Rain doesn't deter a true sailor and yachts headed out to the start area off Koh Lon while the spectator and media boats duly followed. Shifting, gusty winds, and low visibility around the southeast coast, sprinkled with some thunder, forced Race Management's hand who made the sound and safe decision to send all back to shore to wait it out.
Despite a few near-dry moments and glimmers of sun, the conditions remained unconducive to racing. At 13:00, Race Management flagged AP over A and called it a day.
Weather is one of the biggest challenges any sailor can face, and for the organisers it can be challenging too. While having to relocate last night's opening party from the beachfront to indoors, the hotel team were up to the task and put on an excellent event which was appreciated by all.
Roll on Day 2.
Organised by Media Business Services, racing will return tomorrow. The first warning signal is 10:00, all things being equal.
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About Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
Coming into its sixteenth year, Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek is comprised of four days of world-class yacht racing and four nights of beachside parties. Run over six or more classes including IRC, multihull, charter and one-design classes, Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek has gained a reputation for its competitive racing for the serious boat crews and moderate courses around islands for the less experienced racers. It is also the first event of the prestigious 2019/20 AsianYachting Grand Prix.
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek enjoys the support of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Sports Authority of Thailand, Phuket Yacht Club and the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand.
Regatta Sponsors and Partners
Sponsors and partners of the 2019 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek include: Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket, Kantary Bay Hotel Phuket, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Mount Gay Rum, Castle Creek Wines, East Marine Asia, Intentional Law Office, Phuket Island Radio, Cape+Kantary Magazine, IMAGE Asia, Luxury Society Asia, Phuket Magazine, SEA Yachting, Yacht Style, Asia Catamarans, ISS Security Services, North Sails, Phuket Siriroj Hospital, Electrical Marine, Phuket Boat Lagoon, Krabi Boat Lagoon, Workforce Marina Asia and Infinity Communications.
Cape Panwa Hotel
Set on the coastal slope in a sheltered cove amidst the swaying palms of a former coconut plantation, Cape Panwa Hotel offers a selection of elegant, sea-facing suites and pool villas. All feature large private balconies and spacious, tastefully decorated interiors with all the comforts of modern-day living, such as Internet connections, iPod docks, and DVD players. The six two-bedroom Pool Villas offer an infinity pool and sun deck in stylish privacy while the Panwa Lodge is a luxurious, three-bedroom, colonial-style home located right on the beach.