Dec 132011

WORD ON PHUKET SAILING SCENE: With the final results through, the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta was hailed as one of the island’s best regattas ever in the King’s Cup’s 25 year history.

Sailing action on the last day of thePhuket King's Cup Regatta 2011

Sailing action from Karasu, winner of the IRC 1 Class on the last day of thePhuket King's Cup Regatta 2011. Photo by Guy Nowell

The last day of the prestigious Phuket regatta brought the best winds of the week, and was capped off by a spectacular closing party held at Kata Beach Resort & Spa with a prize giving ceremony accompanied by a fireworks display over Kata Beach, the main venue for the King’s Cup events.

Phuket King’s Cup Organising Committee President Kevin Whitcraft said has been one of the most exciting Regattas in years with top-class sailing and excellent weather off the coast of Phuket during the December races.

Phuket Kings Cup Regatta winners

Royal Thai Navy 1, winner of IRC 2 receives trophy from Saravut Churinta (4th right), Phuket Oil Terminal Manager and Boonyawat Byddhimetapong (3rd right), Engineer, representative from PTT Group.

King’s Cup Regatta Final Race Results

“Team Premier” skippered by Hannes Weimer and crew won the IRC Zero Class winner on 13 points, ahead of Neil Pryde’s “Hi Fi” and Sam Chan’s “Freefire” in second and third respectively.

In the RC1 Class japan’s Yasuo Nanamori beat 12 other boats and sailors of 17 different nationalities with his all-Japanese “Karasu” team to take first in the class.

In the IRC 2 Class, Thailand scored a magnificent victory with Chief Petty Officer First Class Wiwat Poonpat and his crew taking “Royal Thai Navy 1” to a clear class win.

Second place went to Singapore entry “Foxy Lady V”, skippered by Bill Bremner with Russian entry “Ruby Tuesday”, skippered by Arbuzov Andrey, finished third.

Firefly 850 Sport Class racer “Moto Inzi”, skippered by Britain Roger Kingdon, put in a strong final day performance with a first and a second to claim class victory by a single point over their nearest rival, “Voodoo”, skippered by Hans Rahmann.

In the Multihull Class, “Sidewinder”, steered by  Alan Carwadine and crew was unmatched in consistency. The team finished the runaway winner with two wins on the last day to take the class title. 2nd place went to “Da Vinci”, skippered by Mick Coleman, and third place went to David Liddell’s “Miss Saigon”.

Kiteboarding Phuket King's Cup Regatta

Kiteboards appeared for the first time in the King's Cup Regatta's 25-year history

The British team on “Titania of Cowes” delivered consistent wins throughout the regatta and performed strongly in the final stages to take the Premier Class. Despite the best efforts of rivals “Baby Tonga Strongbow” skippered by Peter Sorrenson, Richard Dobbs’ “Titania of Cowes” team sealed victory with third and first place finishes on the last day of the Regatta. Third place was secured by the stunning 82-foot Swan from China, “Chao Ren Plus One”, skippered by Wang Bin.

In the Bareboat Charter Class, “Venture” lead by Mark Crisp, claimed a second place finish to complete their domination in the final race of the series.

Second place went to “Sail Plane” skippered by Oliver Heer with “Tonicola 2”, skippered by Mikhail Beloborodov in third.

The Modern Classic Class was won by Bo Standergaard’s “Patrice III” by two points from Peter Wood’s “Windstar” in second and Nicholas Smith’s “Free Wind”, in third.

In the Cruising Class, “Odin”, manned by Aquacraft Asia, finished with a win today and a win overall. Second place went to William Sax’s “Astraeus” with Jack Cristensen’s “Linda” in third.

In the Kiteboard Class, the first class in the regatta’s 25-year history, France’s Olivier Dansin won four out of five races in the Series to win overall, while Thai kiteboard star and two-time Asian Champion, Narapichit Pudla, finished second overall, followed by Turkey’s Salih Alexander in third.

This year’s King’s Cup Regatta attracted the largest fleet in the competition’s history; comprising 91 keelboats and multihulls, 38 dinghies and 19 Kiteboards, plus more than 1,000 sailors from 33 countries.