Samui Regatta

There is nothing, absolutely nothing, half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. (Kenneth Grahame, 1859-1932)

Landlubber or yachtsperson? No matter which, because if you are with us at this minute you won’t be able to escape the fun and thrills of the annual Regatta. It started today, 30th May and ends on 4th June, and it’s taking place right now, off the Chaweng Beach!

Described by some as ‘One of Asia’s top Lifestyle and Sport Events’, all the top yachts, crew and media will be in attendance, and there will be a lot of wonderful ocean racing to see, some terrific photo opportunities, and plenty on land to keep you all amused.

2011 is the competition’s 10th year, during which time it has grown and grown, and now many of the island’s top hotels, restaurants and resorts all vie to take part in organising special evenings and entertainment for the spectators and participants.  This year the landlubbery events include a golf tournament, a watch exhibition, a car show and two huge dinner events – Premiership Soccer Legends, and a Fashion Evening – as well as hoards of other attractions all around Ko Samui.

If you get bored just watching the possibly somewhat distant competitors from the golden sands of Chaweng, you could always get on one of the select spectator boats that will be cruising the seas for a closer view.   You can choose from a ‘chasing speed boat’ or the Regatta Spectator Boat.  Essential to book, of course, and the place to get your boat is Bangrak pier, at 9 am every race day.  Tickets cost 1,500 TB which includes a lunch and soft drink.  Or you can email or phone to reserve on 086 503 9558.

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