WITH A LIGHT 5-7 knots wind in Phuket, Thailand, President of the King’s Cup organising committee Kevin Whitcraft TP52 THA 72 won seven of the eight match racing duels and took his first title at the Phuket King’s Cup (Dec 3-10).
Neil Ayre’s Java claimed victory in the Pulse 600 class, while Florent Herson / Morten Jakobsen’s Hanuman XXXIII and Mick Tilden’s Pixalux / Javakept succumbed to second and third overall respectively. Andrew Hurford’s Phantom V also became victorious in the Multihull Racing class. Norikazu Arai’s Lagoon 410 Minnie notched the second place, followed by Niu Huo Huo’s Lagoon 420 D&P.
Japan’s Yasuo Nanamori’s Beneteau 40.7 Karasu claimed the IRC 1 title by two points from Mandrake III, while Adam Gosling’s Corby 37 Yes! Jessandra II remained in third overall. CPO.1 Wiwat Poonpat and the Royal Thai Navy 1 dominated the Platu One-Design class and won the title. Peik Astrom’s The Wolf and Pascal Radue’s The Tiger took the remaining podium places.
April Jorgensen’s Mumm 30 Judy championed in IRC 2 Class, while Ithinai Yingsiri’s X55 Pine-Pacific defended the Premier Cruising class title. Vladimir Oleynikov’s First 47.7 Popeye was the winner at the Open Charter class and Bareboat Charter class saw the victory of Igor Ginzburg’s SO 409 Snapdragon. Chinese sailor Jianquan Tong’s Slipper 42 Asia Pacific Atom secured the Cruising Class title. John Newnham’s Twin Sharks took eight race wins to secure the overall victory in the Firefly 850 Sports Class. www.kingscup.com.
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