Optimist sailors flew in from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Costa Rica, Japan, Kuwait and France to participate with the Thailand National Optimist team. The 66 participants took it all in their stride and made the regatta a great success. Beautiful sunny days and superb winds of up to 20 knots made the four day sailing event a true challenge for these young sailors.
Duncan Gregor of Hong Kong took individual first place in the Songkran International Regatta, Sunday at Royal Varuna Yacht Club, Pratumnak Hill. Second and third, Muhammad Daniel Kei, representing Singapore and Muhammed Khaidir Bin Mohd Zahawi from Malaysia. Thailand’s Panwa Boonnak placed a respectable 6th and will be looking for a better position in the upcoming Hau Hin regatta. The team racing trophy was taken home by Singapore A.
Tom Whitcraft , President of the Optimist World Championship organizing committee said,” this regatta was a great opportunity for these international sailors to test the conditions of the Gulf of Thailand before the world championships, we look forward to welcoming them again in July”. This is a showcase sailing event, to ensure international sailors, coaches, and spectators that Pattaya City is a tourist destination who looks for water sports activity while enjoying our Thai hospitality and great weather condition all year round.
‘The Optimist World Championship organizing team promise a great week of racing for the 62 countries with approximately 300 Optimist sailors who land on our shores in July’, Tom added.
Royal Varuna Yacht Club, Pratumnak Hill is a host venue of the event, which is scheduled from July 11-21st, 2017 for this world class event.