Mar 03 2012

Pha Ngan Challenge Race March 2012

Published by at 5:08 pm under Festivals

Ko Samui sailors wait in anticipation each year for the annual international regatta held towards the end of May. This is usually the only organised event for sailing enthusiasts, both participants and spectators alike, where sailing vessels from around Asia, including Hong Kong, Phuket and Malaysia, race against local sailors in Samui’s ideal waters.

Who knew horses could move that fast in the water!

As a taster of Samui’s big regatta in to come in May, Samui Ocean Sports in conjunction with the Samui Yacht Club Regatta are set to host a friendly regatta, the Pha Ngan Challenge Race 2012, on March 31. The regatta starts at Bang Rak beach Samui and will race to Thong Nai Pan Yai on Ko Pha Ngan’s east coast.

Not a bad place to wait for the boats to come in.

Sailors will overnight at Ko Pha Ngan, and spectators can do so too — accommodation is available at Dreamland Resort, where a buffet dinner will be held — and the next morning participants will race back to Samui’s Bang Rak, where a prize-giving will be held at the newly renovated Dae Tong De Samui (old Shambala).

Many of the local boating companies are looking for crew, be they expats, locals or travellers; see the list below for boats looking for crew. Entry for participants is priced at 800 baht, which seems to be a really reasonable fee to experience a different way of seeing Ko Samui and Ko Pha Ngan. Those wishing just to be spectators can spend a day on the official spectator boat, the Naga, for 1,000 baht (per day). For ticket enquiries, email Though this may burst a serious backpacker budget, it seems like a very affordable way to experience a taste of sailing at least once in your life.

Yes, I'm watching you sail darling, but I'm also drinking a cocktail and catching a tan.

For boat inquiries or crew call:
John: 086 270 7005 (Nacra 5.0 beach catamarans)
Kunta: 081 9401 999 (27 ft catamaran, 33ft. catamaran 26ft. mono-hull)
Saard: 081 979 2713 (42 ft catamaran)
Mick via John: 086 270 7005 (27 ft catamaran)
Piere: 081 555 1230 (27 ft firefly cat, 33ft bi-plane cat)
Kim: 08 7474 3965 (24 ft bi-plane catamaran)
Stefano: 077 245 163 (32 ft mono-hull)
Nick via John: 086 270 7005 (mono-hull)
David Hill: 081 894 0339 (27 ft bi-plane catamaran)

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