East Marine Emagine captures 22nd Bay Regatta

On the fourth and final day of the Bay Regatta, the Coca Cola Haad Thip Race, Principal Race Officer, Simon James continued the regatta’s two-start format as all the multihulls crossed the start line together followed by all the monohulls. Today’s race saw the participants start off of Krabi’s Railay Beach between the committee boat and Koh Yaman, then pass Koh Dam Hok and Koh Dam Kwan to starboard before hitting the gate at Hin Mu Sang Noi. The multis made it through the gate but the wind died before the other boats could get there, so finishing times was taken from the gate.

After all the boats crossed the finish, they headed back to Phuket, where they celebrated the final prize giving and dinner at Kan Eang 2 restaurant, overlooking Chalong Bay.

It was hoped that the final prize-giving would be a somewhat quieter affair as last night at the Phra Nang Inn the stage collapsed while the prize-giving was taking place when the extended crew from the Russian yacht Megazip jumped on stage. Luckily, the only casualties were a few bruised egos and some wet clothes as the temporary stage was constructed on the resort’s swimming pool, but it certainly was a prize-giving ceremony to remember as everyone went scrambling once the stage gave way.

The six-boat Racing Class saw Scott Bradley’s East Marine Emagine win for the second time in four years. Alexey Mashkin’s Megazip came second, having won the regatta the two previous years. Craig Nichols’ Aquarii was third with Gordon Ketelbey’s Ramrod in fourth followed by Andrew McDermott’s Jessandra II and Vitalii Plaksin’s Uminoko in last.

In the Cruising A class, Paul Merry's Night Train rode three first-place finishes to victory while Brandon Roscoe's Lola, which took first on day three, claimed second overall with 9 points. Hellmut Schutte's Aquavit 6 was third with 12 points followed by Kirill Stashevskly’s Winds of Change (15 pts) Andrew Bruechert’s Sand Grouper (21 pts) and Jack Christensen’s Linda (25 pts).

The six-boat Cruising B class was won by surprise, surprise, Niels Degenkolw’s Phoenix. Niels has won the Bay Regatta a number of times in various divisions over the years. This year, he won every race except for day two’s when the Gillows on Poco snuck by him. Poco did end up claiming second in the class while Vladislav Belosheikin’s Sail in Asia Pinocchio was third, Tristram Denyer’s Iseulta was fourth and Sergei Kataev’s Hope was fifth.

Mig Wehrle’s Aqua came in last but did have the regatta’s cutest entrant-Mig’s young son Lucas on board, along with Lucas’ grandmother so it really was a family affair.

Speaking on families, it’s always tremendous to see the father-daughter team of Kevin and Mia Gillow out on the water. As a child, Mia sailed around the world with her parents, and the family has always been quite close. But a few years back, Kevin suffered a stroke. He made a miraculous recovery and 18 months later was back sailing and winning the Bay Regatta on Poco with Mia.

In the Bareboat Class, Konstantin Nazarenko’s Kinnon almost made a clean sweep of it, but Venture, after finishing second on the first three days, claimed the top spot on the final day. Russell Waddy’s AllSail Tonicola, the only non-Russian boat in the class, was third and Denis Aksenov’s Uhuru was fourth overall in this division.

Fugazi was the star of the show winning regatta line honours in all four races – but when their handicap was applied on the final race it was only good for third overall in the multihull class, so they didn’t sweep their division though they did win it on days one-three. Kudos to owner/skipper Dan Fidock and his crew of Mick Coleman, Rob Meizer, Nick Gutry, Ciaran “Irish” Corrigan and Gaetan Verhegge as they flew their hull(s) masterfully throughout the event. Twin Sharks usually gives them a run for the money when handicap is applied but John Newnham’s tight-knit team of Alfie Rowson, Jason Corall (fly in from New York), Tam Keawwantha (flew in from Ireland), with John as skip, had to pull out early on the first day due to a ripped sail. They had blown out their back-up sail at the Royal International Regatta just a few weeks earlier and hadn’t had time to replace it. Jason did find a home with Phantom 5 for the regatta and Alfie and Tam sailed with Jessandra II.

George Eddings crew (John Claxon, Peter Taylor & Mark Pescott) on Blue Noze filled the gap left by Twin Sharks and sailed marvelously finishing only two points behind Fugazi in the final standings. Alan Carwardine’s Asia Catamarans Phantom 5 also turned in a valiant effort, coming third with 12 points. Alan sailed with many of his crew from Hurricane, since sold to a sailor based out of San Diego. Glywn Rowlands Twister 2 was fourth with 14 points and Ray Waldron’s Surf Patrol was fifth with 23 points. Ray’s was the only boat able to fix a damaged sail during the regatta, because after registering a DNF on day three, crewmate and sailmaker Ket Mangklaseranee was able to match things up and have them ready to go for day four.

Scott Galle’s Blade Runner IX had trouble in the regatta and ended with 2 DNFs on the first two days, ripping its sail near the end of the second day, forcing it out of the regatta. Gallant effort in tough winds for the small trimaran though.

Simon James did a tremendous job as PRO setting the courses, manning the starts and keeping things in order. Kae Wattana and her Regattas Asia team made everyone happy on shore, providing plenty of good food and drink and good entertainment. Vacation Village stepped up and provided Seraph as the committee boat Captain Brent McInnes did great work steering the photographer’s rib. Brendon Kealy helped out by providing his catamaran, Catapult for photography services on the last day. And Bob Mott was also a tremendous help, providing the mark boat and the Rainman waterproof bags for all the skippers. A big shot out to Simon’s team on the water—Susie, Hughie, Chandran, Jane, Cookie & Eddie—who as always, made sure all the starts and finishes were correctly posted and recorded.


Stunning topography greets sailors on Bay Regatta’s third day 

Windy and wavy from the get-go, PRO Simon James staged two different starts (for the mono-and-multihulls) and set two different courses for the third day of the 2019 Bay Regatta. The Racing and Multihull class were off on the longer 24NM course, while the two Cruising classes and the Bareboats hit the 17NM course: all finished off of Krabi’s Ao Nang Beach. 

The six-boat Racing Class saw Megazip zip through the stunning karst topography finishing first in both elapsed and corrected time. Aquari was second and East Marine Emagine was third (though positions flipflopped on elapsed time) with Jessandra II, Uminoko, and Ramrod following in that order.

Brandon Roscoe's Lola took first place from Hong Kong, took Cruising A honors today despite finishing half-a-second behind Paul Merry's Night Train on elapsed time. Hellmut Schutte's Aquavit 6 was in third though Hellmut's and Sand Grouper, Winds of Change and Linda rounded out the six-boat class in that order.   

In the Cruising B class, Niels Degenkolw’s beat the Gillow’s Poco across the line by a half-an-hour them in this six-boat class while Vladislav Belosheikin Sail in Asia’s Pinocchio was third of the day followed byTristram Denyer’s Iseulta was fourth while Mig Wehlie’s Aqua, with baby in tow, did not start today and Sergei Kataev’s Hope did not finish. 

Taking line honours for the third straight day with a time of 02:06:43 (corrected time was 02:09:00) Fugazi romped home to another victory in the Multihull Class. Asia Catamarans Phantom was next up, closely followed by Blue Nose. Twister 2 was fourth and Ray Waldron’s Surf Patrol did not finish.   

The Bareboat Class saw Russians finish one, two, and four with Russell Waddy's AllSail Tonicola sneaking into third. Konstantin Nazarenko's Kinnock was first, Stanislav Pechenkin's Venture was second and Denis Aksenov Uhuru had a DNF.   

The Bay Regatta was founded by a photographer (John Everingham) and friends (Chris Schaefer and Andy Stephens). Everingham, a long-time Phuket King’s Cup Regatta committee member, was motivated in part by frustration at the annual struggle over setting that regatta’s courses. On the one hand, he wanted to shoot the fleet of sails contrasted against the dramatic scenery. The hard-core sailors, on the other hand, wanted their boats as far away from land as possible to avoid fickle winds. Dramatic photos would attract more sponsors, argued the photographer; but the sailors always won. So the stymied lensman rounded up some like-minded friends and established a regatta designed to sail among the dramatic limestone island towers and mainland forests off Phuket’s east coast. The problem was that the courses would go too deep into the Bay, where the wind didn’t blow. So. when the Ao Chalong Yacht Club (now the Phuket Yacht Club) gained control over the regatta a couple years back a compromise was worked out between beautiful scenery and good sailing courses.

The ACYC, and its volunteer board, however, felt it could not properly run the regatta properly, so five years ago it was handed over to “Mr. Regatta” himself, Simon James of Regattas Asia. Simon, who aside from being the PRO of the Regatta for many years, had also been one of its principle organizers along with his partner Kae Wattana, so they knew exactly what they were getting into. 

Of note. as Twin Sharks had to pull out of the regatta on the first day, a couple of its crew found new homes: Jason Corall with Phantom and Alfie Rowson with Jessandra II. 

A special shout-out to both Brent McInnes and Bob Mott; the former supplied the photography boat while the latter supplied the mark boat and Rainman waterproof bags for all the skippers.   

 

Good wind greets Raymarine Race Day

Good wind greets Raymarine Race Day

Yesterday's SEA Yachting/Jungceylon Race Day from Ao Po to Koh Yao Noi was followed today by Raymarine's Race Day. Participants in the 22nd Bay Regatta continued to enjoy great sailing weather, desite low wid forecasts, as the party that sails around continued to do just that.

PRO and race organizer Simon James again staged two starts for the competitors today: first off were all the multihulls followed by all the monohulls, as Linda was late to the strt due to the start line due to engine trouble, and again there were no major incidents to report, just a nice clear spinnaker run down Phang Nga Bay.

The 20nm course left from east of Koh Yao Noi, rounded to starboard Koh Pang, passing Koh Pak Bia, and then past Koh Ka to starboard through the gate at Koh Heng (keeping the committee boat to port), then rounding Koh Ngang to port before passing between Koh Deng and Koh Samet and finally finishing between the committee boat and Koh Ya Man.

The six-boat Racing Class saw East Marine Emagine first across the line on elapsed time (03:17:42) but Aquari won the race on handicap with Ramrod in third, followed by Megazip, Jessandra II and Uminoko, in that order.

Paul Merry's Night Train took Cruising A honors today with Brandon Roscoe's Lola coming in second and Hellmut Schutte's Aquavit 6 in third though Hellmut's boat beat Lola in elapsed time. Winds of Change, Sand Grouper and Linda rounded out the six-boat class in that order.

The sixboat Cruising B class saw a similar finish to the Racing Class today as Niels Degenkolw's Phoenix had line honors in the class but ceded first overall on handicap to the Gillows and crew on Poco. Sergei Kataev's Hope was third in the class with

The Bareboat Class saw Russians finish one, two, three. Konstantin Nazarenko's Kinnock was first, Stanislav Pechenkin's Venture was second and Denis Aksenov finished in third. Russell Waddy's AllSail Tonicola, the only non-Russian entry in the class, was fourth. The Russian contingemt is very strong in this regatta with eight Russian boats competing.

Line honours again went to Fugazi with a time of 02:36:00, as they finished a half-hour ahead of Blue Noze, with Twister 2 in third Alan Carwardine's Phantom 5 in fourth and Ray Waldron's Surf Patrol in fifth. Blade Runner IX DNF'ed and Twin Sharks had to withdraw from the regatta yesterday. Adrenaline and The Sting were also supposed to compete in this class during the regatta but had to withdraw at the last minute.

The Bay Regatta takes sailors through the three provinces of Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi allowing participants to experience the best of southern Thai hospitality and the unrivaled sailing grounds in the area. They sail amongst 200-metre high karsts and past hidden bays on their way to a party under-the-stars on an idyllic beach.

In the deep channels between the spectacular, vertical rock walls, the Bay Regatta's philosophy of fun-amidst-beauty shone through for all to see. The hallmark of this event is a casual, fun-filled atmosphere. Many friends join together to sail the four-day event and while the sailing is serious for many racing class yachts, a large number of cruisers join for the experience of sailing through some of the world?s most amazing maritime scenery.


Fugazi continues where it left off as Bay Regatta opens

Daily results are available online at /2019results

Fugazi, who debuted in the 2018 Bay Regatta, easily took line honors as its prone to do crossing the finish line on day one of the 2019 Bay Regatta with an elapsed time of 02:32:31, this ended up being 02:35:16 when handicap was applied for first spot in her class and as always, she was a stunning sight to see soaring through Phang Nga Bay’s stunning karst topography.  

Held this year after the Chinese New Year from 13th to 16th February, The Bay Regatta is a series of passage races – an event format that catches the attention of sailors from around the world with participants coming from as far afield as Australia, Russia, the UK and Canada to compete in five classes (Racing Class, Cruising A, Cruising B, Bareboat Charter & Racing Multihulls)

This four-day circumnavigation of Phang Nga Bay takes in three of southern Thailand's most scenic provinces–Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi–with the emphasis is on fun. Attracting the serious, the not-so-serious and the not-at-all-serious “racing” sailors, the regatta appeals to an international mix who enjoy the stunning sailing grounds of the area and a different destination each evening. 

Each evening, the regatta anchors at a different venue and the sailors go ashore. Those staying ashore – more than 60% of the fleet – book accommodation and either eat in the local restaurants or enjoy the official event functions which engage with the local community. Most of the expenditure of the regatta goes directly into the local economies of the areas we visit – this has been the case since the regatta was launched and it will remain so for the futurean excellent example of how sports tourism works to the benefit of communities and local economies.

Starting in Ao Po on Phuket's east coast, after registration and an opening party yesterday evening at Chandara Resort & Spa, the yachts raced north through the stunning rocky outcrops of Phang Nga Bay finishing off Koh Yao Noi, where yachts anchored and enjoyed a prize-giving party on the beach at Koh Yao Chukit resort.

The actual race started at Koh Naka Yai, then the participants sailed north leaving Koh Phanak and Koh Na Ka Ya to port before rounding the first mark, northeast of Koh Yai, to starboard and then passing Hin Mot Daeng to port and Koh Batang to starboard before finishing off of Koh Kudu Yai –approximately 17 nautical miles in length

PRO and race organizer Simon James had two starts for the competitors today: first off were all the monohulls (22 boats) followed by all the multihulls (7 boats). There were no real glitches, or incidents, on the course as sailboats deftly dodged the longtail fishing boats and fishing lines as they made their way across Phang Nga Bay.   

As the wind did die down, the course was shortened for the and taken back to the first mark for the Cruising Classes and Bareboat Charter Class.      

In the Racing Class, Scott Bradley’s East Marine took first place and line honors in the six-boat class with Uminokoskipped by Vitalii Plaksin coming in second anf Megazip (a two-time Bay Regatta winner), skipped by Alexey Mashkin placing third overallAquari,Jessandra IIand Ramrod came fourth, fifth and sixth in that order  

Cruising A saw Paul Merry’s Night Train take the top spot with Kirill Stashevskly’s Winds of Changein second and Brendon Roscoe’s Lola in third in the six-boast class.      

In Cruising B, Niels Degenkolw’s Phoenix, who was won this regatta numerous times claimed first overall finishing a half-an-hour ahead of Andriy Gubriyenko’s Pinocchio while Kevin Gillow’s sentimental favorite Poco placed third in the six-boat class.      

In the Bareboat Class, Kinnon, helmed by Konstantin Nazarenko, took first while Venture skippered by Stanislav Pechenkin, finished second and AllSail Tonicola helmed by Russell Waddy (the only non-Russian entry in the class) came third with Denis Aksenov Uhuru coming last in the four-boat class.    

Fugazi, Blue Nozeand Twisted 2came one, two, three in the seven-boat Multihull class with both Bladerunner and Twin Sharks receiving a DNF.   

John Newnham’s Twin Sharkshad to unfortunately pull out of the regatta due to a ripped sail. This was certainly a disappointment as crew members had flown in from the UK and the US to participate in the event. 

The Bay Regatta takes sailors through the three provinces of Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi allowing participants to experience the best of southern Thai hospitality and the unrivaled sailing grounds in the area. They sail amongst 200-metre high karsts and past hidden bays on their way to a party under-the-stars on an idyllic beach.

About The Bay Regatta

The Bay Regatta was launched in 1998 by a group of Phuket-based sailing enthusiasts and a photographer who wished to showcase the stunning beauty of the Phuket/ Phang Nga/ Krabi seascapes.

Co-Sponsors: The Tourism Authority of Thailand, Vacation Village Yacht Charters, Budget Car and Truck Rental, Castle Creek and Raymarine..

Regatta Partners: Chandara Resort and Spa, Haadthip, Jungceylon, Phra Nang Inn, Koh Yao Chukit Resort. Rainman Watermakers.

Local Supporters: Electrical Marine, B&G, Octopus Marine.

Media Partners: Class Act Media, Phuket News, SEA Yachting, Check In Surat Magazine, Marine Directory Asia, & aBoat.

The Bay Regatta is organised by Regattas Asia under the auspices of the Phuket Yacht Club. The event is supported by the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand and the Tourism Authority of Thailan 

For more information, visit www.bayregatta.comor www.facebook.com/bayregatta(Detailed courses can be viewed at www.bayregatta.com/courses).

About Regattas Asia

Regattas Asia is a brand name of Phuket and More Co. Ltd., established in 2001 with over 18 years’ involvement in the organisation of leading marine events in Asia. Regattas Asia has become a prominent player in Asia's regattas industry, with an innovative approach to the management of major sailing events in the region, and provides services to the following events: Phuket King's Cup Regatta, Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, the Sabang International Regatta (Indonesia), Royal Langkawi International Regatta (Malaysia), Hainan Around the Island Regatta (China), & the China Cup International Regatta.

Regattas Asia are sole organisers of The Bay Regatta and Samui Regatta (www.regattas.asia).

 

Notice to Competitors No.1

Revised Cruising and Multihull Class allocations for the Bay Regatta. 

Based on minimum entry criteria in the Cruising A and Multihull Cruising classesClass allocations are amended as follows:

Cruising A and Cruising B will now be merged into a combined “Cruising Class” and divided into 2 divisions “Cruising A” and “Cruising B”.

Division allocations will be based on Hull Length, Displacement Ratio and Design.

Prizes will be presented for each division.

Divisions will be scored using a performance-based handicap system using a boats current IRC/NHC Handicap/PYC Club Handicap as its base rating. The TCF may be adjusted during the course of the regatta. Calculation or adjustment of TCFs are not grounds for redress or protest.

This amends NOR 3.1 and NOR 7.

Multihulls, will be raced as combined class called “Multihull Racing” and duel scored with prizes awarded under OMR and a performance based prize using a boats current PYC Club Handicap as its base rating. This amends NOR 7.3

Name:              Simon James     

Position:         Race Committee

Posted:            12.00 12/02/2019

Anchorage at Chandara. N 08˚ 03.82’ E 98˚ 26.58’

For those new to the Regatta, the anchorage for the opening party is situated just south of Ao Po marina, the approximate position is N 08˚ 03.82’ E 98˚ 26.58’
There is a floating Jetty off the resort. There is a strong current through the channel and boats will swing in the night so please leave plenty of space between boats.

Suggested approach is from the North. Please be aware of submerged rocks in the Southern approach.

Complementary Longtail transfers are available for registration and the opening party only between 12.00 - 21.30. (A chargeable service is available outside these times.) contact Khun Nuch on 094 320 6087

Chandara Anchorage. Suggested access from the North.

Chandara Anchorage. Suggested access from the North.


The Bay Regatta - No Dinghy, No Problem.

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Did not bring your dinghy ?, longtail facilities are available at designated anchorages.

The Regatta will provide complimentary transfers to parties at Chandara and Koh Yao Noi as follows:

Chandara (13th) - Complementary Longtail transfers are available for registration and the opening party only between 12.00 - 21.30. (A chargeable service is available outside these times.)contact Khun Nuch on 094 320 6087

Koh Yao Noi (14th) - Complementary Longtail and Songtao transfers are available from the floating jetty for the presentation party only between 16.00 - 21.30

For additional resort transfers and morning (Chargeable) longtails, please liaise with your resort

Ao Nang (15th,16th) - a “pay as you go” longtail service is available in Ao Nang @ 100 baht per person (One Way). Contact the Krabi Longtail Centre on : 075 661 131

Ao Chalong - For assistance with moorings and transfers, please call the Phuket Cruising Yacht Club on 086 269 7138

The Tourism Authority of Thailand - Co-Sponsor

Ko Muk, Trang Province

Ko Muk, Trang Province

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is helping to promote The Bay Regatta, that will take place from 13 to 17 February in the waters around Southern Thailands most popular sailing destinations of Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi. This internationally acclaimed boating event attracts teams from all over the world and has become a much-anticipated feature on the sailing calendar attracting racers and cruisers alike .

Celebrating its 22nd Anniversary, this year’s event, held from February 13-February 17, will see dozens of colourful spinnakers sail from Phuket, through some of the world’s most famous cruising grounds, stopping off in Phang Nga and Krabi while enjoying spectacular scenery and partying well into the night at some of the region’s most beautiful resorts.

Discussing the event, Kae Wattana - Event Organiser, said:

“We are delighted that The Bay Regatta is thriving in its 22nd year. Southern Thailand’s warm seas, balmy winds and adjacent national marine park make it perfect for lovers of boats and yachts. Thailand has a rich maritime tradition, some of Asia’s best marina facilities and a wealth of off-shore wonders, so is the natural place for an international boat event such as this.”

“We are proud to provide a showcase for yachting in Thailand and we thank the Tourism Authority of Thailand for its support of this years Bay Regatta.”

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Get your boat name on the 2019 Regatta Shirt.

13 days until The Bay Regatta.....
This year's official regatta shirts will include a list of boats entered. Tomorrow (2nd Feb) is the deadline at the printers. 
If you have not yet entered, this is the last chance to get your entry in and have your boat included on the shirts.
Click here to enter..../enter-1/
Current entry list..... /2019-entry-list/

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Raymarine - Co-Sponsor of The Bay Regatta 2019

PHUKET, Thailand – Leading water sports event management company Regattas Asia – organisers of The Bay Regatta – confirm global marine electronics brand Raymarine, as a major sponsor of the 22nd anniversary event held 13th to 17th February, 2019.

A unique sailing event that starts and finishes in Phuket and sails through the stunning limestone topography of Phang Nga and Krabi provinces, Raymarine are a Co-Sponsor and have secured the sponsorship rights for the most scenic island race between Koh Yao Noi and Krabi. – Presentations will be held on at the iconic Phra Nang Inn, on Ao Nang Beach on Saturday 16th February.

The Raymarine Island Race 2019 (Course subject to change)

The Raymarine Island Race 2019 (Course subject to change)

Mick Kealy, Managing Director of local Raymarine distributor Octopus Electrical Service, noted that Raymarine are regular supporter of regattas worldwide and this is a great opportunity to give back to the local Thailand sailing community.

“The Bay Regatta has gained its reputation as the ‘fun regatta’; known for marrying the sailors’ fun with the thrill of voyage and the majesty of the Phang Nga cliffs. Raymarine, as the first choice for the majority of privately owned pleasure boats around the world, feel that many parallels can be drawn between the ideologies of this regatta and their own, and that supporting this regatta is the perfect way to promote the values of both the company and the South East Asian sailing community as a whole.”

Ms. Kae Wattana, Managing Director of organisers Regattas Asia, commented “ Raymarine is a major supplier of marine electronics and is likely used and enjoyed by most of the yachts racing in the regatta. Aligning with Raymarine, a recognized and respected international brand, adds credibility to the event and underscores the success of our unique regatta concept.”

 For more information, visit www.bayregatta.comor www.facebook.com/bayregatta

For more information on Raymarine, visit: http://www.octopusasia.com/index.html

Seraph returns home to "The Bay Regatta"

The Bay Regatta are delighted to announce that SY Seraph will be back as the main committee boat for the 22nd Bay Regatta.

Seraph at anchor in “Chong Lat” during The Bay Regatta.

Seraph at anchor in “Chong Lat” during The Bay Regatta.

Originally built and launched in Copenhagen in 1906, she plied her trade in the North Sea for nearly 70 years, at which time she retired from her working life to travel the oceans as a private cruising yacht, arriving in Phuket in the early 90's.

Following a small mishap in the Similan Islands, she was salvaged and restored by regular regatta competitor, Mark Horwood of Phuket’s Latitude 8. Appearing on the scene for the very first “PhangNga Bay Regatta”.

After a few years, ownership passed to classic enthusiast Tom Howard who continued the refurbishment, with Seraph appearing as familiar sight on the local regatta circuit, not only as a support boat, but also as a competitor in the classic classes. During this time she celebrated her 100th Birthday.

Today she is now operated by Thai Yachting enthusiasts, Vacation Village Yacht Charter, operating out of Krabi as a smartly rigged gaff schooner in the traditional style offering fantastic day charters with the classic charm of a bygone era. With a guest capacity of up to 40 she is large, stable and a delight to sail on.


Megazip takes Bay Regatta’s Top Honours for 2nd straight year

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On the fourth and final day of the Bay Regatta, Chang Race Day, PRO and race organizer Simon James continued the regatta’s two-start format as all the monohulls crossed the start line together followed by all the multihulls. Another great sailing day greeted the participants as they sailed a short loop around some of the islands off the coast off of Krabi’s Railay Beach, before heading out for a straight shot back to the southern end of Koh Yao Yai with the racing boats doing a slightly longer course than the cruisers. After all the boats crossed the finish, they headed back to Phuket, where they celebrated the final prize giving and dinner at Kan Eang 2 restaurant, overlooking Chalong Bay. 

The four-boat Racing Class was already decided before the final race as Sergey Khamstov’s Megazip won the title for the second-straight year earning three firsts and a second-place for a five-point score over the four-day event (last year, the boat’s skipper was Aleksandr Trofimenko). Steve Manning’s Red Rum took second spot, with eleven points. Vitalii Plaksin’s Uminoko and Gary Baguley’s Fujin were next, tied at 12 points apiece, but Uminoko took third as a result of winning the class on day one.  

 In the Cruising A class, Niels Degenkolw and his all women’s’ team took first in every race except when they finished second on day three, thereby keeping’s Niels invincibility streak alive, as he won his class in the Bay Regatta for the umpteenth time. Amazing, indeed, as the Dane is coming off recent reconstructive knee surgery on both knees at Phuket’s Vachira Hospital and sitting in Phoenix for a four-day regatta can’t be easy. Max Palleschi’s Prime Factor took send overall and with Stanislav Pechenkin’s Russian crew Southern Breeze 3 came in third.

Cruising B was won by all the Thai-crew of Marigold, skippered by Ket Mangklaseranee. They turned three first-place finishes into a convincing overall lead. Mig Wehrle’s Aqua came in second overall but had the regatta’s cutest entrant-Mig’s three-month old son Lucas on board. Paul Baker’s Isabella, Greg Brennan’s Toot Yai (Big Butt), and Woodrow Christensen’s Linda finished third, fourth, and fifth, respectively.

The Bareboat Class ended up going to George Brown’s Kinnon as Denis Aksenov’s Venture was forced to “retire” on the final race due to use of an improper sail. Venture were very good sports about it all though, and congratulated Kinnon with a standing ovation during the final ceremony. Russell Waddy’s Allsail Kingsman and Andrew McDermott’s Fei Jian were third and fourth overall in this division.    

Fugazi was the star of the show in racing multis, winning line honours in all four races – but when their handicap was applied that was only good for fourth overall. They even set a set course record on the final leg from Krabi-Phuket in 2:06.  John Newnham’s Twin Sharks tight-knit team of Alfie Rowson, Jason Corall (fly in from New York), Tam Keawwantha (flew in from Ireland), took first overall in this ten-boat class, Alan Cawardine’s Asia Catamarans Hurricane came second and George Eddings on Blue Nose was third.

Multihull cruising was a two-boat affair and Robert Hossack’s Raptor 2001 whupped Rick Fielding’s Mojo in all four races.

Simon James did a tremendous job as PRO setting the courses, manning the starts and keeping things in order. Kae Wattana and her Regattas Asia team made everyone happy on shore, providing plenty of good food and drink and good entertainment. Sean Getchell’s Epic Charters stepped up and provided a superb committee boat, Hakuna Matata, and Captain Brent McInnis did great work steering the photographer’s rib. A big shot out to Simon’s team on the water—Susie, Kathy, Chandran & Eddie—as always, made sure all the starts and finishes were correctly posted and recorded.    

Scott Murray