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Phuket King's Cup 2008 - photo story By Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Phuket, Thailand , 10:30 PM Tue 2 Dec 2008
‘Someone’ must have been reading it – and this morning delivered up breeze in the 20+ kts department – all day. Both fleets (different start lines) were sent off to a windward mark and then down and away around the southern tip of Phuket, through the Koh Kaeo Noi gate and outside Koh Hi and Ko Aeo and back again). ...[more]


Sailing in Hawaii at King's Cup By Rob Kothe and Jaroonroj 'Knot' Satitkasem, 8:44 PM Tue 2 Dec 2008
A perfect start to the 22nd annual Phuket Kings Cup, with the 93 boat fleet sailing island passage courses in strong north easterly conditions and sunny skies. As Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Commodore Matt Allen said, after winning the IRC Division 1 aboard his Beneteau 44.7 Ichi Ban ‘Today it was like sailing in Hawaii, warm and windy.’ ...[more]


Floating assets – 2008 Phuket King's Cup Regatta By Duncan Worthington, Phuket , 4:15 PM Tue 2 Dec 2008
This year may not be a record fleet, but all things considered – global economic crisis and the situation at Bangkok's airports – 93 is a pretty impressive turnout and a good sign that the Phuket King's Cup still attracts one of the biggest and most diverse fleets in Asia. ...[more]


Phuket King's Cup: Thailand Elite party By Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Phuket, Thailand , 10:34 AM Tue 2 Dec 2008
Some first-time Hong Kong visitors to the Phuket King’s Cup have been absolutely ‘blown away’ by the last two nights entertainments. Gaston Chan was one of the enthusiastic party-goers tonight. “I’ve sailed at the big regattas in Sardinia, and a few of the other major Mediterranean events,” he said, “but none of them can hold a candle to the King’s Cup. And we haven’t even gone racing yet!” ...[more]


Day One Race Report 1 (02/12/08) By Asian Yachting, Phuket , 9:15 PM Mon 1 Dec 2008
It's days like today that go down as the most memorable in King's Cup history. A steady eighteen knots of breeze gusting to above twenty, clear blue sky and coastal courses ranging from 23 to 28 miles, around some of the most scenic islands in Asia - what more could you ask for? ...[more]


Phuket Kings Cup - racing on schedule By Peter Cummins, 8:49 PM Mon 1 Dec 2008
Amazingly, there have been few ‘casualties’among the entries in the 22nd Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, in spite of the difficulties for many reaching the island. At press time, there are 93 craft registered, divided into 10 classes, with the racing starting Tuesday morning and extending non-stop through Saturday 06 December. ...[more]


Postcard sailing at Phuket Kings Cup By Rob Kothe, 8:21 PM Mon 1 Dec 2008
Perfect sailing conditions on the eve of the Phuket Kings Cup regatta, with most of the fleet enjoying some gentle practice racing, 8-12 knots, flats seas and sunshine. ...[more]


Phuket King's Cup - 'just practicing' By Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Phuket, Thailand , 8:19 PM Mon 1 Dec 2008
Amendments to the Phuket King’s Cup programme on account of the current closure of Bangkok Airport meant that today was ‘practice race’ day instead of racing day one. A chance to see if everything is working properly, and work out where to stow the beer. It was a gentle shake-down for those that elected to sail today, 8-12 knots of breeze from the north-east. ...[more]


King's Cup - a ray of sunshine on gloomy horizon By Peter Cummins, 8:14 AM Mon 1 Dec 2008
Though chaos reigned at Bangkok’s main airline terminals, this was merely a wind-shift for some 2,000 sailors coming in from 25 countries of the Asia-Pacific and further afield. They come, en masse, to salute the King of Thailand on his 81st birthday, via the 22nd Phuket King’s Cup which will be sailed from Tuesday 02 – Saturday 06 December. ...[more]


Phuket King's Cup - A truly international regatta By Duncan Worthington, Phuket , 11:38 PM Mon 1 Dec 2008
At close of the extended registration (three days this year, rather then the regular two), total entries were 101, with one that pulled out and seven others that have paid up but for one reason or another unable to make it to the regatta this year. Ninety-three will make the start line on the first day of racing tomorrow (Tuesday, 2nd December). ...[more]


H.M. The King: A Monarch for all season By Peter Cummins, , 8:31 PM Sun 30 Nov 2008
It was 16 December, 1967, when world sporting history was established right here in Thailand: it was an occasion that probably will never be equalled. At the National Stadium, on that day, His Majesty the King and his eldest daughter, Princess Ubolratana, mounted the winners' podium, to receive a gold medal from Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. ...[more]


Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2008 about to start By Joseph Henry, 7:03 PM Sun 30 Nov 2008
Despite the prevailing restrictions on air travel, Asia’s top annual regatta is set to go ahead with its official launch as scheduled with all the participating crews and families already in Phuket. ...[more]


Fleet assembles for 22nd Phuket Kings Cup By Phuket Kings Cup Media, 4:37 PM Sun 30 Nov 2008
Here is the latest entry list for the Phuket Kings Cup. There is one withdrawal. Foxy Lady IV, the Singapore based TP52, who suffered sail-drive problems on the passage north. ...[more]


King's Cup: 'Start spreading the news...' By Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Phuket, Thailand , 3:25 PM Sun 30 Nov 2008
Arriving at the office half an hour later, I went on line and uploaded the story shortly afterwards - and assuming that there were people coming here from all over the world, it was sent straight to all the Sail-World.com newsletter subscribers in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Europe and the USA - about 150,000 in total. And it appeared on the respective editions' websites. ...[more]


Pre Race Report By Asian Yachting, Phuket , 5:00 PM Sun 30 Nov 2008
Phuket is well known around the world for its golden sandy beaches, bargain-basement shopping, luxurious resort lifestyle and vibrant nightlife but at the start of every December for the past 22 years the Andaman Sea comes alive when sailors and yachts from all points of the compass arrive in droves to contest the annual Phuket King's Cup Regatta. ...[more]


Kings Cup on track despite Bangkok airport woes By Rob Kothe, 6:33 PM Sat 29 Nov 2008
Thailand’s Phuket King's Cup, now its 22nd year, is a truly international regatta. The situation at Thailand’s international hub the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport and Don Muang, Bangkok's domestic airport has thrown the travel plans for many of the participants and race organisers into disarray, but swift action from event organisers has eased the problems. ...[more]


Hi Fi on Fire ahead of 22nd Phuket King’s Cup By Rob Kothe, 7:07 AM Fri 28 Nov 2008
Neil Pryde’s Welbourne 52 Hi Fi was on fire in the Raja Muda series and will start as the Grand Prix favourite for the 2008 Phuket King’s Cup. The Cup will run from this coming Monday December 1st to next Saturday December 6th. ...[more]


Bangkok Airport - Situation Update By Event Media, Phuket , 6:15 PM Wed 26 Nov 2008
Following protests by the 'People's Alliance for Democracy'(PAD), Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok is currently closed. No outbound flights are leaving and no inbound flights can land. ...[more]


IRC Handicaps for King's Cup By IRC Thailand, 6:27 PM Wed 19 Nov 2008
It's 10 days to go until registration opens for this years Phuket King's Cup Regatta. Please remember that all yachts in Racing, Premier, Bareboat, and IRC classes require a valid IRC Handicap certificate, which should be applied for in advance of the event. ...[more]


Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2008 sets records By Event Media, Phuket , 5:19 PM Tue 18 Nov 2008
With just weeks before its official launch on December 1st, Asia’s biggest and most popular regatta, the Phuket King's Cup Regatta, now in its 22nd year, has attracted a record number of early entries with many registering on-line. ...[more]


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