In November 2010 Thailand will welcome back the Kings Cup Regatta which involves two days of racing yachts and dinghy’s before the main event takes place on the 28th & 29th. The event itself will be held on the shores of Kata which is on the west coast of Koh Phuket.
The roots of this tournament trace back to over 23 years and local hope to keep the tradition strong on Phuket Island and get more people involved. Phuket Yacht Club’s commodore Katy Gooch said, “The sailing and the competitive nature of the race will hopefully encourage the local community to participate more.” Last year 18 of the 29 sailors that participated where Thai which is a massive boost for the events organisers. The sailing conditions between November and February are fairly mild off the shores of Phuket and many people already take part in water sports around the beaches, so it is hoped that the King’s Cup can capture the imagination of locals and become the islands favourite sport.
The prestigious event encourages young people to get involved and so six children are entered into the race whilst Paul and Kay from the Topper Sail Phuket will be supervising their progress, helping them along and giving them advice. The aim of course is encourage younger people to get involved with the sport and groom them for the future of it. Different crafts are used for sailing in the Kings Cup Regatta such as Lasers, Tasars and Topper Topazes, the lucky six children will be sailing in Topper Topazes which have been donated by the Topper Sail Phuket.
For the 24th Phuket Kings Cup Regatta organisers hope that it will be the most successful yet, and as a result see more and more participants with each passing year.