Last weekend on September 25th-26th, the new King’s Cup Regatta tournament called ‘Phuket Dinghy Series’ was held off the Ta Noon Beach near Sarasin Bridge. There were 20 crews joining the competition. The competition was divided into five small-boat categories: Optimists for boys, born in 1995 or later; Optimists for girls, born in 1995 or later; Laser Standards for men; Laser Standards for women; and Tasars.
The ‘Phuket Dinghy Series’ is being held to especially encourage Phuket youth to try the sport of sailing more. Each event in the Phuket Dinghy Series will consist of five races – a total of 20 races over the series. The first three events in September, October and November will be hosted by the Sailing of Phuket sailing school at Tha Noon, next to Sarasin Bridge, which is run by Royal Thai Navy Sailor Lt. Crd. Pornprom Sakultem.
The fourth event of the series, in December, will take place over the opening weekend of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, off Kata Beach. Prizes for the overall series winners will be awarded at the Royal Awards Ceremony, by His Majesty the King of Thailand’s personal representative, on Saturday 11th December at Kata Beach Resort & Spa.
Recently, a representative junior sailor from Phuket Yacht Club & Sunshine Village team won second prize in the Optimist Division B Fleet at the Hua Hin Open Championship. Akapoj Kankeaw (Tik) deserved to feel proud as he received his award from His Excellency Admiral Chumpol Pachusanon, Privy Counsellor, His Majesty the King’s Representative.
On their first day there the Phuket youngsters were invited to train with the National Team. This was a good experience for all the sailors but as the wind picked up one of the Phuket team, Anne, suffered a broken mast ending her training abruptly. Day two again saw some good winds with a squall hitting during the practice race that had to be abruptly abandoned due to nil visibility. The youngsters then raced for 3 days in mixed seas with the second day being a true test of skill and stamina as the kids stayed on the water for 7 hours while that ran 4 races. The Phuket team displayed some real sailing skill with three sailors finishing in the top the 30 with two sailors in the top ten.