King’s Cup Regatta A Success In Phuket
At the beginning of this month, tourists staying at a 5 star resort in Kata Beach may have heard of the talked about Phuket King’s Cup Regatta in the island. The event is being celebrated for almost four decades and it is popular in Thailand. For this year, the event was held from December 2 until December 9 and was hosted at Kata Beach. There are more than 100 entries that joined the event such as dinghies, keelboats and multihulls.
The weather during the competition was not only clear but dry. The wind conditions are quite unpredictable for the entire week and the skills of the sailors were tested for maximum endurance.
For the IRC0 class, the THA72 team by Tom and Kevin Whitcraftwas announced as the winners and they were able to successfully defend their previous title of 2016. The regatta of the team is quite hard to beat thus they were sure to be champions even though they have close fight with their competitors.
According to Kevin Whitcraft, they are happy with their performance despite the light conditions. He added that the title is their second from the Phuket King’s Regatta and before their first award they were trying in order to get where they are. Their crew has a total of 15 members, nine of which are of Thai nationality. He exclaimed that the team is currently on a roll.
For the IRC1 class, the winners were Fred Kinmonth and Nick Burns. Their victory was possible with the Otonomos Mandrake and the team is known to be regulars in regatta events. The Japanese team that is operating the Karusu received a disqualification as well as two DNS thus they are not allowed to compete.
In the IRC2 class, the winners are Kata Rocks also known as Madam Butterfly and Peter Dyer. For the final day of the event, Pine Pacific which is an entry from Thailand was able to participate at the Premier Class and they were able to win. Following after them is the team from Netherlands known as King’s Racers. Sailing enthusiasts should book a 5 star resort in Kata Beach in order to witness next year’s regatta.