Forty-nine boats were on the water over the weekend of October 27th and 28th October to compete in this year’s Commodore’s Cup, kindly sponsored by property developers AML’s new project in Pattaya, The Elegance condominium at Cosy Beach. The weekend started with great sailing conditions on Saturday with a good breeze and some tough competition. The prize for the most swims went to the multihull class where several boats pushed things a little too far in the conditions.
The first race was won by Morten and Florent, but with Pom getting the new Nacra F17 up to speed, all changed for the rest of the day as they powered to 2 victories. Morten’s challenge was hampered by a broken rudder in the final race and the consequent swim.
In the monohulls, Gareth started as he meant to continue with a couple of wins. However the final race was turned upside down by a significant shift up the final beat favouring all those who had gone right. Although Gareth managed to recover to second, he was unable to catch Marcel by the finish line.
In the Optimist fleet the race wins were spread around the top competitors, with Tara, Alex, and Miki all scoring first places.
Sunday looked to be ideal with the sunshine and a promise of the wind building. Unfortunately this didn’t happen and the wind remained light and very tricky for the racing. The multihulls set off on the first of 2 medium distance races, and even with the change of format from Saturday’s races around the buoys, Pom and Apple seemed to be in a class of their own. Aroon and Akkharawat’s consistency came through to enable them to secure second place overall ahead of Morten and Apple.
Meanwhile in the monohull class Gareth was giving a masterclass in tactics by dominating all 3 races. Second and third places overall went to Chris and Marc respectively, who both kept on plugging in reasonable results while others had their ups and downs. Only the top 3 boats managed to avoid double figure results over the entire weekend.
In the Optimist fleet Som-O was relishing the lighter winds, and although she had not won a race the previous day, she managed three wins out of four on Sunday to snatch the overall wins from Tara by just 2 points. Alex also sailed a fine series to achieve third.
Over the weekend, our RS Vision fleet joined in the monohull racing, and it was great to see several new faces out on the water and competing in the races. With support from our new coach, Jordan, they had their own mini-series within the monohull fleet (and were up with the lead Lasers in several races). Congratulations to our Commodore, Simon who, together with Junior, managed to win the RS Vision prize.
1st Gareth Owen (Laser), 5.0
2nd Chris Dando (Laser), 14.0
3rd Marc Coakley (Laser), 22.0
1st Pom Green, Apple (F17), 4.0
2nd Aroon, Akkharawat (F18), 8.0
3rd Morten J., Florent (F18), 14.0
1st Som-O, 13.0
2nd Tara, 15.0
3rd Alex, 19.0
Overall a fantastic weekend with a turnout on the water that many clubs would be proud to have. Also a great atmosphere and unbelievable party on the Saturday night to make a very successful weekend.
Big thanks to all who supported the weekend to make it such a success. It was great to have The Elegance condominium (www.elegancepattaya .com) as out title sponsors and to welcome their team at the club over the weekend!