Phuket Raceweek 2021

26th - 29th August, 2021
NOTICE OF RACE 2021 download here


The Regatta is organised by Media Business Services Co., Ltd. under the auspices of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand and is staged under the authority of the Sports Authority of Thailand.

The notation ‘[NP]’ in a rule means that a boat may not protest another boat for breaking that rule. This changes RRS 60.1(a).


The Regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The raccing Rules of Sailing and by

1.1. The IRC Rules 2021 Parts A, B and C.,
1.2. The OMR Rule v8 for Multihulls amended by the Thailand Multihull Association prescriptions.
1.3. Class Rules for one-design entries and boats sailing under a standard one-design rating, including crew limits.
1.4. RRS 52, Manual Power, shall not apply for yachts racing in the Multihull, Classic and Cruising Classes. The use of Automatic or wind-vane steering is permitted in the Cruising Classes and the use of stored power for the hoisting, reefing or furling of sails need not be declared.
1.5. Multihull Boats using stored power for the adjustment or operation of running rigging shall declare this to the OMR Rating Authority.
1.6. The first three sentences of RRS 61.1(a) are changed to ‘A boat intending to protest shall inform the other boat at the first reasonable opportunity. She shall inform the Race Committee at the finishing line immediately after finishing of the boat/s being protested, or as soon as practicable after she retires.
1.7. Protest Committee will be appointed. A mediation procedure (Appendix T) may be offered for protests involving an alleged breach of RRS Part 2. Details will be included in the Sailing Instructions.
1.8. No national prescriptions will apply.
1.9. Changes to the RRS and Rating Rules are as detailed in the Notice of Regatta or in the Sailing Instructions. This changes RRS J1.3(1)
1.10. Amendments made to this Notice-of-Race will be published on the online notice board, on the event web site.
1.11. In the case of conflict, the Sailing Instructions shall prevail. (this changes Rule 63.7)


2.1. Boats shall comply with World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations Appendix B SPECIAL REGULATIONS for Inshore racing shall apply in daylight hours except that:
2.2. All boats shall carry an operational marine band VHF radio and monitor the designated channels from 30 minutes before any scheduled start until 30 mins after finishing.
2.3. Boats racing on a one-design certificate shall comply with their class safety regulations, sail limitations and other regulations where they differ from World Sailing Special Regulations.
2.4. Each yacht shall carry at least one suitable anchor and sufficient suitable cable to hold the yacht in the depth of water and likely weather conditions in and near the racing area.
2.5. Each yacht shall carry Visual means for attracting attention when in distress.
2.6. Each yacht shall carry equipment suitable for accepting a tow.
2.7. Anchors shall not be carried forward of the stem or with any part outboard, except when anchoring.
2.8. All yachts shall be liable for inspection in accordance with applicable safety and measurement requirements.
2.9. Any boats that do not comply fully with the requirements may apply to the organizing committee for written dispensation against specific requirements. Dispensation will not normally be considered unless applied for by 1700 on Friday 20th August 2021.


3.1. The online official notice board is located at Information regarding the event may be obtained from this site. Entrants are advised to check the site periodically to keep up to date with the latest information.


3.2. All boats shall carry an operational marine band VHF transceiver and monitor the designated channels from 30 minutes before any scheduled start until after finishing.
3.3. On the water, the race committee will make courtesy broadcasts to competitors on VHF radio. The channel will be stated in the SIs.
3.4.1. Competitors may receive courses and other information by text message from the Race Committee and may submit compulsory declarations by text using a single onboard mobile telephone.
3.4.2. In addition to the information published on the official website, the Race Committee will text courses, postponements and other information to a single mobile telephone number using “What’s App” that has been registered to a boat.
3.4.3. Delays or failure of the text messaging service shall not be grounds for redress.


The Regatta will have the following classes, which may be subdivided into divisions.
A minimum of 5 boats are required to constitute a class or division. Classes may be amalgamated or divided at the discretion of the Race Committee. The organising authority may cancel any class if fewer than the minimum entries have been received by the closing date The Race Committee reserves the right to adjust the eligibility criteria and / or allocation of boats in the interests of fair competition. The determination of eligibility criteria and the allocation of boats to a particular class or divisions shall not be grounds for protest or redress. (This changes rules 60.1(b) and 62.1(a)).
4.1. IRC Racing Classes - Monohull keelboats, including Sportsboats, with a current valid IRC 2021 certificate.
4.1.1. Subject to sufficient entries, the Race Committee may divide IRC classes based on design and performance. Class divisions will be 17.00 on 26th August prior to the Skippers Briefing. Draft class splits may be posted on the official website approximately one week earlier in order to allow comment from competitors.
4.2. Multihulls. Trimarans and Catamarans of a size and condition acceptable to the Race Committee.
Subject to the number of entries, the Race Committee may split the Multihull Class into the following divisions:
  Racing Multihulls
  Cruising Multihulls.
4.3. Phuket Cruising Classes. Cruising Boats will be allocated a base rating by the Regatta Handicap Committee using the best information available. A boat’s rating may be adjusted during the regatta, based on her performance against her base rating in the series to date.

Phuket Cruising Monohull Division and Phuket Cruising Multihull Division.
Boats between 9 metres and 30 metres Length of Hull (LH) participating with the owner on-board, or production charter boats available for bareboat charterers, which are acceptable to the Race Committee. Boats will be fitted out to cruising standards and will typically not have working sails of custom built modern exotic construction.
Boats shall not be stripped or lightened and may be subject to a substantial handicap penalty unless the race committee grants dispensation. Cruising Divisions will sail passage races with islands and fixed marks as course marks in addition to inflatable special marks.

Non–Spinnaker Classes will be the same requirements as for Phuket Cruising Classes, except boats shall sail with a main and headsails only. A headsail is defined as a sail with the entire luff of the sail attached along a headstay. Boats shall not carry spinnakers or Code Zero sails. A Headsail may be poled out with a whisker pole on the windward side only, except during manoeuvres and short-term changes of course. A whisker pole shall be used in accordance with RRS 50.2. Non-Spinnaker Class will sail passage type races with islands or fixed objects in addition to inflatable buoys as course marks.

One-Design Class Racing

One-design classes with paid entries of 5 or more boats, may apply to the Race Committee for their own class or division status. Applications should be made to the Race Committee by the Class Association and must be submitted no later than 20th August 2021.


Entry will be confirmed on receipt of completed entry form and the entry fee as indicated in Table 1. For more information go to[]

  Table 1: Entry Fees    

  Entry Fees are as follows:

  Boat Entry Fee:

  Entry fee for all boats, does not include entry ticket for Skipper.


  6,000 Baht per Boat


  Crew Tickets are as follows:

  Event Entry Ticket

  Entry ticket required for all skippers and crew.


  300 Baht per person

Entries must be received by 16.00 Thursday 26th July 2021.


Registration for the 2021 Regatta and the functions listed below will take place in the region of Ao Chalong Bay.
Racing for all classes will be held in the waters around southern Phuket.

Thursday 26/08/21 17.00 - 20.00 Registration & Skippers Briefing at Phuket Cruising Yacht Club (Subject to Covid -19 regulations).
19.30 Skippers Briefing. (Subject to Covid -19 regulations).
Friday 27/08/21 Racing from 11.00 hrs.
Saturday 28/08/21 Racing from 11.00 hrs.
All classes will race in timed/distance races with pursuit starts based on their IRC/OMR/PHS handicaps. Points for the overall series will be allocated by class. Additional White Sail Cruising yachts may join as day sailors on application.
Sunday 29/08/21 Racing from 12.00 hrs.

Regatta Closing Event - (Subject to Covid -19 regulations). Details and Venue TBC


7.1. The IRC 2021 Rating System shall be used for all Monohull Racing Classes. Owner initiated changes to IRC certificates will only be accepted after 26th August 2021 with the agreement of the regatta IRC rating officer/measurer. For Platu 25’s racing under one-design, any un-weighted boats will be given an allocated weight as specified by the Thailand Class Rules.
7.2. Boats racing in the IRC classes that do not wish to use a spinnaker or cruising chute at any time during the regatta may use their non- spinnaker TCC. This choice must be made no later than 1700 on Thursday 26th August 2021. This alters IRC Rule 8.6.
7.3. For the unrated boats. Base ratings shall be provided by the organisers using the best information available. Boats not providing sufficient boat data will be allocated a handicap based on standard hull data and/or a known sistership. This will not be subject to protest or redress this changes RRS 62.
7.4. The OMR handicap system shall be used for the Multihulls. Un-weighed boats without a valid OMR handicap, will be allocated a TCC by the Racing Committee using the best information available.
7.5. A Cruising Boat’s boats handicap may be realigned during the course of the regatta, based on her performance compared to the initial base rating allocated. An adjustment in handicap number is not grounds for redress, this changes RRS 62.


8.1. For all classes, a minimum of 2 completed races is required to constitute a series.
8.2 . For the IRC, OMR Multihull and any One Design classes, there will be a maximum of 7 races scheduled. When fewer than 4 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores. When 4 or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worse score. If a race is cancelled or abandoned by the Race Committee, the above minimum may be adjusted accordingly.
8.3. For the Cruising Classes there will be a maximum of 5 races scheduled. When fewer than 3 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores. When 3 or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worse score. If a race is cancelled or abandoned by the Race Committee, the above minimum may be adjusted accordingly.


9.1. It is the intention to have the Sailing Instructions available on the event web site from Sunday 21st August. Printed copies will be provided to all competitors at registration on Thursday 26th August 2021.


10.1. The courses to be sailed will be passage, coastal, windward/leeward or geometric courses.


11.1. For all classes RRS 44.1 is changed so that the Two-Turns Penalty is replaced by the One-Turn Penalty.
11.2. For any breach not involving RRS Part 2, the penalty is at the discretion of the protest committee, which may be less than disqualification. This changes Rule 64.1.


12.1. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, crew restrictions may be imposed by MBS to comply with the letter and spirit of government and local rules and guidance (if any) current at the time of the Regatta.
12.2. IRC Rule 22.4.2 shall not apply. There will be no limitations on crew number/weight or crew changes except as required for boats rated as one designs, which shall comply with IRC Rule 22.4.1.
12.3. Subject to Class rating rules, the crew on board may vary from day to day but, once the race day begins and with the exception of injury requiring medical attention, shall remain the same for each individual race day, including multiple-race days.
12.4. Once the race day begins, except as allowed by rule 41, boats racing shall not have contact with a support boat or person. This adds to rule 41.
12.5. Boats rated as one-designs, as noted on the boat’s certificate, shall conform with their one-design class rules in respect of crew number/weight limitations unless freed from this requirement by this Notice of Race.
12.6. In the Multihull classes the race committee must be notified of the declared crew weight at time of registration. No alteration to the boat’s TCC will be permitted during the regatta except as a result or a rating protest or to correct rating errors.
12.7. Accredited journalists, photographers or cameramen who are not regular crew members may join and/or leave a boat at any time and by any means so long as their doing so does not directly affect another competitor and they play no part in the racing of the boat. This changes RRS 47.2.


13.1. All boats shall carry sail numbers or method of identification.
13.2. Sail numbers should be in suitable contrast to the sail as to be visible to the race committee.


14.1. Boats may carry advertising as allowed by the World Sailing advertising code unless their class rules further restrict the advertising that may be carried.
14.2. Boats shall be required to display advertising chosen and supplied by the organizing authority. If this rule is broken, World Sailing Regulation 20.9.2 applies.
14.3. The owner and skipper of all boats shall ensure that no entities form unauthorised associations between themselves (and their products or services) and the event (otherwise known as "ambush marketing") or any “hijack signage” is carried out by or on behalf of themselves or their sponsors with reference to the event and that nothing else is done which might undermine the event, the rights of the event sponsor, or any other sponsor or participant in the event.
14.4. No more than 2 boats in a class or division listed in section 4, may carry advertising for the same organisation, person, product, service, brand or idea without the written permission of Media Business Services Co Ltd. Media Business Services Co Ltd reserves the right to refuse entry to any class of boat that contravenes this rule.
14.5. The Organising Authority reserves the right to forbid items of advertising which may conflict with the regatta sponsors, or in any way offend Thai laws or customs by their nature.


15.1. Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance to a minimum cover of Twenty Million Thai Baht per incident or the equivalent.


16.1. Whilst the regatta organisers will do their best to arrange a safe environment for competing boats and crews, all entrants are cautioned to secure valuables at all times during the Regatta. Skippers are required to sign a Declaration upon registration, absolving the event organisers of liability in the event of loss. Access to official social functions will be restricted to those who have purchased the event entry ticket and are identified by a security tag issued by the Regatta organisers.


17.1. Prizes for overall class 1st 2nd and 3rd will be awarded in each class or division sailed.
17.2. Other prizes including prizes for individual races and divisional results and line honours may be awarded at the discretion of the Organising Committee.


18.1. By entering for a race or races in the regatta, the person in charge of each boat confirms that they will comply with the Racing Rules of Sailing.
18.2. If the person in charge will be under 18 years old on the first day of the regatta, then a special disclaimer, available from the Regatta Office, and downloadable from the website, shall also be countersigned by a parent or guardian. This should be returned to the Regatta Office no later than 17:00 on Thursday 26th August 2021.


Rule 3 of the RRS states: “The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone.” Sailing is by its nature an unpredicatable sport and therefore inherently involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:
1. They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves, their crew and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event.
2. They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore.
3. They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions.
4. Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate.
5. The provision of a race management team, patrol boats and other officials and volunteers does not relieve them of their own responsibilities.
6. The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances.
7. It is their responsibility to familiarise themselves with any risks specific to this venue or this event drawn to their attention in any rules and information produced for the venue or event and to attend any safety briefings held for the event.
8. They are responsible for ensuring that their boat is equipped and seaworthy so as to face all weather conditions that might be experienced during the event, that there is a crew sufficient in number, experience and fitness to withstand such weather; and that the safety equipment is properly maintained, stowed and in date and is familiar to the crew.


All enquiries should be addressed to:

Media Business Services Co., Ltd,
113/155 Anupas Golf Ville,
Kathu, Phuket 83120,
Tel: +66 (0) 8 40 60 40 70
E-mail: [email protected]

Entries may be made via the regatta website registration page:

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