Phuket and the surrounding area are currently experiencing strong winds and weather forecasts predict this to continue through the weekend and into early next week. As a safety measure, Phuket’s Marine Office 5 recently issued an order for all boats under 24 metres in length to remain in port and not put to sea.
Commenting on the order, Mr. Byron Jones, Managing Director of organisers Media Business Services Co. Ltd. (MBS), said
We are aware of the Marine Office 5’s order and their concerns, and safety is also our top priority.
“At this stage we are monitoring the situation. Looking at long-term weather forecasts the winds are predicted to drop prior to Phuket Raceweek. If this is the case then there will be no impact on Raceweek and participants, and the regatta will go ahead as planned.”
“We want to ensure a safe sailing environment and regatta experience for all and are monitoring a variety of sources of information on the current situation. We will keep sailors and participants updated through direct communications, the event website and our social media channels”.