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33rd Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2019

AY Race Report 5 & Summary

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Fortune favours the brave @ King's Cup
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
7th December 2019: Despite the strong wind warning, the show must go on. As a result of several top place changes yesterday, they must be given a chance to come back and correct their ways. The start was initially delayed while the North Easterly was above 30 knots and the call came out for all classes to start at 1105. The dinghy's decided to race in the shelter, closer to shore but some still had to be rescued. It's been some years since we had a windy King's Cup and the conversation has revolved around when and even as far back as the start in Phi Phi island. Remember the picturesque Andaman Sea Races, with the rocky back drop and wind to boot? Check out the action in the AY Photo Gallery

Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood was determined to not let this one get away and from the off, planted the accelerator and never let up, till the daily double was secured and the IRC 0 title, was in the bag, for another year. PKCR Chairman Kevin Whitcraft's TP52 THA 72 has been on the boil but couldn't match Team Hollywood's pace and had to settle on 2nd overall. Although Sarab Singh / Nick Burns Welbourn 52 Windsikher II did not start (DNS) today, the two race wins on Day 1 keep them in 3rd place.

The Russians on Alexey Mashkins Cookson 12m MegaZip sealed the deal with a last race victory and very happy to have won the IRC 1 title, after many years of trying. Although the rapidly advancing Kazuki Kihara's First 40.7 Char Chan were reduced to 3rd place today, they have done enough to hold onto 2nd overall. Their Japanese counterparts on Yasuo Nanamori's chartered Sydney 40 Karasu (Emagine) slipped back in the tough going, but they still are 3rd overall. Mati Sepp's Swan 42 Club Loco from Estonia, came back on form for 2nd place today but their dip in performance has left them in 6th overall.

Another victory for Morton Jakobsen's VX One Design Sports boat Over Here, cements them on the top of the IRC 2 class and as Shen Sheng's 3/4 Ton Humphreys Bigboys Sailing Team (Madame Butterfly) did not finish, paves the way for a planing boat to beat a displacement boat in these conditions. Second place for the Chinese on Minzhi Fengs Mumm 30 Highlead Encourage (Judy) brings them into striking distance but dropping a 4th place, are not able to advance beyond 3rd overall.

Despite Thailand's Ithinai Yingsiri's X55 Pine-Pacific scoring another victory today, it's not enough for Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes from reclaiming the overall Premier Cruising Class stakes. Third place for Peter Cremers Warwick 75 Shahtoosh, displaces them from the top of the table and although they end up tied on points with Pine-Pacific, Shahtoosh claimed 2nd overall, by having a better score.

The fierce rivalry between the two Firefly 850 Sports catamarans, Hans Rahmann's Voodoo and John Newnham's Twin Sharks came to a head today. As Twin Sharks seemed to be cruising to victory, they wine glassed the spinnaker on the last gybe and by gybing again to untangle the kite, they let Voodoo through to triumph, in the face of defeat. Victory for Rahmann's Voodoo has managed to equal the score with 4 wins and 4 second places with Newnham's Twin Sharks. By nature of winning the last race, Rahmann's Voodoo claims the Firefly title and must be elated as it's been a long time coming. Although Neil Ayre's Mamba, did not finish they still hold onto 3rd in the overall stakes.

Dan Fidock's Grainger 10m (Ex Mad Max) Fugazi and Danny Moore & Nigel Cross' Seacart 30X Frankenstein were the only boats to venture out onto the race course. Fugazi was forced to retire with a cracked middle beam and Frankenstein continued on to celebrate their first victory on their new boat. Six wins out of seven races for Fidock's Fugazi gives them a resounding Multihull Racing victory and become the 'Highest AsianYachting Grand Prix Scorer' at this regatta in the process. With the other multihull's not competing for different reasons, Frankenstein and Gaetan Verhegge's 10m Bakewell White Team Blood Red (Ex Fugazi) end up tied on 16 points and broken in favour of Frankenstein for 2nd and 3rd overall respectively.

None of the Cruising Multihull's ventured out today, so the overall result from Wednesday still stands. Andre Lee's Klook Star Trek stands on top of the podium, with Zhang Yongdong's Andaman Cabriolet Wuhan University EMBA Sailing Team (Da Vinci) reduced to the second step and Robert Hossack's Raptor 2001 taking the bronze medal.

Despite making a late charge Andrew Merry's Hanse 415 Night Train, scored first place and managed to tie on 16 points for the lead with Andrey Novoderezhkin's Bavaria 36 Kata Rocks Sea Escapes, but three wins in the early races breaks the tie in favour of Kata Rocks Sea Escapes. Xiongting's Mermaid (Mas Alegre), hung on in there to secure 3rd overall in front of some fancy boats.

The Bareboat Charter A class were the only ones to have two races, within the cutoff time. First place on the first race virtually sealed the title for the Aussie's on Phil Beattie's Jing Jing Too (Tonicola 2) but 5th place in the next race and they just scraped through in front of the Russians on Aleksei Brunov's Oceanis 45 Moonshine making a late run, posting 2nd and 1st on the scoreboard. The Chinese on Xu Xingpang's Oceanis 45 Megan finished in 3rd overall from three different countries.

First place for the Russians on Musikhin Serge's Hanse 385 Iyarada wrapped up the the Bareboat Charter B class title but still faced a challenge from their Russian counterparts, Igor Ginzburg's Sun Odyssey 409 INLOVA that trailed them by one point. Despite finishing in 7th place the Japanese on Toshihiko Iijima's Hippocrates (SARIYA) still could claim 3rd overall.

A total of 120 sailors contested six classes of dinghies during the regatta, encouraged by the organizers who are keen to promote the sport among the young generation.

“For 2019 and in past years, we have had a special focus on growing the dinghy components of our overall regatta, as we in the sailing community in Thailand can feel the positive effect this is having over the years as the sport of sailing continues to grow in popularity here,” said Kevin Whitcraft, President of the Organizing Committee. “The International Dinghy fleet is a fast-growing racing program designed to promote and encourage youth sailing in Thailand.”

In Saturday’s blustery conditions, experienced Thai sailor M.L. Weka Bhanubandh took the honors in the Optimist boys’ class after a near flawless series of races. Thorfun Boonak, another rising Thai star, won the Optimist girls’ class.

The Laser 4.7 class went to Paliga Poonpat, while the Laser Radial honors were taken by Suchakree Detthotsapol. Jarupong Meeusamsen won the Laser Standard class, while the 420 class was won by Thanawan Aiam-mi and Nattapon Yuang-ngam.

There has also been an ongoing Phuket Dinghy Series which concluded on Saturday and that was won by Nammapat Pooltong.

The IOM class for one-meter radio controlled boats, which made their debut at this year’s Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, was won by China’s Gong Qunxing.

It has been a difficult year to organise the regatta, but as always it comes together by a dedicated team of experts that are ready, willing and able, when given the green light. The big breeze is always welcome and an excellent test on the race committee, skippers, crew and machines. The biggest and most popular regatta lives on and shouldn't be missed, if your racing team is ready to take up the challenge.

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