Published: Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Thailand's Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek (July 20-24) is expecting a large and competitive fleet for the 13th edition of the event. 

"The multihull fleet looks to be going from strength-to-strength and we may be looking at a record fleet this year," says Media Business Services Co., Ltd. (MBS) Managing Director Byron Jones.

Phuket Raceweek

(Photos: Phuket Raceweek)

In Multihull Racing the Stealth catamarans from the Asia Catamarans yard will be out in full force including regular racers Java and Hurricane, and a new one soon-to-be-launched is expected to join the line-up. Add to that IMAGE Asia Nina, Thor, the chartered DaVinci and more, and the two 40+ foot trimarans Adrenalin and former Route de Rhum winner Tantrum 2, and Multihull Racing looks set to be a very strong class.

The Corsair Pulse 600's, now numbering five, are looking for a one-design class and some close racing while the Firefly 850's will add a new build to their numbers, in addition to a number of chartered entries, and en masse they will be out looking to break the speed record if the breeze is up.

Phuket Raceweek 1

As part of a drive to get one-design Platu racing going in Phuket again, a small group of sailors from both Phuket and Pattaya have launched a three event one-design race series in Phuket which kicks-off with Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek.

Working close with Phuket Raceweek to establish the launch event, all Platus will be identical and race with sails provided by the series organisers. Four crews have already confirmed and there are Platus available for charter for those looking for exciting one-design monohull racing.

In addition to Title and Host Venue Sponsors Cape Panwa Hotel and Kantary Bay Phuket, the organisers are welcoming back Mount Gay Rum, Illuzion, Siam Winery (Finca de Malpica), Absolute World Group, International Law Office, ISS Security Services, Phuket International Hospital, Sailescapes, Electrical Marine, Phuket Boat Lagoon, Krabi Boat Lagoon and Quantum Sail Design Group.

Phuket Raceweek 2

The organisers also welcome onboard this year the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Sports Authority of Thailand as a Co-Sponsors, Chang International as an Official Supplier and Asia Catamarans as an Island Partner.

Check out this video of the 2015 Phuket Raceweek: