Phuket celebrates King’s Cup Regatta News Feed

Phuket’s annual King’s Cup Regatta is one of the key events on Thailand’s yachting calendar, with this year’s event marked its 31st anniversary. 

“The Phuket Kings’ Cup is known as Asia’s most prestigious regatta, and the programme has such a powerful international magnetism, drawing sailing teams internationally, which return year after year to race here,” said Kevin Whitcraft, President of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Organising Committee “This year, the first three days featured strong winds and very good weather conditions, with lighter air returning later in the week. This allowed sailors from 20 countries to use their skills and tactical knowledge to best leverage advantages where they present themselves. It’s been a fantastic week, and especially so for our Dinghy fleet, which has grown over four years from 20 sailors to 109 this year. It is an invaluable cornerstone for growing the sport of sailing in the future.”

There were 11 classes in this year’s Keelboats and Multihulls category. Team THA72, Tom and Kevin Whitcraft’s own team, scooped the prize for the IRC0 Zero class. Headed up by Nick Burns and Fred Kinmonth of Hong Kong, Team Otonomos Mandrake won the IRC 1 category, while Team Kata Rocks from the UK ranked at the top of IRC2. Thailand’s Team Pine-Pacific came out on top of the Premier class, with Russia’s team Phailin achieving top honours in the Bareboat Charter. Cruising class was dominated Russia’s Team Uminoko, and China’s Team Mermaid triumphed in Modern Classic. Great Britain’s team Thor scored top honours in the multi-hull racing, with Australia’s Team Mojo Multihull Solutions seizing the number one spot in multihull cruising. Finally, Great Britain’s Twin Sharks won the Firefly 850 Sport class, while Thailand’s H3O triumphed in the Pulse 600.

Phuket’s Governor, Norrpahat Plodthong said, “On behalf of Phuket province, we were glad to welcome over 2,000 sailors and supporters from around the globe during the race week this year. This event improves the province’s tourism industry, and especially benefits hospitality and the sports tourism and marine tourism sectors. We expect the 31st Anniversary to have raised THB250-300 million (US$7.6 million-US$9.1 million) for the economy of Phuket. This very special sporting event reaffirms the reputation of Phuket Island as a Mecca for marine and sports tourism,” he said.

Phuket is a well-established hub on Southeast Asia’s sailing scene, acting as a gateway for visitors keen to explore the stunning marine landscapes of Phang Nga Bay and beyond.

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