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Phuket’s Kings Cup Regatta – Info

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BACKGROUND

Kiteboarding has been given a unique opportunity to take part in one of Asia’s oldest sailing regatta’s, the world renowned Phuket King’s Cup. The KTA has received an invitation from the Regatta organisers who would like in the 25th anniversary year of the event to include the world’s newest sailing sport into the competition..

Inaugurated in 1987 to celebrate the 60th birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, the event has been held every year since during the first week of December. The Regatta began with a mixture of keelboats, catamarans, Lasers and even windsurfers, but more recently the Regatta has become a big boat event, attracting keelboats and ocean-going catamaran teams from around the world. As a principal fixture on the Asian Yachting Circuit, the Regatta annually features upwards of 100 boats and 2,000 sailors, ranging from the High Tech ‘Grand Prix’ racing yachts in the Racing Class, to live-aboard ocean cruisers, multihulls and classics. And now they want to include us, kiteboarders!

With Royal Patronage, the Regatta is organised by the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Organizing Committee under the auspices of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, in conjunction with the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Royal Thai Navy and the Province of Phuket. www.kingscup.com.

PROGRAMME

As kiteboarding is for this event a demonstration discipline it will run just course racing and this will be limited to race board (RB) competitors only due to the course sizes, location and expected wind conditions. The plan is to run three kiteboard races per day on the existing sailing course set by the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta race teams for the day. Remember this is a multi-craft event, so more than one race may be taking place at one time on more than one course.
As always final course decisions and race times will be informed on the day by the kiteboard race officer.

The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is scheduled from the 3rd – 10th December 2011 and the Regatta’s official outline programme is below.

Outline Regatta Schedule

03/12/11 – Registration and Measurement.
04/12/11 – Registration, Practice Race, Skippers Briefing, Opening Ceremony.
05/12/11 – Race Day One.
06/12/11 – Race Day Two.
07/12/11 – Race Day Three.
08/12/11 – Reserve Day.
09/12/11 – Race Day Four.
10/12/11 – Race Day Five – Royal Awards Ceremony and Closing Party.

KITEBOARD RACE MANAGEMENT & INFO

The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is an ISAF internationally sanctioned event and as such kiteboard will operate under its IKA Kiteboard Class rules. The IKA are sanctioning and supporting the event.
The kiteboard course racing will be managed by the KTA’s Competition Director Stephan Hertig in conjunction with the IKA’s representative Race Office Phil Mendeau. All kiteboard course racing will run under the overall control of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Race Director Simon James.

The kiteboard course racing will be run with the on-water support of Phuket King’s Cup Regatta’s race team, but it will officiate from its own start boat and support the kite racers further with kiteboard safety boat, crewed by an experienced kite rescue team.
The KTA will be running the Regatta kiteboard demonstration racing as a KTA Open Event, places are however limited to a maximum of 20 racers. As a demonstration event it will be operated as a mixed class event.

The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is run as a prestige event and as such no class is raced for prize money. Trophies will be awarded to the top three competitors and the top woman racer. Although there are no prizes as such all racers will be supported by the Regatta for their hotel accommodation and event food. All competitors will also receive open invitations to all the official event parties and dinners. This is a top class event so you will for sure enjoy the package they are providing for the kiteboarders and everyone will get something from being at the event, not just the winners. There will also be no entry fee as we are an invited class at this year’s regatta.

A further big plus for being part of this event is the international media coverage that the Phuket King’s Cup receives, that includes ESPN, Star Sports and Fox Sports amongst its TV partners. So it’s not only a chance to showcase kiteboarding but also yourself and your sponsor’s brand. With Kiteboarding being an Olympic candidate for the 2016 Games the interest in our sport is high, so let’s make the most of this opportunity.

LOCATION

Phuket is a rare place that really can claim to have everything. Some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere, tropical jungle, superb local food and a fascinating history and culture, and that’s just on the Island. Phuket and its surrounding islands comprise one of the most spectacular sailing grounds in the region, with beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters and a stunning geography. Lying in the Andaman Sea, Phuket is Thailand’s premier island destination and the country’s wealthiest province outside Bangkok. Whether it be cruising, island hopping, climbing, fishing, shopping, or just lying on a beach, Phuket and surrounds have something to offer everyone.

Phuket Island is 50km long and connected to the mainland by Thaothepkrasattri Bridge at the northern tip. Phuket’s tropical coastline consists primarily of sandy bays divided by rocky peninsulas, with some more sheltered areas featuring large expanses of mudflats and mangroves. Running almost half the length of the island, separating east from west, is a ridge of mountains.

The competition will be held directly of Kata & Kata Noi beach, the riders accomodation will be at either the Phuket orchid Resort & Centara Grand Beach Resort, as mentioned this will be complimentary accomodation along with event food and drink.

WEATHER

Phuket’s warm winter climate is one reason that a few million tourists visit Phuket each year. The northeast monsoon wind blows from November to April bringing with it clear, sunny skies and an average temperature of around 30 Celsius with wind speeds averaging between 8 – 15 knots . So its board shorts all the way for this competition, you will be safe to leave those wetsuits at home.

TRAVEL

Visa wise most nationalities can obtain a visa for their stay in Thailand on arrival. This is generally based on a 30 day visa if you arrive by air or 15 days if you arrive across a land boarder. Either of which will be plenty of time for you attended the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta.

If you are not sure of your visa status then check it out through the following link for the Thai Embassy, www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/thailand-tourist-visa.php

Phuket has a very good international airport, most major and low cost carriers fly both in and out of the area daily, most people will get a flight to Bangkok though then another dopmestic flight to Phuket, it can work out cheaper at times but other times not, especially with Phuket it is in your best interest to shop around, transfers from the airport must be arranged through Willy prior to arrival.

Interested riders should contact us through the website, we will inform you if your place is confirmed, again there is a 20 rider limit, free accomodation & Event Food is supplied, riders are responsible for their own travel.

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