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A look at the 2019 Samui Regatta.Popular as out little island may be, Samui doesn’t tend to attract any major sporting events, at least not any international ones. But when it comes to sailing, it’s a different story. Koh Samui will once again play host to the annual Samui Regatta, now in its 18th year, between the 25th May and the 1st June 2019.

          

Despite Samui not yet even having a marina, this event is hugely popular, and hugely important! The Samui Regatta is the final stage in an international series of races which will have been going on over the best part of a year, as part of the 12 stages of the Asian Yachting Grand Prix. The competition starts in June, with Phuket Race Week, then over the course of the next 10 months, races take in Penang, Langkawi, The Philippines, Vietnam, Phuket again for the King’s Cup and Singapore, before finishing up here on Samui. Since not all competitors take part in all 12 events, the overall winner is decided based on the best six races, which means that there is often still everything to play for at the Samui event when it comes to deciding the final outcome.

          

Back in the first staging of the regatta, there were only 11 boats in the competition, mainly beach catamarans. But with the event gaining a reputation for competitive sailing over the years, now you can expect to see over 100 boats appearing in Chaweng Bay, almost overnight, for the event.

          

Some of the boats will be sailed here directly, while some will be transported by ship, with the crew flying in separately - in some cases it is actually more cost effective to do it this way, especially as there are now several specialist freight transport companies set up to professionally deliver the boats to Samui.A look at the 2019 Samui Regatta. But one way or another, it is expected that over 500 competitors from some 22 different countries will once again be taking part, providing a considerable boost to the island’s economy.

          

Why choose Samui for the most important event on the calendar? Well there are a number of reasons, but the main one is the hospitality. It’s amongst the best to be found anywhere, with top class resorts,restaurants and entertainment available to keep both crews and spectators happy. It is also centrally located in relation to the overall race calendar, with regular direct flights to the main cities in the region.

          

The racing itself naturally takes place offshore, and is not always easy to follow, however the best places to take in the events are the viewpoints located on the road between Chaweng and Lamai, which offer a bird’s eye view of Chaweng Bay which is where the races will start and finish. If you really want to get in amongst the action then you could book a place on one of the spectator boats which are readily available.

          

After many successful years of hosting by Centara Grand Beach Resort, this year the new home of the Samui Regatta will be Synergy Samui Resort, located right in the middle of Chaweng Beach, which will be host to several events, including the opening ceremony and the daily prize giving ceremonies. The final awards dinner will be held at Chaweng Lake, opposite Central Festival.

          

As well as support from corporate sponsors, the event is also backed by the Tourist Authority of Thailand and the Sports Authority of Thailand, without whose help the regatta would not be staged.

          

The full program for the week is available on the website below, including the not to be missed after race activities. So, get yourself a set of binoculars and get out there and enjoy an international class sporting event right here on Samui.

          

Dimitri Waring


 


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