Phuket Yacht Club would like to thank Scott Murray of Sea Yachting for the racing reports and the feature due out in the next issue of Sea Yachting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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With podium places on the line, the nervous excitement and anticipation of a great days sailing was clear to see by the feel at the breakfast tables, around the club.
What made it even better, mother nature decided to grace Chalong Bay with a westerly breeze of 10 to 12 knots which promised to grow throughout the day.
The PRO Simon James, motored out to a position in the north east corner of the bay and bang on 1030 ,the racing was underway. First off ,were the racing multihull class,and all eyes were on the three boats battling out for the podium positions. The fresher breeze suited Henry Kaye’s Sea Cart 30, Thor and they jumped to an early lead. It looked like a first and fastest was on the cards, but a small technical problem allowed the three chasing Stealth cats to close the gap.
Hurricane put their stamp on the regatta with a resounding win ,followed by Java and Thor hung on for third. In race two for racing Multihulls, the breeze increased to 16 knots and some great photos were taken and stories of top speeds to bring everyone home with smiles.Thor again jumped out to lead and this time with no mistakes romped home to take a deserved first and fastest.The Hurricane crew sailed very well with awesome speed and flawless sailing to take second ,with Top Cat third.
Overall winners were Asia Catamarans Hurricane led by Alan Carwardine clearly dominating the class while second went to the new and improving Top Cat skippered by Peter Woods. Third went to Java Yachting led by John Coffin ,who showed glimpses of wining speed ,but not often enough to pressure Hurricane.
Second start away were the Fireflies, who’s racing and speed were a joy for everyone to watch. The fresher breezes suited the very consistent and well sailed Twin Sharks, but out of the pack emerged a new contender for the top position in Advanced racing Team Mamba, who showed fantastic speed around the three lap windward and leeward course, and then the longer coastal race that followed. Second and first places were just rewards of her speed and smarts on the race track. It was the very consistent Twin Sharks however who placed first and second over the two races to comfortably sew up the 2016 title. A couple of other boats also showed out during these windier races ,with Blue Noze and Moto Inzi grabbing third placings each today.
When all the points were tallied it was Twin Sharks first, Advanced Racing Team second and Voodoo in third.
The one-design Pulse 600 fleet reveled in the conditions and eagerly jumped at the chance to plane around the race course and enjoy high speeds providing onlookers with quite a spectacle. The fleet raced two, three lap Windward and leeward courses and the windier conditions also threw a few different results in the fleet. In the first race of the day, Pixalux showed great speed and tactics to race away to an impressive all the way win, which also tied up first place in the regatta. Chasing hard was Multihull Solutions to score a second and third clenching second overall. Third place went to Phuket Island radio helmed by Qu Jaimin. Race two around the windward and leeward course, saw the breeze increase favouring the crew of Pulse Red helmed by Paul Baker, Second was Pixalux and third was Pulse yellow ,which was a great reward for perseverance of the crew.
Overall it was Pulse Blue Pixalux, Mick Tilden, second, Multihull Solutions, Andrew deBruin and third was Pulse Red, Paul Baker.
This year’s record fleet was a grand show of strength for multi hull sailing in the region and also the organizing body, Phuket Yacht Club. Special thanks must go to the Sponsors of the regatta who without their contributions the regatta may not have been the great success it was.
Finally a big thanks to all the volunteers who donated their time and efforts to make the 2016 Multihull Solutions Regatta the best ever!
See you all at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek.
An update on the schedule for the Multihull Solutions Regatta.
REGISTRATION 1600 – 2000
WEIGH IN – 1700
SKIPPERS BRIEFING – 1800
FIRST WARNING SIGNAL 1030
AFTER RACE FREE BEER (Until it runs out) Compliments of CORSAIR
PRIZE GIVING – 1700
FIRST WARNING SIGNAL – 1030
PRIZE GIVING – 1700
LIVE BAND – 2000 (Sponsored by Krabi Boat Lagoon)
FIRST WARNING SIGNAL 10.30
PRIZE GIVING AND DINNER – 1800