Hurricane and Voodoo triumph in Phuket Multihull Regatta

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The Phuket Multihull championship, the 5th since its conception, sailed from the 12th -14th of July with all the prize-giving and parties taking place at the Ao Chalong Yacht Club, the organizers of the regatta.

Many of Phuket’s regattas started life at or because of the Ao Chalong Yacht Club, but they all moved on to new homes. But the first time Mick Kealy was Commodore of the ACYC he decided he wanted to hold a regatta based permanently out of the ACYC.

The first regatta saw only seven entries; that number tripled two years ago when a record total of boats entered the regatta. Unfortunately, tough Continue reading


Thai Sailing Yacht “Sansiri” make history, placing third in division in 2013 Transpac Race

Press release
24th July, 2013

First-ever Thai skipper “Patinyakorn Buranrom” to compete against leading 59 yachts from around the world in 4,100km global ocean race across the Pacific Ocean

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Sansiri crew on-the-dock before the start of the 2013 Transpac Race.
Photo © Doug Gifford/ Photo available for editorial use only and photo credit is required.

The first-ever Thai entry in the world-famous TRANSPAC 2013, co-skippered by Thai sailor Patinyakorn “Ging” Buranrom, have written a Continue reading

Sansiri impresses early in 2013 Transpac Race

Press release​
14th July, 2013

Sansiri impresses early in 2013 Transpac Race
A good start and currently leading Division 7

Sansiri in action soon after the start of the 2013 Transpac Race, sprinting into the Division 7 lead. Photo © Sharon Green/ Photo available for editorial use only and photo credit is required.

The 2013 Transpacific Yacht Race (Transpac) started in perfect Southern California conditions on Continue reading

FCI Watermakers Series 1 Race 4

FCI Watermakers

                         ACYC Series 1 Race 4

Race 4 of the ACYC series 1 was to be a difficult affair with little and shifting breeze predicted.

The breeze was forecasted to move into the east and then to the south so the course was set inside Chalong Bay with the ability to shorten the course if needed.

It was as usual, a competitive start with many of the 8 boats entered, gunning for the best spot on the start line.

Unfortunately the breeze did not do as predicted and the fleet was soon on a soldiers course with no opportunities for upwind tactics nor spinnakers to be flown. Nearing the start of the last lap the breeze finally went into the north east to see all spinnakers set, heading for the yellow mark off the south Chalong beach.

Moya Hin soon became the shining star to run away from the fleet with excellent light air speed only to have a spinnaker halyard jam on the last kite drop and as we all know, spinnakers just don’t work upwind. As the amazing Kevin climbed the mast to release the halyard, many of the fleet sailed past. (I am sure you should be too old for that Kevin?)

Hurricane was early across the line in Multihull division but had to settle for second place on OMR behind Merv’s ‘Silk Purse.’

The consistent Windstar, again the winner in ‘Racing class’ with Remmington close second. Moya Hin still managed a 3rd as ‘Who Dares wins’ struggled in the later stages of an even lighter breeze.

Again Aqua came home the winner in Cruising class with Gokova following in second.

It was again a great day to be out on the water and a good atmosphere back at the club. We hope to see a bigger fleet this coming Sunday the 28th for Race 5 of the series and be sure you are there for the earlier start of 11.00 and not 12.00.

        Series 1 Race 4 Results
Boat Skipper Class Hrs:Min:Sec Place
Aqua Mig Wehsle




Gokova Roman




Moya Hin Peter jones




Windstar Peter Wood




Remmington Jim




Who Dares Win Ian Kennedy




Hurricance Al Carwardine




Silk Purse Merv Owen




2012 Series 1, Race 7 – Commentary

A turbulent day was had by the three competitors who were brave enough to take a chance on the weather.  One way or the other they were not let down: that’s if you consider broken gear, retirements, the need to dive below to free ropes tangled in propellers, battling 30 – 40 knot winds, sizable waves and being rained on as being not let down!

Race Officer Scott Duncanson set the course starting at the Chalong inner port channel marker and longtail, rounded Koh Lon and the Ao Makham safe water mark, back to the start and a around the Ban Nit safe water mark and to the finish.  From a rather easy going start controlled by starter David Rucker from the longtail – everyone was late!  Grenville Fordham’s Niña lead the way, followed by Jack Christensen’s Linda with Bill Sax’s Astraeus leading up the rear after not being able to clear the start mark.  Niña enjoyed the building conditions with the monohulls struggling to stay in touch.  Gaps widened with only Niña flying a spinnaker in the boisterous conditions.

Due to the extreme conditions the course was shortened leaving out the Ban Nit mark.  The only one in the group to finish was Niña battling to the finish under headsail only to windward into a 40 knot wind.  Linda suffered main traveler track damage due to an accidental gybe whilst attempting to reef sails. Astraeus suffered much the same fate with a broken lower mainsheet block.  That problem was further exasperated when a headsail sheet managed to fall overboard fouling the propeller.  Swimmers had to go overboard to free it otherwise they would have been in Phi Phi compliments of the wind direction.

Back at the club the presentation was delayed so the Astraeus (The Greek God of Dusk) crew could participate – they got back just before dusk.  Astraeus’s skipper along with the skipper of Linda were presented a bottle of wine each for braving the conditions.  Niña’s skipper was awarded a bottle of Australia Brut for his efforts and their win and being the only participant to finish the course.  The club was bustling with those that decided to stay safe ashore – fine weather sailors the lot of them holding up the bar!

2012 Series 1, Race 5 – Commentary

With a fresh southwesterly wind, a scenic course around the islands off Chalong Bay marked the start of Race 5 of the Irish Times Race Series.

Five monohulls and two catamarans participated. In the catamaran division were Niña and Sidewinder; in the cruising monohulls, Astraeus and Uravai; and in the racing division, Linda, Windstar and Moya Hin.

As usual, there was plenty of action at the start line. Jack Christenson’s Linda broke the start by about three boat lengths, and by the time they realised they had to restart they were at least a mile down the course.

Meanwhile, Moya Hin, owned and helmed by Peter Jones, managed to run aground on a sand bank before the start, freeing herself just in time.

Other starters were all on time with new owner John Punch’s Sidewinder leading the pack, followed by Grenville Fordham and Bob Mott on Nina.

Sidewinder cleared out well ahead, while Niña – sailing conservatively under headsail and mainsail – slowly lost touch with the leader.

As the fleet pressed their way down the bay, Niña continued to keep Moya Hin at bay while her crew were entertained by some very interesting spinnaker gymnastics on Moya Hin, who perhaps had too many skippers aboard.

Uruvai and Bill Sax’s Astraeus held to the cruisers’ course, which didn’t include Koh Hae or the Ao Makham Safe Water Mark, giving them a chance of finishing close to the racing divisions.

Winds remained brisk over the complete course and actually increased on the last windward leg to the finish line. Some boats clocked 22 knots over the deck, others up to 28.

Word has it that crew dropped the mainsail on Peter Wood’s Windstar rather than the issued command to drop the spinnaker before the windward leg – they shall remain anonymous to protect the innocent.

All won a bottle of wine for their efforts.

2012 Series 1, Race 2 – Commentary

With light winds expected, the fleet set underway in what is one of the shortest courses ever set to SWM Ao Makham and back, with two short loops around SWM Ban Nit and OSCM. Total course length 9 nm. Regardless, only David and crew on Miss Saigon completed the full course, the rest of the fleet were shortened to a single loop, and Mark Horwood’s Iruvai’s course shortened further removing both loops. This season we are benefited by being able to progressively shorten the course for boats towards the rear of the fleet and still provide a result, rather than a DNF. Rob Azzopardi’s crew failed to show up leaving poor Rob left alone at the ACYC after rejecting earlier offers of crew. Nonetheless, Rob set out by himself and although a little late to the start line, sailed the course singlehandedly for which he was awarded a bottle of wine for his efforts.

On Saturday, David Liddell from Miss Saigon spent several hours practising his starts and it paid off, because Miss Saigon was the first across the start line, plus the only boat to complete the full course length and earn line honours as well. Towards SWM Ao Makham, Linda, trailing Miss Saigon, was pulling away from Windstar upwind, but after rounding the mark, Linda didn’t have a spinnaker and was quickly passed by the ever-competitive Peter Wood roaring up from nowhere in Windstar, with the distinct colours of his kite not to be missed. Windstar, much to Peter’s disappointment at anything but first prize, finished the day in 3rd place overall. Miss Saigon beat Windstar by just 3 seconds on adjusted time coming 2nd place overall. Bill Sax on Astraeus took the glory and the wine for the day, having the largest performance increase over last Sunday’s race.

Kudos to Iruvai for finishing the race, despite the wind falling away towards the end… although Peter did keep wondering when Mark would be back within mobile phone range! 😉

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