Thai and foreign businesspeople raised about 10,000 baht for the Disabled Sailing Thailand project at a fundraiser in Bang Saray.

Project founder Peter Jacobs hosted the June 30 party for 250 sailors and supporters at the Bang Saray Beach Club that included afternoon activities for children and adults, games and live music from Pattaya Rose and Barry Upton.

Over 200 members of Thai and foreign business communities and friends joined the event.
Over 200 members of Thai and foreign business communities and friends joined the event.

Later, over a buffet supplied by the beach club, an auction and lucky draw were held with prizes donated by supporters, including a 14-foot kayak.

Proceeds from the raffle tickets and auction will go to the disabled-sailing project, which teaches the physically impaired to pilot sailboats on their own using watercraft outfitted with accessible equipment.

One disabled sailor, Kasempol Hundee, said four men and two women are the first participants in the project, using two twin-set sailboats donated by Jacobs.

They trained in the U.S. and Japan before competing in the Top of the Gulf regatta this year at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club, taking first and second place in their category among entrants from six countries.

Future competitions are planned in Hong Kong and Spain, which they hope to join. Their ultimate goal is to compete in the Paralympics Games.

Noi (2nd left) from Mickey Aussie Bar & Restaurant in Bang Saray chats with friends during the charity activity.
Noi (2nd left) from Mickey Aussie Bar & Restaurant in Bang Saray chats with friends during the charity activity.
Nantini “Nina” Dhoowa (left) is one of the outstanding Thai national sailing athletes.
Nantini “Nina” Dhoowa (left) is one of the outstanding Thai national sailing athletes.
Three Thai national sailing male athletes from the Disabled Sailing Thailand and their lovely friends give thumbs up to the great project.
Three Thai national sailing male athletes from the Disabled Sailing Thailand and their lovely friends give thumbs up to the great project.
The disabled-sailing project teaches the physically impaired to pilot sailboats on their own using watercraft outfitted with accessible equipment, including the SV 14 model shown here that is used in various competitions.
The disabled-sailing project teaches the physically impaired to pilot sailboats on their own using watercraft outfitted with accessible equipment, including the SV 14 model shown here that is used in various competitions.

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