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    6th Koh Samui Regetta 22nd May-6th June

    Eighteen confirmed and provisional entries, including Jelik, Abraxas, FfreeFire, Foxy Lady III, Happy Endings, Mandrake, Yasooda and Panic!, had been received by the organisers by 28 March. “All quite normal this far in advance of the regatta; the word is that we can expect about 30 yachts,” said Race Committee Chairman Andy Dowden.

    Racing this year will be orchestrated by Principal Race Officer, Australia’s Tony Denham, who returns for his second Koh Samui Regatta, ably assisted by Simon James. Howard Elliot, also from Australia, will head the International Jury for his first Koh Samui Regatta. Howard has fulfilled several roles for the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta over the years, and has been the ‘absentee’ Results Officer for Phuket Raceweek each year, orchestrating almost instant online results presentation from his base in Sydney.

    Returning Co-sponsors for the 2007 event, Central Samui Beach Resort (the regatta HQ), Land Rover Thailand and Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) are joined by stalwart supporters of yacht racing in Thailand, Raimon Land, and top German eyewear manufacturer Rodenstock.

    National and international publicity for the island of Koh Samui and its regatta is guaranteed by Media Partners Action Asia, Asia-Pacific Boating, China Boating, CNN Traveller-Asia-Pacific, Fah Thai, SailWorld.com, SeaSpray and 98.5 Breeze FM.

    Regatta Co-sponsors are backed up by unparalleled support from Samui island businesses.



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    The 12th annual Samui Regatta kicks off
    Theodore Koumelis
    27 May 2013

    The Samui Regatta has developed a strong following of the region's best sailors, and over the years has delivered on a reputation for quality sailing in some of the best racing conditions in the Gulf of Thailand.



    SAMUI –
    Leading Thai resort island, Samui, welcomes over 500 sailors to the 12th annual Samui Regatta which kicks off tomorrow at Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui with five days of racing, and culminates in a lavish beachfront gala dinner at which the regatta winners are celebrated together with the 2012/13 Asian Yachting Grand Prix Championship (AYGP) winners of Best Yacht of the Year and Best Skipper of the Year.

    Taking place from 26th May to 1st June off Chaweng Beach, Samui Regatta is the season-ending event of the AYGP Championship and all the top racers and Championship contenders are battling it out on the water and the title comes down to this last event.

    The Samui Regatta has developed a strong following of the region's best sailors, and over the years has delivered on a reputation for quality sailing in some of the best racing conditions in the Gulf of Thailand. Welcoming boats and crew from over 15 different countries, Samui Regatta is a truly multinational and multicultural event and a highlight on the Asian yacht racing calendar.

    “We're very proud to be the final event on the AYGP Championship. Samui Regatta has developed a reputation for providing a mix of racing conditions and courses each year – something for everyone – which makes it tactical and challenging,” said Simon James, Samui Regatta Race Director.

    This year sees 24 boats racing in five classes and a very diverse fleet in IRC Zero including two 70-plus-footers Jelik (HKG) and Antipodes (HKG) leading the charge against Freefire (HKG), Uranus (MAS) and Katsu (AUS).

    A very strong group of Asian-based 40-footers are lining up in IRC One including last years winner and contender for the AYGP crown, EFG Bank Mandrake (HKG). They are up against Foxy Lady VI (SIN), Walawala 2 (SIN), Windsikher (SIN) and Elektra (HKG).

    Tight battles are expected across the IRC Two and Bareboat/ Cruising classes, with a number of top sailors and regular entries back to better previous results. One to watch for in IRC Two class is Matt Allen's Ichi Ban (AUS) who have been unstoppable in Thai waters over the last 12 months with three-from-three class victories. Another to watch out for is Sansiri (THA) who placed second in class at the recent Top of the Gulf Regatta and sailed by an all-Thai crew could prove to be the surprise package in the Bareboat/ Cruising class.

    Depending on conditions, the Multihull class is wide open with Henry Kaye's Sweet Chariot (THA) favouring strong winds.

    Commonly referred to as the 'Tropical Island Regatta' – a fitting name for one of the region's leading boutique regattas, which combines idyllic tropical charm, Thai hospitality and an island lifestyle, with great racing off the beach for both locally-based and international boats and sailors – Samui Regatta continues to deliver the goods and this year will host an inter-yacht Stand-Up Paddelboard Challenge concluding on Friday 31st May.

    The 2013 Samui Regatta is organised by leading regatta services provider, Regattas Asia, with strong support from Samui businesses and staff. Racing takes place 27th to 1st June off Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, Chaweng Beach.

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