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07 Dec 2007

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King's Cup 'too good to be true'

Moonblue crew in good spirits, Phuket King's Cup 2007  Guy Nowell
The 21st Phuket King’s Cup is turning out to be a regatta to remember – for all the right reasons. Blue skies and sunshine, and upwards of 14 kts of breeze for the first three days’ racing, all boats finishing their races on all days – for those of us who have been here before it all seems too good to be true. Frank Pong and the Jelik crew are leading the pack in Racing Class after six races and will be hard to unseat, and there are close numbers between Shahtoosh, Frangipani Girl and Strewth in Premier Cruising.

Yesterday was the regatta lay day, and the opening day of PIMEX which is being held this year for the first time at Royal Phuket Marina – report shortly.

Racing restarted today with an islands race for all classes. Soft-to-nothing at the start, but the breeze piped up as soon as the leaders rounded the windward mark and then it was sunshine and wind all the way round the course. In one case, too much wind – the cruising cat Seekronghuk ('Broken Ribs') flipped over near the finish line in a strong gust. No casualties, but it’s going to be a grunty job to get her the right way up again. When one of the cruising cats capsized at Phuket Raceweek in 2005 it took a crane to get the right way up again – call me a square old monohull lead mine sailor, but I am much happier with a keel underneath me..!

Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia

Phuket King’s Cup at stake in Seven Divisions
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
t has been a close day of racing at the 21st Phuket King’s Cup. The King’s Cup winner has been decided in six classes but for seven more, the final day’s racing will provide exciting results.... [more]

New Sunsail Charter Base – in the Bahamas.
Sail-World Cruising,
Looking for somewhere new to charter a bare boat? Sunsail has just announced that they are opening a new charter base in the Bahamas.... [more]

Super maxi City sails Sydney Harbour
Andrea Francolini,
Super maxi City, also known as Leopard 3, has sailed for the first time in Sydney with it’s new sponsor.... [more]

The need for speed for Barcelona fleet
Barcelona World Race, Media Release,
A good night for Estrella Damm, Temenos II and Hugo Boss as strong winds enabled the crews to make good progress and to catch up on the leaders...... [more]

Wild Oats XI closer to Rolex Sydney Hobart start
Lisa Ratcliff,
Bob Oatley’s two-time Rolex Sydney Hobart line honours winner and record breaker, Wild Oats XI, has moved one step closer to this year’s start line with the successful installation of the yacht’s new mast this afternoon at Woolwich Dock.... [more]

Clipper Qingdao closes on leader
Event media,
The majority of the Clipper fleet are now past the half-way mark in this 4220-mile race and on schedule for arrival in Fremantle, Western Australia in 10 days’ time. Qingdao, the most southerly team for the last week, has closed to within four miles of Durban 2010 and Beyond in terms of Distance to Finish... [more]

Britain petitions ISAF for Olympic Events change
Richard Gladwell,
The Royal Yachting Association has led the charge to have the Events slate for the 2012 Olympics reconsidered by the International Sailing Federation. In a letter to the President of ISAF, Goran Petersson (SWE), the RYA ask for the decisions taken at the Annual Meeting in November to be reviewed, at its Mid-Year Meeting in Qingdao.... [more]

Day 25: Straight towards the ice gate
Barcelona World Race Media Services,
With the two leaders now 'officially' in the South, the Barcelona World Race is entering a new phase with stronger winds, darker skies and the promise of rougher seas... [more]

Stopped in Phuket – and stayed
Lynn Fitzpatrick, US Editor,,
There are all sorts of accents among the 1,000 sailors at the King’s Cup in Phuket, Thailand this week. While everyone speaks English aboard the boat on which I am sailing and everyone has called Southeast Florida home at one point or another, two members of the crew have accents that have been influenced by their non-stop travels that came to an abrupt halt once they reached Phuket, Thailand.... [more]

Piracy Plagues Somali Waters
Oxford Analytica/Sail-World,
While piracy is at its worst ever in Somalian waters, it is notable that the reported attacks are concentrated against commercial shipping and not against yachts. This article is valuable for cruising sailors intending to sail through the Red Sea on their way to Europe, however, because it identifies the current areas most affected by piracy, which has changed in the last few years from waters i... [more]

2007 Phuket King's Cup Regatta
1st December - 8th December, 2007. The Phuket King's Cup Regatta is Asia's biggest and most popular regatta. More than a regatta, the week long event consists of great parties, great sailing and lots of fun....
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