Racing slows at Phuket King's Cup Regatta

Very little early wind today brought most of the classes to a momentary rest, with racing action to resume tomorrow. Thursday is traditionally reserved as a ‘reserve day’ to accommodate days of very light weather such as this, and will be used tomorrow as a full racing day. Several of the boats did take to the water today, the partial fleet comprised of keelboat classes which began later in the day and consequentially picked up on late winds.

Bareboat Charter Class A ran a single race, culminating in a nicely tight group at the finish; Uhuru skippered by Andrey Duvanov did enough to secure victory over similarly handicapped opposition, compatriot Anatoly Kuzmenko in Isabella. Sergey Musikhin’s Sarawadee took the Bareboat Charter Class B win in a group dominated by Russian and Chinese competition; the team are looking unbeatable on early form.

Open Charter was won by Tony Pfeiffer’s Kata Rocks 3 team ahead of rivals Sailplane, making it three wins out of three. The boats were close over the finishing line but Sailplane’s handicap saw it drop some six minutes on corrected time. 

Modern Classics played host to a great run by Thai team Sansiri (Windstar), which came home in under an hour and by a tidy margin over the rest of the field. New Zealand team Farrgo Express was runner-up.

In Cruising class, British team Skyelark performed well over a closely contested run against Chris Mitchell’s Lady Bubbly, making it the boat to beat of the cruisers. In Multihull Cruising, Japanese competitor Minnie won by a large margin over rivals Star Fruit skippered by Konstantin Kalmykov. Of the Classic boats, S.Y. Ravensong had less of a handicap to overcome to beat rivals Atlanta. 

The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta International Dinghy Class concluded today, with Saranwong Poonpat winner in Optimist class, ahead of Intira Parnpibul in second. The Laser class was won by Nattawut Paenyaem, with Apiwat Sringam overall winner in Topper class.

– Regatta Media

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