PATTAYA, Thailand – Following a marathon day on-the-water yesterday for the keelboats and multihulls, today’s 10 knots of breeze at start time dropped off early on. Race Officer Jerry Rollin had to settle with a single race, though managed to squeeze in two races for the Platus which takes their series tally to five after two days. Meanwhile the dinghy classes, Optimists and Thailand S\V14 Para Sailing Championship joined in, kicking off their four-day series today, turning the waters off Ocean Marina Yacht Club into a festival of sail.
Keelboats and Multihulls
Ray Roberts and his crew on Team Hollywood continued where they left off in IRC Racing 1 yesterday with good boat speed and slick crew work, leading defending champions THA72 around the course and adding a third bullet to their series tally in the process.
In IRC Racing 2 Fujin scored the daily double and at the same time put their first win on the board. Hugh Halliburton’s Tenacious weren’t far behind and placed second overall to retain a slim one point margin in the overall standings. Thai entry Lawana finished third on the day.
The Japanese team on Team Spray, lead by Hiroshi Kurokawa, found their groove today and beat all-comers in IRC Racing 3, claiming their first win in the series so far. SailQuest Hi Jinks and MoonShadow2 had to settle for second and third respectively.
Easy Tiger V are building up a healthy lead at the top of the Platu class with two more wins today. Meanwhile defending champion Team ViewPoint have recovered from a slower-than-wanted start on Day 1 and added two second places to their scoreline today. With that they improve their position in the overall standings. Pine-Pacific placed third in the first race while YRAT claimed third in the second race.
In the Multihulls class, BladeRunner IX added their first bullet and in the process they jump to the top of the standings. Sonic (DNF) and Edenko (DSQ) had a tough day in the office and look to re-group tomorrow.
Thailand S\V14 Para Sailing Championship
The introduction of Para Sailing to the regatta this year is a Thailand first and fleet racing of the new two-handed S\V14 dinghy is a world first. Seven teams hit the water today and in the 10 knots of breeze at start time the fleet performed well. As the wind softened towards the end of the second race, the Race Officer had to call it a day and send the fleet back to shore.
Thai Para Sailors scored the early wins with Paisol Pateh/ Mahseedi Hadumor claiming two wins ahead of fellow Thai sailors, Kasempon Hondee/ Suraphong Chitkong who place second overall. Jo Mengel/ Anwarmay finished the day with a 2,4 scoreline and sit third in the standings.
Thailand Optimist Open Championship
Split into Gold and Silver fleets, defending his 2018 regatta crown is Thai youngster Panwa Boonak who got his series off to the best of starts winning the only race of the day in the Gold fleet. Fellow Thai National Team Sailor, Patihan Vorrasart, was hot his heels placing second while Malaysian youngster Wong Xiang scored third.
Thai sailors dominated the podium in the Silver fleet with Pitipoom Jaroenpon finishing first ahead of Amonwan Aphiwatudomkun in second and Klorkwan Visuttiprapanont in third.
Four dinghy classes started their series today: Class 8 (Single-Handed Monohulls with RVYC rating 1110 or less), Class 9 (Single-Handed Monohulls with RVYC rating between 1111 and 1200), Class 10 (Single-Handed Monohulls with RVYC rating greater than 1200), and Class 11, Double-Handed Monohull Dinghies).
Two races were completed before the wind dropped and in Class 8 it was Albert Nazarov who finished top of the standings with a 2,1, tied on points with Ralf Donner while Sakchai Petchdee is placed in third.
In Class 9, Malaysian sailors performed best over today’s two races with Israr Hazim B.Ismail topping the series by a single point ahead of Nur Shazrin Mohamnd Latip and Ahmad Latif Khan B.Ali Sabri Khan who are both tied on five points.
In Class 10, seconds separated the leaders today and after a slow start with a fourth in Race 1, Supparak Niamruksa bounced back to win the second race and is now tied on points with Malaysian sailor Mohammad Shahieran Rin Raiman. Patcharee Sringam sits one point further back in third.
In Class 11, less than 10 seconds separated the top three in the first race of the day with Nurul Shazwanie Binti Md Saad beating out Muhammad syafie bin ali (second) and Nor Nabila Natasha Binti Moho Nazri (third). In the second race the tables were turned. However, a second place for Nurul Shazwanie Binti Md Saad sees him sit top of the overall table.
Full results are available at https://topofthegulfregatta.com/results-page. Racing continues tomorrow off Ocean Marina Yacht Club.
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About Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina
Founded in 2005, the 2019 Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina will take place 30th April to 5th May. Owned and organised by Ocean Property, the regatta is hosted by Ocean Marina Yacht Club with support from the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, Royal Thai Navy, Royal Varuna Yacht Club and Pattaya City.
The Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina is unique: it is the largest multi-class sailing event of its kind in Asia, incorporating the Thailand Optimist Open Championship, the inaugural Thailand S\V14 Para Sailing Championship and is the only regatta in Thailand hosted at a marina.
In recognition of the regatta’s success, Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina claimed Silver for “Best Amateur Sports Event of the Year in Thailand” at the 2016 Asian Sports Industry Awards, and was voted ‘Asian Regatta of the Year’ at the 2014 Asian Marine & Boating Awards.