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
Hollywood, two Sydney 40’s (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.
“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.
“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 -
(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
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.