Neil Pryde’s ‘Hi-Fi’, that won top honours at
the 2009 Sawadee.com Regatta, is expected to be one of the many
competitors at the 9th Samui International Yacht Regatta in 2010.
The Sawadee.com Regatta will take place on the sun-drenched island of Koh
Samui from 31st May to 5th June 2010.
For the 9th
consecutive year, the event will
attract competitive and social sailors from around the world. The
five-day regatta is one of Asia’s most glamorous sailing events
and is also part of the Asian Yachting Grand Prix Championships.
Fabulous sailing conditions prevailed at the 2009 regatta – so
much so that a round-the-island race was attempted for the first
time in the event’s history.
In addition to the
competitive sailing, the regatta is about fun parties
and is regarded by many as a ‘must attend’ event on the
international sailing circuit. The 2010 regatta welcomes new event
partners ‘Prana Resort’ and ‘Beach Republic’, as well as the debut
of a golf tournament that will tee off at the island’s premier ‘Santiburi
Samui Country Club’. ‘B1 Villas & Spa’, ‘Dhevatara Properties’ and
‘Samui Villas & Homes’, all return to the regatta as event
partners. Headquarters for the event for the 9th time will again
be the ‘Centara Grand Beach Resort’, which has been the home of
the regatta since its conception and that welcomes crews from far
and wide year after year.
Spectator boats will provide a
unique opportunity for members of the public to get ‘up close and
personal’ with all of the ‘on-water’ sailing action. Public
tickets will also be available for the‘off-water’
parties that occur most evenings during the regatta and that
feature renowned bands and fabulous entertainment. An added bonus
in 2010 is that the regatta has teamed up with the Samui Jazz
Festival, ensuring great entertainment for spectators who fly in
from all corners of the world.
event will likely feature six sailing classes – Racing, Premier, IRC,
IRC 2/Sportboats, Bareboat Charter and Multihulls. In 2009, bright
sunshine, blue skies and strong winds provided for excellent
competitive sailing conditions. ‘Hi-Fi’ came out on top in the
Racing Class, following particularly impressive performances on
the first few days of the regatta. Marcel Liedts Beneteau 50 ‘Blauwvoet’
took the honours in the Premier Class, while the IRC 2/Sportboats
top award went to Jeff Davidson’s Mumm 30 ‘Panic’ that won its
class for the second year running. ‘Constanza’ kept a clean sheet
in the Bareboat Charter Class, with seven wins in a row, securing
its class victory. Fergus Wilmer and Henry Kaye’s Seacart 30
‘Thor’ took the honours in the Multihulls class – a new boat in
2009 that took the multihull field by storm. Andrew Short, skipper
of Constanza in 2009, died tragically during a sailing accident in
Australia in October of this year and will be dearly missed at the
The regatta will also see
the third running of the ‘Samui Junior Sailing Squadron Challenge’
– giving local children from the island the opportunity to be out
on the water experiencing the excitement of competitive yacht
racing. This challenge will no doubt provide competitors for
future regattas to be contested on the pristine waters
off Chaweng Beach. As an on-going commitment, the regatta’s
organizing committee provides support to youth sailing on Koh
Samui by contributing for sailing equipment.
On the water, the skipper receiving the most top placings on
the eight regatta Asian circuit will also be crowned Asian
Yachting Champion Skipper. In 2009, it was Hi-Fi’s Neil Pryde that
lifted the trophy and wore the coveted ‘Armani Blue Blazer’ that
was presented at the gala prize giving dinner on the lawns of the
‘Centara Grand Beach Resort’ on Chaweng Beach.
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