Fugazi, Voodoo & Sho, Vel won the OMR, Firefly and Cruising Multi divisions respectively at the MSR 2020, but it was Sho,Vel who took home the MSR trophy as they won the division with the most boats, seven.
Fourteen boats and 75 sailors competed in the event, which was remarkable as the Club only received the green light to officially hold the regatta on July 1st. Multihull Solutions deserves tremendous credit for remaining as the anchor sponsor throughout the whole COVID crisis. As PYC Commodore Scott Duncanson said, “They never backed down, never wavered in their commitment to us. As long as the government would allow us to stage the regatta, they were going to be there for us.”
PRO Matt McGrath gave all three classes two races each on the final day and then wrapped up the incredibly successful event as another squall seemed ready to hit the course.
The OMR battle saw Dan Fidock’s Fugazi take six of the eight races over Mark Thornburrow’s Bonza, but it was Bonza, helmed by Warwick Downes, who won the “awe factor” due to its flying hull wizardry.
Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo won the five-boat Firefly 850 Sports class by one point over John Newnham’s Twin Sharks. Oddsmakers had Twin Sharks winning the division if a third race had taken place, but it was an exceptional performance by Ian Coulson and his Filipino crew on Voodoo, absent owner Hans Rahmann (back in Germany), who sailed very well in the rough weather. Over the last five years, John Newnham’s crew has consistently been on the top of the podium in this class, but not this time around as Voodoo beat its fierce rival for the second time in seven months having upstaged them at the last King’s Cup as well.
Mamba, helmed by John Priestley, finished third overall in the division with Peter Taylor’s Ballerina in fourth-place, and Marc Chapus’ Moto Inzi brought up the rear.
Another close finish saw Zam Bevan’s Sho,vel edged out Paul “Flatty” Baker’s Blue Pulse (owned by John Coffin) by one point for the Cruising Multi title. Peter Dyer’s DaVinci was actually tied with the Blue Pulse but dropped to third on countback. Regatta sponsor Andrew DeBruin’s MHS Neel 51 came fourth, followed by The Sting, Klook Star Trek, and finally, Rendezvous who had to exit the regatta on the second day after hitting a channel marker.
A huge round of applause must go out to the PYC staff and kitchen crew led by Khun Jib for keeping everyone fed. And not only did Matt McGrath do a super job as PRO but it also lent the committee the photography boat as well, which Phil Bender did an exceptional job of navigating throughout the regatta. Coach Garfield deserves a lot of credit for helping with the logistics of the regatta. And Chandran, that super marksman, did a bang-up of laying and collecting the marks throughout the event as he always does.
Thanks again to regatta race-day sponsors Phuket Boat Lagoon, East Marine Asia, and Octopus Electrical.