Local sailing stars head off to Asian Games

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A strong contingent of sailors from the Eastern Seaboard joined up with the Thai national yachting squad last week before jetting out to Guangzhou in China to take part in the 16th Asian Games.

The Thai sailors will race in 6 categories at the event: Hobie 16, Laser Radial, Male Optimist, Female Optimist, 420 Male, and 420 Female.  The Yacht Racing Association of Thailand hopes to secure medals in all the attended categories, with good chances of gold medals in the Hobie 16, Laser Radial and Female Optimist classes.

The Thai national yacht racing squad strike a pose at Suvarnbhumi Airport on their way to the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. The Thai national yacht racing squad strike a pose at Suvarnbhumi Airport on their way to the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

Two of the brightest gold medal prospects are local sailors Keerati Byalong (Laser Radial) and Nopakao Phunpat (Female Optimist).  The sailing contest at the Asian Games takes place from November 14-21.