20th Bay Regatta

Glorious sunshine, calm seas and good winds greeted this year’s fleet of 32 starters (37 entries) for the 20th Bay Regatta in Thailand. The opening party was held at the Chandara Resort & Spa as it has been for many years, and the buffet and band made for an excellent night. Oh, and of course the drinks flowed freely.

The start boat this year was called Hakuna Matata (made famous by The Lion King movie), translated from Swahili and meaning ‘no worries for the rest of your days’ and that’s how it was for the five days of parties and racing, starting on Wednesday, the 15th, and ending on Sunday, the 19th of February 2017.

The first race took the fleet to a finish line just off the west side of Koh Yao Noi and from there the boats moved to an anchorage off Paradise Resort for the second night’s party. Prize resentations, live band, entertainment with children from local villages, kept the competitors entertained along with a sumptuous buffet and free flow drinks.

Conditions stayed perfect for the following days while the fleet headed south through the Koh Hong group of islands. Winds built to over 15 knots, skies remained blue and the sea in the bay was a little choppy but still ‘comfortable’.

The destination was Railey Beach Krabi where entrants were given a night off to explore and relax. Day 3’s race was held off the beach with the returning to the shore for the evening’s social at Railey Bay Resort & Spa. Again, there were presentations, a buffet dinner and a free flow of flow drinks. A yachtie’s dream!

On the final day, the fleet sailed for Chalong Bay. The finish line was at the entrance to the bay, just off the Aquarium at Cape Panwa and some rocks (locally known as Stafford Rocks after the owner of a catamaran No Fixed Address which managed to perch on them until a high tide floated him off!).

The final night’s party was at Kan Eang II, a huge Thai restaurant on the beach in Chalong. And what a party it was with many agreeing that this year’s Bay Regatta was one of the best to date. And, what’s more, the multihulls outnumbered the monohulls. (Future events to include the Multihull Solutions Regatta held out of Phuket Yacht Club from the 13th to the 16th of July, and the Phuket Raceweek from the 19th to the 23rd of July 2017.

Multihull Racing results
1st Twin Sharks John Newnham
2nd Thor Fergus Wilmer
3rd Hurricane Alan Carwardine

Multihull Cruising
1st Mojo Rick Fielding
2nd Fenix Sergei Dikanov
3rd Swift Colin Wright

1st Megazi p Aleksandr Trofimenko
2nd Fujin Gary Baguley

Cruising A
1st Aquavit 6 Helmut Schutte
2nd Baby Tonga Garry Smith
3rd Rascal Gavin Wellman

Cruising B
1st Remington Jim Ellis
2nd Poco Kevin Gillow
3rd Piccolo Roberto Camara

1st Kinnon Stanislav Pechenkin
2nd Allsail Alexa Alan Bower
3rd Allsail Venus Hunter Russel Waddy

Management of the Bay Regatta was by Simon James and Kae Wattana http://regattas.asia. Their next event is the Samui Regatta http://samuiregatta.com/home from the 20th to the 27th of May. Contact Joy Jankeaw joy@regattas.asia for more information

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