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Tue, 18 Dec 2018

Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya Orders Eight SV14 Boats for Disabled People

The Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya, Thailand has purchased eight SV14 boats from Fareast Yachts.

The fleet of SV14s, which have been designed specifically for use by disabled people, are scheduled to be delivered in January 2019.

Maarten Voogd enjoying the S\V14 Two-Person Dinghy that he and his company - Simonis Voogd Yacht Design - helped to create. Maarten was in Pattaya, Thailand to attend the 15th annual Top of the Gulf Regatta where the S\V14 Two-Person Dinghy will be racing for the first time. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

 Mr. Scott Finsten, Harbour Master of Ocean Marina Yacht Club, said, “Ocean Marina Yacht Club has been promoting sailing opportunities in Thailand and has been an avid supporter of grassroots sailing for many years, and now we have taken this one step further with the purchase of eight SV14s which we will use to offer safe sailing opportunities to people with disabilities.”

A two-person modern dinghy, the SV14 is designed for people with disabilities and is the result of a global collaborative design and build effort initiated by Peter Jacops, founder of Disabled Sailing Thailand, lead by Simonis Voogd Design and built by Fareast Yachts in China.

Mr. William Gasson, Co-Chairman of the Top of the Gulf Regatta Organising Committee, said, “This is an exciting development by Ocean Marina Yacht Club and I commend them and Mr. Kirati Assakul, Director of Ocean Property Co., Ltd. who initiated the idea, on their vision and desire to make sailing more accessible. I will be working with the Ocean Marina Yacht Club team as well as Disabled Sailing Thailand (the official para sailing body in Thailand), to kick start the class in Thailand with a view to host the “Thailand Open Parasailing Championship” at next year’s Top of the Gulf Regatta.”

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