I filmed this raw and rare footage of Thai youngsters sailing dinghies in final races of Phuket King’s Cup series on a very special day – 5 December 2010, His Majesty the King of Thailand’s 83rd birthday – HM previously designed dinghy sailing boats and won a gold medal in sailing a dinghy at the forerunner to the SEA Games, so inspiring these youngsters from around the country to sail determinedly on this special day. My footage includes two races as jetskis and other bigger boats pass close by, comments from organiser Commander Pornprom, trainer Katy and the top winners James & Chat, plus two Phuket-based sailors Tik & Mak, both in Thai and English languages. The video’s therefore a bit long but it deserves the longer length in dedication to HM the King and these young sailors.
As the youngsters mentioned they want to progress in future years through the King’s Cup regatta big boats, SEA Games, Asian Games (including the Asian Beach Games 2014 in Phuket) and even Olympic Games, so let’s support them, especially the ‘Phuket Youth Sailing Squadron’ sailors from the Sunshine Village orphanage – email Katy at email@example.com and the Sailing of Phuket Club near Sarasin Bridge – email Pornprom at firstname.lastname@example.org
(I was the only Phuket media to follow them here, but also see NBT TV Phuket’s report on earlier round or races near Sarasin Bridge – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw7FDeWp2ZU )
King’s Cup media release: The inaugural Phuket King’s Cup Dinghy Series reached its conclusion on Sunday. The event has taken place over the course of four weekends and has featured a total of 20 races. Children from all over the region have been traveling to Phuket to compete in the series which has featured a fleet of 19 Optimists and seven lasers. The first three events were held at the Sailing Club of Phuket with the fourth installment of the series taking place on the waters off Kata Beach.
The organizers saw a steady improvement in the quality of sailing throughout the series and feel that the experience will be hugely beneficial for the aspiring young sailors. At the end of the series the overall winners were Anapat Ngarmdee in the Optimist Class and Chat Dawruang, in the Laser Class.
Ngarmdee in particular caught the eye winning virtually every race. The ten year old is tipped to join the national team next year and clearly has a bright future in the sport. He is hoping to forge a career as a professional sailor,
“I am very happy to have won and it is very special for me because today is the birthday of The King and I would like to dedicate my victory to him. My dream is to represent Thailand and one day I would like to sail in the King’s Cup itself,” he said.
When the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta was founded 24 years ago the fleet had a strong dinghy line up and the regatta is returning to its roots by bringing back dinghy sailing. The King’s Cup committee has been looking to introduce a new generation to the sport of sailing with a view to eventually increasing the contingent of Thai sailors at the King’s Cup.
CDR Pornprom Sakultem, the race manager of the Phuket King’s Cup Dinghy Series, is pleased to see more young children getting a taste of competitive sailing,
“We would like to see more Thai people sailing in the future and we hope that some of these children one day go on to sail in the King’s Cup. The intention of the committee is to use the series to develop the sport of sailing in Thailand. The King’s Cup attracts sailors from all over the world but only a few from Thailand and we need more sailors from Thailand to compete in future,” he said.
The PKCR Dinghy Race, which gave Optimist sailors who had not participated in the Phuket King’s Cup Dinghy Series a chance to compete, was won by Piriyaporn Kangla. The winner of the weekend event and second and third places for the series received their trophies at the opening party.
The overall winner of the Phuket Dinghy Series for Optimist and Laser classes will receive their trophy from the Personal Representative of HM The King at the Royal Awards at Kata Beach Resort & Spa on Saturday 11 December.
For more information www.kingscup.com