On December 9, 2017, the last day of sailing for the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, the racing and the yacht rental in Phuket was light, due to weaker winds around the coasts. Fortunately, thanks to the extremely favourable conditions of the other days, the racing for the last day was light, and was enough to bring 2017’s PKCR events to a close. However, only the racers were able to run during the light winds, the cruisers did not were unable to sail.
The IRC0 class has the THA72 team, led by Tom & Kevin Whitcraft, as the victors, even in spite of the Windsikher team’s sudden victory on the final day. The early lead of team THA72 granted them victory, even with the competition bouncing back later. The last race is the 12th of the PKCR, with the Australian Alive team, skippered by Duncan Hine and Phil Turner, coming in second, with team THA72 coming in after them, at third, marking their successful defence of their title and as 2017 Champions.
Meanwhile, in the IRC1 class, team Karusu from Japan managed to steal victor on the last day, beating Estonia’s team Loco for the 12th and final race. However, YasuoNanamori’s team had several run-ins with misfortune during this PKCR, with a disqualification, whichwas then followed by two DNS (Did Not Start) instances, causing Otonomos Mandrake to come in and take victory. Fred Kinmonth and Nick Burns, skippers for the Mandrake, had already won a King’s Cup prior, and were regular participants in the event.
Simon James, Race Director for the PCKR says that the regatta was very successful, with the racing boats completing all events in the class schedule. However, the cruisers and the bareboats managed to finish enough races to set a new record in PKCR history, and conditions allowed them to alter routes to fit the boats. Director James says that there aremany entries from the Chinese and the Russians, with a lot of returning participants, some of which were already participants since the inaugural year of the PCKR.
As part of the Phuket boat charter scene, Bareboat Charter happened during the PKCR, with a fleet of 14 ships, 9 of them having Russian crews manning them. Included in the 14 ships was Java Yachting’s Mas Allegre, which was a 50-year old design, which was chartered by team Mermaid, from China.