Phuket Kings Cup photo by Guy Nowell

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The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is Asia’s biggest and most popular regatta. Inaugurated in 1987 to celebrate the 60th birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, the event has been held every year since during the first week of December.

With Royal Patronage, the Regatta is organised by the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Organizing Committee under the auspices of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, in conjunction with the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Royal Thai Navy and the Province of Phuket.


Friday 4th December
Pre-Event Sail Measurement (By appointment only)

Saturday 5th December
1000-1600 Registration/Measurement

Sunday 6th December
1000-1600 Registration/Measurement
1300 Practice Race
1630 Skippers briefing
1800 Opening Party Kata Beach Resort

Monday 7th December
0830 Royal Salute (Sail Pass)
0930 Racing Day 1

Tuesday 8th December
0900 Racing Day 2

Wednesday 9th December
0900 Racing Day 3

Thursday 10th December: Lay Day

Friday 11th December
0900 Racing Day 4

Saturday 12th December
0900 Racing Day 5
1800 Royal Awards Ceremony

Web site and more information at Phuket Kings Cup Regatta 


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Raceweek, 15th -19th July 2015.

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We woke up bright and early for our flight to Đà Nẵng. It was the beginning of Vietnamese Labor Day and also the anniversary of the end of the war with America, so it was a big time for Vietnamese people to travel together. The family unit is very strong in Vietnamese culture so this meant that the airport was crawling in screaming children climbing over whatever was the nearest climbable object to them. Their presence amazingly did not do too much to slow us down. We were at the airport and through security in no time.

Đà Nẵng:
It was about a quick 1 hour 15 minute flight down to middle Vietnam. From the airport we were driven 40 minutes outside of Đà Nẵng to Hội An. However, we did come back in for some light exploration and lunch on our way out. Đà Nẵng is really not worth the trip if you don’t plan on leaving the city; Đà Nẵng’s true value lays in what it is close to. It is a mere jumping off point for other, more worthwhile destinations in the surrounding area. For us, that was Hội An, but there are other places worth exploring all around it. One of these places is Huế, the old imperial city to the North. You will notice that most guide books list activities that are clearly not within Đà Nẵng’s city limits – that is because Đà Nẵng, if we’re being honest, kind of sucks. It does have a very nice stretch of beach, but most of that is owned by one of the many high-end hotels and resorts that have taken over the beachfront. Driving past this never-ending stretch of wealth was a little weird.


So my opinion on Đà Nẵng is that, aside from its strategically placed airport, it doesn’t have much to offer.

Hội An, however, is one of the coolest and most beautiful places I have ever seen.

Hội An – An Introduction:
Hội An was a very important trading post of the old world. It was the opinion of most Chinese and Japanese merchants that Hội An was the best trading post in Southeast Asia, if not Asia at large. However, thanks to a treaty signed with the colonizing French, Đà Nẵng eventually became the port of choice in lieu of Hội An. Also, due to a build up of silt at the mouth of the river, Hội An became all but inaccessible to the large ships that used to frequent its docks. The effect of this was isolation. The ancient town of Hội An was all but forgotten about during Vietnam’s tumultuous next 200 years.

It is thanks to that isolation that today Hội An it still looks more or less as it was. The architecture is hard to place exactly because it has been very strongly influenced by the Japanese, Chinese and French traders that frequented the port. If you were to be dropped in Hội An with no prior knowledge or linguistic clues about where you were, it would be difficult to guess exactly where in Asia you were.

In Vietnam today Hội An has a reputation not only for its unique beauty, but for its food. So after a long sweaty walk into the old part of town, our first order of business was to get fed. We walked into a restaurant in an old building an ordered the traditional cao lầu noodles, otherwise known as “Chicken Noodles”. We also ordered a second noodle based dish that was apparently local to Quảng Nam Province. Neither dish tasted particularly special to be honest. They were just okay.

As we ate, the woman who owned the restaurant explained to us the reason that she had strung up a small piece of cactus over her door. Apparently it is protect her and her family from having the bad luck of outsiders rub off on them when they enter their home. After we finished our meal we went out exploring.

As it grew later in the afternoon, the streets were beyond crowded. It took a few odd turns down tucked-away alleyways to escape the hustle and bustle of the main roads. Most of the tourists were Vietnamese so, at 6 foot 4, I was at least a head taller than everyone in the crowd. As I waded through the hordes of tourists I was clearly an object of interest.

During my time navigating through the masses, something strange happened. Strange has become my normal but this stood out. A man tapped me on the arm, and with some brief hand gestures indicating his desire to take a photo. In Vietnam it is pretty normal for people to ask to take a picture with me (I think it’s because I’m so tall compared to them) so I said yes. But then, instead of turning to stand next to me he handed his infant child to me. The child instantly started squirming and whimpering uncomfortably when he was placed in my hands but he didn’t seem to care. The man took a couple photographs of me, looking confused, holding his crying child at an arm’s length and then thanked me.


Whatever, moving on.

Hội An @ Night – Lighting The Lanterns:
The main event in Hội An is lighting the lanterns at night. These are where the famous pictures come from. As the afternoon fades away into the evening, the lamps begin to be lit, one by one. Seemingly every public structure, including the bridge, lights up in some way. As it gets darker old women and children appear in the crowd and at the water front selling small paper lamps with candles inside. They cost about 20,000 VND (1 USD). You buy one and put it into the river. Eventually the river too is aglow with candle light flickering against the quiet ripples of the water in the canals. It is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Here are some pictures:

I bought a few lamps and put them into the water. We took a boat ride with a kind old woman who gave us more lamps. Floating through the canals we lowered our lanterns into the water and watched the flicker of their lights float gently off into the distance. It was a good moment in time.

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Koh Sumui Regatta

Koh Sumui Regatta

The Regatta

Since its birth in 2002, Samui Regatta has grown to attract the best yachts in Asia and a large spectator following who come to Koh Samui for great sailing, great parties and to experience all that the island has to offer.

The event is proudly hosted by Centara Grand Beach Resort – Samui, which is widely regarded as the “Home of the Samui Regatta”.

The Regatta is organised by Regattas Asia in conjunction with the Samui Yacht Club Regatta, under the auspices of the Province of Surat Thani, the Sports Authority of Thailand, the Municipal of Koh Samui, the Tourism Association of Koh Samui, The Tourism Association of Thailand, the International Sailing Federation and the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand.

The Regatta has 4 key objectives:

  • Increase tourists to the island of Koh Samui.
  • Increase awareness and participation in watersports in Asia.
  • Establish Koh Samui as a leading Sailing Destination
  • Support youth education and sporting activities on the island.

Starting with just 11 boats, mainly made up of beach catamarans, the event gained a reputation for offering great hospitality and competitive sailing.

The fleet has now grown into one of the most competitive in Asia and is now placed as the final event of the prestigious Asian Yachting Grand Prix Championship. Crowning the 2013/2014 Asian Champion Skipper and Crew at the last night Awards and Gala Dinner. Held at Centara Grand Beach Resort.

Following number of management and name changes, Regattas Asia took over the organisation of the event in 2012 and has brought the regatta back to its roots, bringing back the name Samui Regatta and returning the social events to their rightful place, on the beach. We continue to develop this theme with the introduction of a fun Stand-Up Paddleboard Challenge for all the crews to join in, as part of the daily Regatta Tavern activities.

Despite these challenging economic times, the event has grown every year to become a truly international event with around 500 competitors joining in annually from over 22 different countries. Generating an estimated 30 million baht worth of media coverage and over 18 million baht into the local Koh Samui economy annually.

Our Sponsors have all come together to support our event and we are indebted to our hosts, Centara Grand Beach Resort and our co-sponsors: Asahi, Siam Winnery and Mount Gay Rum, The Tourism Authority of Thailand(TAT) and the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) who have made this years event possible.

As a Regatta our thanks go to all our Island supporters, suppliers, volunteers, media and most importantly…. the competitors who have now supported the event for 13 years, making Koh Samui one of Asia’s favorite regatta destinations.

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