25 May TO 1 June, 2024


28th May 2018 - 17:23Event Media

A testing Day 1 for sailors at the 2018 Samui Regatta

IRC Zero start line, Day 1 Samui Regatta 2018.

The big guns of Asia's racing scene have descended on the Thai tropical island of Samui for the 17th Samui Regatta and the final race in the 2017/18 AsianYachting Grand Prix. Despite an unfortunate cancellation from Frank Pong (Jelik), who has missed only two Samui Regatta's in the event's 17-year history, the line-up in IRC Zero is impressive: Five 52-footers –THA72, Freefire, Team Ulumulu, Ark 323, WindSikher – including four TP52s, the 66-foot canting keel Reichel Pugh Alive and the Ker 46, Zannekin. Seven of the best boats and crews on the circuit with 11 nationalities represented.

They're joined by four in IRC One – Mandrake III (HKG), Loco (SIN), Fujin (AUS), El Coyote (THA) – and three in Performance Cruising – Souay 1, SailQuest Hi Jinks, Moon Shadow – while the multihull class has seen a resurgence with four Corsair Pulse 600's trailered over from Phuket and the KL 28 Edenko from Pattaya joining in the fun.

The Day 1 forecasts were for light wind and as the sailors headed out to the start line following a lively Opening Party on the beach the night before, they were greeted with an AP and a busy on-water team searching for wind. Patches of breeze made way for a steady light breeze – enough to get racing underway – and at 10:20 they were off.

First up were IRC Zero. Following some damage on their way from Hong Kong, and a subsequent repair, Alive were quick into their racing with a third place in Race 1. Two fifths in the other races of the day saw them finish down the standings in fourth overall.

Never skipping a beat were THA72. Having sailed down from Pattaya, and fresh from their Top of the Gulf Regatta win, THA72 are in Samui to defend the title they won in such commanding style last year, and they didn't waste any time today. Three wins made for a perfect start, but the devil is in the details; just eight seconds separated THA72 from Zannekin on corrected time in Race 1 while in Race 3 WindSikher were just four seconds short of a victory.

A 4,2,2 sees WindSikher finish the day in second with Zannekin third overall.

For the four TP52s competing this year a TP52 division is being run in parallel to IRC Zero, and the details tell an interesting story with just 21 seconds separating second to fourth places in Race 1. The story of the day, however, has to be the rapidly improving Chinese crew on Ark 323 who finished with a 4,3,2 scoreline and by way of a second in the final race of the day site second overall on count back.

In IRC One, the 2017/18 AsianYachting Grand Prix champions-in-waiting had a slow start to their campaign with a third in Race 1. They recovered with two second places and finish the day in second overall. There was no stopping Loco, however, who's three bullets give them the best possible lead at the end of Day 1.

The Performance Cruising and Multihull classes completed just two races today and it was Jean Rheault's Souay 1 who claimed the daily double in both races in the Performance Cruising class and has the early series lead. A little slow off the start with a third in Race 1, Tim McMahon's SailQuest Hi Jinks recovered to place second in Race 2 and with a reversed 2,3 scoreline for Mick Grover's Elliott 7, Moon Shadow, both are tied at the end of Day 1.

At 28-foot, Edenko is the largest entry in the Multihulls Class and is up against four one-design Corsair Pulse 600s. The Corsair trimarans made better of the light winds today but they didn't have it all their own way with Edenko finishing the day in second overall and a scoreline of 4,2.

Leading the standings is Andy Pape's Sudu Red with two bullets and with second to fourth all tied on six points, expect some close racing in this class over the coming days.

Racing continues tomorrow off Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, Chaweng Beach.

For more information:
Website: www.samuiregatta.com 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SamuiRegatta 
Twitter: www.twitter.com/samuiregatta 
Videos: www.samuiregatta.com/media/video

# # #

Media Contacts
Duncan Worthington/ Chanut Nawnarong
Infinity Communications
Tel: +66 (0) 81 893 4006/ +66 (0) 92 554 4149
Email: prbkk@infinity-comms.com 

Sun 2 Jun 2024

เรือแซนเนคินจากฮ่องกงคว้าอันดับหนึ่ง สมุยรีกัตต้าครั้งที่ 21 ตอกย้ำไทยฮับท่องเที่ยวเชิงกีฬาชั้นนำระดับโลก

Sat 1 Jun 2024

Hongkong’s Zannekin Claims Victory at 21st Samui Regatta 2024

Fri 31 May 2024

เรือใบสมุยรีกัตต้าวันที่สี่ ลมดีแรงสูงสุด 25 น็อต ประทับใจนักแล่นเรือต่างชาติ

Fri 31 May 2024

17-mile Pursuit Race highlights Race Day 4 of the 21st Samui Regatta

Wed 29 May 2024

เรือ Zannekin จากฮ่องกงยังคงนำจ่าฝูงแข่งวันที่ 3

Wed 29 May 2024

Race Day 3 of the 21st Samui Regatta

Tue 28 May 2024

Variable Light Winds Challenge Sailors on Race Day 2 of the 21st Samui Regatta 2024

Tue 28 May 2024

ผลการแข่งขันวันที่ 2 สมุยรีกัตต้า กระแสลมเบา 7 น็อตท้าทายนักแล่นใบ

Mon 27 May 2024

ผลการแข่งวันแรกสมุยรีกัตต้า ครั้งที่ 21 ปี 2567เรือ Zannekin จากฮ่องกงคว้าที่ 1

Mon 27 May 2024

Hong Kong’s Zannekin Dominates First Day of the 21st Samui Regatta 2024

Sun 26 May 2024

เปิดการแข่งขันเรือใบนานาชาติสมุยรีกัตต้าครั้งที่ 21

Sun 26 May 2024

21st Samui Regatta 2024 Kicks Off Forecasting 100 Million Baht Boost to Local Island Economy

Fri 24 May 2024

The 21st Samui Regatta 2024 Gears Up to Welcome Over 200 Sailors and Spectators to Thailand

Tue 21 May 2024

สุราษฎร์ธานี พร้อมเป็นเจ้าภาพการแข่งขันเรือใบนานาชาติ สมุย รีกัตต้า 2567

Sat 27 May 2023

Freefire captures 20th sailing of the Samui Regatta

Sat 27 May 2023

Great sailing weather continues for the Samui Regatta

Thu 25 May 2023

Samui Regatta stages inaugural pursuit race

Wed 24 May 2023

Close racing with boats only seconds apart at Samui Regatta

Tue 23 May 2023

Samui Regatta celebrates two decades on the water

Mon 22 May 2023

The opening of the 20th Koh Samui International Sailing Regatta 2023.

Sat 30 Jul 2022

A big thank you to The Tourism Authority of Thailand

Sat 30 Jul 2022

Samui Regatta Brings Sense of Optimism to Island

Sat 30 Jul 2022

Light winds, but racing underway.

Fri 8 Jul 2022

Samui Regatta returns to its roots for 2022.

Mon 28 Feb 2022

Samui Regatta Confirmed for 26-30 July 2022

Mon 26 Apr 2021

2021 Samui Regata postponed until 3rd Quarter 2021.

Thu 2 Apr 2020

19th Samui Regatta Postponed until Aug/Sep 2021

Sat 1 Jun 2019

Records set on final day of the 2019 Samui Regatta

Fri 31 May 2019

Getting close at the top after Day 4 of the 2019 Samui Regatta

Wed 29 May 2019

Action galore on Day 3 of 2019 Samui Regatta

Tue 28 May 2019

No racing on Day 2 of Samui Regatta 2019 as sailors regroup onshore

Mon 27 May 2019

Stellar fleet line-up on Day 1 of Samui Regatta 2019

Mon 6 May 2019

Samui Regatta welcomes Synergy Samui Resort as new home.

Sat 2 Jun 2018

Two race finale wraps up successful 2018 Samui Regatta

Fri 1 Jun 2018

Breezy Day 4 sets up final day showdown at 2018 Samui Regatta

Wed 30 May 2018

Seconds in it on Day 3 of 2018 Samui Regatta

Tue 29 May 2018

Variable conditions test sailors on Day 2 of 2018 Samui Regatta

Sun 27 May 2018

Close racing between young Thai sailors at Samui Youth Challenge

Wed 23 May 2018

17th Samui Regatta to take place 26 May 2 June off Chaweng Beach

Thu 17 May 2018

International Fleet Sets Sail for Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui to Compete in Final Event of the AsianYachting Grand Prix Championship 2018

Wed 9 May 2018

Top yachts heading to season finale at Samui Regatta

Sat 27 May 2017

Photo finishes on final day of 2017 Samui Regatta

Fri 26 May 2017

Challenging winds test tacticians' savvy on Day 4 of 2017 Samui Regatta

Wed 24 May 2017

Consolidation at the top on Day 3 of 2017 Samui Regatta

Tue 23 May 2017

Doubling down on Day 2 of 2017 Samui Regatta

Mon 22 May 2017

Samui delivers the goods on Day 1 of 2017 Samui Regatta

Tue 16 May 2017

Samui Regatta sets the standard for sports tourism on Samui Island

Fri 12 May 2017

International fleet line-up for 16th Samui Regatta

Sat 28 May 2016

20 knots of breeze delivers fantastic finale to 2016 Samui Regatta

Fri 27 May 2016

Classic Samui conditions for Day 4 of 2016 Samui Regatta

Wed 25 May 2016

Coastal course shakes up the standings on Day 3 of 2016 Samui Regatta

Tue 24 May 2016

Consistency proves key on Day 2 of Samui Regatta 2016

Mon 23 May 2016

When the going gets tough: Samui Regatta 2016, Day 1

Sun 22 May 2016

Dinghy racing makes a return at 2016 Samui Regatta

Thu 19 May 2016

World-class fleet to line-up for 15th Samui Regatta

Wed 2 Mar 2016

All ahead to Samui Regatta 2016

Sat 30 May 2015

Final race decides the titles at Samui Regatta 2015

Fri 29 May 2015

Samui Regatta goes down to the wire after a tough Day 4

Wed 27 May 2015

A packed day of racing on Day 3 of Samui Regatta 2015

Tue 26 May 2015

All change on Day 2 of Samui Regatta 2015

Mon 25 May 2015

Changing fortunes on Day 1 of Samui Regatta 2015

Sun 24 May 2015

Samui Regatta 2015 to close out the 2014/15 regional sailing circuit

Wed 6 May 2015

TAT backs Samui Regatta as it sails into the 14th successful year

Sat 31 May 2014

Only seconds in it on final day of 2014 Samui Regatta

Fri 30 May 2014

Stronger breeze and longer courses mix it up on Day 4 of the 2014 Samui Regatta

Wed 28 May 2014

Good wind and three races completed on Day 3 gets Samui Regatta series back on track

Tue 27 May 2014

Tricky winds shake up results on Day 2 of Samui Regatta

Mon 26 May 2014

HiFi and Foxy Lady VI take early leads on Day 1 of Samui Regatta

Mon 14 Apr 2014

Asia's best to compete at 13th Samui Regatta

Sat 1 Jun 2013

Best Racing in Asia!

Wed 15 May 2013

Standby Samui!

Sat 23 Jun 2012

Strong winds decide the places on final day at Samui Regatta 2012

Copyright © 2021 - Samui Regatta - All rights reserved. Website by NGR