Phuket is preparing to host one of Asia's
largest sailing events, the Phuket King's Cup Regatta.
Held 4th -
11th December off Kata Beach, the Phuket King's Cup Regatta
attracts in excess of 100 boats and 2,000 participants from around
the world to Phuket every year. Participants come to enjoy the
Island, the tropical sailing conditions, and to challenge for the
The 2010 Phuket King's Cup Regatta has received
97 entries to date from all continents, with a strong showing from
Asian countries including Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Malaysia,
the Philippines and, of course, Thailand.
a record year for the Phuket King's Cup Regatta with 111 entries
and participants from over 30 countries taking part. An independent survey by Infinity Communications & Consultant found
that participants spent over THB40 million on accommodation and living during the regatta week. Flights, travel, excursions and
extensions of stay likely mean the economic impact of the Regatta
is in excess of THB100 million.
“The 2010 Phuket
King's Cup Regatta is considered the regatta in Asia and this
year, with already 97 entries, we are hopeful of surpassing last
years record fleet. We have entries coming from all corners of the
world to Phuket, to challenge for the Royal Trophy,” said Kevin Whitcraft, President of the 24th Phuket King's Cup Regatta
The survey also found that
many participants are repeat visitors to Phuket, with the majority
having been to Phuket more than five times previously,
underscoring Phuket's popularity as a marine tourism destination.
Local island and authority support has proven essential to the
long-term growth of the Phuket King's Cup Regatta. The Royal Thai
Navy have been instrumental in on-water support providing boats
and personnel and safety services for the Regatta every year, and
the Province of Phuket continues to be the perfect host with
island-wide support from local businesses, official authorities
and governmental departments, media and the public.
For the first time ever, young sailors will take part in the
Phuket King's Cup Regatta this year in a new Optimist Class. The
Phuket King's Cup Regatta started a grassroots initiative earlier
this year called the Phuket Dinghy Series. This is a 4-event
series which started in September and will conclude on the opening
weekend of the Phuket King's Cup Regatta. Thailand children from
all over Thailand have taken part in the series so far and at the
Phuket King's Cup Regatta there will be children from Sattahip,
Songkhla, Samui, Nakorn Si Thammarat, Phang Nga, and
“The Phuket Dinghy Series is a grassroots
initiative to help grow sailing as a sport amongst Thai youngsters
in Phuket and around Thailand. At the last weekend event there
were 17 children racing in Optimists and at the Phuket King's Cup
Regatta itself we expect many more. Phuket has been a great host
for the Regatta and we wanted to give something back to the local
community in the form of a youth sailing competition,” said Whitcraft.
The winner of the overall series will
receive a replica of the Royal Trophy presented at the Royal
Awards Ceremony on 11th December at Kata Beach Resort & Spa, by
His Majesty the King's Personal Representative, Mom Luang Usni
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta runs from 4 - 11 December 2010.
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