Two Ian Short Sails equipped yachts from Matt Allens ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIchi Ban stableÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â sailed to victory in the 2012 Kings Cup held in Phuket in early November.
Matt Allen won IRC Division 2 with a modified Adams 10, souped up by Michael Spies. Michael Spies is no stranger to Ian Short Sails. He won the 1994 and 1995 18 Footer World Title and also sailed the Ian Short Sails equipped Farr Benetau, First National Real Estate to victory in the 2004 Sydney Hobart Race.
Ichi Ban 10 had sealed the series with one race to go. In the process they wrestled the IRC Division 2 crown from Royal Thai Navy 1 skippered by CPO.1 Wieat Poonpat.
Ichi Ban 10 – A Modified Adams 10 fully equiped with Ian Short Sails Working Sails and Spinnakers.
Jamie Wilmot, a former Olympic Representative in the Flying Dutchman class, skippered David Fuller’s chartered Beneteau 44.7 Ichi Ban to first place in IRC Division 1. It was Jamie Wilmot ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“s seventh victory at Phuket, and the fourth Division 1 win for Ichi Ban.