Strong winds & tight racing hi-lite MSR’s day two

Whitecaps and winds gusting to the mid-teens greeted sailors as they lined up for day two of the 2019 Multihull Solutions Regatta.

The Racing Multis sailed two races today; the first a three-lap windward-leeward in Chalong Bay and the second a longer course out to the safe water mark just before Cape Panwa.

Hans Rahmann and his tight-knit crew always make things interesting.

Andrew Hurford’s Phantom V and Warwick Downes’ Bonza flipped positions on the day with Phantom V winning race one and Bonza coming second. Then race two was the reverse with Bonza stretching its legs and flying through the water and Phantom V placing second.

Glwyn Rowlands’ Twister 2 with two third-place finishes on the day consolidated its hold on third place in the division.

Dan Fidock and crew getting accustomed to their new boat.

Dan Fidock and his crew on Fugazi are still developing their new boat, and had some good thru-the-water speed, but had a bit of trouble with their halyard locks. They sit fourth in the division with fifteen points.

Dirk Weiblen’s No Fear, unfortunately, had trouble early in race one and had to withdraw from racing for the day.

Moto Inzi sailing under the watchful eye of the Big Buddha.

There were three races for the Fireflies on the day: the first, a three-lap windward-leeward course; the second a two-lap windward-leeward course and the third being a triangle course in Chalong Bay.

For the last five years, this division has seen a heated rivalry between John Newnham’s Twin Sharks and Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo. This on-water rivalry is matched by the camaraderie the boats share off the water. They have reigned dominant in this division for some time and today was no different.

Voodoo and Twin Sharks continue their epic battle in the Firefly division.

A rare poor drop by Twin Sharks on the leeward side of the first mark allowed Voodoo to push through and claim the first race. From there on in it seemed as if the boats were joined at the hip with only a couple boat lengths marking the distance between the two at each rounding.

George Eddings’ Blue Noze suffered some bad luck when they preferred spinnaker went down in the third race and they dropped from first place to last quickly.

No one knows how to ride a hull better than Warwick Downes and Bonza.

The Fireflies, which were designed by Phuketian Mark Pescott and built by Phuketian Mark Horwood have been a mainstay of the regatta since day one.

After two days of racing featuring six races with one drop, Voodoo sits atop the Firefly leaderboard with seven points with Twin Sharks only one point back with eight points. Blue Noze, Ray Waldron’s Surf Patrol and Marc Chapus’ Moto Inzi follow in that order with 15, 17, and 22 points, respectively.

The Blue Nose crew always seem to have fun on the water.

Zam Bevan’s Sho,Vel has won all five races in the two-boat Cruising Multihull Class as today it beat Bill Kane’s The Sting in both the windward-leeward race it sailed as well as the race around Koh Lon.

Kudos go to Simon James and his crew for great course management on the water and a big thank you to Captain Brent McInnes of the PCYC for providing the photography boat. Day two racing was sponsored by Octopus Electrical Services.

Andrew Hurford’s PhantomV skirts the shoreline on race day two.

The principal sponsor for the sixth straight year was Andrew de Bruin and Multihull Solutions. Race day sponsors include Boat Lagoon, East Marine Asia and Octopus Electrical Services. Supporting sponsors were SEA Yachting, the Thailand Yacht Show, Asia Catamarans, Regattas Asia and Doyle Sails (Photography by Scott Murray/SEA Yachting).

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