The 16th Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2019 is here and ready to go.
We are delighted to welcome back many friends and some new aquaintances to this the 16th edition of Phuket Raceweek. The hotels are full, the buffets organised, the bar is stocked and as you will see from our headline picture, registration is set.
The video of the skipper bags preparation is HERE.
Raceweek 2019 is here so what’s the plan?
The last few days have been somewhat testing due to heavy weather, however we are there set up and reday to register all the entrants.
Moon Landing celebration
Saturday 20th July is the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing. Saturday Raceday and awards are sponsored by Asia Catamarans.
Raceweek 2019 is here and we thought it might be kind of cool to celebrate this anniversary and add the theme to the Saturday raceday and awards. More on this later.
Boarding passes will be available at the regatta village, no charge.
Say hello to What’s app
For the 2019 Cape Panwa Hotel we have created a What’s App Phuket Raceweek group. The onjective being to offer communication to all participants as the what is happening, updates and news.
Please join the group by clicking this link https://chat.whatsapp.com/JCToTSGESEzGj1PlQetO6B
Asian Yachting Grand Prix
Raceweek 2019 is here and so it the Asian Yachting Grand Prix. Capt Marty will once again be joining us, writing his daily race reports and we can look forward to humour that only Capt Marty can deliver.
AYGP recent reports says:
Sailors always look forward to this event, as it wipes away last seasons results and kick starts the 2019-20 AsianYachting Grand Prix with a clean sheet, in a new pursuit for the elusive AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards. Thirty two yachts divided into six classes are challenging for the titles. A big contingent from Australia is the result of a promotional tour last year by the organisers and expect a warm welcome, as it coincides with the middle of winter in the Southern hemisphere.
You may read the full pre-event report from Capt Marty HERE
Going head-to-head in IRC Racing 0 this year are two TP52s – Team Hollywood (ex Provezza) and East Sail (ex Team Hollywood). Having been crowned Asian Yachting 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 Asia East Sail, however, many of which will be competing for their first time at the regatta.
Meet the 2018 winners.
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, as well as the Farr 1104 Farrgo Express, who was regularly on the podium last year, and the 25-foot Platu Dragon.
Can Lady Bubbly do it?
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. Phalin a charter from Sunsail and entered by Melbourne regulars Ian Lodewyckx, Lola with Brendan Roscoe on the helm and Sumalee which is chartered by a crew from China.
Following last weeks Multihull Solutions Regatta we can expect more action from the multihull fleet which 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 fresh off their win at last weekend Multihull Solutions Regatta and Twister 2 – as well as This!, DaVinci and the all-new Sho,Vel skippered by Zam Bevan.
The MHSR race reports are HERE
Raceweek 2019 is here and has everything to play for, we trust the event will deliver. Don’t forget the hashtags #Phuket sailing #SailinginThaialnd
There are more pictures and images from 2018 event HERE