Some changes but more of the same merriment
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

09:02:2011 There have been some significant changes this year to the regatta. Firstly the name change to The Bay Regatta from Phang Nga Bay Regatta and the Ao Chalong Yacht Club have taken over the full organisational role and introduced a new racing format. Despite all this the regatta still appeals to the serious, the not-so-serious and the not-at-all-serious 'racing' sailors plus continues to combine the spectacular natural scenery with lively parties and some sail boat racing. The region’s yachting community will visit three of Thailand's most scenic provinces Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi. As this regatta has a reputation for being the 'FUN Regatta' over 30 yachts in five classes have entered with many crews coming from all over the globe just to be here. If four days of racing and five days of partying is not a big enough incentive then being the most scenic regatta on the Asian racing calendar should seal the deal.

Local Phuket sailing personalities Andy Dowden and Simon James return as the Race Management team and have come up with some lively courses which the fleet can sail every day. The classes are Racing, Cruising A & B, Bareboat Charter and Multihull. The usual Phuket based expat suspects are spread amongst the classes but expect some big challenges coming from the chartered yachts from as far as Russia, Australia, UK, Canada and Barbados.

The Regatta takes place from Wednesday February 9 through Sunday the 13th. Information including the Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions, Courses, Hotel Accommodation, details of anchorage and maps are available on the Regatta website http://www.acyc-phuket.com/bayregatta.htm

The program for the Regatta follows:

Registration and the opening party are on Wednesday the 9th from 12pm at The Village Coconut Island, Koh Maphrao with the Skippers Briefing held at 5:30pm and the party starting at 6:30pm.
Day 1: Racing off the east coast of Phuket Island. Presentations and party are at the same venue, The Village Coconut Island, Koh Maphrao at 6:30pm.
Day 2: Course follows a northeast direction to Koh Yao Noi. Presentations and party are at The Paradise Koh Yao Boutique Resort & Spa, Koh Yao Noi at 6:30pm.
Day 3: Racing to the southeast side of the bay to Krabi. Presentations and party are at the Sheraton Krabi Beach Resort, Krabi.
Day 4: Racing from Krabi finishes at the southeast end of Phuket. Final award presentations and party at the venue of the event organizer, the Ao Chalong Yacht Club (ACYC) at 7pm.

Ao Chalong Yacht Club news is also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/aochalongyachtclub

More info and results can be found at: http://www.acyc-phuket.com/bayregatta.htm

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