- 14 December 2011 | Kiteboarding
Olivier Dansin won the 25th edition of the Phuket King's Cup Regatta, held in Phuket, Thailand. There were more than 120 watercrafts out in the water, in a multiclass racing week.
The Regatta began with a mixture of keelboats, catamarans, Lasers and even windsurfers, but more recently the Regatta has become a big boat event, attracting keelboats and ocean-going catamaran teams from around the globe. The Phuket King's Cup is considered internationally as one of the top sailing events in the World and is Asia’s largest regatta.
"'ISAF is promoting kiteboarding and it could be an Olympic demonstration event as soon as 2016 in Brazil. We thought it was important for the Phuket King’s Cup to be a leader and bring kiteboarding into this event", says evin Whitcraft, President of the regatta committee.
The final day was the best with the wind strength again getting up to around 20kts. Riders made their way from beach for the first race of the day and completed a full three before returning home.
With a triangle course set the riders were tested on each wind direction and again put out some stylish racing with more battles at the top of the fleet between Yo, Olivier, Salih and Ken.
Key moments mentioned were the riding skills as people tacked and gybed at the marks, the perfectly timed start run by Salih, Yo and Olivier hitting the line together as class flag fell for race three, and the outright speed which at one point saw the riders pulling away from one of the safety Ribs, when it was chasing them at 32kts.
At the end, the day belonged once again to Olivier Dansin, although Yo did take one race from him. Also showing well and worth a mention was Briton Dave Barnes, who pulled through into overall fifth position by the end. Li Peng from China also turned in three great races to come right back up the rankings after some harsh errors that cost him on the first day.
Top 5 of the 25th Phuket King's Cup Kiteboard Exhibition Race:
1. Olivier Dansin
2. Yo Naraprichit Pudla
3. Salih Alaxander
4. Ken Nacor
5. Dave Barnes