Australia is a target market to grow charter participation in the regatta
Organisers are looking to grow international participation in the regatta over coming years. Photo by Guy Nowell.
PHUKET, Thailand – Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek organisers are looking to expand overseas and grow international participation in the award-winning regatta over the next five years. With international promotions, a series of road trips to key markets and Phuket’s growing appeal as a world-class sailing destination, organisers are confident in growing the regatta’s international footprint and attracting more charterers for the 2019 event and beyond.
“We have seen a steady increase in the number of charterers competing in the regatta in recent years and this is an area we want to grow further. Australia is an exciting market with a high population of sailors and a strong awareness of Phuket already. This is a market we are investing in for the future growth of the regatta,” said Byron Jones, Managing Director of organisers Media Business Services Co. Ltd.
“We went to Australia and visited a number of Australian yacht clubs last year. While promoting Phuket Raceweek we were also promoting sailing in Phuket, and the response we had was overwhelming. We were welcomed with open arms wherever we went and it was very encouraging to learn how many Australian sailors already knew of Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek. It can be a costly exercise for an international crew to fly to Phuket, charter a boat, rent accommodation and compete, but the interest is there and the numbers are growing, and since our trip we have received new entries from Australia which is a great start.”
The 16th edition of Cape Pawna Hotel Phuket Raceweek will take place 17 – 21 July, 2019 headquartered at the stunning five-star Cape Panwa Hotel on the island’s southeast coast. Entries are being received from sailors around the world and highlights of just some of the boats entered in the monohull classes include the TP52 Team Hollywood, two Sydney 40’s (East Marine Emagine and Aquari), Farrgo Express and Phoenix, while in the Cruising class Kantus Bride, Chinon – a new entry from Australia – Lady Bubbly and BeauX Esprits have already entered.
Known for its large multihull fleet, organisers expect to split the entries into three classes this year; Firefly 850 Sports One Design, Multihull Racing and Corsair Pulse 600s. Currently entries have been received in all classes and four locally-based Corsair Pulse 600s have been chartered by overseas crews.
The regatta is popular with sailors around the world for its professional on-the-water race management and onshore experience that is second-to-none. Photo by Guy Nowell.
“In addition to new faces on the race course, we are proud to welcome a new sponsor this year – Workforce Marine Asia. While new as a sponsor to the regatta, the face behind the company is not; Ray Roberts is well known on the regional circuit and has competed at the regatta numerous times before. He will be competing again this year on his TP52 Team Hollywood and will also be leveraging the event for his business through sponsorship,” added Jones.
Cape and Kantary Hotels’ Travel Industry Group Director, Tom Navanukroh, said, “We are very proud to be a part of this thrilling event once more, highlighting as it does the excellence of the sailing opportunities around Phuket. Not only that, but the economic advantages to the island and its inhabitants are immense. We wish all participants good sailing and equally good socialising”.
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek has established itself as a key regatta on the Asian circuit and is the kick-off event for the 2019/2020 AsianYachting Grand Prix. With professional on-the-water race management and an onshore experience second-to-none, the regatta has become a favourite with sailors the world over.
“We are expecting in the region of 40 boats and upwards of 400 sailors, family and friends to take part this year. The event provides an important revenue for Phuket’s economy during the island’s Summer Season, and we are keen to ensure all participants have a great time on-the-water and also onshore. Accommodation bookings for the regatta are already up on last year and we are looking forward to what we expect will be another excellent Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek,” concluded Jones.
Organised by Media Business Services, the 16th edition of the award-winning Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek takes place 17 – 21 July, 2019 at Cape Panwa Hotel on Phuket’s southeast coast.
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About Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
Coming into its sixteenth year, Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek is comprised of four days of world-class yacht racing and four nights of beachside parties. Run over six or more classes including IRC, multihull, charter and one-design classes, Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek has gained a reputation for its competitive racing for the serious boat crews and moderate courses around islands for the less experienced racers. It is also the first event of the prestigious 2019/20 AsianYachting Grand Prix.
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek enjoys the support of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Sports Authority of Thailand, Phuket Yacht Club and the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand.
Regatta Sponsors and Partners
Sponsors and partners of the 2019 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek include: Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket, Kantary Bay Hotel Phuket, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Mount Gay Rum, Castle Creek Wines, Chang, Illuzion Cruises, Intentional Law Office, Phuket Island Radio, Cape+Kantary Magazine, IMAGE Asia, Luxury Society Asia, Phuket Magazine, SEA Yachting, Yacht Style, Asia Catamarans, ISS Security Services, North Sails, Phuket International Hospital, Electrical Marine, Phuket Boat Lagoon, Krabi Boat Lagoon, Workforce Marina Asia and Infinity Communications.
Cape Panwa Hotel
Set on the coastal slope in a sheltered cove amidst the swaying palms of a former coconut plantation, Cape Panwa Hotel offers a selection of elegant, sea-facing suites and pool villas. All feature large private balconies and spacious, tastefully decorated interiors with all the comforts of modern day living, such as Internet connections, iPod docks and DVD players. The six two-bedroom Pool Villas offer an infinity pool and sun deck in stylish privacy while the Panwa Lodge is a luxurious, three-bedroom, colonial style home located right on the beach.
Company Name: Media Business Services Co., Ltd
Contact Person: Media Manager
Phone: +66 (0) 8 9000 4664