Inaugural disabled sailing event set for January 16

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The Disabled Sailing Association Thailand is a group of people promoting disabled sailing in Thailand.  Their inaugural event will take place on January 16 when around 60 disabled people will set sail on three magnificent catamarans from Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Pattaya.  The objective of the event is to introduce people with disabilities to sailing.

The ultimate goal is for Thailand’s disabled sailors to represent their country in sailing competitions at the Para Olympics and/or Special Olympics.  Currently, other Asian member states have disabled sailing teams, including Singapore, Malaysia, The Philippines and Indonesia.

History shows that Thailand has a long tradition in sailing and racing.  His Majesty the King of Thailand has led the way with sailing as a sport in the nation.  Like his father, a former military naval engineer, King Bhumibol proved to be an avid boat designer and builder.  His designs in the Moth class include the “Mod,” “Super Mod,” and “Micro Mod.  He also won a gold medal in 1967 at the SEA Games.

Disabled Sailing Thailand’s main objective is to teach sailing to disabled people.  It will allow them to acquire new skills and to improve their confidence while enjoying a healthy sport.  It will also open out new opportunities for them to represent Thailand in an international competitive sport.

The flotilla will be leaving Ocean Marina at 13:30 on Saturday, January 16 and the boats will be crewed by experienced sailors..  Any disabled person is welcome to join for free (registration will close January 6.)  For more information, check the website: www.disabledsailingthailand.com or call Peter Jacops on 086 826 1669 (Eng) or Pat Tippawan 094 821 4363 (Thai).  Families are welcome to come and watch.