Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2014 Comes To A Close
Published: Tuesday, 09 December 2014
The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta was held Nov 29-Dec 6, 2014. During the week there were 123 keelboat races in addition to 27 dinghy races. There were more races than ever in the competition’s history. The Regatta continues to be one of the largest in Asia.
Of the two exceptional competitors in IRC0 in 2014, it was Team Beau Geste who had the strength and consistency to carry an excellent performance throughout the Regatta to beat Neil Pryde's HiFi. A win in one of the final two races was enough to put them five points clear, earning Karl Kwok’s team the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta glory.
“It was a big two days, lots of races and a big fleet too,” says Kwok. “Our 13-person crew would love to be back at the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta in the near future. I believe the King’s Cup is the biggest regatta in this part of the world. China is opening up, but this is still the best.”
Island Fling and EFG Mandrake shared the points in the final IRC1 runs, with Paul Winkelmann’s Island Fling claiming overall victory by six points. Both Hong Kong competitors were locked in battle all week, with EFG Mandrake performing well in several races but picking up a few fourth-place finishes to its eventual detriment.
Bill Bremner’s Foxy Lady VI took the last two wins in IRC2, but it was too little too late for the Singaporean team. TBG Team Premier had already put the class to rest, claiming a well-deserved victory which broke Bill Bremner’s nine-straight-win run in the Phuket King’s Cup.
Foreign Affair was in a class of its own all week in IRC3, with an unbroken string of first place finishes.
Pine Pacific defeated its handicap once again to beat a trailing fleet in Premier class. The Thai-registered boat skippered by Ithinai Yingsiri made the 2014 event look easy.
In Bareboat Charter A, Andrey Duvanov and Team Uhuru took first and third in the last two races, putting them two points clear at the top. Steady performances in an ever-evolving class gave them enough of a final advantage to win the A group. In Bareboat B, Team Sarawadee took the final wins, sealing the deal after a weeklong faultless regatta.
Open Charter saw Kata Rocks 3 victorious once again after a week of exceptional results. Tony Pfeiffer’s crew have been untouchable since the first race.
Twin Sharks and Voodoo took a win each from each of the final Firefly 850 Sports races, the two boats just a point apart at the finish. This played out fittingly in an exciting finale in typical King’s Cup style – Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo was the overall winner.
The winner of the Cruising class was Lady Bubbly. She performed consistently well all week claiming King’s Cup honours.
Alan Carwadine’s Hurricane took an easy series victory in Multihull Racing. S.Y. Ravensong was the only boat to finish in Classic class. Minnie won the Multihull Cruising class.
Thai Team Sansiri won the Modern Classic class. Skipper Patinyakorn Buranrom inspired his young Thai crew to win, and they thoroughly deserved the victory. This is a wonderful testament to the rapidly developing skills and commitment to the sport by Thai sailors.
In the International Dinghy classes Saranwong Poonpat performed exceptionally well throughout the regatta to win Optimist boys, while Intira Parnpibul was second overall and fastest of the Optimist girls. In the Laser class, Nattawut Paenyaem was the winner, and Apiwat Sringam won the Topper class.
(All images: Guy Nowell)