Day 4: Racing at Top of the Gulf Regatta 2019
in Pattaya, Thailand
Sailors competing in Top of the Gulf Regatta
2019 in Pattaya, Thailand
headed out to their respective courses on Saturday, only to be greeted by
breeze, and come start time even that had dissipated.
A start for IRC Racing 1 was aborted in
sequence forcing the Race Officer to AP while the fleet waited,
Come early afternoon, the AP was raised and Classes
1-6 were sent back to shore. The AP was lowered at 13:30 and the fleet headed back out to be greeted by
lots of rain, thunder and lightning, but as the worse part of the
storm passed the racing was able to get underway.
Meanwhile, on the dinghy courses, in
between the waiting they managed to get in some racing, two for
most classes, and the S\V14s completed three.
Adding to the fun
were the IOM radio controlled yachts, their first day out. While the rain proved
a little tricky, the lack of wind didn't and they had a great
opening day of their two-day series.
In Race 6, Noppakao Poonpat, skippering THA72,
got the best of starts while Team Hollywood ducked behind for fear
of being OCS. THA72 lead around the windward/leeward course and
rounding the top mark for the second time, ahead. As both rounded,
the two TP52s split and Team Hollywood chose the better side of
the course (watch
the video of that move) to cross the line first and claim the handicap win. An
OCS for both on the second race saw a re-start in which THA72 was
over again and in the process gifted the win to Team Hollywood.
Two wins for Fujin in IRC Racing 2 sees them cement
their lead at the top, while a nine second advantage on corrected
time for Tenacious in Saturday's second race see them finish the day
with a 2,2 to keep the pressure on.
The lights winds
weren't kind to MoonShadow2 in IRC Racing 3 as they slipped to a
3,2 on the day. Two hard earned first place finishers for the
Japanese crew on Team Spray see them with a two point lead at the
top with the discard now in play.
There was just a single
race for the Platu class on Saturday. An OCS for Easy Tiger V saw them
playing catch-up throughout. Rounding the top mark second to last,
they managed to claw back some places to finish in eighth.
However, in the protest room the Jury decided they were not OCS
and offered redress, resulting in them being named winner of the
race and they now go into the final day with a comfortable lead
ahead of Team ViewPoint in second.
A long race in softening
breeze for the Multihulls and it was Bob Garner and crew on
BladeRunnerIX who sailed smart to add another bullet to their
tally and increase their lead to five points over Sonic in second
and Edenko in third.
Thailand S\V14 Para Sailing Championship
Despite the tricky conditions, the S\V14 teams managed to complete
three races on Saturday and as the wind dropped towards the end,
positions were swapped.
The Thai duo of Paisol Pateh/
Mahseedi Hadumor continued in their winning ways with two wins in
the first races, but had to settle for fourth in the final race of
the day. With the discard now in play, the fourth can be dropped
and they retain a healthy nine point lead at the top of the
Meanwhile a 2,5,3 for Kasempon Hondee/ Suraphong
Chitkong keeps them in second overall.
Victory in the final
race for Russel Vollmer/ Cherrie Pinpin, and finishing the day
with a 3,2,1 scoreline, sees them just three points off fourth
placers, Jo Mengel/ Anwarmay while Kristo Priks/ Peep Krusberg sit
Thailand Optimist Open Championship
Gold Fleet, series leader Panwa Boonak, had a tough day with
a fourth and a third. However, with three bullets earlier on his
scorecard he still commands a comfortable lead at the top. M.L.
Weka Bhanubandh recovered from a twelfth in the first race to
finish first in the second race, but has to settle for third
overall, five points behind Bowonnan Chanram whose 1,4 today moved
him up to second overall.
In the Silver Fleet, there's no
stopping Pitipoom Jaroenpon who, despite finishing eighth in the
second race on Saturday (his worse result so far), has four bullets to
his name and is sitting pretty on a 28 point lead. Second place
overall is held by Amonwan Aphiwatudomkun who is just one point
ahead of Supakan Kerdsakul in third.
races for the dinghy classes (8, 9, 10, 11) and as the saying
goes, “the cream always rises to the top”. Consistency is key over
a four-day series and a 1,2 for Albert Nazarov in his Finn keeps
him two points clear of Ralf Donner. Apichart Tongmak, meanwhile,
had a mixed day with a third and a UFD (which has become his
drop), meaning he holds onto third place in the overall standings.
Two wins on Satruday for Ahmad Latif Khan B.Ali Sabri Khan in Class
9 sees them hold a slim one point lead over Ahmad Latif Khan B.Ali
Sabri Khan with Israr Hazim B.Ismail two points further back in
third. The devil, however, is in the details with just four
seconds deciding second and third places in the second race of the
In Class 10, Patcharee Sringam continues to dominate with a
3,1 today while a 4,2 for Mohammad Shahieran Rin Raiman is enough
to keep him in second overall ahead of Eric Owen Tan Chang Fook in
In the double-handed dinghies (Class 11), series
leaders Muhammad Syafie Bin Ali/ Ikrami Hakimin Bin Markham were a
little under par finishing the day with a 3,3 but still retain top
spot overall. Meanwhile, a 1,2 by Jedtavee Yongyuennarn/
Chakkaphat Wiriyakitti see them close the gap at the top to just
two points with Muhammad Fauzi Kaman Shah/ Omar Ac Faroue five
points further back in third.
In the windsurf
classes two races were completed in some very tricky conditions.
Two more wins for Ahmad Danish Abdul Hadi Kame in RS:X sees them
top the standings ahead of Geh Cheow Lin in second and Nuur Fatin
Solehah Binti Abdul Rahman in third. Meanwhile, Ilham Bin Wahab
continues to dominate the RS:One class dropping his second place
in the day's second race to consolidate a seven point lead at the
top. Muhammad Izzudin Bin Abdul Rani sits in second ahead.
IOM RC Yachts
Top of the Gulf Regatta prides itself on its
diversity and 12 International One Metre Radio Controlled Yachts
started their series on Saturday. After 10 races were completed Narongrit Singhasaenee leads the standings on 19 points ahead of
Dean Martin two points further back. Narin Palatikanon sits in
third on 24 points.