Young sailors in the spotlight at Varuna awards night

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The Royal Varuna Yacht Club (RVYC) Youth Awards 2016 evening was held Saturday, October 1 and saw approximately 90 members join together to congratulate the club’s most successful youth sailors, taking into account their results and performances over the past 12 months.

Chanon Thanatayaudom (front centre) was the Coaches Choice Award winner (male).
Chanon Thanatayaudom (front centre) was the Coaches Choice Award winner (male).

After much deliberation the judges came up with some standout winners.  Sophia Montgomery was voted the 2016 RVYC Sailor of the Year while other notable achievers were Joanne Gavin (Team Sailor Award), Chanon Thana­tayaudom and Jade Gavin (Coaches Choice Awards), Farida Vernon and Chusitt Punjamala (Best Overall Performance), Phitchakon Ungpakornkaew and Marion G. Montgomery (Most Improved Sailors), and Paul Salaw and Claudia Nazarov (Most Improved Beginners).

Chusitt Punjamala (left) took the Best Overall Performance award – male sailor.
Chusitt Punjamala (left) took the Best Overall Performance award – male sailor.

Commenting on the award winners afterwards, RVYC Commodore Tom Whitcraft said: “The winners tonight have exceeded all of the expectations and challenges thrown at them this past year.  Some of the more experienced ones have already matured into competent sailors, and more importantly great role models for those just starting out.

“Sailing is a sport that is noted as being hard to learn and even harder to master, but we are sure that if these award winners continue the way they are going they will have no problem reaching their goals.”

Additionally, the committee members also congratulated the Future Cup winners – Phatcharaphon Ungpakorn­kaew, Marion Grace Montgomery, Christopher Marsh, Krit Romanyk and Jade Gavin.

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Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya celebrated the achievements of its junior sailors at a special awards evening held Oct. 1.
Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya celebrated the achievements of its junior sailors at a special awards evening held Oct. 1.
Sophia Montgomery was the recipient of the 2016 RVYC Sailor of the Year award.
Sophia Montgomery was the recipient of the 2016 RVYC Sailor of the Year award.
Jade Gavin (centre) was a Coaches Choice and also a Future Cup winner.
Jade Gavin (centre) was a Coaches Choice and also a Future Cup winner.
Claudia Nazarov (left) was voted the Most Improved Beginner (female).
Claudia Nazarov (left) was voted the Most Improved Beginner (female).
Marion Grace Montgomery was the Most Improved Sailor (female).
Marion Grace Montgomery was the Most Improved Sailor (female).
Phitchakon Ungpakornkaew (left) won the award for Most Improved Sailor (male).
Phitchakon Ungpakornkaew (left) won the award for Most Improved Sailor (male).
Krit Romanyk (far left) was a Future Cup winner.
Krit Romanyk (far left) was a Future Cup winner.