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01/12/2007 - The Kings Cup Regatta gets under way.  01/12/2007 - The Kings Cup Regatta gets under way.

The Kings cup Regatta gets underway in Phuket on 1st December.  Held every year during the first week of December, The Kings Cup Regatta is Asia's largest and most popular yachting event with world class competitors from all over the world competing for the King's Cup.

The main race is launched on Monday 3rd December at Kata Beach on Phuket's West coast and this year will see strong entries from Hong Kong, China and Russia.  

Last year´s 20th Regatta saw a record entry of over 100 boats from 18 countries, with a very strong interest from China, this year they may enter as many as 4 boats in the race.  The majority of boats in last years race have signed again this year, with many racing class yachts from Hong Kong, Russia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore and Australia lining up.

The Phuket International Marine Expo, PIMEX, will be held from 6th to the 9th of December at the Royal Phuket Marina. With over seventy exhibitors and more than one hundred brands, PIMEX is the biggest boat show in Asia.
The regatta began in 1987 as a celebration to mark The Kings 60th Birthday and has continued every year. The King, himself a keen sailor, was awarded the "Insignia of the Olympic Order" at the time of his 60th Birthday in december 1987, by the International Olympic Committee - the only reigning Monarch ever to receive such and honour.

If you enjoy sailing or just looking at the wonderful boats anchored in the harbour, The Phuket Kings Cup Regatta is an event not to be missed and is very highly regarded in Phuket's busy events diary.  There are numerous fun and exciting events throughout the week for all the family to enjoy and it will certainly be a week to remember.

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