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4th SEA Property Multihull Championship 2011


AY Pre-Regatta Report

Multihull's are the flavour of the decade
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 14th: With the Extreme 40’s, AC 45’s and D35's taking center stage these days, the sailing world has been turned upside down in more ways than one. Experienced multihull sailors are in big demand and former big monohull sailors are either on a steep learning curve or taking a back seat. The tropical cruising grounds in SE Asia have long been a breading ground for multihull sailing to flourish. Once again the SEA Property Multihull Championship organised by the Ao Chalong Yacht Club is upon us for the fourth time. This event has turned into the largest gathering of multihull's racing around the islands to the SE of Phuket for three days and four nights of partying. So whether you are a racer or cruiser, novice or experienced sailor, get yourself to Phuket and enter this fun-filled event.

With an exciting array of 16 yachts divided into 3 classes on the start line each day, event organisers are taking the opportunity to showcase what local boat manufacturers have on offer in Asian waters these days. This time of year the weather conditions can vary between flat calm to stormy SW trade winds honking across the bay. As ‘all races to count’ in the series pointscore, boat crews will have to be on their best form as they cannot afford to make any mistakes or have a bad day as they will be severely punished for it.

Director of Racing Peter Dyer is looking forward to welcoming crew from across the globe in what promises to be another spectacular year “The SEA Property Multihull Championship is very appealing for so many reasons. Firstly the waters off Phuket are absolutely perfect for this type of racing, secondly everything is happening from Ao Chalong Yacht Club requiring minimum effort on part of the crew. The regatta itself is packed full of surprising moments due to the unpredictable July weather making it a pretty open regatta for the taking.

Yachts to watch this year are Alan Carwardine’s Stealth 12.5 Sidewinder that has come on strong since launching last year, David Liddell's Corsair C37RS Miss Saigon is always pushing hard and won the 2010 King's Cup, the two Andaman Cabriolet's Da Vinci and Grenville Fordham's Niña have been on the podium here before. They are all competing like mad, both on and off the water for boat sales, so overall performance at the regatta is very important and good for 'bragging rights' for the rest of the year.

After winning everything before them last season Hans Rahmann's Voodoo must start favourite in the Firefly 850 Sport class. Roger Kingdon's ever illusive Moto Inzi can never be discounted and Firefly designer Mark Pescott skippering Twin Sharks always poses a threat and thrives in close quarter racing events.

Principal daily sponsors include Corsair Marine, Derani Yachts and Sea Bees, whilst the Ao Chalong Yacht Club, Andaman Cabriolet and SEA Yachting form the lineup of co-sponsors promising some special prizes. In addition sponsor Corsair Marine will be running their national championship where winners will take home the prestigious Corsair Cup.

Registration is tonight Thursday evening and the race briefing is on Friday at 9am at the ACYC prior to the first scheduled warning signal at 10:30am. This is followed by a program of five races - Friday (2), Saturday (2) and Sunday (1) with evening parties at the AC Yacht Club premises overlooking Ao Chalong bay.

The weather forecast on Friday is for SW/W 10/20 Knots being drawn across the peninsula by a tropical depression over North Vietnam. Scattered showers/isolated thunderstorms. Sea slight to moderate. Swell low to moderate, so we can expect some exciting racing over the next few days.

This is a perfect feeder event for the crew to hone their skills before the action packed Six Senses Phuket Raceweek (July 20 to 24) to be contested on the very same waters, next week.

Full details on the ACYC website: http://www.acyc-phuket.com

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