Recognised throughout the eastern hemisphere as the premier sailing event of its kind, the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta will host a week of close racing in the Andaman Seas off the cost of Southern Thailand from Dec. 1 through 6. The 27th such event sees a new Bareboat Charter division intended to address any disparities between professional and amateur teams in the class, making for an open racing division this year. Additionally, the event will attract over 100 vessels comprising full-scale racers, International Grand Prix racing boats, racing catamarans and a vast fleet of diverse sailing, cruising and racing craft, all competing for Asia’s most coveted prize in competitive sailing.
The opening ceremony at Kata Beach Resort & Spa, Phuket, Dec. 1, precedes the first day’s racing the following morning. Keelboats and multihulls compete Dec. 2 – 6, while the dinghy class is set for Dec. 1 – 4. The second year of windsurfing will be on the fifth and sixth. Dec. 5 marks the sail pass to celebrate His Majesty the King’s birthday, and the Royal Awards ceremony will be the following day. The five days of racing will be complemented by six beachside parties expected to attract nearly 2,000 guests.