In April, 1966, His Majesty King Bhumiphol Adulyadej sailed single-handed his OK Dinghy which he had built himself from Klai Kangwon Summer Palace in Hua Hin, travelling 60 nautical miles before arriving on the Toey Ngam Beach in Sattahip, Chon Buri. The journey across the Gulf of Thailand took an amazing 17 hours. The Hua Hin Regatta 2016 was held in April and celebrated the 50th anniversary of this achievement. Early morning on 17th April, a fleet of around 50 boats in a variety of classes set off from the Hua Hin beach to replicate the journey of HM The King. However on this occasion Royal Navy craft provided an escort to ensure that all arrived safe and sound well before dark. His Majesty the King originally gave the rudder of Vega to the Royal Thai Navy who, in turn gave it to the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand to use as a perpetual trophy for this event every year. This trophy is handed to the winner and their name is inscribed on it. Over 300 competitors from across Thailand and many other Asian as well as European countries took part in the 2016 Regatta. The organising authority was The Yacht Racing Association of Thailand (YRAT), in conjunction with the Royal Thai Navy, Tourist Authority of Thailand, Cha-Am Municipality and Phetchaburi Province. YRAT President Admiral Kraisorn Chansuvanich presided over the opening ceremony at The Regent Cha-am Beach Resort. During the Regatta Royal Thai Navy ships were chaperoning the fleet off-shore and the eager helping hands of navy sailors provided the first greeting and for returning competitors.
About The 2016 Hua Hin Regatta
– An Internationally recognised Event and competition for Royal Trophies:
– Royal Vega Rudder trophy for various classes from His Majesty the King
– 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 from HRH Princess GalyaniVadhana
About The Sailing Club Hua Hin
Where: Suan Son Loi Road Cha-Am. That’s next door (north) to the Regent Chalets, about 15 kms from Hua Hin.
Map: Coordinates12°43’56.5”N 99°57’52.8”E
Contact: English – 087888 7565,
Thai: 084413 5038, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org