Published: Thursday, 25 January 2018

More than 250 sailors representing 21 nationalities have signed up for the Bay Regatta held from January 31-February 4 in Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi provinces.

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(Photo: The Bay Regatta)

The fleet of more than 30 boats will be split into six classes. In the Racing class, crews from Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Russia will be challenging for the title.

Last year's winner Megazip is back to defend their crown and will be reigniting their rivalry with the Beneteau First 44.7 Fujin. However, the Hong Kong-registered Red Rum and Vitalii Plaksin’s Farr One Ton, Uminoko, who placed first in the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2017 Cruising class, are expected to be in the mix.

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(The Megazip)

A line-up of locally-based cruisers will be split into Cruising A and Cruising B classes, and all are in with a chance. Baby Tonga returns and is looking to improve on their second place last year while Fargo Express (second in IRC 2 at the 2017 Phuket King's Cup Regatta) will be one to watch.

In the Bareboat Charter class, which has seen a 40 per cent growth in entries this year, crews are looking forward to some friendly competition.

The 10-multihull fleet will be split into two class – Multihull Racing and Multihull Cruising. Last year's Multihull Racing winner, Twin Sharks, is back to defend their title and under the leadership of skipper John Newnham will be hard to beat.

Expect the Stealths – Asia Catamarans Hurricane, Phantom V and Twister 2 – however, not to follow script and be racing hard like usual, as will the smaller multis in the class – Bladerunner 9, off-line and Fugazi.

In the Multihull Cruising class, Rick Fielding's Mojo is hoping to make it two wins in a row and will be going head-to-head with Raptor 2001, a regular on Thailand's sailing scene.

“We have a mix of international and local crews, and sailors of more than 20 nationalities. We have added some new stopovers to the route this year, but the regatta's travelling nature remains unchanged and the 30-plus boats competing this year will enjoy four days of racing in the best cruising grounds in the world,” said Kae Wattana, Managing Director of organisers Regattas Asia.