Close racing brings the 2011 Phuket Dinghy Series to an exciting end
Twenty-six Optimists and five Lasers competed in the twoday event held 19 and 20 November – the decider in the Series. Six races over the two days meant plenty of points were still available and places could be lost or gained in the overall series.
The pre-race briefing, given by Phuket Dinghy Series Event Manager Commander Pornprom Sakultem of the Royal Thai Navy, outlined the sailing area, courses and discussed tactics. A feature of all events in the Series, the training sessions provided a unique opportunity for the young sailors to learn more about competitive sailing, share their experiences and develop sailing skills further.
On Day 1 of Series III, the sailors were greeted with a light onshore breeze. The course was set offshore, where the wind was stronger, with the surrounding southern Islands as a backdrop.
Battle lines were drawn and the competition resumed between Series leader and 2010 winner Sattahip-native Anapat Ngarmdee, and Phuket-native, Akapoj Kankaew, representing the Phuket Youth Sailing Club. A congested startline saw Anapat away and around the course to take wins in the first two races of the day, with Akapoj close on his heels posting two seconds. In the last race of the day, Akapoj posted a first closing the gap on Anapat who finished fifth.
Day 2 looked to be more of the same, but Anapat stepped up a gear and took three wins from three to take the Series III title with a resounding finish. Akapoj posted a third and two seconds to finish second overall with Terrapong Tokratoak in third.
Close racing in the Laser Class saw places swapped throughout the weekend with Jittawat Boonrat finally coming out on top posting four wins out of six to take the Series III title. Inconsistency let Chut Dawruang down but after a tough battle Chut took second in Series III from Marco Garambois in third.
The 2011 Phuket Dinghy Series saw 39 boats compete overall. Eighteen races in three different locations, pre-regatta training and post-event debriefs gave participants a unique experience that has become the signature of the Phuket Dinghy Series.
Winners of Series III were presented with trophies by Vice Admiral Taratorn Kajitsuwan, Commander Third Naval Area Command. The overall series winners will receive their trophies at the Royal Awards of the Phuket King's Cup Regatta on Saturday 10th December at Kata Beach Resort & Spa.
Series III Results
1st Anapat Ngarmdee (10)
2nd Akapoj Kankeaw (12)
3rd Teerapong Tokratoak (19)
1st Jittawat Boonrat (10)
2nd Chut Dawruang (17)
3rd Marco Garambois (19)
Overall Phuket Dinghy Series Results (after two discards)
1st Anapat Ngarmdee (18)
2nd Akapoj Kankeaw (35)
3rd Teerapong Tokratoak (47)
1st Trirat Manthong (32)
2nd Jittawat Boonrat (34)
3rd Chut Dawruang (40)
New 30m passenger catamaran fromAlbatross
Thailand-based design office Albatross Marine Design is developing new concepts for passenger and tourist catamarans.
The PM3000 catamaran is designed to carry 190 passengers seated in aircraft-style seats. The bar is situated in the middle of the saloon with sofas and coffee tables. There are six toilets, and service and engine rooms are provided. Crew cabins for 5 are foreseen, located in demi-hulls. The wheelhouse is spacious with excellent all-round visibility.
The saloon is air-conditioned with plenty of light and good visibility. The bow cockpit has sofas and the stern/side deck are accessible for taking photos and lounging outside.
The hull material is a composite based on vynilester resin and multiaxial fabrics, with Corecell foam sandwich.
The Propulsion will be provided by twin 1350HP engines with shaft drives, enabling cruising speeds of 25kts.
The boat is designed in compliance with International High Speed Craft Codes as a passenger craft A, enabling easy certification.
Over US$50 million of boats are confirmed to display at PIMEX 2012
Buyers and exhibitors from Asia Pacific and beyond to attend the show.
Increased business transactions expected this year.
The 2012 Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX), the region's largest boating consumer show, looks set to be a bumper edition, with inwater displays almost full four months before the show opens. Organised by Informa Yacht Group, the ninth Phuket International Boat Show will be held at the Royal Phuket Marina from 29th March to 1st April 2012.
Over USD50 million (approximately THB1.5 billion) of boats are confirmed to display at PIMEX 2012.
With an Asia Pacific footprint, PIMEX brings leading boat brands, yachting products and marine leisure services together in one place. From Australia and New Zealand to China, Abu Dhabi to Japan, the Maldives to Micronesia, the Show provides international buyers with an Asia Pacific one-stopshop of the region's offerings.
The in-water displays have been a core element of the Show since the beginning, providing an opportunity for buyers to experience different boat models "up close and personal". "PIMEX's in-water display is the largest in Asia and is a big attraction for international buyers who want to see boats in the marine environment," commented PIMEX Show Director, Andy Dowden, adding, "Boat sales during, or as a result of, the Show last year are testament to the success of the in-water displays." With all eyes on Asia, Phuket remains at the heart of regional growth because of its importance as the cruising hub. Easily accessible with an international airport, Phuket's stability, marine facilities and infrastructure, combined with the sensational cruising grounds that surround it, provide boat owners around the world with the ideal Asian location. Continued growth in the regional marine leisure market has seen more owners choose to base their boats in Phuket. The four international-standard marinas are operating high occupancy year round. Expansion plans at a number of the marinas underscore the confidence in the market and Phuket's position as the boating playground of Asia. The growth in the number of boats berthed in Phuket is in part due to the diversity of international buyers and the growth of the domestic Thai buyer market.
"We are seeing an increasing trend amongst wealthy Thai customers towards owning a luxury boat, and a growth of interest from international buyers from Russia, China and the Middle East," said Jariya Sungtong, Sales and Marketing Manager, Windy Boats Asia, a 2012 exhibitor.
Further noting the growth of international and domestic buyer markets, Martin Holmes, General Manager of exhibitor Lee Marine, agreed: "There are more and more people coming to the Island and wanting to get into boating. We are seeing more overseas customers, particularly from Russia; but there is also growth too in the number of Thai nationals purchasing yachts."
"PIMEX will build on the success of 2011 and will further continue to lead the growth of boating in Phuket and the region," added Dowden.
The Phuket International Boat Show, now in its ninth year, is held at Royal Phuket Marina from 29th March to 1st April 2012, and is organised by Informa Yacht Group.
For more information, visit www.phuketboatshow.com.
About Phuket International Boat Show
Now on its ninth year, PIMEX is an established and successful event in the marine and leisure calendar. PIMEX 2012 has big plans for 2012 as the on-water display increases and the exhibition hall includes a greater diversity of displays from as far afield as China, Australia, Italy and France.
Like its location, PIMEX is a relaxed event where participants celebrate the boating, leisure and luxury lifestyle in an ideal tropical destination. The show is more than boats on display but also an opportunity to see the latest luxury cars, properties and engage in some Phuket hospitality. www.phuketboatshow.com.
About Informa Yacht Group
The Informa Yacht Group is part of Informa Plc and encompasses all the company's leisure marine events.
New marina for Krabi
Krabi Boat Lagoon is being built by the people at Phuket Boat Lagoon. With over 18 years of experience, they have a good track record for yacht management and service for yachts, holiday homes, resort hotels, and retail outlets. Marina facilities will include a boat ramp, a wet dock for 80 boats, a hardstand for 100 boats, a 50-ton travel lift, shoreside electricity & water, wireless Internet, a fuel dock, telephone & fax, scaffolding, a cradle & 24-hour security.
10th Royal Langkawi International Regatta raises its sails in January 2012
LANGKAWI, the jewel of Kedah, Malaysia will once again be the site of one of the world's most competitive racing when the 10th Royal Langkawi International Regatta (RLIR) 2012 kicks into full gear in early January.
The premier sailing event of Asia which is scheduled to take place from 9th to 14th January 2012 in Kuah, Langkawi will host many different classes of competition, including Racing Class, IRC Class, Sports Boat, Multihull, Club Cruising and Ocean Rover.
The RLIR 2012 is the 10th regatta to be organised by the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club (RLYC) consecutively since its inaugural event in 2003 and being a significant year in celebrating its 10th anniversary, preparations are well under way to make this event successful.
Coinciding with the anniversary, for the first time, the regatta has been accorded an international recognition as a Grade 3 championship by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and this achievement, which is one of the highlights of the 10th regatta, proves that RLIR is on a solid track to continue its tradition of excellence in attracting highly competitive racing yachts and sailors from all over the world.
The Rear Commodore of RLYC and Chairperson of Regatta Advisory Committee Y.M. Tunku Soraya Dakhlah binti Tunku Tan Sri Abdullah said the regatta also complements the Government's effort in positioning Langkawi as one of the world's most widely recognised islands and tourist destination under the Langkawi Five Year Tourism Development Master Plan.
"It is our aim to maximise these inherent strengths and turn Langkawi into the region's premier sailing and yachting destination. We are looking forward to welcoming yacht owners from across the globe to participate and register for this thrilling event, which is aimed to cultivate the spirit of friendship and international sportsmanship among participating countries," Tunku Soraya said.
The Regatta Race Technical Chairman, Ahmad Zailani Bashah said Langkawi is known for its world-class sailing venue with excellent weather experience, best wind conditions and good tropical waters. "The wind speed in January always fluctuates between 8 - 20 knots and we are sure the wind conditions will be the same in January 2012. The Kuah Harbour race and Coastal race always provide two different scenarios for sailors. We have strong wind conditions with flat waters at the Kuah Harbour, as well as strong wind conditions with choppy waters in Coastal areas. All participants can look forward to a challenging and fascinating sailing experience," Zailani added.
RLIR 2012 will be preceded by a curtain-raiser, the AO CHALONG - LANGKAWI 'CHAMPAGNE RUN', inviting "Expression of Interest" from all yacht enthusiasts. The overnight sailing race will kick off on 7th January 2012 from Ao Chalong Yacht Club (ACYC), Ao Chalong Bay in Phuket, Thailand and officially ends at Telaga Habour in Langkawi.
Special promotional packages for early bird registrations are offered, where an entry fee of RM550 per team, inclusive of skipper will be charged for teams that register and make full payments before 30th November 2011. There will be also an additional RM100 fee for each additional crew member. Once the promotion ends, a fee of RM200 will be charged for each additional crew member. The fees will cover the cost of berthing for eight nights at the RLYC, water and electricity and Regatta souvenirs.
Teams participating in the RLIR 2012 will compete for the Prime Minister's Challenge Trophy (for participants of internationally registered yachts), the Commodore's Challenge Cup (for participants of club-registered cruisers), the LADA-IRC Challenge Trophy (for participants of the IRC 1 Class), the Langkawi Sports Trophy (for participants in the Sports Boat Class) and the Malaysian Multihull Challenge Cup (for participants under the Multihull category).
A special award in memory of the late Founding Chairman and first Commodore of RLYC, Almarhum Tunku Tan Sri Abdullah Tuanku Abdul Rahman, the "Tunku Abdullah Sportsmanship Award" will be presented for the best team, both on water and land in the 2012 Regatta. RLIR 2012 is organised by the RLYC and sanctioned by the Malaysian Yachting Association (MYA – The National Authority), a member of the National Sports Council and the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Malaysia.