A little bit of everything greets day two of the MSR 2020


Scott Duncanson

Some sunshine, some good wind, some rain, and even a squall greeted sailors on day two of the Multihull Solutions Regatta 2020 as a fluctuating weather pattern swept through Ao Chalong on the southern end of Phuket.

PRO Matt McGrath gave both the OMR and Firefly classes three races each while the Cruising Multis got in two races on the day. The OMR battle between Dan Fidock’s Fugazi and the Mark Thornburrow-owned Bonza was back on. Bonza, helmed by Warwick Downes, won the first race, but Fugazi came back to win the next two so after two days of competition Fugazi leads the class with 5 points with Bonza sitting at 9.

The rough weather favored Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo in the five-boat Firefly-class as it won the first two races of the day and came second in the third, enabling it to hold on to first place overall. John Newnham’s Twin Sharks got off to a rough start finishing fifth in race one but bounced back to gain the second spot in race 2 and win race three, good enough for second spot overall. Mamba, helmed by John Priestley, continued its steady showing finishing second, fourth, and third respectively in the day’s three races, enabling it to hold on to third spot overall. Peter Taylor’s Ballerina slipped back a bit with two fourth-place finishes and a third-place finish, giving it fourth overall. Marc Chapus’ Moto Inzi continued to hold a lock on the final spot although they did manage a third-place finish in race one.

Paul “Flatty” Baker’s Blue Pulse flew through the water winning the first race of the day in Cruising Multis (race two overall in the series). Peter Dyer’s DaVinci won the second race on the day (race three in the series). When all the points were tallied, Zam Bevan’s Sho,vel sits in first place in this class followed by DaVinci with regatta sponsor Andrew DeBruin’s MHS Neel 51 holding down third, followed by Blue Pulse, The Sting, Klook Star Trek, and Rendezvous.

Rendezvous hit the outer channel marker during the first race of the day forcing it out of the regatta. The Sting suffered damage to its racing jib in the second race as the winds gusted but it will be back out on the water tomorrow.

A number of couples are competing in the regatta including Anthony and Ali Gates racing on Ballerina; Bill Kane and Khun Toon on The Sting; Andrew and Donna De Bruin on the MHS Neel 51; Warwick (Bonza) and Suzanne Downes (Ballerina); and Muzza (Bonza) and Chantal (MHS Neel 51).

A little bit of everything greets day two of the MSR 2020