Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Melanin Lenses

Phuket King’s Cup stepping up to the next level

by Rob Kothe on 5 Dec 2012
Superb conditions Phuket King’s Cup crusing fleets 2012
The Phuket King’s Cup sailing regatta has, over the last 26 years, had a significant impact on sailing across Asia.
It is the largest sailing event in Asia. On the world stage it has become the keelboat regatta that has the greatest number of nations competing each year and now the event is set to step up to the next level.
.

The event is much admired and each year ever increasing numbers of race officials from around Asia visit the event, to learn from its successes.

Today we talked to Regatta Director Simon James who has been involved in the race management since 1996 and took up his current role in 2001.

James detailed some the plans for the future of this prestigious event.

‘While the overall Asian sailing scene is growing rapidly it is from a small base so we still have a smallish captive audience at this stage.

‘We are constantly fine tuning our King’s Cup classes looking carefully at the boats in the region to ensure we are providing the most attractive options to bring skippers and crews to the event.

‘We have been very pleased with the development of our 40 footer keelboat classes. As our organising committee chairman Kevin Whitcraft says, our IRC division 1 fleet is amongst the strongest in the world, every bit as competitive as any in the Asia Pacific.

‘The mix of boats in the region is changing. We are seeing that the owners of the bigger boats are getting older on average as the smaller boats are gaining in popularity. Now the 40 foot group of boats has become almost the Asian One Design circuit.


‘Now owners are saying we are getting competitive racing and it is costing us less money to go to an event.

‘Consider for a moment Australia’s Matt Allen who has been campaigning for a long time in Asia, now he has brought to the event his improved Adams 10. He has a boat that is based here which is trailable and containable. So he does not need to sail around from Singapore all the way up to the other side if we want to relocate to the side of the Gulf. And crew costs go down. He can race with six crew instead of a cast of thousands. All in all a very attractive package.

‘As we are close to maximizing our local attendance, our aim now is to try and bring in some of the one design classes from around the world.

‘The Phuket King’s Cup now has the infrastructure to run World Championships, Asian Championships, National Championships. We are now making proposals to various classes world-wide saying bring your championships here.


‘This is a very attractive venue as we have proven for keelboats but we do off the beach dinghies and multihulls in just the same way. We have deep sea ports. This is part of a massive shipping area so containers of boats can come in if needed.

‘There is growing recognition amongst the keelboat and off the beach classes of just what an attractive venue this has become.

‘The biggest ambassadors we have for the regatta are the competitors. As the event is now in its 26th year we have the children of earlier competitors racing at this event.

‘Now the international sailing community has begun to realise that Asia is not just a place you fly over to get somewhere else. Phuket is a very popular tourism destination and the regatta is proving very attractive for sailors and their families as part of holiday packages, with direct flights from key areas of the world. This makes the event a very strong contender for World Championships. in years to come.

'You only have to consider that in just five years we have gone from one or two Russian entries to 17 this year because of the large charter fleets in the region.

‘The Asian tourism and sailing scene is exploding and as a result the future for the Phuket King’s Cup is looking very Event website

Zhik Yachting 660x82Southern Spars - 100Wildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

A Q&A with US Sailing’s Malcolm Page about the Sailing World Cup Miami
I spoke with Malcolm Page, US Sailing’s Olympic chief, about the team’s performance at the 2017 Sailing World Cup Miami I talked with Malcolm Page (AUS), a two-time Olympic gold medalist in the Men’s 470 class and the chief of Olympic sailing at US Sailing, to get his pulse on the team’s performance at the 2017 Sailing World Cup Miami and discuss some recent coaching changes within the Olympic-sailing program.
Posted on 20 Feb
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ give first look at the pedaling AC50
Emirates Team New Zealand formally christened their new AC50 America's Cup Challenger on a rainy Auckland afternoon. Emirates Team New Zealand formally christened their new AC50 America's Cup Challenger on a rainy Auckland afternoon. The team has been sailing for the previous two days making news headlines after it was revealed in Sail-World.com that the AC50 would become only the second yacht in America's Cup history to use pedal power.
Posted on 16 Feb
America's Cup - Kiwis sign Olympic Cyclist for the Tour de Bermuda
Ttop cyclist Simon van Velthooven, a 2012 Olympic Bronze cycling medallist had been signed by the America's Cup team Emirates Team New Zealand put in a second foiling display on Auckland's Waitemata harbour ahead of the official launching of their AC50 tomorrow. With brighter skies the cycling team took their places on the pedalstals and used leg power to provide the hydraulic pressure necessary to run the AC50's control systems for the foils and wingsail.
Posted on 15 Feb
A Q&A with Shawn Macking about the StPYC’s Sailing Center and OD fleet
I talked with Shawn Macking, the StPYC’s waterfront director, to learn how the club is getting more people out sailing. I caught up with Shawn Macking, waterfront director of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, via email to learn more about the club’s Sailing Center, its hefty investment in a new fleet of ten J/70s, and how the StPYC is using this infrastructure to expose more people to the sport we all love.
Posted on 13 Feb
A Q&A with Karen Angle about the 2017 Conch Republic Cup race to Cuba
I caught up with Karen Angle, executive director of the Conch Republic Cup, to learn more about this exciting event. If you’re like me and have arrived at saturation with winter’s cold rain and snow, imagine racing to Cuba as part of a 13-day cross-cultural event that’s designed to lower barriers of entry at a time when some Americans see a need for taller walls. I caught up with Karen Angle, executive director of the Conch Republic Cup, to learn more about this exciting event and the adventures it affords.
Posted on 23 Jan
A Q&A with Anna Tunnicliffe about her return to competitive sailing
I talked with Anna Tunnicliffe before the Sailing World Cup Miami to learn about her return to Olympic-class sailing. Anna Tunnicliffe won gold at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in the Laser Radial before shifting her sights to the Women’s Match Racing event for the London 2012 Olympics. Here, she came up shy of expectation and left sailing for the CrossFit Games, but now she is returning to her roots. I talked with Tunnicliffe before the Sailing World Cup Miami to learn about her return to Olympic-class sailing.
Posted on 23 Jan
A Q&A with Dick Neville, Quantum Key West Race Week’s RC chairman
I caught up with Dick Neville, Race Committee chair for the Quantum Key West Race Week, to learn more about the event. For the past 30 years, international sailors have gathered in Key West, Florida, each January for Key West Race Week, a regatta that has achieved legendary status due to its calendar dates, its location, and the impressive level of competition and racecourse management that this storied event offers. I caught up with Dick Neville, Race Committee chair for this year’s Quantum KWRW, to learn more.
Posted on 16 Jan
A Q&A with Daniel Smith, the Clipper Race’s new deputy race director
I talked with Daniel Smith, the Clipper Round The World Race’s new deputy race director, to learn more about his role. I was fortunate to sail with Daniel Smith [36, SCO], skipper of “Derry~Londonderry~Doire” for the 2015/2016 edition of the Clipper Round The World Race, when the fleet reached Seattle last spring. Now, Smith has been hired as the event’s deputy race director-a job that will test many of the skills that he polished as a skipper. I caught up with Smith via email to learn more about his new job.
Posted on 9 Jan
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Suck it up, sunshine!
The 72nd start of the iconic blue water classic had 300,000 spectators lining the foreshores of Sydney Harbour The 72nd start of the iconic blue water classic had 300,000 spectators lining the foreshores of Sydney Harbour, another two million watching on TV, and the constant buzz and whir of media helicopters overhead. 88 boats, from Australia, USA, UK, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Japan, Korea, China, oh and New Zealand, had lined up on three start lines.
Posted on 31 Dec 2016
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - More merriment on the airwaves
Here are more examples of merriment on the airwaves between the boats and Hobart Race Control So on December 29, 2016, after the River Derwent had let just three boats home (Perpetual Loyal, Giacomo and Scallywag, all inside the old race record, she went to sleep for a lot of the day. This made it frustrating for the sailors, some of whom saw the lighter side. So after seeing some of those in Dark & Stormy, here are more examples of merriment on the airwaves between the boats and HRC
Posted on 29 Dec 2016