Dee Regatta but weather forecasts had the wind dying down as the afternoon dragged on. Fearing the sailors would be stuck under the hot sun for hours, he elected to go with three windward-leeward courses instead.
And when it was all sailed and done, Niels Degenklow, the wise and wily Dane, captured top honours in the regatta’s monohull division.
But only just, as his boat, Phoenix, hung on to edge Vitaly Plaskin’s Uminoko by one point after seven races. Mini Me had a great final day with two victories enabling the spice-orange Shaw 650, helmed by Paul Burke, to clinch third overall. Jessandra II, Over Here and Magic followed in that order.
Twin Sharks won all three races on the final day thereby distancing itself from arch-rival Voodoo. This enabled John Newhnam’s crew to edge Hans Rahmann’s by three points to capture the regatta’s eight-race multihull division. Commentating on Twin Sharks performance, veteran sailing commentator Paul “Flatty” Baker said, “Ten metres after they rounded the top mark their jib was down and their kite was up – that’s how you win races.”
Ray Waldron’s Surf Patrol claimed three third-place spots on the final day to clinch third overall in the four-boat class with Marc Chapus’ Moto Inzi settling for last spot.
And speaking of Surf Patrol, it was skipper Ray Waldron’s idea to stage this regatta as this time of year as a feeder regatta to the world-renowned Phuket King’s Cup, which sails in two weeks. And it really worked out well, with almost all participants praising the event and vowing to return next year.
Commodore Scott Duncanson said that as a result of the shifting wind conditions he had never seen so many different boats reach the top mark first. Yet the challenging racing and challenging conditions were met head-on by all competitors.
A big shout-out to the PYC’s restaurant and kitchen staff, particularly Khun Jeab and Khun Om, who did a great job of keeping the participants fed and refreshed during the regatta.
And although the regatta was designed for Phuket-based sailors, participants came from far and wide for the event including John Newhnam from the UK, Alfie Rowson from Indonesia, two of Ray Waldron’s crew from Downunder and Morten Jakobsen from Pattaya.
And a big thank to Tim Milner for supplying his catamaran Charro as the committee boat for the regatta.