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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Sovereign BBQ and Grills supporting sponsor

Sovereign BBQ and Grills, Australia

The Phuket Yacht Club and Multihull Solutions are proud  to announce Sovereign BBQ and Grills, Australia as a new supporting sponsor of the Multihull Solutions Regatta 2017.
To encourage and motivate sailors to participate in Asia’s largest Multihull event, all early-bird entries received before the 1st of June deadline will receive automatic entry into the Sovereign Barbeque and Grill raffle. The draw will be held at the final presentation ceremony, Sunday 16th of July with the winner receiving a beautiful Alpha Marine Barbeque valued at over AUD$ 1,000.00 kindly supplied by Ultra Marine see the website here.
Make sure you’re eligible and have a chance to win this fantastic prize, get your entry in NOW!
 
Why not pop over to the registration page it only takes an minute and get entered with a chance to win this excellent prize from Sovereign BBQs and Grills, Australia.
 

Multihull Solutions Regatta overall results

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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.

Greg Reynolds.

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Schedule update – Multihull Solutions Regatta

An update on the schedule for the Multihull Solutions Regatta.

Thursday 9th

REGISTRATION 1600 – 2000
WEIGH IN – 1700
SKIPPERS BRIEFING – 1800
PIZZA NIGHT

Friday 10th

FIRST WARNING SIGNAL 1030
AFTER RACE FREE BEER (Until it runs out) Compliments of CORSAIR
PRIZE GIVING – 1700

Saturday 11th

FIRST WARNING SIGNAL – 1030
PRIZE GIVING – 1700
LIVE BAND – 2000 (Sponsored by Krabi Boat Lagoon)

Sunday 12th

FIRST WARNING SIGNAL 10.30
PRIZE GIVING AND DINNER – 1800

Monday 15th last chance for Multihull Regatta ‘early bird’ signup rate!

The early bird registration rate is :

        3,500 baht for boat & skipper

        1,800 baht for each crew 

 

 

For those who have already paid please check amount banked covers boat, skipper & crew.

After Monday, registration will 4,500 baht for boat & skipper & 2,000 baht for each crew.

Payment is accepted by Bank Transfer to Ao Chalong Yacht Club.
Please scan bank slip to june.carwardine@acyc.asia

Please Remit payment to:
Chalong Yacht Club Co.,Ltd.
SCB Bank /Hayaek Chalong (Phuket) Branch
Account No: 737-251594-5

Ao Chalong Villa Resort & Spa Special Rates for Multihull Regatta


  Ao Chalong Villa Resort & Spa welcomes all competitors, friends & family with these special room rates!

test4All rates include daily breakfast for 2 & all taxes & service charges.

Garden View Room – 1,000 baht

 Pool View Room – 1,800 baht

 Sea View Room – 2,000 baht

Rates are available for the days before & after the regatta in case you wish to arrive early or extend your stay. Please mention ACYC Multihull Solutions Regatta when making your booking to receive the special regatta rate!

For reservations: Ph 076-2824645 or email rsvn@aochalongvillaandspa.com

To view rooms go to www.aochalongvillaandspa.com