PYC Sailing School, ISSA accreditation

PYC Sailing School, ISSA accreditation

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Phuket Yacht Club Sailing School was recently awarded formal accreditation by the International Sailing Schools Association or (ISSA)

An immense amount of study and work went into the development of the school’s quality management system (QMS) and curriculum for the club’s already very successful youth sailing program.

Please join us in congratulating Ploypan Meeyousamsen better known as Coach Garfield for successfully completing the training.

PYC Sailing School, ISSA accreditation
Ploypan Meeyousamsen better known as Coach Garfield

Phuket Yacht Club thanks Coach Garfield, for coordinating the assessment and compiling the one hundred plus page document required for this very important endorsement.

May we wish her all the best in her coaching future and leading the club to even greater heights in 2021.

Students sail training towards their ISSA accreditation.

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Phoenix & Bonza take top honors in Jai-Dee Regatta


PRO Matt McGrath was able to get in two windward-leeward races for the seven-boat multihull class and eight-boat monohull class on the final day of the Phuket Yacht Club’s second annual Jai-Dee Regatta.

The crafty Dane Niels Degenkolw did it again as the veteran sailor in his mid-70s, added to his trophy case winning his second straight monohull title on Phoenix at the Jai-Dee Regatta. Vitalii Plaksin’s Uminoko followed in second and Andrew McDermott’s Jessandra II was third. Fourth spot saw Paul “Flatty” Baker’s Judy while John Vause’s Ruby Tuesday took fifth, Mike Downard’s Magic was in sixth, seventh went to Martyn Henman’s Second Nature, and Kirsten Durward’s Fox Sails Asia switched Platus in the final day, finishing eighth.

It was great to see Mike Downard’s crew from Sail in Asia enter two boats as they sailed on over from Ao Yon in Magic and Fox Sails Asia to compete in the regatta.

The OMR Multihull division saw Warwick Downes’ Bonza, who flew around the course all regatta repeatedly taking line honors, take the top spot, followed by Alan Carwardine’s Coconuts, Ian Coulson’s Voodoo, and John Newhamn’s Twin Sharks. Dan Fidock’s Fugazi in fifth, Francis Guerre-Genton’s Moto Inzi in sixth, and Bill Kane’s The Sting in seventh, rounded out the fleet.

John Newhamn showed great sportsmanship but pointing out that Voodoo’s final time had been inaccurately reported allowing Voodoo to vault past his boat in the final standings, a great example of what the Jai-Dee Regatta stands for. John has been stuck in Phuket during the lockdown and has been a great supporter of the PYC. Newhamn’s crew won the multihull division of the inaugural Jai-Dee Regatta in 2019.

While the Multihull Performance Handicap System (PHS) final standings saw a switch in positions with Bonza winning again but this time followed by Fugazi, Coconuts, The Sting, Voodoo, Twin Sharks, and Moto Inzi.

Bonza crewmate James Haste did a great job of MCing the final awards ceremony, where the competitors sang the praises of the regatta and were already planning for next year.

Brendan Kealy was a great help on the water, provided his boat Catapult as the start boat and continually assisting PR Matt McGrath, who fought through a lot of pain because of motorcycle mishap to get the multis six races and the monos five during the event. Brendan also provided the camera rib, which Phil Bender so nimbly drove around. And Chandran Nadarajan did his usual great job laying the marks.

It was too bad that PYC Commodore Scott Duncanson was unable to compete due to work commitments but he did a tremendous job of putting the regatta together.

Sunny skies, good wind greet Jai-Dee regatta on second day

Sunny skies

Sunny skies and good wind met competitors on the second day of the Jai-Dee Regatta. Monohull racing saw Andrew McDermott’s Jessandra II squeak by Niels Degenkolw’s Phoenix by 0.1 seconds on elapsed time in the day’s only counted race but on corrected time they dropped back to third place behind John Vause’s Ruby Tuesday.

Jessandra II & Ruby Tuesday swap those positions in the overall standings where Phoenix retains the top spot heading into tomorrow’s final day. Vitalii Plaksin’s Uminoko sits in the fourth spot, followed by Paul “Flatty” Baker helming John Coffin’s Judy in fifth, Mike Downard’s Magic in sixth, Kirsten Durward’s Fox Sails Asia in seventh & Martyn Henman’s Second Nature rounds out the class in the final spot.

In the race that counted for the multihulls, Warwick Downes Bonza took line honors as usual but had to settle for second overall today behind Alan Carwardine’s Coconuts, making her racing debut at the regatta (she has only been in the water for ten weeks). Racing on Coconuts is a family affair with the husband-wife team of Alan and June Carwardine on board as well as Anthony Gates and his young son Jay along for the ride as crew.

John Newhamn’s Twin Sharks and Ian Coulson’s Voodoo finished third and fourth, in the multihulls today, moving them into second and third spot overall followed by Bonza, Dan Fidock’s Fugazi in fifth, Francis Guerre-Genton’s Moto Inzi in sixth, and Bill Kane’s The Sting in seventh, heading into the final day.

As the afternoon wore on, and the wind died down, PRO Matt McGrath had hoped to get in two windward-leeward races for the seven-boat multihull class and the eight-boat monohull class.

But as the wind continued to fade, Matt decided to shorten the course to one lap, but unfortunately, that’s where the trouble began as confusion reigned over which mark need to be rounded before crossing the finish and indeed where the finish line was supposed to be and where the “S” mark was supposed to be flown. Protests were called and looking like discussions and arguments would go long into the evening, the Race Committee, in the spirit of the “kind-hearted regatta”, wisely decided to abandon the second race. It was still a good day for all on the water, as everyone got in two races, though only one counted in the standings.

The racing continues Sunday at 1pm with the wrap-up party and awards dinner at the Phuket Yacht Club in the evening.


Jai-Dee Regatta sails successfully through first day

The Phuket Yacht Club (PYC) has proved to be a beacon of light and hope for local sailors during the global pandemic as it is now staging the second annual Jai-Dee Regatta and the third major sailing event since the COVID crackdown last March. Kudos to PYC Commodore Scott Duncanson and the Club committee for pulling these events off while maintaining high-hygiene standards and appropriate social distancing measures.

Day one of the 2020 Jai-Dee (meaning kind-hearted in Thai) Regatta saw PRO Matt McGrath get three windward-leeward races in for the seven-boat Multihull class and two windward-leewards for the eight-boat monohull class. Wind was light when racing started at 1pm, but it picked up considerably as the afternoon wore on.

The multiclass class saw two spirited rivalries rekindled as Ian Coulson’s Voodoo edged out arch-rival Twin Sharks (John Newhamn) by one point and Alan Carwardine spanking brand new Stealth after three races. Warwick Downes Bonza sat in fourth spot one-and-a-points ahead of its long-time competitor Dan Fidock’s Fugazi. Francis Guerre-Genton’s Moto Inzi and Bill Kane’s The Sting then placed sixth and seventh, respectively.

In the racing class, Niels Degenkolw’s Phoenix, Vitalii Plaksin’s Uminoko & Andrew McDermott’s Jessandra II sit tied for first place with six points each after day one, but the ever-wily Degenkolw sits atop the leader board due to his victory in race one. Paul Baker’s Judy, John Vause’s Ruby Tuesday, Mike Downard’s Magic, Kirsten Durward’s Fox Sails Asia & Martyn Henman’s Second Nature round out the class in that order.

Hat’s off to PRO Matt McGrath for fighting through the pain of a recent motorcycle mishap to ably guide the boats through their courses today. Regattas Asia’s Simon James also made an appearance onshore to help with the results. Stuck in Wales for months due to COVID-19 restrictions; it was good to see Simon back in his old stomping grounds. Brendan Kealy graciously donated his catamaran Catapult as the committee boat as well as the photography rib which Phil Bender so ably maneuvered throughout the course. Chandran Nadarajan as always did a great job laying the marks.

The idea for this regatta and the Club’s Sailor’s Regatta in March was to hold affordable no frills regattas, no goody bags or T-shirts and just one final party on the last night, making it affordable for all to compete. And it was seen as a feeder race for the Phuket King’s Cup. The racing continues Saturday at 1pm and the racers will be hoping that gusts from the northeast monsoon will help push them through the course.

Disabled Sailing Thailand

We are very pleased to announce that Phuket Yacht Club this week donated 38,670 baht to Disabled Sailing Thailand.

These funds were raised through auction proceeds and various donations at a memorial ceremony for dearly loved Phuket Yacht Club supporter Kathy de Cruz who passed away in September.

We’re sure Kathy would be very happy and proud to be supporting such an important, worthwhile cause.

If you would like to donate or find out more about disabled sailing in Thailand please visit the website.

Main Picture: Scott Duncanson Commodore at Phuket Yacht Club and Peter Jacobs of Disabled Sailing Thailand