Day 2: Racing at Top of the Gulf Regatta
The nice 10 knots of breeze at the start of the
second day of the Top of the Gulf Regatta in Pattaya on Thursday dropped off
quickly, giving Race Officer Jerry Rollin no other option but to
end racing early for the day.
Keelboats and Multihulls
and his crew on Team Hollywood continued where they left off in
IRC Racing 1 on Wednesday, 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.
Racing 2 Fujin scored the daily double and at the same time put
their first win on the board. Hugh Halliburton's Tenacious wasn'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 in
IRC Racing 3, claiming their first win of the series so far. SailQuest Hi Jinks and MoonShadow2 had to settle for second and
Easy Tiger V are building up a healthy
lead at the top of the Platu class with two more wins on Thursday.
Meanwhile defending champion Team ViewPoint have recovered from a
slower-than-wanted start on Day 1 and added two second places to
their scoreline. 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.
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
Thailand S\V14 Para Sailing Championship
introduction of Para Sailing to the regatta this year is a
Thailand first, and fleet racing of the new two-person S\V14 dinghy
is a world first. Seven teams hit the water on Thursday 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.
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
Thailand Optimist Open Championship
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 on
Thursday: 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).
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
In Class 9, Malaysian sailors performed best over
Thursday'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.
Class 10, seconds separated the leaders 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