PHUKET YOUTH SAILING CLUB
OCTOBER 2008 after completing the 10 day free sail training course at Phuket Sailing Club, Ao Yon. The children were invited to continue developing their skills through further training every Sunday.
This was an informal setup with a core of 5 children from the Phuket Sunshine Village (PSV) with other member’s children joining in from time to time including other children from the PSV.
JANUARY 2009 During this first year we started to organise small races which the children really enjoyed and continued to develop this after the loan of 10 boats for a couple of months from YRAT.
DECEMBER 2009 As there wasn’t an Optimist Division for the King’s Cup Regatta 2009 we entered the children into the competition racing on Topaz Sailboats. This gave new sailors a chance to race as crew with the more experienced sailors as skippers. The sailors also got an opportunity to meet and get a few tips from the National Laser sailors from Sattahip.
JANUARY 2010, now with the racing bug and improved sailing skills the children were keen to take part in local regatta’s and National events and so we started a specific race training program with the goal to compete in the Optimist Nationals in May.
APRIL 2010 To help prepare the children we arranged for them to join the advanced Optimist course at YRAT, Sattahip to gain further sailing experience and a better understanding of the racing rules. At the end of the course they held a mini regatta; they all sailed well but couldn’t beat Tik who won group A with Anne coming in 5th place.
MAY 2010 Now ready for racing and with another two children from Phuket joining us we were able to enter a team of 8 sailors into the Optimist Nationals. This was a fantastic experience for them all, with 129 sailors on the starting line including the top sailors from Thailand and 23 International sailors. For a first big regatta the children sailed well with our best overall position 57th and with some very good positions in individual races, 38th, and 47th, 48th.
MAY 2010 six new sailors, also from the Phuket Sunshine Village, joined the sailing programme. Now we have 12 sailors, aged between 8 – 15 yrs old, that come training every Sunday.
The older sailors help with teaching the art of sailing to the younger kids.
In preparation for the next regatta the first group started extra training on Saturdays leading up to the next big event, Hua Hin Regatta.
Phuket Sailor brings back Trophy
AUGUST 2010 five sailors from Phuket travelled to Hua Hin to take part in the Hua Hin Regatta.
220 were boats entered with sailors from 13 countries including Thailand. With over 120 Optimist the sailors were split into two fleets, the Phuket Team joining the Optimist Division B Open Championships.
Akapoj Kankeaw (Tik) finished in 2nd place out of 64 sailors in the Optimist Division B fleet Open Championships.
Akopoj Kankeaw (Tik) receives his award from His Excellency Admiral Chumpol Pachusanon, Privy Counsellor, His Majesty the King’s Representative.
The newly formed Phuket Youth Sailing Club organised a 12 day race training course in Ao Yon, led by two Thai Coaches from the Royal Thai Navy, Sattahip.
The Club has also formed good ties with the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, (YRAT) who helped bolster up the boats borrowed from Yacht Haven Marina with boats from the Navy Base at Tablamu to help make this event possible.
Four of these children will be representing Phuket in the National Sports Festival, Chonburi Events in December 2010.
The Club has a full training and racing program planned for 2011 and is looking for corporate sponsors to assist with its race training and regatta programme.