Wed, 3 July 2019

Sailing: Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2019 to Take Place 17-21 July

The 16th annual Phuket Raceweek will take place 17 21 July 2019 from the five-star Cape Panwa Hotel on the island's southeast coast.

Entries have been received from sailors around the world. Highlights of just some of the boats entered in the monohull classes include the TP52 Team Hollywood, two Sydney 40s (East Marine Emagine and Aquari), Farrgo Express and Phoenix, while in the Cruising class Kantus Bride, Chinon a new entry from Australia Lady Bubbly and BeauX Esprits will also be taking part.

Organisers of the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek have worked hard to expand international participation in the award-winning regatta, launching promotions and conducting a series of international road trips to promote the event.

Team Hollywood competing in the Top of the Gulf Regatta in Jomtien, Pattaya, Thailand earlier this year. Picture by Steven Howard of Click to enlarge.

We have seen a steady increase in the number of charterers competing in the regatta in recent years and this is an area we want to grow further. Australia is an exciting market with a high population of sailors and a strong awareness of Phuket already. This is a market we are investing in for the future growth of the regatta, said Byron Jones, Managing Director of organisers Media Business Services Co. Ltd. We went to Australia and visited a number of Australian yacht clubs and were welcomed with open arms wherever we went. It was very encouraging to learn how many Australian sailors already knew of Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek. It can be a costly exercise for an international crew to fly to Phuket, charter a boat, rent accommodation and compete, but the interest is there and the numbers are growing, and since our trip we have received new entries from Australia which is great.

Known for its large multihull fleet, organisers expect to split the entries into three classes this year; Firefly 850 Sports One Design, Multihull Racing and Corsair Pulse 600s. Entries have been received in all classes and at least four locally-based Corsair Pulse 600s have been chartered by overseas crews.

Ray Roberts and his talented crew onboard Team Hollywood proved impossible to beat at the Top of the Gulf Regatta in Pattaya in May. Picture by Steven Howard of Click to enlarge.

In addition to new faces on the race course, we are proud to welcome a new sponsor this year Workforce Marine Asia. While new as a sponsor to the regatta, the face behind the company is not - Ray Roberts (pictured 6th from left) is well known on the regional circuit and has competed at the regatta numerous times before. He will be competing again this year on his TP52 Team Hollywood and will also be leveraging the event for his business through sponsorship, added Jones.

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 AsianYachting Grand Prix. With professional on-the-water race management and an onshore experience second-to-none, the regatta has become a favourite with sailors the world over.

Cape and Kantary Hotels' Travel Industry Group Director, Tom Navanukroh, said, We are very proud to be a part of this thrilling event once more, highlighting as it does the excellence of the sailing opportunities around Phuket. Not only that, but the economic advantages to the island and its inhabitants are immense. We wish all participants good sailing and equally good socialising.

 About 40 boats and upwards of 400 sailors, family and friends are expected to take part this year.

As there are so many pictures from the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2019 they have been uploaded to different pages: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9 and Page 10 (links will become live once they are uploaded). See also: Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek Attracts Top Sailors from Around the World, Sailing: Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2019 to Take Place 17-21 July, Team Hollywood - Interview with Ray Roberts, Woman Sails from California to Terengganu, Malaysia - HD Video Interview and Pictures from Top of the Gulf Regatta 2019.

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