Phuket King's Cup into its 22nd year

Improvement and top line-up expected at Asia's top regatta at the end of November

Friday October 24th 2008, Author: Joseph Henry, Location: United Kingdom
The 2008 Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is poised for the official launch of its 22nd year. An established perennial favourite, Asia’s top maritime event is set to draw thousands of sailors, friends and their families to beautiful Phuket for the ultimate celebration of competition sailing.

The hallmarks of last year’s regatta were strong winds, a record turnout of over 100 boats and media coverage that spanned the globe. The races were faster than any year in recent memory ensuring that boats in all classes had the opportunity to test their skills to the limit. The 2008 regatta will showcase southern Thailand’s world renowned scenic beauty, competitors from around the world and a huge surge in visitors to the yachting and marine capital of Asia-Phuket.

“We are privileged to present what we know will be another wonderful Regatta for Thailand and the whole of Asia," said newly appointed President, Kevin Whitcraft of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Organising Committee. "With our long history, we have always worked to provide our own unique blend of fun and competitive camaraderie. The Regatta is a memorable experience that reflects the best of Thai character and charm coupled with a world class race environment.”

Simon James, Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Race Management Director added: “This year’s racing class is hotting up in what looks like a very competitive division with four TP 52's joining the event. Bill Bremner on Foxy Lady IV, leads the challenge after an absence of three years against regatta regulars; Hi Fi, Neil Pryde; Mandrake, Nick Burns; Fred Kinmonth and Hong Kong's Frank Pong. The IRC 1 class is also looking good with Koh Samui IRC Class Regatta Ichi Ban skippered by Matt Allen (AUS) joining the regatta for the first time to take up the challenge against a competitive fleet including Ben Coply's Phuket -based Swan 42, Katsu and 2007 champion Jeff Davidson's Mumm 30 Panic. In IRC 2, The Royal Thai Navy teams return to challenge last year’s winner, Peter Dyer on Madam Butterfly and will be closely followed by Neils Dgenkole's Danish team on Phoenix."

Race Management has been continually improved each year and this year is no exception. The 2008 regatta will feature upgraded race equipment including several new marks, ground tackle, and pennants to enable flexibility and efficiency of race course management. Many racing courses have also been updated with adequate selection for the Race Officer to decide each day depending on the wind conditions.

Under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King, the Regatta is organised by the Phuket King's Cup Regatta Organising Committee under the auspices of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, in conjunction with the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Royal Thai Navy and the Province of Phuket.

The Third Naval Area Command, Royal Thai Navy, which is based in Phuket has fully supported and facilitated the event with logistics as well as their equipment, officers, boat, helicopter and SEAL unit for security and rescue.

The organising committee and principal sponsor, Raimon Land, recently held a signing ceremony to commemorate Raimon Land’s commitment to a five year sponsorship deal. Raimon Land will once again organise the popular closing party on Saturday, 6 December guaranteeing a memorable end to what is expected to be another great week of activities. They will also be hosting a number of events such as a property seminar and their renowned and extensive corporate hospitality programs throughout the week.

Raimon Land CEO Mr. Nigel Cornick said: “We’re pleased to be continuing our support of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta for another five years. The positive impact the regatta brings to the sport of sailing in Thailand as well as the local economy of Phuket is outstanding. We are proudly presenting our latest property, the prestigious Amalfi this year at the regatta, so our sponsorship is one of the special ways we can give back to the community that has given so much to Raimon Land.”

Kata Group, host sponsor for over a decade has made available their superb Kata Beach Resort on Kata Beach as the venue for the Regatta as well as the Phuket Orchid Resort, their recent award winning 'Best Family Hotel' as voted by Thomascook.com, to accommodate all press and media.

Sponsorship of the event this year will be helped by many organisations with interests in Phuket. Mom Tri’s Boathouse has helped for over a decade. Thailand Elite, Siam Winery, Thai Bev and Sunsail are also supporting the event this year. Media sponsorship in part comes from Phuket Magazine, The Nation, Phuket Gazette, Yacht Style and Ensign Media

Entries will be open until 1 November 2008, after which late fees will apply and entries will be accepted at the discretion of the Race Committee. For general information on the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, contact Regatta Secretary at info@kingscup.com or +66 (0) 7627 3380. For racing inquiries, contact Simon James on racing@kingscup.com.

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