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.