Attracting the serious, the not-so-serious and the not-at-all-serious “racing” sailors, the regatta appeals to an international mix who enjoy the stunning sailing grounds of the area and a different destination each evening.
Starting from Phuket on 15th February, organisers Regattas Asia are expecting a large fleet to celebrate this milestone 20th Anniversary edition.
“The successful event format hasn't changed much over the years, but the sailors, types of boats and demographics have. We are seeing more international sailors flying in and chartering boats to take part and we're also seeing more people opting to stay ashore each evening, rather than on their boats,” said Ms. Kae Wattana, Managing Director of organisers Regattas Asia.
The Bay Regatta is an excellent example of how sports tourism works to the benefit of communities and local economies.
“Each evening we anchor at a different venue and the sailors go ashore. Those staying ashore – more than 60% of the fleet – book accommodation and either eat in the local restaurants or enjoy the official event functions which engage with the local community. Most of the expenditure of the regatta goes directly into the local economies of the areas we visit – this has been the case since the regatta was launched and it will remain so for the future,” commented Ms. Wattana.
The Bay Regatta was launched in 1998 by a group of Phuket-based sailing enthusiasts and a photographer who wished to showcase the stunning beauty of the Phuket/ Phang Nga/ Krabi seascapes.
Sponsors of The Bay Regatta 2017 include Co-Sponsors: Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Beverage Public Company Limited, Chang, Mekong, 100 Plus, Paradise Koh Yao and Raymarine. Regatta Partners: Jungceylon, Chandara Resort & Spa, Kan Eang II, Haadthip, O2 Beach Club, Java Yachting, The Mangosteen Resort & Spa. Local Supporters: Prestige Marine, Octopus Marine. Media Partners: The Greater Phuket Magazine, SEA Yachting, One Coast magazine, aBoat.
The Bay Regatta is organised by Regattas Asia under the auspices of the Phuket Yacht Club in conjunction with the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Province of Phuket, the Province of Phang Nga and the Province of Krabi.