Phuket King's Cup roundup, more...

 
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 12 Dec 2012
 


One way or another, the Phuket King's Cup is still The One to Win in Asia. Whether it's the Royal Patronage, the fact that PKC has been running for 26 years (first/original always beats any subsequent product) or whether the assortment of European, British and Russian sailors prefer the Andaman Sea to the North Sea and the English Channel at this time of year is hard to tell. Undeniably there's something about the King's Cup. Full stories and roundup, below.

Guy Nowell, Editor



Phuket King's Cup 2012: the Glittering Prizes
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Once again, it's all over bar the shouting. The fat lady has sung and sat down again, the trophies have been distributed, and the photographs taken. 75 boat crews (not forgetting the dinghy sailors and windsurfers) have partied their way from the Kata Beach Resort to the Kata Thani, the Phuket Orchid, Centara Resort, the Boathouse and back to Kata. A couple of multihulls got parked on the beach... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2012 - incredible finale to last day's racing
Event Media,
Beautiful sunshine, blue skies and consistent winds marked the final day of the 2012 Phuket King's Cup Regatta in fitting style as teams and their boats assembled at the start line in a final bid to resolve their class contests. Some results had effectively completed yesterday, but a majority of classes were anticipated to host some thrilling final day action.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2012: jousting at the top of the table
Phuket King's Cup,
Frank Pong and his Jelik team have been the quickest of the IRC Zero class boats in the last few races, but today, Kevin Whitcraft's Won Ma Rang shared class honours. Won Ma Rang took victory in race eight, with race nine going to rivals Jelik. It has set up a stunning finale for the final day as Jelik is on top with 13 points, and Won Ma Rang close behind on 15 points.... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup - Record equalling victory for Ian Williams
Leigh Ireland,
At the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia, the finale of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Ian Williams won a record-equalling fourth ISAF Match Racing World Championship after beating his arch rival Bjorn Hansen in the Quarter- Final.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Macif leads through gate, Hugo Boss hits object
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, British skipper Alex Thomson, whose race so far has been one of the highlights of this edition, has reported that he has hit an unidentified object at high speed during Sunday night, damaging one rudder mechanism and a hydrogenerator on his IMOCA Open 60 Hugo Boss.... [more]
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Design Catamaran signs distribution agreement in Asia
Andre Pilon,
Last week, Design Catamaran made a major investment into the Asian market and signed a distribution agreement with First Marine Ltd of Tokyo Japan. A major boat broker and distributor in Japan, First Marine distributes prestigious brands such as Beneteau, Lagoon Catamarans and Montecarlo Yachts to name a few.... [more]
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World-first vibrating, underwater barnacle buster gets thumbs-up
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The new world-first Waveblade barnacle remover may mean a seismic shift in the way we clean our sailing boat hulls, but more than that, there's a Scottish bank who thinks it's worth an investment of £550,000 to take the invention to the next level - that is, appealing to major oil, gas and shipping companies.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - One record smashed, another under threat + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, flying François Gabart stepped up his challenge with an unprecedented display of lightning fast sailing in the middle of the Indian Ocean today. The youngest skipper in the race who, remarkably, is a rookie to solo sailing in the Southern Ocean has set a set a truly electric pace.... [more]
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Big Boat Challenge images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini,
Photo gallery of the 2012 SOLAS Big Boat Challenge provided by photographer Andrea Francolini.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - It's anyone's race
KPMS,
For the Rolex Sydney Hobart, a fleet of 79 yachts has been declared. The eclectic mix ranges in size from 10.3 metres (33.8 feet) to 30.48 metres (100-feet), and includes three international entries, nine former race winners, the defending overall champion, yachts representing each and every Australian state and the Australian Capital Territory, and four yachts to have tasted line honours success.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Thomson rises in drag race to Amsterdam gate
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, British skipper Alex Thomson continues to mount a serious challenge for third place among the fleet leaders as the straight line speed race continues east towards the Amsterdam ice security gate. In a building breeze today, Thomson has been increasingly able to retain the high average speeds that have long been his trademark, twice earning him 24 hour world speed records.... [more]
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Hydroptere, Hydroptere 2 - The search is on for partners
Thomas Lesage,
Hydroptere is seeking partners to finance the Transpacific record attempt this summer and the launch in 2015 of a second generation Hydroptere designed to beat the North Atlantic record. Since its double world absolute sailing speed record in 2009 (taken over by kitesurfers and recently by the Australian Paul Larsen) Hydroptere changed direction to head towards offshore challenges.... [more]
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