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01/12/2010 - Phuket Kings Cup Regatta 2010, Thailand

01/12/2010 - Phuket Kings Cup Regatta 2010, Thailand

Phuket, Thailand: The 24th King's Cup Regatta gets underway in Phuket on Saturday 4th December 2010.

Launched in 1987, the event is organised by the Phuket King's Cup Regatta Organizing Committee in conjunction with the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Royal Thai Navy and the Province of Phuket.

Held every year during the first week of December, The King’s Cup Regatta is Asia's largest yachting event and has developed a reputation as Asia’s most prestigious and competitive regatta. Sailors from all over the world now descend on Phuket for five days of racing and six lavish parties each December.

Entries have been flooding in from all corners of the globe with Asian competitors leading the way. In fact, the number of boats and crew from the Asian region, particularly China and Japan, is forecast to top previous records.

Race Director, Simon James, commented; "We have large numbers of entrants from around Asia and in particular Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, China, the Philippines and of course Thailand, and they make up a significant part of the fleet. Last year was the biggest ever Japanese fleet and as China is a growing market for sailing so the number of Chinese entries continues to increase also."

"The Asian entries are very competitive, even in the cruising classes. A number of Japanese entries have won their class and the possibility of winning is the reason all participants come back year-after-year. Asian participants are no different to other participants in that they are here to sail well, achieve a good result, and enjoy themselves on and off the water."

"The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta has a certain prestige and participants are competitive. The competition is intense and this regatta is seen by many as the 'one to win'. People come year-after-year to challenge in their class because there is no other multi-class regatta like it. Nothing offers such a diverse range of boats and sailing courses in such a great environment. Plus the social side is hard to beat," James concluded.

If you enjoy sailing or just looking at the wonderful boats anchored in the harbour, The Phuket Kings Cup Regatta is an event not to be missed and is very highly regarded in Phuket's busy events diary. There are numerous events throughout the week for all the family to enjoy and it should be a week to remember.

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