A breezy Day One for sailors at the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta

4 December, 2017
Phuket King's Cup Regatta - Team THA72, Kevin & Tom Whitcraft

Team THA72, Kevin & Tom Whitcraft. Photo by Guy Nowell.


The first day of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta kicked off with a healthy 19 knots of breeze. While most enjoyed the conditions and got in some excellent racing, it proved a little too much for some with a few bumps and bruises, a collision in the Firefly 850 Sport class and a few DNF’s and DNC’s in the second and third races of the day.

In IRC 0 it was the TP52 of Kevin and Tom Whitcraft, THA72, that got off to a flyer with three wins from three. Traditionally set-up for light wind sailing, Windsikher (SIN) struggled with a 3,2,4 and sit third at the end of day one, behind Team Hollywood (AUS).

Last year’s IRC 1 winner Karasu (JPN) had a mixed bag – two wins and a DSQ see them sit fourth overall. Loco (SIN) and Otonomos Mandrake (HKG) sit at the top sharing the spoils while the chartered Beneteau 44.7 Fujin (AUS) sits third.

Kata Rocks (Madam Butterfly) set the pace in IRC 2 with three wins from three races while the two Farr 1104’s – Krabi Boat Lagoon Piccolo and Big Boys Racing (Farrgo Express) – shared the spoils with the former having a one point advantage at the end of the day.

After three races there were only two Firefly 850 Sports still racing and it was the experienced hand of Hans Rahmann on Voodoo who finished the day comfortably in control ahead of the Japanese crew on Mil Grace. It looks set to be a long night for the rest of the crews and we wait to see who (if any) restart their campaigns tomorrow.

The smaller Pluse 600’s fared better with three out of four still competing in the final race and it’s Andy Pape’s Multihull Solutions H3O who leads the standings after a 2,2,1 today.

Elsewhere in the multihull classes Thor had a screamer with three bullets showing there’s no beating experience while two bullets for Mojo Multihull Solutions in Multihull Cruising sees them comfortable at the top.

For the full keelboat and multihull results from Day One, go to http://kingscup.com/result.

In the dinghy classes Jedtavee Yongyuennarn was quickest in the Optimist Boys, with Patcharee Sringam fastest of the girls. Keerati Bualong was victorious in Laser Standard, with Patteera Meeyousamen taking the 4.7 Class. Manat Photong achieved success in the Laser Radial while Adisak Kingkaew and Kanchai Wongpaduang won out in the 420’s.

While some crews are licking their wounds (and patching up damage), the weather forecasters are predicting more of the same for Day Two.


Dinghy racing. Day One, Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2017

Dinghy racing. Day One, Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2017. Photo by Manat Phothong.


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