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Preparation is the key for the Phuket King’s Cup

The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2015 came to an end on Saturday, Dec 12, and with 5 days of sound breeze, there was some very close racing all around. IRC Two class experienced some of the nearest, with the top 3 trading venues all across. Coming up for Japan was Karasu –captained by Yasuo Nanamori, who is a past Phuket King’s Cup champ as well as the winner of most IRC honors in Japan. They were a team to watch from the off and fixed their first win in the Race one.

With a skillful contingent of Australians onboard, fresh from Renting a yacht in the Greek Islands, and guided by Principal of Red Bull Racing Australia Roland Dane was the Jessandra II, sponsored by Royal Phuket Marina. On the back of two Thailand meet wins earlier in 2015, they were very keen to make improvements for a 4th spot performance at the Phuket King’s Cup, last year.

Phuket King

Another Aussie dominated crew was on Beneteau First 44.7 Fujin. They were looking to have the bragging rights. Early on , a consistent series of 3rd spots saw Fujin lose some ground to Karasu and Jessandra II who were trading 1st and 2nd spots almost in each race. After 6 races, by Lay Day, the meet’s ‘mid-way’ point, all was even between the 2 and it was really the time for the entrants to rest and regroup. With breakages before and during the event to significant yachts it really appeared that preparation is key.