July 9th, 2016
Multihull Solutions Regatta 2016 is nearly here as July is regatta month in Phuket and Australian based yacht brokerage Multihull Solutions have again partnered with the Phuket Yacht Club to arrange Asia’s largest Multihull only sailing regatta.
The warning signals sounds at 10:30 Friday 15th of July and this year promises to be a beauty.
At the time of writing there are 18 confirmed entries and we see an exciting new One Design class in the very quick and nimble Corsair Pulse 600s. The growth of multihull racing and cruising continues unabated in Phuket and the surrounding regions. The tropical climate, moderate wind conditions and idyllic cruising grounds make multihulls the perfect platform for fast passages between islands, racing and cruising.
Multihull Solutions Regatta 2016-Firefly’s
First off the Firefly 850s. Designed by Phuket resident Mark Pescott these racing catamarans offer some of the fastest and most competitive racing in the kingdom. Having dominated this event in 2015 John Newnham’s Twin Sharks went on to win the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek,
the Phuket Kings Cup and are clear favorites to continue this unbeaten run into 2016.
Hot on their heels however will be Voodoo, this year skippered by Phuket resident Ian Coulson and long-time supporter of multi hull racing Neil Ayre on Mamba. This is a new season however and yacht racing always rewards those who put in extra effort in boat preparation and training. It will be interesting to see if Moto Inzi and Blue Nose can cause an upset amongst the Firefly Racing hierarchy.
The OMR fleet this year see the biggest mixed fleet of Trimarans and Catamarans ever in Phuket and will surely create some very exciting, pre-start action.
On current form the Stealth catamaran designer Alan Carwardine sailing Hurricane would have to be the class favorite and boat to beat however with such a variation in designs and handicaps it’s very difficult to call. John Coffin’s Java is the most likely challenger but with Henry Kaye’s Sea-Cart 30, Thor in the mix and the completely unknown performance of Robert Van Paridon’s 43 foot Trimaran Tantrum Too, anything could happen.
With the addition of some new sails and equipment Mark Horwood’s Adrenaline has certainly shown improvement throughout the year and given the right conditions are certainly a line-honours contender but an unusually high handicap will likely see them struggle for podium positions. The remaining three Stealth catamarans Galeforce, Alegro and the brand new Top Cat skippered by Peter Woods sailing their first regatta will surely be in the mix and keeping the front-runners honest.
Five of the one design Corsair Pulse 600s have entered including the Multihull Solutions Phuket, General Manager Andrew deBruin. Not much is known about who else is sailing these new additions to the multihull scene, seems to be all bit of a secret but rumour has it Mick Tilden has chartered a boat and we look forward to seeing him on the water racing and a local radio station is also stepping up with an entry.
Stay tuned for daily results and post-race reports on the Phuket Yacht Club website and Facebook pages.
Multihull Solutions Regatta 2016 entries
Java – John Coffin
Hurricane – Alan Carwardine
Top Cat – Peter Woods
Galeforce – Kirill
Alegro – Robert McIntyre
Adrenaline – Mark Horwood
Tantrum 2 – Robert Van Paridon
Thor – Henry Kaye
Twin Sharks – John Newnham
Voodoo – Ian Coulson
Mamba – Neil Ayre
Moto Inzi – Jonathan Kingdom
Blue Nose – George Eddings
Corsair Pulse O.D.
Multihull Solutions – Andrew deBruin
Sudu 1 – TBA
Sudu 2 – TBA
Sudu 3 – TBA
Sudu 4 – TBA