Jai-Dee Regatta helps kick-start Phuket’s recovery


Scott Murray

Jai-Dee Regatta helps kick-start Phuket’s recovery

If you wanted some reassurance that Phuket was starting to wind its way back from the COVID doldrums you just had to be on hand for the hooting, hollering and good times to be had on the first day of the Jai-Dee (meaning kind-hearted in Thai) Regatta organized by the Phuket Yacht Club (PYC).

The PYC has proved to be a beacon of light and hope for local sailors during the global pandemic as it is now staging the third annual Jai-Dee Regatta and the sixth major sailing event since the pandemic started. This was the first regatta under new PYC Commodore Peter Dyer and Race Officer Warwick Downes as Scott Duncanson is now the club’s Vice Commodore and will be focused on growing the club’s junior sailing program.

Day one of the regatta saw PRO Simon James get in three races a piece for the eight multihulls and the five monohulls entered in the regatta as well as two races for the two Platus (Mike Downard’s Dragon & Dan Evilsiser’s Wolf) from Downard’s Sail in Asia outfit. A third Platu, Tiger, skipped by Jon Oeygard, was supposed to race but didn’t make it to the start line.

There are divisions within divisions for this regatta, so John Newnham’ Twin Sharks claimed top spot on the day in the eight-boat Multihull Overall class winning two of the races. Dan Fidock’s Fugazi, who won the third race, was close behind, just two points back of the leader; with Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo 5.5 points put that Firefly in third place.

Rounding out the class John Spencer’s Zero was fourth, John Coffin’s Fez was fifth, Glywn Rowlands Twister 2 was sixth, George Edding’s Blue Noze was seventh with Bill Kane’s The Sting coming last in the group.
The top three spots were repeated in the Multi Racing Division class with George Edding’s Blue Noze finishing fourth in that four-boat division (Blue Noze, Twin Sharks & Voodoo being the three Fireflies entered in the regatta).

The Multi Cruising division class featured a battle of three of Alan Carwardine’s Stealths with Zero being the top Asia Catamaran followed by Fez and Twister 2. The lone outrider, The Sting, took fourth in this division.
In the three-boat Monohull IRC class Niels Degenkolw’s Phoenix took top spot (surprise, surprise) followed by Andrew McDermott’s predominately female crew on Jessandra II with Torben Kristensen’s Kinnon coming in third spot.

The five-boat Monohull PHS division saw a repeat of the top three finishers in the Monohull IRC class with Kirill Stasthevsky’s Andaman Discovery placing fourth and Martyn Henman’s Second Nature coming in fifth place.

The wind did play tricks on the racers today and Alfie Rowson, crewing on Twin Sharks, summed it up best,
saying “The boats that did well today were in phase with the shifts and gusts.”

The idea for this regatta was to hold affordable no frills regattas, no goody bags or T-shirts and just one final party on the last night, making it affordable for all to compete. And it was originally seen as a feeder race for the Phuket King’s Cup.

The racing continues Saturday at 11:30am and Sunday at 12:30pm with a prize giving and buffet dinner at the club on Sunday night.

Jai-Dee Regatta helps kick-start Phuket’s recovery