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Wednesday, 15 December 2010 02:19

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Phuket Kings Cup 2010

By Friday evening all winners were already known (by the way, our boat Linda came 3rd in Cruising class). Only one, most spectacular Saturday race remained, in which all classes were supposed to start together. But Friday night have changed everybody's plans. It started storming.

That night I spent aboard Linda to fix few things damaged in previous race. When by 5 or 6 in the morning it became impossible to sleep because of the storm I made myself a cup of tea and sat in the cockpit. What I saw was terifying. It was already one or two boats with ripped off anchors thrown onto beach sand, every 10-15 minutes another boat was washed onto the beach. If multihulls got it relatively "easy" and got away with few lost rudders etc., for monohull boats it was much, much worse.  Broken masts, torn off kiels, smashed hulls.. Terrible picture.  All together 12 boats ended up on sand of Kata beach that morning, and all over Phuket as many as 32 yachts were damaged or destroyed. Even today, 4 days after regatta, I saw this on the beach (photos taken at 7AM 15th December):

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We hope that such storm,  very unusual for Phuket in December by the way, will never happen againduring Kings Cup.

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