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Written by Administrator    Wednesday, 28 November 2012 13:09    PDF Print E-mail
Recognized throughout the eastern hemisphere as the premier sailing event of its kind, the Phuket King's Cup Regatta will once more put on a spectacular display of the finest sailing talent from around the world, competing in Andaman Sea off Phuket Island, to win the 'musthave' racing trophy in all of Asia, from 1 – 8 December, 2012 .
This year's competition will feature the largest and most competitive fleet of any regional regatta, with top competitors from the region and beyond, plus large international charter and cruising fleets. Over 35 countries with 1,000 sailors will be represented in total, with a strong showing expected of Thai and Asian sailors. Dominance in the dinghy classes by Thai youth sailors is likely to continue with these classes racing 2 - 5 December inclusive.
The 2012 Classes will likely include a number of IRC Classes – IRC Zero, IRC One, IRC Two, IRC Three – Premier, Sports Boats, Modern Classic, Bareboat Charter, Multihulls (with possible Racing and Cruising splits), Firefly 850 Sports, Classic and a Cruising Class. Full details can be viewed in the Notice Of Race at http://kingscup.com/index.cfm?ntid=1203.
Kevin Whitcraft, President of the Phuket King's Cup Regatta Organising Committee, spoke of the widespread anticipation for 2012's Regatta: "Last year was a genuine landmark for the Phuket King's Cup; a quarter centenary of world class racing in Phuket for a race which is seen by many as the top prize in sports sailing for the region. We were delighted to welcome the introduction of a Kiteboarding class, success for the Royal Thai Navy, the first Japanese winners in the history of the Cup, plus increasing levels of participation from Chinese sailors. For 2012, the fleet is expected to be of a similar size, though the racing will be of an even higher class; many of our international teams have chosen to prioritise the Phuket King's Cup. It's a sign of just how coveted and revered this trophy is in Asia and beyond; a superb draw for the best of the best, and it reflects extremely well on Thailand as a premier sailing destination."
The modern Phuket King's Cup Regatta has become a major boating event, attracting keelboats and ocean-going catamaran teams from around the world. As a principal fixture on the Asian Yachting Circuit, the Regatta annually features upwards of 100 boats and 1,000 participants, ranging from the high-tech yachts in IRC Zero to live-aboard ocean cruisers, multihulls and classics. International-standard race management is combined with lively beach parties during Regatta Week to create this world-renowned yacht racing exhibition.

About the Phuket King's Cup Regatta – Asia's legendary yacht race under Royal Patronage
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta last year celebrated its Quarter Centenary year, after first sailing in 1987 to celebrate His Majesty the King of Thailand's 60th birthday. Under Royal Patronage, the Phuket King's Cup Regatta is organised by the Phuket King's Cup Regatta Organising Committee under the auspices of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, in conjunction with the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Royal Thai Navy and the Province of Phuket. Sponsors of the 2012 Phuket King's Cup Regatta include Kata Group Resorts Thailand, PTT Group, Siam Winery, Singha Corporation, AIA Thailand, Thai Oil, Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, Boathouse, Haadthip PLC and Sunsail. Media Partners include The Nation, Phuket Gazette, Phuket Magazine, Sail-World.com, SEA Yachting and YachtStyle Asia.

ROYAL LANGKAWI INTERNATIONAL REGATTA CELEBRATES ITS 11TH YEAR OF HOSTING SOUTH EAST ASIA'S PREMIER YACHTING EVENT

Kuah Harbour's spirit will be re-ignited again from January 7th to 12th 2013 as the eleventh Royal Langkawi International Regatta (RLIR 2013) commences with five days of great racing, exclusively designed for yacht enthusiasts. Over forty yachts are expected to participate in this annual yachting event, which commenced in 2003 in the mystical islands of Langkawi, well known for its duty-free status. The Chairman of the Regatta's technical committee, Ahmad Zailani Bashah is looking forward for more yachts to participate in the annual curtain raiser event, which is part of the Asian Yachting Circuit. Well-known yachtsmen like Frank Pong, Vincent Chan and Richard Curtis have confirmed their participation.
Weather conditions in Langkawi are expected to be ideal for next year's regatta. "The wind speed in January always fluctuates between 8 - 20 knots and we are sure the wind conditions will be the same for the next five days. 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. It has been a tradition every year that fun does not end with the races, the RLIR 2013 organising team is promising daily, fun-filled prize-giving parties. Teams participating in the RLIR 2013 will compete for the Prime Minister's Challenge Trophy (for Racing Class yachts), the Commodore's Challenge Cup (for participants of clubregistered 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 2013 Regatta.
The RLIR 2013 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 5th January 2013 from Ao Chalong Yacht Club (ACYC), Ao Chalong Bay in Phuket, Thailand and will officially end at Telaga Habour in Langkawi on 6th January 2013.
RLIR 2013 is organised by the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club 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. For further information on the RLIR 2013, race schedule and entry form, kindly log on to www.langkawiregatta.com or contact Mr. Zack at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

In November, yachtsmen from all over the world will gather again at the Royal Selangor Yacht Club (RSYC) in Port Klang to participate in Malaysia's oldest keelboat sporting event, the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta (RMSIR). Now in its 23rd year, the regatta has attracted a loyal band of followers who turn up year after year, often with bigger and better boats each time. They come from Hong Kong, Australia, Thailand, Singapore and further afield, with crews representing 24 nationalities. Teams are made up of both professional and non-professional sailors, with the latter being the majority. The offshore keelboat race organised by the Royal Selangor Yacht Club (RSYC), in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club, will take place from 16 to 24 November and comprises a total of 240 miles, with stops on the unique tropical islands of Pangkor, Penang and Langkawi. Founded in 1990, the recurring annual event is a mix of overnight passages and harbour races, while not falling short of social events such as luscious dinners, convivial parties and, of course, the much anticipated Rickshaw Race in Penang. Indeed, there will be lots of opportunities to socialise and according to participants from past RMSIR's, onshore activities can be just as demanding as the sailing. Yachts competing will range from top class IRC1 racers to beautiful classic cruisers with long overhangs dating back over 100 years. Skippers and crew will have to cope with the unpredictable weather, changing tactics and heavy shipping traffic in the Straits of Malacca, making the regatta a matchless experience. The month of November typically marks the height of the northeast monsoon on Peninsular Malaysia where sailors can expect anything from glassy waters and light breeze to a sea heaving with two metres of swell or higher and 30 knot squalls blowing off the coast. In other words, these northeast monsoon months bring conditions that are challenging enough even for seasoned sailors.
The island hopping regatta will commence in Port Klang, a town located just 42 kilometres from the county's capital Kuala Lumpur. The capital is not only the financial centre of Malaysia, but also a unique city for tourism that offers iconic attractions, bustling entertainment and shopping facilities. Here crews can do some sightseeing prior to departing on the first overnight passage to the scenic tropical island of Pangkor situated approximately 90 miles north of Port Klang. Pangkor, with its charming mix of fishing settlements and resorts, will then welcome the sailors in the modern Pangkor Marina where tired crew can simply enjoy the fine beaches and resort amenities to recuperate from the first leg. A highlight for many skippers is a visit to the world renowned resort of Pangkor Laut located on a separate privately-owned island nearby. Described by many as a hidden gem, Pangkor Laut boasts magnificent beaches, stunning views over infinity pools and stilted accommodation over the water. A combination of luxury, natural beauty and age-old wilderness woven together produce an environment of tranquillity where sailors can relax before the second offshore passage race, which leads up to Penang. In Penang, the fleet will berth in and around the newly installed Straits Quay Marina, which offers a comprehensive mix of retail outlets and attractions – from boutiques to bistros, seafood restaurants to seaside cafes, a promenade and a performing arts centre, coupled with spectacular sea views and a clear sight of the historical George Town skyline. Some skippers reportedly never left the beautiful marina as it truly provides all the facilities and provisions visiting yachties require, including a good choice of bars! For those wishing to explore a bit, the island of Penang is a fascinating fusion of the East and West. It embraces modernity while retaining traditions and old world colonial charm. These are reflected in its harmonious well-preserved heritage buildings, which led to George Town being accorded a listing as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site recently.
After a day of harbour racing in Penang, the fleet will set sail on the shortest of the offshore legs, a quick 55 mile sprint up to Langkawi. The last stop of the event is an archipelago made up of more than 100 islands surrounded by turquoise sea, with shorelines fringed by powder-fine sand and swaying coconut trees. The interior of the main island is a mixture of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. Yachts will be greeted at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, a world-class 200 berth marina situated on the southeast corner of Langkawi island, close to the island's main town, Kuah. Here sailors can also purchase duty-free alcohol, cigarettes and chocolate, while nature-lovers can enjoy the island's excellent diving opportunities and discover a treasure trove of tropical gems. Eight days of racing always end with an evening social on the terrace of the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, against a spectacular backdrop of the sun setting over surrounding islands. With speeches and prize giving out of the way, the real party starts on the dance floor. Crews banter about final results and taking each other on at the Kings Cup in Thailand, the next event in the Asian circuit. For long time competitors and first timers alike, taking part in the RMSIR brings a true sense of achievement. Internationally acclaimed sailors such as Frank Pong, Neil Pryde, Ray Roberts and Nick Burns are among former RMSIR winners who regularly enter their state of the art racing yachts, with professional crews to trim sails and grind winches. Dr Jon Wardill has lost count of the times he has competed in his Cassidy 55 Australian Maid, and there are Singapore and Hong Kong based sailors who claim close to 100 percent participation. Club sailors are also well represented in the seven entry classes. A unique aspect of the RMSIR is that local crews represent a microcosm of Malaysian society, with the same interesting ethnic mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Expat members. Since its inception, the RMSIR has progressively evolved into what may well be the region´s most exciting sailing event of the year. The Regatta Patron, His Royal Highness the Sultan of Selangor, has continued to support the event both on and off the water, and enjoys meeting and greeting the competing sailors each year, as well as presenting the magnificent Raja Muda Cup. The RSYC welcomes all competitors to join the Regatta, whether sailing the most modern racing yacht, or a stately classic vessel, and wishes you all fair winds. www.rmsir.com
New "Marine Market" to showcase trailer boats, marine products, gadgets and widgets The 2013 Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) will showcase leading marine and lifestyle businesses, products and services from 21 – 24 March at the Royal Phuket Marina on Phuket Island, with a large in-water boat display, 2,500sqm indoor exhibition space and marina-side activities on the boardwalk. The 10th Anniversary PIMEX will be the biggest and best yet, with up to 60 boats in-the-water, a packed Exhibition Hall and a new 'Marine Market'. Organizers moved the Show in 2012 from the traditional January slot to March, to accommodate a larger in-water display of quality boats, which proved to be a great success with the largest and highest quality boat display ever seen in Asia. "The date change in 2012 was well-received, and resulted in an increased demand for more in-water display space. The change also meant the quality of product displayed in-the-water, as well as the quality of visitors, was the highest yet," said Andy Dowden, Show Director. This year, the in-water area has been expanded further with space for up to 60 boats. Strategically positioned at the start of the Asian boat show season which runs March through May, PIMEX is set to attract more top international boat and marine product brands, and will host a number of regional product launches as companies from around the world come to PIMEX to showcase their latest products for the 2012/13 Asian season. New for this year is the Marine Market – an outdoor waterside exhibition space catering to trailer boats, marine products and widgets. "We have noted a growing demand in trailer boats – both for exhibitors requiring display space, and from interested buyers. We have created an open space near the Town Square at Royal Phuket Marina which will allow sellers to display small boats on trailers, together with display areas for products, gadgets and widgets. The aim is to attract exhibitors who don't display in the Exhibition Hall or in-the-water, and give them the chance to be a part of PIMEX," added Dowden. The Show will have up to 60 yachts in-the-water from 10m to 35m, power and sail, and smaller trailer yachts for the entry level visitors, with as many as 120 exhibiting companies representing over 250 brands worldwide. Products on display will range from boats to marine equipment and accessories, charter and diving and sailing holidays, technical and design services, marina construction and a wide range of water sports toys and gadgets. Alongside the marine exhibits will be a wide choice of luxury property, reasonably priced condominium projects and investment opportunities together with other iconic branded goods. Already 30% of the in-water space is booked and the Exhibition Hall space has seen early reservations in excess of 20%. For more information, visit www.phuketboatshow.com.

About the Phuket International Boat Show
Now in its tenth year, PIMEX is an established and successful event in the marine and leisure calendar. PIMEX 2013 will see an increase in the in-water display space, together with 2,500 sqm of indoor, waterfront exhibition space, and a Marine Market. There will be a 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 products, properties and engage in some Phuket hospitality. PIMEX is organized by the event's co-founder, Andy Dowden, of Andaman Marine Consultants, with continued PR and Marketing support from Infinity Communications and ongoing Sponsorship support from The Sponsorship Experts – Paul Poole (South East Asia) Co. Ltd. www.phuketboatshow.com.

TMX Show productions has announced the show dates for Boat Asia 2013. Asia's leading boat and water sports lifestyle show will take place from 18-21st April 2013 at Marina at Keppel Bay. Supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, regional marinas and the regional boating industry, Boat Asia is the showcase in Asia for luxury yachts up to 50 metres. Boat Asia has grown and played a central role in developing the boating industry in Singapore and the region, with a firm commitment to promoting the business of yacht dealers and their brands as well as marinas. Boat Asia 201 attracted a crowd of 12,000 visitors and over 100 exhibits from the Asia-Pacific, Europe, US, Middle East, and China. Exhibitors at Boat Asia routinely transact business worth in the tens of millions of dollars. Boat Asia 2013 will be officially launched at the Cannes Boat Show in September and in Singapore at an industry launch event on 28th September. The show will this year feature a hosted program for high net worth visitors from China and Indonesia. There will also be a Gala event for the cream of Asia's boating high society and the leisure industry. Herman Ho, Managing Director of TMX Show Productions, said, "Boat Asia passed its 20 year mark with flying colours and a stunning line up of products and exhibits. Luxury yacht brands keep their attention fixed on Asian economic growth as one of the main drivers of the industry. Boat Asia is ideal for yacht manufacturers to reach out to the growth markets like China, Indonesia, India, Singapore and Southeast Asia." Said Mr Ho, the event will again this year showcase yachts from 6m to 50m, luxury charter yachts and green boating technologies. About TMX Show Productions Pte Ltd TMX Show Productions Pte Ltd (TMX) acquired Suntec Integrated Media (SIM) in November 2007. TMX focuses on conceptualising and managing specialised sports and lifestyle events for (targeted) industries and market segments. Boat Asia (conferred the Best Boat Show in Asia by the prestigious Christofle Asia Boating Awards 2007) is Asia's leading leisure boat and luxury lifestyle event. For more information on TMX, visit www.tmx.com.sg.

"We are all delighted that this new event is living up to expectations and carving its place in the yachting industry calendar. The Asian market is certainly developing rapidly, and we want to continue to play our part in helping drive that development by providing a genuine regional marketing platform for the industry. "I am also pleased to be able to inform you that in July we finally completed the management buy-out of this business from Informa, and, together with my partners and the whole yacht show team, we are looking forward to the improvements that we are aiming to implement next year and beyond, as well as working on other key events in the region – we are all very excited about the future. There will be more details about these developments in the next newsletter, scheduled for "European Show Time" next month. "With the opening of the fantastic W-Hotel complex next door, and the completion in November of the luxury housing and shopping developments adjacent to the venue at ONE°15 Marina Club and Sentosa Cove, we will now have an even more stylish, sophisticated and sumptuous environment for the show. "The Singapore Yacht Show will continue to focus on superyachts and the luxury end of marine leisure, but will incorporate more boats in the small to mid-size range, as well as accessories for the industry and the lifestyle. "The exhibitor profile will also be continually extended over the next editions to incorporate more luxury lifestyle elements such as classic cars, supercars, private jet, fine art, jewellery and timepieces. In doing so, we will extend our appeal to the vast numbers of wealthy individuals across Asia who are already becoming more and more attracted to Singapore – now dubbed "the Switzerland of the East" as well as "the Monaco of the East"! "As always, partners and sponsors will be carefully selected to ensure a mutual synergy with our target markets, as well as their ability and enthusiasm to reach out to their own clientele and our desired visitor profile. Our aim is to deliver a focused audience of wealthy people genuinely interested in the yachting lifestyle, and confirm the Singapore Yacht Show as the most important luxury leisure event in South East Asia. "As agreed with many of our key clients during the show back in April, the dates for 2013 have been set as 19-21 April, thus leaving time for the larger yachts to sail from the Hainan Rendezvous to Singapore, whilst avoiding the public holiday weekend at the end of April that we suffered from this year. The Asia Superyacht Conference will again be held on the two days immediately prior to the show, on the 17th and 18th April 2013, and both events will be hosted as before at ONE°15 Marina Club, Sentosa Cove, Singapore." www.singaporeyachtshow.com www.facebook.com/SingaporeYachtShow