Tricky final day for Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2017
10 December, 2017
The final day of racing started late due to a hunt for the wind, but in the end the Race Committee’s hard work paid off and racing got underway for the racing classes. Fortunately for many classes they had only one race left to run due to busy triple-race days earlier in the week, however the cruising classes were not so lucky, who couldn’t complete a race today and had to settle the regatta on the penultimate day’s results.
Tom and Kevin Whitcraft’s THA72 team had wrapped up IRC 0 yesterday but were back out on the race course for the final race of the series. Hoping to finish in style, Windsikher had other ideas and took the bullet while Australian team Alive skippered by Duncan Hine and Phil Turner were second in the final race (no. 12).
Having defended their IRC 0 title, Kevin Whitcraft said, “We’re happy with our performance given the light conditions. A bit weak today of course but we decided to just keep going. We were covering Team Hollywood and Windsikher was out to starboard to close the gap. We could have been more aggressive at the start and have things we can improve on. No complaints though, this is only our second Phuket King’s Regatta title and we’ve tried so hard for so many years before. Jaray is a great helm and has had a good career. We have a crew of 15 and nine of us are Thai nationals. We are now on a roll! We’re delighted that there is great continuity in the cup and things are going forward. We can look forward to another 30 years and make things bigger and better next year”.
In IRC 1 Japanese team Karusu took the win today ahead of Loco to conclude the 12th race on the final day. Yasuo Nanamori’s team suffered this week from a disqualification and two DNS, this and some consistent performances from Otonomos Mandrake saw one of the regattas longest supporters, Otonomos Mandrake, take IRC 1 glory.
Race Director Simon James said, “We’ve had a very successful regatta. We completed a full schedule for the racing boats. The bareboats and cruisers finished more races than ever, and it’s been very close. Conditions allowed us to give them a range of courses to suit their designs. Excellent entries from China and Russia this year, and great to see competitors coming back every year, with many sailors who have been at the regatta since the start. Larger boats take up past competitors into their crews, so we see a lot of the same people, even among the charters who keep coming back too. Great to see such fast-growing support from East Asia also”.
Peter Dyer and Kata Rocks (Madam Butterfly) topped a great week of racing with another win today in IRC 2, claiming regatta honours in the process. A further win for Thai entry Pine Pacific in Premier Class was enough for them to seal victory and defend their title.
Japanese team Mil Grace skippered by Natsuki Motoyoshi took the Firefly 850 Sport win today, but the week belonged to John Newnham (Twin Sharks) and rival Hans Rahmann (Voodoo), both long experienced Phuket King’s Cup Regatta competitors. Newnham placed second today, enough for them to sit top of the scoreboard.
In other results, Andy Pape and Multihull Solutions H3O were declared regatta winners in the one-design Pulse 600 class, sailors in which were probably relieved to have seen the strong winds of this week die down some. The Pulse racers were running the large keelboat course, and at times had to contend with gusts of 25 knots on Tuesday and Wednesday.
British team Thor (Henry Kaye/ Fergus Wilmer) claimed the Multihull Racing class with a significant gamp between them and a chasing pack headed up by Asia Catamarans Java, which finished second overall. In the Cruising Multihulls, Mojo Multihull Solutions skippered by Aussie Rick Fielding was named winner while second was the familiar Da Vinci catamaran, this time chartered to a Chinese crew skippered by Zhang Yong Dong.
Bareboat Charter this year consisted of a fleet of 14, nine of which had Russian crews. Igor Ginzburg skippering Phailin capped off a good week which never saw them finish outside the top three. Modern Classics played host to a competitive field too, brought to a close at the end of the regatta with Mas Allegre, a 50-year old design chartered by Chinese team Mermaid. Russian Urii Firsov claimed the Cruising class on Uminoko, having already won five races this week.
For the full results, go to www.kingscup.com.