Happy sailors head to Phuket

THREE Airlie Beach sailors are leaving the Whitsundays tomorrow for the 2010 Phuket Kings Cup Regatta.

Alan Taylor, Kieran Smith and Peter ‘Blue' Taylor are all ecstatic at the thought of racing in Thailand from Monday, December 6.

They will join owner of Storm 2 Don Algie and the remainder of the 66 ft sloop crew who will together be vying to take out the Phuket Kings Cup Premier Class. Storm 2 had a drama free voyage from Darwin to Thailand and is now set for the first days racing on Monday.

With boats ranging in size from 15 metres to more than 30 metres, Storm 2 is certainly up against some big and fast competition.

Nevertheless Peter ‘Blue' Taylor who has sailed under Algie on both Storm and Storm 2 for the past 14 years, rates the crew as a good chance to pull off a podium finish.

Blue who is taking wife Marz with him described the prospect of partaking in the Thailand event as the highlight of his sailing life to date.

Smith and Alan Taylor showed similar love towards next week, both indicating that catching up with the crew will certainly be a highlight.

The crew onboard Storm 2 is very similar to the one that raced at both Airlie Beach Race Week and Magnetic Island Race Week this year. The fact that the crew has the opportunity to do something they all love in a location very different is a big plus in the eyes of the three Airlie Beach sailors.“It's an experience not too many people get to have,” Smith said. Asia's largest and most popular regatta started in 1987 to celebrate His Majesty the King of Thailand's 60th birthday.


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