International fleet sets sail for Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui
Some 500 sailors from over 20 countries will take part in 5 days of world class sailing at the 17th Samui Regatta
From 26th May until 2nd June 2018, the Samui Regatta will attract marine sports enthusiasts from around the world to Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui on the island’s idyllic Chaweng Beach. The now legendary annual yachting event showcases the skills of top international racers and regional yachting veterans over five days of exhilarating competition in the azure waters of the Gulf of Siam.
Now in its 17th year, the Samui Regatta has been hosted by award-winning Centara Grand Beach Resort Koh Samui since its inception, prompting members of the regional yachting community to refer to the resort as the ‘Home of the Samui Regatta’. Each year, a fleet of spectacular yachts sails in to Koh Samui, arriving with crew and yachting fans to experience some world-class sailing and enjoy the island’s glamorous social scene. The resort provides the perfect base for spectators, competitors and crew members to stay, relax and dine while also enjoying a full line-up of regatta parties during the event.
“We’re proud to be the host of this truly international event as we welcome visitors from around the globe to enjoy our fabulous facilities and stunning island environment,” says Voytek Klasicki, General Manager Centara Grand Samui Beach Resort.
“Koh Samui is Thailand’s most popular boutique island with good reason and the Samui Regatta has become part of its modern heritage with people returning year after year to enjoy the fun on and off the water,” he added.
In the last decade, the Samui Regatta has grown to become one of Asia’s leading regattas and one of the best sporting and lifestyle events in Thailand, attracting strong racing, cruising and multihull fleets with around 500 participants from over 20 countries taking part. In the final event in the Asian Yachting Grand Prix Championship, the event generates around THB 18 million for the local Koh Samui economy annually.
Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui is the home of the Samui Regatta
“It’s great to see such a competitive line up again this year across all the sailing classes. There are some very evenly matched boats and crews so I’m sure everyone will enjoy the five days of racing we have planned for them,” added Race Director, Simon James.
As well as action on the water, the Samui Regatta attracts spectators and vacationers for its onshore social scene. Centara Grand Beach Resort, as host venue, ensures everyone from the crew to visitors, enjoys the resort’s facilities, services and world class cuisine.
The official opening party is traditionally held at Centara Grand Beach Resort with free-flow drinks, snacks and great entertainment. During the competition, the Regatta Tavern, right in front of the host resort, opens for beachfront sundowners from 5-7pm runs Race Day Happy Hour with an open bar serving Samui Regatta signature cocktails, a huge range of isotonic drinks, canapes and more. It is a go-to meeting spot to check-out the day’s race results and presentations.
The Samui regatta ends in style with an exclusive Gala Dinner for 500+ guests on the beachfront lawn at Centara Grand Beach Resort, with a delicious buffet, live music and awards presented by a guest MC. Tickets are included in the crew fees with some available to purchase, along with one-day social passes.
Centara Hotels & Resorts have been welcoming visitors to Koh Samui for over 20 years and the Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui is the ideal regatta host venue. Sophisticated, and with a wonderfully nostalgic seaside air, the beachfront resort boasts chic bars and restaurants as well as stunning rooms and suites, including private-pool suites, as well as a spa; a timeless resort that is classic yet gloriously modern and reflects the contemporary culture of yachting tradition.