17th The Bay Regatta 2014 sees wave of Sailors
Popularity among English and Russian Sailors grows
18 January 2014, PHUKET – 17th The Bay Regatta 2014, 12th – 16th February 2014, Phuket – Phang Nga – Krabi is less than one month away and with entries flooding in from all corners of the world the fleet looks set to be a global mix of nationalities and cultures. Leading the way are the Asian-based entries with the number of boats and crew from the Asian region, particularly England and Russia, expected to beat all previous records.
The increase in sailors from this region reflects the international appeal of The Bay Regatta which is now in its 17th year. Simon James, Race Director, believes that having such a diversity of participants is part of the event’s unique appeal:
"We have large numbers of entrants from around Asia and in particular Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, China, the Philippines and of course Thailand, and they make up a significant part of the fleet. Last year was the biggest ever Japanese fleet and as China is a growing market for sailing so the number of Chinese entries continues to increase also." Continued James, "The Asian entries are very competitive, even in the cruising classes. A number of Japanese entries have won their class and the possibility of winning is the reason all participants come back year-after-year. Asian participants are no different to other participants in that they are here to sail well, achieve a good result, and enjoy themselves on and off the water."
There is traditionally a large contingent of Australian and New Zealand participants as well as a strong local presence at The Bay Regatta. The rapid growth in the number of entrants from countries such as England and Russia has been a more recent phenomenon.
The Bay Regatta has developed a reputation as Asia’s most prestigious and competitive regatta, and sailors from all over the world now descend on Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi for four days of racing and four lavish parties each Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi. A good time may be had by all on shore, but out on the water there is no quarter asked or given. Simon James believes that the level of competition is the reason that participants of so many different nationalities keep returning to Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi for The Bay Regatta:
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