Unbeatable! Results from Top of the
Gulf Regatta 2019
An AP on shore delayed racing on the final day
of Top of the Gulf Regatta 2019 in Pattaya by just over an hour. The delay was a good call, as come start time the wind
had picked up and was blowing a respectable 8-10 knots. It lasted
through the afternoon and ensured all classes got in a number of
races on the final day and wrapped up a successful series for all
Keelboats and Multihulls
There were no surprises in the overall outcome
of IRC Racing 1 on Sunday, as Team Hollywood (pictured) sealed its stellar
performance over the 5 days with yet another well deserved
victory. Having been a long-time supporter of the Top of
the Gulf Regatta,
Ray Roberts brought his 'new' TP52 this year to
take on Kevin and Tom Whitcraft's Thailand-based THA72. Team
Hollywood finished the series undefeated, and in the process stopped THA72
from securing a third win in four years.
As the winds softened and the races got shorter in IRC Racing 2, Fujin (AUS) came into their own. They put together a string of
seven wins from the last seven races and with that, won the class.
Tenacious (AUS) performed better in the long races at the
beginning of the series, but kept Fujin honest throughout,
finishing second overall ahead of Lawana (THA) who claimed third
on count back from Ink Zone (AUS).
After a slow start to
the series, Team Spray (JPN) found their sweet spot and strung
together a series of firsts and seconds, finishing the day with a
1,2 scoreline and top the standings. MoonShadow2 (GBR) enjoyed the
stronger breeze earlier on in the regatta and had to settle for
second overall with SailQuest Hi Jinks (USA) in third.
Platu class traditionally delivers some of the closet racing in
the regatta, and this year did not disappoint with just seconds
the deciding factor in many of the races. Of the 12 Platus
competing this year six made the podium, but it was Chris Way's
Easy Tiger V who put in a dominating performance finishing with
six firsts and three second places in the 12-race series to win by
a whopping eight points.
Last year's winner, Team ViewPoint,
placed second just two points ahead of top Thai boat, Pine
Pacific, skippered by Ithinai Yingsiri.
A single race for
the Multihulls and another bullet for Bob Garner's BladeRunnerIX
(GBR) saw them finish their series with five wins from six races
and a comfortable class victory. Sonic (THA) placed second overall
with a string of second places beating out the French entry, Edenko.
Thailand S\V14 Para Sailing Championship
races wrapped up a competitive four-day series for the
Para Sailing class and inaugural Thailand S\V14 Para Sailing
Championship. Paisol Pateh/ Mahseedi Hadumor (THA) have barely put
a foot wrong all regatta dropping their final race score (a six)
to finish top of the standings and 11 points clear of Kasempon
Hondee/ Suraphong Chitkong (THA) with Kristo Priks/ Peep Krusberg
(EST) in third. Finishing strongly with a win in the final race of
the series, Russel Vollmer (RSA)/ Cherrie Pinpin (PHI) settled for
Thailand Optimist Open Championship
Known for the Optimist class and support of youth sailing in
Thailand, the 15th Top of the Gulf Regatta saw more than 80
youngsters split into Gold and Silver fleets, compete in the new
Thailand Optimist Open Championship. Four races for both fleets
turned the final day into a marathon and resulted with all
competing a 10-race series.
Losing his way a little in the
middle of the regatta, Panwa Boonak (THA) bounced back on Sunday with
a 9 (his drop), 2,1,1 to win comfortably. Second place went to Bowonnan Chanram (THA) who edged out M.L. Weka Bhanubandh by a
point, who had to settle for third overall.
In the Silver
fleet, Pitipoom Jaroenpon (THA) dominated with a 23 point winning
margin from Supakan Kerdsakul (THA) in second and Amonwan
Aphiwatudomkun (THA) just three points further back in third.
Three races for all the dinghy classes (8,
9, 10, 11) wrapped up their series and in Class 8 a 1,3,2 on
the final day was enough for Albert Nazarov (RUS) to claim the
title ahead of Ralf Donner in second and Apichart Tongmak in
Ahmad Latif Khan B.Ali Sabri Khan (MAS) finished
strong in Class 9 with a 2,1,1 to take the title ahead of fellow
Malaysians Nur Shazrin Mohamad Latif in second and Israr Hazim
B.Ismail in third.
In Class 10, Patcharee Sringam (THA)
carved out a three point lead to claim class honours ahead of
Mohammad Shahieran Rin Raiman (MAS) in second and Eric Owen Tan
Chang Fook in third. Meanwhile in the double-handed dinghies
(Class 11), the Thai duo of Jedtavee Yongyuennarn/ Chakkaphat
Wiriyakitti finished their series with a 2,1,2 which wasn't enough
to overhaul the consistency of Muhammad Syafie Bin Ali/ Ikrami
Hakimin Bin Markham (MAS) who held on for the class win. Fellow
Malaysians, Muhammad Fauzi Kaman Shah/ Omar Ac Faroue placed third.
Three races on Sunday completed the four-day series
for the windsurfers and Ahmad Danish Abdul Hadi Kame (MAS)
dominated RS:X. Geh Cheow Lin (MAS) secured second ahead of Nuur Fatin Solehah
Binti Abdul Rahman (MAS) in third.
The RS:One class was
similarly dominated by Ilham Bin Wahab (MAS) (pictured) who won seven of the
eight races. Muhammad Izzudin Bin Abdul Rani (MAS) finished his
series in style with a win in the final race to secure second
place ahead of Darron Chin Hui Jie (MAS) in third.
Twelve radio controlled yachts competed in the IOM RC
Yachts class at this year's regatta and completed 27
races over two days. With four discards allowed, Dean Martin had
the edge and finished with 73 points to top the standings and
claim the winners prize. Second place went to Kosit Kanithadis who
won on count back, tied on points with Waranan Yusanon who had to
settle for third place overall.