Congratulations to all winners and thank you all sailors, team crew, participants, supporters, sponsors and media who join the 33rd Phuket King's Cup Regatta.
See you again next year.
See the updated overall race report as below.
Keelboats and multihulls
The keelboats and multihulls of 73 boats have been divided mainly into 10 classes including IRC Zero, IRC 1, IRC 2, Premier, Bareboat Charter A, Bareboat Charter B, Multihull Racing, Firefly 850, Multihull Cruising and Cruising Class.
Defending champion and veteran Australian sailor Ray Roberts clocked up five wins from eight races on his boat Team Hollywood to win the top flight IRC Zero class at the 33rdPhuket King’s Cup Regatta, which finished on Saturday.
Despite some serious competition from Thailand’s former world Optimist champion and two-time Asian Games gold medalist Noppakao Poonpaton, who was at the helm of the Thai-registered boat THA 72, Roberts and his crew finished the regatta in overall first place. THA 72 finished a close second with six second place finishes from the eight races contested.
The Hong Kong-registered boat WindSikher of Sarab Singh and Nick Burns finished third overall, despite not starting in the final race, which was held in strong winds.
“Before the start of racing today the wind was at 24 knots and gusting up to 30 knots,” said race Officer Simon James. “At the start of racing the wind was averaging 17 knots, then it went up to 22. The wind was all over the place. Safety is the most important thing and on Friday we canceled some racing. But today the conditions were better and we were able to hold the races.”
Russia’s Alexey Mashkin steered MegaZip to first place overall in the IRC 1 class after three wins from eight races. Hot on his heels were two Japanese skippers, with Kazuki Kihara on Char Chan in second place and Nanamori Yasuo on Emagine in third.
Proving that size doesn’t matter was Danish sailor Morten Jakobsen, who steered his small boat Over Here to victory in the IRC 2 class. Jakobsen was at the helm of the smallest boat in the class and won four of the eight races contested, just managing to get the better of two Chinese skippers.
Finishing second overall in the IRC 2 class was Shen Sheng on Bigboys Sailing Team, followed by Minzhi Feng on Highlead Encoragers.
Overall honors in the Premier class went to Hong Kong’s Geoff Hill on Antipodes, who won two of the seven races contested. Australian Peter Cremers finished a narrow second overall on Shahtoosh, just pipping Thailand’s Inthinai Yingsiri, who had to settle for third.
In the Bareboat Charter A class, Australian Philip Beatie took the honours on Jing Jing Too, followed by Russia’s Aleksei Brunov on Moonshine and China’s Xu Xingpang on Megan.
Russian skippers dominated the Bareboat Charter B class, with Musikhin Sergei finishing first overall on Iyarad, closely followed by Igor Ginzburg on Inlova. Japan’s Toshihiko Iijima sailed Hippocrates into third place.
Australian Dan Fidock won six of the seven races to finish on top in the Multihull Racing class, with Dan Moore and Nigel Cross on Frankenstein in second place and Hong Kong’s Gaeten Verhegge skippering Team Red Blood into third.
The Firefly 850 Sports class, for mostly locally-built racing catamarans, saw Phuket-based sailor Hans Rahmann score four wins from eight races for a narrow overall victory on Voodoo, with Great Britain’s John Newnham a close second on Twin Sharks and fellow Brit Neil Ayre third on Mamba.
The overall honours in the Multihull Cruising class went to Andre Lee on the Thai-registered boat Klook Star Trek, followed by China’s Zhang Yongdong on Davinci and Australia’s Robert Hossack on Raptor 2001.
The Cruising class of 12 boats, the largest fleet of all, was a close affair with Russia’s Andrey Novoderezhkin finishing first overall on Kata Rocks Sea Escapes, with Singapore’s Andrew Merry on Night Train second. Bringing in third place was China’s Xiongting on Mermaid.
International Dinghy Class and Phuket Dinghy Series
A total of 120 sailors contested six classes of dinghies during the regatta:Optimist Boys and Girls, Laser 4.7 (Mixed), Laser Standard, Laser Radial and 420.
The International Dinghy Fleet races were held close to Kata Beach on Saturday in a bid to avoid the stronger winds further out to sea. The strong winds on Friday had caused some problems for the mostly young dinghy sailors, with the Royal Thai Navy’s inflatable boats as well as some of the boats from the main fleet coming to lend a hand and towing some dinghies to shore.
“For 2019 and in past years, we have had a special focus on growing the dinghy components of our overall regatta, as we in the sailing community in Thailand can feel the positive effect this is having over the years as the sport of sailing continues to grow in popularity here,” said Kevin Whitcraft, President of the Organizing Committee. “The International Dinghyfleet isa fast-growing racing program designed to promote and encourage youth sailing in Thailand.”
In Saturday’s blustery conditions, experienced Thai sailor M.L. Weka Bhanubandh took the honors in the Optimist boys’ class after a near flawless series of races. Thorfun Boonak, another rising Thai star, won the Optimist girls’ class.
The Laser 4.7 class went to Paliga Poonpat, while the Laser Radial honors were taken by Suchakree Detthotsapol. Jarupong Meeusamsen won the Laser Standard class, while the 420 class was won by Thanawan Aiam-mi and Nattapon Yuang-ngam.
There has also been an ongoing Phuket Dinghy Series which concluded on Saturday and that was won by Nammapat Pooltong.
The IOM class for one-meter radio controlled boats, which made their debut at this year’s Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, was won by China’s Gong Qunxing. Total 24 sailors from five nations participated this year.
There was a strong contingent of Thai sailors contesting the the IOM class, which is growing rapidly all over the world. Many of the radio-sailors have no experience on full-size boats, but are experts at the controls of the one-meter variety.
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 RTN 3 and the Province of Phuket.
His Excellency Air Chief Marshal Chalit Pukbhasuk, a personal representative of His Majesty the King of Thailand, presided over the Royal Awards Ceremony and presented the trophies to the winners on Saturday afternoon.
Sponsors of the Phuket King’s Cup include Principal Host Sponsor Kata Group, and Strategic Partners RMA Group and Belt and Road International Regatta. Co-sponsors: Haadthip PCL and Ford.