Phuket presents a successful 2013 Phuket Youth Week

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Organized by Phuket Youth Sailing Club (PYSC), 28 sailors from Phuket and Sattahip between the ages of 6 – 18 years old took part in the inaugural Phuket Youth Week Training Camp & Regatta 2013.

The two-day regatta sponsored by The Sponsorship Experts – PP(SEA)CL and Topper Sail Phuket produced some exciting and close racing across the four divisions.

18 Optimist sailors and 10 Topper sailors joined the racing under the watchful eye of Principle Race Officer K. Sutee Poonpat from the Royal Thai Navy.

The undoubted star of the event was Nattapon Yoangngam, who won all three races in the Optimist Division B fleet to secure the title ahead of Sakarin Tongnoon and Akasit Geudtong who finished second and third respectively.

In the Optimist Division A fleet and after six races there was nothing to separate the first two sailors on points, but Tanakorn Mervillder secured overall victory as winner of the last race ahead of Jeeranan Taesakdatam 2nd and Pawat Pongwilai in 3rd place

With a record 10 sailors racing the Toppers, there was close racing between the two fleets – Topper Junior and Topper Youth.

In the Topper Junior fleet and after seven races the first two sailors were on equal points, with Salawutt Kullaatt declared the winner, courtesy of having more first –place finishes relagating Nattapong Yoangngam into second place with Cartoon Juladej placing third.

Two top sailors from Sattahip joined the Topper Youth Fleet and again we saw some very close racing. After seven races there was nothing separately the top two sailors on points.

The honours went to Phuket sailor, Teerapong Tohkratoak, who secured the Topper title as winner of the last race, beating Sattahip sailors Akkarapong Jjunyim and Jarapong Meeyousamsen who were second and third respectively.

Phuket Youth Sailing Club provides competitive sailing opportunities for youngsters on Phuket and since the program started in 2008 the club has trained young sailors from complete beginners to competing at National and International level.  The sailors have been successful in a number of regattas and even represented Thailand at the Double Star Cup, Qingdao, China last year.  The club is open to all youth but specifically

Phuket Youth Week is a good introduction to sailing and racing and has given 10 new youngsters the opportunity to learn sailing and their first taste of racing. The more experienced sailors have had the opportunity to hone their racing skills and techniques in preparation for the coming season. The next big regatta on the Calendar is the Phuket King’s Cup International Dinghy Regatta 2013.

We would like to thank our Sponsors and financial support from SUNSAIL and ACYC Club Members – without their support we could not offer these youngsters this opportunity.

For further information on our junior and youth sailing program or for sponsorship opportunities please contact Katy at phuketyouthsailing@gmail.com or Tel: 085 2159185.

The Top Three Results

OPTIMIST B FLEET
1st  Goochie of Essex skippered by Nattapon “Nak” Yoangngam – PYSC
2nd  Topper Sail Phuket skippered by Sakarin “Ooa” Tongnoon – PYSC
3rd  Kiddies Home skippered by Akasit “Aek” Geudtong – PYSC

OPTIMIST A FLEET
1st   The Sponsorship Experts skippered by Tanakorn “Paton” Mervillder – PYSC
2nd  DaVinci skippered by Jeeranan “Nut” Taesakdatam – PYSC
3rd  Charlie skippered by Pawat “Dtong” Pongwilai – PYSC

TOPPER JUNIOR
1st    Salwutt “Dta” Kullaatt – PYSC
2nd   Nattapong “Max” Yoangngam – PYSC
3rd   Cartoon “Toon” Juladej -PYSC

TOPPER YOUTH
1st    Teerapong “New” Tohkratoak – PYSC
2nd   Akkarapong “Jam” Junyim – YRAT
3rd    Jarapong “Nut” Meeyousamsen – YRAT

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