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The Bay Regatta — Phuket – Phang Nga – Krabi

January 21, 2011

Uncertainties over the future of the 2011 Bay Regatta (formerly Phang Nga Bay Regatta) were resolved recently when the Ao Chalong Yacht Club (ACYC) stepped in, albeit late in the day, to organize this massively popular ‘roving’ regatta. The Bay Regatta regularly attracts 40-50 entries and is scheduled for Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th February 2011.

The Bay Regatta  — Phuket – Phang Nga – Krabi is the new name for the well-known Phang Nga Bay Regatta which has run for the past 13 years.

A new name does not signify and major changes to the event, which will continue to run each year in early February through the three provinces now reflected in its new name. Including the names of all three provinces, not just one, is the real reason for the change.

Often the event spends more time in Phuket and Krabi provinces than in Phang Nga itself. Thus, to allow the event to capitalize fully on potential cooperation and sponsorship, the names of Phuket and Krabi need to be included in the event title.

The regatta typically attracts 40 to 50 yachts each year, making it one of the biggest and most popular sailing events in Asia. Unlike most other regattas, this event takes the fleet through the spectacular scenery of Phang Nga Bay to a new anchorage each evening, holding awards parties in a wide variety of different locations. Some evening parties take place on beaches, some in high-class resorts or in local village restaurants. The participants have to sleep on their boats.

Often billed ‘Asia’s fun regatta’, the hallmark of this event is the casual, fun-filled atmosphere.  Many families sail the four-day course. While the sailing is be serious for many racing class yachts, a large number of cruisers join for the experience of sailing through some of the world’s most amazing maritime scenery.

2011 Regatta Programme
Wednesday 9th February Registration from noon til 1730 followed by Opening Party starting at 1830 hrs. Venue to be announced.
Thursday 10th February Race Day 1. Party and presentations. Venue to be announced.
Friday 11th February Race Day 2. Party and presentations. Venue to be announced.
Saturday 12th February Race Day 3. Party and presentations. Venue to be announced.
Sunday 13th February Race Day 4. Final party and presentations at Ao Chalong Yacht Club (ACYC) starting at 1830 hrs.

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