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.