Phuket's famous international yachting event, The King's Cup Regatta, returns to the azure waters of the Andaman Ocean in December for a week of partying, sailing, beautiful people and great fun. This year marks the event's 31st year of prominence on the Asian yacht racing calendar. The event was launched in 1987 to celebrate His Majesty the King's birthday on December 5.
A yachting enthusiast himself, His Majesty King Bhumibol also happens to be patron of the King's Cup, making it a regal event in every sense of the word. To add further lustre to Phuket's prime international sporting event, the sailing regatta was named 'Yachting Event of the Year' at the Christofle Asia Boating Awards 2006. Its popularity has gained significant momentum on the international yachting scene, while media attention has grown steadily over the years. The King's Cup Regatta attracts some of the world's best yachtsmen, yachtswomen and their expensive boats to the waters of Kata Beach, off the island's west coast, where these local and visiting sailors vie for the coveted trophy, creating a truly spectacular sight in the process. Beginning on December 2, the races run until December 9.
When: December 3 - 9, 2017
Where: Kata Beach