The tropical island of Thailand welcomed over 500 sailors last week because of the event that took place in Koh Samui. From May 20 until 27, the island was host to the 16th Samui Regatta and the best hotel in Koh Samui was booked due to the event. The fun was held in Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui which is located in Chaweng Beach. The international regatta was supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. During this time, participating sailors from over 20 countries flock to Thailand in order to take part in the regatta. This annual event is also the reason why Koh Samui is now known all over the world as a top sports destination.
The regatta is currently celebrating its 16th year but ever since the AsianYachting Grand Prix, it has always been awarded the prime position during the championship. The event is featured as the finale. The competitive sailing lasts for five days and there are a number of participants from various countries including Singapore and Hong Kong among other Asian countries. The best sailors from the continents of Europe and Australia also graced the competition. They compete in the warm waters that are circulating the Gulf of Thailand.
The island of Koh Samui is known globally because of the excellent sailing condition and the locals’ hospitable charm. This year’s regatta was hosted by Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui which offered the best venue for celebrations after the race and the final night wherein a Gala Dinner was organized for everyone involved.
The director of the race, Simon James, said that competition was quite strong during the five day event. They were able to witness top boats and skippers joining the competition once more. The sailors come with impressive resume such as winners of World Match Racing Tour, Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup among many others.
Days before the competition, the best hotel in Koh Samui was already booked until the end of the event. The participants and their team were welcomed with an opening party held at Zico’s Brazilian Grill & Bar. It ended on the 27th with the most awaited Gala Dinner organized by Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui.