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KOH SAMUI GEARS UP FOR MORE SAILS

Koh Samui is gearing up for an increased number of entries at the 2nd International Yachting Regatta, to be held from 25th to 31st May. At this early stage sixteen keel boats and twenty plus beach catamarans have already indicated a firm intention to participate. Many of these are new entries that have been attracted by the good word spread by the competitors that made it to the inaugural event in 2002. This second regatta is again organised under the auspices of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand and Royal Varuna Yacht Club and in conjunction with the and the Royal Thai Navy.

Entries confirmed to date include the striking new Farr 40 "Pasaya", the Swan 68 "Irvmiren", the X boats from Singapore; "Abraxas" and "Hi Jinx", the Mumm 30 "The Dogs II", and DK Yachts "Jativa". Keith Moore has confirmed he will be back with Pla Loma to defend his title and Frank Pong, who tragically lost his Wiley 78 "Jelik" on a passage back to the Philippines, has promised to be back in force with either the new Jelik (currently under construction at DK Yachts) or the recently acquired Mandrake (of Linklaters - Phuket Kings Cup fame).

David Bell has sold Graffiti but is hoping to be back again and win with an even faster yacht; however Graffiti's new owner or Steve Walker, back with Next Page, might have something to say about that! We are also hoping to see the first contingent of Phuket Sports 8's being trailered overland and maybe some available for charter. For further information visit http://www.samuiregatta.com/crewfinder.htm

In the beach cats Bob Garner, from RVYC has sold his Nacra, so the winners slot will be up for grabs. It looks like there will be some fierce competition in this division and in particular local guys John Stall, Roy Copp and Kunta are out practicing everyday and learning the currents - could we have a winner from Samui this year? Logistics are under way to bring up a contingent of ten Taipan cats from Singapore - Bob Garner will be hoping his local knowledge will tell as he has now joined this division. But there is talk of a current world champion showing up - so this class should be fiercely contested.

Ko Samui International Sailing Regatta, 25th - 31st May 2003
Luna n Jelik Koh Samui Regatta - 2002.
Photo by Louis Tung

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This year will also see the introduction of a perpetual trophy for the overall winner; Waterford Crystal will supply the cut glass trophy.

Following the lead of the main sponsors; Bangkok Airways, Central Samui Beach Resort, Coconut Land & House, Santiburi Dusit Resort and Singha Beer, the sponsor's list is increasing by the week as more businesses see the benefit of being involved with a lifestyle and sporting event that attracts attention around the whole island. Almost all of last year's sponsors are back and many new ones are added to the list. This year the after-race parties will move to different locations to allow the competitors to see even more of this beautiful island. An increased PR campaign should see the Regatta featured in even more local and regional travel, lifestyle and sports magazines. Professional yachting journalists are also being invited from Asia and Australia to feature the event in their leading sailing publications.

A major sponsor is still being sought to fund a professional video presentation by Pro Active TV (from the UK) who produce the internationally acclaimed programme "Watersports World", which is distributed to an estimated 400 million satellite viewers worldwide.

For further information please visit the official website at http://www.samuiregatta.com

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