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Written by Administrator    Friday, 24 May 2013 14:40    PDF Print E-mail
Thailand-based AusThai Marine has launched a new boat from the Albatross Marine Design drawing board. The design is catering to a growing demand for seagoing catamarans - 12m in length, with a planning hull shape, partly-tunneled propellers and an enclosed front and open stern area. The boat is suited for tourist transportation and day-charters in the tropics and capable of transport 40 tourists or divers. It is very spacious and includes 2 toilets/bathrooms with plenty of changing space, stern platforms with convenient outboard ladders, a galley facility with serving counter, a small flybridge with seating and steering station, storage for kayaks and a tender. The design is based on successful models of catamarans developed by Albatross in recent years. Ride comfort was given special concern – the vertical acceleration level (measure of comfort) is reduced by almost 50% compared to a monohull speedboat of similar capacity. The hull shape is optimized for fuel saving cruising at speeds around 20-22kts, but the boat achieves 27kts. Hull structure is reliable and designed with wide application of sandwich panels above waterline – well proven technique. The boat has demonstrated an extremely soft ride and proved to be very functional. The first boat will be used in the Phuket area of the Andaman Sea. Two more boats are to build with this time.
Sevenstar Yacht Transport Appoints Andaman Sea Club Agent in Thailand
Sevenstar Yacht Transport, the leading provider of yacht transportation services worldwide, subsidiary of the Spliethoff Group, the largest shipping company in the Netherlands, appointed Chris Jongerius in Phuket as its agent in Thailand. Richard Klabbers, Managing Director of Sevenstar Yacht Transport announced: "Sevenstar's presence in Asia is fast-growing with an increasing amount of yachts cruising the exotic waters of Southeast Asia. We are therefore pleased to nominate a highly service and safety oriented partner, Chris Jongerius, as our agent in Thailand." Chris Jongerius is the owner of the Andaman Sea Club (ASC), a well-known bareboat and skippered yacht charter company and winner of the 2011 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. ASC is located in Phuket, centre of the booming yacht scene of Southeast Asia. "I am proud to be welcomed in the team of Sevenstar Yacht Transport," said Chris Jongerius, "We have a reputation for excellent customer service in common with Sevenstar Yacht Transport. Together we are able to offer a unique package. As Asia's yachting industry is quickly developing, this is a timely start and we are well positioned for the future." There are many advantages of shipping a yacht instead of sailing or motoring it across oceans. It saves time, manpower and, especially with ever-rising fuel costs, a substantial amount of money. It also decreases wear and tear, as well as engine hours. Certain risks are eliminated. Though it is neither a pleasant thought nor a regular occurrence, piracy and waterborne crime are not unheard of in many popular crossing routes. Another consideration is the wide variety of destinations worldwide; there is just not enough time to reach them all in a lifetime. Why not ship a yacht to the next cruising destination? "Sevenstar Yacht Transport extends your horizon in a safe and cost-controlled way", Chris concludes. Sevenstar Yacht Transport is the world's leading provider of yacht shipping services with a global network of destinations and a fleet of more than 100 independent carriers. http://www.sevenstar-yacht-transport.com Andaman Sea Club Sailing Charters specializes in performance catamarans for bareboat and skippered charters for cruising and racing around Phuket, Thailand.
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek adds Junior Phuket Raceweek for an exciting 10th anniversary event
This year the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek presented by Mount Gay Rum enters its 10th year. It seems just a few years ago that Raceweek arrived on the scene and revolutionized regattas in Thailand delivering good and consistent winds and a top onshore social scene, and with it built a reputation as "the windy regatta" and "Asia's most exciting". Held in Phuket's Green Season, the 2013 event will take place 17 – 21 July 2013. After a highly successful move to Cape Panwa Hotel on Phuket's Panwa peninsula, the Cape Panwa Hotel will again host the event, together with Kantary Bay Hotel, and word from the organizers is that the event is shaping up to be one that sailor mustn't miss. "We're proud to be celebrating the 10th Anniversary this year and we're excited to be back at Cape Panwa Hotel. Last year the service, the venue and the racing was second to none. We will continue to build on the past nine years of success and are looking forward to taking the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek into a new decade in style," said Byron Jones, Managing Director of co-organizer Media Business Services (MBS). Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek pays attention to the details and the organizers have developed a sailor-centric event where the needs of the sailors, on and off-the-water, are at the centre of the decision-making and planning throughout. On-the-water, Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek continues to hit the high notes with an exciting race programme. In July, the consistent good winds makes Phuket's East Coast the best place for racing, and Principal Race Officer Simon James is planning a variety of short and island courses, making it competitive and fun for all the classes. Run over six or seven classes including Racing, Multihull, Cruising and Bareboat Charter, Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek has gained a reputation for its competitive racing for the serious boats and fun courses around the islands for the less serious racers. And in keeping with tradition the regatta will host the best Classic Class in South East Asian waters. "What's unique about Phuket Raceweek is the race area. The East Coast delivers good winds at this time of year and the racing area allows for a variety of race courses – something to suit all boats. The race area also allows us to set interesting courses for the classic yachts, giving them the opportunity to stretch their legs and show off their elegance," commented Simon James, Principal Race Officer. A strong profile of boats across the class range have already registered and returning to defend their title in the Multihull Racing class is DaVinci. DaVinci came into the 2012 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek on the back of an undefeated run and winning the Rawai-Naiharn Multihull Regatta. They went on to extend that unbeaten run to 13 races and win their class at last year's Raceweek with a clean sweep. Not only a winner of consecutive regattas, DaVinci, through DaVinci Yacht Charters, return as a Co-Sponsor for 2013. Owner of DaVinci Yacht Charters, David Roberts, says "Sponsoring Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek is an ideal platform to promote the Yacht Charter Business as well as showcase the DaVinci lifestyle brand." Sponsorship is essential to any regatta's success and no-one understands this better and delivers successful sponsorships than the organisers of Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, who again welcome a strong line-up of returning sponsors as well as welcoming some newcomers. In addition to be being the event's Title Sponsor, together with Kantary Bay the Cape Panwa Hotel are Host Sponsors for Raceweek and building on their resounding success last year will deliver an unrivalled onshore experience for the 10th Anniversary Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek. Returning for their third year (second year as Presenting Sponsor) are Mount Gay Rum. The single biggest regatta sponsor in the world, Mount Gay Rum first joined Phuket Raceweek in 2011 and officially launched into Thailand at the event. Last year saw the launch of Mount Gay Rum XO at Raceweek and for 2013 Mount Gay Rum have again chosen the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek as their signature regatta in Thailand and will welcome participants with a Barbados-themed opening party. Four days of world-class yacht racing, combined with four nights of magical beachside parties, are the hallmarks of Phuket Raceweek and this successful format has proved to be an award-winning formula with the regatta being voted 'Best Asian Regatta of the Year' at the 2011 Asia Boating Awards. It is this successful formula that keeps sailors returning as well as attracting a growing charter fleet and an ever-increasing geographical footprint of sailors each year. "This is the second year I have come to Phuket to do this excellent race. I'm really enjoying it and the fantastic facilities here. I'm trying to encourage other yacht club members back from Melbourne to come," said Jane Fielding, crew on Moya Hin at the 2012 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek. A growing charter fleet, strong international interest and a loyal local fleet make an exciting fleet for the 2013 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek.

Supporting Youth Sailing
Open for young sailors only, the all-new Junior Phuket Raceweek is set to be a one-day competition on Saturday 20th July off Panwa Cape, organised by Media Business Services (MBS) and co-hosted by Regent Phuket Cape Panwa and Panwa Beach Resort Phuket. An innovative idea and one MBS expects to develop from humble beginnings this year to become a key asset for the local sailing scene for years to come, with plans to expand the competition in 2014 and beyond alongside its big brother the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek. "Currently there are limited opportunities for young sailors on the Island to competitively race, and for resident youngsters to race against non-Phuket sailors," said Jones, Managing Director of MBS. "We want to encourage future sailing talent and give youngsters of all nationalities a platform to compete and develop, and at the same time give something back to the Phuket community," added Jones. The 2013 Junior Phuket Raceweek expects to welcome over 30 youngsters in Optimists, Bics, Toppers and Lasers, who will compete in upto six races. The competition is expected to be exciting and challenging with strong interest already shown by Ao Chalong Yacht Club and the Phuket Youth Sailing Squadron in sending teams to compete. Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek and Junior Phuket Raceweek are supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Sports Authority of Thailand and the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand. For more details, visit www.phuketraceweek.com and www.juniorphuketraceweek.com