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 06 Dec 2013
 


Phuket King's Cup - 27 years, and going strong. A 106-boat fleet has been arguing the toss these last four days, and today is the finale, even if most of the winners are decided or near-as-dammit decided. Following on from a victory at the Raja Muda after five boats and 10 years' trying, Bill Bremner and the jolly tars on Foxy Lady VI are sitting on seven wins from eight races. Care to place a bet?

Guy Nowell, Editor



Phuket King's Cup 2013: Leaders consolidate before final day's racing
Phuket King's Cup Media,
The fleet set sail following the Royal Thai Navy sail past on day four of the Phuket King's Cup Regatta in light rain; the first such weather pattern of this week of racing. The key element though was brisk wind which was constantly shifting direction making for a high work-rate day for all of the crew members (numbering almost 800 for this year's Regatta).... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2013 - Gallery 4 from Guy Nowell Photography
Guy Nowell, Guy Nowell Photography,
Thailand high season... azure waters, achingly blue skies, gentle tropical breezes, bone-warming sunshine? Sorry, not today. Turn to the next page of the brochure for unremitting grey, gloomy haze, rain, and strangely low temperatures. Sorry, but it doesn't do much for the photos, does it?... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2013 - Gallery 3
Guy Nowell, Guy Nowell Photography,
A mixed day on the water today at the Phuket King's Cup - a little bit of this, a little bit of that. A little bit of haze, a little bit of sunshine, and a little bit of breeze. Long reaching courses for the Cruising divisions, and more windward/leewards for the Racing classes.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2013. Ray Roberts eyes fourth King's Cup trophy
Phuket King's Cup Media,
In IRC0 class, Ray Roberts' OneSails Racing team continued their exceptional form to secure another win today in race four, and a second place in race five, won by Neil Pryde's Hifi team. The team came in third place in the final race of the day, with the last winner being team 'Oi!' from Australia. Today's results put OneSails Racing at the top of the table in IRC0, four points clear of Ahern Bai... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2013. Gallery 2
Guy Nowell, Guy Nowell Photography,
There and back again to see how far it is. In this case, about 28nm to Koh Racha and back via Koh Hi. The Andaman Sea Race is back on the cards.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2013 - Gallery 1
Guy Nowell, Guy Nowell Photography,
Breeze and sunshine. As the Aussies say - 'Where the bloody hell are you?'... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2013. 'Big Fleet' racing
Phuket King's Cup Media,
The 27th Phuket King's Cup Regatta launched in beautiful sunshine and in consistent winds as this classic race in the Andaman Sea kicked off with one of its largest ever fleet of keelboats; 105 entries competing over a newly expanded range of 15 individual classes. The scene is set for epically tight action across many classes.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2013. A relaxed start to proceedings.
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The Phuket High Season weather turned on the taps at last night's Opening Party, but made up for the deluge with a clear, calm and altogether sparkling morning today. By 0800 most boats were clear of Kata Bay and heading towards their respective race areas – Course Seraph for the various Cruising and Classic classes, Course Marie G for the Racing classes.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2013. Practice makes perfect.
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Blue skies, sunshine and light breeze today, just right for a shakedown Practice Race. A seasoned RO once told me that the Practice Race is for the benefit of the Race Officer, not the competitors; that may be true, but there were definitely a few crews on the water this afternoon that could probably have used more than just one practice race. For sure, it'll be 'all right on the night.'... [more]
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PKCR 2013 launches with one of the largest fleets in its history
Media Center,
The 27th Phuket King's Cup Regatta launched in beautiful sunshine and in consistent winds as this classic race in the Andaman Sea kicked off with one of its largest ever fleet of keelboats; 105 entries competing over a newly expanded range of 15 individual classes. The scene is set for epically tight action across many class structures and a huge range of hull lengths this year.... [more]
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27th Phuket King's Cup, 2013. The numbers game.
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Arriving at the Kata Beach Resort this afternoon and checking in at the Media Centre, I asked for an Entry List – need to start getting a handle on this event. The list came out on an A3 sheet in teeny tiny font – yup, 106 boats in teeny tiny font, and can I borrow your specs please?... [more]
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Quiet cheers at ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne + Videos
ISAF Sailing World Cup - Event Media,
A quiet cheer went up around the boat park at Sandringham Yacht Club as AP over A was hoisted on the official flag pole for all classes competing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne.... [more]
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PKRA Kitesurf World Cup Mendoza - Action aplenty on day 2
Pro Kite Tour,
Day two of the PKRA Kitesurf World Cup Mendoza offered stronger winds and a variety of racing and freestyle action. With the winds filling early, the remaining men's freestyle trials got underway and finished up after 11 heats with riders using 9m-14m kites.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Brunel launches campaign with Bouwe Bekking
Volvo Ocean Race,
Dutch sailor Bouwe Bekking will return for a record-equalling seventh bid for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, the world's leading crewed offshore race, as skipper of a new campaign launched by Brunel on Tuesday in Amsterdam.... [more]
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Asian Windsurfing Championships - Winners decided at Stanley Beach
International Windsurfing Association,
Competition at the 2013 Asian Windsurfing Championships has now concluded. The whole team at Hong Kong Windsurfing has done a great job in hosting a very successful event and everyone is looking forward to the prize presentation ceremony!... [more]
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Double record circumnavigation attempt delayed by weather
Des Ryan,
A New Zealander - but Florida based - sailor planning to sail around the world breaking two world records, beginning and ending in Florida, had to take a rain check Saturday because of bad weather. Dr. Stanley Paris had planned to set out Saturday afternoon in his 63ft Farr designed sloop, but weather delayed his voyage until Sunday morning.... [more]
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Asian Windsurfing Championships - All change on day 3 + Video
International Windsurfing Association,
At the Asian Windsurfing Championships, eight races have now been completed over three days of racing at Stanley Beach, Hong Kong. All change for the Techno Youth Boys podium positions. Although China still holds on to the top two places, it was not a good day for overnight leader Huang Hong as Fen Cancheng not only made up yesterday's five point gap, he is now five points ahead.... [more]
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Asian Windsurfing Championships - All to play for at Stanley Beach
International Windsurfing Association,
At the Asian Windsurfing Championships, in the Techno Men and Women, the Chinese competitors have switched first and second podium places: Xie Lidiao now leads and Lin Ruijying is second. Only one point separates the two, Lin now being seven points ahead of Maho Horino from Japan holding on to the third place overall.... [more]
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Storm creates yacht havoc in Thailand's Phuket
Jeff Zika/Sail-World Cruising,
As leisure sailors, we all like to think that, while the ocean is not our friend, we can overcome its wildest of rages if we display good seamanship. But that's at sea. Recently Phuket, Thailand, experienced a major storm which the best seamanship in the world couldn't prevent from heart-breaking, destructive damage to some of the finest of yachts.... [more]
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Dianshan Lake Winter Match Racing Regatta: An Uncalled-for Penalty
China Boating Intelligence (CBI),
In one of the early matches, one boat sailed to leeward of the other, no room asked or given, and certainly no 'Y' flag from either team. This was confirmed by one of the other people on the umpire boat. So imagine this viewer's surprise when suddenly a blue flag shot up on the umpire boat.... [more]
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