Phang Nga Bay Regatta 2002
underway with QBE Insurance on board again
The Phang Nga Bay Regatta formerly known as the Phuket-Phang Nga-Krabi Regatta is once again in the planning for the Chinese New Year, 11th - 14th February 2002. Organised by the Ao Chalong Yacht Club in conjunction with ArtAsia Press and the Phuket Yacht Haven the regatta is one of the most popular sailing events held in Phuket and is rapidly growing to be one of the more attractive events for both local and international racing and cruising boats competing on the Asian Racing Circuit.
Apart from the emphasis-on-fun aspect of this regatta, the three day event takes the fleet through one of the most magical and scenically beautiful areas in South-east Asia - Phang Nga Bay. The regatta is raced amidst the beautiful limestone mountains that have formed to make Phang Nga Bay one of the most picturesque locations in Thailand.
From a modest fleet of fourteen boats, the regatta has grown to thirty-eight entrants with over two hundred participants in the 2001 race.This certainly attests to the regatta's increasing popularity and is now being placed on the 'must do' list of races in South-east Asia.
The 3 race event begins on February 11th from the tropical beach location at Rai Ley in Krabi, racing through Phang Nga Bay with overnight stops at Koh Yao and Chong Lat and finishing the final race at The Yacht Haven in Phuket, where the final party and award ceremony will be held on the 14th.
The organising committee were very happy to receive news last month that for the third consecutive year QBE Insurance would play a major role as a leading sponsor of the event. As a major sponsor, QBE shall again have a race named in their honour. Last year the QBE Sprint was raced from Chong Lat to the Phuket Yacht Haven and proved to be one of the more exciting races of the event over a shorter course.
More sponsorship opportunities are available and any interest in supporting the event should be directed to the Regatta Secretary on E-mail: email@example.com
Notice of Race and Sailing instructions are soon to be posted. The official website for the race is also underconstruction and will be found at www.bayregatta.com ArtAsia Press also has an extensive libarary of photographs from previous years events. Some stunning images can be seen of Spinnakers flying against the mountainous background of Phang Nga Bay.
Images can be preveiwed on the website and any
orders should be sent to: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phuket Phang Nga Krabi Regatta 2001
Phuket Phang Nga Krabi Regatta 2001
QBE Insurance, Phuket Magazine
and Phuket Island Lager came in as the major sponsors including
a longer list of assisting sponsors including Phuket Yacht
Haven, Nakalay Junk, Storm Vogel, Laguna Phuket...
Multihulls competing this year numbered only three with Fine Pitch, Summersalt and Full Steam slogging it out across Phang Nga Bay.
The first day's race, The Phuket
Island Lager Race, took the fleet from Raleigh Beach, Krabi
on a course winding around the islands and finishing south-east of Ko
Yao Noi. The morning easterly for the
start swung predictably further to the north as the day progressed and
finished the day blowing out from the north west.
In the racing division, Richard Steinke's Isobar
and the all-girl crew of four aboard Simpatico had some fun and games
with trimming and concentration from the Hong group of islands, Krabi.
Simpatico was finally rewarded by crossing the line ahead of Isobar.
The night's prize giving and thirst-quenching
beer drinking took place in the channel between Ko Yao Noi and Ko Yao
Yai aboard the giant Nakalay Junk.
Results of Race 1:
Day 2, the Phuket
Magazine Around the Islands Race, certainly challenged the
crews' light airs sailing skills. At one stage the fleet could be seen
meandering amongst the Hong Group of Islands, Krabi, with enough breeze
to keep their spinnakers filled. However, with the yachts on a course
heading south and the tide in a northerly direction it placed the entire
fleet in what looked like suspended animation - great photographic opportunity!
The fleet made it's way up to the picturesque
and calm Ko Chong Lat where the night's celebrations and prize giving
was once again hosted aboard the Nakalay Junk.
Results Day 2:
The call of the hospitality facilities at the Phuket Yacht Haven became a much better option. The majority of the fleet steamed up the channel to freshen up for the closing party, with a great buffet and live band to set the ambience as the sun set over the hills of Phuket Island.
It seemed the light airs hasn't deterred owners
and skippers from planning to join the regatta again next year for the
4th Phuket Phang Nga Krabi Regatta 2002.
Race 3, THE QBE SPRINT
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