10th Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek- High calibre fleet line-up

2013 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek -A strong line-up of boats and crews from around the world is expected
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Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek is set to welcome a large multinational fleet 17 – 21 July, 2013 at Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket, Thailand.

'The entry line-up for 2013 is looking very strong,' said Mr. Byron Jones, Managing Director of co-organiser Media Business Services (MBS). 'We are already pushing mid-30's and there are a number of boats we expect to register in the coming days. We are seeing more chartered boats and international crews taking part this year, as well as retaining strong support from the local sailing community.'

A quality fleet is shaping up, and class splits will likely be IRC Racing I, IRC Racing II and IRC Cruising. Leading the fleet in length is the TP52 Team Premier, skippered by new owner and circuit veteran, Peter Ahern.

Up against Team Premier will be a newcomer to Phuket Raceweek, the Beneteau 44.7 Fuujin, formerly Ichiban, and now owned by a familiar face, Peter Sorensen. Ben Copley's Aquila Reichel Pugh 45 Katsu, and Kevin Whitcraft's modified GP42 Wan Ma Rang are also likely contenders.

Having a genuine Classic class is something unique to Phuket Raceweek and something the organisers have supported and encouraged since the beginning. Entries are already looking good with five having registered to date, including two newcomers, as well as perennial competitor Seraph, who at 106 years old is the oldest in the fleet. All in the Classic class will be racing for the perpetual Seraph Trophy.

Four days of racing combined with four nights of beachside parties at the 5-star Cape Panwa Hotel, the 10th Anniversary Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek will take place 17 – 21 July, 2013.

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