Connect with us


Phuket yachts brave 25-knot gusts for weekend regatta



PHUKET: A brave few challenged the windy and wet conditions on Chalong Bay yesterday for Race 4 of the Ao Chalong Yacht Club (ACYC) Series 2 2014 weekend regatta.

Catamarans Galeforce and Shiraz accompanied by monohull Sansiri started the course with a downwind run. Even though Kirril Stashevskiy’s Galeforce crossed the start line some 10 minutes after “Capt Ron” Ellis’s Shiraz, she still managed to claw her way back into the lead and take first overall on handicap and line honors.

Sailing on her own, Sansiri was simply put into survival mode by her skipper Patinyakorn “Ging” Buranrom to make sure the boat finished the course and collected the points.

Conditions were gusty with wind strengths up to 25 knots for the first part of the course, dropping off to 10-15 knots as the day progressed. Some of the sailors were lucky enough to stay reasonably dry with rain clouds circling the course area, but drifting off in other directions. The weather remained unstable during the full race throwing every angle of wind at the participants.

It was a relieved group that returned to the comfort of the ACYC clubhouse after three hours subjected to the blustery elements on the course. Sundays are ACYC’s Sunday Roast day – a few late lunches were ordered by the hungry crews on their return.

The start boat longtail skipper had a great day as well – on retrieving his anchor he pulled up about 30 meters of good-quality galvanized anchor chain.


A reminder that the weekend of September 21-22 is the worldwide get-together of all sorts of marine craft to rally and race in honor of the Olympic sailing gold medalist Andrew ” Bart” Simpson, who died during training sessions for the America’s Cup. He was 36.

The ACYC is a registered club for this event, which has been organized by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

There has been a change of venue to Koh Rang off the Boat Lagoon marina. All parties interested in joining the group are asked to advise ACYC. The restaurant on Koh Rang normally shuts in the afternoon, but has offered to stay open Saturday evening for the group if they are given notice of numbers arriving.

For more information, email June Carwardine: or Mick Kealy:

— Bob Mott


Get more from The Thaiger

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.

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

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand20 mins ago

Thailand to consider Chinese engines for S26T Yuan submarine

Weather36 mins ago

Tropical storm ‘Mulan’ to hit several provinces of Thailand between August 11-13

Pattaya1 hour ago

Pattaya’s tourist busses are back at the floating market, but missing Chinese

Sponsored3 hours ago

LASIK eye surgery with state-of-the-art procedures in Thailand

Phuket1 hour ago

TikTok post accuses Phuket restaurant of unfair, unlisted prices

Krabi2 hours ago

Whale shark washed up on a Krabi beach in Thailand

Thailand2 hours ago

Thailand introduces fine for not wearing seat belt in the back seat

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Eastern Thailand2 hours ago

Baby’s birthday party turns violent in eastern Thailand

Thailand2 hours ago

Thailand’s new narcotics laws offers drug offenders treatment

Thailand3 hours ago

Toad travels from Thailand to Wales in student’s suitcase

Crime3 hours ago

Thai stunt director released from Myanmar

Economy3 hours ago

US’s Chips & Science Act good news for Thailand’s car industry

Thailand3 hours ago

CCSA to consider extending Thailand tourist visa to 45 days | GMT

Visa19 hours ago

CCSA to consider extending Thailand tourist visa on arrival to 45 days

Bangkok19 hours ago

Man caught taking drugs inside a Bangkok police booth didn’t give a crap

Thailand19 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Thailand no longer considers Covid “dangerous infectious disease” 

Thailand11 months ago

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

Thailand1 year ago

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

Tourism1 year ago

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

Phuket1 year ago

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

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

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

Tourism1 year ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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