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Phuket Raceweek regatta lures top-flight racers

Phuket Raceweek regatta lures top-flight racers

PHUKET, Over 450 sailors, families and friends from more than 20 countries are set to make Cape Panwa Hotel their home this week as they head to Phuket to take part in the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 16 July 2019, 02:48PM

More than 30 boats will compete in the 2019 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek. Photo: Guy Nowell

More than 30 boats will compete in the 2019 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek. Photo: Guy Nowell

The annual five-day event starts tomorrow (July 17) and continues through Sunday (July 21).

The kick-off event for the 2019/2020 AsianYachting Grand Prix, Raceweek is set to welcome top sailors from around Asia and beyond, and charterers from as far-a-field as Australia, China and the UK, to compete in four days of racing off Phuket's southeast coast.

Going head-to-head in the IRC Racing 0 class this year are two TP52s – Team Hollywood (ex Provezza) and East Sail (ex Team Hollywood).

Having been crowned AsianYachting Grand Prix champion last season, Ray Roberts and his Team Hollywood will be looking to get their new season’s campaign off to the best of starts this week. A mixed crew of international sailors on East Sail, however – many of whom will be competing for their first time at the regatta – will be looking to make life difficult for them.

In IRC Racing I, last year's winner Aquari (Craig Nicholls) will be lining up alongside another Sydney 40, East Marine Emagine (Scott Bradley). They are up against some tough competition in the form of another past winner, the Corby 36 Jessandra II (Andrew McDermott), and the well campaigned MegaZip sailing with an all Russian crew.

Neils Degenkolv and his crew on Phoenix return to defend their IRC Racing II title and aim to extend their three-year unbeaten run. Looking to upset that record is the “new” Eastern Creek Karts skippered by Raceweek regular Michael Spies, the Farr 1104 Farrgo Express, whose crew were regularly on the podium last year, and the 25-foot Platu Dragon.

This year's largest class is set to be the Cruising Monohull Class. Racing neck-and-neck throughout last year’s regatta, BeauX Esprits and Lady Bubbly are both back with Lady Bubbly looking to go one better this year. They are up against Linda, Chinon, Venture, Atlanta – who returns after a few years’ hiatus – Kantus Bride, representing Cape Panwa Hotel, and Lola and Sumalee which is chartered by a crew from China.

The multihull fleet will be split into two classes. Firefly 850 Sports One Design includes last year's winner Twin Sharks, and stalwarts Voodoo, Surf Patrol, Moto Inzi and Blue Nose.


The all-carbon racing trimaran, Bonza (ex Fugazi), is back with a new name and owner in the Multihull Racing class. They are up against the new Fugazi, a sports cat helmed by Dan Fidock, two Stealth catamarans from the Asia Catamarans yard – Phantom V and Twister 2 – as well as This!, DaVinci and the all-new Sho,Vel skippered by Zam Bevan.

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek has tailored its successful formula over the past 15 years to create a unique, award-winning event, known around the world for its beachside parties with lavish buffets and free-flow drinks and international-standard racing in the tropics, all centered at the five-star Cape Panwa Hotel.

Organised by Media Business Services, the 16th edition of the award-winning Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek takes place July 17-21, 2019 at Cape Panwa Hotel on Phuket's southeast coast.

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