Thailand’s upcoming sailors race for JVK Eastern Seaboard Trophy

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Eighty young talented sailors raced at the JVK Eastern Seaboard Regatta 2015 over the weekend 23–25 October.  Pattaya’s Royal Varuna Yacht Club hosted the annual event, with the objective to encourage youth sailors while rank the best for future youth national sailors to compete and represent for the nation.

The regatta was split into five different sailing classes with boats and sailors coming from the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand and Hua Hin Sailing Club to join the local entries from the Royal Varuna Yacht Club.  Attending were 45 Optimists, 15 Windsurfers, 7 Laser Radials and 11 Laser 4.7s.

Arthit Romanyk steers his craft on the way to winning the 4.7 Laser class at the JVK Eastern Seaboard Trophy held at Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya from October 23–25.

In the Windsurfing 7.5m fleet, acclaim could have been shared all round with the top four recording at least two wins each in the 10 races sailed.  Eventually the winner was Duangkamon Phonggem who showed the best consistency throughout the changeable conditions.  In the 6.0m fleet, Patchara won all but two races to claim the top spot.

Nearly 20 Lasers raced throughout the three days.  Moving from his normal standard rig to the Laser Radial, Asian and SEA Games Gold Medalist Keerati Bualong won this category, showing his versatility and speed.  In the Laser 4.7 fleet, Arthit Romanyk finished the weekend ahead of Suchakree Detthotsapol, but the two boys were challenged throughout, with two of the girls, Farida Vernon and Joanne Gavin also taking race wins.  Farida also took the top girls prize finishing a creditable third overall.

A group photo of the youth sailors at the Eastern Seaboard Regatta 2015.

The biggest fleet of the weekend was the Optimists class, dominated by Saranwong Poonpat who won four of the ten races sailed and was consistently in the top three in all the races.  The points were close for the following group, but eventually Jedtavee Yongyuennarn secured second place.  RVYC’s Intiria Pampiboon collected the prize as the first female by finishing third overall.

Laser radials battle to the finish line.

Chris Dando, RVYC Rear Commodore thanked everyone that help make the Regatta a success, including sponsors JVK International Movers.

“JVK have supported the Eastern Seaboard Regatta for many years now and have become a valuable partner in helping us organize such a fantastic regatta for the youth sailors,” concluded Chris.

Optimist winner Saranwong Poonpat.

A young windsurfer fights to recover his sail.

Under 12 Optimist winner Inthira Parnpibul.

Farida Vernom (centre) came third overall in the Laser 4.7 class.