Some of the world's best sailors will soon start
arriving in Phuket, Thailand to compete in the 16th annual Phuket Raceweek.
Taking place from
17 to 21 July 2019, the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek has
established itself as a key regatta on the Asian circuit and is
the kick-off event for the 2019/2020 Asian Yachting Grand Prix.
The event will take place from the five-star Cape Panwa Hotel on
Phuket island's southeast coast.
TP52s are set to go head-to-head in IRC Racing 0 with
racing his new Team Hollywood (ex Provezza) at Raceweek for the
first time and looking to defend his title. He's up against his
own earlier generation TP52 which has been chartered by Discover
Sailing In Asia and will feature a multinational crew, many of
which will be racing at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek for the
Ray Roberts isn't the only one returning to
defend his title, though.
Bradley and his East Marine Emagine will be looking to return to
winning-form in IRC Racing I and are up against last year's winner
and another Sydney 40, Aquari, as well as Russian crew on the well
campaigned MegaZip. Former class winner, Jessandra II
will also be in the mix.
Phoenix, skippered by Neils Degenkolv,
is looking to extend his unbeaten run and retain the IRC Racing II
title but will be up against some tough competition. Farrgo
Express and The Sydney based Balmain Yacht Club along with the
Platu Dragon crew also from Sydney are back along with the
Eastern Creek Karts skippered by Raceweek regular, Michael Spies,
will all be there.
The largest class looks set to be the
Cruising Monohull Class. Racing neck-and-neck throughout last
year's regatta, BeauX Esprits and Lady Bubbly are both back and
Lady Bubbly will be looking to go one better this year. They will
be up against Linda, Chinon,
Venture, Atlanta – who returns after a few years’ hiatus – Kantus
Bride, representing Cape Panwa Hotel, and Lola a Beneteau Oceanis
45 and Sumalee chartered by a crew from China.
The multihull fleet will be
split into two classes, Firefly 850 Sports One Design, which
includes Twin Sharks, Voodoo, Surf Patrol, Moto Inzi and Blue
Nose, and Multihull Racing.
The all-carbon racing Tri,
Bonza (ex Fugazi), is back with a new name and new owner in
Multihull Racing. They will be up against the new Fugazi, a sports
cat helmed by Dan Fidock, two Stealth catamarans from the Asia
Catamarans yard – Phantom V and Twister 2 – as well as This!, DaVinci and the all-new Sho, Vel skippered by local multi-sailor
Party @ Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
Four beachfront parties are scheduled to take
place at the
Cape Panwa Hotel. Known for the delicious
buffets and free-flow of drinks, the parties have become a highlight
of the regatta and a talking point for many. The four parties,
entertainment, buffet and free-flow of drinks are all included in the
price of Boat Entry and Crew Tickets.
As Phuket Raceweek
coincides with the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, there are
some surprises in store for the Saturday party. Saturday raceday is
sponsored by Asia Catamarans and sailors have been encouraged to dress up in
a moon landing theme and there'll be a prizes for the best
Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com will be
at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek to bring you hundreds of high
resolution pictures and exclusive FHD video interviews.
As there will be so many
Pictures from Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2019 they
uploaded to different pages:
Page 9 and
Page 10 (links will become live once they are uploaded - please bookmark this
page and check back). See also:
HD Video Interview with Captain Lyn Evans (AUS),
Racing Gets Underway on Day 2 of Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2019,
Poor Weather Delays Start of Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2019,
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek Attracts Top Sailors from Around the World,
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2019 to Take Place 17-21 July,
Team Hollywood - Interview with Ray Roberts,
Sails from California to Terengganu, Malaysia - Interview and
Pictures from Top of the Gulf Regatta 2019.