In celebration of
His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday All proceeds will benefit Charity
Projects for Children under the care of
Rotary Clubs in Thailand
13th PC Classic Sponsors ‘come aboard’
by Peter Cummins
The 13th Pattaya Mail PC Classic Royal Cliff Beach Resort International
Regatta is scheduled to be sailed off the Royal Varuna Yacht Club on
Saturday 24 March 2007.
Inaugurated in 1995, this event has now joined the ‘big league’ of yacht
races being held up and down the Kingdom and marks the first to be held on
the Eastern Seaboard for 2007.
At press time, more than 15 sponsors have answered the call, as well as the
Regatta principals, the Pattaya Mail, the Royal Cliff Beach Resort
and the Royal Varuna Yacht Club. Furthermore, this year, with some positive
commitments from Rotary Clubs, Rotary members have observed that several of
the projects entrusted to Rotary for implementation may be eligible for
‘matching grants’ from the International Rotary Foundation, greatly adding
to the disbursement to the underprivileged.
Major (Platinum) sponsor again this year is the European
Security Concepts and Property Services (ESC) whose CEO Steve Graham looks
most favourably on the regatta as contributing to Pattaya’s
Raimon Land, too, dedicated to “developing a better environment” looks on
yacht racing as being very much part of the clean, healthy life-style of its
properties around the Eastern Seaboard and elsewhere.
Amongst other perennial supporters, randomly listed are:
the LCB Container Terminal 1 Ltd, Siam Royal View, Jomtien Boathouse Hotel
Wine and Grill, the Pattaya International Ladies Club, Gulf Air, Ambrose
Wine Limited, Carpet Master, Siam Food, MS Maker and Supply Ltd., Part.,
Bath and Spa and Thai Beverages, to name those pledges received as this
issue of Pattaya Mail goes to press.
One sponsor who must be singled out is Rotarian Jan Christopher von Koss who
has donated a large sum from his own resources.
All proceeds of the PC Classic, as in the past, will be donated to worthy
charities in the community, under the guidance of the Rotary Clubs of
Thailand. Almost all of the charity funding generously provided by our
sponsors will be channelled to the most needy and disadvantaged among our
community - particularly the children and young people.
During successive editions of the PC Classic over the years, scholarships
have been provided for children; other recipients have included Banglamung
Home for the Aged, Happiness Camps reaching out from teachers to students,
the Redemptorist School for the Blind, computer equipment for schools around
the Eastern Seaboard and further afield and equipment for the Remand Home
for wayward youth.
A special concern this year will be to provide equipment
to bring fresh water to a number of schools and educational facilities
around the Kingdom. This has been a priority project for Rotary Clubs
world-wide and has made considerable progress in the Kingdom already.
For example, close to home recently, the Rotary Club of Bangkok South, in
collaboration with several of the clubs on the Eastern Seaboard, installed a
fresh-water facility at a school on Koh Larn that had never known such a
luxury as potable tap-water.
While noting that yacht racing may not be everyone’s idea of a great day out
- especially as many regattas are held ‘somewhere over the yonder horizon’,
let us ensure all who come to the Royal Varuna Yacht Club on Saturday 24
March will be regaled by a spectacle of colour, excitement and action right
off the shore.
Royal Cliff will provide some very delectable snacks and drinks right
through the day and, later in the evening, one of the best, most sumptuous
international gala dinners to be had in these parts.
See below and watch further editions of the Pattaya Mail for more
announcements of the day and evening programmes, the cost and all other
relevant details of this splendid day by the sea-side.
COME AND ENJOY THIS UNIQUE CLEBRATION OF LIFE!
Royal Varuna Yacht Club
Soft Drinks, Beer, Snacks
Adults: 400 baht -
Children under 12 FREE!
Dress: Shorts and T-shirts.
Sun cream and sun glasses!
||Welcome to the Royal Varuna Yacht Club
||Marching band will greet the sailors on shore at the
end of the race.
||Presentation of Trophies for the Children's
||End of Beach activity.
Royal Cliff Beach Resort
Adults: Baht 1500* Children under 12 years: Baht 750*
(Evening function only)
(Includes 2 bottles of wine per table of 10)
Dress: Smart Casual/PC Classic T.
18.30 hrs: At the Royal Cliff Beach Resort
19.00 hrs: Dinner and Entertainment
20.00 hrs: Prize presentations of PC Classic
20.35 hrs: Entertainment
|*Package - Adults 1700 baht
Children 850 baht
Includes Beach Activities & Gala Dinner
All proceeds from the Regatta and
the Gala Awards Dinner will be donated to worthy
charity projects for children in our community
serviced by the Rotary Clubs
The PC Classic: Genesis of a Yacht Race
By Peter Cummins, Special Correspondent, Pattaya
The Pattaya Mail PC Classic Royal Cliff Beach Resort
International Regatta is ‘sailing’ towards its 13th event, even as the ‘old
boy’ - PC himself - is battling the head-winds and the wind shifts to try to
reach his sixth cycle, 72nd birthday.
This yacht race, designated by Dr Iain a few years ago as the “longest-named
yacht race in the world”, did not come onto this illustrious title by chance
- rather by evolution.
On his fifth-cycle, sixtieth birthday, in March, 1987, PC (Peter Cummins)
‘accepted’ mandatory retirement from his lifetime liaison with the United
Nations. His UN send-off, after more than three decades of service, was
somewhat less than spectacular and the organization gave him a wristwatch,
with just one battery. A spectacular irony for someone who kept time not by
the minute, hour or day, but by the month!
On escaping that weekend, as he had done for the preceding 20 years, to his
beloved Pattaya, specifically the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, of which he was
Commodore in 1980-1981, he was in for a surprise. The Club threw a
monumental party for the old guy and packed two days’ racing into the
Genesis of the PC Classic. These races were a Mickey Mouse pursuit over the
waters in front of Varuna, chasing balloons. But, a good time was had by all
and it was fast-forward to the mid-nineties, after PC had joined the Pattaya
Mail. The venerable best English language newspaper in the East “came
aboard” the PC Classic, bringing the Royal Cliff Beach resort as well and,
la voila, we had an international regatta which has built from there.
And, as the regatta took on its distinctly international flavour, so did the
event gain its name!
This year’s sailing is already attracting record sponsorship and, as can be
seen below, it will be in great company, with many of supporters from
previous years joining again.
The 13th event is dedicated to His Majesty the King of Thailand’s 80th
birthday, due next December. The Monarch has been a Gold Medallist helmsman
in earlier days, has built his own dinghies and is Royal Patron of the Royal
Varuna Yacht Club as well as the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta.
Channelling assistance funding, the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya, the
regatta organizers were most happy to announce that beneficiaries of the
event’s proceeds distributed throughout 2006 were aimed at disadvantaged
children and included: “Happiness Camps from Teachers to Students”; the
Kasemsook Movement, aimed at fostering ethics and moral rectitude in young
Thai students; support (IT equipment) for the Chonburi Juvenile and Family
Court Observation and Protection Centre (the Remand Home), inter alia.
And, as in previous years, all the night time celebrations, a sumptuous
international buffet, entertainment and a night of great camaraderie and
joviality will be hosted by the Royal Cliff Beach Resort which has been a
perennial sponsor of this yacht race which Royal Cliff MD Panga Vathanakul
considers a most “environmentally-friendly activity”.
The Pattaya Mail will continue to publish updates of developments in this
year’s PC Classic.
We are offering 4
Platinum Sponsorship Package Baht 300,000
Diamond Sponsorship Package Baht 200,000
Gold Sponsorship Package Baht 100,000
Silver Sponsorship Package Baht 50,000
For Sponsorship Reservations and Ticket Sales please contact:
Rotary Club of
1862 1788 •
Royal Cliff Beach Resort
Tel: 0 3825 0421
Pratheep ‘Peter’ Malhotra:Pattaya Mail Publishing
3841 1240-1 •
The Pattaya Mail, in conjunction with the Royal Cliff Beach
Resort and the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, will, once again organise one of the
most spectacular sporting events on the Eastern Seaboard, to recognise and
honour Peter Cummins, former Commodore of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, who has
done so much to promote sailing in Pattaya and in the Kingdom. Famous for many
years as a paradise of water sports and marine-related pursuits, Pattaya
benefits enormously from this event which this year will attract an even greater
number of sportsmen and women, with more than one hundred sailors from 15
countries participating in what must be regarded as one of the most colourful
and environmentally-friendly activities for all the family.
The regatta has the support of the Tourism Authority of
Thailand, the Office of the Governor of Chonburi and Pattaya City.
Last year’s event attracted hundreds of spectators and
extensive press and TV coverage, many lining the Royal Varuna Yacht Club
water-front to see, close-hand, the yachts in action.
This year all of the action takes place in the bay
immediately in front of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club with one of the rounding
marks at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort foreshore.
But it is not just colour and action, it is also the vast
press and media coverage, which the Regatta attracts and which presents a most
positive side of Pattaya to the world at large. Extensive coverage of the
pre-race preparations and the race day itself is guaranteed by the Pattaya Mail,
Pattaya Blatt, and Pattaya Mail on TV with our international team of journalists
including Peter Cummins, Thailand’s most internationally-recognised sailing
correspondent. Other national and international press will also cover and spread
news of the event to a worldwide audience.
But the most noble cause of this year’s event is that the
proceeds from your sponsorship will be donated to worthy charity projects in our
community serviced by the Rotary Clubs in Thailand which include scholarships
for children, assisting residents at the Banglamung Home for the Aged,
Preserving the Environment, Happiness from Teachers to Students and other
worthwhile projects to alleviate the suffering and needs of the underprivileged
in our community.
The prize presentations & celebrations will be held at
the Royal Cliff Beach Resort the same evening. Throughout the years, this party
has been the talk of the town. A fabulous array of splendid food and drinks
awaits our guests and we assure you that it will be a night to remember.
We plan the festivities to be entertaining and at the same
time, to create goodwill, the results of which will bring much relief to those
whom we have indicated as recipients of your kind sponsorship. We welcome
members of the community to attend this gala affair.
Publishing Co., Ltd.
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