A great spot to learn the ropes
Published/Last edited or updated: 11th June, 2021
The Phuket Yacht Club (previously Ao Chalong Yacht Club), set at the edge of Ao Chalong along Phuket’s southeast coast, is a great spot to learn the ropes of sailing, enjoy some waterfront dining and mingle with some of the region’s most skilled and salty sailors.
In recent years the club has helped bring more youth and local people into the sport. One notable example is the success of the young Thai sailor, Patinyakorn Buranrom, who honed his skills in local regattas and went on to represent the the club in co-skippering a yacht in the 2013 TRANSPAC regatta, a 4,100-kilometre race across the Pacific from California to Hawaii. Completing the race in 12 days, his team came in third overall in their category.
The club has a small fleet of dinghy yachts available to rent, and it’s just launched a sailing school. Four courses are on offer: a play sail course for kids aged four to seven at 1,200 baht (non-member rate), a two-day junior sail course for children age seven and up at 5,200 baht, a fun sail training course at 1,500 baht, and two-day adult sailing course at 6,500 baht.
Phuket Yacht Club’s waterfront position with views across the bay also attracts many non-sailors coming to enjoy a meal or a drink. The club’s Spinnaker’s restaurant, serves Thai and Western dishes at prices mostly in the 150-250 baht range, and it puts on a Sunday roast every week. Non-members pay a fractionally higher price for food and drinks, and the WiFi is free.
The dining areas are open-air, with tables and the bar set under a sail-like canopy and some picnic tables on the lawn shaded by large parasols. On a sunny, breezy day, with the little dinghies circling around the calm bay waters, it’s a peaceful and scenic spot to wile away a lazy ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)
Lana Willocks is a freelance writer from Canada based in Phuket. Her love affair with Thailand began on a university exchange programme in Bangkok, then she returned to Phuket on the auspicious date of 9-9-1999 and never left.
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