Phuket King's Cup Regatta - 2010
Escaped Aussies Report on Kings Cup, Thailand 2010
The Escaped Aussies return to the Kings Cup in 2010 after first completing the event in a pre Tsunami 2002. Little had changed in Phuket it seemed since we were there last except that the hotel we stayed in last time had a major upgrade and this time the regatta week produced major winds.
One thing that had changed was that 18 high profile international regattas were completed by the Escaped Aussies before this Kings Cup and the experience showed in the results with a 4th place overall and a day one first.
The on-shore part of the regatta lost none of its charm with the usual superb organization and entertainment of the nearby surroundings including great pubs, restaurants and beaches.
In 2002 we spent some of the races at anchor to prevent us drifting backwards in light winds. In 2010 there was plenty of wind with the last day being cancelled due to high winds from a nearby storm which washed at least 6 boats onto the beach.
The Escaped Aussies team continued the tradition of charitable giving on the lay day by visiting an orphanage in Phuket town which houses children of women prisoners in the prison next door. With the Kings Cup being in early December the crew did a shop for Christmas presents and much needed food supplies which were greatly welcomed from the centre which relies 100% on donations to survive.
Overall with success on the water, making new friends, enjoying the superb surroundings and charitable giving, the Kings Cup provided the team with one of the mostly fulfilling regatta weeks of our endless journey to sail all of the world's best regattas. Next up, Antigua Race Week 2012.