First day of racing at the Phuket King’s Cup regatta gets underway
The first race of this year’s King’s Cup regatta in Phuket saw windspeed top just 10 knots but it was enough to lay on a start.
In the racing class, Robert Elliot’s Linklaters Mandrake came first, perhaps continuing her winning streak following a victory at the 65th Hoya Round the Island Race (Isle of Wight, UK) where she completed the circumnavigation in 5 hours and 45 seconds to win the much-coveted Gold Roman bowl. Frank Pong’s 77ft Jelik was second after taking a separate route from the rest of the fleet. Peter Ahern’s Asean Regatta winner, Yo, came third following a good start with plenty of clear wind.
In the Premier Cruising class, Hocus Pocus took a well-led first. Australian Maid came second, after competing in the racing class for the past 10 years and, after a close downwind battle, Elektra came third.
IRC 1 saw Jigonda first with last year’s near winner Octopussy second and La Sumudra third.
IRC 2 saw last year’s leading entries again competing for the top spots. Gotcha Lagi came a well deserved second, having only just been able to enter the regatta after being recently struck by lightning in a storm at the Raja Muda regatta. The Thai Navy boats came second and third once again proving they are duel competition.
In the well attended IRC 3 class, which has over 20 entries, last year’s winner Free Wind was first, Salamander 3 took second and Patrice III finished third.
The Classic class which has just two entries had a good race with the 2000 winner Xphias finishing first and Sanook second.
The Ocean Multihulls saw Securior Fine Pitch first with the 1999/2000 winner Summersalt second and last year’s winner, Cedar Swan, third.
Ocean Rover is a new class warmly welcomed by less competitive racers yet only Klondike managed to finish.