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The Cape Panwa regatta captures the best time of the year to sail off Phuket

Cape Panwa Raceweek Set for Phuket

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
PHUKET: Phuket is preparing for an influx of visitors in July as more than 500 sailors and spectators from around the world head to the island to compete in the prestigious Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2015, set to take place July 15-19.

Now in its 12th year, the reputation of Phuket Raceweek continues to grow as an increasing number of participants from all over the world fly in to take part and enjoy the beauty of Phuket's Green Season.

''We are very pleased to see more international participants taking part in Phuket Raceweek each year,'' said Byron Jones, Managing Director of organisers Media Business Services.

''There is a large local fleet of boats for charter in Phuket and nearby, and as word continues to spread about Phuket's stunning sailing grounds and Phuket Raceweek, we expect to see continued growth in the number of overseas sailors taking part.''

Equally important to overseas participants is the regatta shore venue and with the five-star Cape Panwa Hotel as title sponsor and host venue.

With sister property Kantary Bay Hotel, Phuket Raceweek provides an idyllic beachfront venue and safe anchorage with onshore service second-to-none.

''Cape Panwa Hotel is an excellent host of Phuket Raceweek. With direct beachfront access sailors can anchor metres off in safety and enjoy the Regatta Village and social activities which are in the hotel's gardens,'' Jones added.

''The service is five-star, the parties are second-to-none and this has helped Raceweek win awards and set a new regatta standard.''

Further underscoring their commitment to Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, this year will see Tirapongse Pangsrivongse, owner and CEO of the hote group Cape & Kantary Hotels, competing on his newly acquired 12.8-metre boat, Kantus Bride.

''All of us at Cape Panwa Hotel are excited about Raceweek,'' said Khun Tirapongse.

''It is truly a privilege to host such a prestigious event, and have an opportunity to meet such talented and driven sailors from around the globe.

''We can only hope that all of our guests enjoy our numerous restaurants, our secluded beach that is calm year round, and the lively parties.

''I have a personal stake in this year's regatta, as I will participate on board my own yacht. I look forward to a spirited race, and may the best crew win.''

Phuket's strategic central position and yachting hub status in Asia, combined with being home to some of the best sailing grounds in the world - and the idyllic host venue of Cape Panwa Hotel - prime the event for further growth.

Often perceived as a niche sport, regattas in Thailand attract between 300 and 2000 sailors and spectators to a destination for a week or longer, delivering revenue directly into the local economy through spend on accommodation, food and beverages, and entertainment.

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek is the opening event of the 2015-16 AsianYachting Grand Prix - a regional sailing championship that includes 12 of the best regattas in Asia.

Organized by Media Business Services, the regatta consists of four days of world-class racing from July 15-19 off Phuket's southeast coast.

About Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek

Coming into its twelfth year, Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek is comprised of four days of world-class yacht racing and four nights of beachside parties.

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, run over six or seven classes including Racing, Multihull, Cruising and Bareboat Charter, has gained a reputation for its competitive racing for the serious boat crews and moderate courses around several islands for the less experienced racers.

It is also the first event of the prestigious 2015-2016 AsianYachting Grand Prix.

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek enjoys the support of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Ao Chalong Yacht Club and the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand.

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