Breaking – boats damaged- Dramatic Photos Phuket Kings Cup 2010: abnormal conditions hit fleet; Saturday’s race & sailpast cancelled


regattaregattaThe drama continues on Kata Beach this morning with seven boats on the break and four beached as racing is cancelled on the last day of the Phuket King’s Cup.

Many boats have already left the bay heading for shelter in Ao Chalong. The mark boats are already there awaiting direction to return to provide ground tackle to any boats struggling to hold their anchors.

“Video shows dramatic situation at 8am on Saturday; There’s a short interview with a sailor on ‘Miss Saigon’ at 1.48, another with Kevin Whitcraft – President of regatta at 3.30, Simon James & khun Santi – organisers discussing what to do at 6.47, longer interview with Chris King – member of organising committee/previous president at 8.36 -14.50 (sound is low at beginning but improves gradually), Japanese skipper on Thai 2 at 15.34, comments in Thai with 2 Royal Thai Navy skippers at 18.15.

Another video with all the class winners receiving trophies and long interviews with main Racing Class winner, at the Closing ceremony & party, is to follow later, probably on Monday.”

regattaregattaRace Director Simon James, as he dashed up and down the 2km beach, said that these are abnormal weather and sea conditions for this time of year.

It was boat against man tug-of-war as more than 30 sailors desperately tried to float Thai Navy 1 out of the break. On one side of the boat was 10 sailors pushing hard to keep the boat into the waves while on other side another 20 plus sailors where pulling their hardest on the main halyard to lean the boat over in an attempt to free the keel from the sand. It is dangerous conditions out there as the tide comes in and three boats on the beach break float perilously close to each other.

regattaregattaSailors from around the fleet have leapt to the assistance of their fellow yachties, assisting wherever possible. Drenched by salt water and rain, it is all hands on deck and ropes on the beach.

One boat with luck on their side is Henry Kaye’s trimaran, Thor. The boat beached safely with no damage. With the help of 20 sailors, he plans to carry his 1,000 kilo boat up the beach away from the top of the tide. Once the sea abates tomorrow, he will then call on those sailors to then carry Thor back down the beach to float if off and away from Kata Beach.

PR News by Tracey Johnstone & Guy Nowell

“Photos by Grant, Phuketindex.


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