Published: Thursday, 04 July 2013
Ryan Swift

Taiwan's inaugural Penghu Regatta concluded this past weekend, with 11 yachts and nearly 50 crew taking part. The regatta, jointly sponsored by Beneteau and Simpson Marine, was the first to be held in Taiwan's picturesque Penghu Islands, an ideal destination for sailing over the course of two weekends: June 22-23 and June 29-30.

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The regatta began on Saturday 22 June with a day of course racing in Penghu Bay, followed by a Round the Island race in South Penghu the next day. The yacht Rewind came first in the IRC race, with Ocean 1 in second place. Fly La La won the Open race, followed by two Beneteau Oceanis yachts, Maggie and Shine 101. Simpson Marine provided technical support, while a Lagoon 380 was used as a spectators’ boat.

Julian Jesson, Simpson Marine’s General Manager for Taiwan, said: “We are thrilled with the interest we have seen during this regatta, demonstrating the passion for yachting that exists in Taiwan.” He added: “There has been strong support for the event locally, and we are already looking forward to building on the success of this year's regatta with a bigger and better event next year. We are delighted to be able to support the development of yachting in the stunning Penghu archipelago.”

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The regatta also included a Summer Solstice Beach Party on Shirli Beach on Friday 21 June to welcome visitors and participants to the event. The party, sponsored by Peroni, saw more than 150 people enjoy an evening barbecue, with entertainment provided by a live singer and a jazz band.

On Saturday 29 June all the yachts taking part set sail from Makung Harbour and raced to Wang An Island. On arrival, a lunch was provided for all the crew, before the hospitality continued with a barbecue in the afternoon. The regatta was organised by the Penghu Sailing Association, and supported by the Penghu County Government and the Taiwan Tourism Bureau.

The Penghu Islands are particularly well suited to yachting during the summer months (April to October), with regular southerly winds of up to 20 knots. Since 2000, the islands have hosted events such as the Asian Windsurfing Tour, Olympic-class sailing regattas, cross-straits sailing races and, most recently, the RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships.

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