Pattaya to stage Optimist World Championship 2017

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Royal Varuna Yacht Club chosen as host venue

The Royal Varuna Yacht Club (RVYC) based in Pattaya has been chosen as host venue for the prestigious Optimist World Championship 2017.  Home to Thailand’s first national championships over half a century ago and with experience hosting major international regattas, RVYC was voted as the ideal sailing venue by international delegates for next year’s world-renowned IODA World Optimist event.  The Optimist World Championship 2017 takes place from July 11-21, 2017.

Royal Varuna Yacht Club offers an ideal location and first class facilities for this major sailing event.
Royal Varuna Yacht Club offers an ideal location and first class facilities for this major sailing event.

Located on a secluded cove between Pattaya and Jomtien, the RVYC promises the young talented international sailors some exhilarating and enjoyable races with prevailing south-westerly winds adding real excitement.

RVYC Commodore, Tom Whitcraft is looking forward to adding to the club’s calendar of events. “We are extremely proud at RVYC to have the opportunity to host the Optimist World Championship 2017 and showcase Thailand as a great venue for International sailing events.  We had our first Optimist World Championship here at RVYC back in 1979 and it is great that RVYC has been chosen again. With a year to go it is countdown to a great sailing event.  We are really lucky in Thailand to have good weather for sailing all year round and more than our share of fair winds.”

Young sailors from 60 counties worldwide will be competing in Pattaya at the Optimist World Championship 2017.
Young sailors from 60 counties worldwide will be competing in Pattaya at the Optimist World Championship 2017.

Aside from its location, the RVYC facilities are second-to-none at the club with easy access for launching from a secluded beach and lawn area.  Visiting sailors can enjoy the stunning setting with beautiful beaches an on-site clubhouse restaurant, sunset beach bar and salt-water pool, as well as accommodation.

Prior to the Optimist World Championship 2017, RVYC will be hosting an Eastern Seaboard Regatta from October 22–24, 2016; The Admiral’s Cup from February 17–19, 2017; and a Test Event for the Optimist World Championship from April 13–16, 2017 during Thailand’s Songkran water festival.

The Optimist World Championship event is expecting over 250 competing athletes coming from 60 counties worldwide creating a cosmopolitan international atmosphere at the RVYC and surrounding area. Tom Whitcraft applauds the talents of the competitors.

“Sailing is a great sport for all ages and skill levels from beginners to world class competitors, but we are particularly proud to support our youth sailors.”

For more information about the Royal Varuna Yacht Club and Optimist Worlds 2017 event, visit the website, www.varuna.org and www.optimistworlds2017.com.