Conducted by the Phuket Yacht Club, the fleet is split into four classes - Racing Multi's (OMR), Cruising Multi's (NHC Handicap), Firefly 850 Sports and Pulse 600's racing One-Design, as they take flight on Chalong Bay and around neighbouring islands, is expected to produce some exceptionally close racing.
A gaggle of super light Stealth catamarans built locally by Asia Catamarans and led by defending champion Alan Carwardine's 11.8m Hurricane will be battling it out with Henry Kaye's Seacart 30 Thor, Danny Moore's Carbon Custom 36 3Itch, Mark Horwood's Formula 40 trimaran Adrenalin and Dirk Weiblen's KL25 Off-line. If they hold together and hit their target speeds, they will be all vying for the Racing Multi line honours and handicap stakes.
Rick Fielding's Fusion 40 MOJO will be up against Robert Hossack's Raptor and Mike Spurle's Proud Cat as the Multi Cruising Class makes a welcome return to the class lineup.
Over three days of racing, with ‘all races to count’ in the pointscore, boat crews will have to be on their best form from the beginning, as they cannot afford to make any mistakes or have a bad day, as they will be severely punished.
Six locally built Firefly 850 Sports cats, designed by Aussie Mark Pescott have been the backbone of one design racing in Phuket and always provide a great spectacle. John Newnham's Twin Sharks have proven unbeatable over the last couple of years and once again, is coming up against previous champions Hans Rahmann's Voodoo, that usually end up, dueling it out, till the last race. Ray Waldron's Surf Patrol is the new kid on the block, while Jonathan Kingdon takes over the reigns on Moto Inzi from his farther. George Eddings returns on Blue Nose and Natsuki Motoyoshi's Japanese team on Mil Grace will be looking to make a lasting impression.
With the introduction of the one-design Pulse 600 class, made by Corsair Marine in Vietnam, they have became an extension of the vibrant 'Fly In, Fly Out' charter scene at Phuket regattas. Owned by Java Yachting and used for match racing in Krabi, these nippy trimaran's have attracted several foreign two person teams, to take on Andrew de Bruin's H30 Multihull Solutions.
Asia general manager and Title Sponsor, Multihull Solutions, Andrew de Bruin summed up what to expect "Three days sailing around Chalong Bay in strong breeze, with a bunch of like-minded people, gathering at the Phuket Yacht Club bar afterwards, to regale each other with tall tales of their exploits, over a few cold beers – what more could you want?"
This is a perfect feeder event for crews to hone their skills before the action packed Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek (July 19th - 23rd) to be contested on the very same waters, next week.
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