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.