With the wind at about six-seven knots, PRO Simon James got the racing underway in Ao Chalong at 11 am, dispatching the three-class ten-boat fleet in sequence with the Racing Multis first followed by the Cruising Multis & then the Monohulls.  

Day one brought nothing but blue skies.

All the trouble and worry put into preparing for the 18th Phuket Raceweek paid off as organisers and Phuket Raceweek rights holders Media Business Services Co Ltd set the day off to the start of what was to become a memorable weekend.