Phoenix, Fugazi, Twin Sharks & Dragon take top honors

Sailor's Regatta 2020

Twelve knots of wind greeted PRO Matt McGrath on the final day of the Sailor’s Regatta 2020, and he ran two races for each class in Ao Chalong using the same sequence he had all regatta: monohulls (IRC) followed by OMR Multis then the Fireflies & Platus.

Niels Degenkolw’s Phoenix won top honors in the Monohulls-IRC class followed by Andrew McDermott Jessandra who edged Vitaly Plaksin’s Uminoko by one point for second spot in the final standings. Paul Baker’s Farrgo Express was fourth with Gary Smith’s Endeavour of Whitby fifth and Martyn Henman Second Nature, who sailed up from Langkawi for the event, finished out the class.

Dan Fidock’s Fugazi team had a great regatta and won the OMR Multihull division edging out Dirk Weiblen’s No Fear for top spot by two points. Dirk was sailing with the Jakobsens, down from Pattaya for the event, and must now try and get home to Shanghai. Marc Chapus’ Moto Inzi was third in the class, which was rounded out by Bill Kane’s The Sting.

The surprise of the Firefly class was Peter Taylor’s Ballerina who ended up finishing second overall with a six-man crew. Usually, this class is a two-horse battle between John Newnham’s Twin Sharks and Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo with Twin Sharks usually prevailing. But Taylor as he deftly displayed agility steering out of the packed Ao Chalong anchorage in the morning – engine up – made a number of shrewd tactical moves throughout the regatta to finish six points behind Twin Sharks’ all-star crew. Ray Waldron’s Surf Patrol followed in third with Voodoo, less Hans Rahmann, in fourth and Mick Coleman’s Mamba in last spot, honoring Henry Kaye by flying his spinnaker.

PYC stalwarts Alan and June Cawardine sailed on different boast for the first time in a while as Alan was crew on Ballerina and June crewed on Mamba.
Nathan Masopust and his crew on Dragon won the Platu class after recently winning the Transworlds in Pattaya followed by Beaver, Tiger, The Fox, Wolf and Cheetah in that order as very little separated the boats in this One Design class all regatta.

Following the lead of Mick Coleman the PYC sold raffle tickets and raised Bt100,000 to help alleviate Mark Horwood’s hospital bills. Horwood, who was the PYC Commodore from 1998 – 2002 is recovering from mouth cancer and in the ICU of Phuket’s Vachira Hospital.

Brent McInnes of the Phuket Cruising Yacht Club provided the photography boat for the regatta and Brendan Kealy kindly supported the start boat with Kathy De Cruz handling the start flags.

And a big shout to John Newnham and all he’s done for the club as his latest donations allowed for the purchase of new racing buoys and lifejackets for the junior sailing program.

The full results are here

Nothing but blue skies

Sailor's Regatta 2020

Good sailing weather greeted all competitors as they bolted from the start line just past midday on day two of the third annual Sailor’s Regatta. PRO Matt McGrath had the Monohulls (IRC) & OMR Multis do one race — a round-the-island course — while he set three races each for the Fireflies & Platus in Ao Chalong Bay.

blue skies

Vitaly Plaksin’s Uminoko took honours on the day in the racing monohulls with Niels Degenkolw’s Phoenix coming second followed seven seconds later on elapsed time by Andrew McDermott Jessandra who shadowed Phoenix on the last leg on the course. Paul Baker’s Farrgo Express was fourth while Gary Smith’s Endeavour of Whitby and Martyn Henman Second Nature both didn’t finish as the wind didn’t hold for them as they tried to turn Koh Larn. Going into the final day tomorrow Phoenix leads the class with four points trailed by Jessandra at seven and Uminoko with ten.

Dan Fidock’s Fugazi had line honours in the round-the-island-race (01:42:00) finishing almost an hour ahead of Moto Inzi who earned second spot on corrected time in the OMR Multihull Class. Dirk Weiblen’s No Fear was third followed by Bill Kane’s The Sting in the four-boat class. Heading into the final day’s racing, Fugazi has a good lead with three points while No Fear and Moto Inzi trail with seven and eight points respectively.

John Newnham’s Twin Sharks led the Firefly class on day two with a first-place finishes and two seconds. It’s as it John’s crew has a direct line to Poseidon when it comes to navigating the waters around the Phuket Yacht Club. Peter Taylor’s Ballerina has been the surprise of the class so far and moved into second overall while Ray Waldron’s Surf Patrol and Voodoo (missing Hans Rahmann, who is back in Hamburg as his mother passed recently) follow in third and fourth with Mick Coleman’s Mamba bringing up the rear.

Dragon continued to lead the Platu class followed by Beaver, Tiger, The Fox, Wolf and Cheetah in that order but there was very little space in the One Design class with much jockeying for position and all still in play on the final day.

Organizers took precautions before the regatta making sure all participants signed a “Coronvirus COVID-19 Self-Declaration form”, which included a clause which said they must withdraw from the regatta and self-quarantine if they came down with any symptoms related to the virus.
Everyone involved in the regatta has had their spirits buoyed by the competition. With so much fear and paranoia being spread around it is refreshing to know that while precautions do need to be taken events like these can still be held.

Racing continues on Sunday. Full Race day 2 Results are here.

Twenty-one boats and 104 sailors take to the water

The third annual Sailor’s Regatta organized by the Phuket Yacht Club took sail on Friday March 12th with competitors coming from around the region to race in four different classes (Racing Monos & Multis, Fireflies, & Platus).

This was the third Sailor’s Regatta to be held and while many other regional regatta have seen their numbers dwindle this “no frills” regatta has seen its numbers grow from five to nine to twenty-one boats this year.

The regatta numbers were a bit of good news for a Club that has had its share of sadness lately. Phuket sailing legend Henry Kaye passed away last weekend. The Club also lost Tomas Andersson, known as “Swedish Tom” recently, and PYC stalwart Mark Horwood is still in ICU at Phuket’s Vachira Hospital, convalescing from cancer surgery. Top all this off with the fear and paranoia caused by the coronavirus and the Sailor’s Regatta with a few days of fun on the water was a much-needed respite and boost of confidence for club members.

PRO Matt McGrath sailed two windward-leewards today and could have gotten in a third race but many of the sailors wanted to pay their respects to Heny Kaye and needed to make their way to the top of the island to attend a service for Henry to do so.

Niels Degenkolw weaved his usual magic today taking Phoenix to top spot in the Racing Monohull division with two first-place finishes followed by Andrew McDermott Jessandra with had two-second place showings. Gary Smith’s Endeavour of Whitby, Paul Baker’s Farrgo Express, Uminoko helmed by Vitaly Plaksin and Second Nature skipped by Martyn Henman followed in that order.

John Newnham’s Twin Sharks led the Firefly class after day one based on its first- and second-place finishes. Ray Waldron’s Surf Patrol, with a good day on the water, was in second with four points on a third and first-place finish. Peter Taylor’s Ballerina was third in the pack of five, which was rounded out by Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo in fourth and Mick Coleman’s Mamba in the fifth spot as it finished last in both races.

It was strange to see Moto Inzi not sail with the Fireflies for the first time, but owner Marc Chapus modified the boat with a Bimini, forcing it into the four-boat OMR Multihull Class, where it finished third today followed by The Sting helmed by Bill Kane. This class saw all entries repeat their placings in both races, so Dan Fidock’s Fugazi came first twice, Dirk Weiblen’s No Fear twice, and so on.

It was great to see cooperation from Mike Downard’s Sail in Asia as six of his Platus made their way over from Ao Yon to sail in their own One Design class. And in that class, Dragon was the top boat today winning both races followed by Beaver and Tiger, who flip-flopped second-and third-place spots, ending up with five points each. After that, The Fox, Wolf, and Cheetah repeated their placings in both races at fourth, fifth and sixth place, respectively.

Congratulations to Commodore Scott Duncanson and the PYC for going ahead with this regatta as sporting events, leagues and tournaments have been canceled across the globe including Ocean Marina’s Top of the Gulf Regatta, which was to be held in early May.

Racing continues on Saturday. Full Race day 1 Results are here.