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.