The Stealth catamaran Phantom V won the Racing Multihull Division of the 2019 Multihull Solutions Regatta. The crew reveled in victory as boat builders Alan Carwardine and Roger Diggleman were on board, as was owner Andrew Hurford. The boat’s four first-place finishes, never finishing lower than third, helped it clinch the title hi-lighting three days of great racing.
Warwick Downes’ Bonza (the old Fugazi) flew around the course all regatta earning line honors on most races but had to settle for second overall though it did win two races.
On the final day, Dan Fidock’s new Fugazi (a Bakewell White 10.5) shed its teething problems as it romped through the water like a bat out of hell. It earned line honors (and second overall) in race one crossing the finish line in 1:35:29, sailing around Koh Bon and Koh Loh before turning for home at the Phuket deep port safe watermark. It also won race two on the day for the Racing Multis, a three-lap windward-leeward giving the boat its first victory of the regatta.
Glyn Rowlands’ Twister 2 featured three generations on board – with Glyn and Karen having their daughters and grandchildren along for the ride. The catamaran finished fourth and if not for an FPSA on race three might have even placed higher. Dirk Weiblen’s No Fear came last in the five-boat division but a combination of DNSs and DNFs saw it only start three of the seven races held in the Racing Multis.
Fireflies launch a Battle Royale
The Firefly division was a Battle Royale from the get-go between arch-rivals Twin Sharks and Voodoo as only a point separated them going into the final day of racing. Fittingly, it was all decided on the last race when Twin Sharks managed to push Voodoo into fourth place with a port vs starboard incident on the downward leg of the last lap enabling Twin Sharks to move into second place in the race and grab the title.
George Eddings’ Blue Noze was in the midst of it all throughout the regatta winning one race and taking third overall. Ray Waldron’s Surf Patrol finished the regatta with a strong performance winning the last race but placed fourth overall. Marc Chapus and his crew on Moto Inzi never really did get over their teething problems finishing last in the majority of the races.
Zam Bevan’s ShoVel won all its races in the Cruising Multihull division but its sole competitor Bill Kane’s The Sting was granted “the perseverance trophy” for its “never say die” attitude during the event.
Day three racing was sponsored by East Marine Asia. Great job by the PYC and Commodore Scott Duncanson for putting on a tremendous regatta. A tireless effort by Tom Cracknell and other volunteer committee members helped the regatta run smoothly. Khun Jeab and her crew in the kitchen made sure all the sailors’ thirsts were quenched and that their bellies were full. The Thailand Yacht Show graciously provided the food for the final party.
The 2020 Multihull Solutions Regatta is set for July 10-13, make your plans now to participate in one of Southeast Asia’s most exciting regattas. Contact title sponsor Andrew de Bruin at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in chartering a multihull (Photography by Scott Murray/SEA Yachting).