A lot can happen in 14 years. 493 boats and more than 2,500 sailors have taken part in Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek since its inception in 2004 and, as the organisers look to the event’s 15th year, the signs are good.
“This year’s early entries are very encouraging. We see both familiar faces and new faces, as well as increasing numbers of charters and sailors from overseas – which is a sign that Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek’s reputation has spread far and wide,” said Mr. Byron Jones, Managing Director of organisers Media Business Services Co. Ltd.
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek has built a reputation for competitive racing across all classes and the growth in number and calibre in the 40-footers looks set to continue with entries already being received, the latest being the Farr 40 Prime Factor.
While Volvo Ocean Race organisers have been trying to attract more female sailors, Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek’s recent work in this area is also paying off. In addition to an increase in female sailors across the classes, the Sailescapes Farrgo Ladies team, who finished second in IRC Racing II last year, are back and will be up against another all ladies crew from Australia – this time from Perth – who will also be racing another Farr 1104.
Multihulls are also signing up in numbers. The five locally-based one-design Corsair Pulse 600s are all chartered and a new Stealth from Asia Catamarans’ yard is believed to be joining the rest of the catamarans and trimarans in Multihull Racing, while the Firefly 850 Sports One Design class looks set to exceed last year in size.
“The multihull fleet is looking strong, and we expect the numbers to be similar or perhaps even more than last year’s record. One area we are keen to grow is the Multihull Cruising class which we introduced for the first time last year. We have already received entries from two, and a pledge from one other, including last year’s winner DaVinci, and we welcome expressions of interest from any other multihull cruisers in the region who wish to enjoy some fun, scenic racing off Phuket’s southeast coast,” added Jones.
The ABSOLUTE Platu One Design class returns and this year it will form part of the four-event Platu Championship of Thailand, which will see an overall series winner crowned in one-design Platu racing.
Organised by Media Business Services, the award-winning Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek will take place 18th to 22nd July, 2018 at Cape Panwa Hotel Hotel. For more information, visit www.phuketraceweek.com.
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