19th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2005

AY Nov News and Views: ’The feedback from sailors, spectators and sponsors has been exceptional, and we are now keen to ensure that the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta retains its position as Asia’s top yachting event,’ said Khun Santi, President of the KC committee. ’At the same time, we are very much aware of our other obligations – to help the local community recover from last year’s catastrophic Tsunami by bringing more people to this lovely island.' More info at: www.kingscup.com


19th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2005
AY Race Report 5 & Summary

Presenting the 2005 champions ...
Despite some classes being decided yesterday the majority had to race today to settle the score. A nice ten knots saw the fleet away which increased during the race and produced some exciting racing. The last day is historically the major sponsors day and Raimon Land lived up to their reputation by hosting the biggest and best party after the royal presentation ceremony

Racing Class - and it's Ray Roberts for 2005
Although Ray Roberts on the DK46 Drumstick Quantum Racing won the title yesterday he was back on the water today and drove home his advantage by taking out the final race as well.

After yesterdays disappointment Neil Pryde's Hi Fi Team Pryde managed a second today to finish up second overall. The Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth owned Mandrake finished down the order in sixth today but they managed to finish third overall. Frank Pong's line honours favourite Boracay ended up third today and well in front of the fleet but only managed fifth place overall.

Premier Cruising Class
Brian Hayden's Vida added another win to his tally to run away with the trophy in front of his bigger opposition. Geoffrey Hill's Aussie team on Strewth finished up second to claim second overall. A steadily improving Andrew Rickards on Moonblue sailed into third overall after a bad start.

Sportsboats
As Morten Jakobsen's Emma Mathilde XX clinched the title yesterday he kindly lent the boat to Riku Ruokolahti's Finnish Team that retired after a accident on the third day of racing. Scott Duncanson's Phuket 8 Somtam Express stayed in second place overall after finishing up in second today. Jonathan Mahony's Mumm 30 Happy Endings first place today came a litle to late but confirmed them for third place on the podium in front of YachtPros fast finishing Rob Williams.

IRC 1
In a surprise move Viroj Nualkhair's Octopussy came from behind to win the overall title. Jon Vause's defending champion Ruby Tuesday had to settle on second overall after a disappointing third place today. Robert Bailey's consistent mid field placing's on Switchblade and a second today has earned them the third podium position.

IRC 2
Despite David Lindahl's La Samudra adding a second win to their tally, it was a case of a little to late to topple Lt. Peera Sagultem's Royal Thai Navy 1 from the top of the leaderboard. The Royal Thai Navy 2 are not quite up with their navy counterparts performance but managed to take third overall.

IRC 3
Ian Wilkinson's second place today on Patrice III plus the last two race wins keeps them on top of the stack. Mia Gillow's third on Minx dropped them to second overall after a brilliant start to the regatta. Graham Lind's win on Sumatra today came a little to late but broke the overall third place tie with Stewart Crowe and relegated Cinders to forth spot.

Sunsail One Design Class
Christian Eschenburg's win on Princess Anna earned them successive King's Cup victories. Second place for Tony Oates on Princess Christina gives them second overall and third place for Philip Bowring on Princess Sharda lifts them to third overall

Bareboat Charter Class
Although Keith Blankley only managed a fourth on Bintang today they did enough in the earlier races to win the class over Andrew Pearson's Aussie named Team Camel Toe (Tompa). Boukje Van Venrooy's Fidgi finished up in third overall after recording a win in the final race.

Multihull 1
Roger Kingdon's newly launched and lightning quick Moto Inzi succeeds in winning the class on their first up outing. Radab Kanjanavanit's second place today on Cedar Swan lifts them up in front of Kim Thomas's defending champion CoCo Blues.

Multihull 2
Christopher Edwards stayed on the pace giving Chimera four wins and the overall title. Merv Owen's Charro scored a second place to break the tie with Pook Mackinson's well sailed Raimon Land Chameleon to finish up in that order and the minor podium placing's.

Classic Class
Julian Hill's win today on Sanook gives them the overall title in front of the bigger opposition. Bryce Rassmussen's 141ft Silvia remained in second overall and Wade Kimpton's third place on Lady M today, keeps them in the same order in the overall placing's.

Ocean Rover
Simon Andrews Jemini Jo came from behind to post a win today and snatch overall victory in the class. Coming into the final race this class was the closest of them all. Hellmut Schutte's Aquavit III ended up in second spot overall despite finishing fifth today. Derek Holding's Amadeus completed the podium placing's and only single points still separates the final outcome.

Summary
Running a big regatta with eighty six yachts in twelve classes can cause organizational problems on the water. Several disgruntled skippers have lodged a record number of 34 hearings and after being denied redress have openly expressed their displeasure with the outcome. Keeping consistency in the decision making is a good measure of the flavor of the event and perhaps a independent jury from the race organisors will go a long way to solving this. Also some improvement in the equipment, vessels and personal needed to keep the event running smoothly. As there can only one winner, pleasing all the sailors all the time is a impossible task.

The King personal representative Privy Councilor H.E. Rear Admiral Mom Luang Usni Pramoj praised the efforts to repair Phuket after the Tsunami last year and thanked the International competitors for coming and showing the rest of the world that Phuket is back. He also added a bit of humour and apologized for the shortness of his speech and told competitors if you want to hear more you better come back next year for the 20th anniversary of the King's Cup.

Full results are available at: http://www.kingscup.com/seriesresults.html

Shufen's photos on the race reports can be found at: http://www.shufen.net


19th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2005
AY Race Report 4

Today's results will determine some classes...
Despite the gray sky and drizzle, racing got away in about eight knots of breeze. Over the first three days of racing twenty three protests have been heard by the jury in a record twelve hours that has significantly changed the overall placing's in some classes and ruled out the chances in others. The Racing, Sportsboats and IRC 1 classes resumed today with two rounds of windward/leeward courses and all other classes were off on a passage race around the off lying islands.

Racing Class - and it's Ray Roberts for 2005
Neil Pryde's Hi Fi Team Pryde took the honours in race six but dropped back to sixth place in race seven, that has ruined his chances for this years title. Ray Roberts on the chartered DK46 Drumstick Quantum Racing scored two second places to keep them at the top of the leaderboard and a handy points advantage to clinch the title before going into tomorrows final race. The Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth owned Mandrake's two third places today keeps them in the running for the third podium place. Frank Pong's Boracay pulled of a magnificent first and fastest during race seven but suffers from a very high handicap rating to be placed well down the order.

Premier Cruising Class
Brian Hayden's win on Vida today puts him back at the top of the leaderboard in front of Geoffrey Hill's Aussie team on Struth who only managed a third place today. Andrew Rickards on Moonblue has been steadily improving to claim second place today and enters into third place on the overall leaderboard.

Sportsboats
Morten Jakobsen's last minute decision to take on Claudia Spinks as crew on Emma Mathilde XX has paid of handsomely. After trimming the sails on the first race he kindly gave over the helm on the Platu 25 to the young 18 year old dinghy sailor from the UK who has won three races and now has a unbeatable lead in the class. Jonathan Mahony's Mumm 30 Happy Endings rebounded with a second place after a disastrous race one and five to climb back into third overall. Scott Duncanson's Phuket 8 Somtam Express sits on second place overall with a narrow margin but no one can beat Emma Mathilde XX who are looking at lending the boat to the stricken Platu 25 crew that were involved in the second day accident and forced to retire from the event.

IRC 1
A mixed bag of results on the two races today keeps this class wide open going into tomorrows final race. Jon Vause's defending champion Ruby Tuesday still leads with a narrow two points despite a second and fourth today. As the drop race is introduced and Viroj Nualkhair's Octopussy scored a first and fifth to keep them in second overall the pressure is on the leader. Peter Wintle's Rhythm Stick won race six and trails in fourth overall but as only single points separate first to fourth overall they are all within striking distance and tomorrows final will be the decider.

IRC 2
David Lindahl's La Samudra managed to finally take a race from Lt. Peera Sagultem's Royal Thai Navy 1 today but the three wins the navy have scored so far gives them a two point overall advantage and will need something catastrophic to happen to lose the title. Andrey Novoderezhkin's Russian entry on Master Blaster took third place and is tied for third overall with the Royal Thai Navy 2.

IRC 3
Ian Wilkinson's two wins in the last two races has lifted Patrice III to first place overall. Mia Gillow's fourth on Minx dropped them to second overall and trail by only one point after the drop race is included. Graham Lind's Sumatra and Stewart Crowe on Cinders have shared the placing's so far to be tied for third spot overall.

Sunsail One Design Class
Despite Christian Eschenburg on Princess Anna finishing second today their earlier wins keeps them at the top of the table. Tony Oates race four win on Princess Christina lifts them to second overall and tied on points with Keith Harding on Princess Isabella going into tomorrows final.

Bareboat Charter Class
Another win on Bintang skippered by Keith Blankley keeps them at the top of the leaderboard with a slender one point advantage over Andrew Pearson's Aussie named Team Camel Toe (Tompa). Boukje Van Venrooy's Fidgi maintains third place overall after sharing the placings with the leaders.

Multihull 1
Despite Roger Kingdon's newly launched Moto Inzi suffering a torn mainsail headboard and forced to retire from the race they still hold the overall lead. Peter Plant's defending champion CoCo Blues regained some late form to win today and take them to within two points of the leader. Radab Kanjanavanit's Cedar Swan trails in third spot but is within striking distance and Moto Inzi cannot afford a repeat of today's breakage.

Multihull 2
Christopher Edwards race four win on Chimera gives them a insurmountable points lead and the overall title without having to race in the final. Pook Mackinson Raimon Land Chameleon is tied on points with Merv Owen's Charro and will have to fight it out tomorrow for the remaining podium positions.

Classic Class
Julian Hill's Sanook maintains the overall lead despite a third placing today. Bryce Rassmussen's mighty Silvia is second overall and Wade Kimpton's win on Lady M today brings them up to third overall after a bad start to the series.

Ocean Rover
This class is the closest of them all with Hellmut Schutte's Aquavit III presently leading on seven points. Simon Andrews Jemini Jo is tied with Derek Holding's Amadeus on eight points and tomorrows final race will be the deciding factor.

Full results are available at: http://www.kingscup.com/seriesresults.html

Shufen's photos on the race reports can be found at: http://www.shufen.net


19th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2005

The art of going fast... the Frank Pong way
As big boat racing is a relatively new concept in Asia and the opportunity arose to go aboard Frank Pong's all carbon 76ft Boracay for the Kata Group Race to Ko Racha, AsianYachting decided to see what it takes to race on one of the largest boats in the fleet. Yachting journalists often sum up a situation with a few words or are quick to dismiss something with a few taps on the keyboard and most don't ever get to experience the real thing. Sailing small boats by yourself is relatively easy but migrating to bigger boats with 10 to 15 crew becomes a people management problem that takes time to solve.

Stepping onboard Boracay for the first time, one could be overwhelmed by the sheer size of the racing machine, not to mention being introduced to 20 crew members. What do they all do on the boat? After being introduced to Peter, Paul and Louise on the beach, I decided to ask everyone what role they play in the team. Up on the foredeck, Lino the bowman was discussing procedures with fellow crew members Chris and Frederic the mastman are responsible for changing sails and seeing that everything runs smoothly at the front of the boat.

Downstairs I met up with Lope, Ding and Jo who have the unsavory title of being sewer men and collect in the huge often wet sails as they are being dowsed down the hatch and repack them ready to be launched again. In the pit, two coffee grinders manned by Jayrum, Cox, Sing and Barry mechanically turn the big winches that Louie, Robert, Jeremy and Johnny use to trim the sails. Further back I found Lawrence the tactician, Lord Ian and Paul the navigator who are instrumental in advising Frank on the course layout during the race and sail selection for the expected wind direction on the next leg.

Approaching the crowded start line with a brisk 16 to 18 knot breeze on a 76ft missile is quite a daunting task. Picking a clear path and anticipating other boat moves is the role of the tactician and ultimately in the hands of the owner driver Frank Pong who is in charge of the vessel. When a decision is made, it is clearly announced, which sets the crew in motion to perform the task. Information from the navigator and tactician is constantly relayed to Frank to act upon. The close reach out to Ko Racha required a headsail change and the return asymmetric spinnaker reach provided a thrilling 20+ knot ride back. All the time the winches are grinding as the sails are being trimmed and straining ropes can be felt vibrating through the deck. It was all over in two hours, eight minutes and although taking line honours by the proverbial mile we only managed third place after handicaps were applied.

In the end it comes down to how efficiently the crew work. Everyone has a job to do and an important role to play in the team. Some owners bring in professional sailors for certain roles and others maintain a core of sailors to select from.

As Frank's passion is racing and building fast boats, he is known in Hong Kong as Admiral Frank for the fleet of big yachts he keeps at the yacht club. Up to twelve Philippine and one Malaysian crew are employed full time to run and maintain the boats through the hectic sailing program. It certainly takes a good owner and crew to make a successful racing team. After much discussion back on the mooring about how things could have gone better, Frank's parting comments about the crew "Like any relationship it's a two way street where both parties benefit from each other" still rings in my ears and is good advice for intending yacht owners taking up the challenge.

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19th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2005
AY Race Report 3

Thar she blows...
The best winds seen at a Phuket King's Cup Regatta in many years pushed the big fleet of 85 boats around the 27 nautical mile course at a record speed today, but the heavy conditions took a toll.

There were two collisions at sea, but fortunately no sailors were injured. Classic class boat Eveline was badly damaged after a collision with Lady M early in the race, while a smaller Platu 25 also sustained some damage after being hit by Master Blaster as the winds gusted to more than 20 knots.

As the north-easterly winds kicked in at up to 25 knots, Neil Pryde's Hi Fi finally broke through for a win in the top flight Racing class to finish in front of Mandrake in the provisional results, but Drumstick Quantum Racing's fourth place in today's race was still enough to retain the overall lead. Hi Fi is second overall and Mandrake third.

In the Premier class Australian boat Strewth, skippered by Geoffrey Hill, finished second in the day's long offshore race, but is still leading overall. Vida, another Australian boat, owned and skippered by Brian Hayden, is second overall despite finishing fourth today. Moonblue, with Britain's Andrew Rickards at the helm, is third overall.

In the small but fast Sportsboats class, Morten Jacobsen's Emma Mathilde XX has the overall lead after a third place today, while Thai-registered boat Yachtpro 106, a Platu skippered by Riku Roukolahti, is second and Scot Duncanson's Somtam Express is third.

Ruby Tuesday, with the experienced John Vause at the helm, had another victory today and has the overall lead from Thailand's Viroj Nualkhair on Octopussy, with Mike Downard's Switchblade, skippered by Robert Bailey, third in the IRC 1 class.

The Royal Thai Navy 1 boat again blew it's rivals away in the IRC 2 class and leads overall after a third straight win today. David Lindahl's La Samudra is second overall with Master Blaster, skippered by Russia's Andrey Novoderezhkin, in third place overall.

Thai-registered boat Minx, with Australian Mia Gillow doing the steering, has the overall lead in the IRC 3 class over Britain Stewart Crowe's Cinders and Patrice II, skippered by another Brit, Ian Wilkinson.

The fastest boat on the water today was Moto Inzi, a catamaran designed and skippered by Mark Pescott, which has the overall lead in the Multihull 1 class. "Our equipment showed we were doing a little over 23 knots" said Pescott. Moto Inzi is Sawahili for firefly, and the catamaran is easily the fastest boat in the fleet in strong winds.

Second overall in the Multihull 1 class is the unusual twin-masted catamaran Coco Blues, which was built in Koh Samui. Veteran Thai sailor Radab Kanjanavanit was also flying today on his boat Cedar Swan and is in third place overall after three races.

In the Classic class Sanook still leads overall despite a poor sixth place in today's race, but the massive old boat Silvia is a solid second and Senang third.

In the Ocean Rover class, Aquavit III leads overall from Jemini Jo and Cordelia.

The sailors can all relax at the Phuket Orchid Resort party at Karon beach before tomorrow's rest day. Many are expected to visit the Phuket Boat Show, which opens tomorrow.

Shufen's photos can be found at: http://www.shufen.net

Full results from the first day of racing will be available from http://www.kingscup.com/seriesresults.html


19th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2005
AY Race Report 2

Dealing with the vagaries of the wind...
After yesterdays twenty knot gusts the light five to eight knots that greeted the sailors this morning was a bit of a anti climax. Aussie Race Officer David Brooks managed to get the majority of the fleet away on a passage race and persevered throughout the day to complete the three races scheduled for the racing class. As the wind became patchy it turned into a bit of a lottery and the windward/leeward races had to be shortened to keep it a fair race.

An indication of just how International the Phuket King's Cup has become is Andrey Novoderezhkin's entry from Russia on Master Blaster and the first entry from mainland China skippered by Wang Bin on the chartered Blue Juice. Also most of the Sunsail yachts were booked very early in the piece by a diverse range of crews and mostly making an appearance at the King's Cup for the first time.

Ray Roberts skippering the chartered DK46 Drumstick Quantum Racing made big advances to securing the King's Cup by winning all three inshore races today. Neil Pryde's Hi Fi Team Pryde rebounded after yesterdays fifth placing to score three second places. The Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth owned Mandrake fell of the pace to record a fifth and two third places there by giving up the top of the leader board to Ray Roberts for the time being.

Geoffrey Hill's Aussie team on Struth made the best of the light conditions to clinch the premier Cruising Class in race two and take second place in race 3. Thailand's Suwan Poopoksakul on Lawana sailed into second spot in race two and took out a third place in race three. Brian Hayden's Vida added a third and a first placing onto a race one victory to lead at this stage in proceeding in the overall standings.

Jonathan Mahony's Mumm 30 Happy Endings made the most of the Sportsboat class to score two wins over his smaller rivals. Scott Duncanson's Phuket 8 Somtam Express managed to get onto the podium in race 2 and after yesterdays race one win Morten Jakobsen's Emma Mathilde XX third placing in race three keeps him on second place overall just behind Happy Endings.

In IRC 1
it's a game of musical chairs between Viroj Nualkhair's Octopussy, Peter Wintle's Rhythm Stick, Jon Vause's defending champion Ruby Tuesday and Robert Bailey's Switchblade all taking a share of the podium places in the three races held so far. This leaves Ruby Tuesday with a single overall point advantage and the others following closely behind.

IRC 2
The Royal Thai Navy are continuing on their winning ways with Lt. Peera Sagultem on Royal Thai Navy 1 taking both races held to date. David Lindahl's La Samudra coming of a win at the recent Raja Muda Regatta in Malaysia has two second places to be just in front of Andrey Novoderezhkin's Russian entry on Master Blaster.

IRC 3
The only lady skipper Mia Gillow on Minx doubled up with another win to take a handy lead in IRC 3. A battle is looming between Stewart Crowe Cinders and Graham Lind's Sumatra who have shared the placing's so far.

Sunsail One Design Class
Six yachts are competing in the Sunsail One Design Class and all have had a share of the placing's with Princess Isabella
skippered by Harding taking the overall lead with a three, two scoreline.

Bareboat Charter Class
This is a new class introduced this year for bonefide charter boats operating in the region. Bintang skippered by Keith Blankley heads the leaderboard with a one, three score from Pearson's consistently second placed Team Camel Toe (Tompa). Boukje Van Venrooy's win on Fidgi in race two today lifts them to third place overall.

Multihull 1
Roger Kingdon's newly launched Moto Inzi has recorded two wins to take a handy lead over Radab Kanjanavanit's Cedar Swan and Peter Plant's defending champion on CoCo Blues trails in third spot.

Multihull 2
Christopher Edwards on Chimera has two wins to take a handsome lead over Merv Owen's Charro and David Hutchison's Ratri Jazzstaraunt Lattitude 8 Cyrene who have mixed results so far.

Classic Class
The smaller Sanook has scored two wins in front of the massive Silvia skippered by Bryce Rassmussen and Wade Kimpton's Lady M have finished in the same order on both races.

Ocean Rover
Jemini Jo's win today lifts them to first overall in front of Hellmut Schutte Aquavit III and Dominic Di Latte's fifth today on Shockwave 1 drops him back to third overall despite scoring a win on race one.

Full results are available at: http://www.kingscup.com/seriesresults.html


19th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2005
AY Race Report 1

Racing gets underway...
Eighty four yachts in twelve classes went under the starters orders on the first day of racing. The breeze varied from twenty knots for an hour to get the boats away on the passage race to a dead calm during the change over. Frank Pong's 71ft Boracay revelled in the fresh conditions and recorded up to 17 knots during the strong puffs and overall line honours on the day.

A change for the books in the racing class with the Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth Mandrake taking the handicap honours despite incuring a small time penalty from the jury. Ray Roberts chartered the DK46 Drumstick Quantum Racing and opened with a handy second place and Bill Bremner's Sydney 40 Team F5/ Foxy Lady took the remaining podium position. Although Neil Pryde finished in fifth spot today, only four minutes seperated second to fifth places after handicaps were applied.

Dr Ian Nicolson's new 80ft Intrigue pulled of a magificent victory over the chartered Stormvogel in the Premier Cruising Class and Bernard Sabrier's Silvertip from the UK ended up in third spot.

The Sportsboats were so keen to get going that the majority were scored OCS for being over the start line at the gun and not returning to re-start. The Quantum Team on Pla Loma were provisionally scored first place and the only boat to finish.

Jon Vause's defending IRC 1 champion Ruby Tuesday renewed his battle with Mike Downard's Switchblade and Rhythm Stick to finish up in the same order. On the last race of last years regatta Jon had the unfortunate experience of breaking the mast on Ruby Tuesday and this is the first outing in vengence since then.

At the time of going to press the results were still being calculated and the jury were hearing three protests and one redress.

Full results from the first day of racing will be available from http://www.kingscup.com/seriesresults.html


19th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2005
AY Pre-Race Report

Sailors’ Delight...
Stiff competition, hi-tech sailing yachts, top sailors from around the world and plenty of wind are some of the elements that make the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta one of the most exciting nautical events in the SE Asian region. There’s a gust of excitement on shore as the island prepares to host an expected thousand participating crews during the Dec 4th to 11th event. This is the regatta that Phuket based yachts have been waiting for all year.

Good winds keep sailors happy. Sometimes gusting up to 15 knots at the start of racing pushing the fleet of nearly one hundred boats the action continues through to the early afternoon. A variety of true windward/leeward courses and passage races around neighboring islands are designed to give competitors a chance to finish before the risk of the winds dropping off in the late afternoon.

An increasing number of the competing yachts have been built in Thailand. Local designer and builder Mark Prescott’s sleek catamarans have won their events repeatedly over the years. The Phuket 8 sports boats, specifically designed to suit the light winds off southern Thailand have consistently won line honors in their class. Last years winner Buzz 8 was built in Pattaya and the winning catamaran Coco Blues, another “easy to sail flying machine” was built in Koh Samui.

The Phuket King's Cup Regatta held to commemorate the birthday His Majesty the King of Thailand on Dec 5th. His Majesty is a gold medallist for sailing in the 4th South East Asia Games. Each year, the King sends his personal representative Privy Councilor H.E. Rear Admiral Mom Luang Usni Pramoj, to present the King's Cup trophies on his behalf.

Affectionately known as the King’s Cup, it is the largest and most prestigious event on the international circuit that combined with nine other premier racing class regattas – (Malaysia 3, Hong Kong 2, Thailand 2 plus Singapore and the Philippines with 1 a piece) to form the AsianYachting Grand Prix Championships for annual Skipper and Yacht awards over the Season. Each regatta has evolved with their own identity over the years, and draws in the own right, their own following. To see how the championships are shaping up this year or how your favourite team is progressing goto: http://asianyachting.com/news/AYGP05-06.htm

As well as the keen sailing, the event is also renowned for socializing and parties. This year the principle sponsor is Raimon Land. a Bangkok-based property company has an excellent track record of delivering quality residential projects in Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket which achieve high yield holiday rentals through their professional asset management team. They are also known for hosting the more lively and entertaining parties at their sponsored events.

Mom Luang Tridhosyuth Devakul, hotelier and one of the founders of the King’s Cup Regatta has co-sponsored the event for 19 years and holds one of the best King’s Cup parties as well as the annual sponsors’ dinner, finishing with a private lunch for Mom Luang Usini. This year Mom Tri’s Boathouse Beach Party will once again be held on the 5th of December, in conjunction with the national celebrations of the birthday of His Majesty. Preceding the awards ceremony for The Boathouse Races there will be a candlelight ceremony to mark the occasion.

More King's Cup info and results can be found at: http://www.kingscup.com

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All set for the upcoming Phuket King’s Cup Regatta.

The 19th annual Phuket King's Cup Regatta, the jewel in the crown of Asia's yachting circuit, will take place from 3 to 10 December off the West Coast and South Islands of Phuket, and is again expected to attract some of the world's best yachtsmen and between 80-100 yachts to compete in Asia's most exciting nautical event.

The line-up for the 19th regatta is expected to match last year’s record number, when 96 keelboats and some 900 crew members from many nations competed for Asia’s most prestigious sailing trophies. By all accounts, it was one of the best-ever regattas, with exciting racing in ideal conditions followed by some exceptional on-shore hospitality.

With a range of 10 yacht classes that includes different designs from racing yachts and sport boats to cruisers and classics, this year's Regatta promises to maintain its standing as the region's premier international sailing event.

Yachts will come from many countries around the world such as Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, US, UK, Italy and Thailand.  The week-long Regatta will be attended by international sailors from more than 15 countries from Europe to North America and Russia to Australia.

There will be over 1000 international participants traveling to Phuket during the Regatta Week on the Regatta’s Official Carrier, Thai international Airways. Raimon Land is the principal sponsor for this year Regatta. They are joined by co-sponsors including Kata Beach Resort, Mom Tri’s Boat House, Chang Beer, Thai Airways International, Coutts Bank, Sunsail, Phuket Magazine, Thailand Elite Card and Royal Phuket Marina and many of whom supported the event in 2004.

Apart from continuing what is now recognized as Asia’s premier sailing competition, another aim of the regatta is to draw tourists back to the beautiful island of Phuket and the Andaman Sea. An International Regatta of this scale will be a useful event to promote marine tourism as well as the beautiful West Coast of Phuket.

The organizing committee, led by President Mr. Santi Kanchanabandhu, has vowed to build on last year’s successful regatta and help to bring this celebrated tourist destination once again to the world’s attention.

“The feedback from sailors, spectators and sponsors has been exceptional, and we are now keen to ensure that the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta retains its position as Asia’s top yachting event,” said Khun Santi.

“At the same time, we are very much aware of our other obligations – to help the local community recover from last year’s catastrophe by bringing more people to this lovely island.”

Meanwhile, major sponsor Raimon Land has expressed its satisfaction by continuing its association with the regatta for the next three years. “Following the tremendous success of last year’s competition, we are extremely pleased and proud to be once again involved in the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta,” commented Raimon Land’s CEO Mr Nigel Cornick.

“We see this as a wonderful opportunity to show our support for an exceptional sporting event and to underline our belief in the future of Phuket,” Mr. Cornick added. The King's Cup Regatta was inaugurated in 1987 to celebrate the 60th birthday of His Majesty the King. It has been held in early December every year since then.

The King's Cup Regatta is held under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King, and organized by the Phuket King's Cup Regatta Organising Committee and the auspices of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, in conjunction with the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Royal Thai Navy and the Province of Phuket.

For more information, please visit our web site www.kingscup.com

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