Offshore Yachting : February March 2013
RACE & REGATTA ROUND-UP 052 GUY NOWELL The 170-strong fleet comprising 80 yachts, 50 dinghies and 40 windsurfers sailed in moderate to strong NE tradewinds throughout the windward-leeward courses off Phuket's south west corner at the King's Cup in early December. Attracting an international group of sailors from Europe, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region, the King's Cup has built a reputation for being the preeminent event in the region. Onshore, the nightly parties and burgeoning tourist promenades around Karon and Kata Beaches ensured crews had plenty food, drink and fun. For the many Australians attending there were plenty of charter options, so a good variety of craft sailed in the 23-strong bareboat fleet. Attending my fifth King's Cup, I enjoyed the high-speed racing on a chartered Firefly 850 rented from Andaman Sea Charters, while Sunsail supplied the Crown jewel of the Pacific PHUKET'S KING'S CUP AGAIN LIVED UP ITS REPUTATION FOR OFFSHORE AND ONSHORE FUN, REPORTS REGULAR ATTENDEE KEVIN GREEN. majority of cruising monohulls and other options including late model Beneteaus and even a classic S&S 47. Our one design class of seven Firefly catamarans ensured close and fast racing. We reached nearly 20 knots on some of the runs, which made gybing the kite a do-or-die experience. HOT 40S Reflecting international trends, the mid-size race boats provided much of the exciting keelboat racing. A local GP42 challenged the mighty Reichel Pugh 76 owned by Hong Kong industrialist Frank Pong to the last day before Pong took the title. Elsewhere in the fleet Steve Manning's Sydney GTS 43 Walawala 2 won several races in the varying conditions to make the podium while in the mix was also Ben Copley's Reichel Pugh 45 Katsu, and the Ker 40 KukuKERchu of David Ross set a cracking pace at the front of IRC 1. Former CYCA Commodore Matt Allen had a successful week with his KING'S CUP latest Ichi Ban, an Adams 10 fully refitted locally in Phuket. Allen and boatmaster Michael Spies enjoyed the well-organised racing -- a six man international jury attends, which this year dealt with 22 protests from the wide-ranging international fleet -- and won IRC2 with a day to spare. Among the other Aussies was Graeme Sheldon's Hanse 400e Agility International which had a successful week. Also notable was Queensland sailor Andrew Kransky. He built his own boat in Brisbane then sailed off to Asia a couple of years ago with the family and enjoys cruising when not competing in the active SE Asia regatta scene. "It's our second King's Cup and the competition is tougher than ever but we love it and really enjoy the passage races," said Andrew Kransky. His 13-year-old daughter Mara works on the foredeck and said she doesn't want to return to Queensland for school. Who can blame her! www.kingscup.com HULL OF A BITE Fireflys line up at the start of a race.
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