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Sailing events are valuable source of income for Thailand’s tourism industry By Duncan Worthington, Phuket , 1:53 PM Sat 6 Dec 2008
Thailand continues to attract sailors each year to its shores with over 50% of Phuket King’s Cup Regatta participants returning to sail in Thailand multiple times and for over more than five years. ...[more]

PKC 08: Strewth! another cracking day on the water By Guy Nowell, Phuket, Thailand , 11:04 AM Sat 6 Dec 2008
Strewth, yet another cracking day on the water at the Phuket King’s Cup! If the breeze carries through Saturday this event is going to start to get a reputation! ...[more]

Right was Wrong at the Phuket Kings Cup regatta By Rob Kothe and Jaroonroj 'Knot' Satitkasem, 11:01 PM Fri 5 Dec 2008
A tricky day on the water for the 93 boat Phuket King’s Cup fleet today. In the Grand Prix fleet it has been rooster to feather duster and back again. Anyone of four boats could still win the series. ...[more]

Postcards from Phuket By Rob Kothe, 8:53 PM Fri 5 Dec 2008
Another postcard day on the Andaman Sea, as the fleet at 22nd annual Phuket King’s Cup sailed on their second last day. Classic 8-12 knot breezes and bright sun, a perfect back drop for the wars on the water. ...[more]

Day Four Race Report (05/12/08) By Asia Yachting, Phuket , 7:27 PM Fri 5 Dec 2008
A parade of sail is an appropriate way for International sailors to pay homage to Thailand's sailing royal family that have supported yachting events all these years. After the sail past the boats continued on out to sea to compete on the penultimate day of racing before the regatta concludes on Saturday. ...[more]

The King's Birthday in Thailand By Peter Cummins, Phuket, Thailand , 11:28 AM Fri 5 Dec 2008
Later in the day, at sunset, at Kata Beach, in front of regatta co-sponsor Mom Tri’s Boathouse, a huge crowd of sailors, event managers and supporters gather in a candle-lit ceremony, co-ordinated with thousands of such tributes Kingdom-wide in honour of the King. ...[more]

Ichi Ban – the Southern Ocean or the Andaman Sea By Rob Kothe and Jaroonroj 'Knot' Satitkasem, 11:36 PM Thu 4 Dec 2008
On the first day of racing at the 22nd annual Phuket Kings Cup, prominent Australian sailors said it was like sailing in Hawaii. Three days later Allen, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Commodore, was still smiling as he climbed out of a RIB on Kata Beach after racing today in 10-15 knot winds, sunshine and flat seas. ...[more]

Ferrari's on the water at Phuket King's Cup By Rob Kothe, 10:36 PM Thu 4 Dec 2008
Today, the Phuket built 28 foot Firefly 850 (8.5 metres) Sports catamarans blasted past the Grand Prix fleet of 50 to 75 foot monohulls like they were standing still on the long reach down to Ko Kaeo Noi. ...[more]

Phuket King's Cup 2008 - more boats, more fun By Guy Nowell, Phuket, Thailand , 9:38 PM Thu 4 Dec 2008
Just in case it is starting to look as if the only boats in the regatta are Firefly 850s, here as an antidote are some of the other boats racing. Today was another blue bright and breezy affair, with all classes sent away on a trip around the islands. ...[more]

Day Three Race Report (04/12/08) By Asian Yachting, Phuket , 6:41 PM Thu 4 Dec 2008
Most boat crews start the regatta with high expectations and depending on how the early races unfold, one can begin to see a picture of what the likely end result may look like. ...[more]

Phuket Kings Cup - Better than the Brochure By Rob Kothe and Jaroonroj 'Knot' Satitkasem, 12:46 AM Thu 4 Dec 2008
The reason that racing starts so early each morning is because around noon the breeze often eases away. But not so far at the 22nd annual Phuket Kings Cup. ...[more]

Day Two Race Report (03/12/08) By Asian Yachting, Phuket , 1:02 PM Thu 4 Dec 2008
Although the breeze moderated overnight, everyone welcomed the change after yesterdays hard and fast sailing plus it's effect on the boats performance and ultimately the results. Still 15 to 18 knots of wind is a good sailing day anywhere in the world and allowed the Race Committee's to complete three windward / leeward's for the racing class, two W/L for the IRC Classes and Premier Cruisers plus one coastal race for the rest of the cruising classes. ...[more]

Phuket King's Cup 08 - Reasons to be cheerful pt 2 By Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Phuket, Thailand , 11:09 PM Wed 3 Dec 2008
It doesn't take much to keep sailors happy - wind, water, sunshine (and we'll get on to the rum and other stuff later). Sailors (and photographers) are happy in Phuket at the moment... ...[more]

Phuket King's Cup 2008 - Fireflies all over By Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Phuket, Thailand , 10:54 PM Wed 3 Dec 2008
Some of the most photogenic boats at the King's Cup are the Firefly 850 sports catamarans. Check out some of the graphics! ...[more]

Phuket King's Cup 2008 - in the Caribbean? By Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Phuket, Thailand , 10:43 PM Wed 3 Dec 2008
Yesterday they were talking about “Hawaii in Thailand” (really, it wasn’t just Rob Kothe making it up!). So perhaps today was the turn of the Caribbean – heck, whatever; the breeze was in again, the water was blue (and so was the sky) and the sun was shining his (her?) socks off. PRO Tony Denham was in charge on the Prapis start line, and presided over windward/leeward races for IRC Racing, IRC 1, ...[more]

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]

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