16th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2002

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AsianYachting - Race Report 5 & Summary
by Capt Marty Rijkuris

7th December

There she blows!
A good 15 to 18 knots made an exciting final day of racing. The crews keenness to get on with the job had several racing class yachts over the line early forcing the race officer to have a general recall and a restart. Not since the mid nineties has there been so much wind at the King's Cup on the final 2 days of racing making up for the earlier races where a distinct lack of wind was causing some discontent amongst the competitors with the race management decisions.
 
Racing Class
After 2 years of being the brides maid Peter Ahern's Yo! finally stayed in front to capture his first Kings Cup. Today's final race saw Hannes Waimer the CEO of DK Yachts on his Farr 40 Jativa take first place from Neil Pryde's Hi-Fidelity and Frank Pong's Jelik who blitzed around the trapezoid course in a little over an hour. The only threat to Yo! was Robert Elliot's Linklaters Mandrake that finished forth beating Yo! by only one second on corrected time. Having a 2 point advantage going into todays final race Yo! held on to take the overall title by one point from Linklaters Mandrake and Hi-Fidelity climbing up into third spot.
 
Premier Cruising

Mark Liedts Elektra took the final race which left David Bailey's Hocux Pocux and John Wardill's Australian Maid in 2nd and 3rd respectively and tied on points at the end of racing. After a initial countback they remained tied with the same roundup of placings so after a further countback the tie was broken in favour of Hocux Pocux for taking a second place in front of Australian Maid on the last race today.

IRC 1
Viroj Nualkhair's Octopussy rebounded with a first place in front of David Lindhal's La Samudra  and Reinhard Haiber's Pytheus Aura third. This final race result left Horst Lakits Big A tied with Octopussy on points and as Octopussy has recorded 2 wins in the series they have leap frogged Big A  to top the overall IRC1 leaderboard.

IRC 2
The Royal Thai Navy 2 skippered by N C Nawin narrowly beat Gerry Daughton on Gotcha Lagi! by 12 seconds to record their 3rd victory in a row and take out the overall class victory. Naotake Oki on Simpatico  took third today after a disappointing regatta. Jock crombie on Fi Tuen finished a distant 6th to remain in third spot overall behind Gotcha Lagi! after some good placings in the earlier races.

IRC 3 - Cruising
Bob Ashman's Simba revelled in the fresh breeze to take 1st place and jump to the top of the overall class leaderboard thereby displacing Salamander 3 the overnight leader to 2nd overall who could only manage a 9th today. Shuji Hagihara's Amanda advanced into 3rd overall and Tracy Williams Patrice III 2nd today coming on top of a 1st place yesterday has lifted them to 4th overall.

Ocean Multihulls
Mark Prescott's Summersalt finished 1st today to remain at the top of the leaderboard from Tony Lough's Securicor Fine Pitch and Radab Kanjanavit's Cedar Swan who have managed to finish in the same order in the overall class standings.
 
Ocean Rover
Donald Radcliffe's Klondike finished with 4 wins out of 5 races to take the honours from Javis Jay's double wishbone rigged Blue Jay and Geoff Horn's Good Hope.
 
Classic Class
Chris Edwards Xyphias once again took the honours from Julian Hill's Sanook to record 4 wins out of 5 races and the overall winner of the 2 boat class.
 
Summary

What started with very light and frustrating sailing conditions ended with the last 2 races being sailed in a 15 to 18 knot blast. This restored the sailors confidence and has got most of them over their earlier disappointments. The committee must be commended for making some fair and equitable results out of a difficult situation that saw many of the yachts out on the water well after dark and crews expressing their opinions and some unsavoury thoughts. The arrival of the North Easterly has saved the day and will hopefully go down in the competing sailors memory as a successful 16th King's Cup.

AsianYachting - Observation
As the racers at the top end of the sport are now becoming an elite class it must be mentioned that the race committee's must respond to their particular needs by providing true windward / leeward courses and quick to react to any changes that may develop during the coarse of a race. The end result must be based on boat speed and crew work not a lottery of wind shifts and shortened courses. As the stakes are considerably higher in this class competitors are willing to endure postponements if the wind shifts or dies and wait for conditions to settle in a effort to produce fair results.

For a complete set of PKCR 2002 results go to http://www.kingscup.com
 
 
The 16th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is the second official event on the Asian Yachting Circuit (AYC) that also visits Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

The Principle Sponsor for the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is Binatone and Royal Phuket Marina, Resort & Spa. The event is supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Kata Group, American Express Bank, QBE, Sunsail, the Evason Phuket Resort & Spa, Mom Tri’s Boathouse, Bangkok Airways, TQPR (Thailand), Nautica, Land Rover Thailand, Phuket Magazine, Phuket Island Beer, BJC and Coke.

16th Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2002
 
AsianYachting - Race Report 4
by Capt Marty Rijkuris
 
6th December
Wind Glorious Wind - at last!
Four races into the regatta our prayers for wind have finally been answered. A welcoming 15 to 18 knots greeted sailors on the penultimate day of racing so 2 windward/ leeward races could be completed for the racing class and the Evason Resort and QBE Insurance around the Islands race for the rest of the fleet could be completed before lunch time.
 
Racing Class
A mixed bag of results from today's racing has produced a reversal of form on the overall leader board. Peter Ahern's Yo! produced a 1st and 6th to regain the lead and Robert Elliot's Linklaters Mandrake 6th and 2nd placings have placed them in second spot overall. Neil Pryde's Hi-Fidelity won the second race and Ray Roberts second place in race 1 has dethroned Keith Moores Pla Loma as overnight leader into third place overall who suffered in the stronger wind conditions. With only 1 race left tomorrow the overall winner cannot be determined yet and on paper at least should be either Yo or Linklaters Mandrake unless someone else puts in an almighty effort and these yachts finish well down the order.
 
Premier Cruising
David Bailey's Hocux Pocux has turned the tables to record his second win of the series and Ermano Traverso's Stormvogel revelled in the stronger wind to take second spot from George Olivet's Big Buzzard. John Wardill's Australian Maid forth place has tightened up the scoring so the overall placings will be determined by tomorrows results.
 
IRC 1
Rob Williams Di Hard is provisionally first from Warren Batt's Mustang Sally and Horst Lakits Big A taking third. Several start line protests and counter protests have been lodged which when heard will affect the overall standings. Big A has a commanding lead on points and if the wind keeps up will be hard to topple.
 
IRC 2
The Royal Thai Navy entrants have had another big day and repeated yesterdays 1 2 placings to fill the respective positions on the overall leader board. Gerry Daughton on Gotcha Lagi! could only manage a 3rd and has been relegated down to third overall. As only a few points separate the leaders and some protests need to be sorted the results from tomorrows final race could well determine the overall placings.
 
IRC 3 - Cruising
The fresh breezes bought the big boats to the fore with Tracy Williams Patrice III taking the honours from Bob Ashman's Simba and Alan Nichol's Salamander 3 third. Although Salamander 3 has a slight points advantage over Simba George Foose's Freewind is close behind and the overall winner could come from any of the leading pack including Shuji Hagihara's Amanda.
 
Ocean Multihulls
Mark Prescott's Summersalt confirmed his place at the top of the leaderboard with a win today in front of Tony Lough's Securicor Fine Pitch and Radab Kanjanavit's Cedar Swan. The mixed results by the leading pack sees Summersalt having a slight advantage going into tomorrows final race but a change of placings could well see them being toppled.
 
Ocean Rover
Once again it is Donald Radcliffe's Klondike from Javis Jay's double wishbone rigged Blue Jay and Geoff Horn's Good Hope which will be the overall finishing order despite one more race tomorrow.
 
Classic Class
Chris Edwards Xyphias once again took the honours from Julian Hill's Sanook to record wins in every race held so far and will be the final overall finishing order
 
As the close pointscoring system indicates the final race tomorrow will determine the overall places in most of the classes. Several protests have been received and as they have not been resolved at the time of going to print they could effect the overall standings leading into the final race. All classes will be racing a trapezoid course and as all predictions are for the wind to keep up an exciting final is expected. May the best sail trimmers and fastest boat win.
 
For a complete set of PKCR 2002 results go to http://www.kingscup.com

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AsianYachting - Race Report 3
by Capt Marty Rijkuris
 
5th December
Wasted days and wasted nights
Murphy's Law has a habit of plaguing the King's Cup. After a beautiful days sailing during yesterdays layday competitors woke this morning to find the conditions had returned to light and variable with occasional rainy patches. The race committee managed to start all the racers at their scheduled times but within half an hour the breeze had all but faded with an occasional zephyr appearing to favour one side of the course and then the other. After a painstaking hour of racing the racing class had not completed the first leg so the committee decided to shorten the race at the first windward mark. One last puff swept across the course and the racing class made a gallant dash to the shortened finish.
 
On the Multihull and IRC course the competitors where allowed to continue around despite the ever-changing conditions and completed the entire course after being deluged in heavy rain.
 
Racing Class
The first race saw a reversal of fortunes as it became a small boat benefit. Last months Raja Muda winner Stella a Sydney 38 corrected in to win by 4 seconds from Schle Wood's Thai Farr 40 Pasaya and Stuart Harrison's Mumm 30 Panic by 18 seconds. The bigger 50 footers and Jelik ended up well down the order.
 
After a attempt at a second race for the day was cut short the committee waited for conditions to improve before the racing got underway and this time round was shortened after 3 legs were completed. Keith Moores new Pla Loma rebounded to take first place and the overall lead in the series. Neil Pryde's Hi-Fidelity was second by a mere 5 seconds and Peter Ahern's Yo! third to place him second on the leader board at this stage.
 
Premier Cruising
John Wardill's Australian Maid took a 2nd and 1st respectively today to place them firmly at the top of the leader board. Marcel Liedts Elektra won the first race but did not finish the second and David Bailey's Hocux Pocux recorded a 3rd and 2nd to hang onto 2nd place overall.
 
IRC 1
Horst Lakits Big A struck gold in the first race and a third in race 2 today to take the overall lead in this class. Rob Williams Di Hard won race 2 and a consistent David Lindhal on La Samudra took a 3rd and 2nd to tie on points with Big A and displace an unlucky Viroj Nualkhair on Octopussy to third overall.
 
IRC 2
The Royal Thai Navy entrants had a big day on the King's birthday today to take first and second places with N C Nawinm on RTN 2 taking over the overall lead. Jock Crombie's Adams 40 Fi Tuen filled third spot in front of a lagging Gotcha Lagi! which was relegated to 2nd overall after the navies exceptional performance.
 
IRC 3 - Cruising
George Foose on Freewind took his second win for the series to move him back into contention after an unlucky second race. Alan Nichol's Salamander 3 bounced back with a second place and Bob Ashman's Simba finished third in front of Shuji Hagihara's Amanda who holds first place overall at this stage in proceedings.
 
Ocean Multihulls
Radab Kanjanavit's Cedar Swan took today's honours from Mark Prescott's Summersalt after Tony Lough's Securicor Fine Pitch was recorded a did not start after initially going to the wrong stating line only to return take the lead and cross the finish line in front by a proverbial mile.
 
Ocean Rover
Donald Radcliffe's Klondike reversed the finishing order from race 2 with Javis Jay's double wishbone rigged Blue Jay and Geoff Horn's Good Hope unfortunately could not manage a finish.
 
Classic Class
Chris Edwards Xyphias once again took the honours from Julian Hill's Sanook to record wins in every race held so far.
 
Racing continues tomorrow with the Racing Class opting to race 2 windward / leeward races in favour of a single round the islands race and hopefully the conditions are favourable to finish all classes in the coastal classic
 
For a complete set of PKCR 2002 results go to http://www.kingscup.com
 
16th Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2002
 
AsianYachting - Race Report 2
by Capt Marty Rijkuris
 
3rd and 4th December
The Binatone Royal Phuket Marina - Andaman Sea Race
Two downwind starts in quick succession saw the entire fleet away clearly between the majestic limestone cliffs of Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phraya Nak. As the crews hoisted spinnakers and helmsmen jostled for clear air they provided press photographers with a colourful and picturesque scene that characteristically has been associated with this regatta since the mid nineties that have been missing for the past 2 years. Several gates that the yachts must pass through are laid along the course allowing the race committee to take times and shorten the 38 nm course if required. A early morning 10 - 12 knots north easterly fanned the competitors along but by midday had significantly decreased and left the yachts at the mercy of the strong tidal currents.
 
Racing Class
With their asymmetrical spinnakers set the big boats made quick work of the first leg but as the breeze dropped they closed ranks and staged a dramatic finish. As skippers chose their angles through the remaining patches of wind and tide several lead changes occurred as the yachts criss crossed on the downwind paths. Eventually it was Linklaters Mandrake that took Line Honours but Keith Moore's fast finishing Pla Loma came out on top after handicaps where applied from Peter Ahern's Yo! relegating Linklaters Mandrake to third place. The four smaller yachts below 40ft either did not finish in the time limit or retired as the wind completely dropped out during the afternoon.
 
Premier Cruising
John Wardill's Australian Maid was the only yacht to complete the entire course within the time limit leaving the rest in his wake to initially record DNF's although the race committee have made provision in the rules to use the times taken at a previous gate to calculate the final results.
 
IRC 1
The only class to have all the yachts record finish times with Viroj Nualkhair's Octopussy taking Line and Handicap honours. Horst Lakits Big A snuck in a second and David Lindhal's La Samudra a consistent third. Stuart Anderson's Jigonda was the early leader that ended up ninth and may have found their own parking lot or saw his chances swept away in the tide.
 
IRC 2
Jock Crombie's Adams 40 Fi Tuen was the only yacht to finish the shortened course to be awarded first place and the rest initially scored a DNF, although the race committee will use the times taken at the previous gate if less than 20% of the class fail to finish in time to make a equitable result.
 
IRC 3 - Cruising
The leading yachts spent most of the race on anchor steming the unfavourable tide as the backmarkers played catch up was all to no avail as once again only half the fleet managed to finish. Matthew Rothchild's La Pinelle took Line and Handicap honours from Allen Bollinger's Olmi and Darren Shipard's Loreto third to turn the points table in their favour.
 
Ocean Multihulls
Mark Prescott's Summersalt led the way to take the honours this time from Tony Lough's Securicor Fine Pitch followed by Mark Horwood's Phuket built Ceberus and J Yamamoto's chartered Chimera. The other five competitors failed to finish or retired and will have to live for another day to improve their overall standings.
 
Ocean Rover
Javis Jay's double wishbone rigged Blue Jay managed a first on handicap from race one winner Klondike and Geoff Horns Good Hope who finished first.
 
Classic Class
Chris Edwards small Xyphias once again took the honours from Julian Hill's Sanook for the second race in succession.
 
As today is a layday a beautiful 12 to 15 knot north easterly breeze is fanning the press core as they take breakfast at the 5 star Evason Phuket Resort and Spa overlooking the outlying islands and picturesque Andaman Sea. Hopefully when racing resumes on Thursday with a series of short races laid of Kata Beach the weather system will produce some good racing and fair results.
 

For a complete set of PKCR 2002 results go to http://www.kingscup.com

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AsianYachting - Race Report 1
by Capt Marty Rijkuris
 
2nd December
Wind Woe's at KC continue.
Last nights tropical downpour disrupted a building North Easterly pattern to once again produce light and variable conditions on the first day of racing to be of some concern to the competitors. About 10 knots of wind saw the yachts clearly away from the 2 separate start lines which faded early leaving big holes of no wind indispersed with scattered patches of light breeze lines around the course.
 
Racing Class
The fading conditions turned the race into a big boat benefit as the smaller boats where left stranded at the windward mark and struggled to complete the last downwind leg. Robert Elliot's highly fancied Linklaters Mandrake placed first despite being recalled at the start from Frank Pong's Jelik that took Line Honours and Peter Ahern's Yo! third. Last years winner Neil Pryde on the revamped Hi-Fidelity filled forth spot and as the breeze died the committee had no option other than to abandon race 2 and call a end to the days procceedings.
 
IRC 1
Competing on the same windward / leeward course as the racers this class also suffered a similar fate. Stuart Anderson's Jigonda finished in front of Viroj Nualkhair's Thai hopeful Octopussy and David Lindhal's well campaigned La Samudra third. A number of competitors could not finish as the strong currents swept them away from the shortened finish line.
 
Around Phi Phi Racers
After a brisk start the islands high peaks caused a wind shadow to form on the leeward side which had the yachts struggling in the adverse current. Becalmed Stormvogel drifted past the gate by 100 meters and took half an hour to return. The arrival of a light afternoon seabreeze was a savoir that got the boats to the finish line after what seemed to become a lottery as the yachts received the next puff.
 
Premier Cruising
As the sea breeze emerged David Bailly's Hocus Pocus eventually pipped John Wardill's Australian Maid who had held a commanding lead for most of the race. Marcel Liedts sparkling new Elektra took third in front of George Olivet's Big Buzzard.
 
IRC 2
Its that Gotcha Lagi! again, although this time round chartered to Gerry Daughton and a keen crew from the UK and Hong Kong. Close on their heels where the Royal Thai Navy 2 and 1 skippered by N Nawin and Rt Pera Na Sagultem. As the fluky conditions persisted the positions fluctuated alowing the backmarkers to close up and Gotcha Lagi! eventually crossing the line with only minutes to spare in the race time limit.
 
Ocean Multihulls
The battle of the past winners saw Tony Lough's Securicor Fine Pitch take both line and handicap honours from Mark Prescott's Summersalt who had the best start and relegate Radab Kanjanavit's Cedar Swan to third place this time.
 
IRC 3
At one stage the 21 yachts in this class where spread almost half way round the island. After allot of persistance eventually it was George Foose on Free Wind from Alan Nichols Salamander 3 and Tracy Williams on Patrice 111 to take the podium places. Over half the class recorded Did Not Finish (DNF) and will be looking forward to the next race to make their mark on the leader board.
 
Classic and Ocean Rover class
Chris Edwards Xyphias had a close tussle with Julian Hill's Sanook around the course to eventually come out on top of the 2 boat class. Past Kings Cup chairman David Radcliffe was the only finisher in the Ocean Rover Class on Klondike.
 
Most Persistent Award
Must go to the Thai crew on the Farr 40 Pasaya who had the most attempts to pass through the finish line but remained within 100 metres for over an hour battling 11/2 knots of adverse tide as the rest of the racing class watched on from the sidelines.
 
Tomorrow the fleet make their way from Phi Phi to Phuket on the Andaman Sea Race and hopefully mother nature plays her part and provides them with sufficient wind to complete the 30 plus nautical mile course.
 
For a complete set of PKCR 2002 results go to http://www.kingscup.com

16th Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2002
 
AsianYachting - Pre Race Report
1st December
 

Over 70 yachts have registered for Asia's premier yachting event starting on Monday from the spectacular Phi Phi Islands in southern Thailand. The superb Racing Class line-up includes 3 Farr 40's, Neil Pryde's rebuilt Hi-Fidelity, Keith Moores newly acquired Reichel/Pugh/Mills 43, Peter Ahern's Asean Regatta winner Yo, Frank Pongs 77ft Jelik and Linklaters Mandrake which won the 65th Hoya Round the Isle of Wight race this year has been especially shipped from the UK and stands a good chance here. The battle of boat building supremacy in the region starts again between the Sydney 38 Stella winner at the Raga Muda 2 weeks ago and Ray Roberts custom built Sydney 46 taking on the almighty DK Yachts of Malaysia who have 7 clients competing this year.

John Wardill's Australian Maid after 10 years in the racing class has gracefully entered the Premier Cruising Class and is looking forward to resuming the battle with Big Buzzard formerly owned by four time winner Bill Gasson who narrowly beat them back in 1996 for the overall title. David Bailey's Hocus Pocus is back again and is always a force to be reckoned with.

The remaining racer / cruisers have been divided into IRC 1 and 2 based on their handicaps and hull factors with the biggest class being the Cruising Class having a variety of 20 competing yachts. The newly introduced Rover Class has only attracted 5 entries and the Classic Class are down to two.

The Multihull class is always hotly contested and has past winners Radab Kanjanavit's Cedar Swan and Tony Lough's Securicor Fine Pitch lining up again with Mark Prescott's Summersalt always on the hunt to expand his trophy haul.

The practise race today saw some interesting comparisons of speed and the organisers hope that the change of dates will produce some favourable sailing conditions. The racing class will be doing windward/leewards and the rest of the fleet are embarking on a very ambitious round Phi Phi course that contains several gates which competitors must pass through and in event of the wind dying can shorten the race there.

AsianYachting News and Views November
In a bold attempt to catch the favourable North Westerly trade winds that have deserted them for three years the Kings Cup committee have decided to return to the original Phi Phi Island starting format that made this regatta famous in the 90's and race through the islands to Phuket one week earlier than usual.

PHUKET, THAILAND, 15 October 2002
King's Cup News
The Principle Sponsor for the 16th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is Binatone and the Royal Phuket Marina, Resort & Spa that are planning on building a eco friendly world class marina in Phuket. Gulu Lalvani the multi-millionaire owner of the international electronics giant Binatone stated that he was pleased to be involved with such a go ahead organisation as the King's Cup committee.

THAI VICE PRESIDENT BRINGS IN RACING INNOVATIONS
A retired 4-star Admiral of the Royal Thai Navy is responsible for significant changes in the way this, the 16th, Phuket King’s Cup Regatta will be staged. Admiral Varong Songcharoen, who has been with the regatta since 1996, was appointed Vice President for racing earlier this year. He served in the Navy for 37 years and is a sailing regatta veteran, having joined Thailand’s first ever regatta in the mid-1960s – and won it!

The 2002 King’s Cup Regatta introduces changes to the classes under which the regatta will be raced. These include a new Ocean Rover class, a Beach Catamaran class and a Sports Boat class. The Classic class will this year be restricted to entries with truly classic lines. The Beach Catamarans have been absent for eight years, having been a strong component of the regatta in the early days.

Racing will be made more exciting, and more able to adjust to changing conditions, by having separate courses for each fleet, two start lines, and courses that are designed specifically for each type of yacht. Race officers will have a variety of options to allow them to cope with varying wind conditions. For example, more marks of the course will be available for changing and shortening courses and there will better than ever radio and telephone communications between official boats.

Results will be posted within minutes of the yachts finishing on the regatta website at www.kingscup.com and on strategically located TV monitors at the Regatta HQ. The regatta organisers anticipate around 80 keelboats and up to 20 beach catamarans and sports boats, bringing the numbers up to the sort of levels experienced before the September 11, 2001 tragedy in theUSA.

57 yachts have already registered, a record so far ahead of the regatta.

The 16th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is the second event on the Asian Yachting Circuit (AYC) that also visits Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. The Principle Sponsor for the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is Binatone Royal Phuket Marina, Resort & Spa. The event is supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Kata Group, American Express Bank, QBE, House of Kangaroo (Europe), Sunsail, the Evason Phuket Resort & Spa, Phuket Island Beer, Mom Tri’s Boathouse, TQPR (Thailand), Nautica, Land Rover Thailand, Phuket Magazine, BJC and Coke.

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