Megazip takes Bay Regatta’s Top Honours for 2nd straight year

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On the fourth and final day of the Bay Regatta, Chang Race Day, PRO and race organizer Simon James continued the regatta’s two-start format as all the monohulls crossed the start line together followed by all the multihulls. Another great sailing day greeted the participants as they sailed a short loop around some of the islands off the coast off of Krabi’s Railay Beach, before heading out for a straight shot back to the southern end of Koh Yao Yai with the racing boats doing a slightly longer course than the cruisers. After all the boats crossed the finish, they headed back to Phuket, where they celebrated the final prize giving and dinner at Kan Eang 2 restaurant, overlooking Chalong Bay. 

The four-boat Racing Class was already decided before the final race as Sergey Khamstov’s Megazip won the title for the second-straight year earning three firsts and a second-place for a five-point score over the four-day event (last year, the boat’s skipper was Aleksandr Trofimenko). Steve Manning’s Red Rum took second spot, with eleven points. Vitalii Plaksin’s Uminoko and Gary Baguley’s Fujin were next, tied at 12 points apiece, but Uminoko took third as a result of winning the class on day one.  

 In the Cruising A class, Niels Degenkolw and his all women’s’ team took first in every race except when they finished second on day three, thereby keeping’s Niels invincibility streak alive, as he won his class in the Bay Regatta for the umpteenth time. Amazing, indeed, as the Dane is coming off recent reconstructive knee surgery on both knees at Phuket’s Vachira Hospital and sitting in Phoenix for a four-day regatta can’t be easy. Max Palleschi’s Prime Factor took send overall and with Stanislav Pechenkin’s Russian crew Southern Breeze 3 came in third.

Cruising B was won by all the Thai-crew of Marigold, skippered by Ket Mangklaseranee. They turned three first-place finishes into a convincing overall lead. Mig Wehrle’s Aqua came in second overall but had the regatta’s cutest entrant-Mig’s three-month old son Lucas on board. Paul Baker’s Isabella, Greg Brennan’s Toot Yai (Big Butt), and Woodrow Christensen’s Linda finished third, fourth, and fifth, respectively.

The Bareboat Class ended up going to George Brown’s Kinnon as Denis Aksenov’s Venture was forced to “retire” on the final race due to use of an improper sail. Venture were very good sports about it all though, and congratulated Kinnon with a standing ovation during the final ceremony. Russell Waddy’s Allsail Kingsman and Andrew McDermott’s Fei Jian were third and fourth overall in this division.    

Fugazi was the star of the show in racing multis, winning line honours in all four races – but when their handicap was applied that was only good for fourth overall. They even set a set course record on the final leg from Krabi-Phuket in 2:06.  John Newnham’s Twin Sharks tight-knit team of Alfie Rowson, Jason Corall (fly in from New York), Tam Keawwantha (flew in from Ireland), took first overall in this ten-boat class, Alan Cawardine’s Asia Catamarans Hurricane came second and George Eddings on Blue Nose was third.

Multihull cruising was a two-boat affair and Robert Hossack’s Raptor 2001 whupped Rick Fielding’s Mojo in all four races.

Simon James did a tremendous job as PRO setting the courses, manning the starts and keeping things in order. Kae Wattana and her Regattas Asia team made everyone happy on shore, providing plenty of good food and drink and good entertainment. Sean Getchell’s Epic Charters stepped up and provided a superb committee boat, Hakuna Matata, and Captain Brent McInnis did great work steering the photographer’s rib. A big shot out to Simon’s team on the water—Susie, Kathy, Chandran & Eddie—as always, made sure all the starts and finishes were correctly posted and recorded.    

Scott Murray           

Great wind greets ShellSea Krabi Race Day 

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Windy and wavy from the get-go, PRO and race organizer Simon James staged three different starts and set three different courses for the third day of the 2018 Bay Regatta. Racing & Cruising A’s start was followed by Cruising B and Bareboats’, and then Racing and Cruising Multihulls. Course-wise, the Racing Class and Racing Multis were off on the longer 24NM course, while the two Cruising classes hit the 17NM course and the Bareboats & Cruising Multis sailed a 14NM route. All finished off of Railay Beach in Krabi.

With its second consecutive first-place finish, Sergey Khamstov’s Megazip won the Bay Regatta’s Racing Class; Uminoko, skipped by Vitalii Plaksin, third-place showing on the day saw it jump to second overall with Steve Manning’s Red Rum settling into third spot and Gary Baguley’s family on Fujin holding the last position in the four-boat class. Manning, won the 2016-17 Asian Yachting Grand Prix on the Ker Custom 42 Black Baza, which he co-skippered with Anthony Root.

In the Cruising A class, Niels Degenkolw’s and his women’s’ team second-place finish today kept Phoenix in first overall, Palleschi’s Prime Factor third-place showing allowed them to keep a stranglehold on second spot in this eight-boat class while Paul Merry’s Night Train snuck into third overall by winning the class today.

Cruising B saw Ket Mangklaseranee’s Marigold hold onto first overall, by claiming victory for the second straight day. Mig Wehrle’s Aqua stayed in second overall by finishing third today while Paul Baker’s Isabella moved up the leader board to third overall with a second-place finish today.   

If this regatta was determined on elapsed time alone, Fugazi would have won it a few seconds into race day one. Taking line honours for the third straight day with a time of 02:12:20 (corrected time was 02:17:30) was good enough for another third-place finish. Twin Sharks gave them a run for the money throughout the day, crossing the finish line a few minutes behind Fugazi, solidifying their hold on first spot overall, Asia Catamarans Hurricane and Blue Nose, sit second and third overall and it will be a battle royale across Phang Nga Bay tomorrow as the racing multis head back to Ao Chalong.    

The Bareboat Class saw Denis Aksenov’s Venture George Brown’s Kinnon, battle it out again with Venture holding a one-point lead heading into the final race day. Russell Waddy’s upset victory on day three saw them move into third overall.  

Multihull cruising saw Robert Hossack’s Raptor 2001 beat Rick Fielding’s Mojo for the straight day by almost 12 minutes on corrected time.

The Bay Regatta was founded by a photographer (John Everingham) and friends (Chris Schaefer and Andy Stephens). Everingham, a long-time Phuket King’s Cup Regatta committee member, was motivated in part by frustration at the annual struggle over setting that regatta’s courses. On the one hand, he wanted to shoot the fleet of sails contrasted against the dramatic scenery. The hard-core sailors, on the other hand, wanted their boats as far away from land as possible to avoid fickle winds. Dramatic photos would attract more sponsors, argued the photographer; but the sailors always won. So the stymied lensman rounded up some like-minded friends and established a regatta designed to sail among the dramatic limestone island towers and mainland forests of the waters off Phuket’s east coast. The problem was that the courses would go too deep into the Bay, where the wind didn’t blow. So when the Ao Chalong Yacht Club (now the Phuket Yacht Club) gained control over the regatta a couple years back a compromise was worked out between beautiful scenery and good sailing courses.

The ACYC, and its volunteer board, however, felt it could not properly run the regatta properly, so five years ago it was handed over to “Mr Regatta” himself, Simon James of Regattas Asia. Simon, who aside from being the PRO of the Regatta for many years, had also been one of its principle organizers along with his partner Kae Wattana, so they knew exactly what they were getting into.

About The Bay Regatta

The Bay Regatta was launched in 1998 by a group of Phuket-based sailing enthusiasts and a photographer who wished to showcase the stunning beauty of the Phuket/ Phang Nga/ Krabi seascapes.

Co-Sponsors: Chang Beer Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Beverage Public Company Limited, Chang, Mekhong, the Shellsea Krabi, and Raymarine, Budget Car & Truck Rental.

Regatta Partners: Jungceylon, Phuket Boat Lagoon, TIPLife, Chandara Resort & Spa, Kan Eang II, Haadthip, O2 Beach Club, Tonsai Marine Services, East Marine, Port Takola, Koh Yao Chukit Dachanan Resort, and Ao Nang Villa.

 

Local Supporters: B & G, Infinity Communications, Prestige Marine, Octopus Marine. The Mangosteen Resort & Spa, Electrical Marine and Epic Charters.

 

Media Partners: The Phuket News, SEA Yachting, One Coast magazine, Check In - Surat, MDA, aBoat.

 

The Bay Regatta is organised by Regattas Asia under the auspices of the Phuket Yacht Club in conjunction with the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Province of Phuket, the Province of Phang Nga and the Province of Krabi.

 

For more information, visit www.bayregatta.com or www.facebook.com/bayregatta (Detailed courses can be viewed at www.bayregatta.com/courses).

 

About Regattas Asia

Regattas Asia is a brand name of Phuket and More Co. Ltd., established in 2001 with over 15 years’ involvement in the organisation of leading marine events in Asia. Regattas Asia has become a prominent player in Asia's regattas industry, with an innovative approach to the management of major sailing events in the region, and provides services to the following events: Phuket King's Cup Regatta, Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, Sabang International Regatta (Indonesia), Royal Langkawi International Regatta (Malaysia), Hainan Around the Island Regatta (China), China Cup International Regatta.

 

Regattas Asia are sole organisers of The Bay Regatta and Samui Regatta (www.regattas.asia).

 

Nothing but blue skies & good wind on Raymarine Race Day

Yesterday’s Jungceylon Race Day from Ao Po to Koh Yao Noi was followed today by Raymarine’s Race Day. Participants in the 21st Bay Regatta continued to enjoy great sailing weather as the party that sails around continued to do just that.   

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PRO and race organizer Simon James again staged two starts for the competitors today: first off were all the monohulls followed by all the multihulls, and again there were no major incidents to report – just a nice clear spinnaker run down Phang Nga Bay.

The 20nm course left from east of Koh Yao Noi, rounded to starboard Koh Pang, passing Koh Pak Bia, and then past Koh Ka to starboard through the gate at Koh Heng (keeping the committee boat to port), then rounding Koh Ngang to port before passing between Koh Deng and Koh Samet and finally finishing between the committee boat and Koh Ya Man.       

The four-boat Racing Class saw the boats have identical 1-4 elapsed and corrected times order as Sergey Khamstov’s Megazip came first, followed by Steve Manning’s Red Rum, Aussie Gary Baguley’s family on Fujin in third and Uminoko skipped by Vitalii Plaksin in fourth. 

In Cruising A, Niels Degenkolw’s and his women’s’ team on Phoenix continued to dazzle and turn heads, claiming first overall, finishing twenty-five minutes ahead of Aussie Palleschi’s Prime Factor on corrected time and even further ahead of Russian Kirill Stashevskly on his new boat Jing Jing. Kirill competed for many years in this regatta and others sailing the stealth catamaran, Gale Force.

Cruising B saw the results flip-flop from yesterday with Ket Mangklaseranee’s Marigold taking first from Mig Wehrle’s Aqua (Mig had his wife and young child on board) with Paul Baker’s Isabella coming in third.       

The Bareboat Class saw Venture’s wildly excitable crew skippered by Denis Aksenov finish three hours ahead of Kinnon, helmed by George Brown. 

Line honours again went to Fugazi with a time of 03:08:18, which became 03:15:39 on corrected time, good enough for third spot on the day. Asia Catamarans Hurricane and Twin Sharks flip-flopped their positions from yesterday with Alan Carwardine’s crew taking top spot on this day.  

Multihull cruising saw Robert Hossack’s Raptor 2001 beat Rick Fielding’s Mojo by 12 minutes on corrected time.

The Bay Regatta takes sailors through the three provinces of Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi allowing participants to experience the best of southern Thai hospitality and the unrivaled sailing grounds in the area. They sail amongst 200-metre high karsts and past hidden bays on their way to a party under-the-stars on an idyllic beach.

In the deep channels between the spectacular, vertical rock walls, the Bay Regatta’s philosophy of fun-amidst-beauty shone through for all to see. The hallmark of this event is a casual, fun-filled atmosphere. Many friends join together to sail the four-day event and while the sailing is serious for many racing class yachts, a large number of cruisers join for the experience of sailing through some of the world’s most amazing maritime scenery.

About The Bay Regatta

The Bay Regatta was launched in 1998 by a group of Phuket-based sailing enthusiasts and a photographer who wished to showcase the stunning beauty of the Phuket/ Phang Nga/ Krabi seascapes.

Co-Sponsors: Chang,  Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Beverage Public Company Limited, Chang, Mekhong, the Shellsea Krabi, and Raymarine, Budget Car & Truck Rental.

Regatta Partners: Jungceylon, Phuket Boat Lagoon, TIPLife, Chandara Resort & Spa, Kan Eang II, Haadthip, O2 Beach Club, Tonsai Marine Services, East Marine, Port Takola, Koh Yao Chukit Dachanan Resort, and Ao Nang Villa.

Local Supporters: B & G, Infinity Communications, Prestige Marine, Octopus Marine. The Mangosteen Resort & Spa, Electrical Marine and Epic Charters.

Media Partners: The Phuket News, SEA Yachting, One Coast magazine, Check In - Surat, MDA, aBoat.

The Bay Regatta is organised by Regattas Asia under the auspices of the Phuket Yacht Club in conjunction with the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Province of Phuket, the Province of Phang Nga and the Province of Krabi.

For more information, visit www.bayregatta.com or www.facebook.com/bayregatta (Detailed courses can be viewed at www.bayregatta.com/courses).

About Regattas Asia

Regattas Asia is a brand name of Phuket and More Co. Ltd., established in 2001 with over 15 years’ involvement in the organisation of leading marine events in Asia. Regattas Asia has become a prominent player in Asia's regattas industry, with an innovative approach to the management of major sailing events in the region, and provides services to the following events: Phuket King's Cup Regatta, Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, Sabang International Regatta (Indonesia), Royal Langkawi International Regatta (Malaysia), Hainan Around the Island Regatta (China), China Cup International Regatta.

 

Regattas Asia are sole organisers of The Bay Regatta and Samui Regatta (www.regattas.asia).

 

Fugazi soars across Bay Regatta to earn line honours in day one

Fugazi soars across Bay Regatta to earn line honours in day one

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Fugazi, helmed and recently sold by builder Danny Moore, took advantage of some good early wind to fly through the course on day one of the 2018 Bay Regatta taking line honours in 3:50:02. On corrected time, with her handicap, this ended up being a time of 3:59:19 (for seventh spot in her class), but boy, did Fugzai catch good wind as she soared through the stunning karst topography.  

Held from 1st to 4th February, The Bay Regatta is a series of passage races – an event format that catches the attention of sailors from around the world with participants coming from as far afield as Australia, Russia, the UK and Canada to compete in six classes (Racing Class, Cruising A, Cruising B, Bareboat Charter, Racing Multihulls and Cruising Multihulls)

This four-day circumnavigation of Phang Nga Bay takes in three of southern Thailand's most scenic provinces–Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi–with the emphasis is on fun. Attracting the serious, the not-so-serious and the not-at-all-serious “racing” sailors, the regatta appeals to an international mix who enjoy the stunning sailing grounds of the area and a different destination each evening.

Each evening, the regatta anchors at a different venue and the sailors go ashore. Those staying ashore – more than 60% of the fleet – book accommodation and either eat in the local restaurants or enjoy the official event functions which engage with the local community. Most of the expenditure of the regatta goes directly into the local economies of the areas we visit – this has been the case since the regatta was launched and it will remain so for the future—an excellent example of how sports tourism works to the benefit of communities and local economies.

Starting in Ao Po on Phuket's east coast, after registration and an opening party yesterday evening at Chandara Resort & Spa, the yachts raced north through the stunning rocky outcrops of Phang Nga Bay finishing off Koh Yao Noi, where yachts anchored and enjoyed a prize-giving party on the beach at Koh Yao Chukit resort.

The actual race started at Koh Naka Yai, then the participants sailed north leaving Koh Phanak and Koh Na Ka Ya to port before rounding the first mark, northeast of Koh Yai, to starboard and then passing Hin Mot Daeng to port and Koh Batang to starboard before finishing off of Koh Kudu Yai – approximately 17 nautical miles in length.

PRO and race organizer Simon James had two starts for the competitors today: first off were all the monohulls (21 boats) followed by all the multihulls (12 boats). There were no real glitches, or incidents, on the course as sailboats deftly dodged the longtail fishing boats and fishing lines as they made their way across Phang Nga Bay.  

As time progressed and the wind died down, the course was shortened to approximately ten nautical miles for the cruising B, multihull cruising, bareboat cruising classes.     

In the Racing Class, Russian boats have proved to be the class of the fleet the last few years and today was no different. Uminoko skipped by Vitalii Plaksin was third across the finish, but on corrected time took first overall. Megazip (a former Bay Regatta winner), skipped by Sergey Khamstov placed second overall with Aussie Gary Baguley, sailing with many of his family members on board Fujin, coming in third on corrected time. Steve Manning’s Red Rum took last spot four-boat class on the day. 

In Cruising A, Niels Degenkolw’s Phoenix, who was won this regatta numerous times claimed first overall with his all-female crew, finishing fifteen minutes ahead of Aussie Palleschi’s Prime Factor on corrected time with Stanislav Pechenkin’s Russian crew Southern Breeze 3 coming in a distant third in this eight-boat class.

Cruising B saw Mig Wehrle’s Aqua beat Ket Mangklaseranee’s Marigold on both elapsed and corrected time as these two boats were the only ones to finish racing on this day as Greg Brennan’s Toot Yai and Woodrow Christensen’s Linda retired due to light wind and Isabella a late replacement for Farrgo Express, who damaged her rudder entering the passage to Ao Po last night, registered a DNF.                

The Russians were the only nationality to take two classes on the day also capturing the Bareboat Class with Venture skippered by Denis Aksenov finishing three hours ahead of Kinnon, helmed by George Brown. Andrew McDermott’s Fei Jian and Russell Waddy’s AllSail Kingman retired due to light winds.

John Newnham’s crew on Twin Sharks has been together a long time and they just know how to get it done. Though they finished second on elapsed time (5 & ½ minutes after Fugazi); when the handicap was applied they claimed first overall in the Multihull Racing class. Asia Catamarans Hurricane, who were third on elapsed time, finished second overall on day one in the ten-boat class, while Blue Nose snuck into third spot.   

Multihull cruising saw Robert Hossack’s Raptor 2001 finish almost five minutes ahead of Rick Fielding’s Mojo on corrected time; the two boats have a strong rivalry, as they battle it out in many Phuket regattas and will duke it out again in this two-boat class.   

The Bay Regatta takes sailors through the three provinces of Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi allowing participants to experience the best of southern Thai hospitality and the unrivaled sailing grounds in the area. They sail amongst 200-metre high karsts and past hidden bays on their way to a party under-the-stars on an idyllic beach.

About The Bay Regatta

The Bay Regatta was launched in 1998 by a group of Phuket-based sailing enthusiasts and a photographer who wished to showcase the stunning beauty of the Phuket/ Phang Nga/ Krabi seascapes.

Co-Sponsors: Chang Beer Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Beverage Public Company Limited, Chang, Mekhong, the Shellsea Krabi, and Raymarine, Budget Car & Truck Rental.

Regatta Partners: Jungceylon, Phuket Boat Lagoon, TIPLife Chandara Resort & Spa, Kan Eang II, Haadthip, O2 Beach Club, Tonsai, East Marine, Port Takola, Koh Yao Chukit and Ao Nang Villa.

Local Supporters: B & G, Infinity Communications, Prestige Marine, Octopus Marine. The Mangosteen Resort & Spa, Electrical Marine and Epic Charters.

Media Partners: The Phuket News, SEA Yachting, One Coast magazine, Check In, MDA, aBoat.

The Bay Regatta is organised by Regattas Asia under the auspices of the Phuket Yacht Club in conjunction with the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, TAT, the Provinces of Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi and Thailand’s National Parks Authority.

For more information, visit www.bayregatta.com or www.facebook.com/bayregatta (Detailed courses can be viewed at www.bayregatta.com/courses).

About Regattas Asia

Regattas Asia is a brand name of Phuket and More Co. Ltd., established in 2001 with over 15 years’ involvement in the organisation of leading marine events in Asia. Regattas Asia has become a prominent player in Asia's regattas industry, with an innovative approach to the management of major sailing events in the region, and provides services to the following events: Phuket King's Cup Regatta, Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, Sabang International Regatta (Indonesia), Royal Langkawi International Regatta (Malaysia), Hainan Around the Island Regatta (China), China Cup International Regatta.

 

Regattas Asia are sole organisers of The Bay Regatta and Samui Regatta (www.regattas.asia).

 

Bay Regatta - Ready to set sail

 Crews are heading to the start line for this years Bay Regatta

Crews are heading to the start line for this years Bay Regatta

Over 40 sailing yachts and 250 competitors arrive in Phuket in February, to join this year’s 21st Bay Regatta. 31st January – 4th February 2018.

Now in it’s 21st Year, The Bay Regatta is different from Phuket famous King’s Cup Regatta, as it takes the fleet from Phuket, through the spectacular scenery of Phang Nga Bay to a new anchorage each evening, holding awards parties in a wide variety of different locations.

The event attracts a range of sailors, from first time racers joining just for the experience of sailing through some of the world’s most amazing maritime scenery, to professional racers, who return year after year for the opportunity to race and stay overnight in some fantastic anchorages, which are carefully selected to allow the participants to have the choice to sleep on their boats or ashore at local resorts. 

Often billed ‘Asia’s fun regatta’, the hallmark of this event is the casual, fun-filled atmosphere with many families and faces familiar to the Phuket yachting scene returning to the race course, preferring the regattas more relaxed approach to racing for the four-day adventure.

Despite the relaxed atmosphere, yachts are divided into 6 classes based on their designs. The “Racing” class see a number of new entries this year with teams travelling from Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore to challenge Sergey Khamtsov’s Megazip.

 2017 Racing Class Champions Megazip

2017 Racing Class Champions Megazip

The Bareboat charter class returns in force emphasizing that Phuket remains one of the worlds best yacht charter opportunities with a strong entry from the New Zealand, Russia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Cruising Yachts are split into 2 divisions and sees an every expanding range of yachts joining to challenge locals, Kevin Gillow and Jim Ellis for the title.

The Multihull class is divided into racing and cruising divisions, With 2 current King’s Cup champions, Henry Kaye’s Thor and John Newnham’s Twin Sharks renewing their battle from 2017. The cruising fleet challenge is lead by Robert Hossack’s Raptor, crewed by regatta legends David Yourrief and Alistair Purves.

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The 2018 competition starts on the 31st January with registration and the opening party held at the Chandara Resort and Spa, Ao Po on the north East of Phuket.

The first race day (1st) heads out from Ao Po and races north to the top of Phang Nga Bay, past the famous ramparts of Ko Phanak, the Ko Hong group of islands and James Bond Island. Crossing the bay and anchoring between Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi for a presentation evening under the stars at the Koh Yao Chukit Dachanan Resort.

The second race day (2nd) will see the fleet running through the many secluded islands of the Ko Pak Bia group before heading East, for a free night to sample the delights of Karbi’s Leam Nang Peninsular.  

This years regatta will race in Krabi for 2 nights, encouraging some of the many boats now berthed in Krabi’s new Marinas out on the water.

Day Three (3rd), Consists of a number of “Around the Islands” Courses including the famous “Ko Dam Group”, finishing off Ao Nang Beach for a prize giving Party at the 5-Star “The ShellSea Krabi”.

The final day (4th) sees an early start off Ao Nang for a final race around the islands before a spectacular “Spinnaker downwind sprint” to Phuket's all year anchorage of Ao Chalong.

The last night closing party will be held at Kan Eang II, Ao Chalong and will include live music, a buffet dinner and presentation of the overall prizes.

 

2018 Regatta Programme

Wednesday 31st January - Registration from noon till 1730 at Ao Po followed by the Opening Party starting at 1800 hrs.

Thursday 1st February - Race Day 1.

Party and presentations at the Koh Yao Chukit Dachanan Resort, Koh Yao Noi.

Starting at 1800 hrs.

Friday 2nd February - Race Day 2.

Racing to Krabi Area (Free Night)

Saturday 3rd February - Race Day 3.

Racing around the Ko Dam Group of Islands.

Party and presentations at The ShellSea Krabi.

Sunday 4th February - Race Day 4.

Party and presentations at Kan Eang II, Ao Chalong. starting at 19.00 hrs.

The Regatta is organised by Regattas Asia under the auspices of the Phuket Yacht Club. The event is supported by the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand and the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Co-Sponsors: Chang, The Tourism Authority of Thailand, The ShellSea Krabi, Budget Car and Truck Rental, Raymarine.

Regatta Partners: Chandara Resort and Spa, Haadthip, Jungceylon, East Marine, Koh Yao Chukit Resort, Tonsai Marine Services, Tip Life, Ao Nang Villa.

Local Supporters: Electrical Marine, B&G, Octopus Marine, The Mangosteen Resort, Epic Charters.

Media Partners: Class Act Media, Phuket News, SEA Yachting, Check In Surat Magazine, One Coast, Marine Directory Asia, aBoat.

Routes announced for 2018 Bay Regatta

THE BAY REGATTA ROUTE - 2018

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New routes and exciting new venues have been announced for the 21st Bay Regatta (31st Jan - 4th February).

This years racing will start from Chandara Resort and Spa located at Ao Po, Phuket. The fleet will race on the traditional route through PhangNga Bay to the East of Koh Yao Noi. From the finish line, the fleet will then head south and anchor in the sheltered channel between Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai. With a first night presentation party at Koh Yao Chukit Dachanan Resort on Pasai Beach.

Day 2 will take the yachts racing through the Koh Hong Group, passing the Royal Palace and finishing close to Ralaee Beach for the popular "free night" in Krabi.

Day 3 will take the yachts racing around the Ko Dam Group of Islands, finishing off Ao Nang. With competitors heading ashore for a presentation dinner at the new five-star The ShellSea, Krabi,located near the famous Fossil Shell Beach, one of only three known such geological formations in the world.

Day 4 takes the yachts back across to Phuket, via Koh Yao Yai for a final nights presentation dinner at Kqn Eang II in Ao Chalong. 

For details of accommodation offers from our venue partners, please check out www.bayregatta.com

  • Registration, Skippers Briefing and Opening Buffet - Chandara Resort and Spa, Ao Po, Phuket.

  • Day 1 - Race from Ao Po to Koh Yao Noi. Presentation at Koh Yao Chukit Dachanan Resort, Pasai Beach, Koh Yao Noi
  • Day 2 - Race from Koh Yao  to Krabi Area . Free Night in Krabi
  • Day 3 - Race around Krabi Islands - Presentation at The ShellSea, Krabi
  • Day 4 - Race from Krabi to Ao Chalong Bay, Phuket. - Closing Dinner Kan Eang II, Ao Chalong.

The Bay Regatta 2017 wraps with a picture postcard final day

The fourth and final day of The Bay Regatta, the Chang Beer Race Day, saw all the fleet sail a short loop around islands off Krabi’s Railay Beach before heading out for a straight shot back to the southern end of Koh Yao Yai with the racing boats doing a slightly longer course than the cruisers. After crossing the finish, all boats headed back to Phuket where they celebrated the final prize-giving and dinner at iconic Kan Eang 2 Restaurant overlooking Chalong Bay.  

Already decided before the last day, Aleksandr Trofimenko’s Megazip decided to enjoy the scenery a little too much on the final day and opened the door for Gary Baguley’s Fujin to take their first win of the series – a consolation prize which left them in second overall behind the victorious Russian crew.

With wins on days three and four Hellmut Schutte’s Aquavit 6 took top spot in Cruising A finishing with seven points overall. They were followed by Gary Smith’s Baby Tonga (10 pts), but it might have been a different story if Baby Tonga hadn’t accidentally sailed the wrong course on day three. “Ifs” however don't calculate, and Aquavit 6 claimed the top prize with Gavin Wellman’s Rascal placed third overall.


In the final race for Cruising B, the Gillow-skippered Poco broke Canadian Jim “Yee Haw” Ellis’s stranglehold on first-place finishes, but it wasn’t enough to wrestle the overall title from Remington, who finished on seven points, with Poco on 10. Jim was able to add another notch to his The Bay Regatta belt as no one has won has won a class at The Bay Regatta as many times as Jim has. Piccolo (12 points), Aqua (14 points) and Thalassa (17 points) rounded out the class.      

A clean sweep for Kinnon skippered by Stanislav Pechenkin, saw them the runaway Bareboat Class winners with Alan Bower’s All Sail Asia in second and Russel Waddy’s All Sail Venus Hunter in third.

In Racing Multihull Class, Fergus Wilmer’s team on Thor (Fergus and Jenny Wilmer, plus Warwick Downes and James Haste) claimed line honours each day flying around the course at a blistering pace, and again on the final day they claimed line honours in a time of 02:55:08. Thor and John Newnham’s Twin Sharks team of Alfie Rowson, Jason Corall, Tam Keawwantha, and Mark Pescott, ended up tied with seven points each but Twin Sharks won the class on the virtue of its three first-place finishes, which included their final race win by just 38 seconds on corrected time—it doesn’t get much closer than that. In this eleven-boat class, Alan Cawardine’s Asia Catamarans Hurricane finished third overall followed closely by Mick Coleman’s sister ship Java, in fourth.

Multihull Cruising saw Rick Fielding’s Mojo and Sergei Dikanov’s Fenix flip flop first-and-second place finishes throughout the regatta both finishing with six points, but Mojo took the win, based on the results of the last race. Colin Wright’s Swift and Graham Tucky’s Optoloi II came next each with eighteen points, but Swift took third based on the its final-race performance, The Chinese Sanya Yomovo sailing team on DaVinci, had a DNS on the third day and a OCS on the fourth day (they didn’t have a radio on board) relegating them to fifth overall with twenty points. 

Simon James, who has stepped in many times to save this regatta over the years, did a tremendous job as PRO setting the courses, manning the starts and keeping things in order while his team on the water—Susan, Susie, Cathy, Chandran and Ron—as always, made sure all the starts and finishes were correctly posted and recorded. Kae Wattana and her Regattas Asia team made everyone happy on shore, providing plenty of good food and drink, and good entertainment. Sean Getchell’s Epic Charters stepped up and provided a superb committee boat, Hakuna Matata, and Tristan Hinxman did great work steering the photographer’s rib, graciously provided by Raymarine’s Mick Kealy. 

Krabi waters deliver a spectacular Day 3 of The Bay Regatta 2017

  The cruising classes enjoying the good breeze on Day 3, The Bay Regatta 2017. Photo by Scott Murray.

The cruising classes enjoying the good breeze on Day 3, The Bay Regatta 2017. Photo by Scott Murray.

Opting for just two starts each day – monohulls and multihulls – has proven a successful strategy for the 2017 The Bay Regatta, getting the boats off early and enjoying the good breeze and eye-candy that is the Andaman triangle of Phuket-Phang Nga-Krabi.

Day 3, the Raymarine Race Day, saw the racing monohulls and multihulls enjoyed a 24 nautical mile passage while the cruising classes (monohulls and multihulls) raced a 17 nautical mile course with all finishing off Railay Beach in Krabi where the prize-giving and evening party was held at Railay Bay Resort & Spa.

In the Racing Class, Megazip seems to have the measure of Fujin with another win today making it three from three and an unbeatable lead going into the final day. In Cruising A, however, there were some changes as Hellmut Schutte’s Aquavit 6 won today's race and with it now lead the series. Second on the day went to Gavin Wellman’s Rascal’s with Woodrow Christensen’s Linda rounding out the top three. Gary Smith’s Baby Tonga went walkabout and ended taking the wrong course (the racing monohull/ multihull course), thus finishing last today, but their previous strong finishes keeps them in second overall.

There's no stopping Canadian Jim “Yee Haw” Ellis’s Remington in Cruising B Class who's third win from three races sees them comfortably on top. The Gillow-skippered Poco and the Robert Camera-helmed Piccolo swapped second and third spots from Day 2 giving Poco second spot overall with nine points, while Piccolo (a 1976 Sydney-Hobart winner) sits in third with ten points. Kevin Gillow has amazingly competed in all twenty The Bay Regattas.     

Kinnon skippered by Stanislav Pechenkin finished one minute ahead of Aussie Alan Bower’s All Sail Asia on corrected time in the Bareboat Class, and a half-an-hour ahead of All Sail Venus Hunter (Russel Waddy) repeating the 1-2-3 of yesterday. 

It was a third straight line honours for Fergus Wilmer’s Thor. Despite finishing eight minutes ahead of John Newnham’s Twin Sharks they could not convert it to a win on corrected time, and had to settle for second place behind Twin Sharks with Java, skippered by Mick Coleman, finishing in third.  

Multihull Cruising saw Sergei Dikanov’s Fenix and Aussie Rick Fielding’s Mojo flip flop first-and-second place finishes again with Fenix taking the bullet. Graham Tucky’s Optoloi II finished third on the day and sits fourth overall.

The final day's racing concludes on Sunday (19th February) with a the series prize-giving held at Kan Eang II in Chalong (Phuket).
 

Nothing but blue skies…and good wind

 Jim Ellis on Remington, hold his lead in the Cruising B division by 46 seconds after 5 hours racing on day 2.

Jim Ellis on Remington, hold his lead in the Cruising B division by 46 seconds after 5 hours racing on day 2.

Participants in the 20th Bay Regatta continued to enjoy great sailing weather as the party that sails around continued to do just that.   

Principal Race Officer Simon James again staged two starts for the competitors today: first off were all the monohulls followed by all the multihulls, and again there were no major incidents to report – just a nice clear spinnaker run down Phang Nga Bay.

Today’s 24nm course left from Koh Yao Noi, rounded Koh Le Mann to starboard, passed Koh Pang & then Koh Pak Bia to port, Koh Ka to starboard, rounded Koh Kaya to starboard through the gate at Koh Hong (keeping the committee boat to port), then rounding Koh Ngang to port before passing between Koh Deng and Koh Samet and finally finishing off of Railay Beach..     

The two-boat Racing Class results were the same as yesterday as Megazip, skipped by Russia’s Aleksandr Trofimenko, beat Aussie Gary Baguley’s Fujin by thirty-five minutes on corrected time, so they lead the class with two points, while Fujin has four.   

By easily winning the Cruising A Class today, Garry Smith’s Baby Tonga jumped to first place overall with three points, as the boat finished forty minutes ahead of Hellmut Schutte Aquavit 6, whose second place finish put them in second overall with 5 points. Gavin Wellman’s Rascal came third today, but sits in fourth spot with 8 points overall. Philippe Dallee’s Tintin, who won yesterday, was forced to retire from the race, registering a DNF, but still held on to third overall with seven points.     

Cruising B saw Canadian Jim “Yee Haw” Ellis’s Remington, continue to exhibit both his skill and lucky charm as he won for the second day running to hold on to the class lead with two points. The Gillow-skipped Poco and the Robert Camera-helmed Piccolo swapped second and third places from yesterday and sit tied with five points.     

The Bareboat Class same the same results as day one with Kinnon skippered by Stanislav Pechenkin finishing over two  hours ahead of Aussie Alan Bower on All Sail Asia in second, while All Sail Venus Hunter (Russel Waddy) did finish this time around, fifteen minutes behind All Sail Asia. 

Fergus Wilmer’s Thor claimed line honors again, blasting off as if shot out of a cannon, never slowing down crossing the finish in 3:04:02. But after corrected time they had to settle for second spot behind John Newnham’s Twin Sharks who crossed in 3:15:55. Thor still leads the eleven-boat class with three points while Twin Sharks moved into second overall and a five-point tie with Alan Cawardine’s Asia Catamarans Hurricane, who finished third on the day with an elapsed time of 3:24:07.   

Multihull cruising saw Sergei Dikanov’s Fenix and Aussie Rick Fielding’s Mojo swap first-and-second place finishes from yesterday leaving them tied on the leaderboard with three points. The Chinese Sanya Yomovo sailing team on DaVinci, with the help of Libby Boyd, repeated their third-place finish of yesterday and that’s where they sit in the standings. Graham Tucky’s Optoloi II competed today, after missing out yesterday, and finished fourth overall. Hugh Thompson’s Sahm Loy did not start for second straight day.

The Bay Regatta takes sailors through the three provinces of Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi allowing participants to experience the best of southern Thai hospitality and the unrivaled sailing grounds in the area. They sail amongst 200-metre high karsts and past hidden bays on their way to a party under-the-stars on an idyllic beach.

In the deep channels between the spectacular, vertical rock walls, the Bay Regatta’s philosophy of fun-amidst-beauty shone through for all to see. The hallmark of this event is a casual, fun-filled atmosphere. Many friends join together to sail the four-day event and while the sailing is serious for many racing class yachts, a large number of cruisers join for the experience of sailing through some of the world’s most amazing maritime scenery. 

Tomorrow is the Raymarine Race Day, consisting of island courses around the famous Koh Dam group of islands, with an evening presentation dinner on the spectacular Railay Beach.

Fresh breeze on Day 1 of The Bay Regatta 2017

   
  
 
  
    
  
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   Thor claimed the daily double in Multihull Racing on Day 1 of The Bay Regatta 2017. Photo by Scott Murray

Thor claimed the daily double in Multihull Racing on Day 1 of The Bay Regatta 2017. Photo by Scott Murray

The first day of the 20th anniversary The Bay Regatta was greeted with fresh breeze and as the crew on Top Cat called it, “Champagne Sailing”. Following the opening party at Chandara Resort & Spa on Phuket's east coast, the 31-strong fleet headed north through the stunning rocky outcrops of Phang Nga Bay.

The day's passage race started at Koh Naka Yai and send the sailors north leaving Koh Phanak and Koh Na Ka Ya to port before rounding the first mark, northeast of Koh Yai, to starboard and then heading towards Koh Yao Noi leaving Hin Mot Daeng to port and Koh Batang to starboard before finishing off of Koh Kudu Yai – approximately 17 nautical miles in length.

PRO Simon James made two starts for the competitors today: first off were all the monohulls (15 boats) followed by all the multihulls (16 boats). In the Racing Class, Megazip, skipped by Russia’s Aleksandr Trofimenko, beat Aussie Gary Baguley on Fujin by just over three minutes on corrected time to take first-place honours on day one in this two-boat class. 

Philippe Dallee’s Tintin took top shot in Cruising A finishing five minutes ahead of Garry Smith’s Baby Tonga, while Smith’s boat in turn finished four minutes ahead of third place Aquavit 6, skippered by Hellmut Schutte.

Cruising B saw Canadian Jim “Yee Haw” Ellis’s Remington, who has won his division in this regatta many times, jump out to an early lead with Thai-registered and Gillow-skippered Poco coming second, followed by Thai-registered Piccolo, helmed by Robert Camera in third. The father and daughter team of Kevin and Mia Gillow on Poco had two other crew mates on board this time, but two years ago, the two of the them sailed Poco to victory just nine months after Kevin had suffered a debilitating stroke.    

The Russians were the only nationality to take two classes today capturing also the Bareboat Class with Kinnon, skippered by Stanislav Pechenkin finishing half-an-hour ahead of Aussie Alan Bower on All Sail Asia and All Sail Venus Hunter (Russel Waddy), who ran into some trouble, recorded a DNF.

Fergus Wilmer’s Thor claimed the daily double in the Multihull Racing class, roaring off the start line and never slowing down, ending up with a time of two hours and 42 seconds. Thor was followed by Asia Catamarans Hurricane and Java, who finished only a few minutes behind after corrected time was applied in the eleven-boat class.   

Multihull Cruising saw Sergei Dikanov’s Fenix win convincingly over Aussie Rick Fielding’s Mojo, while the Chinese Sanya Yomovo sailing team on DaVinci came third in the six-boat class.

The Bay Regatta takes sailors through the three provinces of Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi allowing participants to experience the best of southern Thai hospitality and the unrivaled sailing grounds in the area. They sail amongst 200-metre high karsts and past hidden bays on their way to a party under-the-stars on an idyllic beach. The party and prize-giving for day one was on the beach at Paradise Koh Yao.

1 Day to go until The Bay Regatta

Over 30 yachts will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the iconic Bay Regatta, between the 15th and 19th February 2017. The Bay Regatta stands out as one of South East Asia’s finest yachting events. Taking place in some of the most beautiful scenery the region has to offer, the four days racing and daily presentations will bring a buzz of excitement to Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi.

 John Newnhams Firefly 850 returns to challenge the 11 boat  Racing Multihull Class.

John Newnhams Firefly 850 returns to challenge the 11 boat  Racing Multihull Class.

What’s Going On...

Taking place just two months after the Phuket’s King’s Cup Regatta, The Bay Regatta 2017 will be the scene for the regions yachting community coming together. The action is spread over four days of exhilarating competition in the surrounding bays of Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi. This year’s competition will be split into Seven classes, Racing Monohulls, Cruising A&B, Bareboat Charter, Racing & Cruising Multihulls.

Kae Wattana, Managing Director of organisers Regattas Asia comments "The Bay Regatta is now in its 20th year and is more popular than ever with competitors joining from all around the world and we are all looking forward to another great event." 

Racing and locations

The four days of racing are a mixture of “coastal passages” and “around the islands” encompassing the provinces of Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi and includes some of Thailand’s most beautiful islands.

The Regatta opens with event registration (12.00 - 17.30) held at Chandara Resort and Spa, situated just south of Ao Po Marina. Yachts usually anchor off the resort with complementary longtail taxi service available from 12.00 until 21.00.

The official activities kick off with the Skippers briefing at 17.30, followed by a welcome buffet dinner for competitors and guests, with entertainment provided regatta favorites, the Majesty band.


Racing starts at 08.30 each day off the beach at each of the overnight stops.
There are a number of different courses used during the regatta. Courses are designed to offer competitive sailing to all types of yachts and are selected on a daily basis by local sailing personalities Andy Dowden and Simon James, who will choose courses based on the day’s weather conditions.

Traditionally, yachts will race from the start off Ao Po, through Phang Nga Bay to Ko Yao Noi, heading East to Krabi and returning to Ao Chalong Bay on Phuket.

The action can be viewed from the look out points at the regatta venues:

Thursday 16th - Ao Po, 

Friday 17th Paradise Resort Ko Yao Noi, 

Saturday 18th Ao Nang/Koh Dam Group, 

Sunday 19th Ao Nang/Cape Panwa.

Raymarine announced as Co-Sponsor of The Bay Regatta 2017

PHUKET, Thailand – Leading water sports event management company Regattas Asia – organisers of The Bay Regatta – confirm global marine electronics brand Raymarine, as a co-sponsor  of the 20th anniversary event held 15th to 19th February, 2017.

 

A unique sailing event that starts and finishes in Phuket and sails through the stunning limestone topography of Phang Nga and Krabi provinces, Raymarine are a Co-Sponsor and have secured the sponsorship rights for the prize-giving party at Railay Bay Resort & Spa – an iconic destination that returns to the 20th anniversary programme, and will take place on Saturday 18th February.

 

Mick Kealy, Managing Director of local Raymarine distributor Octopus Electrical Service, noted that Raymarine had been looking for an opportunity to sponsor a regatta and give back to the local community.

 

“The Bay Regatta has gained its reputation as the ‘fun regatta’; known for marrying the sailors’ fun with the thrill of voyage and the majesty of the Phang Nga cliffs. Raymarine, as the first choice for the majority of privately owned pleasure boats around the world, feel that many parallels can be drawn between the ideologies of this regatta and their own, and that supporting this regatta is the perfect way to promote the values of both the company and the South East Asian sailing community as a whole.”

 

Ms. Kae Wattana, Managing Director of organisers Regattas Asia, commented “Raymarine is a major supplier of marine electronics and is likely used and enjoyed by most of the yachts racing in the regatta. Aligning with Raymarine, a recognized and respected international brand, adds credibility to the event and underscores the success of our unique regatta concept.”

 

“This year’s 20th anniversary regatta is looking like it may be the best one yet,” added Ms. Wattana.

 

The Bay Regatta is organised by Regattas Asia and will take place 15th to 19th February, 2017.

 

For more information, visit www.bayregatta.com or www.facebook.com/bayregatta.

 

The Bay Regatta 2017: Back to its roots for the 20th Anniversary

   Krabi's Railay Beach returns to the programme after a few years hiatus

Krabi's Railay Beach returns to the programme after a few years hiatus

PHUKET, Thailand – Combining travel with sport, The Bay Regatta is a four-day circumnavigation of Phang Nga Bay that takes in three of southern Thailand's most scenic provinces – Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi – and where the emphasis is on fun. Attracting the serious, the not-so-serious and the not-at-all-serious “racing” sailors, the regatta appeals to an international mix who enjoy the stunning sailing grounds of the area and a different destination each evening.

 

Starting from Phuket on 15th February, organisers Regattas Asia are expecting a large fleet to celebrate this milestone 20th Anniversary edition.

 

“The successful event format hasn't changed much over the years, but the sailors, types of boats and demographics have. We are seeing more international sailors flying in and chartering boats to take part and we are also seeing more people opting to stay ashore each evening, rather than on their boats,” said Ms. Kae Wattana, Managing Director of organisers Regattas Asia.

 

The Bay Regatta is an excellent example of how sports tourism works to the benefit of communities and local economies.

 

“Each evening we anchor at a different venue and the sailors go ashore. Those staying ashore – more than 60% of the fleet – book accommodation and either eat in the local restaurants or enjoy the official event functions which engage with the local community. Most of the expenditure of the regatta goes directly into the local economies of the areas we visit – this has been the case since the regatta was launched and it will remain so for the future,” commented Ms. Wattana.

 

Held from 15th to 19th February, The Bay Regatta is a series of passage races – an event format that has caught the attention of sailors around the world with participants coming from as far afield as Australia, Russia, the UK and Canada to compete in six classes (Racing Class, Cruising A, Cruising B, Bareboat Charter, Racing Multihulls and Cruising Multihulls)

 

The 2017 programme is as follows:

  • 15th February: Registration and Opening Party at Chandara Resort and Spa, Ao Po (Phuket).
  • 16th February: Day 1 – Race from Ao Po to Paradise Koh Yao with prize giving at Paradise Koh Yao Resort (Phang Nga).
  • 17th February: Day 2 – Race from Paradise Koh Yao to Krabi. Free night (Krabi).
  • 18th February: Day 3 – Race around Krabi's islands with prize giving at Railay Bay Resort & Spa (Krabi).
  • 19th February: Day 4 – Race from Krabi to Ao Chalong. Prize giving and Closing Dinner at Kan Eang II, Ao Chalong (Phuket).

 

Moving gear and personnel around the three provinces, and providing evening social events at different destinations each evening, The Bay Regatta is a logistical challenge that requires a dedicated team to make everything go smoothly.

 

“To organise and operate the regatta is no small feat. My team work very hard to make the event a success for the participants but we couldn't do it without our sponsors and the excellent co-operation we get from the relevant authorities and local businesses along the route,” added Ms. Wattana.

Day 3 Stop over venue announced.

The Bay Regatta returns to Railay Beach in Krabi for its day 3 (18th February) prize giving for the 20th Anniversary Bay Regatta.

Railay Bay Resort & Spa Located on Railay Beach in Krabi province of Thailand provide maximum comfort with 130 rooms of 5 different types catered. We can guarantee a wonderful stay a the resort, the resort is set in lush gardens stretching from west to east Railay with plenty of coconut trees and tropical fauna placed between our bungalows and walkways to ensure a fantastic location for our 3rd night prize giving party.

For these special regatta rates please email to joy@regattas.asia or call +66 (0)89 605 5016