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13th Phang Nga Bay Regatta 3 – 7 February 2010

January 28, 2010

The FUN Regatta is on the Course! With just seven days to the start of the Phang Nga Bay Regatta, the number of entries increases daily with 38 boats registered to date and more coming.

The expectation is that the number of participants will exceed last year’s entry of 50 boats. To date, the fleet comprises boats flagged in Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, the Phillippines, UK, Canada, USA and of course Thailand and crewed by a multitude of nationalities. Prizes will be competed for in Racing, Cruising A, Cruising B, Racing Multihulls, Cruising Mulltihulls and Firefly 850 classes.

The route takes the fleet through the scenic provinces of Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi and includes some secluded yet favoured anchorages and party venues, all of which are familiar locations. Registration on 3rd February is at Absolute Chandara Resort and Spa, Ao Po who are sponsoring and hosting the opening of the Regatta that evening. The following morning, the first day’s race sponsored by QBE Insurance sees the fleet head over to Chong Lat with the prize giving held at Laem Sak Seafood, a short long-tail ride away.

Race Day 2 has the fleet heading down to Ko Yao Noi with boats anchoring off The Paradise Koh Yao, the Race Day sponsor and host. On Race Day 3, the course will take the boats through some secluded and pristine islands ending up off the beach at the Sheraton Krabi for the function hosted and sponsored by them. The final day, Race Day 4, sponsored by Silolona and Diva Andaman, has the fleet heading back to Ao Chalong in what should be a magnifi cent and fast downhill run under spinnaker to end up with the final prize giving presentation and party at Kan Eang 2.

Overall prizes for the Regatta will be presented by The Regatta and Ao Chalong Yacht Club. Website It was discovered early on Monday that the Regatta website had been brought down and was inaccessible. It has not been possible to identify the cause of this mishap and while the problem is being worked on, a new website has been set up at http://www.bay-regatta.com and all information and details have been uploaded onto this site.

This will remain the Regatta web site. Please visit the new address for updated information, details of venues, a list of boats entered and other relevant information. NOR, SIs and Courses The Notice of Race and details of courses will be available on the new web site, http://www.bay-regatta.com, today. Please check the site for the relevant information. SIs are being finalized and will also be up very shortly.

Insurance Are you adequately covered for the Regatta? Check your insurance. QBE, a longstanding major sponsor of the Regatta, can assist with insurance needs or check with agents in Phuket or elsewhere. Free Mooring at Jumeirah Marina on Wednesday 3rd February By special arrangement with Jumeirah Private Resort Marina (10 minutes from Chandara Resort), free berths are available from the morning of 3rd February until the race start on the 4th.

 The marina berths are ready for use but do not have fresh water or electricity services, but some boats may prefer these moorings to anchoring mid stream. Transfer boats will be available to take people to and from the registration and opening party at Absolute Chandara Resort on the 3rd February.

If you wish to take advantage of these free moorings, could you please advise your vessel’s length, beam and draft by email to John Grendon, the Marina manager, at john.grendon@tgr-asia.com as soon as possible or contact John on his mobile number at +66 (0) 81 968 5351.

Special regatta room rates are available at the following host resorts: Absolute Chandara – Regatta rate of THB 4,500 net for room and breakfast for 2 pax are available for the night of 3th February.

Reservations can be made direct to: resortmgr@chandara-resort.com Tel: +66 (0) 76 317800 / Fax: +66 (0) 76 317 850 Ko Yao Paradise Resort – Regatta rate at THB 3,500 per room/night including breakfast and all taxes are available for nights of 4th and 5th February.

Reservations can be made direct to: res@theparadise.biz Tel: +66 (0) 76 584 450 / Fax: +66 (0) 76 584 499 and ask for Sabine, Khun Duan or Khun Su (The demand for rooms has been so strong that the resort is now fully booked – a fact that lays testimony to the popularity of the regatta.

Please note that any further bookings will be placed on a waiting list.) Sheraton Krabi – Regatta rate of THB 4,200 net for room and breakfast for 2 pax are available for the night of 6th February.

Reservations can be made direct to: rsvn.krabi@sheraton.com Tel: +66 (0) 75 628 000 / Fax: +66 (0) 75 628 008 2010

Sponsors Event Organiser:

Ao Chalong Yacht Club (ACYC); Supporting Authorities: Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT); Major Sponsors: QBE, Silolona, The Paradise Koh Yao, Absolute Resorts & Hotels, Sheraton Krabi, Diva Andaman Official Suppliers: Quantum, Lee Marine, Oriental Events, Sea-Ex, Electrical Marine, Absolute Chandara, MV Moonbeam, Coco-Cola, TGR Group / Jumeirah Private Island Resort, SV Vega III, Kan Eang 2; Media Partners: Asian Yachting, MyPhuketInfo.com, Phuket Gazette, PGTV, YachtStyle, SEA Yachting, 91.5FM, Capital TV;

Local Sponsors:

Asia Marine, PIMEX, Emerald Villa Services, International Super Yacht Services, Phuket International Hospital, Nikita’s Bar Rawai, Elite Yachting Media by MyPhuketInfo.com

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