Calling all potential yacht charterers to participate, and have a great deal of fun, in Phuket’s internationally acclaimed Six Senses Phuket Raceweek from 20-24 July, 2011.
Not-so-serious sailors in big, small, fast and slow yachts across six or seven classes, which already includes cruising yachts, bareboat and skippered charter yachts.
But Raceweek’s Grenville Fordham, Managing Director of IMAGE asia, rights holders and organisers of the event, wants more charter boat entries for the this year’s eighth running of the regatta.
“Six Senses Phuket Raceweek offers a genuine opportunity for non-boat owners, as well as those who keep their yachts elsewhere, to join in the fun and revelry – on shore and on the water – at one of Asia’s best-loved regattas, by entering a chartered boat. For groups of family and friends, corporate groups, competitive overseas yacht club members or those just looking for a sailing holiday with a difference – Raceweek offers a superb combination of fun, festivities and challenge,” said Fordham.
The traditional off-site party will be held at Da Vinci Ristorante Pizzeria for the second year running. Those who were there last year will understand why!
“We’d like to see our charter boat entries grow, especially with visitors from overseas, as it’s a rare opportunity for people interested in boating, but who don’t own a yacht in Phuket, to experience the magic of an Asian regatta. Who knows? The experience might lead them to owning a boat here as well,” he added.
The Six Senses Phuket Raceweek website: www.phuketraceweek.com has a charter section with samples of available boats and hiring conditions. Additionally, Phuket has many professional yacht charter companies, large and small, who can tailor packages to suit individuals, while the regatta’s host venue – the 5-star Evason Phuket & Bon Island – offers attractive regatta rates in sumptuous surroundings for non-competing members of a group.
Charter options include fully equipped catamarans and monohulls, both cruising and racing, and are available bareboat, with a skipper/instructor or fully crewed. Prices vary according to the type of charter, size of the group and the number of days.
The Andaman Sea’s ideal southwest monsoon sailing conditions make it perfect for chartering a boat. Add in the professional management, four days of exhilarating racing, the natural camaraderie that surrounds the boating fraternity and attending the legendary Raceweek parties each night – and the temptation to gather a group of friends together to ‘give it a go’ is irresistible.
“For the inexperienced sailor, what could be more stimulating than helping – with an experienced crew or captain in charge – to race a yacht on the stunning Andaman Sea, being a genuine competitive sailor for four days and a genuinely competitive partygoer for five nights?” said Fordham.
Phuket’s boating industry is well geared to making chartering easy. Said Fordham: “Anyone can charter a yacht to race. The thing is that there are enough variations of both boat and charter package on offer to make it competitive and enjoyable for everyone – from experienced yacht racers whose own boat is on the other side of the world to the most inexperienced novice.”
Before or after the regatta, there are countless anchorages around Phuket for chartered boats to extend their sailing holiday. Boasting some of the best cruising waters in the world, the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’s’ magnificent scenery, idyllic tropical islands and beaches, ideal sailing conditions – all combined with the famous Thai hospitality – make for an unforgettable holiday.
Registration is open for Six Senses Phuket Raceweek 2011. Visit our registration page and find out about the great EARLY BIRD deal
Multihull aficionados will love this one! Ao Chalong Yacht Club’s SEA Property Multihull Challenge – the biggest multihull-only event in Asia-Pacific – runs from 15-17 July and expects more than 20 entries.
Whether you’re a confirmed multihull-er, of a monohull sailor who fancies seeing how the other half live, this is a great ‘sailor’s’ event – based entirely at and out of the Ao Chalong Yacht Club.
If you’re coming from outside Phuket, this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to pack in 3 days of racing, a couple of days cruising (or just relaxing onshore) followed by another 4 days of racing and 5 nights of parties.
July is ‘Green (low) Season’ in Phuket, so there are some great deals to be had on chartering a catamaran for both regattas. Pure cruising cats, racer/cruisers and pure racing cats – all are available for charter. Not much experience racing cats? Charter with a skipper and have a ball! The weather? Typical July weather in Phuket combines short tropical downpours with crystal clear blue skies – and (usually) reliable breezes.
Phuket in July is the region’s ONLY opportunity to pack two regattas and a bit of cruising into a 10-day break. Don’t miss it!