Phoenix, Fugazi, Twin Sharks and Dragon take top honors


Scott Duncanson

Twelve knots of wind greeted PRO Matt McGrath on the final day of the Sailor’s Regatta 2020, and he ran two races for each class in Ao Chalong using the same sequence he had all regatta: monohulls (IRC) followed by OMR Multis then the Fireflies & Platus.

Niels Degenkolw’s Phoenix won top honors in the Monohulls-IRC class followed by Andrew McDermott Jessandra who edged Vitaly Plaksin’s Uminoko by one point for second spot in the final standings. Paul Baker’s Farrgo Express was fourth with Gary Smith’s Endeavour of Whitby fifth and Martyn Henman Second Nature, who sailed up from Langkawi for the event, finished out the class.

Dan Fidock’s Fugazi team had a great regatta and won the OMR Multihull division edging out Dirk Weiblen’s No Fear for top spot by two points. Dirk was sailing with the Jakobsens, down from Pattaya for the event, and must now try and get home to Shanghai. Marc Chapus’ Moto Inzi was third in the class, which was rounded out by Bill Kane’s The Sting.

The surprise of the Firefly class was Peter Taylor’s Ballerina who ended up finishing second overall with a six-man crew. Usually, this class is a two-horse battle between John Newnham’s Twin Sharks and Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo with Twin Sharks usually prevailing. But Taylor as he deftly displayed agility steering out of the packed Ao Chalong anchorage in the morning – engine up – made a number of shrewd tactical moves throughout the regatta to finish six points behind Twin Sharks’ all-star crew. Ray Waldron’s Surf Patrol followed in third with Voodoo, less Hans Rahmann, in fourth and Mick Coleman’s Mamba in last spot, honoring Henry Kaye by flying his spinnaker.

PYC stalwarts Alan and June Cawardine sailed on different boast for the first time in a while as Alan was crew on Ballerina and June crewed on Mamba. Nathan Masopust and his crew on Dragon won the Platu class after recently winning the Transworlds in Pattaya followed by Beaver, Tiger, The Fox, Wolf and Cheetah in that order as very little separated the boats in this One Design class all regatta.

Following the lead of Mick Coleman the PYC sold raffle tickets and raised Bt100,000 to help alleviate Mark Horwood’s hospital bills. Horwood, who was the PYC Commodore from 1998 – 2002 is recovering from mouth cancer and in the ICU of Phuket’s Vachira Hospital.

Brent McInnes of the Phuket Cruising Yacht Club provided the photography boat for the regatta and Brendan Kealy kindly supported the start boat with Kathy De Cruz handling the start flags. And a big shout to John Newnham and all he’s done for the club as his latest donations allowed for the purchase of new racing buoys and lifejackets for the junior sailing program.

Phoenix, Fugazi, Twin Sharks and Dragon take top honors