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.
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.
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).