The Stand-Up Paddleboard Challenge has been a hit at the 2013 Samui Regatta. Photo by MarineScene.asia.
After three tough days of racing – seven races for some classes – it's time for the sailors to take a day off, the Lay Day, and enjoy what Samui has to offer. Samui Regatta combines a complete racing programme for both the serious and the less-serious racers, and with the Lay Day gives participants time to enjoy the beauty of the destination.
Whether it's taking in the sights, going on a tour, shopping, a mix of all, or simply rest and relaxation for sailors on the Lay Day, there is no slow down for the organisers. There's two more days of racing and the final night lavish awards presentation still to come.
One of the big preparations for the forthcoming Gala Awards dinner on Saturday at the host venue, the Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, is the annual presentation by well-known yachting writer Marty Rijurkis. This will be the crowning of the Asian Yachting Grand Prix skipper and yacht of the year 2012/13. Inside favourite for both titles is Hong Kong's Frank Pong who is also dominating the IRC Zero class at the Regatta this year.
Departing the Regatta today, is Aussie skipper Matt Allen who has won all five races so far and hands over the helm of Ichi Ban (AUS) to Scott Duncanson, also a top skipper who will, no doubt, keep Ichi Ban at the front of IRC Two class. Matt is looking further afield, having a new yacht constructed in Dubai, to attain his life's dream (another of them, perhaps?) of winning this year's Sydney-Hobart Blue Water Classic.
Meantime, as a precursor to the superb beach parties off Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, a new challenge is laid daily: a "Stand-Up Paddleboard Challenge", sponsored by Neil Pryde and JP Australia. These boards are a dream for the keelboat sailors as, being inflatable, they can be used then easilly packed away and stored.
The Inter-Yacht SUP Challenge has proved exciting and most definitely entertaining. Competitors line up on the beach: sprint to the boards, paddle out-round-the-buoy-and-back, and sprint back to the start line, with the top two heading into the Grand Finale. All this under glorious blue skies and waiting at the finish is ice cold Asahi Beer or, if you prefer, an Aussie Berri Estates red or white wine.
No wonder the Samui Regatta is one of the world's most desirable yachting extravaganza.
The 2013 Samui Regatta is organised by leading regatta services provider, Regattas Asia, with strong support from Samui businesses and staff. Racing continues tomorrow off Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, Chaweng Beach.
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About Samui Regatta
Samui Regatta was formed in 2002 and is also known at the 'Tropical Island Regatta'. Over its 12 year history, the Regatta has grown from strength-to-strength regularly attracting a strong racing, cruising and multihull fleet and approximately 500 participants from over 20 countries. Samui Regatta has established itself as one of Asia's leading regattas and one of the best regatta party scenes.
Samui Regatta attracts many international participants from Asia and beyond, as well as Thailand-based sailors and boats. The Regatta is the final event in the Asian Yachting Grand Prix Championship, a series of 5-star racing events held throughout Asia.
The 2013 Samui Regatta takes place May 25th to June 1st and comprises five days of tropical sailing with six parties.
Samui Regatta Sponsors
The Regatta is supported by Host Sponsor Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui.
Co-sponsors include Beach Republic, Berri Estates, PTT Group, Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa, Sports Authority of Thailand and the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Official Suppliers include Asahi, Budget, Haad Thip, NeilPryde, Nivea Sun, Quantum, TOT and Infinity Communications.
Media Partners include SEA Yachting, aBOAT, Samui Holiday magazine, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, HELM Superyacht Asia Pacific, AsianYachting.com and SamuiPics.com are the Official photographer.
Island partners include A Plus Italia, Bangkok Hospital Samui, Electrical Marine, Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, ibis Samui Bophut, JP-Australia, Kiteboarding Asia, Mittare Insurance, Saard's Watersport Center, Samui Verti Color, Samui Ocean Sports & Yacht Charter, Seascape Beach Resort, Tradewinds, Bar Solo Koh Samui, Subway, Sunsail, Trend Fashion and The Kala.
Organising and Supporting Authorities include the Sports Authority of Thailand, Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, Tourism Authority of Thailand, International Sailing Federation, Samui Yacht Club Regatta and Regattas Asia.
Marketing Support provided by Paul Poole (South East Asia) Co., Ltd.
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. Formed by Simon James and Kae Wattana, 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.
Regattas Asia provide services to the following events: Phuket King's Cup Regatta, The Bay Regatta, Phuket Raceweek, Sabang International Regatta (Indonesia), Royal Langkawi International Regatta (Malaysia), Hainan Around the Island Regatta (China), China Cup International Regatta, and are sole organisers of Samui Regatta.
Nungruthai Julakul/ Duncan Worthington
Tel: +66 (0) 83 650 6848/ +66 (0) 81 893 4006