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33rd Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2019

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Classic conditions return for the 33rd King's Cup
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
3rd December 2019: Every year there is at least one day when the prevailing North East trade wind makes an appearance and today was the day. Classic 15 to 18 knots, clear blue sky and a memorable island course, that takes in a variation of islands to the SE of Phuket. The Racing Classes completed a windward/leeward race, before joining the Cruising Classes on an island course. The sea ripples turn into waves and the photographers get all excited about boats bashing their way into the seaway. This also gives the planning boats a chance to get up to speed and leave the displacement boats in their wake. The trick is to get finished before 1400hrs, when notoriously the breeze fades away and can leave boats drifting around, to loose valuable time in the process. Check out the AY Photo Gallery

Judging by the close starts, things are getting serious in every class. The 5 X 52 footers were first off and set an example for others to follow. Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood called in all their resources and managed to claim the daily double, on both races by 30 seconds and 5 seconds, from PKCR Chairman Kevin Whitcraft's THA 72 helmed by young Thai lady Noppakao Poonpat, that won the Optimist Worlds in 2010. Yesterday Sarab Singh / Nick Burns Welbourn 52 Windsikher II scored two handicap wins to take the overall lead, but reduced to two 3rd places today, leaves the door open for Roberts Team Hollywood to take the overall lead and reduce Windsikher II to 2nd overall. They also have THA 72 breathing down their neck by one point and ready to take over 2nd overall. Both James Johnstone's Eastsail and Rob Aldis Millennium Racing are only a few minutes off the pace, but have to settle on 4th and 5th respectively.

The heavy going experts with suitable boats, came to the fore and also upset the overall leader board. By scoring 3rd and 1st places, the Russians on Alexey Mashkins Cookson 12m MegaZip climb up into the box seat, as the Japanese on Yasuo Nanamori's chartered Sydney 40 Karasu (Emagine), 5th and 3rd knocks them off the top perch into 2nd overall. Fourth and 5th for Mati Sepp's Swan 42 Club Loco from Estonia, is enough to hold onto 3rd overall but will have to watch out for Kazuki Kihara's First 40.7 Char Chan and Larry Dean's First 44.7 Fujin that are going forward in leaps and bounds.

By trading 1st and 2nd places, Shen Sheng's 3/4 Ton Humphreys Bigboys Sailing Team (Madame Butterfly) and Morton Jakobsen's VX One Design Sports boat Over Here, remain in 1st and 2nd overall, for the time being. Although the Chinese on Minzhi Fengs Mumm 30 Highlead Encourage (Judy) were first around the course, they couldn't convert to handicap wins and corrected out with two 3rd places and stay in 3rd overall.

While Geoff Hill pushed the pedal to the metal on his Smith 72 Antipodes, to claim the daily double on the first race and despite finding some soft spots on the second race, slotted into 2nd place and take the overall lead, in the Premier Cruising Class. By posting two 4th places today, Peter Cremers Warwick 75 Shahtoosh, slips back to 2nd overall and two 3rd places for Thailand's Ithinai Yingsiri's X55 Pine-Pacific, draws them level on 11 points, with Shahtoosh for the podium places. A mixed day for the defending champion, Andy Cocks Beneteau First 50 Firstlight with a DNF in the first race but bounced back on the long race with victory, to show some of their former glory. Second and 5th places for Michael Brinkers Andrews 70 Bella Uno keeps them in 4th overall but starting to slip behind the leaders tally.

By posting four wins in a row in the Multihull Racing Class, Dan Fidock's Grainger 10m (Ex Mad Max) Fugazi, is proving to be the right purchase at the right time and giving the other speed machines, something to think about. The German's on Gaetan Verhegge's 10m Bakewell White Team Blood Red (Ex Fugazi) scored 4th and 2nd, while Mark Thornburrow's defending champion, Moore 36 Bonza (Ex Fugazi), equaled scored with two 3rd places, to still be tied on 11 points for 2nd and 3rd overall. Danny Moore & Nigel Cross highly speculative Seacart 30X Frankenstein did manage to hit the straps on the first race, to take 2nd place but the fading wind on the second race, was unsuitable and dropped back to 4th place, with more work to do.

Despite leading off the start line on both races, in the one design Firefly 850 Sports Class, Hans Rahmann's Voodoo eventually succumbed to John Newnham's all conquering Twin Sharks, who is presently building a four picket fence out of the scoreboard. Four 2nd places for Voodoo guarantees them 2nd overall and two 3rd places for Neil Ayre's Mamba, breaks the points tie with Peter Taylor's Ballerina but makes it an uphill task to catch the leader.

Zhang Yongdong's Andaman Cabriolet Wuhan University EMBA Sailing Team (Da Vinci) won the only race today and takes the overall lead in the Cruising Multihull class. Third place for Andre Lee's Klook Star Trek slips them down to 2nd overall but still four points in front of Robert Hossack's Raptor 2001, who is tied on 10 points with Theimann Peter German Team on Alienkat, for the remaining podium spots.

The Russians on Andrey Novoderezhkin's Bavaria 36 Kata Rocks Sea Escapes have made it three wins in a row, to take the Cruising class by the scruff of the neck and run away with it. Second place for Eric Alfredson's Swanson 36 Awatea secures 2nd overall and although Andrew Merry's Hanse 415 Night Train dipped to 5th place, they still retain 3rd overall but cant afford any more slip ups.

Victory for the Russians on Aleksei Brunov's Oceanis 45 Moonshine cements their place at the top of the Bareboat Charter A class, while 2nd place for Phil Beattie's Jing Jing Too (Tonicola 2) moves them up to be tied on 8 points with Xu Xingpang's Oceanis 45 Megan for 2nd overall. The Chinese on Zhang Jiajun's Oceanis 45 Beiyi Fund Asia Pacific Sailing (Gloria) were leading after Day 1 but 4th place today, slips them down to 4th overall and work to do to recover.

The Russians on Musikhin Serge's Hanse 385 Iyarada made their move today with victory and climb up into 2nd overall. Second place for their Russian counterparts, Igor Ginzburg's Sun Odyssey 409 INLOVA makes it three 2nd places and go to the top of the Bareboat Charter B class. Retirement for the Japanese on Toshihiko Iijima's Hippocrates (SARIYA) slips the overnight leader down to 3rd overall and with repairs to do.

Racing continues tomorrow and with the forecast expected to continue for the next few days, there is still a lot of racing to do and everything is open for the taking.

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