This design of a 60-foot catamaran has been developed by Thailand-based Albatross Marine Design and constructed at Ocean Marina, Pattaya. The boat combines the advantages of a performance ocean cruising catamaran with superb live aboard facilities. The idea of this boat's arrangement can be expressed as "spacious, practical and stylish". In designing it, the architects departed from traditional design and sought practical innovative solutions. One example is that there are almost no sloping surfaces, which may give a sporty look but are often impractical and in some cases unsafe for the crew, this also minimizes direct sunlight into the saloon. The designers provided accommodation comparable with a house. An innovative solution is locating the luxury master bedroom aft of the bridgedeck, sized 3.8 x 3.7m. This allows sliding doors from the master bedroom to the aft deck, providing panoramic seaviews and a pleasant stern balcony. The hull shape with its 10:1 length to beam ratio was selected for performance, but it also provides enough volume to accommodate the guest cabins. In this boat, the crew and passengers are together on the spacious 4.9x5.4m flybridge. This is a significant departure from accepted design, which invariably has passengers sitting in the cockpit looking at the forward bulkhead when underway. The spacious flybridge is in the main outdoor area, with a barbeque/counter/sink and sofa with table, as well as steering console and winches. The designers did not make any compromises in the bridgedeck shape; there are no protrusions or steps to create drag when underway, a good 3' vertical clearance is provided. The hull material is epoxy laminate with PVC cores and carbon reinforcements. The boat is designed to European category A. The boat was launched at the end of 2013 and is now underway, proving its performance and comfort to the satisfaction of the owner. www.amdesign.co.th
Thailand Junior Team Racing Championship
Amid perfect sailing conditions on the bay the inaugural Thailand Junior Team Racing Championships were held at Royal Varuna Yacht Club (RVYC) in Pattaya on Saturday and Sunday March 1st and 2nd 2014. Six teams competed in RVYC sponsored RS Quba two handed dinghies, representing leading international schools teams from; Bangkok Patana School (Patana A and Patana B teams), Harrow International School Bangkok (Harrow), Regents International School Pattaya (Regents), Lycée Français International de Bangkok (Lycée Français) and Bangkok International Preparatory & Secondary School (Bangkok Prep).
The first day of racing on Saturday saw a 'round robin' of elimination races with each team sailing three boats with two crew each, over a challenging course in perfect sailing conditions. At the end of day one and after five hard fought races Bangkok Prep came out on top followed by Patana A, Regents and Lycée Français, qualifying all four teams into the finals on Sunday.
Sunday's sailing conditions were once again perfect as the four finals' teams prepared for a competitive day's racing. In the first semi-final Bangkok Prep produced one of the shock results of the competition, beating an enthusiastic Lycée Français 2-0 in a best of three races. In the second semi-final Patana A beat Regents in what was considered to be the upset of the day as Regents were considered one of the strong favourites going into the Championship. The Final was set amid tense moments pre-race as the Bangkok Prep and Patana A teams measured the many and varied tactical opinions being offered. By this time the parents' and supporters' enthusiasm grew to fever pitch beachside, adding to the general carnival if somewhat partisan atmosphere. After a hard fought battle in windy conditions, Bangkok Prep were narrowly beaten by Patana A who won the Championship, Regents came in third place with Lycée Français fourth, followed by Patana B who beat Harrow in the play off for fifth and sixth.
RVYC Commodore David Littlejohn congratulated all the sailors for their competitive spirit and thanked all schools, parents and members who contributed to such a spectacular event. Presenting the awards the Commodore added, "We've had a spectacular weekend of match racing and it's encouraging to see the professional level of youth sailing in Thailand. I would also like to thank the international schools involved, the commitment of the parents involved and our generous sponsors, Bangkok Pattaya Hospital, The Pizza Company and Kingdom Property."
"Congratulations to Bangkok Patana School who have the honour of holding and defending the Thailand Junior Team Racing Championships perpetual trophy at the next regatta to be held towards the end of 2014." Commodore Littlejohn said in closing.
Gold medallists and top Thai sailors from SEA Games to compete. RS: One Asian Championships to be held in Thailand for first time.
Asia's largest multi-class sailing event, Thailand's Top of the Gulf Regatta, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year hosted by Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Jomtien, Pattaya from 1st to 5th May 2014, and is expected to welcome a strong fleet of sailors from around the world. With over 250 boats and 700 sailors expected to take part from more than 20 countries, organisers are planning for one of the biggest and best regattas yet – a fitting tribute for the 10th year. Entries are already coming in from overseas in the keelboat and multihull classes – the "big boat" fleet. Oi! (AUS) and One Sails (AUS), both TP52's, look set to lead the racing class and will be up against a new boat to the region that is being shipped from Australia to compete (details to be announced soon), and together with many top IRC boats in Asia confirmed to compete including Foxy Lady VI (SIN) and Fujin (AUS), will make up a strong international fleet.
The prestigious Coronation Cup has a 19-year history and incorporated in the Top of the Gulf Regatta ten years ago, is contested by the one-design Platus. With a multinational fleet challenging for the trophy last year, charters of the local fleet are already filling up and 2014 looks set to be even more competitive. New for the Regatta this year is a change for the cruising boats racing in Class Four, who will be using a performance handicap system, and with an increase in interest from overseas sailors, more boats are available for charter this year with Sunsail providing a fleet from their base in the Gulf of Thailand as well as local fleets available from Gulf Charters.
The big boat classes will be run by an Australian race management team under the watchful eye of International Race Officer Denis Thompson, who returns this year and brings with him a wealth of experience from officiating at Hamilton Island Race Week, Magnetic Island Race Week, Rolex One Design Regatta (Farr 40 and Sydney 38), SB 20 World Championships, and Sydney Harbour Regatta, just to name a few. Joining the big boat fleet will be over 60 single and doublehanded dinghies (Lasers, 29ers, 420, 470 etc.) and beach catamarans, including a number of Thai and regional gold-medal sailors from the recent SEA Games. Race management is provided by the Royal Varuna Yacht Club.
Since the beginning of the Top of the Gulf Regatta the aim of the organisers has been one of inclusiveness, encouraging new classes and fleets to take part, and ten years ago in co-operation with the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand the Regatta provided a new home for the country's iconic youth sailing event, the Thailand Optimist National Championships. Thirty-nine years old this year, and an integral part of the Top of the Gulf Regatta, over 120 junior sailors from Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Myanmar and beyond will compete for the coveted perpetual trophy.
Having introduced windsurfing to the mix a few years ago, Regatta organisers have worked closely with the Windsurfing Association of Thailand (WATH) and NeilPryde to provide the ISAFapproved RS:One racing format. And this year, being held as part of the Regatta, will be the three-day RS:One Asian Championships – the first time Thailand has hosted this regional championship – and 30 sailors are expected to take part from Thailand, Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore, and other Asian nations.
The 10th Anniversary Top of the Gulf Regatta will take place 1st to 5th May 2014, hosted by Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Jomtien, Pattaya, Thailand.
For more information, visit www.topofthegulfregatta.com
Yachting in Sri Lanka is about to get a strong boost with the establishment of marinas to service this global pleasure sport. Sri Lankan entrepreneur Indhra Kaushal Rajapaksa has teamed up with marina professional Simon Arrol and Sebastian Devonshire to launch Marina Lanka – a new company dedicated to servicing the pleasure boating industry.
"Sri Lanka is about to get a major boost in its pleasure boating industry," said Rajapaksa. "Although the port of Galle has for long been a port-of-call for yachtsmen from around the world, it has lacked the infrastructure and modern facilities. We plan to mobilize some of the best experience in the industry to give a major boost to yachting in Sri Lanka," he added. In the competitive world of international tourism, Sri Lanka has much to offer and the steady increase in visitor numbers currently being witnessed is most encouraging. But while coastal tourism and beach holidays are booming, the availability of boating and watersports is currently limited. If Simon Arrol, Managing Director of Marina Lanka has his way, this is all about to change. His experience of marina projects in 40 countries leads him to believe in the great potential for a boom in water sports. Known as the "Marina Guru", Arrol has spent his 40-year professional career in maritime engineering, specializing during the past 25 years in the design, development, and operation of yacht marinas. Following his presentation at the successful Boating Conference 2012 in Colombo, he teamed up with Sebastian Devonshire and Indhra Kaushal Rajapaksa, both of whom have a wealth of relevant experience in Sri Lanka to form Marina Lanka Pvt Ltd.
"Marinas are the infrastructure of the boating sector," says Arrol. "Without marinas it is really very inconvenient to own and operate a boat. Not only does a marina provide a place to berth your boat safely, it also offers supporting services to help you maintain and service it. We intend to collaborate with BAFF (Build a Future Foundation) and with the BTI (Boat-Building Technology Improvement Institute) so that people can be trained in the necessary skills." Arrol is delighted that the government has recognized the potential for marinas and watersports. During the recent Commonwealth Business Forumin Colombo, the Marina Lanka exhibition stand had many distinguished visitors including delegates to to CHOGM 2013 and Sri Lankan Ministers and officials, including Minister of Economic Development, Basil Rajapaksa.Enthusiastic about the inquiries received, Arrol says he was quizzed about when the first marina would be open for business.
"There is also a very important and pleasurable social aspect to marinas", continues Arrol. "A well-designed marina should have a yacht club, or if not a formal yacht club then at least a lounge bar where yachtsmen can meet. As with most hobbies and sports, sailors love to gather together and swap stories, some believable and some less so!"
Sri Lanka has a coastline of about 1,300 km with many pristine bays, beaches, and lagoons, but apart from surfing and whalewatching there is almost no organized boating activity. With the provision of marinas at intervals around the coast, both Sri Lankans and foreign tourists will be better able to enjoy a range of activities such as sailing, motor-boating, blue-water fishing, and day trips. This will not only open up a whole new leisure and sporting sector for Sri Lankans, it will also make the country more attractive to foreign tourists, many of whom presently sit on the beach thinkinghow wonderful it would be to get out on the water. As to the value of this Arrol declares, "I am convinced this additional tourism activity will be worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year before the decade is out."
The veteran marina developer is keen to stress the importance of training. "Our plan is to operate a Yachting Academy where would-be boat owners and others can be trained in sailing, boathandling, navigation and other skills," Arrol explains."Not only is training important from a safety standpoint, but it will give people the confidence to make best use of their boats. This Academy will deploy the curricula of the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) as their qualifications are recognized internationally."
Sri Lanka is not well known in yachting circles but 2012's Optimist World Championship Regatta at Trincomlaee is likely to be the forerunner of many more regattas and events, according to Arrol. "I am not suggesting that boating will ever approach the popularity of cricket," says Arrol in lighter vein. "It is however, a most pleasurable sport and one that is accessible to people of all ages." So does this mean that the Government needs to find funds to build marinas? "Not at all," assures Arrol. "The private sector can be relied on to build the marinas and waterfronts. As a marina developer, the only thing I ask is that the government facilitates the release of suitable sites and draft modern regulations so that yacht owning and operation is hassle-free for both domestic owners and foreign tourists."
The 2013 EUROCOPTER Ambassadors' Cup was claimed by the Cambodian team boat in a competitive but good natured days racing on Saturday, 2 nd November. This is the first time an Asian & indeed an ASEAN country has won the Ambassadors Cup since its inception in 2000. The event saw 43 boats with envoys from 32 countries challenge in the 14 th edition of the event organized by Changi Sailing Club.
The Cambodian Team led by H. E. Sin Serey on team boat Shardana, held off the challenge of second placed Turkey, skippered by Thomas Leow on Tom Cat, and third place, Denmark on Petit Bateau skippered by Esben Poulsson. The hot sun, easterly light & shifting winds did not dampen the high spirits of the ambassadors and sailors as they battled the challenging conditions to finish the race. The 14th Ambassador's Cup 2013 saw sailors and ambassadors alike pitted against trying yachting conditions. Racing started in strong tide and light breeze resulting in many boats being caught over the line at the gun but after more moderate wind filled in from a storm building in the south-east, many boats that had to return to the line after the early starts managed to catch up with the leading pack.
However, sailing conditions deteriorated, with tide at its peak and the breeze waned as another storm began to build in from the northeast, making it really challenging for the racers to make headway back towards finish mark. Thankfully, as the storm drew closer, it brought a welcoming steady breeze which aided the boats to make their way to the finish mark The diversity of conditions and challenging weather provided everyone with an exciting regatta where racing was of quality and at the same time extremely enjoyable. The Ambassador's Cup is the only regatta of its kind and has been gaining steady and increasing support from all the ambassadors and teams who contribute to one of the best days sailing on the Singapore calendar. EUROCOPTER is the title sponsor of the event this year.
After the challenging race, all the participants were treated to "Après Sailing" with Caipirinha, and BBQ chicken wings cooked in true Brazilian style to whet ones appetite before 500 guests enjoy a sit down dinner in a beautiful alfresco setting by the beach under the stars! The finale of the evening culminated with the presentation to the winners of the 2013 Ambassadors' Cup. This was followed by a sumptuous spread of food with entertainment provided throughout the evening by Samba Dancers and a spectacular Brazilian band.
On 25 – 26 January, 58 young sailors descended to the Royal Varuna Yacht Club for the annual Kingdom Property Admiral's Cup, sailed in the Optimist class. With much talent in the fleet including the all-star Thai team, who recently beat the Singaporeans at the SEA Games becoming the top grassroots sailing team in the region. It promised to be a competitive affair. The competitors lined up for the first start, more going backwards with the fast ebbing tide. After the start, Som-O perfectly judged the tide to become the winner of the race, unlike 20 fellow sailors who were subsequently disqualified as they were unable to push through the tide and cross the start line within four minutes. Som-O, again taking line honours in the second, again a master class in tide sailing to overcome Paliga Poonpat and Anapat Ngarmdee on the final windward leg. The wind increased and tide slackened allowing two more races, won by Suthon Yampinid and Voravong Rachrattanaruk respectively. On day 2, light winds greeted the sailors with a 40 minute postponement. Once the breeze filled in, the strong tide forced the sailors inshore tacking upwind to break away from the current. Race 5 was won by Suthon. The breeze increased for the last race of the weekend, again won by Voravong with the ever consistent Suthon in second. Back ashore the prize giving followed proceedings with Nigel Cornick of Kingdom Property presenting the trophies. The prestigious Admiral's Cup was presented to the winner, Suthon, with Voravong and Kamonchanok joining him on the podium. RVYC Gold Sailing Team member Som-O received her prize for the first under 12 sailor overall and young Suchanaree Detthotsapol was first under 10. A competitors raffle followed with prizes from ARB 4x4 parts, and the infamous Royal Varuna Yacht Club tradition of doughnuts for everyone! A big thank you to our sponsors Kingdom Property and ARB in supporting this event and promoting grassroots sailing in Thailand. www.varuna.org