Thousands gather for Phuket King's Cup Regatta sail pass to celebrate

Phuket King’s Cup 2012. The racing fleet salutes HM the King with a sail-past on the occasion of his birthday, 05 December. HTMS Phuket takes the salute.
Guy Nowell
The whole Phuket King’s Cup Regatta fleet took part in an inspiring sail pass outside of Nai Harn Bay today before the start of the third day of racing. Royal Thai Navy yachts lead the procession of Regatta boats from around the world, as they sailed past three Royal Thai Navy ships positioned off Nai Harn Bay. Sailors of 34 nationalities and Royal Thai Navy personnel saluted as they passed. This spectacular tribute was held in honour of His Majesty the King of Thailand's 85th birthday.

Thousands of spectators, media and members of the public also gathered on Phromthep Cape view point to watch the sail pass and gun salute, followed by a procession of the Royal Thai Navy ships, paying their respect and showing their love and support of Thailand's Monarch, himself a gold medal-winning sailor.

The 2012 Phuket King’s Cup Regatta fleet comprises a very diverse assortment of vessels, including 78 large ocean-going racers and cruisers, 49 dinghies and 40 windsurfs. The boats are crewed by an international complement of sailors of 34 nationalities; part of the reason why the Regatta is renowned as the region’s most coveted sailing competition.

Following the sail pass and subsequent racing, sailors enjoyed a lavish poolside party and prize-giving ceremony at Phuket Orchid Resort & Spa hosted by Kata Group. The popular resort also held a beautiful candlelit ceremony in honour of the Regatta’s Royal Patronage.