Drumstick wins Phuket King's Cup

Double-beat for Drumstick (Toby O’Connell) - winning the King’s Cup for the 2nd year running. Phuket King’s Cup 2006.
Dramatic finish at the 2006 Phuket King’s Cup yesterday afternoon and the big boats in the Racing 1 division were ‘neck and neck’ battling for the King's Cup. Neil Pryde’s Farr 52 Hi Fi was on 16 points, Paul Winkelmann’s TP52 Island Fling was on 17 points and last year's winner, Toby O’Connell’s DK46 Dhevatara Drumstick, was on 19 points.

The race started in easing conditions. Frank Pong earlier in the regatta had talked about the risks of trying to start with the smaller boats for his 76 footer Jelik. He preferred to keep away from the 50 footers and start in clear air at speed. Yesterday he suffered when caught in the middle of the bunch, he was over early and had difficulty sailing back.

Island Fling was first around the top mark, followed by Hi Fi, then Mandrake and Jelik. At the bottom mark Island Fling went left looking underpowered, while Hi Fi stepped out to the right, finding pressure and then tacked into a fast lane.

Just one run from the finish of the final race, the Racing division leader, Neil Pryde had sailed his Farr 52 into a regatta winning position - then the wind stopped. Pryde watched the fleet sail up to him. Behind him the entire fleet, from the largest Grand Prix racer Frank Pong’s 25 metre Jelik, down to the eight metre sports boats, joined the parking lot.

Behind Hi Fi, Paul Winkelmann’s Island Fling was caught in the windless zone and drifted into the mark. She completed her 360 in painfully light conditions. Gradually the fleet ghosted round the buoy, with boats heading offshore looking for the sea breeze. Instead it infilled from the land and Hummingbird Konka reached along the inside of the fleet, with her larger rivals still waiting for the breeze. Within a minute Dhevatara Drumstick, the second smallest boat in the Grand Prix fleet was reaching up to the bottom mark, at 17 knots. For Pryde the regatta was just about over.

Dockside the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club skipper Toby O'Conell commented, 'We knew we had to win and Hi Fi and Island Fling had to be well down in the places. Two thirds of the way round, Hi Fi was having a great race and Island Fling not so great, but not too far back. When we reached the parking lot at the mark, we edged around the outside of fleet. We were heading down to meet a sea breeze but saw it coming off the land.

'We hooked into it; hit 16-17’s, we were sailing deep and that helped us. The breeze stayed to the finish. Those conditions were the reverse of the first day, which was a big boat day. We are very happy boys!'

Konka Hummingbird, with Tiffany Koo at the helm, won Race 8 for the Racing 1 division on corrected time, from Toby O’Connell’s defending champion Dhevatara Drumstick, with Karakoa, helmed by Jamie MacPhail third. Frank Pong’s Jelik recorded the fastest time around the course.

Going into the last day's race Dhevatara Drumstick needed to place three spots above Neil Pryde’s Hi Fi to maintain her crown. The happy team on Drumstick achieved their goal and were presented with the King’s Cup. Hi Fi was second and Island Fling (Paul Winkelmann) finished third.

In the Coutts Premier division Race 7, Frangipani Girl (David Ross) won by nearly ten seconds on corrected time from Strewth (Geoff Hill) with Australian Maid (Jon Wardill). Yasooda registered the fastest time.

As a result of a second place, Strewth took out the overall Premier Championship from close rival, Moon Blue 11 (Peter Churchouse). Strewth and Moon Blue 11 were on even points going into the last race of the regatta. Moon Blue 11 finished second, with Andrew Rickards’ Moon Blue, third.

Race 7 belonged to Madam Butterfly on corrected time, in the Racing 2 division. Second on corrected time was Phoenix (Niels Dgenkolf) and third was Lunch Cutter 11 (Keith Dunn). The fastest time was recorded by Panic. The win ensured Madam Butterfly the Overall top placing, with Phoenix and Happy Endings filling the minor placings.

Risotada (Keisuke Nagamatsu) scored the corrected time win in Race 7 for the tightly fought Sports Boat division. Motornet (Kenichi Takahashi) was thirty-eight seconds back followed by Just (Shuji Hagihara). G4S Somtam Express registered the fastest time. Overall, Motornet had already won the regatta and yesterday's sail was just ‘icing on the cake’. Scott Dunsanson’s G4S Somtam Express finished second, with Just (Shuji Hagihara) third.

In IRC 1, Race 7 Big A, Andy Pape’s Swan 55 won on corrected time, from Di Hard (Valdemar Bandolowski) and Sita (Peter Wintle). Line honours belonged to Sita. The winner of this division, Rhythm Stick, the X442 helmed by Japanese skipper Ryuji Nakata did not sail the last race after convincingly winning her division earlier in the week. Octopussy and Sita filled the minor placings.

In the Firefly 850's division Race 7, Twin Sharks (Bill Phelps) won on corrected time from Mamba (Henry Kaye) with Moto Inzi (Roger Kingdon) third. Chi Machine, after becoming the overall winner elected not to race yesterday. Instead, they enjoyed the sunshine and atmosphere at the Phuket Kings Cup. Twin Sharks and Moto Inzi completed the podium places.

In Multihull racing, Race 5 The Sting (Philip Day) won from Seekronghuk (Tim Milner) with Charro (Mervyn Owen) third on corrected time. Atmosphere took line honours. The win secured the Overall Championship for The Sting crew, with Seekronghuk second and Benoit Lassaffre’s Atmosphere in third.

In the Performance Multihull division, Race 5, Liam Nichols’ Gone with the Wind took the honours on corrected time, from Tony Roberts Tactical Directions and third Larry Pollock’s Running Cloud. Raimon Land Chameleon also recorded the fastest time.

Overall, Running Cloud was triumphant, with Gone with the Wind second and Raimon Land Chameleon finishing in third.

In IRC 2, Royal Thai Navy 1 (Lt. Peera Sagultem) won on corrected time from Master Blaster (Andrey Novoderezhkin) and Minx (Rob Taylor). Royal Thai Navy 1 clearly won the division overall, with Master Blaster and Minx takings the minor placings.

Princess Christina (Robert Yeltes) won the Sunsail One Design division yesterday on corrected time. Princess Anna (Christian Eschenberg) was second and Princess Isabella (Keith Harding) was third. Princess Athena (Antonio Escribano) secured the Overall Sunsail trophy. Princess Isabella finished second, with Princess Christina third.

In the Bareboat Charter division, Fidgi (Naoki Wada) was the corrected time winner, with Intan (Theodore Bakker) in second and Bintang (Doug Maddern and Keith Blankly) third. Bintang recorded the fastest time. The Overall championship in this division went down to the wire, with Bintang winning on a countback from Intan. Fidgi finished in third.

In the Ocean Rover division Race 5, Waconda (Simon Dupe) made her regatta debut on the podium winning on corrected time from the consistent performer Calypso JJ (Geoff Wilson). Rainbow Dream (Simon Piff) finished third. Millenium (John Clayton) took line honours. Calypso JJ, having already sealed the Overall championship sailed well again in the final race. Rainbow dream finished second and Festina Lente (Nick Pochin) in third.

In the Classic division, Argo (Brendon Baumeister) won on corrected time from Kiara (Roger Brett), with Jubilaeum (Mathew Harsley) in third. Argo recorded the fastest time over the course. Cordelia won the division Overall, from Argo and Kiara.

Overall Placings - End of Racing Protests Pending
 20th Phuket Kings Cup Regatta

Progressive Series ResultsDec 9 2006 2:24 PM
Racing 1
Sail NoBoatNameCountryRace 1Race 2Race 3Race 4Race 5Race 6Race 7Race 8TotalDropScorePlace

HKG1998

Dhevatara Drumstick

Toby O'Connell

HKG

8

1

4

1

6

4

3

2

29

8

21

1

HKG2112

Hi Fi

Neil Pryde

HKG

3

2

3

2

4

5

2

5

26

5

21

2

GBR 88R

Island Fling

Paul Winkelmann

IRL

2

3

2

3

9

1

6

6

32

9

23

3

HKG600

Jelik

Frank Pong

HKG

1

6

7

8

3

2

1

8

36

8

28

4

HKG2166

Mandrake

Nick Burns

HKG

4

8

1

4

5

6

4

4

36

8

28

5

PHI8088

Karakoa

Jamie MacPhail

PHI

6

4

6

6

9

3

5

3

42

9

33

6

HKG2266

Konka Hummingbird

Adam Ng

CHN

7

7

8

5

1

8

8

1

45

8

37

7

HKG 2238

Ffree Fire 52

Russ Parker

HKG

5

5

5

7

2

7

7

7

45

7

38

8

Coutts PremierSail NoBoatNameCountryRace 1Race 2Race 3Race 4Race 5Race 6TotalDropScorePlace

AUS6188

Strewth

Geoff Hill

AUS

5

1

1

4

2

2

15

5

10

1

CAY 8888

Moon Blue II

Peter Churchhouse

HKG

1

4

7

2

1

11

26

11

15

2

HKG1887

Moon Blue

Andrew Rickards

HKG

3

2

3

5

7

4

24

7

17

3

GBR 703 R

Yasooda

Hans Rahmann

GER

2

7

8

1

3

8

29

8

21

4

AUS4100

Australian Maid

Jon Wardill

AUS

4

6

5

3

6

3

27

6

21

5

VBI 612

Nix

Nico Cortiever

NED

6

5

2

7

4

5

29

7

22

6

53023

Frangipani Girl

David Ross

SIN

11

3

4

11

5

1

35

11

24

7

666

Lawana

Pana Trungkabunchar

THA

11

8

6

6

9

11

51

11

40

8

NZL 8818

Intrigue

Gary Foster

HKG

7

10

10

11

8

7

53

11

42

9

NED 5916

Bolero

Ed van den Heuvel

NED

11

9

9

11

10

6

56

11

45

10

Racing 2Sail NoBoatNameCountryRace 1Race 2Race 3Race 4Race 5Race 6Race 7TotalDropScorePlace

4497

Madam Butterfly

Peter Dyer

GBR

1

3

2

2

2

1

1

12

3

9

1

JPN 777

Phoenix

Niels Dgenkolf

JPN

4

1

4

3

1

2

2

17

4

13

2

SIN2811

Happy Endings

Jonathan Mahony

SIN

3

2

1

5

3

3

5

22

5

17

3

MAS31

Panic

Jeff Davison

SIN

2

4

3

1

4

4

4

22

4

18

4

SIN5625

Lunch Cutter II

Keith Dunn

SIN

5

5

5

4

5

5

3

32

5

27

5

Sports BoatsSail NoBoatNameCountryRace 1Race 2Race 3Race 4Race 5Race 6Race 7TotalDropScorePlace

JPN-6287

Motornet

Kenichi Takahashi

JPN

3

1

1

3

2

1

2

13

3

10

1

HKT801

G4S Somtam Express

Scott Duncanson

THA

1

5

3

1

1

5

7

23

7

16

2

JST 237

Just

Shuji Hagihara

JPN

10

2

4

4

6

3

3

32

10

22

3

HKT 804

Vino

Phil Wardrop

THA

2

6

2

2

5

7

8

32

8

24

4

THA-806

Risotada

Keisuke Nagamatsu

JPN

10

4

7

10

3

6

1

41

10

31

5

118

Platu

Ket Manghlaseranee

THA

10

3

5

10

7

4

4

43

10

33

6

THA-129

Sakura

Toshio Furuta

JPN

10

8

6

10

4

2

5

45

10

35

7

62

Moon Shadow

David Rule

THA

10

7

8

10

8

8

6

57

10

47

8

T4167

Porn Star

Kipsan Beck

THA

10

9

9

10

10

10

10

68

10

58

9

IRC1Sail NoBoatNameCountryRace 1Race 2Race 3Race 4Race 5Race 6Race 7TotalDropScorePlace

HKG10945 (1998 on spi)

Rhythm Stick

Ryuji NAKATA

HKG

2

1

1

2

1

1

10

18

10

8

1

THA99

Octopussy

Jaray Tipsuk

THA

5

5

2

1

3

2

6

24

6

18

2

HTG 2033

Sita

Peter Wintle

AUS

3

6

3

3

2

4

3

24

6

18

3

SIN 888

Switch Blade

Mike Downard

SIN

1

4

5

5

4

6

7

32

7

25

4

9290

Di Hard

Valdemar Bandolowski

THA

7

3

7

10

6

3

2

38

10

28

5

5793

Orinocco

Brian Rogers

GBR

6

7

4

4

8

5

5

39

8

31

6

HKG1683

Beaux Esprits

Keith Gary

HKG

4

8

6

7

7

7

4

43

8

35

7

MLT1295

Big A

Andy Pape

THA

10

2

8

10

5

10

1

46

10

36

8

SUI4901

Blue Juice

Beat Bosshard

SUI

8

9

9

6

9

8

8

57

9

48

9

Firefly 850 SportSail NoBoatNameCountryRace 1Race 2Race 3Race 4Race 5Race 6Race 7TotalDropScorePlace

FF 888

Chi Machine

Marc Cudennec

THA

1

2

1

1

4

1

6

16

6

10

1

298

Twin Sharks

Bill Phelps

THA

2

5

3

6

2

2

1

21

6

15

2

ff 222

Moto Inzi

Roger Kingdon

THA

4

4

2

2

1

3

3

19

4

15

3

ff 559

Mamba

Henry Kaye

THA

3

1

4

3

3

4

2

20

4

16

4

F111

Pink Lady

Andrew Marshall

THA

5

3

5

4

5

5

4

31

5

26

5

Multihull RacingSail NoBoatNameCountryRace 1Race 2Race 3Race 4Race 5TotalDropScorePlace

011

The Sting

Philip Day

THA

5

2

1

4

1

13

5

8

1

888

Seekronghuk

Tim Milner

THA

6

1

8

1

2

18

8

10

2

HKG8675

Atmosphere

Benoit Lasaffre

HKG

4

7

2

2

6

21

7

14

3

THA-94

Cedar Swan

Radab Kanjanavanit

THA

2

3

8

5

4

22

8

14

4

M296

X Catriot

Bob Brindley

AUS

3

5

8

3

7

26

8

18

5

159

Chimera

Christopher Edwards

GBR

1

6

8

7

5

27

8

19

6

459

Charro

Mervyn Owen

THA

7

4

8

6

3

28

8

20

7

Performance MultihullSail NoBoatNameCountryRace 1Race 2Race 3Race 4Race 5TotalDropScorePlace

24

Running Cloud

Larry Pollock

USA

2

5

1

1

2

11

5

6

1

14

Gone with the Wind

Liam Nichols

AUS

6

1

2

4

1

14

6

8

2

20

Raimon Land Chameleon

Chris Runnegar

THA

1

2

3

2

3

11

3

8

3

N50

Tactical Directions

Tony Roberts

AUS

6

4

6

3

6

25

6

19

4

007

Ambre

Alfred Poulsen

THA

6

3

6

5

6

26

6

20

5

IRC2Sail NoBoatNameCountryRace 1Race 2Race 3Race 4Race 5TotalDropScorePlace

THA 1993

Royal Thai Navy 1

Lt. Peera Sagultem

THA

1

3

1

2

1

8

3

5

1

GER4105

Master Blaster

Andrey Novoderezhkin

RUS

3

4

2

1

2

12

4

8

2

THA777

Minx

Rob Taylor

THA

2

1

4

7

4

18

7

11

3

SIN2626

Next Page

Peter Forbes

SIN

4

2

3

4

3

16

4

12

4

SIN333

Waka Tere

Kenn Eyears

SIN

5

5

14

3

8

35

14

21

5

139

Cinders

Stewart Crowe

GBR

14

7

14

8

5

48

14

34

6

44

Jemini Jo

Larry Emerson

USA

14

6

14

5

11

50

14

36

7

GBR 6010T

Tag

Fiona Hicks

GBR

14

9

14

6

7

50

14

36

8

GBR 519R

Chetak

Jim Kane

THA

14

8

14

12

6

54

14

40

9

43057

Perky

Jimmy Watts

USA

14

10

14

10

9

57

14

43

10

YC360

Patrice III

James Hardie

VTM

14

12

14

9

10

59

14

45

11

THA 19

Tong Fa

Jakarapong Supthayi

THA

14

11

14

11

12

62

14

48

12

17

Free Wind

George Foose

USA

14

14

14

14

14

70

14

56

13

Sunsail One DesignSail NoBoatNameCountryRace 1Race 2Race 3Race 4Race 5TotalDropScorePlace

S3

Princess Athena

Antonio Escribano

ESP

2

1

1

1

7

12

7

5

1

S5

Princess Isabella

Keith Harding

HKG

1

2

5

3

3

14

5

9

2

S4

Princess Christina

Robert Yeltes

GBR

3

3

7

4

1

18

7

11

3

S1

Princess Anna

Christian Eschenberg

GER

4

7

3

2

2

18

7

11

4

S6

Princess Sharda

Philip Bowring

GBR

6

4

2

6

4

22

6

16

5

S2

Princess Arieta

Peter Jung

GER

5

7

4

5

5

26

7

19

6

Bareboat CharterSail NoBoatNameCountryRace 1Race 2Race 3Race 4Race 5TotalDropScorePlace

S10

Bintang

D. Maddern/Keith Blankly

UAE

1

1

6

4

3

15

6

9

1

S12

Intan

Theodore Bakker

NED

4

3

2

2

2

13

4

9

2

051

Fidgi

Naoki Wada

JPN

7

2

1

6

1

17

7

10

3

14

Amadeus

Masakido Kato

THA

2

11

3

1

6

23

11

12

4

S13

Paprika II

Peter Beaumont

GBR

3

4

5

8

5

25

8

17

5

S9

White Cloud

Schibler Andre

SUI

5

6

11

5

4

31

11

20

6

THA4239

Sudawadee

Simon Denye

GBR

8

5

11

3

7

34

11

23

7

S11

Singa Besar

Christopher Limpert-Peers

GER

9

7

4

7

8

35

9

26

8

S17

Madisson

David Craig

RSA

6

8

11

9

9

43

11

32

9

17

Alissa

R & P. Sym

THA

10

9

11

11

11

52

11

41

10

Ocean RoverSail NoBoatNameCountryRace 1Race 2Race 3Race 4Race 5TotalDropScorePlace

N112

Calypso JJ

Geoff Wilson

AUS

1

1

1

4

2

9

4

5

1

19

Rainbow Dream

Simon Piff

GBR

10

2

3

5

3

23

10

13

2

GBR 5506L

Festina Lente

Nick Pochin

GBR

4

3

4

2

10

23

10

13

3

NOR 8775

Embla

Gunnar Myhre

NOR

2

4

10

3

7

26

10

16

4

AUS 5419

Millenium

John Clayton

AUS

3

6

10

1

8

28

10

18

5

0

Rusalka

Kevan Perrins

GBR

10

7

2

7

4

30

10

20

6

903489

Abracadabra

Philip Strauss

USA

5

5

10

5

6

31

10

21

7

WYT

Waconda

Simon Dupe

GER

10

8

10

10

1

39

10

29

8

724810

Minico

Gartmann Ricco

SUI

10

9

10

8

5

42

10

32

9

ClassicSail NoBoatNameCountryRace 1Race 2Race 3Race 4Race 5TotalDropScorePlace

4176

Cordelia

Tim Wilson

AUS

1

1

1

1

4

8

4

4

1

54

Argo

Brendon Baumeister

BVI

3

3

2

2

1

11

3

8

2

GBR 777

Kiara

Roger Brett

GBR

5

2

3

4

2

16

5

11

3

15

Jubilaeum

Mathew Harsley

AUS

2

4

5

3

3

17

5

12

4

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