Phuket Is Ready For Raceweek
Published: Monday, 07 July 2014
Phuket Island is ready to host Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek from July 16-20 off the Island’s southeast coast. The season opening event of the 2014-2015 Asian Yachting Grand Prix – a series of 12 of the best regattas in Asia – Raceweek is set to welcome one of the most competitive fleets in the regatta’s history.
“The quality of the fleet is arguably the best ever and what is particularly encouraging this year is the number of new boats from around Asia taking part,” says Byron Jones, Managing Director of organisers Media Business Services (MBS). “Crew are coming from Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines regionally – as well as a strong showing from Thailand – and also from as far afield as the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand.”
The increase in the number of international boats and crew, together with an increase in people who fly in and charter a local boat to race, is encouraging for the future of the event, and also for Phuket and the Panwa area.
Phuket Raceweek attracts approximately 500 sailors and family members each year, and while the regatta is four days long, participants and their families often come for longer, choosing to either arrive early or stay after the race is finished. The revenue from travel, accommodation, dining and entertainment is considerable during Phuket’s summer season, and goes directly into the local economy.