Connect with us


Phuket contestants needed for PCF Race Day

Legacy Phuket Gazette



Phuket contestants needed for PCF Race Day | Thaiger

PHUKET: Phuketians are invited to form teams to race rafts, dragon boats, kayaks and even cardboard boxes for the chance to win awards and prizes at the Phuket Community Foundation’s upcoming Race Day charity fundraiser.

The day of family fun in and around the water will be held at Canal Village, Laguna Phuket on November 7, which still gives potential participants plenty of time to get teams together and register in their racing category.

Apart from all the fun of a traditional community fare, including a bouncy castle, face painting, balloon creations, a goal-kicking contest and a variety of side stalls, the PCF Race Day’s main events will be a variety of boat races and the ‘Great Rubber Duck Race’, where hundreds, if not thousands, of pre-paid rubber ducks will be released to race downstream.

Dragon Boat Races

The dragon boat races are a great opportunity for companies to sponsor a boat and give their staff a fun team-building experience, including expert instruction before Race Ray.

Eight teams of 18 are required for the dragon boat crews, which consist of one drummer, one helmsman (or woman) and sixteen oarsmen.

There will be four races in this competition, each with two teams competing head-to-head. Two of these classes will involve universities and local schools, which leaves two races to fill.

Kayak Races

The kayak races will be divided into separate age categories and organizers are looking for 24 crews to race the two-man kayaks.

Raft Races

There will be two classes of rafts – homemade and “Quest-made” – both with crews of four.

Homemade rafts may be made of anything the teams can buy, beg or borrow. Expect to see old bathtubs and oil drums put to good use in this category, in which prizes will be awarded for the weirdest, the wackiest, the most amusing floating contraption.

Less practical minded participants who want to be sure they will at least float past the finish line can enlist the help of expert raft builders from Quest, who will provide all the rope, barrels and planks needed to build a raft, and a few pointers on how to lash them together. Quest will also supply paddles and life jackets.

Cardboard Box Race

The cardboard box race is for kids aged between 10 and 15 and requires teams of two. The teams will be given a box, bubble wrap and duct tape. Prizes will be given out for the first box across the finish line (or the last to sink) and for the best decorated.

Muay Talay

The final event, the Muay Talay contests, will see people donning boxing gloves and attempt to knock seven bells out of each other while sitting astride a slippery wooden pole.

All materials, boats, kayaks, paddles, gloves, helmets and life jackets for the boat races will be supplied by the PCF.

Great Rubber Duck Race ducks can be purchased from a number of different outlets, including the Phuket Gazette offices, Woody’s Sandwich Shoppes and Phuket International Hospital.

Each duck is priced at 150 baht (US$5), with the proceeds going to the PCF’s grant fund. The owners of the first six ducks to cross the finish line will win prizes, which include a four-night stay for two at a Banyan Tree spa pool villa, a three-night stay in an Amanpuri garden villa and family membership at the Phuket International Academy Sports Club.

For more information, including race schedules, entry fees and downloadable registration forms, visit or email or

— Gazette Events


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand38 mins ago

Pattaya readjusts tourism goals for high season

Thailand2 hours ago

Phuket relaxes checkpoint requirements to help tourists and health officials

Phuket2 hours ago

Phuket Covid-19: 2 deaths, 4 Sandbox infections, 10k total cases

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Thailand3 hours ago

Facebook page that claims to sell dog meat met with scorn on social media

Thailand4 hours ago

Thailand welcomes its first AI influencer, “AI Ailynn”

Thailand5 hours ago

Umbrellas out, more monsoonal rain in the wake of ‘Dianmu’

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand5 hours ago

Sunday Covid update: 125 deaths and 12,353 new cases

Thailand14 hours ago

Record-breaking 1 million Covid-19 vaccines given yesterday

Technology17 hours ago

Junk messages must now be blocked by Thai mobile carriers

Kanchanaburi19 hours ago

Abusive Kanchanaburi temple rehab centre ordered to close.

Phuket20 hours ago

Phuket begins new subdermal injection method for vaccines

Bangkok21 hours ago

Police bust hotel party with ecstasy and ketamine, 59 arrested

Coronavirus (Covid-19)22 hours ago

Phuket Covid-19: 5 new deaths and 4 new Sandbox infections

Thailand23 hours ago

Saturday Covid-19 Afternoon Update: full provincial totals

Phuket1 day ago

Phuket man finds 30 million baht surprise on beach: “whale poop”

Tourism4 days ago

Travel data to Thailand for 106 million people unprotected online

Economy6 days ago

Cuts to import duty on alcohol, cigars, part of plan to entice wealthy foreigners

Crime5 days ago

OnlyFans content creators arrested by Thai police on pornography charges

Thailand5 days ago

Party at luxury villa in Phuket raided, homeowner allegedly assaults police officer

Coronavirus Vaccines6 days ago

Doctors say cardiac arrest caused death of man given AstraZeneca booster shot

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 days ago

Covid-19: Detailed info on vaccinations, hospitalisations, and provinces

Thailand6 days ago

Around 20 people arrested at Koh Samui restaurant for drinking alcohol, gambling, playing pool

Bangkok5 days ago

Governor says Bangkok will only re-open when safe to do so

Phuket3 days ago

Police suddenly began raiding Patong bars selling alcohol

Thailand5 days ago

Bangkok re-opening Criteria, Thai Airways keeps Struggling | Good Morning Thailand | Episode 93

Pattaya4 days ago

October Pattaya reopening on schedule according to mayor

Crime4 days ago

Ex-cop “Joe Ferrari,” other officers charged with violating discipline policy over suspect’s death

Thailand6 days ago

Morning Top Stories | No approved October re-opening, Phuket easing restrictions | September 20

Phuket7 days ago

Phuket domestic travel rules need streamlining, officials discuss

Thailand5 days ago

Government warns that posting pornographic material is illegal following OnlyFans creator being questioned by police

Thailand2 weeks ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism7 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11