A night of regal splendor at the Boathouse Resort on the Beach in Kata saw a candle-light tribute to His Majesty the King of Thailand on his 84th Birthday. While the winners received their trophies, all sailors enjoyed the fine wines and beach dining and looked ahead to the second day of racing.
Day 2 greeted sailors with high expectations. The predictions of strong winds were a little premature as the racers got underway in mid-strength winds on a Round-the-Island Course.
The starts were keenly competed as boats jostled for prime position to get a leap on their competition.
The winds picked up further down the course only to fade later on in the day leaving the cruising boats a hard sail to the finish.
An interesting battle is developing in the IRC 2 class with a number of boats evenly matched on the course. Royal Thai Navy 1 slipped to fourth in today’s race while Team Kata Rocks put in a sold third place to leave her at the top of the standings at the end of Day 2.
The all Russian-crew on Gastion and the crew on Skandia Endeavour of Whitby were extremely close on-the-water, battling right to the finish, while former Sydney-Hobart winner, Piccolo, is slowly finding her form with a 6th place finish today.
In the Multihull Class the battle is tight at the top with places being switched between DaVinci, Miss Saigon and Sidewinder. Currently atop the standings at the end of Day 2 is the Phuket-built DaVinci while another Andaman Cabriolet design, Nina, is 8th.
All the action brought to you by the Go Yachting team:
Day 1, Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2011
Day 2, Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2011
Day 3, Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2011
Day 4, Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2011
Day 5, Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2011