Nothing but blue skies

2020/03/14

Scott Duncanson

Good sailing weather greeted all competitors as they bolted from the start line just past midday on day two of the third annual Sailor’s Regatta. PRO Matt McGrath had the Monohulls (IRC) & OMR Multis do one race — a round-the-island course — while he set three races each for the Fireflies & Platus in Ao Chalong Bay.

Vitaly Plaksin’s Uminoko took honours on the day in the racing monohulls with Niels Degenkolw’s Phoenix coming second followed seven seconds later on elapsed time by Andrew McDermott Jessandra who shadowed Phoenix on the last leg on the course. Paul Baker’s Farrgo Express was fourth while Gary Smith’s Endeavour of Whitby and Martyn Henman Second Nature both didn’t finish as the wind didn’t hold for them as they tried to turn Koh Larn. Going into the final day tomorrow Phoenix leads the class with four points trailed by Jessandra at seven and Uminoko with ten.

Dan Fidock’s Fugazi had line honours in the round-the-island-race (01:42:00) finishing almost an hour ahead of Moto Inzi who earned second spot on corrected time in the OMR Multihull Class. Dirk Weiblen’s No Fear was third followed by Bill Kane’s The Sting in the four-boat class. Heading into the final day’s racing, Fugazi has a good lead with three points while No Fear and Moto Inzi trail with seven and eight points respectively.

John Newnham’s Twin Sharks led the Firefly class on day two with a first-place finishes and two seconds. It’s as it John’s crew has a direct line to Poseidon when it comes to navigating the waters around the Phuket Yacht Club. Peter Taylor’s Ballerina has been the surprise of the class so far and moved into second overall while Ray Waldron’s Surf Patrol and Voodoo (missing Hans Rahmann, who is back in Hamburg as his mother passed recently) follow in third and fourth with Mick Coleman’s Mamba bringing up the rear.

Dragon continued to lead the Platu class followed by Beaver, Tiger, The Fox, Wolf and Cheetah in that order but there was very little space in the One Design class with much jockeying for position and all still in play on the final day.

Organizers took precautions before the regatta making sure all participants signed a “Coronvirus COVID-19 Self-Declaration form”, which included a clause which said they must withdraw from the regatta and self-quarantine if they came down with any symptoms related to the virus. Everyone involved in the regatta has had their spirits buoyed by the competition. With so much fear and paranoia being spread around it is refreshing to know that while precautions do need to be taken events like these can still be held.

Nothing but blue skies