Royal Thai Navy invites to Hua Hin Regata 2008


09 July 2008, Royal Thai Navy and Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, YRAT have made a statement on Hua Hin Regatta 2008 at Colonial Room, Sofitel Centara Grand Resort and Villa, Hua Hin. In attendance at the meeting were Vice Admiral Aphiwat  Sriwanthana, Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Royal Thai Navy / Secretary of YRAT, Captain Sutheephong  Kaeothab, the Executive PR. of YRAT, Mr. Chalee  Jaruwat, Foreign Relationship Administrative Vice President, Mr. Remco Crosen, the General Menager of Sofitel Hotel, and Mr. Danial Schwalb, the representative of Siam Winery Co.Ltd.

Vice Admiral Aphiwat  Sriwanthana, Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Royal Thai Navy has revealed to press that Royal Thai Navy and Yacht Racing Association of Thailand have been holding this event every year.  In 2008 the Association has send invitations to yacht clubs in 18 countries. 

The Hua Hin Regatta 2008 will take place during July 30 – August 3, 2008 at Hua Hin Beach (in front of Sofitel Centara Grand Resort & Villa Hua Hin, Prachuap Khirikhan Province).

Mr. Remco Crosen, the GM. of Sofitel Hotel, has said that the hotel is ready to accommodate guests taking part in the regatta.  Mr. Chalee and Mr. Danial have also declared that they are ready this year's Hua Hin Regatta 2008. 

1. Occasion and trophies

Hua Hin Regatta 2008 is an annual sailing event that has been organized since the year 2000 in honour of His Majesty King Bhumiphol Adulyadej who excels in sailing sportsmanship in Thailand. This year’s regatta, the Hua Hin Regatta 2008, will be specially organized as a competition for several Royal Trophies, namely:
 Royal Vega Rudder trophy of His Majesty the King for varies sailing classes,
 Super Mod National Championship trophy from His Majesty the King,
 OK Dinghy National Championship trophy from Her Majesty the Queen,
 Princess Cup for Optimist Championship of the late Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana.

2. Organizing Authority

The Organizing Authority is Yacht Racing Association of Thailand (YRAT), in conjunction with  the Royal Thai Navy, Tourist Authorities of Thailand and the District Authority of Hua Hin.

3. Rules

The Regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing, the Rules of respective classes and The Sailing Instructions.

4. Events

4.1    Thailand Open Championship

        Optimist
        Super Mod
        OK
        Laser 
        420
        470
        Enterprise
        Catamaran
       Farr Platu 25

4.2  Royal Vega Rudder Championship

      Laser
      420
      470
      Enterprise
      Catamaran
      Farr Platu 25

5. Eligibility and entry

5.1 Entries are open to all members of clubs affiliated to YRAT, individual members of YRAT and members of Clubs and MNA as invited.
5.2 The entry fee is Baht 1,600 (USD 50) per boat. Platu is Baht 3,200 (USD 100).                  

6. Schedule

    30 July      0900 –  1800  Registration
    31 July      0900 –  1800  Registration
                                   1300  Practice Race
                                   1900 Opening Ceremony and Party
    1 August                1000 First Warning
    2 August                1000 First Warning
    3 August   0800      Warning signal for Vega Rudder Championship
                                   1000 First warning for Optimist, Super Mod  and OK class
                                   1800 Prize Giving and Party                                                
  
7. Venue

The venue is at Hua Hin beach, Prachuap Khirikhan Province, about 200 kilometers south of Bangkok.  

8. Courses

 Regatta Championship courses will be trapezoid.
 Vega Rudder Championship course will be long distance course. 
 
9. Chartered Boats

A limited number of boats and equipment of all classes except Catamaran will be available for charter on a “first come first serve” basis. Self-provided boats and equipment are allowed and are subjected to measurement. The charter fees are as follows:         
    Optimist         USD   50
    Super Mod     USD   75
    OK                 USD 100
     Laser            USD 100
     420/470       USD 100
     Enterprise    USD 100
      Platu           USD 400
  
 A damage deposit of USD 100, Platu USD 200 is required and will be returned if no damage.

10. Scoring

10.1 The Low Point Scoring System will be used.
 
10.2 One race is required to be completed to constitute a regatta.
    
10.3   For the Vega Rudder Championship, the Portsmouth Yardstick handicap system will be used.

11. Advertising
  
The Regatta is classified as a category C. The Organizing Committee may require competing boats to display event sponsor advertising on the sail and hull.

12. Prizes
Beside the Royal Trophies, the trophies will be presented to the top three boats of each class with five entries or more.
Replicas of the Perpetual Vega Rudder Royal Trophy will be presented to the winner and five runner-up boats.

13. Transportation
      
 Following transportations are available:-
13.1  From and to Suvarnabhumi International Airport:-  
- Taxis and Airport Express busses between the airport and Major hotels in Bangkok Including Bangkok Central Railway  Station (Hua Lamphong) and Bangkok Southern  Bus Terminal.
 - Direct meter taxis between the airport and the regatta venue in  Hua Hin with reasonable price.
13.2  There are 12 trains of the State Railway of Thailand  between Bangkok Central Railway  Station and  Hua Hin Railway Station daily.     
13.3   Several bus sevices daily between Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal  and Hua Hin Bus Staion.
13.4  The Yacht Racing Association of Thailand may arrange free buses between Suvarnabhumi Airport and Hua Hin for big groups if requested  in advance.

14. Accommodation
  Hua Hin District is a famous and popular seaside and tourist resort on the western coast of the Gulf of Thailand. There is great variety of accommodation facilities ranging from luxurious 5-star hotels to comfortable guest houses, with prices ranging from approximately USD 25 to USD 130 per night. The Naval Yacht Club Hua Hin, the venue of the Regatta, has also a limited accommodation with a price of USD 53 per night. Relevant details may be found in the website:
 http://www.tourismthailand.org/destination-guide/prachuapkhirikhan-77-1-1.html
 
15. Disclaimer

Competitors compete entirely at their own risk and responsibility. The Organizing Authority and any other parties involved in the organization of the regatta accept no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss or claim whether personal or material, incurred by or inflicted to participants before, during or after the regatta.


16.  Regatta Secretariat
  For further information, assistance in transportation and accommodation, please contact:

 Yacht Racing Association of Thailand 
c/o Navy Headquarters, Bldg.No.5, Royal Thai Navy Bangkok 10600, THAILAND
 Tel: +66 2 4666687,  +66 2 4720852, +66 2 4755455  Fax: +66 2 4720852, +66 2 4755455 Email: sail@yrat.or.th           
 
Regatta Office at Naval  Yacht Club, Hua Hin  (From 28 July)
Tel: +66 32 514210-7           

Reported by Khun Tuck Dechapanya

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