The 15th Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2001
with Principle Sponsor BMW 3-8 December
Race Report 7

Race Reports and Press Releases
by Andrew Owen from Proteus Sports
Wararak Voravidthayakom Sports Desk The Nation@Thailand
Asian Yachting Circuit by Fortune

Date: 8 December 2001

Hong Kong yacht Hi Fidelity won this year's Phuket King's Cup. Skippered by New Zealander Neil Pryde, Hi Fidelity has now won the first two events on the Asian Yachting Circuit. Second was Malaysian yacht Yo! skippered by Australian Peter Ahern. Third was fellow Malaysian yacht Pla Loma skippered by the UK's Keith Moore. Says Neil Pryde "It's been a long week of tough racing. It's a bit of a lottery when the winds get that light but we're really pleased with the result. We were up against some tough competition and after a fairly ordinary start we had to come from behind. The next big event is the Singapore Straits Regatta in January and we're feeling confident."

Says Peter Ahern "Obviously we're gutted. We felt let down yesterday with the light winds. We were hoping for some strong racing action today but it was not to be. The King's Cup was within sight."

In the Premier Cruising division it was the surprise package of Yendys from Malaysia that took the honours ahead of Hong Kong's Hocux Pocux 2 and Maligaya out of the Philippines. This year's regatta saw a little less wind than competitors and spectators would have liked. The wind rarely got above 6 or 7 knots and the warm waters of the Andaman Sea felt warmer than ever. But the King's Cup combination of competitive racing, beautiful natural environment and active social scene made it a hit for everyone.

Says Andrew Cuttihy, a previous Amercia's Cup competitor and crew onboard Yendys, the winning Premier Cruising yacht this year "The King's Cup is extraordinary. The beautiful location, the local culture and the racing. I've been really impressed by the standard of racing and how competitive it is. I could have come up to the event about six years ago and I can't believe how much I've been missing! I'll definitely be back."

Competitors will gather tonight for one last party and an awards ceremony presided over by the King's Representative. The Asian Yachting Circuit then moves on to Singapore in January and the Singapore Straits Regatta. The 15th Phuket King's Cup Regatta is the second event on the Asian Yachting Circuit (AYC) that also visits Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

The Asian Yachting Circuit is presented by FORTUNE. The Principle Sponsor for the Phuket King's Cup Regatta is BMW and the event is supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Kata Beach Resort, QBE, House of Kangaroo, Sunsail, the Evason Phuket, Phuket Island Lager, The Boathouse, BJC and Pepsi. For more information contact Proteus Sports turn to www.asianyachtingcircuit.com and for full results turn to www.kingscup.com or call Andrew Owen from Proteus Sports on +852 9472 1704

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The 15th Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2001
with Principle Sponsor BMW 3-8 December
Race Report 6

Date: 7 December 2001

The signature race at the Phuket King’s Cup is the BMW Andaman Sea Race which is also part of the FORTUNE Cup series. As such an important part of the Regatta the Organizers were this morning saying a prayer to the wind gods. Their prayers seemed to have been in vain as the competitors arrived at the beach and another placid scene greeted them. The wind gods have a reputation as a fickle bunch and sure enough, by 9pm the breeze had suddenly picked up and it was clear that the BMW Andaman Sea Race would begin early.

The BMW Andaman Sea Race is also the longest race of the regatta. Boats start near to Kata Beach and head south around Koh Racha Yai an Koh Hi before heading back up wind to the finish line near Kata. The overall distance travelled is over 30 km.

In six knots of breeze the fleet set off under spinnaker in a blaze of colour. It was clear that it would be a long race but with only one day of racing remaining, and with so much at stake, all the yachts were keen to perform. Going into this race in the elite racing division it was Yo! from Malaysia just one point ahead of Hi-Fidelity from Hong Kong and in third Pla Loma 3 from Malaysia.

Approaching Koh Racha Yai Peter Ahern’s Yo! was in the lead and she was in good shape to continue her excellent string of results. But those fickle wind gods also seemed a little lazy and they’d not yet reached the leeward side of the island. Waiting for Yo! was a zone of no wind and she, along with Jelik and Maligaya, were stranded. For boats of this size (the smallest of the three is 15m) it is crucial to maintain forward momentum. All three boats became trapped in the wind shadow of the island. Meanwhile boats behind them were carried forward on a gust and, by maintaining some momentum, were able to pass the stranded giants. The wind gods are cruel indeed.

Says Peter Ahern, skipper of Yo! "This was a shocker. We think the course should have been changed to reflect the light wind conditions. We got completely stranded out there in a wind shadow and most of the fleet passed us by"

After rounding the island it was clear Hi Fidelity and Pla Loma 3 were at the front of the fleet and the handicap-favoured Hai Min and The Dogs, both smaller yachts from Singapore, were looking strong. As Hi Fidelity and Pla Loma tacked towards the finish line at Kata it looked more like match racing – but it was Hai Min that won the race on handicap. Behind her was The Dogs and in third Hi Fidelity. Pla Loma place fifth behind Stella. Yo! struggled home in a frustrating 12 place.

After six races there is now one result each yacht in the Racing Division can discard. Yo! were pleased to throw out the 12th place finish today and they remain at the top of the leader board. But joining them on 10 points is Hi Fidelity. Third is Pla Loma.

In the closely fought Premier Cruising Class Yendy’s now looks favourite for the title. She came in ahead of Hocux Pocux and Maligaya. And that’s how they stand on the leader board with just three points separating them going into the final race tomorrow.

The BMW Andaman Sea Race was also a FORTUNE Race with points counting towards the newly created FORTUNE Cup. Yachts taking part in the Racing Class in individual races being held at each of the Asian Yachting Circuit regattas, plus a fifth race in Hong Kong, are awarded points according to their place in these races. After the five races a winner of the FORTUNE Cup will be announced. At the last AYC regatta in Malaysia, the Raja Muda International Regatta Hi Fidelity won ahead of Luna Nuova, Sorbent Helsal and Pla Loma.

Today’s result places Hi Fidelity at the top of the Fortune Cup Series with Pla Loma in second and Luna Nuova in third. The next FORTUNE Cup Race will be at the Singapore Straits Regatta in January.

Tomorrow (Saturday) is the last day of racing at the 2001 Phuket King’s Cup. The King’s Representative will be making the prize presentations during the evening.

The 15th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is the second event on the Asian Yachting Circuit (AYC) that also visits Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. The Asian Yachting Circuit is presented by FORTUNE. The Principle Sponsor for the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is BMW and the event is supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Kata Beach Resort, QBE, House of Kangaroo, Sunsail, the Evason Phuket, Phuket Island Lager, The Boathouse, BJC and Pepsi.

For more information contact Proteus Sports turn to www.asianyachtingcircuit.com and for full results turn to www.kingscup.com or call Andrew Owen from Proteus Sports on +852 9472 1704

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The 15th Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2001
with Principle Sponsor BMW 3-8 December
Race Report 5

Date: 6 December 2001

The seasonal north-easterly winds that usually bring strong and steady winds to Phuket throughout the whole of December have not been much in evidence this week at the Phuket King’s Cup. Today was no exception. A light sea breeze picked up around midday to only 5 knots. Disappointing – but still enough to race and the gathered yachts proceeded out onto the course in the heavy heat.

The planned courses were, like yesterday, windward/leewards. Controlling a huge yacht in light winds is difficult and the skills of the crew are needed more than ever. In the first race of the day it was a perfect start with all boats across the line cleanly. Surging into the lead was the Malaysian yacht Yo!, the leader in the elite racing class. Behind him chased Hi Fidelity, Pla Loma and the rest of the fleet.

Yo! has been performing extremely well in the regatta so far, leading the Racing Division with two wins. But although Neil Pryde’s Hi Fidelity was behind at the top mark they were ahead on handicap. There too was Keith Moore’s Pla Loma 3, chasing hard and ahead of Yo! on handicap. The final result showed a first victory in the Regatta for Hi Fidelity and behind them Pla Loma and Yo!

Very few things happened quickly today – but the launch into the second race of the day may be the only exception. As the one minute gun sounded the yachts were all close to the line, putting pressure on one another. Channel 77 on the radio, which all the yachts are tuned to, and on which the race officials transmit their view of the start line, sounded more like a horse race than a yacht race. In a fevered pitch the start line officials announced a long list of yachts getting perilously close to the line… and with 10 seconds still remaining the list of "over early’s" began. At least six boats were announced over early and it was chaos as the boats returned from amidst the fleet behind the start line to take their penalties.

The fleet was divided neatly into two – those who had been over early and those who got away clean. At the front of the race was Hi Fidelity. The speed over water may not be impressive in only 5 knots – but the widening gap between the Hong Kong-based yacht and the rest of the fleet was. By the end of the race it was clear that Hi Fidelity had picked up another bullet – two wins from two races. Behind was Yo! and in third Linklaters.

These results mean that Yo! still stays at the top of the table with Hi-Fidelity one point adrift. Pla Loma follows in third but some way behind. It seems that Yo! and Hi Fidelity are locked in a battle for the elite division. Says Neil Pryde "Sure we’re pleased with the results but we daren’t predict what will happen next. The weather is a big factor – let’s just see what happens."

Meanwhile the Premier Cruising Division had only one race today, a longer windard/leeward course. The day belonged to the beautiful Swan Yacht Maligaya and skipper Andy Soriano. David Kong’s Hocux Pocux 2 was second and Yendy’s third. This leaves the table finely poised. Equal on points at the top are Hocux Pocux and Maligaya and only two points away are Yendy’s.

Racing continues tomorrow (Friday) at the Phuket King’s Cup and for the remainder of the week with the final races held on Saturday 8th December. Tomorrow is the BMW Andaman Sea Race which is also a FORTUNE Cup Race.

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The 15th Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2001
with Principle Sponsor BMW 3-8 December
Race Report 4

Date: 5 December 2001

After Tuesday’s lack of wind Wednesday dawned still and warm. A glum fleet of sailors gathered on the beach in front of Kata Beach Resort to wait for wind. The beauty of the bay and the friendly reception meant little to the rather irritable crowd of international sailors. They just wanted to go sailing.

By 11am the wind was picking up, the sailors began to stir and a murmur ran through the beach. There would be racing today after all. Eyes brightened and steps quickened and suddenly boats were streaming out of the bay and heading for the start line. The Phuket King’s Cup was back in action.

Shortly after midday the start sequence commenced and the dance at the start line began. Huge boats up to 24m (or 80 feet) long pirouetted near the start line, flirting with the start gun. En masse they were off and the yachts surged across the line. In the elite racing class Malaysian yachts DK42 (13m) and Pla Loma (13m) both got good starts ahead of Hi Fidelity (14m) and Yo! (15m) Then came Stella (12m).

The courses for the day were windward/leeward courses with yachts heading upwind from the start line for a kilometre before rounding an upwind mark and heading directly downwind towards the start line. This "circuit" would be repeated once more before the finish of the race. The upwind leg is a battle of tactics and skill while the downwind run is sheer spectacle as yachts fly under power of the huge and colourful spinnakers.

At the end of the first race it was Yo! that took victory, making it two wins from two races. Behind her was Neil Pryde’s Hi Fidelity and in third Stella from Hong Kong. Said Peter Ahern, skipper of Yo! "This is a great result for us. We are a big boat so to sail this well in such light winds is fantastic."

After a brief pause the start sequence for the second race of the day was announced and the dance began again. This time the winds had picked up moderately and in the late afternoon sun the fleet set forth on the final race of the day. This time Stella was over the line early but again the Farr 40’s Pla Loma and DK42 were away quickly. Chasing fast was Linklaters skippered by Australian Robert Elliott. And Linklaters had a superb race, winning ahead of Pla Loma and Yo!

After three races in the elite Racing Division it is Yo! ahead of Hi Fidelity and Linklaters. In fourth is Pla Loma. There is still a lot of racing to come and the event is wide open.

In the Premier Cruising Division it was a double for Yendy’s from Malaysia skippered by Richard Grimes. But after three races it is still Hong Kong’s Hocux Pocux 2 who sits at the top of the leader board one point ahead of Maligaya from the Philippines and Yendy’s.

Tonight the competitors will gather in the luxury of the Boathouse on Kata Beach for a dinner and party in celebration of His Majesty the King’s Birthday. Racing continues tomorrow (Thursday) at the Phuket King’s Cup and for the remainder of the week with the final races held on Saturday 8th December.

For more information contact Proteus Sports turn to www.asianyachtingcircuit.com and for full results turn to www.kingscup.com

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The 15th Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2001
with Principle Sponsor BMW 3-8 December
Race Report 3

Date: 4 December 2001
by Wararak Voravidthayakom Sports Desk The Nation@Thailand

The 15 Phuket King’s Cup Regatta still had no luck. There was not even a light breeze to make a small flag fly. And the organisers had to adjust races today to include yesterday’s racing in a effort to keep the lay day a lay day.

There was no sign of winds early in the morning but the organizers waited until 9.30am to announce the race postponed to 1pm. However, since the winds in the afternoon are always lighter than in the morning. The sailors had no luck to do what the 76 yachts are here for.

“The week before the regatta, there were around 25 – 30 knots of winds. But this week there was nothing. It’s the matters of luck,” said a local.

Due to lack of wind, the race committee has decided to run two courses area on today in the hope that the regatta can carry out without lots of winds. Racing Class, Premier Cruising Class and Cruising Class 1 will have three back-to-back races in the same area. In one race, they have to go twice around a windward/leeward course, finishing downwind and covering around one and a half nautical mile.

Cruising Class 2, Cruising Class 3 and Ocean Multi-Hull Class will sail two races back to back in another area, using the similar course. They must go twice around a windward/leeward course, finishing downwind and covering one and a half nautical mile.

Classic Class, which consists of the slowest boats in the regatta, will race in the same area as the Cruising Class 2, Cruising Class 3 and Ocean Multi-Hull Class but use another course. They will have one race, once around a Windward Mark, finishing downwind and covering only one nautical mile.

The series of starts will begin at 8.30am off the Kata bay.

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The 15th Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2001
with Principle Sponsor BMW 3-8 December
Race Report 2

Date: 4 December 2001

The Phuket King’s Cup, sponsored by BMW, continued today here in Phuket, Thailand. The Regatta has a huge fleet of 77 yachts and it is certainly the largest sailing event in the Asian Region. Each year the racing action is intense and competitive but once off the water there is a relaxed atmosphere and a busy social schedule. Monday night saw the sailors of the fleet gather in the luxurious grounds of the new Evason Resort and after the first race of the Regatta the sailing stories lasted long into the tropical night. Tuesday morning and 7am on Kata Beach was therefore a struggle for some but there was a frenzy of activity as crews boarded their yachts for another days racing.

By 8am most of the boats were moving towards the start line but without a breath of wind, the water was a glassy calm. By 10am it was clear that the wind was not about to fill in and boats were allowed back to shore where they could wait in comfort for the winds that would surely come.

Sadly the sailors will have to wait more than a few hours. At 2pm and still without any sign of the wind, racing for the day was officially declared over by the Race Committee. Tomorrow is another day and south-westerly winds of up to 10 knots are forecast. This may not be the ideal weather pattern but the entire fleet will take what they can.

Racing continues tomorrow (Wednesday) at the Phuket King’s Cup and for the remainder of the week with the final races held on Saturday 8th December.

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The 15th Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2001
with Principle Sponsor BMW 3-8 December
Race Report 1

Date: 3 December 2001
by Wararak Voravidthayakom Sports Desk The Nation@Thailand

Where have all the winds gone? Winds played spoilsport in the first day of the 15th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta as the absence of winds forcing the courses of all seven classes to be shortened. Still, many boats did not get to the finish line in time. The winds were around nine to 12 knots in the morning when the races start but dropped to less than five in the afternoon. However, the four all-Thai boats were doing well with top four finishing places.

At first only some of the classes had the winners as the whole fleets of some classes could not come home in the time limit. However, the orgaizer decided to award points from the positions at the last mark. So only 20 boats got the “Did Not Finish” result.

In the Racing Class, the high-speed boats designed to race, Peter Ahern’s Yo came home second but after multiplying the elapsed time with the handicap, Yo’s corrected time, 4 hours 59 minutes and 4 seconds, was best. Frank Pong’s Jelik got line honour but was seventh with the corrected time.

Hans Waimer’s DK2 crossed the line third was second with the corrected time while Neil Pryde’s Hi Fidelity crossed the line fourth was third with the corrected time.

In the Premier Cruising Class, Andreas Soriano III’s Maligaya, the biggest boat in the regatta with 24.46-metre long, got the first place with the corrected time of 05:15:36. Hocux Pocux II was second. Hans J Hvide’s Irvmiren was third.

In the Cruising Class 1, no boats came home in time limit. But first place was awarded to Viroj Nualkier’s Octopussy with the time of 02:03:23. Second was Horst Lakits’s Big A and third was Laurie Findlay’s Impiana

In the Cruising Class 2, David Lindhal’s La Samudra got the line honour and the first place with the corrected time of 3:29:19. Amir Zohri Rahim’s Gotcha Lagi’s was second with 03:39:23. Royal Thai Navy 1, with Lieutenant Pornprom Sagultem at the helm, was third and Royal Thai Navy 2, with Sub lieutenant Veerasit Puangnak at the helm, was fourth.

In the Cruising Class 3, no boats came home in time limit. But the first place was awarded to Braig Parsell’s Passiona with the time of 01:50:29. Stuart Crowe’s Cinders was second and Mike Downard’s Bourgeois Tag was third.

In the Classic Class, Kim Bunting's Star Of The West was the lone finisher out of five boats, timing 02:16:37. But later all the other boats were also awarded points with Richard Curtis’s Eveline second and Christopher Edwards’s Xyphias third.

In the Ocean Multihull Class, no one could come home within the time limit of six hours. But the organiser determined the final positions by the positions at the last mark. So, Mark Horwood’s Ceberus was first with the corrected time of 4:35:56. Radab Kanjanavanit’s Cedar Swan while Tony Lough’s Fine Pitch was third.

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The 15th Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2001
with Principle Sponsor BMW 3-8 December
Pre Race Report

Date: 3 December 2001

The Phuket King’s Cup, sponsored by BMW, is the most prestigious sailing regatta in the Asian Region. Every year a huge international fleet of yachts gathers on the beautiful waters of the Andaman Sea for six days of racing and a matchless social ambience. All this takes place amidst the stunning natural beauty of Phuket, the warm charm of the Thai hosts and under the patronage of His Majesty the King of Thailand. This year, as a fleet of 77 yachts assembled off Kata Beach Resort, the atmosphere was intense and expectations high.

The large fleet is divided into seven different divisions with a yacht’s division determined by it’s size and speed. The elite division is the Racing Class which this year has 15 yachts. Other divisions include Premier Cruising, Cruising Class 1, Cruising Class 2, Cruising Class 3, Classics and Multihulls.

The elite Racing Division has an impressive list of high calibre yachts with a string of titles between them. Favourite in the division is Neil Pryde’s Hi-Fidelity (14m) from Hong Kong, defending AYC Champion and fresh from his victory at the previous AYC regatta in Malaysia – the Raja Muda International Regatta. Also in the fleet is Karakoa, winner of the Raja Muda in 2000 (though this year it’s being driven by Paul Winkelman from Hong Kong). Stella (12m) out of Hong Kong won the Singapore Straits Regatta earlier this year. There’s also DK42 from Malaysia who placed second in the AYC last season. Other boats to watch will be Jelik (23m) skippered by Hong Kong’s Frank Pong and Yo! (15m) from Malaysia, skippered by Australian Peter Ahern.

The Premier Cruising Class promises a classic battle between huge yachts. Hocux Pocux (18m) from Hong Kong, skippered by David Kong is expected to be the yacht to beat – but challenging them will be Maligaya (25m) from the Philippines, skippered by Andy Soriano, Intrigue of Stornaway (18m) from New Zealand and Irvmiren (21m) skippered by Norway’s Hans Hvide.

It was an early start this morning with crews taking local long-tail boats out to their yachts wet-moored off Kata Beach Resort before 7am. By 8.30 racing was underway at the Phuket King’s Cup but the winds were light. The course led them south, away from Kata Beach and around the southern tip of Phuket around the islands of Ko Hi and Ko Aeo. Wind speeds stayed light throughout the race with a peak at around 10 knots. Despite there being five more days to the event the first race is of course a crucial test that can set the tone for a boat for the entire event. It was a frustrating time racing in heavy heat battling both light winds and high expectations. It was the Malaysian boat Yo! that showed real class to claim the victory ahead of DK42 and Hi Fidelity.

In the Premier Cruising division Maligaya continued her winning ways nurtured last month in Malaysia at the Raja Muda and finished ahead of Hocux Pocux and Ivmiren.

Meanwhile the Royal Thai Navy are on hand here in Phuket to ensure the safety of all competitors, and they have already been called upon and an ambulance was involved. Fortunately it was not a yacht or a sailor that was in difficulty – the Navy were alerted by a competing yacht to a dolphin in obvious distress. The Navy sprang immediately into action and gently brought the sickly cetacean to shore where a waiting ambulance transported it to the local Marine Centre where it is now rests in recovery.

Racing continues tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Phuket King’s Cup and for the remainder of the week with the final races held on Saturday 8th December.

The 15th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is the second event on the Asian Yachting Circuit (AYC) that also visits Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. The Asian Yachting Circuit is presented by FORTUNE. The Principle Sponsor for the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is BMW and the event is supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Kata Beach Resort, QBE, House of Kangaroo, Sunsail, the Evason Phuket, Phuket Island Lager, The Boathouse, BJC and Pepsi.

For more information contact Proteus Sports go to www.asianyachtingcircuit.com and for full results go to www.kingscup.com

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Press Release
PHUKET, THAILAND
13 October 2001
PHUKET KING’S CUP AT FULL STRENGTH

The regatta is on! In spite of the turmoil and uncertainty following the tragic events in the USA on September 11th, the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta – and its committed followers – will go ahead. As many of the world’s political leaders have said, it is vital that life goes on and that things return to normal, as far as possible.

Last year the King’s Cup saw a record number of boats – almost 100 – taking part in the week’s racing. In mid-October, registrations to date are keeping pace with this time last year, so we are confident there will be an excellent turn-out, while accepting that numbers may fall a little short of 2000’s record-breaking achievement – not least because this year we have no Platu class.

What of sponsorship in these difficult times? Last minute uncertainties have finally been resolved. One nervous first-time sponsor pulled out – with a hope of coming in next year when the climate improves – and Thai Airways International’s sponsorship has succumbed to the troubles plaguing the airline industry. Yet our sponsorship remains encouragingly strong, with all of our loyal supporters staying on side. BMW Thailand, as this year’s principal sponsor, sees the King’s Cup as an essential component of their product launch strategy this year and is firmly committed.

Another new sponsor is Phuket Island Lager, viewing the regatta and its participants as a natural and cohesive element of the marketing strategy for this excellent beer that takes the island’s name. And a welcome development is the increased support from the Tourism Authority of Thailand, who – together with the Phuket Governor’s office – are firmly behind the King’s Cup as a vital tool in promoting the top end of Phuket’s Tourism industry.

Still on the sponsorship question, interest in the King’s Cup – from major corporate names – reached an all-time high this year, indicating that the future will be interesting. As one of the most popular and highly publicized sporting and lifestyle events in Asia, the Phuket King’s Cup is becoming the natural choice for companies looking for clean, exciting sponsorship opportunities.

It has been a troubled year; one that started with unfounded doubts about the wisdom of bringing a boat to Phuket, and continues with economic and political uncertainties. But the one thing you can all count on is that the Phuket King’s Cup regatta is on, and will be better than ever.

FOR DETAILS OF THIS YEAR'S REGATTA, TO REGISTER OR TO BOOK ACCOMMODATION, CONTACT THE REGATTA OFFICE ON: TEL: +66 76 273 380 EMAIL: info@kingscup.com OR VISIT THE KINGS CUP WEBSITE www.kingscup.com

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