The design of the V100 – a 100' ultimate cruising yacht was developed by Thailandbased Albatross Marine Design. The design itself is a significant deviation from today's mass production "floating fridge" or boats designed around accommodation, mainly for use in marinas, where the bow is wide and shallow to give maximum space for the master bed, usually in the forward cabin. The V100 is different –our bow is designed for sea-keeping and performance.
The design originated from a customer's request for a fuel efficient slender hull cruiser capable of performing ocean passages at a 4,000 nautical-mile range. The boat features a slender "sailboat type" hull, which is optimized for speeds around 11-15kts with twin 370HP engines. Careful study was given to performance predictions and hull optimization. The fine bow shape is designed to minimize pitching and unfavorable acceleration. The high forecastle, slight chines and pilothouse shifted aft are designed to reduce spray over the bow from reaching the deck and cabins. The interior includes a master cabin, three guest cabins, two saloons (aft and pilothouse), two steering stations, crew accommodation, a deep freezer and garbage storage. The layout is strategically designed for ocean passages: all living areas and the galley have easy access and are located amidships, and the safe deck features a "Genoa bridge". And important for an expedition yacht, there is plenty of space for toys, including a tender and mini-hovercraft. Other interesting features are a sauna room and an optional Jacuzzi.
The yacht is relatively light for its 31m length and 7m beam featuring 82tons of full load displacement. The structure is made of composite material. www.amdesign.co.thPHUKET – Asia's awardwinning regatta, Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, takes the lead in environmental stewardship by officially becoming a Clean Regatta as approved by Sailors for the Sea, the first of its kind in South East Asia. Held 16-20 July 2014 off Panwa Cape, Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek showcases Phuket's iconic natural surrounds, the health of which are inherently linked to the success and long-term sustainability of Phuket's marine leisure tourism industry. As the seas get busier – according to the World Shipping Council, the top 20 importers and exporters of containerised cargo in 2009 and 2010 included 10 countries from Asia with Thailand ranked sixth for exports and 14th for imports – garbage in the sea and damage to marine ecosystems continues, something the organisers of Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek are addressing. "Sailing is considered to be a clean and green sport, and on the whole it is. As residents of Phuket and organisers of an annual sailing event here, the team at Phuket Raceweek are aware of the importance of the sea to Phuket's tourism and sailing industries, and we aim to ensure the marine environment is left in a better state for future generations," said Mr. Byron Jones, Managing Director of organisers Media Business Services (MBS). The Clean Regattas program is a global certification system that encourages regatta organisers and yacht clubs to manage and run environmentally responsible events. Its main initiative is to reduce marine debris and preserve coastal land and waters. With regattas in more than 13 countries being certified, Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek is the first in South East Asia.
"The Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek is committed to serving as a model for responsible sailing," said Tyson Bottenus, program coordinator, Sailors for the Sea. "We are thrilled to support their efforts to educate participants on environmental protection. Working with the event, Sailors for the Sea will help to formalise their conservation efforts and help promote responsible environmental behaviours among organisers and regatta participants." The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) also recognise the importance of environmentallyconscious tourism having identified ecotourism as one of its niche markets in a strategy to grow niche tourism and not solely rely on 'tourism by numbers'. In line with the TAT's Seven Greens programme which provides a conceptual framework and establishes practical guidelines for carefully balancing tourism promotion and a healthy, sustainable environment, Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek are leading the way in South East Asia and introducing the following Clean Regattas Best Practices at the 2014 regatta:
Water Only Wash Downs (Greywater Reduction): Participants will be asked to use "water only" when washing down their boats during the course of the regatta. This reduces run-off of phosphates and nitrates commonly found in cleaning products.
Oil Spill Prevention: Motorized vessels shall carry and use at least ONE bilge sponge and ONE fueling spill pad.
Trash Free Regatta: Overboard discharge of trash and littering at shore facilities will be prevented and strongly discouraged.
Recycling: The event will provide recycling services at shore facilities for participants to deposit separated recyclable materials such as bottles, cans, paper etc.
Water Bottle Reduction: The event will provide water stations and/or reusable water bottles to participants to reduce single-use disposable water bottles.
Promote the Use of Non- Toxic Cleaning Products: Organizers will include and implement a list of environmentally-friendly cleaning products that can be used throughout the event.
"This is just the first step and we are excited to lead the way in South East Asia and introduce the Clean Regattas program to our event," commented Jones. "We are keen to help preserve the coastal area of Phuket and with our certification to the Clean Regattas program this is now part of the event's DNA. Working together with the event's participants we will ensure the program's success." Voted 'Asian Regatta of the Year' at the 2011 Asia Boating Awards, Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek continues to deliver excellence and with the Clean Regattas program certification continues its tradition of innovation and leadership. The 2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek is set to welcome boats and crew from around the world for four days of world-class yacht racing off Phuket's southeast coast from 16-20 July.