Australians win early in King's Cup

Difficult conditions do little to dampen competitive spirit at the prestigious regatta in Phuket

PHUKET : Light winds did not deter the competitiors of the 2012 Phuket King's Cup Regatta yesterday as the day's performance was make or break for some.

IRC 1 winner Ichi Ban. PHOTO: JOYCE RAVARA

The racing boats enjoyed the better winds and finished two races, three for the IRC 2 and Platu while the cruising boats completed one.

The tight battle between Jelik of Hong Kong and Thailand's Wan Marang continued in the IRC Zero class with Wan Marang, owned by Kevin Whitcraft and skippered by 1996 SEA Games gold medal winner Jaray Tipsuk, won the first race of the day but was beaten by Jelik in the second race.

Jelik goes into today's final day with a two-point lead.

Ichi Ban of Australia in IRC 1 and its namesake in IRC 2 both put in great performances to beat their rivals and, going into the last races of the series, cannot be beaten.

The boat of the same name, Ichi Ban of Australia, skippered by Matt Allen, wrapped up the IRC 2 series a day before the final day.

With just one race today, they cannot be beaten and the race for the minor places is now between Royal Thai Navy 1 and Kata Rocks.

In the Platu One Design class, the three Japanese teams continued to chase Thai leader Tuay Lek, skippered by Scott Duncanson.

On the cruising course, despite placing third, Titania of Cowes (GBR) remained on top in the Premier class while Patrice II (IRL) led the Modern Classic class after a fourth yesterday; and another win for No Name (AUS) saw them top of the Cruising class.

The hotly contested and largest class, Bareboat Charter, saw another win for Russian entry Sail Plane, skippered by Kirill Sakhattzev, giving them a three-point lead overall going into the last day.

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