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33rd Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2019

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First time for everything, to much wind @ King's Cup
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
6th December 2019: The combination of a high pressure system over Mongolia, heralds the beginning of winter and the remnants of Tropical Storm KAMMURI lingering in the South China Sea, have produced a strong North Easterly flow, over most South East Asian nations. Start Boat A was on station at sea and recorded 30 to 35 knots for a delay to be called, with hourly updates, to keep everyone informed. It didn't stop the International dinghy classes taking to the water, but after several strong gusts capsized some boats, that sent the navy ribs and keelboat support boats into rescue mode, the racing was called off and the fleet went back to the beach. Never in the King's Cup, 33 year history has racing been cancelled, because there is to much wind, but there is always a first time. Check out the AY Photo Gallery

Even the assembled media suffered a complete drenching, on the rib ride out to the navy ship, anchored well offshore and watched the dinghy rescue swing into action, then waited for several hours for more news. Eventually at 1330, racing for the cruising classes was deemed to be to dangerous and consultations between the skippers, resulted in the 3 X IRC, Premier Cruisers and Firefly classes having a start. The dinghy's also braved it out for another attempt in the afternoon. The results stay the same for the cruising classes, as at the finish of racing on Wednesday. Goto PKCR Results at:

PKCR Chairman Kevin Whitcraft's TP52 THA 72 was eager to get racing and catch up with Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood for the overall IRC 0 title. This didn't eventuate as Team Hollywood's superior horsepower, in the strong conditions, helped them capture the daily double and extend their lead to three points over Whitcraft's THA 72 in 2nd place. A few minutes further adrift, Sarab Singh / Nick Burns Welbourn 52 Windsikher II slotted into 3rd place and as the two other TP52's Did Not Compete (DNC) today, this is likely how the podium is shaping up.

By the time the racers got out to the start line, the wind had dropped to a manageable 12 to 15 knots but didn't stop Kazuki Kihara's First 40.7 Char Chan from being recalled for being over the start line. They must have gone into overdrive, as they managed to claim the handicap honours, from the Russians on Alexey Mashkins Cookson 12m MegaZip by 31 seconds. With the Japanese on Yasuo Nanamori's chartered Sydney 40 Karasu (Emagine) 13 seconds further adrift in 3rd place. This result catapults Kihara's Char Chan up into 2nd overall but trails Mashkins MegaZip by 6 points for the IRC 1 title.

As many boats choose not to race, most the classes were depleted of entries. Another victory for Morton Jakobsen's VX One Design Sports boat Over Here, lifts them to the top of the IRC 2 class and 3rd place for Shen Sheng's 3/4 Ton Humphreys Bigboys Sailing Team (Madame Butterfly) draws them level on 11 points and a last day fight over the title. While the Chinese on Minzhi Fengs Mumm 30 Highlead Encourage (Judy) have been in the mix and although 2nd place today is an improvement they trail in 3rd overall.

After being disqualified yesterday, Thailand's Ithinai Yingsiri's X55 Pine-Pacific is on the comeback trail and by taking first place today, are back in the title race, in 3rd place and only 2 points behind the leaders. Second place for Peter Cremers Warwick 75 Shahtoosh, lifts them to the top on the Premier Cruising Class, but tied on 10 points with Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes, with one day to go.

Only two Firefly 850 Sports catamarans, Hans Rahmann's Voodoo and John Newnham's Twin Sharks made it onto the race course. Half way through the race, Rahmann's Voodoo led by the proverbial mile and seems to be better suited to the heavy going. By claiming victory and adding onto the two wins on Wednesday, Voodoo is quickly catching up with Twin Sharks and is now only one point from snatching overall victory.

Final day of racing for everyone tomorrow, is followed by H.E. Air Chief Marshal Chalit Pukbhasuk, the Personal Representative of His Majesty the King of Thailand, presiding over the Royal Awards and Closing Ceremony, at the stylish Beyond Resort Kata, that has been home of the Phuket King's Cup Regatta, for the last 21 years.

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