It will be a nervous, long wait out on the water today for 107 boats competing in the Phuket King’s Cup with the breeze forecasted not to settle until mid-afternoon on the last day of racing in the series.
Out of the ten classes in the regatta, seven don’t have clear-cut results making today’s race performance critical to the final series results. Those classes are Racing, IRC2, Premier, Bareboat Charter, Cruising, Multihull and Modern Classic.
Looking out right now on the waters off Kata Beach, it is like a sheet of glass with anchored boats pointing every direction
The weather forecast models are showing the breeze to be three knots from the east going south, south-west at the same speed by lunch-time and then building towards the later part of the afternoon.
Racing course RO, Jerry Rollin, is disappointed by today’s forecast as he had hoped to send all his classes out on a long race. Now though the plan is for one windward/leeward for Racing, IRC1 and Firefly 850s and two for the IRC2 and Multihull classes.
On the cruiser/racer course, RO Ross Chisholm said ‘it doesn’t look promising, but we will do something with it.’ Whatever course he sets for his classes, he will have the shortened course option ready for use.
Class leaders after two day’s racing are Racing – Ray Roberts’s Evolution Racing; IRC1 – Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban; IRC2 – Wiwat Poonpat’s Royal Thai Navy1; Premier – Peter Forsythe and Jing Lee’s Xena; Firefly 850s – Voodoo’s Hans Rahmann; Multihull – David Liddell’s Miss Saigon; Bareboat Charter – Ilya Ermakov’s Sarawadee; Classic – Paul Brunning’s Dondang Sayang; Cruising – Richard Macfarlane’s Aida; Modern Classic – Jean Rheault’s Souay1.
Racing is scheduled to start just after 0900. Full results of today’s racing will be posted to the event website as soon as they become available
Regatta website, www.kingscup.com