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 10 Dec 2011
 


The King's Cup in Phuket has been taking a lot of our attention these past few days. The weather has been just about perfect, with blue skies, sunshine and good sailing breeze. The hottest division of all – IRC 1 – is a collection of 40-footers that would make any regatta look good, anywhere in the world. On the social front it has been business as usual, with parties every night. Some say that getting to the end of the week is as much a test of party-going stamina as actual sailing! One more day to go, and positions at the top of the divisions are almost all open for a fight. For full race reports, picture gallery, and results, please visit www.kingscup.com




Phuket King's Cup – Asia's leading regatta gets better and better
Phuket King's Cup media,
The Phuket King's Cup 2011 is the biggest yet and certainly has one of the most competitive fleets ever assembled in the event's 25 year history. While in its early years the winning skippers tended to be British, New Zealand and Australian expatriates some of the key classes are now being dominated by Asian sailors.... [more]
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Optimist Worlds: A World Championship within a World Championship
Nathalie van Dort,
New Zealand is seriously preparing for 50 countries and around 220 young sailors to come to Napier and compete for the title of new World Champion in the Optimist Sailing. In true Kiwi-style, over 160 volunteers from around the country have put their hand up to provide assistance during the World Championships in December and January.... [more]
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Is the Rolex Sydney Hobart in the pocket of the 50s? (Part I)
John Curnow,
Once upon a time, the term Pocket was applied to things like Battleships and Maxi racing yachts. You could even say it suited to the venerable Jumbo of the skies, the 747, with its SP derivation early on in its model cycle. The underlying principle for all of these variations on a theme is the same.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup – Gasson recalls the early days
Phulet King's Cup media,
Only three sailors over the last 25 years hold the distinction of winning the Racing Division of the Phuket King's Cup four times. Bill Gasson is one of them. A founding member of the Phuket King's Cup Regatta and Phuket King's Cup Committee President in 1992 and 1993, Gasson has not sailed the event for several years but has returned for the event's 25th edition.... [more]
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Sydney GTS 43 update at the 25th Phuket King's Cup in Thailand
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
Steve Manning's brand new Sydney GTS 43 Walawala 2 had literally just been unwrapped before making the 500nm trip from Singapore to Phuket for the 2011 Phuket King's Cup. A very happy owner Steve Manning commented ‘I am really, really pleased, it has exceeded my wildest expectations.'... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 - Big day with top end conditions
Paul Larsen,
What a big day. I don't think we have ever done five runs in a day let alone in such top end conditions. We went out there and went for it today. There were things that I needed to see. The conditions were, of course, just a little too much. The wind was gusting to 34 knots but I couldn't afford to procrastinate.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Challenging conditions return
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – It's been another eventful 24 hours for the ten-strong fleet as the challenging conditions experienced earlier in the week have returned to test all of what the crews have learnt over the last four months of ocean racing. 'So much for the gentle downwind sailing,' exclaims Stuart Jackson, skipper of De Lage Landen.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 9 - Red Bull in top form
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series™ final Act has begun in Singapore under the gaze of the iconic Singapore Flyer, the world's largest observation wheel, and the towering downtown city skyline. The Extreme Sailing Series Race Village nestles on the edge of the Formula 1 racetrack that has a permanent residence here in this impressively efficient city, and the 10 Extreme 40s were raring to go.... [more]
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Thailand's Wiwat Poonpat leads at 25th Phuket King's Cup Regatta
Event Media,
The third day of racing at the 2011 Phuket King's Cup Regatta, hosted by Kata Group Resorts Thailand, set sail in the best weather conditions of the week so far, with winds up to 16 knots providing some exciting racing. In the IRC 2 Class it was Wiwat Poonpat skippering 'Royal Thai Navy 1' who triumphed with two wins from two to jump to the to of the leaderboard.... [more]
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And they're off: Inaugural Kiteboard racing at Phuket King's Cup
King's Cup Event Media,
Much has been said of mixing kite boarding and sailing and much more will be said in the lead up to the 2016 Olympics as the kite board fraternity pitch to be an official event. While these discussions continue, the Phuket King's Cup Regatta in Thailand has taken a bold step introducing a Kiteboard Class to the 25-year old multi-class regatta.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup - Neil Pryde world leader in Wind and Kitesurfing
Phuket King's Cup media,
At 72 years old Neil Pryde is one of the stalwarts of the Phuket Kings Cup and indeed of Asian sailing. Pryde, a New Zealand born sailor has been in Asia for almost 50 years and he loves the sailing conditions Asia has to offer.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup - Snakes and Ladders as places change on Day Two
Phuket King's Cup Event Media,
Frank Pong's 'Jelik II' fought back with a Day Two win to challenge for the IRC Zero title, whilst an inexperienced one-day team, 'Sail Plane', won in the Bareboat Charter.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Reliability key to victory, says Camper skipper
Volvo Ocean Race,
The teams forced to retire from Leg 1 will come out fighting in Leg 2, according to Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Chris Nicholson, who sees reliability as a bigger factor than ever in the Volvo Ocean Race. 'Just like Formula One each generation is finding ways to go faster and faster and as you push the envelope more something has to give'... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup – Back to the Future
Phuket King's Cup media,
The Phuket King's Cup is the largest sailing event in Asia and Kevin Whitcraft, the President of the Phuket King's Cup organising committee for the last four years, outlines plans to make sure the event maintains its pre-eminent role.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup Regatta honours His Majesty the King
Event Media,
The 25th Phuket King's Cup Regatta made an impressive start with a sail past to honour of His Majesty the King on his 84th birthday, which was followed by hot favorites in each Class preparing to deliver their best form. The sail past ceremony took place to the south of Pu Island at 08:30 where the Royal Thai Navy ships, led by HTMS Chonburi, received salutes from participating vessels.... [more]
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