The Yacht Sales Co Regatta 2023 – Day 3

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Fugazi - The Winner of the 2023 The Yacht Sales Co. Regatta Multihull Class
Alright - The Winner of the 2023 The Yacht Sales Co. Regatta Monohull Class

Fugazi & Alright sail to victory in the Yacht Sales Co Regatta

Photography by Scott Murray

Good wind and good weather prevailed on the final day of the Yacht Sales Co Regatta as Dan Fidock’s Fugazi and James Bury’s Alright continued their dominance in their two classes winning the multi-and-monoclasses, respectively.

PRO Simon James sent both the classes on two windward-leeward races to start the day; followed by a longer race towards the channel marker at Cape Panwa for the multihull fleet and one last windward-leeward for the monohull class.

The Fugazi crew (Joel Berg, Ciaran Corrigan, Scott Duncanson, Dan Fidock, Nick Gutry) made an amazing recovery bouncing back from a starboard shroud snapping last Friday - which brought down the boat’s mast down - to repairing the boat that evening and having it in the water ready to go Saturday morning without missing a beat. With the dropped race format in play, once the minimum requirement of five races was met the DNF ended up being discarded anyway. Fugazi ended up winning six of the seven races it did finish for a final total of eight points.

John Newnham’s Twin Sharks and George Eddings’ Blue Noze staged a race within a race as the two Fireflies jockeyed for position all regatta in the eight-boat multihull division with each boat winning a race in their game of snakes and ladders. In the end, Twin Sharks captured second spot with 14 points while Blue Noze close behind with 18 (The Fireflies were designed by Mark Pescott and built in Phuket & Mark Horwood.).

Dirk Weiblen’s No Fear finished in fourth place with 29 points followed closely by James Haste’s Bonza (34 points) with Glywn Rowlands’ Twister 2 a point back in sixth with 35. Roger Diggleman’s Saffron was seventh with 43 points while Andrew McDermott and his all-female crew on Trident rounded out the multihull class with 53 points (Twister 2 & Saffron were both built in Phuket by Asia Catamarans).

In the monohull class, Alright (formerly Emagine) won seven of the eight races to capture the first official monohull title in the Yacht Sales Co Regatta. The Alright crew traveled all the way up from Australia to compete in the event and frequently sail another boat, Aquarii, in regional regattas.

Niels Degenkolw’s Phoenix, who is used to winning this class, came second in the three-boat monoclass with Fang Liang Zhou’s Sumalee in third. Zhou’s crew flew in from China for the regatta and showed great sportsmanship competing in the event.

Near the end of the second race on the final day, Phoenix encountered halyard problems, so they motored into the Ao Chalong mooring area where Alexander Velikokhotko shimmied up the mast to rectify the problem (they wound up using a shorter version of the halyard that had snapped).

Roger Diggleman took to the stage on the final night to thank Saffron’s owners Dan & Dao Fidock for letting him take the tradesmen who built Saffron onboard as crew during the regatta so they could see what it was like to sail their finished product.

Paul Stamp, Yacht Sales Co General Manager for Southeast Asia, and company broker Charles Robinson were on hand at the closing dinner and awards ceremony held at the Phuket Yacht Club. Mr. Stamp passed out the trophies to the delighted winners.

Sponsors of the regatta included: Yacht Sales Co. Multihull Solutions, the Phuket Yacht Club, Phuket Boat Lagoon, SEA Yachting, Octopus Electrical Service & East Marine Asia.

The Yacht Sales Co. is the exclusive distributor in Thailand for: Absolute; Cora Catamarans; Dufour; Fontaine Pajot motor yachts & sailing catamarans; Iliad; LEEN Trimarans (power); Maritimo; NEEL Trimarans (sail); Ocean Voyageur; Stealths; & Tesoro Yachts.

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