Lighter winds on Day Four of Phuket King’s Cup Regatta while dinghies wrap up their series
9 December, 2017
Day Four of the of the 2017 Phuket King’s Cup Regatta was greeted with lighter winds, providing a tactical challenge for the sailors and resulting in some new podium finishers and shake-ups to the overall rankings in the keelboat and multihull classes. In the dinghy classes it was their last day and it was all hands on the tillers trying to outperform the competition.
A mixed bag of results in IRC 0 class provided some motivation for the sailors and showed the reigning champion, THA72, can be beaten. Team Hollywood took the win in Race 9 while Windsikher took the win in Race 11. Like any true champion, you can’t keep them down long and in Race 10, THA72 added another win to their tally and look to have the series comfortably wrapped up with one day spare.
Kevin Whitcraft, skipper of THA72, commented, “Poor tactics cost us in the first race. We picked the wrong route and ended up tacking endlessly. Down the run we decided to jibe sooner, they pulled away. Then it was follow the leader. We were right behind Windsikher at the finish. We won the second race and were second in the last, but we got one. You don’t mind giving them one or two, they worked hard for it!”.
IRC 1 also chalked up three races today with Japanese entry Karasu taking two of them, and the other going to David Fuller’s Fujin. In IRC 2, the lighter running saw a new winner in the shape of Krabi Boat Lagoon Piccolo skippered by James Downard. Peter Dyer’s Kata Rocks (Madam Butterfly), however, won Races 9 and 10 and look to have their class title sewn up a day early.
Elsewhere, Antipodes and Pine Pacific shared wins in Premier Class, as did Hans Rahmann and John Newnham in the Firefly 850 Sport.
John Coffin, owner of Java Yachting which owns 19 boats, many of which are competing in the regatta this year, said, “We are very well represented in the ’17 King’s Cup and are delighted to be able to be so engaged in this prestigious race. We’ve got My Judy competing in IRC2, Awatea in Modern Classics, Mermaid in the Modern Classics too, plus all four Pulse 600’s – that’s a great boat for progressing from dinghies. They ran on the big boat course this year, so were a bit overwhelmed with the 25 knot gusts, five above their comfort zone! We try to bring the Thai children up through the dinghies, and we teach Chinese kids too – we have a club in Shanghai for international learning, and one in Krabi. I’ve raced in the King’s Cup before, but am crew normally, not driver! We’ve also got Asia Catamarans Java doing quite well, and also the Chinese-crewed Mas Allegre, which is a 50-year old design racing amid the classics …. The depth of quality and high levels of competition are incredible, and these are hallmarks of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta”.
With just one day to go, there’s still plenty to play for in many of the classes to determine who will be crowned class champions of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta’s 31st edition.
The International Dinghy classes, sponsored by Haad Thip Pcl., concluded today. Capt. Pornprom Sakultem, International Dinghy Director, spoke of the great success the dinghies have enjoyed as part of the larger regatta. “The Dinghy success really happened through the thinking of the committee. We found that the regatta is so successful in terms of yachting, and is famous around world. But we wanted to improve the participation of Thai people in the keelboats and multihulls; typically 90% of crews are expats, so we had to think, how can we take Thai people to the regatta and be competitive? We went back to basics, following the ethos of our beloved HM the King, who once said that the sport of sailing makes you into a strong man (or strong woman, in the case of our many female competitors). So we sought to honor this legacy. Sailing takes us back to the basics, and in this vein we established our sailing school here. That was three years ago, and this is the forth. We’ve gone from 20 sailors four years ago to 109 now. Our youngest sailor, Nawinda Wangkaew Chamnantraiphop, is just six years old! In 20 knots of wind!”.
Working in his role with the Royal Thai Navy, Capt. Pornprom established a joint venture in China, and this year Chinese sailors are very well represented in Optimist. The China team was invited to join the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta and Capt. Pornprom also took Thai sailors racing in Qingdao (East China Seaboard) for the first time. His plan is for the dinghy classes to match those of the keelboats and multihulls in scope and prestige.
Dinghy results are as follows: Jedtavee Yongyuennarn was ultimately victorious in the Optimists, winning both the overall and boy’s competitions, with Panwa Boonnak second and Patihan Vorrsart third. Patcharee Sringam won the girl’s Optimist competition and placed fourth overall, followed by Paravee Dangpratum and Suchanaree Detthosapol. Nattapong Yoang-ngam was winner in the Topper class, with Sarawuth Kun-ak second and Thanaiton Maefildoe third. Suthon Yampinid won the Laser 4.7 class, with Patteera Meeyousamen and Paliga Poorpat runners-up. In the Laser Standard, Keerati Bualong was the winner with Chairat Dangdeemark and Tanakhon Kaewluan runners-up. In the Laser Radial, Manat Phothong took the honours with Katoon Jundet second and Juckrawut Kaew-on third. Finally, in the 420 class, Terada Fakkaew/ Piyaporn Kaemkaew were overall winners; second was Chanavee Khongprom/ Ratthanan Rakmani with Adisak Kingkaew/ Kanchai Wongpaduang third.
The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is organized by the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Organizing Committee under the auspices of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in conjunction with the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Royal Thai Navy and the Province of Phuket.
For more information, please visit www.kingscup.com.