New ownership announced for Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
Grenville Fordham (left), Raceweek Founder and Managing Director of Image Asia Events,
Poomiphat “Tom” Navanukroh (centre) Group Director
Kasemkij Hotels congratulating new rights holder,
Byron Jones (right), Managing Director, Media Business Services (MBS).
PHUKET – Media Business Services, lead by Mr. Byron Jones and Mrs. Kanyarat Jones, have been announced as the new owners and rights holders of the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek. The news was broken at the closing party and Gala Dinner of the highly successful 2013 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek. Founder and now former rights holder Grenville Fordham of Image Asia Events, made the handover official in front of 500 sailors, VIPs, guests and the media.
“I'm very happy with how Raceweek has grown over the years and I am proud of what I and the Image Asia team have achieved,” said Grenville Fordham, Managing Director of Image Asia Events.
“For myself, it is time to move on and in looking for someone to take the regatta forward I could not have found better than the Media Business Services team. Byron and Khun Kanyarat have been very hands-on co-organising this years event and have done a great job. They now know what's involved from beginning to end to make this regatta work, and I have full confidence in them continuing its tradition of success.”
Looking to the future, Byron Jones, Managing Director of Media Business Services (MBS), said, “We are very excited to be entrusted with the future of Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek. We are not actually new to the event, having been a media partner for a number years through our other business, 91.5FM Phuket Island Radio, and having worked closely with Grenville and the Image Asia Events team in a co-organiser capacity this year.”
“We are aware of what makes this event such a success and judging by the feedback at the closing party and since, 2013 was one of the most successful yet. We won't be changing an award-winning formula, more contributing some new ideas and developments that we believe will make the event an even more enjoyable experience for all involved.”
The 2013 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek welcomed a bumper 37-strong fleet for the 10th Anniversary and sailors enjoyed some of the best racing yet off Phuket's southeast coast. The dates for 2014 have already been set: the 11th Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek will take place 16th - 20th July at Cape Panwa Hotel.
A roaring success: 2013 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
Oi! on their way to seven wins from eight races, and winners of IRC Racing I.
PHUKET – Winds gusting to 20 knots made for a perfect end to what has turned into one of the best Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek's yet. The weather conditions delivered fast and exciting racing throughout and after four days, the sailors of more than 15 nationalities were tired and happy.
Two races for all except the Classic class made for a hectic schedule of racing on the final day and with some classes on the edge, there was plenty still to play for.
Wan Ma Rang in IRC Racing I, improving throughout, had their best day yet closing out the regatta with two second places. However, it wasn't enough to overhaul Katsu who has sailed consistently well and held onto second place by three points.
Class honours went to Australian Peter Ahern and his all-star crew on Oi! who with seven wins from eight races, were untouchable. Formerly Team Premier, Peter Ahern/ Scott Bailey/ Fergus Wilmer recently bought the boat, renamed her Oi! and Phuket Raceweek is their first competitive event. Having got some early points on the board in the 2013/14 Asian Yachting Grand Prix Championship, Oi! now heads to Hong Kong to compete on the circuit.
IRC Racing II has been dominated by fellow Australian Peter Sorensen and his crew on Fujin, and that domination continued through to the final race. Eight wins from eight races speaks for itself and as sailing star Steve McConaghy, who was racing onboard the former Ichi Ban, said, “you could sail this thing backwards and still win.”
Today's battle, however, was for second and third in the class, between Stuart Williamson's Skandia Endeavour of Whitby and Neils Degenkolw's Phoenix. Despite struggling with their starts and being called OCS on more than one occasion, a good performance on the final day for Williamson and his crew (a 2,3 scoreline), saw them secure second overall and relegate Phoenix to third.
Having completed one race per day, the great winds today saw Principal Race Officer Simon James set two races for IRC Cruising and Irish entry Windstar, helmed by Peter Woods, revelled in the conditions to finish the last day with two more wins, and win the class by four points.
The doggedly-determined Aussie team, Rob Azzopardi's Dreamtime, with two second placings on the final day, could not overhaul the leaders and had to stay in second place overall, four points back. Mike Crisp, helming Sail in Asia Venture, who was introduced to a rocky outcrop on the third day – to be hauled off by the obliging press corps – finished third overall on 11 points.
Startline action in IRC Cruising on the final day of Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2013.
The super-fast Firefly 850 sport catamarans, all built in Phuket, have thrived in the strong winds this week, with competitors recording speeds in excess of 20 knots (37 km/h). Reading the conditions best and sailing consistently has been Twin Sharks, skippered by Briton John Newnham, who didn't contend the last race today having already won seven from seven and is the clear class winner.
However, second and third was a much closer battle, between Hans Rahmann's Voodoo and Roger Kingdon's Moto Inzi. Voodoo came into the final day with a slight edge and a 2,1 scoreline on-the-day saw them complete a strong Series and place second ahead of Moto Inzi by a single point.
The Multihull Racing class saw a remarkable come-back by Phuket sailor/ designer, Mark Pescott, with a second and a first in the last races, to go into the clear as Multihull Racing class winner, helming DaVinci (12 points), and defend their title by just one point ahead of the week's leader, Alan Carwadine's Asia Catamarans Hurricane who had to settle for second overall. Then came another early leader, John Coffin's Java, third, on 16 points.
The end of the Classic class was as expected, continuing the week-long pattern, with Simon Morris' Sirius (three points) at the front, Laurie Piper's Atlanta (seven) in second and the German maxi classic, Letizia, skippered by Capt. Bernd Gundel (eight), third. Perennial regatta entry, Captain Bao's Seraph was relegated to fourth place, although equalling Letizia on eight points.
While the Aussies took home a lot of silverware at this years regatta, what was noticeable is the large number of top boats from Ao Chalong Yacht Club, both winners and high scoring performers.
A lavish Gala Dinner hosted by Cape Panwa Hotel brought to a close a highly successful 10th Anniversary Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek.
Top three finishers in each class IRC Racing I
Oi!, Peter Ahern/Scott Bailey/Fergus Wilmer (7)
Katsu, Ben Copley (15)
Wan Ma Rang, Kevin Whitcraft (18)
IRC Racing II
Fujin, Peter Sorensen (7)
Skandia Endeavour Of Whitby, Stuart Williamson (18)
Phoenix, Neils Degenkolw (21)
Windstar, Peter Wood (4)
Dreamtime, Rob Azzopardi (8)
Sail in Asia Venture, Mike Crisp (11)
Twin Sharks, John Newnham (7)
Voodoo, Hans Rahmann (16)
Moto Inzi, Roger Kingdon (17)
DaVinci, Mark Pescott (12)
Asia Catamarans Hurricane, Alan Carwadine (13)
Java, John Coffin (16)
High calibre fleet to line-up for 10th Anniversary Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
The award-winning Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, presented by Mount Gay Rum, is set to welcome a large multinational fleet of boats to the 10th Anniversary edition, held 17 – 21 July, 2013 at Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket, Thailand.
Over the last 12 months, regattas around the region have experienced a decline in entries, however, Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek looks set to buck that trend with over 30 boats already signed up in six classes, and more than 400 sailors taking part.
“The entry line-up for 2013 is looking very strong,” said Mr. Byron Jones, Managing Director of co-organiser Media Business Services (MBS). More here
10th Anniversary looking like it will be another one to remember
Early Bird offer closes after an extended seven days with 26 confirmed entries and “talk’ of a number of other favourites still to enter. With a number of new entries and crew flying in from as far away as New Zealand and the UK the 2013 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek is looking like the 10th Anniversary will be one to remember. Check the latest entries here and if your coming please help us the organizers and register here.
The event programme and entertainment line up will be finished and available for download in the next few days, we hope to announce a special live band from Bangkok later in the week.
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek celebrates 10th Anniversary and Cape Panwa Hotel title sponsorship extension through 2015
“2013 is a milestone year for the event. We look back at the last nine years in which Raceweek has built a reputation for delivering one of the best regatta experiences in Asia, and we celebrate this the 10th Anniversary year while looking forward to the next decade and develop on the success of this award-winning regatta,” said Mr. Byron Jones, Managing Director of co-organiser Media Business Services (MBS).
The luxurious Cape Panwa Hotel is an ideal regatta venue with its established international reputation, private beach and pier, and spectacular sailing grounds right on the hotel's doorstep. Following their successful first hosting of the event last year, Cape Panwa Hotel recently extended their title sponsorship and committed to be the home of Phuket Raceweek through 2015. Read more
Green for go in Phuket!!!
It’s all systems go for the 10th Anniversary Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek with just over two months until final registration day on the 17thJuly.
Simon James, the Principal Race Officer takes charge of the racing and the Notice of Race can be found here or download the NOR here
Early bird bookings and the special regatta accommodation rates available at Cape Panwa Hotel and Kantary Bay Hotel are seeing brisk activity and no doubt accommodation will be another sell out. Check the accommodation page here
EARLY BIRD only available up to 14th June 2013
NOW extended until Friday 21st June.
Boat entry - All classes: Thai Baht 10,000
(The entry fee includes one ticket for all official functions and parties of the Regatta)
Crew tickets - Additional crew tickets are Thai Baht 3,850
Full details of the Early Bird Offer
Find out more and GET INVOLVED on the registration page
The Latest News.
The news has been flowing after the “doors open” registration launch at the Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX).The new face at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek,Byron Jones, has been working tirelessly with Grenville Fordham and Paul Poole to ensure the 10th Anniversary event is going to be another Phuket Raceweek to remember.
The big news is that the Sports Authority of Thailand have officially recognized the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek and joins The Tourism Authority of Thailand as a co-sponsor alongside DaVinci Yacht Charters and recently welcomed back to Jaguar/Land Rover, who join us for a third regatta. More here http://www.phuketraceweek.com/news.htm
Looking for crew or need crew feel free to use the regatta facebook page
Wednesday the 17th July is registration day, with skippers briefing followed by the Opening Ceremony and The Mount Gay Rum Thailand Party, sponsored by our presenting sponsor Mount Gay Rum with a sumptuous Caribbean Buffet from our hosts Cape Panwa Hotel and Kantary Bay Hotel. Full programme details are here
Phuket Raceweek delivers the goods
Organising a regatta is not for the faint-hearted, and having to change venue is something to avoid at all costs, but this year the organisers had to do just that and the new venue and Title Sponsor, Cape Panwa Hotel, surpassed all expectations with a professional and friendly 5-star service, and some of the best regatta parties to boot. >> Read full regatta wrap feature
An intro to your regatta
Coming into its 10th year, Phuket Raceweek comprises four days of world-class yacht racing and five nights of magical, beachside parties at the 5-star Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket – all captured for international TV broadcast to 140 million households.
The regatta is run over six or seven classes, including cruising/bareboat/charter yachts. It’s competitive, high-octane racing for the serious boats and fun courses around the islands for the less serious racers.
The evening parties are legendary. According to one competitor, “It just gets better and better. It’s my favourite. We're very lucky to have such a regatta on the doorstep.”
Faced with a venue change after eight successful years, Phuket Raceweek organisers, Image Asia Events, concluded a multi-year deal with new Title Sponsor, Cape Panwa Hotel and Host Venue Sponsors,Cape Panwa Hotel and Kantary Bay Hotel.
Best Asian Regatta!
Phuket Raceweek was voted ‘Best Asian Regatta of the Year’ in the Asia Boating Awards 2011, which recognise the cream of Asia’s marine industry across 23 categories, from boat builders to marinas to regattas.
The awards ceremony was held at the Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club in Hong Kong on May 6, 2011.
Phuket Raceweek is only the second of Thailand’s six regattas to win this prestigious award. “We’re delighted with the accolade, which reflects what our participants have been telling us for the past several years,” said Grenville Fordham, MD of regatta rights owners and organisers Image Asia.
What the racers say...
“I must say it was an exceptional regatta! The whole of our crew thoroughly enjoyed the week. Congratulations to you and your team on putting on one of Asia’s finest regattas. We will definitely be returning next year.” Anthony Hastings, Baby Tonga
“We've been to many international regattas and this was world class standards. It's an excellent regatta - one of the best in the world - both for the sailing and bunch of people it attracts.” Neil Ayre, Shanghai Baby
“I've had a fabulous time. It's my first time at this regatta and it's possibly the best experience I've had in Asia… I came here expecting the regatta to be much less competitive, but it was very tight racing… where the gap between first and second was [sometimes] less than 10 seconds.” Ray Roberts, Evolution Sails
“Great Regatta! The best in Asia. We recommend Raceweek wholeheartedly to all prospective participants.” Mike Downard, CEO of Sail in Asia
“This is a fantastic regatta which is professionally run and meets all of the requirements for sailors at all levels." Rob Azzopardi, Prosafe Cunning Plan
“The regatta just gets better and better - and the winds continue to co-operate. It has to be my favourite. We're very lucky to have such a regatta on the doorstep; visitors must be jealous.” Roger Kingdon, Moto Inzi
“What a great regatta Phuket Raceweek has turned into. Hard racing during the day and plenty of entertainment at night. What more could a sailor wish for? It does not get much better than this, anywhere in the world, I can assure you.” Capt. Marty Rijkuris, CEO Asian Yachting.
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2013 enjoys the support of Tourism Authority of Thailand, Sports Authority of Thailand, Yacht Racing Association of Thailand and Ao Chalong Yacht Club.
THANK YOU 2013 SPONSORS
Four days of world-class yacht racing in Phuket, Thailand, combined with four nights of magical, beachside parties at the 5-star Cape Panwa Hotel – all captured for international TV broadcast to 140 million households.