Saturday delivered a nice constant breeze of about 15 knots which gave the Phantom 295 riders a chance to get out on the water all day with the occasional chance of planing. After registration and a quick gear presentation by Rémi Vila the guys and girls stickered up their sails and got familiar with the course, wind conditions and the location. Later in the day a skipper meeting held by the King's Cup Officials detailed the course layout to the riders. Everyone is now set for the days ahead and praying for wind.
The First Supper. - Starboard/Remi Vila
As the day came to end the riders got together to enjoy some traditional Thai food in a local restaurant just off Kata Beach. There was a great atmosphere in the room as all the riders discussed their day on the Phantom 295's. The Starboard team and members of the Windsurfing Association of Thailand (WATH) were delighted to have representatives from the 20 countries around the table to enjoy the local Tom Gha Gai, Somtum, and delicious Yam Nuea. Luckily enough everyone made it home just in time before a typical Phuket tropical storm rained down.....phew! Photo of the Day:
Preparation Day 2:
Marina Alabau and her sister Blanca having fun. - Starboard/Remi Vila
Getting familiar with the kit. - Starboard/Remi Vila
Today saw many of the riders arriving early to test out the Phantom kit before the official race day tomorrow. Riders from Thailand, Burma, Spain, USA, Finland, and the UK all made an appearance. After receiving their race number everyone braved the scorching sun, rigged up and hit the water. Light winds prevented any serious action but it blew just enough for everyone to get familiar with their kit. Many kata beach goers stopped to take a look at the bright green sails cruising out on the ocean.
So tomorrow marks the opening of the King's Cup Regatta 2012 and also the start to the Phantom 295 event. After registration in the morning, Remi Vila will give a short presentation of the equipment for the Phantom kit to all the riders. With the wind looking to gradually pick up, everyone is eager to get to the start line. All (windsurfing) eyes are on Phuket this weekend, stay tuned.
Daniel Blinnikka from Finland showing his multi-tasking skills. - Starboard/Remi Vila