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Koh Samui Regatta gearing up for tenth anniversary

April 21, 2011

The Koh Samui Regatta, one of the biggest events of its kind in Asia, will celebrate its tenth anniversary when it returns at the end of next month.

Just 11 boats took part in the inaugural race in 2001 but it has grown rapidly since these humble beginnings and now attracts some of the continent’s best yachts and sailors.

It achieved international status in 2003, when it began to see entrants come from as far away as Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

More than 300 boats participated in 2008 and over 350 took part the following year. In 2009, the event generated around 250 million Thai baht (£5 million) for the country’s economy and over 30 million Thai baht worth of media coverage.

As the finale of the Asian Yachting Grand Prix season, the overall title often depends on the result of the Koh Samui Regatta, based at Chaweng Beach.

In 2011, proceedings run from May 28th to June 5th. The racing takes place between 10:00 and 16:00 local time from May 30th to June 4th, with a rest day on June 2nd.

As the regatta continues to become much more of a festival with a far wider appeal than just hardened sailors, the number of activities for sailors and spectators also grows.

Saturday May 28th
Registration 3 – 5pm (Centara Grand, Chaweng Beach)

Sunday May 29th
Registration 10am – 4pm (Centara Grand)
Practice Race 1pm
Press Conference (invite only) 5pm
Skippers Briefing (invite only) 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Launch Party at Zico’s (invite only) 7pm

Monday May 30th
Sailing 10am – 4pm (approx)
Daily Tavern 5-7pm
Underwater and Documentary Photographer Training with Mr. Chris Clark
Photography Fashion / Sport Workshop with Mr. Patrick Hoelck
Royal Photographer Society members dinner with Mr. Chris Clark

Tuesday May 31st
Sailing 10am – 4pm (approx)
Daily Tavern 5-7pm
Skippers VIP Reception 7-9pm
Social Media Marketing for Hotels & Small Businesses – Daniel Priestley

Wednesday June 1st
Sailing 10am – 4pm (approx)
Daily Tavern 5-7pm
Public Speaking Conference by Mr. Scott Friedman
Party at Beach Republic 6.30pm- till very late…

Thursday June 2nd – ‘Layday’ (No sailing scheduled at this time)

Beach Cleanup
with Bluewater School 9-11am
Regatta Golf Day
at Santiburi Golf Course
Youth Regatta 10am onwards at Tradewinds
Property Exhibition @Centara Resort (Chaweng Hall)

Friday June 3rd
Sailing 10am – 4pm (approx)
Daily Tavern 5-7pm

Beach Party 7pm – late
Opimist Koh Samui Regatta 2011
Supercar Rally @Anantara Lawana
Property Exhibition @Centara Resort (Chaweng Hall)

Saturday June 4th
Sailing 10am – 4pm (approx)
Gala Dinner (invite only)
After party (Sound Nightclub from 10pm)
Opimist Koh Samui Regatta 2011
Luxury Training Day by Mr. Christian Basset
Rachel S Swimwear Fashion Show @KC Hotel
Supercar Rally group experiencing the Regatta 2011 on Spectator Boat
Property Exhibition @Centara Resort (Chaweng Hall)

Sunday June 5th
Regatta Recovery Brunch
at Nikki Beach & Beach Republic.

Opimist Koh Samui Regatta 2011 @4 pm.

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