Phuket King’s Cup Regatta winds to a close

Posted on December 12, 2016

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The final race day of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 30th Anniversary concluded the international sailing competition on Saturday (Dec 10) in a sincere expression of love and respect for HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and honored His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.

All classes ran just one race due to light wind conditions in the morning. Ross Chisholm, Race Officer, explained, “On really light days, for the race management it’s about retrieving what we can as best we can, but happily today we ended with a true breeze – it really brought the regatta to a close on a good note. It’s about changing on the fly, for both the race management and for the sailing teams, so it’s all about effective management whichever way you look at it; a bit of patience, a lot of experience.

“Sailing in light conditions is the real challenge. It separates the men from the boys. Phuket is a characteristically light regatta, so very challenging for sailors, demanding a high work rate and a lot of tactical nous. Even with distant breezes, it was enough to make it happen for everyone.”

CPO.1 Wiwat Poonpat and his Royal Thai Navy 1 successfully won the Platu One Design class, having come first in all seven races this week.

Kevin Whitcraft and THA72 had only had Ray Roberts’ boat to battle with during the week of racing in a two-boat class. They finished six minutes ahead in the final race on a short sprint course, and were named Regatta winners for IRC0.

Japanese team Yasuo Nanamori’s Karasu took IRC1 class regatta victory, fending off a stern challenge from perennial racers Mandrake III all through the week. They could only manage seventh place in the final race but had done enough on points following three wins earlier in the week.

April Jorgensen’s IRC2 team, Judy, have performed very well all week and thoroughly deserved their victory for Phuket King’s Cup honours.

In Premier class, Ithinai Yingsiri and King’s Cup regulars Pine-Pacific won after a week of solid first and second place performances.

Among the fireflies, a familiar name emerged by week-end; John Newnham and Twin Sharks, beating the Royal Malaysian Navy into second place on final standings.

Elsewhere, the Pulse 600 Racing class was won by Neil Ayre, skipper for Java Racing; the Multihull Racing class was won by Andrew Hurford (Phantom V); Kimiya Shimizu skippering Ying Yang won the Multihull Cruising class.

In the Open Charter class, Vladimir Oleynikov and team Popeye were victors, whilst compatriots on Snapdragon skippered by Igor Ginzburg won Bareboat Charter A; in the Cruising class (a much larger fleet this year), Jianquan Tong and Asia Pacific Atom won class honours.

The 2016 Phuket King’s Cup Regatta competitive classes include Keelboats and Multihulls and International Dinghy Classes. All participants, local and international sailors and organizers, joined in 89 seconds of silence to mourn the passing of HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the opening event.

The landmark 30th Anniversary year, under the theme of “A Heritage of Passion,” gave sailors a chance to look back on the long history of successes for the King’s Cup; it also spoke of the future direction of the regatta, with a strong focus on the development of youth sailing and greater connectivity to new and growing sailing markets around the world. The regatta has a very bright future, and thusly the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Organizing Committee wishes to express its appreciation to all of the sponsors, sailors, partners, media and support crews who have helped it grow over the years into the biggest prize in Asia yachting.

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