In 1986 the Yachting Association of Thailand initiated this regatta called then Royal Regatta to make an original present to His Majesty the King of Thailand Phumiphon Adunyadet (a big fan of sailing) for his 60th birthday. On 5 December 1987 the first regatta was held and a lot of celebrities took part in it. That day the International Olympic Committee awarded His Majesty with Insignia of the Olympic Order for his contribution to sport development in general and for his personal sport achievements. On 16 December 1967 the monarch of Thailand with his elder daughter Princess Ubol Ratana participated in the Dinghy boats race within the Fourth South East Asia Peninsular Games and finished first on board the boat # TH 27.
The Princess was also awarded a gold medal as she finished at the same time as her father on board the boat # TH 18. The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is held under the patronage of His Majesty the King of Thailand. It is organized by the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Organizing 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.
Establishment of the Royal Regatta helped to unite yacht clubs of South-East Asia. It is a great pride of the Sailing Association of South-East Asia, which includes Raja Muda International Regatta, Singapore Straits Regatta and China Sea Race. Crews from Australia, New Zeeland, Europe and Russia have been taking part in the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta in recent years. By their participation they express their respect and recognition to the Royal Family of Thailand which actively supports yachtsmen and yacht racing. Opening of the regatta takes place in Kata Beach waters (south-western part of the island) and starts with International Dinghy class boats races and windsurfers and kiteboarders competitions.
After these races the regatta begins. Boats of IRC, Bareboat Charter, Multihull, Ocean Rover, Modern Classic classes and others participate in the event. The regatta format includes five short and long races in daytime in which both amateur and professional crews take part. In the evening the participants and guests of the regatta are invited to the restaurants of the best hotels on the coast. The hosts organize great parties with delicious food. Musicians from different countries, Thai singers and dancers entertain the guests. The evening is culminated by a candle- lightening ceremony in honor of the birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand. Hundreds of skippers and their crew members are holding candles while the national anthem of Thailand is being performed.