The Bay Regatta - Now in its 23Rd year, attracting around 40 – 50 yachts and often billed ‘Asia’s fun regatta’, the hallmark of this event is a casual, fun-filled atmosphere.

Many families and 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.
With four days of racing and five days of partying, the regatta crosses the three provinces of Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi, is surely one of the most scenic regattas on the Asian racing calendar and always lives up to its reputation as the FUN Regatta.

Notice of Race

The 23RD Bay Regatta

5th to 9th FEBRUARY 2020

Notice of Race- Published 14th October 2019

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

1.    RULES
The Regatta will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 (RRS); and by:
The current IRC Handicap Rules Parts 1, 2 & 3
The Platu 25 International Class Rules, amended by the National Class Association of Thailand.
The OMR Rule for Multihulls
The RYA National Handicap for Cruisers
Class Rules for one-design entries and boats sailing under a standard one-design rating, including crew limits
All participating boats shall comply with the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations for Inshore Racing. Boats shall comply with their class safety regulations, sail limitations and other regulations where they differ from World Sailing Special Regulations. 
All Boats shall carry a working marine band VHF transceiver.

RRS 52, Manual Power, shall not apply for yachts racing in the Cruising and Multihull Classes. 
a)    The use of stored power for the hoisting of mainsails, or the reefing or furling of sails need not be declared. 
b)    Multihull Boats using stored power for the adjustment or operation of running rigging shall declare this to the OMR Rating Authority. 
No National prescriptions shall apply.
This Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions
In the case of conflict the Sailing Instructions will prevail. (This changes Rule 63.7)
References herein to a Rule or Appendix are to the RRS or its Appendices unless otherwise stated.

Advertising on a boat or by its crew is permitted in accordance with the World Sailing Advertising Code. - Boats with advertising material incorporated should include details with their Entry Form. The Race Committee reserves the right to forbid items of advertising which may conflict with the regattas sponsors, or in any way offend Thai laws or customs by their nature.

The Bay Regatta and, as authorized by The Bay Regatta, its agents, sponsors, licensees and other commercial partners may use event-related still images and footage taken at any time, which may include images of competitors, their boats, support vessels, crew and sponsors, provided that The Bay Regatta  shall not use such images to create a direct endorsement by a sponsor, product or service associated with a competitor, without the prior consent of the competitor. 

3.     CLASSES 
The Regatta will have the following classes, which may be subdivided into divisions once all entries have been received.

Racing Class A under IRC handicap (current certificate required)

Racing Class B under IRC handicap (current certificate required)

Class allocations for Racing A, Racing B will be based on actual entries and divided based on Design, IRC Hull Factor (HF), IRC Displacement Length Ratio (DLR), IRC Length of Hull (LH), IRC Series Date and the boats Time Correction Factor (TCC). Splits will be announced by 1700 on Wednesday 5th February 2020.

Cruising Monohulls (Including, Two-Handed)

This class is designed shorthanded sailors and for cruisers/teams who do not race on a regular basis and therefore may not have a valid handicap certificate.

The Class will be divided into divisions. “Cruising A” and “Cruising B”. Division allocations will be based on Hull Length, Displacement Ratio and Design.

A Two-Handed Division may also be available in the Cruising Class. Boats will be eligible for both Two- Handed and Cruising class trophies. Within the Two-Handed Class there may also be prizes for mixed crews (a male and a female). Automatic or wind-vane steering is permitted (changes RRS 52). Entries must satisfy the committee that they have suitable and adequate experience and that their boat is appropriately organised for two-handed sailing.

Prizes will be presented for each division.

Divisions will be scored using a performance based handicap system using the best information available as its base rating. The TCF may be adjusted during the course of the regatta. Calculation or adjustment of TCFs are not grounds for redress or protest.

Where full yacht data is not provided, rating may be issued under a worse case scenario. This rating will not be subject to protest.

Bareboat Charter - Class racing under IRC Handicap (current IRC certificate required.)

Each boat must be confirmed to be part of a bona fide bareboat charter fleet and their design based on standard production models with shoal keel configuration designed for charter/cruising and including mainsheet controls terminating on the coach roof. Boats will be sailed in charter trim, with standard mainsail, furling headsail and one cruising chute/asymmetric spinnaker with or without pole.
Application forms and measurement details for IRC are available at:

Multihulls - Racing under the OMR Multihull System, Catamaran and Tri-maran boats of a size and condition acceptable to the Race Committee.

Subject to minimum numbers, entries may be split into Racing and Cruising divisions.

Entrants should have a current OMR Rating and supply a validated declared crew weight at registration. If a Cruising Multihull does not possess a current valid OMR certificate, a rating will be allocated by the Race Committee based on the principles of the current OMR rule.

In the Multihull class, the race committee must be notified of the declared crew weight at time of registration. No owner requested alteration to the boats’ TCC will be permitted during the regatta except as a result of a rating protest, to correct rating office errors or for the addition of an official media representative appointed by the organising committee.

Class Racing. Groups of more than 5 boats of similar design characteristics, may apply to the Race Committee for their own class status. Applications should be made to the Race Committee by the Class Association and must be submitted no later than 5th Januaury, 2020.

3.2    The Race Committee reserves the right to allocate a boat or boats to a class or division according to the entries received: this allocation will not be subject to protest or request for redress (This changes Rules 60.1(b) and 62.1) Boats with a valid IRC may be moved from Cruising B to Cruising A. 

4.     ENTRIES
Online entry is available from: from 14th October 2019.

Entry and crew fees include entrance to official social events and the issue of complimentary regatta souvenirs for skipper and registered crew.

Early Bird Entry Fees: For entry paid before 5th January 2020.


Standard Entry fees: For entries paid after 5th January 2020.    


In the event of a race being abandoned or cancelled, entry fees will not be refunded.

If written cancellation of entry is received at the Regatta office before 1700 on Wednesday 29th January, 2020. The whole fee less a 5,000 THAI BAHT administration charge will be refunded. After this deadline refunds will be made only in exceptional circumstances.

Wednesday 5th February, Registration and Opening Party

12.00 – 17.30 Registration

17.30 Skippers Briefing

18.00 Opening Ceremony

Venue: TBC, Ao Po Area

Thursday 6th February, Race Day 1

09.00 First Warning Signal

18.00 Evening Presentation Dinner

Presentation Venue : Baan Chang Restaurant, Koh Yao Noi.

Friday 7th February, Race Day 2

09.00 First Warning Signal

Free Night in Krabi

Saturday 8th February, Race Day 3

09.00 First Warning Signal (Start Line off Ao Nang)

18.00 Evening Presentation Dinner

Presentation Venue : Ao Nang Villa, Ao Nang, Krabi.

Sunday 9th February, Race Day 4

08.00 First Warning Signal (Start Line off Ao Nang)

19.00 Final Presentation Dinner

Party Venue : TBA, Ao Chalong Area

The sailing instructions will be available at registration, which is held in Ao Po from 12.00hrs on Wednesday 5th February, 2020. They may be posted on the web site in advance.

Additional copies will be available at the Skippers Briefing, which will be held at 17.30hrs on 5th February, 2020.

7.1    The IRC 2019 Handicap Rules Parts 1, 2 & 3 will be used for the Racing and Bareboat Classes. IRC Rule 22.4.2 shall not apply. There will be no limitations on crew number or weight except as required for boats rated as one design, which shall comply with IRC Rule 22.4.1. 
7.2    The Bay Regatta National Handicap for Cruisers (NHC) will be used for Cruising Classes. The TCF may be adjusted during the course of the regatta. Calculation or adjustment of TCFs is not grounds for redress or protest.
7.3    The OMR handicap system will be used for the Multihull Classes.    
Boats in the Cruising Multihull class, or, if the Multihull Class is not split, non certified boats in the Multihull class, will be allocated a TCF by the Race Committee based on the current OMR principals. The TCF may be adjusted during the course of the regatta. Calculation and adjustment of TCFs is not grounds for redress or protest.
7.4    A Dayboat entering either Racing or Cruising Class may apply to the race committee to use optional equipment as permitted in their class rules. If this application is accepted, then a correction rating may be issued to apply a discretionary penalty to their TCC for the duration of the regatta only. This modifies IRC Rule 9.2 This penalty will be equivalent to that imposed for adding such equipment under the IRC Handicap Rules. 
IRC, and OMR Certificates: Competitors wishing to enter a class which requires a current valid IRC, OMR or TBR rating, shall provide a copy of their certificate or rating application with the entry form. Those competitors entering via the website, shall forward a copy of their certificate to the Regatta Organisers prior to 31st January 2018. Competitors are responsible for obtaining copies of certificates from the relevant issuing authority. All charges and fees incurred by a boat in obtaining or modifying Rating Certificates shall be borne by the boat owner.

8.     SCORING
8.1    There will be a maximum of 5 races for each class.
(a)     When fewer than 4 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores
(b)    When 4 or more  races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score. 

9.1    Emergency contact and crew lists
(a)     Before the first race is sailed, all entrants are required to supply in writing the name and contact details of a person who can be contacted in an emergency and who will not be sailing on the boat .
(b)     This person shall have and maintain full details of all crew members racing on board the boat each day.
(c)    Additionally, all boats shall provide a crew-list of all the people expected to race on the boat together with their email addresses that shall, so far as possible, be up to date and complete at the start of the regatta.
9.2    Except as detailed below, there shall be no restrictions on crew numbers or changes of crew who are registered on the official crew-list during the regatta.
(a)     Boats in a one-design class or using a one-design rating certificate shall comply with their class crew limitations. 
(b)     Accredited journalists, photographers or cameramen who are not regular crew members may join and/or leave a boat at any time and by any means so long as their doing so does not directly affect another competitor and they play no part in the racing of the boat. This changes RRS 47 .2

10.     SAFETY
10.1    Each boat shall carry at least one suitable anchor and sufficient suitable cable to hold the boat in the depth of water and likely weather conditions in and near the racing area.
10.2    No anchors shall be carried on deck forward of the bows.
10.3    All boats will be liable for inspection in accordance with applicable safety and measurement requirements.
10.4    All boats shall carry a working VHF Radio, which must be switched on during racing and able to receive instructions from the race committee throughout the regatta.
10.5    The Race Officer may, during a race, announce changes of course, repositioning of marks, colour of marks, shortening the course, or abandoning a race, over the radio. This may compliment or replace the traditional methods as provided for in the RRS. This changes RRS 33.These announcements will not be subject to protest and cannot be used as evidence in any subsequent redress hearing. This changes Rule 62.1(a).

11.1    Boats should to be adequately covered by appropriate third party liability insurance to at least the minimum amount of 500,000 US$ or Thai Baht equivalent. Also it is recommended that all crews and other on board be adequately insured including against medical costs.

12.     PRIZES
12.1    The following principal prizes for the Bay Regatta will be awarded in each class.
1st Place         1st Prize trophy
2nd Place        2nd Prize trophy
3rd Place         3rd Prize trophy
12.2    Additional prizes may be awarded by Sponsors for individual races.
12.3    Other prizes may be awarded for class and division results.

13.     SECURITY
Whilst the Regatta Organisers will do their best to arrange a safe environment for competing boats and crews, all entrants are cautioned to secure valuables at all times during the Regatta. Skippers are required to sign a Declaration upon registration, absolving The Bay Regatta Organisers of liability in the event of loss.
Access to official social functions will be restricted to those who have paid the crew fee or social fee to The Bay Regatta organisers.

Prior to the boat’s first race, the person in charge of each boat and/or his authorised representative shall sign a disclaimer of liability and declaration that they will comply with the RRS. If the person in charge will be under 18 years old on 5th February 2020, then the disclaimer shall be countersigned by a parent or guardian.


Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See rule 4, Decision to Race. The organising authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.

Rule 4 of the RRS states: “The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone.”

Sailing is by its nature an unpredicatable sport and therefore inherently involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:

a.          They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves, their crew and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event;

b.          They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore;

c.          They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;

d.          Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;

e.          The provision of a race management team, patrol boats and other officials and volunteers does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;

f.           The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances.

g.          It is their responsibility to familiarise themselves with any risks specific to this venue or this event drawn to their attention in any rules and information produced for the venue or event and to attend any safety briefing held for the event; 





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