Please select your home edition
Edition
Rooster 2020 - Impact BA - LEADERBOARD

Second event in Omega Asian Yachting Circuit

by Omega Media on 4 Dec 2003
The 17th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta began today (Monday 1 December) off Kata Beach, Phuket.

This is the largest sailing event in Asia, the second event on the Omega Asian Yachting Circuit – and an event that is now famous around the world. A fleet of 73 yachts and a thousand competitors from 30 countries will battle for five days to win the prestigious King’s Cup.

In the first race of the regatta defending champion Peter Ahearn aboard Yo! finished ahead of Neil Pryde’s Hi Fidelity.

For the past few days the fleet has been gathering on the warm waters of the Andaman Sea.

Each day a few more boats were moored off beautiful Kata Beach and the atmosphere has been developing.

Finally registration closed yesterday and 73 boats had registered for this, the 17th Phuket King’s Cup and the second event on the Omega Asian Yachting Circuit.

Over the next six days the fleet would be battling it out in a combination of windward/leeward races and round-island “day races”.

The large fleet will be divided into eight divisions so that “like” can race against “like” – and rightly or wrongly, most of the attention will fall again on the “rock stars” in the elite Racing Division.

Defending Champion is Malaysian yacht Yo! skippered by Peter Ahearn. Yo! scored her first ever victory at the King’s Cup in 2002 and she will be looking to repeat that feat.

In her way will be Hong Kong yacht Hi Fidelity skippered by Neil Pryde. Hi Fidelity won the regatta in 2001. And fresh from his victory in the previous Omega Asian Yachting Circuit event in Malaysia (the Raja Muda International Regatta) is Australian Yacht Hollywood Boulevard skippered by Ray Roberts.

This recent victory, and the beautiful fast new boat, will make her the boat to beat. Others to watch will be Ray Ordoveza’s Clariden Karakoa from the Philippines, another Farr 52 from Spain Plis Play and Passaya from Malaysia.

Both Plis Play andPassaya are carrying America’s Cup veterans from Prada and Alinghi respectively.

Said Ray Ordoveza before the racing had begun “it’s just good to be back here in Phuket for the King’ Cup.

We all enjoy the social side of the event, and the warm welcome from our Thai hosts – but it’s the racing I come for.

And in the racing fleet we have the best there is in Asia. It’s going to be tough. You can’t identify a clear favourite but you have to watch for Yo! and Hi Fidelity. But we’ll be there”.

The first race was the Thai Marine Leisure South Island Race and by 830am all the division were off and sailing south to travel around Koh Aeo and Koh Hi.

The start favoured the pin end and all the boats were crashing down towards the mark as the clock reached zero and the Phuket King’s Cup was off to a flying start.

Spain’s Plis Play carries some great sailing experience with veterans of the Prada America’s Cup Challenge. This got them line honours in the first race of the event but on corrected time they were beaten into third by Yo! of Malaysia and Hi Fidelity from Hong Kong.

Spanish boat Plis Play was the first across the line and didn’t look back as the rest of the fleet followed her. The winds at the start line were a good 10 knots and as the fleet moved south some moved away from the shore in search of better wind while other stayed closer to shore.

Said Ray Ordoveza after the race “we stayed close to shore and got stuck in a couple of holes, while Hollywood Boulevard tried the opposite and headed away.

We both lost out and it was those in the middle of the course that got the best and most consistent winds. Once you lose ground you are always playing catch up.

After we rounded Kho Aeo the wind strengthened further to 15 knots and we feel we were gaining ground so we’re encouraged by that”.

It was Plis Play that took line honours but after time correction (where the bigger, faster boats are given a handicap so they can compete on an equal basis with the smaller boats) it was Yo! who took the “bullet” from Hi Fidelity by just 50 seconds.

Plis Play was a further 25 seconds back in third and Ray Ordoveza in Clariden Karakoa had to settle for a fourth and Hollywood Boulevard was languishing back in sixth.

Across the other divisions Big Buzzard (Thailand) got first in Premier Cruising, Ruby Tuesday (Hong Kong) in IRC1, Royal Thai Navy 1 (Thailand) in IRC2, Patrice III in IRC3, Gladys Guttenburg in Ocean Rover, Long White Cloud in Classic and Cyrene in Ocean Multihulls.

The fleet is out on the water again tomorrow (Tuesday) for another early start.

The Phuket King’s Cup is a legendary event in it’s own right and it fits into the larger Omega Asian Yachting Circuit that groups together the premier sailing events in the region.

1) Raja Muda International Regatta, Malaysia (November 2003)

2) Phuket King’s Cup, Thailand (December 2003)

3) Singapore Straits Regatta, Singapore (January 2004)

4) China Sea Race, Hong Kong to Philippines April 2004)

Through the season the yachts that compete in the elite Racing Division at each regatta earn points. The best three “final results” for a yacht from the four regattas count towards an end of season total; these totals produce the winner and a new Asian Champion is crowned.

The Phuket King’s Cup (and all the events on the Omega AYC) is being filmed for international television and in all, the event will reach an audience of over 200 million households around the globe.

The World will be watching as the 17th Phuket King’s Cup sets sail from Kata Beach.

The Omega Asian Yachting Circuit is sponsored by Omega Watches and Malaysia Airlines.

The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is sponsored by the Royal Phuket Marina, Kata Beach Resort, Mom Tri’s Boathouse, American Express, TML, Hilton’s Phuket Arcadia Resort and Spa, Teka, Sunsail, Chang Beer, Phuket Magazine, Image Asia and the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

For more information on the Omega Asian Yachting Circuit contact Proteus Sports at info@proteus-sports.com or turn to www.asianyachtingcircuit.com

Current Results (Top ten places in Racing Division)

Below are the results after one race. The lowest number of points wins.

Yacht Nationality Skipper Points

Yo! Malaysia Peter Ahearn 1

Hi Fidelity Hong Kong Neil Pryde 2

Plis Play Spain V Garcia 3

Clariden Klarakoa Philippines Ray Ordoveza 4

Stella - Minter Ellison Hong Kong Fred Kinmouth 5

Hollywood Boulevard Australia Ray Roberts 6

Passaya Malaysia A. Beinz 7

Scallywag Singapore Jeremy Muller 8

Pla Loma Malaysia Keith Moore 9

Panic! Malaysia Stuart Harrison 10
SOUTHERN-SPARS-MISSY-FURLING-BOOMS-728-X-90 BottomGet My Boat 2021 FOOTERGul 2020 FOOTER

Related Articles

Cape of Good Hope: the route to the Cape of Storms
Its calming name has nothing to do with prevailing weather conditions The Cape of Good Hope was initially called Cape of Storms by the navigator Dias who first reached it, without being able to round it, arriving from Europe.
Posted today at 3:11 pm
Team USA at Tokyo 2020 Olympics day 5
Pascual into medal race, Buckingham climbs The highlights of the day for the US Sailing Team came in the Men's RS:X and Men's Laser classes, where years of effort and steady improvement paid off for two athletes competing in their second consecutive Olympic regatta.
Posted today at 2:33 pm
Scott takes control while Cardona moves up
Third day for Finn fleet in Enoshima Giles Scott made it four race wins in a row to move into the overall lead after two more confident victories on Thursday, the third day of the Finn competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Posted today at 12:48 pm
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition day 5
Flying Dutchman with one hand on RS:X Windsurfer gold There were tears of joy and anguish on the boat park on the fifth day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition as Kiran Badloe (NED) put one hand on the Men's Windsurfer - RS:X gold medal.
Posted today at 12:26 pm
New articulating blocks from Allen
Introducing a new concept for double and triple blocks Introducing a new concept for double and triple blocks from performance hardware manufacturer, Allen. The Articulating block range.
Posted today at 7:30 am
54th Governor's Cup Match Racing day 2
Hometown favorite, Jeffrey Petersen remains undefeated Jeffrey Petersen (USA, Balboa Yacht Club) continued his winning ways today, Day 2 of the 54th Annual Governor's Cup Youth International Match Racing Championship, sponsored by DISC Sports and Spine Center.
Posted today at 7:19 am
2021 ILCA 6 Youth Worlds at Lake Garda day 3
Qualifying series now complete With south winds from 5-15 knots, the qualifying series is now complete after three days of racing in the 2021 ILCA 6 Youth World Championships on Lake Garda.
Posted today at 5:39 am
USCGC Eagle to arrive in New London, Connecticut
America's Tall Ship is scheduled to arrive in New London on Friday The USCGC Eagle (WIX 327), "America's Tall Ship," is scheduled to arrive in New London on Friday. Eagle will moor at City Pier from July 30 - Aug. 1 and will be open for free public tours at certain times.
Posted today at 1:30 am
New Zealand sailors make a move up the leaderboard
It might have been the stronger breeze but the NZ flag flew a little bit more prominently on Day 4 It might have been the stronger breeze but the New Zealand flag flew a little bit more prominently in the boat park today as the Kiwi sailors started to make their move up the leaderboards.
Posted on 28 Jul
GC32 crews braced for big breeze Lagos
The second event of the 2021 GC32 Racing Tour season starts tomorrow A sensational four days of flying catamaran racing lies in store for the GC32 fleet as the second event of the 2021 GC32 Racing Tour season starts tomorrow (Thursday) in Lagos on Portugal's Algarve coast.
Posted on 28 Jul