The Regatta is organised under the auspices of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, working hand in hand with the Royal Thai Navy. Racing takes place over five days comprising of a mixture of passage races and round the cans.
The event culminates in a VIP gala dinner and awards ceremony at the Central Samui Beach Resort.
Koh Samui Regatta 2005 Schedule of Events
Initial participant response indicates that organizers expect at least 35-40 yachts to head to Koh Samui this May. A sizeable contingent will again make its way down from Hong Kong, including defending Koh Samui Regatta Racing 1 champion Ffree Fire and Frank PONG's new Jelik (ex Pyewacket.)
In Racing 2 the hot local favourites from the Thai Naval Academy will be facing some stiff competition from the Sunsail Jeanneau 35's - with a crack crew captained by famous Australian yachtsman George SNOW.
Sports Boats will see last year's winner Jonathan MAHONY from Singapore defending his title on Happy Endings, while in the Multihull Class local builder Kim (KT) THOMAS (on Kings Cup winner Coco Blues) will face off against ex Sports Boat winner Mark JEWELL from Singapore, a previous regatta winner with The Dogs 2. Hot competition in this class will come from Khun RADAB's Farrier trimaran Cedar Swan and a newly imported Formula 28 and Stiletto 23.
A new addition for 2005 is the Wednesday night 'Regatta Festival - Island Open Party' located at the Bo-Phut Fisherman's Village. The festival will provide a stunning showcase of the island's mouth watering food and drink, live entertainment and the famous Samui island hospitality and is open to all on the island. A further improvement on the 2004 Regatta is the 'Regatta Tavern', located on the beach at the regatta HQ. The tavern will provide a focal point for the participants, spectators and members of the public to get together at the end of the racing day relax, and discuss 'on the water' activities.
'We are confident that this year's regatta will be bigger and better than any previous,' says Peter PLANT, regatta organiser. 'It is very exciting to think that we are able to offer an exclusive, unusual event with the soul input of local Samui volunteers and attract competitors from all across the globe. In just four short years, the team really feel that we have established one of the best international sailing competitions in the world. For this, I would like to thank the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Royal Thai Navy and the Islanders for all their hard work. Let's all hope for some great sailing in 2005'