The 2012 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek welcomed an international fleet of boats and sailors to Cape Panwa on Phuket’s southeast coast for some great sailing and extravagant parties. The award-winning regatta, now in its ninth year, continued to set the standard both on and off-the-water
Organizing a regatta is not for the fainthearted, and having to change venue is something to avoid at all costs, but this year the organizers 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.
Noting the change of venue, Grenville Fordham organizer of the event said; “We found out last year the former venue was closing down so we had to look for a new, suitable venue, and fortunately Cape Panwa Hotel came onboard.”
“The team has been a delight to work with and the location is excellent. The anchorage is idyllic – if you’re sitting on your boat and looking ashore, you’re looking at what Phuket used to be like 20 years ago.”
The setting is like something from a movie. Four-days of windward/ leeward and courses around the idyllic tropical islands dotted along the coastline, was a delight for the sailors who had come from over 20 countries to take part.
Thirty-four boats in seven classes and divisions, and approximately 500 crew, took part this year and it’s very fair to say that after nine years, the regatta has earned itself a reputation as being the sailors’ favorite all around Asia and justifiably so.
“We work very hard at making it as good as it can possibly be. The participants are very important. If they enjoy themselves, if they have good food and plenty to drink, and they have good racing on-the-water, they go away happy people,” commented Fordham.
The bottom line is that the 2012 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek delivered the goods in spades. The venue was even better than before, the onwater racing was competitive, and the onshore parties were the best yet.