Those tourists staying at a beachfront pool villa in Samui, will have a notable amount of yachts for the next couple of days, as participants for the 16th Samui Regatta, to be held from May 20 to 27, flock to the island in anticipation for the event.
500 sailors from across the glove, from places as far as Australia and Europe, participating in the prestigious, season-long yachting event, the Asian Yachting GP. For the past 16 years, including this one, the GP’s final event has been the Samui Regatta; five whole days of competitive yachting near the island, across the Gulf of Thailand’s warm waters.
The Race Director for the AYGP, Simon James, has stated that the island remains the premier destination for the final event of the championship due to the great conditions there, fit for both sailing and the revelries that accompany it.
Director James expressed excitement regarding the event’s lineup, composed of international sailors interested in the AYGP, including top yachters, returning champions, and sailors with storied championship histories.
Tourists can watch the sailing from the views of their beachfront pool villa in Samui, and watch as the multinational crew of the 76-ft long Jelik, led by Frank Pong, go against other yachters, including 3 Transpac 52 class yachts, piloted by three separate teams: the defending champion, THA 72 (ex Provezza), Team Hollywood from Australia, led by Ray Roberts, and Freefire from Hong Kong, skippered by Sam Chan. On top of all of that, the AYGP 2011 winner Marcel Liedts returns, bringing his Ker 46 Zannekinagainst the larger boats at the Regatta. On top of those participants, the fast forties division of the AYGP, the IRC 1, is slated to be packed, with participants from the US, Australia and China, hoping to usurp the lead of HK’s Ker 43 Black Baza.
The regatta will kick off on the 20th of May with youth sailing, which will continue until the following day, and ended with the opening party, held at the Brazilian Grill & Bar. After that, are five days’ worth of racing for keelboats and multihull classes, accompanied by daily awarding on the beaches, with the 25th as a Reserve Day. On the 27th, Saturday, the regatta formally closes with a Gala Dinner, held and sponsored by the Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui.
The event is supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and has put the island of Koh Samui on the map as a global sports destination.
For tourists thinking their beachfront pool villa in Samui isn’t providing a good enough view, a spectator boat, provided for the event by Serenity Yachting, leaves Chaweng Beach near the Centara Grand Beach Resort every race day, costing 800 THB per person per day.