Fugazi, Voodoo & Sho, Vel win honors at MSR 2020

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.

The seven-boat cruising multi class was the regatta;s largest.

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 Firefly division lived up to its hype and was a dogfight throughout.

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. 

Kudos to Andrew DeBruin and Multihull Solutions for their support throughout the regatta.

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.

Marc Chapus’ Moto Inzi was as competitive as ever.

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.

Great regatta, enjoyed by all – congratulations to PCYC Commodore Scott Duncanson for a great effort.

A little bit of everything greets day two of the MSR 2020

Some sunshine, some good wind, some rain, and even a squall greeted sailors on day two of the Multihull Solutions Regatta 2020 as a fluctuating weather pattern swept through Ao Chalong on the southern end of Phuket.

Fugazi and Bonza continue their battle in the OMR class on day two.

PRO Matt McGrath gave both the OMR and Firefly classes three races each while the Cruising Multis got in two races on the day.

The OMR battle between Dan Fidock’s Fugazi and the Mark Thornburrow-owned Bonza was back on. Bonza, helmed by Warwick Downes, won the first race, but Fugazi came back to win the next two so after two days of competition Fugazi leads the class with 5 points with Bonza sitting at 9.

Bonza continues to wow opponents and spectators alike with its flying hulls.

The rough weather favored Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo in the five-boat Firefly-class as it won the first two races of the day and came second in the third, enabling it to hold on to first place overall. John Newnham’s Twin Sharks got off to a rough start finishing fifth in race one but bounced back to gain the second spot in race 2 and win race three, good enough for second spot overall. Mamba, helmed by John Priestley, continued its steady showing finishing second, fourth, and third respectively in the day’s three races, enabling it to hold on to third spot overall. Peter Taylor’s Ballerina slipped back a bit with two fourth-place finishes and a third-place finish, giving it fourth overall. Marc Chapus’ Moto Inzi continued to hold a lock on the final spot although they did manage a third-place finish in race one.

The Fireflies all designed and built in Phuket continued to light up Ao Chalong.

Paul “Flatty” Baker’s Blue Pulse flew through the water winning the first race of the day in Cruising Multis (race two overall in the series). Peter Dyer’s DaVinci won the second race on the day (race three in the series). When all the points were tallied, Zam Bevan’s Sho,vel sits in first place in this class followed by DaVinci with regatta sponsor Andrew DeBruin’s MHS Neel 51 holding down third, followed by Blue Pulse, The Sting, Klook Star Trek, and Rendezvous.

Voodoo won two races on the day.

Rendezvous hit the outer channel marker during the first race of the day forcing it out of the regatta. The Sting suffered damage to its racing jib in the second race as the winds gusted but it will be back out on the water tomorrow.

A number of couples are competing in the regatta including Anthony and Ali Gates racing on Ballerina; Bill Kane and Khun Toon on The Sting; Andrew and Donna De Bruin on the MHS Neel 51; Warwick (Bonza) and Suzanne Downes (Ballerina); and Muzza (Bonza) and Chantal (MHS Neel 51).

Paul “Flatty” Baker had a great showing in the first race for the cruising multis.

 

Great start to MSR 2020

The Multihull Solutions 2020 Regatta got underway today with PRO Matt McGrath starting the three competing classes, Racing Multis, Fireflies, and Cruising Multis, in sequence just past midday.

Light winds and grey skies greeted the start of the regatta but by mid-afternoon, the sun pierced through and the wind gusted to twelve knots.
It was the first time that any of the sailors had seen any competition since the club’s Sailor’s Regatta in mid-March and everyone was delighted to get back on the water and push the worries of the pandemic aside for a few hours.

OMR was a battle royale between Dan Fidock’s Fugazi and Dan’s old boat Bonza, helmed by Warwick Downes. Bonza did beat Fugazi across the line in race one but lost on corrected time and then Fugazi roared home to win both the second and third races, so the day belonged to Fugazi.

Warwick Downes’ flew some mighty fine hulls but had a hard time matching Fugazi on this day

The five-boat Firefly-class saw Mick Coleman’s Mamba fly off the start line and the boat maintained the momentum throughout capturing the first race, followed by Peter Taylor’s Ballerina in second and John Newnham’s Twin Sharks in third.

The second Firefly race saw Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo and Twin Sharks battle it out it the way we have been so accustomed to seeing in the last few years with Voodoo beating Twin Sharks by 21 seconds and Ballerina coming in third a couple minutes later.

Twin Sharks stood second in the Firefly-class after day one.

Voodoo and Twin Sharks repeated those placings in race three with Mamba grabbing the third spot, so after day one Voodoo was atop the class with six points, Twin Sharks was in second with seven and Mamba stood third with eight points.

The seven-boat Cruising Class only got in one race today, but it was super to see The Sting helmed by Bill Kane take line honors and win the race. Regatta regulars had to think back to the days of the late great Henry Kaye to remember a similar performance by the trimaran. Zam Bevan’s Sho,vel, and Peter Dyer’s DaVinci placed second and third followed by Andre Lee’s Klook Star Trek and title sponsor Andrew DeBruin’s MHS Neel 51.

Bill Kane’s The Sting sailed very well today capturing the Cruising Multi class.

A mix-up in communication saw Paul “Flatty” Baker’s Pulse Blue and Rendezvous continue on around Koh Lan after rounding Koh Bon relegating the boats to sixth and seventh spot, respectively. The rest of the class turned into Ao Chalong after making the turn at Koh Bon.

While the regatta was going on the Club’s youth sailing program was also on the water with eight boats being filled for both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Title sponsor Multihull Solutions’ Neel 51 was in the fifth spot in the Cruising Multis after day one.

They’re Back!!

It’s only been four months since the Phuket Yacht Club staged the Sailor’s Regatta, one of Thailand’s last regattas before strict COVID-19 restrictions were implemented. Yet it seems like years ago since yachts raced around Phuket’s scenic shores and the sailors who have been biding their time waiting to unfurl their jibs and let out their mains are rarin’ to go.

Entries for the 2020 Multihull Solutions Regatta (MSR) are surprisingly high given the pandemic says Phuket Yacht Club Commodore, Scott Duncanson, “This is the eleventh running of the event and on the back of a surge in multihull popularity globally, the MSR has grown to become Asia’s largest multihull-only regatta,” Held from the 10th to the 13th 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 rain, which make for cooler racing temperatures.

Three classes will compete in the regatta, Multihull Racing, Multihull Cruising and the Firefly 850 Sports One Design Class. Rivalries of note include John Newnham’s Twin Sharks and Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo in the Firefly class, while Warwick Downes’ Bonza and Dan Fidock’s Fugazi will battle it out in the Multihull Racing class. A very pleasant surprise in 2020 is the increase of entrants in the cruising fleet, at the time of writing six entries have been received with the potential for another in the coming days. Title sponsor Multihull Solutions will be entering a Neel 51 trimaran in that cruising division. Alternative courses are planned for the cruisers enabling them to soak up the tropical serenity of the many local East Coast Islands.

Phuket’s best sailors are known to participate in this regatta and it’s their skill and tactical sense that makes a difference in navigating the short windward-leeward courses that tend to make up most of the regatta’s races.

Matt McGrath will be the regatta’s Principal Race Officer (PRO) having served in that capacity for the Club’s Jai-Dee and Sailor’s Regattas.
Kudos go out to Andrew DeBruin and Multihull Solutions for remaining the regatta’s anchor sponsor and standing beside the PYC in these troubled times ensuring the regatta thrives and runs smoothly.

The club will maintain strict social distancing rules while the sailors are on shore as it has done throughout the coronavirus crisis.

The increasing popularity of multihull sailing is evident by the many local and offshore supporters including race day one sponsor Phuket Boat Lagoon; race day two sponsor East Marine Asia; and race day three sponsor Octopus Electrical. SEA Yachting magazine returns as the regatta’s media partner.

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