Ray Roberts (2nd from right) celebrates winning the King’s Cup IRC 0 division for a record 5th time. Phuket King’s Cup 2013.
Guy Nowell
Australian entries won four of the 14 scheduled classes, followed by Japan
with three classes racked up, in the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta,, sailed off Kata Beach all this week.

As expected, in the Phuket Dinghy Series, raced as an integral part of the Regatta proper,
Thai sailors – boys and girls - reigned supreme in the Optimists, the International Dinghy Class and the Windsurfing.

Aussie Ray Roberts racked up his fifth win in the Fiercely-contested IRC Zero Class, Alan Carwadine won the Multihull Racing, Chris Mitchell won the Cruising and David Boekemann did likewise in the Bareboat Charters.

Norikazu Arai led the Multihull Cruisers, and fellow-countrymen, Makiko Matsuichi (Sports Boats), and Yasuo Nanamori (IRC Two) filled out the Japanese entries

Singaporean Bill Bremner won the IRC One, Hong Kong’s Anthony Root, triumphed in the iRC Three, Thai IthinaiYindsiri, won the Premier Class, German John Newnham was first in the Firefly 850 Sports, and one of the huge Russian contingent (22 entries)Eugeny Nikiforov, led the Open Charters.

Canada and the the UK appeared as winners of the Modern Classic (Jim Ellis) and the
the Classic Classes (Peter Wood), respectively.

At the splendid Awards and Closing Ceremony of the just-finished 26th edition of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, 2013, His Majesty’s Personal Representative, . M.L.Admiral Usni Pramoj, rewarded the winners of the senior 14 classes, the Phuket Dinghy Series and the Wind-surfing Classes.

A feature of the final party, held at the Regatta’s “home” for the past few years. was the appearance of the award-winning Scottish singer song-writer and his band.. Paul is also the Artist Ambassador to “World Vision”, UK, the world’s largest charity dedicated to the advancement of children.

So, the sail;ors return to their four corners of the globe from whence thay came and the
King’s Cup Race Committee already started to look towards 2014, for the 28th edition of the great event.