KICKED off the 2017/18 AYGP season, the line-up of monohulls and multihulls for this year’s award-winning Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek is impressive with a number of newcomers from around the world.
The multihull fleet was considered the biggest ever with a packed one-design Pulse 600 class, up to seven of the super-fast Firefly sports catamarans with crews from UK, Germany, Australia, Japan and Thailand, and an impressive Multihull Racing class including no less than seven Stealth designs from the Asia Catamarans yard. Taking on the Stealth cats is the Seacart trimaran Thor, the Formula 40 trimaran Adrenalin and the 43-foot trimaran Tantrum Too, skippered by Robert van Paridon.
With the multihull fleet in the region growing, organisers have introduced a Multihull Cruising class for the first time this year.
“The fleet already looks exciting and we are still taking entries. As awareness of the event continues to grow overseas, and word of what a great place Phuket is to sail and the exceptional service provided by host venue of Cape Panwa Hotel spreads, sailors from all corners of the world are putting Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek on their must-do list of regattas in Asia,” commented Mr Byron Jones, Managing Director of organisers Media Business Services Co. Ltd., adding “We expect about 40 boats on the start-line on race day.”
This year, more than 500 sailors from over 25 countries competed at the 14th Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek hosted at Cape Panwa Hotel.