Starting on the 14th of January 2019, the third Sail Thailand Langkawi to Phuket Rally will take place, exploring the Thai waters of the Andaman Sea and its coastline. The ral-ly gives participants a feel for the culture and people of Thailand while being immersed in various exciting or relaxing activities.
The exact program is currently being final-ized and the rally kick-off will be with a breakfast in Langkawi’s Rebak Marina after which all yachts will start moving north. In addition to the 2018 rally stops the organization is exploring possibilities for the west coast of Thailand which is limited on the northern end with the border of Myanmar. More detailed plans will be communicated in the next month.
FLEXIBLE, FRIENDLY INTRODUCTION TO THAILAND
The last Sail Thailand Rally turned out to be very successful with 22 cruising yachts taking part. After the Rally an online survey asked the participants about their experience. Some 75% of participants completed the survey, with all respon-dents qualifying the Rally as either ‘excellent’ (54%) or ‘very good’ (46%). The crew of sy Taka Oa wrote: “The rally exceeded our expectations. Great organ-isation, excellent communication with the fleet and in a spectacular location. What more could you ask for?” SY Osborne Star wrote “Sail Thailand provides a not to be missed introduction to cruising in Thai-land’s beautifully unique waters. The local people proved to be most friendly and welcoming. The ral-ly-organized events were fabulous, and the program provided great value. We hope to participate again next year”. Another interesting comment came from sy Asterie: “Flexible, friendly introduction to Thailand”.
As it turned out for around 70% of the yachts it is their first visit to Thailand. There were quite a few suggestions to improve the event such as: ‘can the rally last 1 week longer’ or can we have more stops’. Some critical remarks were: ‘can more vegetarian food be added’ and there were also suggestions for participating in an activity beneficial to the environ-ment, for instance a joint beach clean-up at one of the National Park islands”. Obviously, the next issue of Sail Thailand will consider all suggestions made and work them into the program.
A JOINT EFFORT WITH SHARED BENEFITSA
A rally like Sail Thailand is a co-operative effort with many people and parties involved. The initiator of Sail Thailand, Marieke Derks of Seven-star Yacht Transport Asia, started the rally with the help Sazli Kamal Basha of Sail Malaysia, Zara Trem-lett of Phuket Yacht Haven Marina and Matthew Na Ngara of Port Takola. To Marieke the further devel-opment of Sail Thailand is a co-operative effort: “It is an event that we organiZe as a team from the yacht-ing industry. We encourage sponsors and supporting parties to play an active role and confer with them how to interact with rally participants and offer ben-efits not only in a monetary terms but especially by sharing knowledge, skills or any other beneficial ways to establish lasting relationships. It is in this spirit of joint efforts that in Sail Thailand we prefer to talk about “Partners” and “Friends” rather than sponsors. The difference being that Partners contribute mone-tarily and in kind while Friends contribute in kind”.
INCLUSIVE AND FUN
To Marieke these two aspects are the essence of the successful development of an inclusive and fun experience for Sail Thailand in the future. The 2018 edition of Sail Thailand reflected that philosophy. some examples
Says Marieke: “For 2019 we will look at all suggestions from the participants of 2018 and of course Sail Thailand is open to suggestions and further co-operation. We are actively looking for more Partners and Friends as we believe that the 2019 edition will again help attract more yachts to discover the beauty of Thailand. Our Facebook Page and website (www.sailthailand.net) will be updated with all new information after the summer holidays”.
INTERESTED IN JOINING SAIL THAILAND 2019?
Are you interested in joining the Sail Thailand 2019 rally, or do you wish to become Rally Partner or Rally FrienD? Pls visit the Sail Thailand website www.sailthailand.net or send an email to: [email protected]
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