by Rob Kothe
The Thailand's Royal Navy are planning a spectacular sail past in honour of the King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 80th birthday at the 2007 Phuket Kings Cup regatta.
December 5 Phuket Kings Cup Regatta 2006 Phuket Thailand The Kings Birthday celebrations at Mom Tri’s Boathouse on the beach at Kata Bay
King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the Patron of the annual regatta, which runs from December 1-8.
Over 1,000 sailors will take part in Phuket King's Cup Regatta and on Wednesday morning (December 5th) the record fleet of more than 100 yachts will sail past Royal Navy vessels to mark the King's birthday.
In the evening there will be a toast to the King on the Kata beach front, with everyone wearing their yellow shirts and with many holding yellow candles. The evening function will be co-coordinated, as in past years, with many similar tributes held throughout Thailand.
The King's Cup Regatta was voted the Yachting Event of the Year in 2006 by the prestigious Christofle Boating Awards and is a respected boating event throughout the world.
A commemorative book - sponsored by property company Raimon Land - was published to honour the king's 60th anniversary of his accession to the throne and the regatta's 20th anniversary.