Boat owners and sailors from across Asia and around the world have Samui Regatta 2016 firmly marked on their calendars as boats ranging in size from 23 to 72 feet are heading to Thailand’s second largest island to compete in the 15th edition of the regatta to be held 21st to 28th May and hosted by Centara Grand Breach Resort Samui, on Chaweng Beach.
Simon James, Race Director of organisers Regattas Asia, notes that ‘For over a decade Samui has closed out the racing season in Asia with a superb and highly competitive event that sets the standard for next year’s regional championship.’
Everybody loves a comeback story and the comeback class for 2016 is expected to be the Multihull Class. The number of multihulls are expanding in the region and playing a major role in the region’s regattas, and a new edition this year is the six metre Pulse 600 design, produced by Corsair Marine in Vietnam. At the other end of the size range is a 67-foot catamaran that is expected to line-up this year, and many multihulls of varying sizes and designs in between.
A notable component of the Samui Regatta since day one has been the IRC racing classes. Organisers expect another heavy dose of Hong Kong-based entries this year that feature many new designs among the boats racing, and it is often at Samui Regatta amongst the entries in these IRC classes.
“Where else would you want to be in the last week of May?’ asked Race Director James. ‘We see many professional and amateur crews returning year after year. It doesn’t matter which class or boat they race on the conditions are always terrific, the race committee and event management is unsurpassed, and the competition is always full on. The Gulf of Thailand really does deliver excellent sailing conditions.”
“For some, the onshore part of the regatta is almost as important as what happens on-the-water and this year the local support from Samui businesses has been overwhelming. A number of new resorts have offered their support and we are excited to welcome back many long-term supporters and be working with them again. The regatta has really become a true community event,” added James.
For those who wish to get a taste of the action, Serenity Yachting are offering a spectator experience. Tickets are available at 800THB per person. For more information, email email@example.com.
The 15th Samui Regatta will take place 21st to 28th May, 2016 headquartered at Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, and is organised by Regattas Asia in conjunction with the Samui Yacht Club Regatta, under the auspices of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Municipal of Koh Samui and the Sports Authority of Thailand.