Victories down to seconds on first days racing at Phuket Kings Cup Regatta 2014

General Press Releases Wednesday December 3, 2014 15:01
Bangkok--3 Dec--Vivaldi

Asia’s legendary yacht race under Royal Patronage, the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, set sail on the opening day with a grand fleet of 93 keelboats and catamarans from 16 countries, vying in close- competition for the honor of winning His Majesty the King of Thailand own Regatta. Wind conditions were light, with the annual yachting spectacle made even more stunning in Kata’s gloriously sunny weather.

Neil Pryde’s “HiFi team opened their account with a six-second win on corrected times in Race One over Team “Beau Geste” in IRC-0 class. Pryde’s two-times Rolex China Sea Race-winning Welbourne 52 performed well to stake an early claim for 2014 King’s Cup victory, looking to add to their previous Phuket wins. “HiF” was second in Race Two with rival team “Beau Geste” winning by a small margin. Hong Kong competitors Team “Beau Geste” beat “HiFi once again in Race Three – just half a minute the difference.- and stayed on top of this division at the end of Day One.

Last year’s dominant Foxy Lady team was not competing in IRC1 this year due to their reclassification into IRC2, opening up the class for a sea of combatants to vie for the lead. In Race One, Paul F Winkelmann skippered Hong Kong-registered Island Fling to the win, ahead of four other rivals including Kevin Whitcraft’s Wan Ma Rang which placed third. Whitcraft’s team struggled in the second race, although the spread of the field time-wise was (again) very tight; Race Two went to Regatta veterans EFG Mandrake, with Winkelmann’s team coming back again to win Race Three easily – although just four seconds split second and third.

IRC2’s field yielded to Hannes Waimer’s TBG Team Premier in Race One, with Foxy Lady managing a hard-fought third place. Bill Bremner’s 2013 Regatta-winning Foxy Lady will have their work cut out to be champions this year with many possible winners competing in this epic division. They came back strong in Race Two to win ahead of TBG; this is shaping up to be another too-close-to-call class, with the two boats swapping positions in Race Three, TBG victorious. The wealth of the competing pack finished within a few minutes of each other.

In IRC3, The Royal Thai Navy could do no better than mid-division finishes (5th and 6th of nine runners), leaving an Australian team, Foreign Affair, to claim Race One victory. Peter Dyer’s Madame Butterfly (Team Kata Rocks 1) took the win in Race Two, with Royal Thai Navy 1 skippered by CPO.1 Wiwat Poonpat coming home in the runner-up spot. Both Navy teams will look to escalate quickly as they attempt to dominate the class throughout the rest of the week.

IRC 0
1. Boat:Team Beau Geste Skipper: Karl Kwok Country: Hong Kong
2. Boat: HiFi Skipper: Neil Pryde Country: Hong Kong
3. Boat: Oi ! Skipper: Peter Ahern Country: Australia
IRC 1
1. Boat:Island Fling Skipper: Paul F Winkelmann Country: Hong Kong
2. Boat:Uranus Skipper: Norhafisam bin Ahmad Country: Malaysia
3. Boat:EFG Mandrake Skipper: Nick Burns/Fred Kinmouth Country: Hong Kong
IRC 2
1.Boat:TBG – Team Premier Skipper:Hannes Waimer Country: Germany
2.Boat:Foxy Lady VI Skipper: Bill Bremner Country: Singapore
3.Boat: Jessandra II Skipper: Roland Dane Country: Australia
IRC 3
1.Boat: Madam Butterfly (Team Kata Rocks 1) Skipper: Peter Dyer Country: Great Britain
2.Boat: Foreign Affair Skipper: Greg Reynolds Country: Australia
3. Boat: Tuay Lek Skipper: Dmitry Gornyy Country: Russia
Premier
1. Boat: Pine-Pacific, Skipper: Ithinai Yingsiri, Country: Thailand
2. Boat: Starlight, Skipper: Andy Cocks Country: Singapore
3. Boat: Shahtoosh, Skipper: Peter Cremers Country: Hong Kong
Bareboat Charter A
1.Boat: Isabella, Skipper: Anatoly Kuzmenko, Country: Russia
2.Boat: Uhuru, Skipper: Andrey Duvanov, Country: Malaysia
3.Boat: Tonicola, Skipper: Dmitry Kurshin, Country: Russia
Bareboat Charter B
1.Boat: Sarawadee, Skipper: Sergey Musikhin, Country: Russia
2.Boat: Shiraz, Skipper: Boris Gusev, Country: Russia
3.Boat: Malee, Skipper: Audeev Maxim, Country: Russia
Open Charter
4.Boat: Venture, Skipper: Tony Pfeiffer, Country: Australia
2.Boat: Sailplane, Skipper: Vladimir Oleynikov, Country: Russia
5.Boat: Sita, Skipper: Nikolay Shkurin, Country: Thailand
Firefly 850 Sports Class
1.Boat: Twin Sharks, Skipper: John Newnham, Country: Great Britain
2.Boat: Voodoo, Skipper: Hans Rahmann, Country: Germany
3.Boat: Advance Racing, Skipper: Neil Ayre, Country: Great Britain
Multihull Racing Class
1.Boat: Asia Catamarans Hurricane, Skipper: Alan Carwadine, Country: Thailand
2.Boat: Asia Catamarans Java, Skipper: Mick Coleman/John Coffin, Country: Thailand
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