Day one of the twelfth annual Multihull Solutions Regatta was delayed for an hour due to strong shifting winds gusting to 31 knots. PRO Simon James then got the fleet underway just before 1 pm with the Racing and Ocean Multis sharing the same start, followed by the Fireflies. Some shifty maneuvering by John Newnham’s Twin Sharks saw Ray Waldron’s Surf Patrol go OSR in the Firefly division, but then it was off to the races around Koh Bon. Fluctuating weather and wind conditions caused some frustration and an eventually shortened course for the shortened multihulls.
By the time the second race got underway later in the afternoon the wind had died down to seven knots and PRO James held two more windward-leeward races, the first being three laps. The second race, two laps, was shortened shortly before 5 pm when racing was scheduled to end for the day.
Battling Racing Multihull Class
There was a minor battle within a major battle in the Racing Multihull Class – the battle of the Fugazis; Dan Fidock’s new customized catamaran vs. the old Fugazi (a Moore 37), now Bonza. It was the first race for Bonza with its new crew and the first race for the new Fugazi (a Bakewell White 10.5).
Phantom V took the division on this day, with Warwick Downes’ Bonza coming second. Dirk Weiblen podiumed on No Fear finishing third on the day. This boat was previously known as Offline and This! Dan Fidock’s Fugazi was fourth and Twister 2 fifth.
The Firefly division was particularly competitive with multiple lead changes throughout the three races. Twin Sharks won the day, Blue Noze came second and Voodoo placed third overall, after being disqualified from the third race. Surf Patrol and Moto Inzi rounded out the class in that order.
in the Cruising Multihull Class, Zam Bevan’s Sho,Vel won the day with new sails and tactical skills capturing all three races. Its only other competitor in the division, Bill Kane’s The Sting, unexpectantly had to undergo minor repairs before race one, so had to sit that one out but joined in for the latter two races.
There were two protests on the day: the first, in race two, saw a port-starboard dispute between Twin Sharks & Moto Inzi resolved when Moto Inzi retired gracefully. In race three, Surf Patrol and Voodoo bumped near the shortened finish line. The protest committee decided in Surf Patrol’s favor handing Voodoo a DSQ.
The regatta’s on-water team deserves a lot of credit for pulling off three races in challenging weather and wind conditions that changed dramatically throughout the day.
- Thank you to sailing oracle Captain Marty Rijurkis for pointing out that this was indeed the 12th Multihull Solutions Regatta.
Thank you Sponsors
The principal sponsor for the sixth straight year is Andrew de Bruin and Multihull Solutions. Race day sponsors include Boat Lagoon, East Marine Asia and Octopus Electrical Services. Supporting sponsors are SEA Yachting, the Thailand Yacht Show, Asia Catamarans, Regatta’s Asia and Doyle Sails (Photography by Scott Murray/SEA Yachting).