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Bangkok, Thailand, 2006/05/18 - The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta was named Yachting Event of the Year at the second Christofle Asia Boating Awards, which were presented at a lavish, black-tie gala dinner at The Fullerton Singapore..
The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta was named Yachting Event of the Year at the second Christofle Asia Boating Awards, which were presented at a lavish, black-tie gala dinner at The Fullerton Singapore. Over 300 VIP guests attended the awards presentation, which was part of the Exclusive Night of the Boat Asia show, held at ONE°15 Marina Club at Sentosa Cove from April 20-23.
Simon James, Race Director of the event, collected the award on behalf of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta. Upon hearing the award result, Regatta President, Santi Kanchanabandhu, said, “It is an honour for the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta to receive this award. Many people have been involved in the regatta over the last 20 years and this award recognises their efforts. We hope to continue to make the regatta bigger and better year on year”.
This was the second year of the Christofle Asia Boating Awards and other winners included Sunsail – a long-term supporter of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta – who were named Best Asian Charter Company for the second year running, and who will have yachts available for charter in the 2006 Phuket King’s Cup Regatta.
“The quality and variety of winners and the superb line-up of guests at this elegant event really puts it among the finest of boating awards shows,” said Olivier Burlot, CEO of Adkom Media Group, organiser of the awards and publisher of Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating magazines. A panel of 16 Asia-based judges chose the 15 winners, after the nominations were announced in March.
Winners were presented with a specially engraved Christofle silver platter and the many special guests included Li Quanhai, Secretary General of the Chinese Yachting Association.
The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is celebrating its 20th year this year and Nigel J Cornick, CEO of Principal Sponsor Raimon Land, commented, “it’s great to see the event getting the recognition it deserves. We have supported the event in a big way for a number of years and will continue to do so. The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is a perfect fit with our lifestyle property developments and is good for Phuket, sailing and Thailand as a whole”.
The 20th sailing of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta will be held 2 – 9 December and will be sailed in the waters off Kata Beach, Phuket. Organisers are expecting a record fleet in excess of 100 boats and 1,000 crew members, from more than 20 countries, competing for Asia’s most prestigious sailing trophies.
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta was inaugurated in 1987 to celebrate the 60th birthday of His Majesty the King. It has been held in early December every year since then. The Phuket King's Cup Regatta is held under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King, and organized by the Phuket King's Cup Regatta Organising Committee under the auspices of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, in conjunction with the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Royal Thai Navy and the Province of Phuket.
“This is a big year for us as we are celebrating 20 years of competitive sailing. The regatta was conceived as a celebration of His Majesty the King’s 60th birthday. This year is also the Diamond Jubilee, a celebration of His Majesty’s 60th year on the throne. This is an important year and there will be a number of differences and some surprises”, Khun Santi said.