MSR wraps up with Fugazi claiming top honours

The 10th annual Multihull Solutions Regatta wrapped up today with another good day of sailing. Principal Race Officer Simon James ran two races today, a three-lap windward-leeward and then a triangle course for all classes except Cruising, which did a loop around nearby Koh Lon. 

Dan Fidock’s trimaran Fugazi claimed the Racing Multihull division winning six of the eight races it sailed in, finishing with 10 points. Fugazi claimed line honours in every race and was a sight to behold in full throttle. Bob Garner’s Blade Runner claimed the other two victories on handicap, which along with their other finishes, gave them second place overall in Racing Multis with 21 points. 

Peter Wilcox christened his new Stealth Cosmo with a third-place finish and 30 points. Mick Tilden’s Pixalux had the same amount of points but settled for fourth as Cosmo had a greater number of higher finishes. Andrew de Bruin’s Multihull Solutions H30 came in fifth overall with 37 points. while Glywn Rowlands’ Twister 2 rounded out the class with 40 points.         

In the final race of the Firefly series, positions two and three overall were still undecided. As John Newnham’s Twin Sharks had won every race up until then it had already captured the division with eight points After the first mark, Surf Patrol took a commanding lead with Blue Noze, Mamba and Twin Sharks trailing in that order, Positions two through four changed throughout the next lap until the final run when Twin Sharks jumped into the lead and Blue Noze finished in third place to take second overall with 21 points to Surf Patrol’s 25.

Voodoo’s two DNS’s on day two hurt it and it slipped back to fourth overall with 36 points. Mamba, which also had two DNS’s on day two came fifth with 41 points, while

Jonathan Kingdon’s Moto Inzi had to retire from the regatta after its mishap and finished with 50 points, including four DNS’s and a DNF.     

Mick Tilden and Derek Sheppard’s Pixalux defeated lead sponsor Andrew de Bruin and crewmate Zeam Bevan on their Multihull Solutions H30 in seven of the eight races in the two-boat Pulse 600 division accumulating nine points to MS H30’s fifteen.  

 The Cruising Multihull three-boat class saw Rick Fielding’s Mojo beat Bill Kane’s The Sting on tie-break. Even though The Sting finished with fewer points (9 vs. 10) both were allowed a drop race, as they had both sailed five races. This allowed Mojo to drop its third-place finish then tying it with The Sting at seven points each (The Sting never finished lower than second). Anthony Passmore’s DaVinci ended up in third spot with 15 points, including a DNF & DNS.

 Jonathon Kingdon’s Firefly Moto Inzi was the only casualty of the regatta when it nosedived during the second race of the second day. Captain Brent McInnis of the Phuket Cruising Yacht Club’s performed heroic work orchestrating the rescue.  

Good sportsmanship was displayed when crew members from both Twin Sharks and Mamba jumped in the water to aid Moto Inzi. And Blue Noze and Surf Patrol both reefed during those winding conditions, demonstrating good seamanship, earning themselves podium positions.  

 Liz Schoch and her initiative Responsible Rubbish (www.facebook.com/ResponsibleRubbish) made a big impact in the event as many sailors used Liz’s refillable bottles during the regatta instead of disposable plastic ones, thereby saving 500 plastic bottles from being used during the event. Lizzy, by the way, sailed on Blue Noze in the regatta. 


A big thank you must go to Andrew de Bruin and Multihull Solutions for being the principal sponsor; Phuket Boat Lagoon for sponsoring day one’s racing; Octopus Electrical Service for sponsoring the second day of racing. East Marine, Java Yachting and Regattas Asia were generous support sponsors, while SEA Yachting was the media partner and Rainman Watermakers (Bob Mott) kindly supplying skipper bags. Kim Mitchell and his staff did a super job of keeping all the sailors fed and hydrated with delicious meals and drinks.     

 Kudos to Commodore Scott Duncanson of the Phuket Yacht Club for organizing the regatta along with his two able lieutenants Tom Cracknell, the on-shore Manager, and Alfie Rowson, a driving force on the organizing committee.

 
 
 

Strong gusts mark day two of MSR

Nineteen knots of wind in Ao Chalong greeted competitors as they sailed out to compete in day two of the Multihull Solutions Regatta. Armchair pundits were hedging their bets as to which boats would be damaged by heavy winds. Some thought the Corsair Pulses, who have been a touch fragile in heavy weather, might be in trouble, but the Pulses held strong. 

 The first casualty of the day occurred around midway through the first race when Jonathon Kingdon’s Firefly Moto Inzi nosedived and hung in the air until Captain Brent McInnis of the Phuket Cruising Yacht Club’s Rescue and Salvage Operation (otherwise known as the PCYCRSO) showed up to save the day, right the ship and tow it back to shore. As we went to print, Moto Inzi was in the CBS “Coconuts” Boatyard and we were waiting to see if she would be ready for next week’s Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek.     

A veteran observer described the Moto Inzi sequence thus, “Sailing downwind, with the spinnaker up Moto Inzi was hit by a large gust and the leeward bow dug in, so she started to nose dive so much so the rudders came out of the water and the boat was on the tipping point of capsizing completely. The crew hung there until the boat capsized and the mast was stuck in the mud with the crew left hanging.” Drama, indeed.       
Mitch Olivieri jumped off Mamba to assist Moto Inzi as did Justin Wong and Brent Gribble from Twin Sharks as Brent’s wife Sariwan (Khun Sa) was one of the Moto Inzi crew still in the water with Louis Monge, Hans van der Velden and skipper Jonathan Kingdon. Crewmates Saithon “Oi” Termngam and Charanya Daengthongdee were pulled out of the water by the PCYC rescue boat.  

 The second casualty occurred about halfway through the second race when another Firefly, this time Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo, ripped the top of its mainsail and had to retire from racing for the day. Later in the day, the crew was seen trying to repair the damage, so they could race in the third and final day of the regatta tomorrow.
 
Principal Race Officer Simon James ran the same set of windward-leewards he had done the previous day giving all classes except Cruising Multis three races, while the cruisers had two. Simon wisely decided to keep the fleet within the Bay as the damage would have been undoubtedly much worse if they raced outside.   


Dan Fidock’s trimaran Fugazi (formerly Three Itch) again took off like a bolt of lightning from the start line and again claimed line honours in all three races. But Bob Garner’s Blade Runner pulled two big upsets today winning races five and six on corrected time, when handicap was applied, which was even more dramatic as they survived a near nose dive on the last leg of the second race. 

After two days of racing Fugazi, built and designed by Dan Moore in Bali and fitted out in Langkawi in 2012, sits atop the Racing Multihull division with six points while Blade Runner is second with eight points. Mick Tilden’s consistent performances have Pixalux is in third overall with 17 points, while Peter Wilcox’s Cosmo sits in fourth spot with 20 points. Andrew de Bruin’s Multihull Solutions H30 is close behind with 21 points while Glywn Rowlands’ Twister 2 brings up the rear with 24 points.     
      
In the Firefly division, John Newnham’s Twin Sharks had a 1-RDG-I today to maintain its overall lead with six points (the RDG came as it went to assist Moto Inzi). George Eddings Blue Noze’s 3-1-3 placings on the day left the boat second overall for 14 points. Ray Waldon had a good day with its 4-2-2 placings leaving it in third overall with 21 points. Voodoo had a second place, a DNF and a DNS leaving it in fourth overall with 28 points. Mamba sits in fifth with 32 points as it had a fifth-place finish and two DNS’s today. Moto Inzi brings up the year with 36 points on its one DNF and two DNs’s.   

Lead sponsor Andrew de Bruin and crewmate Zam Bevan with their Multihull Solutions H30 did manage to take the second race today from Mick Tilden and Derek Sheppard’s Pixalux in the two-boat Pulse 600 division. But after two days of racing Pixalux is ahead with five points compared to MS’s H30’s nine. Both crews have sailed this regatta before and have experience in these waters.
  

The Cruising Multihull three-boat class saw Rick Fielding’s Mojo and Anthony Passmore’s DaVinci swap places from yesterday with Mojo coming in first in both races and DaVinci finishing third in the first race and chalking up a DNF in the second race. Bill Kane’s The Sting kept up its string of second-place finishes and after two days of racing sits tied in top spot with Mojo and DaVinci trails the two with ten points. 

DaVinci crewmates Paul Baker and Peter and Gary Slattery were mates back in the Kogarah Sailing Club forty years ago and haven’t seen each in almost three decades but they reconnected to sail as crew on PLANIT, a CADCAM cutting-edge solutions company who is chartering DaVinci, a boat that Baker manages.

 
 

Tenth Multihull Solutions Regatta gets underway

Day one in the 10th Multihull Solutions Regatta saw fifteen boats divided into four classes compete off the shores of host organizer Phuket Yacht Club in Chalong Bay in Boat Lagoon Race Day.      

Before the regatta started, Multihull Solutions’ Andrew de Bruin said, “We are back for the 5th year as title sponsors to the Phuket Yacht Club’s Multihull Regatta and, as usual, we look to be in for the windiest and friendliest regatta in the region. There will be some very exciting racing out on Chalong Bay. It’s a great event for us and of course a natural fit for a company specializing in multihull yacht sales as we do, and I’m sure our involvement will continue.”

 The Racing Multihulls and Firefly 850 Sportboat classes had six boats each, while the Pulse 600 had two entries and Cruising Multihulls had three boats. 

Principal Race Officer Simon James ran windward-leewards for most classes for the first two races but sent the Cruising Class off a trip around Koh Lon for their second race of the day; the racing multis, including the Pulses, plus the Fireflies headed out and around the Cape Panwa safe water mark for their third and final race of the day.    

 Dan Fidock’s trimaran Fugazi (formerly Three Itch) jumped off the start line and never let up as its main hull spent most of the day kissing the water’s surface as it cruised to line honours in each race. Bob Garner’s Blade Runner with two seconds and a third, held on to second spot overall in Racing Multihulls with seven points after three races while Peter Wilcox’s Cosmo was in third spot with eight points. Mick Tilden’s 4-4-5 placings gave him fourth overall with 13 points, while Glywn Rowlands 6-5-4 finishes and 15 points gave Twister 2 fifth overall and Andrew de Bruin’s Multihull Solutions H30 finished sixth with his 5-6-6 placings and 17 points.    
   
They come in all shapes and sizes in this year’s Racing Multihull division ranging from Andrew de Bruin’s and Mick Tilden’s Pulse 600s to Peter Wilcox’s recently launched 12m foiling-assisted Stealth Cosmo to Bob Garner’s DM24 Blade Runner, Glywn Rowlands Stealth Twister 2, and Dan Fidock’s, Fugazi, built by Dan Moore, which always draws plenty of attention.   

 Cosmo, built by Asia Catamarans, has been in the water for less than two weeks, and suffered through a 40-knot bashing on a recent trip to Langkawi. There are only two Stealths in this race, but much Stealth news as Hurricane was recently sold to a fellow in San Diego and was being shipped there by Sevenstar via New York. And past Multihull Solutions competitors Top Cat and Gale Force have both been re-sold so lots of movement for Alan Cawardine’s creations.                     

In the Firefly division, John Newnham’s Twin Sharks renewed its heated rivalry with Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo and race one saw the familiar Twin Sharks-Voodoo one-two finish. Twin Sharks continued to shine throughout the day capturing all three races while Voodoo faltered slightly earning 2-4-6 finished for third overall. George Eddings Blue Noze had a great day finishing 3-2-2 to hold on to second spot. Neil Ayre/Mick Coleman’s recently purchased Advanced CAE (Mamba) and their 4-6-3 finishes were good enough for fourth place. Ray Waldron’s Surf Patrol with a revamped crew was back to avenge its nose dive and capsize of last year and finished 6-3-4 on the day to hold down fifth spot.

 Jonathon Kingdon’s Moto Inzi took three fifth-place finishes to hold down sixth. The Fireflys were designed by Phuketian Mark Pescott, who is racing on Surf Patrol for this regatta. Mick Tilden’s Pixalux and lead sponsor Andrew de Bruin with his Multihull Solutions H30 did battle in the two-boat Pulse 600 division. Tilden, who used to own a share in Fujin, put his competitive monohull racing career on hold when he discovered the joys of sailing a Corsair Pulse 600. Today’s racing saw Mick take all three races with Andrew coming a close second. 

 The Cruising Multihull three-boat class saw Anthony Passmore’s Planit DaVinci, Bill Kane’s The Sting, and Rick Fielding’s Mojo finish 1-2-3 in the two races they sailed.  

 This event is a veritable who’s who of sailing in Phuket, as everyone who is anyone is involved in the regatta in some way.

 
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