28th Sea Games 2015

Phuket Young Sailing Talent

Nattapong (Max) Yuang-ngam and Cartoon (Toon) Jundet, from Phuket Youth Sailing Club (PYSC), have had a personal invite to attend the National Optimist qualifier at Sattahip Dec 20/21 2014 for selection to represent Thailand in the 28th SEA Games 2015.

The Southeast Asian Games (also know as the SEA Games), is a biennial multi-sport event involving participants from the 11 countries of Southeast Asia. The games is under regulation of the Southeast Asian Games Federation with supervision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic Council of Asia.

The Optimist is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15. It is one of the most popular sailing dinghies in the world with over 200,000 boat officially registered with the class and many more built but never registered.

The Optimist is the biggest youth racing class it the world. As well as the annual world championship the class also has six continental championships, attended by a total of over 850 sailors a year.

Max & Toon have been training with the PYSC for the last 5 years and their sailing talent has been recognised through recent success in the PKCR Dinghy Series when they achieved 1st & 2nd place overall in the series event and again in the PKCR International Dinghy Regatta, gaining a 4th & 6th place in the Optimist Class against some of the top sailors in Thailand.

The invitation to attend the qualifiers is a great accolade to the club and a great accomplishment to these young sailors who live in children’s home, and only train once a week against fellow sailors who train every day.

Phuket Youth Sailing Club is a non-profit organisation and for its finances (dinghies, sailing gear, participating in local, national and international regattas) relies on donations and sponsorships.

“Thanks to the generous support from our sponsors, we have already come a long way. However, as with all amateur sports, finding stable financial support is the greatest obstacle to the best intentions so we need to find other ways to support the programme” says Katy Gooch, Club Coach.

Interested in supporting youth sailing on Phuket, please contact Katy Gooch: katy@toppersailphuket.com – Mobile 085 2159185.

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