The first day of Phuket Raceweek and Mount Gay Rum Sponsors Official Opening Party as they have done for the last six years.
Prior to the Official opening ceremonies of the 15th Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek (CPHPRW), crews from 38 participating boats spread across seven classes waited with trepidation and wind-lust for their sailing instructions from PRO Simon James.
Simon told the sailors that continual 22 knot winds would see him put the racing on hold. He also told the sailors to take heed of section 26 in the sailing instructions, saying that is was ultimately their decision to sail in rough weather and that there was no shame in wearing a lifejacket.
With the sailors given their instruction, and the winds gusting, it was time to officially open the regatta and that is just what regatta organizer Byron Jones did, thanking all participating sailors and the dignitaries in attendance.
VIPs attending the opening dinner included Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong, along with Montri Manator, Deputy Director of TAT Phuket; Virat Patee, the Director of the Sports Authority of Thailand, Phuket Division; Poomiphat “Tom” Navanukroh, the Group Director of the Travel Industry for the Cape Kantary Hotels; and Thomas Hain, the general manager of Cape Panwa Hotel. The Governor gave a short speech and was joined on stage by the other dignitaries for a photo opportunity.
There are many many pictures HERE celebrating the Mount Gay Rum Party.
Mount Gay Rum Sponsors
Mount Gay Rum sponsored the opening party and had a free flow of Golden Mojito’s on offer the whole evening.
The Evenings entertainment including three dance, shows: first, an 80s Conga theme; second, a bartender show featuring mixologists from the Library Phuket, including a fire juggling show; and third, a Neon Jungle show.
DJ Ole entertained regatta participants with a wide range of tunes when the Mount Gay dancers were not on stage.
Castle Creek offered dry red and white wine during the evening’s festivities and Chang beer and water was also available for all the thirsty sailors.
Every regatta has its unique selling points and advantages and for CPHPRW it has to be its host venue, the Cape Panwa Hotel, which offers a sumptuous buffet on four different nights.
From the salad bar to the pizza, spaghetti, Kebab and Pasta corners, the wide variety of seafood and sushi, the noodle stand, and the wide range of desserts, there’s something for every palate.
The location is so spectacular that heaven forbid there is an AP on shore, or a race postponement, sailors will gladly lounge on the private beach swapping tales and taking in the pristine environment that is Cape Panwa.
The event is Ready to set sail, have a wonderful week.
Regatta organiser Byron Jones thanked Mount Gay Rum sponsors of today’s event with the parting words to the competitors were, “Don’t underestimate the weather conditions, sail safe, and take care of yourself and your crew.”