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The Exciting Regatta at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2014 Ends After 4 Days of Racing in Mercurial Weather Conditions

July 31, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

unnamed (6)The 11th Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2014, held from July 16 – 20 has come to an end. This year, more than 400 sailors representing more than 15 nationalities participated in the thrilling regatta, taking to the high seas in 37 yachts and navigating complex courses of the East Coast of Phuket Island.

Throughout 4 daysof competition, each team departed from Cape Panwa beach in the early morning to test the weather and assess wind conditions for the afternoon race. There were two rounds of racing each day, with scores tabulated by racing officials at the end of the day. Weather conditions were pristine this year, except for the fourth day, when lacklustre winds postponed racing until late afternoon.

Yet the competition continued during the fourth, crucial day of racing as the wind picked up to allow contestant vessels to start their respective races between Lone and Hei islands.  The competition was complicated by the presence of non-participating boats milling around the courses, and a three way collision occurred between the regatta’s start boat, and IRC II Class yachts Jessandra II and Surf Patrol. No significant damage was done and the competition continued into the early evening.  unnamed (7)

After all yachts were anchored in Cape Panwa, the award ceremony and regatta after party began, held in the beach-front gardens of Cape Panwa Hotel. The lively event was attended by Commander of the Third Area Naval Command Vice Admiral Taratorn Kajitsuwan, who also presented awards to all of the winners of the event.

When asked about the significance of the event, Cape and Kantary Hotels’ Travel Industry Group Director Poomiphat Navanukroh said, “This is the 3rd time that we, Cape and Kantary Hotels, have hosted the Raceweek.  We received great feedback from the competitors, the judges and the other officials during the first two Raceweeks, and we took their suggestions into consideration and did our best to make this year’s event more elegant, more refined, and most of all more enjoyable.  We put a lot of effort into providing a pristine environment for our regatta guests, making sure that   both the food and ambience and would impress the participants.”

“Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket has been at the forefront of the tourism industry in Phuket for decades.  The hotel has hosted such prestigious events as the Miss Belgium 2009 Training Camp; the Miss Thailand World 2010 and 2013 Training Camps, as well as the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2012, 2013 and 2014.Therefore we are in a unique position as we have both the expertise and luxurious location necessary to host world-class events,” Navanukroh said. 

Series results (top three in each class)
IRC Racing I
Foxy Lady VI, Bill Bremner (4)
Island Fling, Paul F. Winklemann (8)
Oi!, Peter Ahern/ Scott Bailey/ Fergus Wilmer (12)

IRC Racing II
Jessandra II, Roland Dane (4)unnamed (8)
Foreign Affair, Greg Reynolds (11)
Ruby Tuesday, John Vause (13)

Cruising
Hedonist, Richard Barnhurst (7)
Sail in Asia Pinocchio, Mike Downard (9)
Sansiri Windstar, Patinyakorn Buranrom (11)

Charter/Bareboat
Little Eva, Jonathan King (5)
Venture, Ian Lodewyckx (6)
Anchalai (Ratana), Simon Oliver (7)

Multihull Racing
Asia Catamarans Hurricane, Alan Carwardine (5)
Java, John Coffin (7)
Bullet, Zam Bevan (12) 

Firefly 850
Twin Sharks, John Newnham (5)
Advanced Racing Mamba, Richard Ayre (8)
Voodoo, Hans Rahmann (9)

Classic
Seraph, Captain Bao (5)
Aventure, Michael Zircon (6)
Sirius, Simon Morris (8)

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