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2014 Multihull Solutions Regatta
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AY Pre-Regatta Report

Multihull's getting ready to fly...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 10th: During the 2011 Multihull Championship, we wisely predicted that "Multihull's are the flavour of the decade" and haven't been proved wrong yet. With boat designers, builders and composite experts, relocating to Phuket and surrounding SE Asian countries, the growth has been phenomenal and some very functional and sleek racing machines have emerged. For the Ao Chalong Yacht Club this is the 7th running of the 'Multihull Only' event and since Multihull Solutions have opened branches in Asia, sponsoring the regatta is a natural move and immediately raised the profile of the event to its former glory days.

With WindGuru predicting South Westerlies in the stormy high teens and building to over 20 knots by the weekend, rest assured there will be plenty of action, in and around the islands on Phuket's South East Coast, for the next 3 days.

The tropical cruising grounds in SE Asia have long been a breading ground for multihull sailing to flourish. Nineteen multihull's split into three classes - Firefly One-Design, Racing Multi's (OMR) and Open Multi's (NHC Handicap) will be taking flight on Chalong Bay.

The five Firefly 850 Sports, racing one design, always provide some close encounters and a great spectacle on the water. For all their past accolades, Hans Rahmann's Voodoo must start favourite but recently the mantle has come under pressure from John Newnham's Twin Sharks. Roger Kingdon's ever illusive Moto Inzi has won here before and always poses a threat. The same goes for Neil Ayre after mastering the intricacies on Mamba. Joining for the first time, George Eddings Blue Nose and the chartered The Frog, will have to quickly get up to speed and get used to close quarter racing, for them to make an impression.

Upon launching the event, Andrew de Bruin, Asia general manager of Title Sponsor, Multihull Solutions explained “We’re particularly keen to see more cruising yachts join in, as we plan to tailor the regatta’s courses to suit the boats that enter”. He went to say "That this regatta is a cruising yachtie’s dream… three days sailing around the picturesque islands scattered off Chalong Bay, with a bunch of like-minded people, gathering at the yacht club bar afterwards, to regale each other with tall tales of their exploits over a few cold beers – what more could you want?"

Four of Asia Catamarans super light Stealth catamarans will be leading the charge in the Racing Multi's (OMR) Class. Alan Carwardine will be skippering the 11.8m Hurricane and Mick Coleman on the sistership Java. David Liddell is taking the reigns on the Stealth 12 Afterburner and Russian Kirill Stashevskiy guiding the biggest Stealth 13 Galeforce around the course.

For more speed, Henry Kaye has extended the Seacart 26 Sweet Chariot by 60cm, in an all out effort to get the better of Shane Grover / Zam Bevan Corsair Sprint MK2 Bullet, Werner Amstutz's Corsair 28 Flying High and Peter Boyd's bigger Corsair 31 Zig Zag. The fresh conditions will help Grenville Fordham / Bob Mott's heavier displacement Andaman Cabriolet Nina and Mark Horwood's Formula 40 trimaran Adrenalin to get into the mix and amongst the silverware.

Three yachts have responded to Andrew de Bruin's call to expand the Open Multi's (Performance) Class. Roman Shirokov's Lagoon 380 Star Fruit and the all Thai crew on the Nautitech 395 White Conch top the scales. while Tim Milner's Whitehaven 38 Seekronghuk is more performance orientated.

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. This regatta is usually packed full of surprises and due to the unpredictable July weather makes it very open for the taking.

This is a perfect feeder event for the crew to hone their skills before the action packed Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek (July 16th - 20th) to be contested on the very same waters, next week.

More details on the ACYC website: http://acyc.asia/regattas/multihull-regatta/

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