King's Cup Regatta

Post date: Jan 21, 2013 2:15:37 PM

Back to the boat and back in the water and a quick motor sail across the bay to Chalong bay, laundry done, and sail around to Kata Beach for the 26th King's Cup Regatta. This is one of Asia's premier yacht racing events, where we had volunteered to be officials. There were 5 days of racing (10 races) and 6 great parties at various resorts around the area. We enjoyed the opportunity to get up close and personal to many very fast racing machines. The days were very hectic and started early – all day out on the start boat, then party till late at night – Phew it was exhausting!

We stayed on Lupari 2 during the event and going ashore for breakfast at 6 am without getting too wet was a challenge and then onto a longtail with all the day's gear and food without getting too wet to get to the beautiful restored Marie G, the start boat for the IRC racers and multihulls wasn't always easy– and returning in the afternoon for another dunking in the waves on the shore. Sometimes we did not have time to go home and change before the day's party so we went dressed up as “grotty yachties” and no it wasn't fancy dress. But it was fun and we would definitely do it again if the opportunity presents itself.

After the event was over and we had been to the Official Presentation by the King's representative (A very formal and dignified occasion) and back to Chalong to do the laundry, re-provision, order new batteries and return to Phang Na Bay.