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Thailand Travel : Sailing in Thailand

 

Sailing is a timeless pleasure and it is also the perfect way to enjoy Thailand's marine treasures and is environmentally sound too. Trips can be as relaxing or demanding as you want. You can charter a crewed yacht and lay back as you sail away; or if you are a more experienced sailor, charter a bareboat yacht and have the excitement, challenge and rewards of sailing it yourself.

Phuket is Thailand's premier sailing destination, attracting the cream of Thai society's as well as the international sailing crowd. From September to May when the weather is at its best, there is a migratory fleet of yachts anchored at Nai Harn Bay at the southern end of the island and Chalong Bay to the southeast.

 

Phuket's marinas have a huge variety of vessels for charter, from old wooden schooners to sleek fibreglass cruises and state-of-the-art powerboats. Find them at Laem Phrao Yacht Marina, Phuket Boat Lagoon and the Yacht Haven. As well as established yacht agencies, informal arrangements can also be made at Jimmy's Lighthouse, a restaurant at Chalong Bay that serves as headquarters for the yachting fleet.

Phuket is also home to one of the most popular sporting events on the yachting calendar, the Phuket King's Cup Regatta, taking place on the weekend closest to HM the King's birthday. Yachts arrive from Australia, Europe, Hong Kong and Japan to spend a few weeks cruising through the Gulf, down to Malaysia and enjoying practise runs around the Similans before heading to Phuket for the races.

In Pattaya, the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, founded in 1957, holds almost weekly regattas for the smaller beach launched sailboats. The Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Jomtien Beach, just south of Pattaya, offers jetty, pontoon berths, and onshore facilities for skippers and crew members with hotel, condominium, cocktail lounge, twin restaurants, tennis courts, and roof-top swimming pool.

Sailing a yacht competently requires skill and experience; don't overestimate your capabilities as a sailor when chartering a bareboat yacht. If you are heading out on a longer expedition, make sure you check out the weather and tides, especially in the stormy season from June to October. Be well-prepared with communications equipment, first aid, water and food.

COMPETENT CREW COURSE
Day 1: Early morning check in for the course at the Boat Lagoon, Phuket. Take the evening to meet up with your fellow sailors and have an introduction to the course

Day 2-5: Boat leaves the Marina. During the next few days you will learn about sea terms: sails, rope work, fire precautions, safety at sea, man overboard techniques, distress signals, weather, rules of the "road" and helmsmanship. You will sail 100 miles in the five days and sail 4-night hours After completing your 5-day course, boats are available for hire if you have your skipper licence or you can join a group as crew.

WHERE TO LEARN AND CHARTER BOAT
Note: When making international calls to Thailand, add 66 and omit the leading 0. For more details on telephone services, turn to page 15.

  • Allamanda Laguna Phuket
    29 Moo 4, Srisoonthorn Road, Thalang, Phuket 83110 Tel: 0 7632 4359 Fax: 0 7632 4360 allamanda@lagunaphuket.com
     
  • Amara Sailing Centre
    Jomtien beach-style restaurant (turn right at the Police Box) Tel/Fax: 0 3825 1408 amara@surfasia.com
     
  • Big A Yachting
    Ao Chalong, Muang, Phuket 83130 Tel/Fax:0 7638 1934 bigasail@samart.co.th
     
  • Elite Sail & Dive
    47/6 Moo 5, Rawai, Ao Chalong, Muang, Phuket 83130 Tel: 0 7628 0819 Fax: 0 7628 0042
     
  • Faraway Sail & Dive Expeditions
    Soi Bangrae, 5/6 Moo 10, Chalong, Muang, Phuket 83130
    Tel: 0 7620 0507 Fax:0 7628 0701 info@far-away.net www.far-away.net
     
  • Ocean Marina
    274Sukhumvit Road, Jomtien, Pattaya Tel: 0 3823 7310
     
  • Sunsail (Thailand) Co Ltd
    Phuket Boat Lagoon Unit 20/5, 22/1 Thep Kasattri Road, Ko Kaew, Phuket 83000 Tel: 0 7623 9057 Fax: 0 7623 8940
     
  • Thai Marine Leisure
    Boat Lagoon, 22/1 Thep Kasattri Road, Ko Kaew, Phuket83200 Tel:0 7623 9111 Fax: 0 7627 3320 tml@thaimarine.com www.thaimarine.com
     
  • Tradewinds
    17/4 Moo 3, Chaweng Beach, Ko Samui, Surat Than 84320 Tel: 0 7723 0602 Fax: 0 7723 1247 info@tradewinds-samui.com www.sailingkohsamui.com
     
  • Yachtpro International
    Yacht Haven Marina, 57/5 Moo 2, Mai Khao, Talang, Phuket 83140 Tel: 0 7634 8117 Fax: 0 7634 8119 yachtpro@phuket.asianet.co.th www.sailing-thailand.com

BOAT RACING

  • Phuket King's Cup Regatta
    Tel: 0 7627 3380 Fax: 0 7627 3389 kingscup@phuket.com www.kingscup.com Held in the first week of December - races off Kata Beach and the surrounding waters
     
  • Phang-nga-Krabi Regatta www.bayregatta.com
    Held during the 4 days of Chinese New Year
     
  • Ao Chalong Yacht Club Tel: 0 7638 1914
    info @ ac-yachtclub.org
    Hold monthly races
     
  • Royal Varuna Yacht Club
    Phra Tamnak Road, South Pattaya, Chon Buri 20260 Tel: 0 3825 0116 Fax: 0 3825 0115 rvyc@ loxinfo.co.th

 

 

 

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