The 12th Phang-Nga Bay Regatta will this year be held during January 27-30, with some 60 yachts from several countries expected to taking part in the competition.
Nigel Cornick, chief executive officer of Raimon Land Plc – one of the sailing event’s sponsors, said the Phang-Nga Bay Regatta is a sporting showpiece for southern Thailand and it is important to support the event as a tourism attraction and economic boost for the southern region of the country.
He said, “Thailand is one of the best places in the world for sailing and is an integral stop during the Asian yachting season. This regatta is perhaps the most spectacular in the Kingdom. We are happy to participate to ensure its success.”
Meanwhile, Caroline Payen, president of the Phang-Nga Bay Regatta Committee, said this year’s fleet would be one of the strongest ever competing for six trophies in the divisions of Racing, Cruising A and B, Fire Flies, the Darwin Sunsail and Multihulls.
Caroline said, “The Phang-Nga Bay Regatta has always a special event for sailors in Thailand. The regatta is hugely popular because unlike other regattas, it follows a course with a different stop-over each night. This has proved very popular with sailors, and there is the scenery which has made the region famous throughout the world.”
The sailing route in the competition will start from new Ao Por Grand Marina at the north-east end of Phuket and heads north to the top of Phang Nga Bay past the famous ramparts of Koh Phansak, Koh Hong group of islands and James Bond Island, then will run south to the secluded island of Koh Yao Noi before heading west to Railay Beach in Krabi and through the open waters of Phang Nga Bay and under Koh Yao Yai to Phuket on the final day.
In addition to those of the host country, the yachts taking part this year come from Malaysia, Malta, Singapore, France, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Many of the Thai registered yachts are crewed by foreigners who fly in for the race.