Racing starts today at Phuket King’s Cup Regatta
4 December, 2017
An Opening Ceremony at Beyond Resort Kata (formerly Kata Beach Resort & Spa) saw the ceremonial ringing of the bell and hoisting of the flag on the 31st Phuket King’s Cup Regatta. With 82 keelboats and multihulls, plus a fleet of dinghies, the line-up is strong with sailors coming from all over the world to compete in what is considered the regatta to win in Asia.
For Asian based boats, the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is the sixth event in the 2017/18 AsianYachting Grand Prix and a key performance indicator for the season.
Attending the Opening Ceremony was Norapat Plodthong, Phuket Governor, who spoke of the regatta’s importance to the island of Phuket. “This prestigious sporting event reaffirms the reputation of Phuket Island as a Mecca for marine and sports tourism. We are also proud of our island’s reputation for offering world-class hospitality services for visiting guests. We continue to grow in stature as one of the world’s best destinations for watersports, yachting and competitive sailing”.
The 31st edition welcomes the return of some familiar teams and boats which have already proven their pace, pedigree and performance in regattas past. Ray Roberts’ Team Hollywood and Sarab Singh’s Windsiker are to head up IRC0. Team Mandrake, which has dominated in previous years, will go up against a highly charged pack consisting of Karasu (JPN) and Madame Butterfly (GBR), whilst Premier class sees the return of the pace-setting Pine-Pacific (THA) team. Both the Bareboat Charter and Cruising classes comprise large fleets, and the Cruising Multihull fleet continues to grow. A smaller but ever-more-tightly competitive Firefly 850 grouping features familiar names Twin Sharks and Voodoo, whilst the One-Design class this year runs with the Pulse 600 design.
All classes start today with a five day race programme for the keelboats and multihulls (4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th December) and four days for the dinghy classes (4th, 5th, 6th and 8th December).
For more information, please visit www.kingscup.com.