Day 3: Racing at Top of the Gulf Regatta
2019 in Pattaya, Thailand
A solid 10-15 knots on Friday, the third of five
days at Top of the Gulf Regatta 2019 in Pattaya, Thailand, saw all 12 classes catching up on
their respective series and the Race Officers and their teams
working double time.
Four races for the dinghy classes and
the S\V14's while two or three for most of the others, made for a
busy day in the Gulf of Thailand. Top that off with a delicious
BBQ back onshore, and Day 3 has been chalked up as a winner all
Keelboats and Multihulls
Two races for IRC Racing
1 and two more wins for Ray Roberts and his crew on Team Hollywood
(ex Provezza). The TP52 is getting the better of defending
champion THA72 (another ex Provezza) which is being helmed by 2010
World Optimist Champion, Noppakao Poonpat. The racing is getting closer, with THA72
enjoying the better of the start in
Friday's first race and leading to the first kite drop. After
which, Team Hollywood managed to find extra boat speed and passed
them, holding on to claim the win.
The racing is also
getting closer in IRC Racing 2 with just 13 seconds
separating Fujin and Tenacious in the second race on Friday. The
day's two wins for Fujin
moves them to the top of the standings, one point ahead of
Tenacious with Lawana sitting third overall.
Team Spray and
MoonShadow2 traded places in IRC 3 Racing, each claiming a first
and second, meanwhile SailQuest Hi Jinks is getting the better of
Twilight Sparkle and holding onto third overall.
It was all
change in the Platu class on Friday as places at the top were shuffled. Having strung together a series of four wins from five races, Chris Way and his Easy Tiger V crew had to
settle for a 1,5,2 scoreline on Friday. They still retain a 10 point
lead at the top, though, and the drop race hasn't even been added
The winning margins are getting narrower and narrower
with just nine seconds separating first and second in the first
race on Friday. Team ViewPoint retain their second place overall
after a 3,1,5 while a win for Pine Pacific in the day's final race
see them move ahead of YRAT and sit third overall.
one long race each day for the Multihulls so far, the Race Officer
decided it was time to double the effort and had the multihull
trio on a 2-hour-plus race followed by a quick 30-minute
round-the-cans. It was Bob Garner's BladeRunnerIX who went to the
party with the bragging rights after claiming the win in both
races. Two second places for Sonic and two third places for Edenko
leaves the multihull overall standing in that order.
Thailand S\V14 Para Sailing Championship
Four fast and furious
races was the order of the day for the Para Sailors and with the
wind up, there was a shuffling of places as five of the seven
teams made the podium.
Undefeated on the first day,
Paisol Pateh/ Mahseedi Hadumor (THA) added another bullet to their
scorecard with a win in the first race on Friday, finishing ahead of Kasempon Hondee/ Suraphong (Phong) Chitkong (THA) in second and
Kristo Priks/ Peep Krusberg (EST) in third, their first podium of
the series so far. Priks/ Krusberg carried their form into the
second race and took the win. They went on to add two fourth
places and now sit tied on points in fifth place overall.
Pateh/ Hadumor claimed three more second places and have a
six point lead at the half way point of their 4-day series, while
fellow Thai sailors, Hondee/ Suraphong, hold onto second place
overall with a 2,4,3,1 scoreline on Friday.
Three races for both Optimist fleets and in
the Gold Fleet defending champion Panwa Boonak added two more
wins. A 1,2,4 for M.L. Weka Bhanubandh made up for his 11th place
on Thursday, and sees him move into second overall ahead of Bowonnan
Chanram in third.
In the Silver fleet, Pitipoom Jaroenpon
finished the day on five points after a 2,1,1 today, ahead of
Amonwan Aphiwatudomkun in second with Klorkwan Visuttiprapanont in
Four races were completed for the
dinghy classes on Friday (Classes 8, 9, 10, 11) and it was three wins
for Albert Nazarov in Class 8. Ralf Donner added three seconds and
a first while Apichart Tongmak scored third places in all races to
finish in that order overall.
In Class 9, Malaysian sailor
Ahmad Latif Khan B.Ali Sabri Khan dominated winning three out of
today's four races. Fellow countryman, Israr Hazim B.Ismail, isn't
lying down however and finished the day 1,3,3,2, and sits just two
points behind in the overall standings. Meanwhile in Class 10
there's little in it, with Patcharee Sringam adding two wins to her tally and securing a two point lead over Mohammad Shahieran
Rin Raiman in second and Supparak Niamruksa in third.
the double-handed dinghy racing (Class 11) skipper Muhammad syafie
bin ali had a mixed day on-the-water with a 2,5,1,3 scoreline. It
was, however, enough to sit top of the overall standings at the
end of the day ahead of Muhammad Fauzi Bin Kaman & Hah and
Jedtavee Yongyuennarn in second and third respectively.
Into the second day of racing for the RS:X and RS:One
windsurf classes and a pattern is emerging. Ahmad Denish Bin Aboul
Hadi Kane dominated in the RS:X today with three wins from four
races, while GLH Cheow Lin had to settle for a string of seconds
ahead of Nuur Fatin Sulghah Neinti Abdyl Ravman who sits third
In the RS:One class, Iliham Bin Wahab added four
bullets to his two wins yesterday and remains undefeated.
Meanwhile Muhammad izzuddin Bin Aboul Rani strung together a
series of second places to sit second overall ahead of Darron Chin
Hui Jie in third.