Connect with us


Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Day 5: Royal Thai Navy takes honors

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: The crew of Royal Thai Navy 1 celebrated the 82nd birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in style today, winning two races out of two on the final day to become the only Thai crew to taste victory at the 2009 King’s Cup.

At the start of the day, which the entire fleet marked with a sail past in honor of His Majesty The King, Royal Thai Navy 1, skippered by CPO.3 Wiwat Poonpat, was a point behind Peter Dyer’s Team Bentley in the IRC 2 class.

Royal Thai Navy 1 took honors in the first race of the day to establish a slender series lead, while Team Bentley had to settle for third. This put Royal Thai Navy 1 a point ahead of Team Bentley going into the final race of the regatta.

The Thai boat secured a fifth consecutive first-place finish to claim victory and the series.

Neil Pryde and Hi Fi were all but assured of victory in the Racing class at the start of the day. A second-place finish in the opening race made the series secure and ensured the crew had the luxury of watching the final race from the shore.

Asian Yachting Grand Prix rival Ray Roberts made a disappointing start to the regatta on Evolution Racing but back-to-back wins on the final day were enough to ensure a top-three finish.

Fergus Wilmer and Henry Kaye’s Thor continued their record of winning every single race in the Multihull Class, although David Liddell on Miss Saigon was only 10 seconds off the pace in the day’s first race.

A third-place finish in the opening race was good enough for Brent Gribble’s Twin Sharks to win the Firefly 850 series while Anthony Hasting’s Baby Tonga Hideaway Club won the only race of the day – and with it the series in the Premier Class.

Race organizer Simon James declared the 2009 Phuket King’s Cup a success: “It went really well. It was good to see such a big fleet, and the racing has been some of the most competitive ever, with finishing times separated by a mere second in a number of fleets.”

— James Goyder


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand7 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Disease control amendment in the works; reopening delays | September 22

South9 hours ago

5 billion baht loss as birds’ nest producing swiftlets found dead

Crime9 hours ago

Ex-cop “Joe Ferrari,” other officers charged with violating discipline policy over suspect’s death

Sponsored9 hours ago

HOMA is now offering fully-serviced, affordable lifestyle apartments in Phuket Town.

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Thailand9 hours ago

5 Pattani men arrested for allegedly posing as police officers to extort locals

World10 hours ago

Thai woman tricked into human trafficking in Dubai brought home safely

Phuket10 hours ago

Alleged cable thief busted in Phuket, accomplice possibly still at large

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand11 hours ago

Thaiger Bites | Your Feedback and Comments! | Ep. 23

Guides11 hours ago

Bangkok’s best fresh markets to visit

Coronavirus (Covid-19)11 hours ago

Wednesday Covid Update: 11,252 new cases; provincial totals

World11 hours ago

Tesla stock dive costs Elon Musk $7 billion, World’s Richest Man title

Kanchanaburi11 hours ago

Kanchanaburi temple that served as a rehab closes amidst shocking abuse allegations

Coronavirus (Covid-19)12 hours ago

Post-Covid condition MIS-C afflicted 30 to 40 children, 1 death

Thailand12 hours ago

Morning Top Stories | New disease control law, Thai border patrol tightens security | September 22 |

Thailand13 hours ago

Manhunt underway for foreigner who allegedly prepared bread using his feet

Phuket13 hours ago

Burmese man arrested for rape and assault of Thai woman

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14 | Thaiger
Thailand1 week ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism7 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11