Posted 19th July 2012, by admin, and filed under Uncategorized
19 July 2012 (PHUKET) – The 2012 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek got off to a lively start last night with Presenting Sponsor Mount Gay Rum hosting the opening party and entertaining the crowds with Polynesian-themed dancers. Supported by unlimited Mount Gay Rum – ‘the sailors rum’ – the Regatta welcomed a national first as the event was the platform to launch into Thailand the new Mount Gay Rum Extra Old. Well-received by over 500 guests, the party was a tribute to all that’s good and popular about sailing.
Thirty-four boats registered, competing over seven classes and divisions, including a good spread of racing, cruising, charter and multihulls, made up the 2012 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek fleet. Day 1 looked looked set for some good competition as predicted winds of 10-12 knots gusting to 15, arrived on cue.
Race Officer Simon James announced Windward/Leewards (Course 2) for IRC Racing, Firefly One-Design and Multihull Racing, while IRC Cruising and Classics were sent on longer round-the-islands courses – Course 13 and Course 19 respectively.
The 13-strong IRC Racing fleet is split into three divisions: IRC Racing I, Sportsboats and IRC Racing II. All three divisions were on the startline together as the Race Officer got the Regatta underway. The all-new Katsu (Ben Copley), an Aquila Reichel Pugh 45 built in China, was the one to watch and they took an early lead off the line in Race 1. Katsu lead upwind and downwind, rounding the leeward mark ahead of Wan Marang (Kevin Whitcraft) in second and Jing Jing (Rick Pointon) in third.
Katsu continued to lead around the course in Race 1 and secured line honours, only to loose out on handicap to Jing Jing who sailed a solid race. Wan Marang finished in third only 25 seconds behind Katsu on corrected time.
Katsu got off to a poor start in Race 2, fearing OCS she ducked back behind the fleet as the rest bunched at the pin-end of the line. On the downwind leg Katsu had made up some ground on the fleet and rounded in second close behind Wan Marang. However, Wan Marang managed to hold off Katsu’s charge to take line honours but lost out on handicap to Jing Jing who took their second bullet of the day.
In the Sportsboats class, the Welbourn 25 Brace Brace Brace (Paul Murphy) lead the fleet around the course to take line honours while Surf Patrol (Ray Waldron) and Longitude (Rolf Heemskerk) had a close on-water battle matching each other tack for tack. At the first leeward mark rounding, a poor spinnaker drop by Longitude saw Surf Patrol sneak past and go on to beat Longitude around the course and also on corrected time.
In Race 2, Brace Brace Brace made a good start and took an early lead. Surf Patrol and Longitude continued their ‘Battle Royale’ racing within a few boat lengths of each other around the course. Brace Brace Brace stretched their lead and took both line honours and the handicap win making it two from two on the Day 1.
In IRC Racing II, seven closely-matched boats and a number of regional regatta winners with crews from all corners of the world lined up at the start. Competition was expected to be tough and on-the-water the racing was close. Regatta regular Skandia Endeavour of Whitby (Stuart Williamson), took the first win on corrected time from line honours-winner Ruby Tuesday (John Vause). Third place went to Phoenix (Niels Degenkolw), with only four minutes separating the top three on corrected time.
Stuart Williamson and his crew on the Bermudian Sloop Skandia Endeavour of Whitby continued their winning ways in Race 2 with a win in the second race from Phoenix who switched places with Ruby Tuesday.
IRC Cruising were set on Course 13: south around Bon Island and back around Lon Island to port, and on to the finish. Asia Marine Kinnon, skippered by local sailing stalwart Andy Dowden, got the best start leading the fleet off the line. However, the Oceanis 423 Dreamtime (Rob Azzopardi) soon find their way and moved to the front of the pack to race off and secure line honours and the win on corrected time. The well-known Sparkman & Stephens design Remington (Jim Ellis) placed second ahead of Sail in Asia (Mike Downard) in third.
Five boats lined up for the Firefly One-Design class, including winner of the recent Phuket Multihull Regatta Voodoo (Hans Rahmann). True to form, Voodoo lead off the line with Twin Sharks (John Newnham) close behind. The Frog (Neil Ayre) tacked early with Twin Sharks following and Voodoo covering. As they rounded the leeward mark for the first time, there was a traffic jam as The Frog and Twin Sharks, and Phoenix (IRC Racing II) battled for position on-the-water. Voodoo went on to win the race and set the standard for the rest of the one-design Firefly’s to beat. Moto Inzi (Roger Kingdon) finished second and Twin Sharks third.
After a last place in the first race, Premier Cru (Peter Dyer) got off to the best start in Race 2 for the Firefly One-Design class but lost ground on the course as Voodoo, Moto Inzi and Twin Sharks powered past to finish 1, 2 and 3 respectively.
A highly competitive fleet of six multihulls registered for the Multihull Racing class. The much anticipated newly-launched Stealth 11.8 Cat ‘Hurricane’ (Alan Carwardine) suffered damage on the way to the anchorage the day before and scored a DNS. Sweet Chariot (Henry Kaye) and DaVinci (Mark Pescott) surprised the rest of the class with a dash from behind to lead off the start at the pin-end. However, Miss Saigon (David Liddell) soon made up ground and lead on the approach to the downwind mark. A poor spinnaker drop saw Sweet Chariot round first and go on to claim line honours. DaVinci forced Miss Saigon wide as they approached the finish and the two crossed together. However, on corrected time, DaVinci took the bullet ahead of Charro (Damien Kimball) and Nina (Rob Cullen).
In Race 2, Sweet Chariot again got the better start and seasoned skipper Henry Kaye went on to put space between them and the rest of the class. Sailing well, Kaye and his crew secured another line honours but lost out to in-form DaVinci on corrected time, while Nina again finished third.
The four-strong Classic class stretched their legs on a single islands course: around the southern islands of Hae (Coral Island) and Aeo. Classic boat racing is a rare sight in Asia and Classics is a class that has been well supported at the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek since the Regatta’s inception.
The stunning Hans Christian 38T McBob the Boat (Joe Gruba) took line honours today but was beaten on corrected time by Sirius (Simon Morris), who after racing for almost three hours beat the grand dame of the fleet, Seraph (Captain Bao), by only 30 seconds on corrected time.
Winners were presented their trophies at a beachside prize-giving and party at the Cape Panwa Hotel. Races continue tomorrow.
The 2012 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek Title Sponsor and Host Venue is Cape Panwa Hotel. The Presenting Sponsor is Mount Gay Rum. The supporting Host Venue Sponsor is Kantary Bay Hotel and Co-Sponsor the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Official Suppliers include AirAsia, Budget Car & Truck Rental, Charter Catamaran, Cholamark Boat, Gybe, Mont Clair, Pryde Group, The Moorings, Phuket Beer and Rodenstock. Media Partners include 91.5FM, Asia Pacific Boating, China Boating, Cape+Kantary, Helm Superyacht Asia Pacific, LifestyleAsia, MyDestinationPhuket, The Nation, Phuket Gazette, PGTV, Prestige, Russia-RTV channel and SEA Yachting. Island Partners include ISS Security Services and Phuket International Hospital. Island & Industry Supporters include Phuket Boat Lagoon Marina, Electrical Marine, Krabi Boat Lagoon, Sunsail and Quantum Sail Design Group.
Posted 3rd March 2012, by admin, and filed under Uncategorized
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Posted 11th May 2011, by admin, and filed under Hotel & Accommodation in Phuket, News Update, Phuket E-Magazine, Spa and Wellness in Phuket
COLLECTS ITS FIRST INTERNATIONAL ACCOLADE
Bill Bensley Designed Spa Scoops Runner-up for Best Luxury Resort Spa Award in Thailand at the 2011 World Luxury Spa Awards
Coqoon Spa at 5-star Phuket resort Indigo Pearl has collected its first international accolade within 6 months of opening in the 2011 World Luxury Spa Awards.
The new cutting-edge designer spa, best known for its unique mid-air treatment room ‘The Nest’, was voted runner-up in the Best Luxury Resort Spa category in Thailand.
Opened earlier this year, Coqoon Spa is styled as a ‘Garden of Eden’ in tropical rainforest and is the mastermind of Bangkok-based designer, Bill Bensley.
The spa’s architectural ‘pièce de résistance is ‘The Nest’, a luxurious treatment suite hovering 10-metres up in the branches of an ancient banyan tree bringing guests up close and personal with nature.
Coqoon Spa also features six deluxe treatment rooms and an exclusive ‘Coqoon Suite’ complete with its own accommodation, butler and private pool, as well as a rain shower, steam room, sauna and Vichy shower. Here guests can stay for up to 3-days to follow a tailored programme of health, wellness and nutritional advice and therapies.
Its treatments menu is steeped in Thai tradition whilst embracing holistic ideals in the pursuit of better health and wellness. On offer is a range of aromatic body treatments, scrubs and wraps, Anne Semonin facial treatments, hand and foot care, and beauty treatments. Rare plant essences, Andaman elixirs and Thai herbal spices excite the senses and rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit.
The World Luxury Spa Awards recognise spas setting global benchmarks in quality, innovation and exceptional service.
They are part of The World Luxury Hotel Awards (www.luxuryhotelawards.com) that celebrate “ultimate achievement in hoteliering”, congratulating “exceptional hotels” for world class facilities and service excellence.
Coqoon Spa is adorned throughout in silvery-blue palms and hues of plumbago. It takes the typical ‘zen’ approach to spas and gives it a lively / unusual twist with industrial touches and a fresh colour scheme.
Bill Bensley is best known for his holistic approach of integrating structures with nature while embracing local art forms. He says his philosophy aligns with the Indonesian phrase lebih gila, lebih biak, which means ‘the more odd, the better’..
The acclaimed 5-star Indigo Pearl is a fusion of modern architecture and Thai tin-mining heritage next to Nai Yang Beach, just 10 minutes from Phuket International Airport.
The resort has been hailed as a design masterpiece by global media publications and boasts easy access with direct flights to Phuket from almost everywhere in Asia.
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Posted 10th May 2011, by admin, and filed under Hotel & Accommodation in Phuket, News Update, Phuket E-Magazine
4th April 2011, Thailand- Impiana Hotels, Resorts and Spas is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Femke Beekers as Villa Manager for its 6-star Impiana Private Villas, Kata Noi, Phuket.
Femke joined Impiana from HMS, which managed Allamanda, a Best Western brand. Femke has over 20 years of industry experience. She started her travel & hospitality career in Thailand as a hostess in 2000 and later as Guest Relations. From there, she moved on to managing several family owned and international boutique hotels & resorts.
In 2003, Femke left the hotel industry for travel industry to set up her own agency Siam Connexion. After several successful years and having gained solid insight of the travel world, she was recruited by Samui Peninsula as Director of Sales & Marketing. There, she managed several successful special events and weddings. She was later promoted to the rank of Resort Manager. Under her stewardship, she lead the pre-opening team of a new hotel namely Samaya Bura.
Posted 10th May 2011, by admin, and filed under Event Update, Hotel & Accommodation in Phuket, Phuket E-Magazine, Sport Event
Phuket Property Dot Com Pro Am Invitational
30 world-class golf professionals to take part; Monies raised go to Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation
Organisers are building on the success of the sell-out 2010 event.
05 May 2011, PHUKET – The Phuket Property Dot Com Pro Am Invitational returns to Phuket, 17th June at Laguna Phuket Golf Club. Following the inaugural 2010 sell-out success, organisers expect upto 30 touring golf professionals and 90 amateurs to take part in Phuket’s biggest golf day, and raise money for the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation.
A number of top golf professionals from the Asian Tour and OneAsia tours have confirmed their participation, including Simon Yates, two-time winner on the Asia Tour; Thai star Udorn Duangdecha, winner of Thailand’s King’s Cup in 2010; Singapore number one Lam Chih Bing; Bangladeshi golf star Siddikur, and two-time winner and Rookie-Of-The-Year Rikard Karlberg.
Former pro on the LPGA tour Kelly Leadbetter will also be taking part, together with her son Andy Leadbetter, Asia’s premier teaching professional. The name Leadbetter is synonymous with golf worldwide, with the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, started by Kelly and Andy’s father, being the number one golf teaching academy in the world.
Phuket is one of the most popular golf destinations in Asia with direct flights from Europe and Australia. The Island’s golf tourism is a multi-million dollar business. Golf tourism currently accounts for 5% of holiday visitors to Thailand, yet accounts for 10% of spending. The Phuket Property Dot Com Pro Am Invitational is the Island’s first and only Pro Am event, shining the international spotlight on golfing in Phuket.
In 2010, the Phuket Property Dot Com Pro Am Invitational raised 500,000THB for the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation. Organisers hope to raise even more this year, with a portion of entry fees and a charity auction at the Gala Dinner with prizes in excess of 350,000THB, helping to contribute to the chosen charity.
Expressing his commitment to the event and to the charity, Peter Bolton, Co-Founder of PhuketProperty.com and Title Sponsor of the event for the second year, said “We’re delighted to be involved again this year. Last year was the inaugural event and feedback from both pros and amateurs was very positive. We hope this year to build on that success and raise even more money for the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation.”
The Phuket Property Dot Com Pro Am Invitational will take place Friday 17th June at the award-winning Laguna Phuket Golf Club, followed by a Gala Dinner at B-Lay Tong Resort, Patong. The price for Laguna Phuket Golf Club members is 6,000THB, and 8,000THB for non-members. To register, please contact email@example.com.
Sponsors of the 2011 Phuket Property Dot Com Pro Am Invitational, include Title Sponsor PhuketProperty.com; Official Golf Sponsor Laguna Phuket Golf Club; Hole Sponsors Baan Rim Pa, Da Maurizio Bar Ristorante, Joe’s Downstairs, Lee Marine, LoudMouth, Lhin’s Golf Guide, Serenity Resort & Residences Phuket, Sunseeker, The Yamu; Official Hotel Sponsor The Nap Patong; Supporting Hotels Absolute World Group, Banyan Tree Phuket, Serenity Resort & Residences Phuket; Official Gala Dinner Ambrose Wine Ltd, B-Lay Tong Resort; and Official Media Partners Phuket Gazette, PGTV and 91.5FM.
For more information, visit www.ProAm-Phuket.com.