In honour of the His Majesty the King of Thailand, the 29th Phuket King's Cup Regatta staged the most prestigious regatta in Asia, raising the cachet of Phuket as a premier sports sailing and high-end lifestyle destination.
Consisting of five days of racing on scenic courses amidst the beautiful Andaman Sea islands, the regatta draws over 1,500 sailors and participants from around the world, reaffirming Phuket's reputation as an amazing international marine sports and lifestyle locale.
Kevin Whitcraft, President of the organising committee, said, "On behalf of the Phuket King's Cup Regatta Committee, it is an honour to organise this most prestigious regatta to sail in honour of our King, the Regatta Royal Patron, who celebrated his 88th birthday this year.
This year's keelboat and multihull fleets consisted of 90 craft, divided into 13 classes, as well as some 78 dinghies in the International Dinghy Class, making a total record of 168 entries with over 1,500 sailors and participants from over 40 countries."
"Over the past three decades, there is no question that the King's Cup, with HM's imprimatur, has been the catalyst for the enormous advance of water sports in the Kingdom, resulting in many world class competitions coming to our shores. The latest show of faith is the international Optimist class approving a world championship next July to be raced at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya.
I congratulate all the winners and all who have competed in a fair, friendly sail fest and urge all to return to Phuket for next year's 30th Phuket Kings Cup Regatta," said Whitcraft.
Race Director Simon James concluded, "This year has seen one of the smallest number of protests in the recent history of the King's Cup, and I think our course selection has resulted in making nearly every class really close, really competitive."
Sponsors of the Phuket King's Cup Regatta include Principal Host Sponsor Kata Group, and Strategic Partners: The Government Lottery Office (GLO), Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), and Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Co-Sponsors: Central Pattana, PTT PLC, Siam Winery & Montclair and Haadthip PCL. Media Partners include IMAGE asia, Phuket Gazette, PGTV, Prestige, SailWorld.com, Yachtstyle, Sea Yachting, Phuket Magazine, RL Magazine, The Guide Phuket, Phuket Marine Guide and Art & Culture.
Under Royal Patronage, the Phuket King's Cup Regatta is organised by the Phuket King's Cup Regatta Organising Committee under the auspices of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, in conjunction with the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Royal Thai Navy and the Province of Phuket.
"I would like to thank all of strategic partners, sponsors and media partners who are supporting us. 2016 will be a very special for Phuket King's Cup Regatta, as it will be our 30th Anniversary; so we hope to see all continue supporting us again," said Whitcraft.
IMAGE asia is proud to support Phuket King's Cup Regatta as a Media Partner.