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Published: Tuesday, 17 December 2013
Peter Wheeler

The final day of racing in this year’s Phuket King’s Cup Regatta posed the challenge of very light conditions, making every Skipper’s decision and change of tack a crucial judgement at the close of this legendary race.

Ray Roberts and OneSails Racing have turned in strong and consistent performances throughout the Regatta, but it was rival IRC0 class Australian boat Oi! and her crew which saved their best runs until the last; Ahern Bailey Wilmer’s team took two first places on the final day – an incredible finale and so typical of the King’s Cup. The result at the finish was Ray Robert’s crew winning the class by a single point; their second and third place finishes today were enough to see them emerge as overall winners following their good tactical decisions.

Ray Roberts, Skipper of OneSails Racing, spoke of his delight: “It’s great to be back here and winning our fourth King’s Cup. It was very light wind today with one squall, and so we kept focus on calm decisions and consistency; The weather contributed to a good, fair race, one in which you could not relax, and I would like to express my thanks to the Race Committee who did a terrific job managing it in changing conditions all week. Some of the winning gaps have come down to just four seconds or so – very challenging. Technology is changing in sailing all the time and we came up with a cutting-edge sail design at OneSails, and that was our key to success.”

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