Published: Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Thai sailor Alan Carwardine on Asia Catamarans Hurricane took the title of Multihull Solutions Regatta Racing Multihull Class, while Aussie Mick Tilden on board Pixalux claimed victory in Pulse 600 Class. British sailor John Newnham on Twin Sharks won the champion in Firefly 850 Class at the regatta July 14-17 in Phuket, Thailand. The competition is organised by Phuket Yacht Club and sponsored by Australia-based dealer Multihull Solutions, which also has a sales centre at Ao Po Grand Marina in Phuket.

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(Photos: Phuket Yacht Club - Multihull Solutions Regatta)

In Racing Multihull class, Henry Kaye’s Sea Cart 30, Thor jumped to an early lead. It looked like a first and fastest was on the cards, but a small technical problem allowed the three chasing Stealth cats to close the gap.

Asia Catamarans Hurricane put its stamp on the regatta with a resounding win, followed by Java Yachting and Thor hung on for third. In race two for Racing Multihulls Class, the breeze increased to 16 knots. Thor again jumped out to lead and this time with no mistakes romped home to take a deserved first and fastest. Asia Catamarans Hurricane crew sailed with awesome speed to take second, with Top Cat third.

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Asia Catamarans Hurricane was dominating the class while second went to the new and improving Top Cat, skippered by Irish candidate Peter Wood. Third went to Java Yachting, led by John Coffin from Thailand, who showed glimpses of winning speed, but not often enough to pressure the champion. 

Second start away was the Firefly 850 Class. The breezes suited the very consistent and well-sailed Twin Sharks, but out of the pack emerged a new contender for the top position in Advanced Racing Team Mamba, who showed fantastic speed around the three lap windward and leeward course, and then the longer coastal race that followed. Twin Sharks was placed first and second over the two races to comfortably sew up the 2016 title. A couple of other boats also showed out during these windier races ,with Blue Noze and Moto Inzi grabbing third placings each on the final day. When all the points were tallied it was Twin Sharks first, Advanced Racing Team second and Voodoo in third.

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The one-design Pulse 600 fleet revelled in the conditions and eagerly jumped at the chance to plane around the race course and enjoy high speeds providing onlookers with quite a spectacle. The fleet raced two, three lap windward and leeward courses and the windier conditions also threw a few different results in the fleet. In the first race of the day, Pixalux showed great speed and tactics to race away to an all-the-way win, which also tied up first place in the regatta. Chasing hard was Multihull Solutions H30 to score a second and third clenching second overall. Third place went to Phuket Island Radio helmed by Qu Jaimin. Race two around the windward and leeward course saw the breeze increase favouring the crew of Pulse Red helmed by Paul Baker. Second was Pixalux and third was Pulse Yellow.

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The overall winner was Pulse Blue Pixalux by Mick Tilden, followed by Andrew de Bruin on Multihull Solutions H30, and third was Paul Baker’s Pulse Red.