Hi sailing lovers!
33 boats and almost 300 sailors from around the world competed in 21st edition of The Bay Regatta from January 31 to February 4, 2018.
A travelling regatta that sails through three of Thailand’s most beautiful provinces – Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi – and stays at different anchorages each night, participants came from far and wide to take part in what has become one of the region’s favourite regattas.
-After four days of passage races through the Phang Nga Bay archipelago and stunning islands off Krabi’s coastline, an impressive 2,1,1,1 scoreline for Sergey Khamstov’s Megazip saw them claim the Racing Class title.
-The cruising fleet was split into Cruising A and Cruising B, and it was the ladies team on Niels Degenkolw’s Phoenix that proved the one to beat. A 1,1,2,1 secured them first place in Cruising A Class.
-In Cruising B Class it was the all Thai crew on Marigold, skippered by Ket Mangklaseranee, that dominated with a 2,1,1,1 series to finish top of the standings above Mig Wehrle’s Aqua in second and Paul Baker’s Isabella in third.
-The Bareboat Charter Class saw a number of race retirements in different races during the series, however, George Brown’s Kinnon finished all and with it placed first overall. Despite retiring in the final race of the series Denis Aksenov’s Venture held on for second overall just one point ahead of Russell Waddy’s Allsail Kingsman in third.
-Regarding Multihull Racing Class, Fugazi was the star of the show in racing multis, winning line honours in all four races – but when their handicap was applied that was only good for fourth overall. They even set a set course record on the final leg from Krabi-Phuket in 2:06. The overall win went to John Newnham’s Twin Sharks and his crew who had a few tricky moments, but they held on and sailed four great races to finish top of the 10-boat class.
-About Multihull Cruising Class competitors, it was Robert Hossack’s Raptor 2001 that had the edge claiming the class win from Rick Fielding’s Mojo.
Congratulations to all sailors and competitors during this 21st Bay Regatta edition!
More pictures about this event available HERE