29th Phuket King's Cup Comes To A Close
Published: Wednesday, 16 December 2015
The 29th Phuket King's Cup Regatta (Dec 5-12) came to a close after five days of good breeze and close racing.
(Prize giving by Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau)
In IRC Zero, Singapore’s Windsikher II took the top spot after a string full of first and second place finishes throughout the five days. Australia’s Millennium Racing came in second followed by Team Premier Oi! of Germany in third.
IRC One saw Kenn Eyears’ Rerefine from Singapore lead the class ahead of Kevin Whitcraft’s Wan Ma Rang (THA) and Matti Sep’s Blue Note (EST).
IRC Two class saw some of the closest racing, with the top three trading places throughout. Representing Japan was Karasu skippered by Yasuo Nanamori, a past Phuket King's Cup winner. With a strong contingent of Australians onboard and lead by Roland Dane, Principal of Red Bull Racing Australia, was the Royal Phuket Marina sponsored Jessandra II. Another Australian-dominated crew on the Beneteau First 44.7 Fujin were looking to claim the bragging rights.
A consistent string of third places early on saw Fujin loose some ground to Karasu and Jessandra II who were swapping first and second places almost every race. In the end, Karasu took the top spot followed by Jessandra II in second and Fujin in third.
Thailand’s Pine-Pacific won the Premier Class after taking first in six of the eight races. Australia’s Audeamus took second and Baby Tonga of Russia took third.
Russia’s Alexa put in another predictable win in the Bareboat Charter Class, taking first in six of seven races with six points, Malee (UKR) came in second with 16 points and Russia’s Isabella came in third with 21 points.
Russia dominated once again in the Open Charter Class, with Vladimir Oleynikov’s Popeye taking first winning six of seven races. China’s Big Boy Sailing Team came in second and Kata Rocks III (RUS) took third.
The Royal Thai Navy entry Thai Navy 1 claimed the win in the Modern Classic Class, after finishing first in both races on the final day. Krabi Boat Lagoon Piccolo (THA) took second, followed by Australia’s Farrgo Express in third.
IRC Cruising Class was won by Australia’s Slipstream. The win was a close one with only one-point difference from second place Mustang Sally (NZL). Slipstream took the lead after a win in the last race of the final day. Dragon’s Back (GBR) came in third.
Australia’s Mohawk, who won six out of the seven races, won the top spot of Cruising Class. Race six fell to the Chinese entry Atom, skippered by Jian Quan Tong, however Great Britain’s Hogg managed to take second, followed by Atom.
Of the two Classic entries this year, Cedric Rimaud skippering Selma (FRA) took every race in the regatta apart from on the first day’s racing. Japan’s Umeboshi was second.
In the Firefly 850 Sports Class John Newnham’s Twin Sharks (GBR) was the clear winner with seven of 10 wins throughout the regatta. Voodoo (GER) came in second, followed by Moto Inzi (GBR).
In the Multihull Cruising Class, Japan’s Minnie came in first, four points ahead of second place Star Fruit of Russia. The Multihull Racing Class saw Thailand’s Asia Catamarans Hurricane take first after finishing the final two races in the top spot.
Performance Multihulls was won by Australian Elizabeth Schoch on Sudu3, eight points ahead of USA’s Sudu4.
After five days of racing, the regatta closed with a beachside party and award’s ceremony at Kata Beach Resort & Spa.