A fleet of 14 Optimists and five Toppers, from Phuket Youth Sailing Club and the Royal Thai Navy, recently took part in the inaugural Junior Phuket Raceweek.
Held off Ao Yon Beach, Phuket, and youngsters from seven to eighteen years old completed four races in idyllic Phuket conditions under the watchful eye of Principal Race Officer Royal Thai Navy Rear Admiral Prasart Sribhadung.
Nattapong Yoangngam (Max), at just 11 years old, has competed in multiple Thailand National Optimist Championships, represented Phuket in the Phuket Youth Games, and has also represented Thailand at the Double Star Cup Regatta in Qingdao, China last year, and his experience showed as he ran away with the Optimist title.
In the Topper fleet, five budding sailors lined up for a day of top competition, with Salawutt Kullaatt scoring a second and three firsts to secure an easy victory.
It was great to see some new comers to the event from the Phuket International Academy Day School (PIADS), well done to Chanon Cserepy and Chanya Cserepy on completing their first Regatta.
Thank you to all those who helped with this event and a special thanks to Topper Sail Phuket for providing the sailing boats and to Topper and ACYC for providing on water support and safety cover.
Top three results (14 entries)
1st Nattapong ‘Max’ Yoangngam (3), Phuket Youth Sailing Club
2nd Cartoon ‘Toon’ Juladej (5) – Phuket Youth Sailing Club
3rd Japupakorn ‘Gone’ Saeton (9) Phuket Youth Sailing Club
1st Salawutt ‘Ta’ Kullaatt (3) Phuket Youth Sailing Club
2nd Pongpet ‘Not’ Tohkratoak (7) Phuket Youth Sailing Club
3rd Arunsak ‘Long’ Wanasook(8) Phuket Youth Sailing Club