Whitcraft’s THA72 wins at Phuket King’s Cup Regatta
Published: Tuesday, 12 December 2017
Tom and Kevin Whitcraft’s THA72 was declared winner in the IRC0 class at the Phuket King's Cup Regatta, ahead of Team Hollywood and Windsikher, which were second and the third in the category respectively.
(Photo: Phuket King's Cup - THA72)
The Thai team’s early regatta ensured they were safe despite their rivals’ late surge. Australian team Alive skippered by Duncan Hine and Phil Turner was second fastest on the day, this being the final race.
Kevin’s team was third in the afternoon, but had already done enough to be declared champions and defenders of the title.
“We’re happy with our performance given the light conditions. A bit weak today of course but we decided to just keep going. We were covering Team Hollywood and Windsikher was out to starboard to close the gap. We could have been more aggressive at the start and have things we can improve on.
“No complaints though, this is only our second Phuket King’s Regatta title and we’ve tried so hard for so many years before. Jaray is a great helm and has had a good career. We have a crew of 15 and nine of us are Thai nationals.”
In IRC1, Japanese team Karusu took the win ahead of Estonian entry Loco to conclude the 12th race on the final day. Yasuo Nanamori’s team suffered this week from a disqualification and two DNS (Did Not Start), leaving Otonomos Mandrake to take Regatta glory.
Nick Burns and Fred Kinmonth were able to complete another King’s Cup Mandrake victory having been regatta regulars for many years.
Race Director Simon James said, “We’ve had a very successful regatta. We completed a full schedule for the racing boats. The bareboats and cruisers finished more races than ever, and it’s been very close.
“Conditions allowed us to give them a range of courses to suit their designs. [We have] excellent entries from China and Russia this year, and great to see competitors coming back every year, with many sailors who have been at the regatta since the start. Larger boats take up past competitors into their crews, so we see a lot of the same people, even among the charters who keep coming back too.”
Peter Dyer’s Kata Rocks (Madam Butterfly) won in IRC2, claiming Regatta honours in the process. A further win for Thai entry is the Pine Pacific in Premier Class, enough to seal the victory for the week.
Long experienced King’s Cup racer John Newnham put regatta victory beyond the German team Voodoo with Twin Sharks victorious in the Firefly 850 Class.
In other results, Andy Pape and Multihull Solutions H3O were declared regatta winners in the one-make Pulse 600 class, while British team Thor (Henry Kaye / Fergus Wilmer) claimed the Multihull Racing class. In the Cruising Multihulls, Mojo Multihull Solutions skippered by Aussie Rick Fielding was named the winner of the big cats.
Bareboat Charter this year consisted of a fleet of 14 ships, nine of which had Russian crews. Igor Ginzburg skippering Phailin capped off a good week which never saw them finish outside the top three in a competitive grouping.
Modern Classics brought to a close at the end of the regatta with Java Yachting’s Mas Allegre, a 50-year old design chartered by Chinese team Mermaid. Russian Urii Firsov claimed the Cruising class on a boat called Uminoko, having already won five races in a week.