Phuket King's Cup - a little different this year

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 16 Dec 2010

The headline-grabber for the week was undoubtedly the Phuket King's Cup, which ended last Saturday with no less than 12 boats on the beach at Kata after a wild night of westerly wind and swell coming straight in from the Andaman Sea. And this after a King's Cup that is more likely to be remembered for indifferent weather than anything else (except the beachings).

12 grounded boats is quite a big deal, really. The multihulls just got carried up the beach beyond the high water mark to wait for more clement conditions and a re-launching, but the monohulls suffered a lot more. Judging by what we saw, there will likely be some write-offs – what the insurers call TCL, or Total Constructive Loss.

There will inevitably be some finger-pointing to get through, but a straw poll of sailors participating in the regatta indicates that majority opinion says that the boat owners are the ones that have to carry the can, and nobody else. We have received lots of small pieces of information – about the small print in insurance policies and so on, and will be digesting it all in due course.

There's more ‘sunny' news from elsewhere – from Andrea Francolini's always-magic photos to professional kitesurfing, and Mirrors to the America's Cup. Hey, it wouldn't be a sailing newsletter without something on the AC, right?

And down at the end of the list, don't forget to take a look at Sail-World's Sailing Videos of the Week.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Phuket King's Cup 2010 - boats still on the beach
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Since the multiple beaching of boats this morning, the tide has come up and is now on the ebb. All the multihulls (Thor, Pagatoon, Moto Inzi, Miss Saigon, Silk Purse) were sucessfully dragged, pushed and hauled up beyond the high water mark. Owners expect to reverse the process and refloat the boats when conditions have calmed down... maybe tomorrow.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2010:racing cancelled, wind, big seas, damaged boats
Tracey Johnstone,
Racing for the final day of the 24th King's Cup Regatta has been cancelled due to the large rescue operation currently underway on Kata Beach... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2010: results are in and series leaders decided
Tracey Johnstone,
It was nothing short of great racing in the final day of the 24th Phuket King's Cup as the breeze did all that was predicted and more, and the best boats raised themselves to the top of the list. Wishes were granted across a number of classes. IRC1 class winner Matt Allen got his three wins in three consecutive cups. Racing class winner Ray Roberts' got his fourth King's Cup win and... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2010. Oops! Ichiban grounded (and re-floated)
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The classic recipe of weight on the boom, roll the boat over to reduce the draft, keep the engine running, and some towing assistance from dinghies in the vicinity did the trick... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2010: Evolution Racing wins Racing Class honours
Tracey Johnstone,
Ray Roberts', in dramatic circumstances, just held onto series honours today to win the 24th Phuket King's Cup. Missing the start gun put him back behind the other honours contender, Neil Pryde's HiFi. The big boat of the fleet, Frank Pong's Jelik III, along with Song Xia Qun's Jelik V and Hannes Waimer's Team Premier were then called over the line.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2010: Saturday's combined races to become showpiece
Tracey Johnstone,
Saturday's combined IRC and OMR races will be the showpiece of sailing in Phuket for the 24th King's Cup Regatta fleet. The idea of a combined race for monohulls and another one for the multihulls is innovative as it is attractive to the King's Cup Regatta sailors. The day will start with the annual Sail Past to honour the King's birthday. Then the large cup fleet, along with some local yachts ent... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2010 - one (and two, three, four) for the album
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Here comes the sun. Hooray, at last! After the previous night's paddling party at the Kata Thani, courtesy of Kata Rocks, the sun came out the next morning and wore his blue hat. Blue sea, blue sky, fluffy white clouds and (mostly) white boats. Anyone interested in seeing more images from the King's Cup - this year or any other year - or images of specific boats - please contact the regatta's... [more]
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Rolex Trophy images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini images and,
Andrea Francolini was busy on day one of The Rolex Trophy on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Musto Performance Skiff 2011 World Championship update
Richard Ekberg,
Musto Performance Skiff 2011 World Championship update - Well it's only a couple of weeks to go before the Broo Worlds in Australia. The sun is shining and the water is gradually warming up.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Only two to complete the line up
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - Only two to complete the line up - Kito de Pavant (FRA) and Sébastien Audigane (FRA) are due to drop the mooring lines in Port Camargue this evening to set the IMOCA Open 60 with the Laughing Cow logo on it, their Groupe Bel, to head for Barcelona and the start of the Barcelona World Race.... [more]
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Wingsail, foiling but no hulls - Jundt and Mirabaud announce the conce
Laurent Koutaïssoff,
Jundt and Mirabaud announce the conception of a wing sail for 2011 - Since the radical boat hit the water in April 2008, Mirabaud LX has undergone constant improvement including new floats, sails, foils and continuous fine-tuning to the structure in general.... [more]
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Gitana Team and Yann Guichard part ways
Kate Jennings,
Gitana Team - Following a fruitful working venture together, culminating in the Route du Rhum, the Gitana Team, a racing stable founded by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild back in 2000, and sailor Yann Guichard have decided not to renew their collaboration.... [more]
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International Mirror Class World Championships countdown
Yachting WA,
With only the decks to be cleared, quite literally for varnishing in the next days, Princess Royal Sailing Club in Albany is ready to host the World Mirror Sailing Championship.... [more]
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Mining Companies Make it Happen for two Philippine Mirror Crews
Yachting WA,
A couple of mining companies have come to the rescue with fantastic financial support for two Mirror sailing crews from the Philippines who are due to fly into Perth on Monday.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year - Slingsby finally honoured
Craig Heydon,
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year - Slingsby finally honoured - ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, Tom Slingsby, has finally received his trophy, Rolex watch and the accolades of his peers after he was prevented from attending the official ceremony in Athens last month.... [more]
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James Spithill's speech at World Yacht Racing Forum
BMW Oracle Racing Blog,
BMW Oracle Racing skipper James Spithill gave the Opening Keynote Speech this morning at the World Yacht Racing Forum in Estoril, Portugal. Here is a copy of the speech.... [more]
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RC 44 Cup Miami images by John Payne
John Payne images,
Photographer John Payne presents this gallery of images from the recent Oracle RC 44 Cup in Miami. Enjoy.... [more]
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Kitesurfing PKRA World Tour Australia - Gold Coast 2010 event summary
PKRA Gold Coast Kitesurfing Pro 2010, 5-12 December 2010 event summary. After six days of waiting for stable wind conditions, today was the day. The wind began to pick up in strength near noon and the first heats of the day gotunderway. Race director Olaf Van Tol made the decision to begin the day with the wave discipline, as the conditions were not 100% suitable for the freestylers.... [more]
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Extreme 40 Sailing Series - Team GAC Pindar confirm entry
Jo Gawith,
Team GAC Pindar, today announced its entry in the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series™, which will be skippered by the team's twice previous ISAF Double World Match Racing sailor, Ian Williams.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Gavin, you've got mail...
Richard Gladwell,
The last bets are being placed in the final rounds of America's Cup Venue Selection. Having spent four months in negotiating what the America's Cup Defender, BMW Oracle Racing described as a 'winning bid', their negotiating team were caught aback when a revised deal was sent through by email, some weeks later.... [more]
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HK Optimist Sailors battle for the Championship in 20 to 25 knots
Richard Knight,
This year the Championships consisted of 12 races over two weekends. The first six races were sailed as part of ABC's South Side Regatta 4 & 5 Dec and the second weekend was hosted by the RHKYC 11 & 12 Dec. With 21 sailors (half the fleet) in the Under 12yrs Division it is clear that the coming years are looking good for the Hong Kong Optimist Class.... [more]
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America's Cup: High Noon for San Francisco over Venue wobbles
Paul Oliva,
Paul Oliva writes for the San Francisco Chronicle. Following is an unpublished report on the America's Cup venue stand-off which has appeared on the US sailing website Oliva spent Wednesday through Friday in Miami grilling sources involved in America's Cup hosting negotiations. Miami is also hosting the RC44 Worlds, and several key AC players were present... [more]
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Oman Sail's Khamis Al Anbouri - a profile,
Oman Sail's Khamis Al Anbouri -a profile on Oman Sail's newest sailor.... [more]
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Sail-World's Sailing Videos of the Week - Monsoon Cup crashes and more
The Sail-World Team,
More and more great sailing video footage is turning up online. For your enjoyment Sail-World is going to bring you a mixture of the latests and greatest and some historic footage each week. If you'd like to make sure everyone sees the best old stuff, give us your feedback.... [more]
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