sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Thailand Platu Nationals 12-14 August 2011

Thailand Platu Nationals 12-14 August 2011

'The One-design Platu fleet attract sailors from Thailand, Asia and beyond every year.'    Duncan Worthington    Click Here to view large photo

The Thailand Platu National Championship Regatta was held in waters just off Ocean Marina, Pattaya. Day one saw the eight Platus competing in ideal conditions of 8-10 kts of breeze. This suited the Quantum Sails and crew aboard The Ferret, and they scored three wins from the three races. John Weston’s team aboard Magic Dragon had to get used to such ideal sailing conditions, and forget about the cold, strong winds of New Zealand, their normal sailing ground, and their results reflected this with a 6,4,2 score.

K. Ithinai and the all-Thai Pine Pacific team made their intentions clear with a 3, 3, 4 result. The other two all-Thai teams aboard Puma and One Two Two were level on 16 points after day one.

Matt Shankweiler and his team aboard The Weasel were getting their first taste of competitive racing, and needed some time to settle in. The all-girls team from New Zealand were happy to concentrate on their sun tans and enjoy racing in warm waters!

Day two was different altogether, with very light winds. Perhaps major events would not race in such conditions, but the RO correctly decided that it was better to race than not. Crews spend a lot of time and money to come racing, and even such light fluky conditions can provide excitement and give all crews an even chance. This changed results quite significantly, with some very big wind direction changes handing out bonuses and penalties without much consideration for well planned strategies! At the end of day two it was very close at the top with the top three scores of 8, 9 and 11. Scott Duncanson was just hanging in at the top of the score sheet after a day of 4, 2 and 3 but K. Ithinai aboard Pine Pacific enjoyed the light winds and finished the day with 1, 1, 2.

So it was left to Day 3 to decide who of the three top crews would be the Champion. Unfortunately the wind gods did not favour racing, and the RO hoisted the AP ashor to prevent crews having to sit around for hours on open decks waiting for a possible increase in the wind. But at 1126 hrs the AP came down and eventually at 1300 hrs, after some very big direction shifts, a race was started. The wind looked almost promising, but during a three-lap course crews were left looking for wind pressure and chasing the big shifts. Scott Duncanson left it to his tactician, Trent Pedersen, to pick the best pressure on the first downwind leg, and they made a massive gain to overhaul the first two boats and come round the leeward mark in first place, a position they held until the end of the race with Pine Pacific crossing the line five boat lengths behind. The Weasel crew obviously learned something during the first two days and came across the line in a well-deserved third place.

The RO decided there was not going to be any more racing that day, with the last boat crossing the line at 1500 hrs and only two knots of wind over the course. Scott Duncanson and The Ferret crew became the Thailand Platu National Champions 2011, regaining the Championship they last held in 2009.

Prizegiving seemed to take second place to the fun and camaraderie enjoyed by all after the event. Crews tucked into the superb cuisine of the Ocean Marina, and free beer - compliments of Serenity Shipyard, who sponsored the weekend’s fun.

A big thank you to the two New Zealand teams who travelled so far to take part, and added a competitive challenge, great sportsmanship and lots of fun to the event. Exactly the sort of crew we welcome. And well done to Lewis , who showed us all that at 10 years old he can be an essential part of a good team.




by Kev Scott, Ferret News

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=87926

5:14 AM Wed 31 Aug 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


News - USA and the World

























America's Cup: Challenger calls Competitor Meeting ahead of deadline *Feature by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,










































Vestas Sailrocket 3 - The journey beckons
Clipper Round the World - London to provide emotional heroes welcome
ISAF Youth Worlds - Italians to lead RS:X fleet in Tavira
Vestas Sailrocket 3 - Over the Horizon
Foiling Week - Italian Moth Championship - Final results
NYYC Race Week - Yachting history on display
Rescued sailors reach shore after dramatic ocean rescue
Half Ton Classics Cup: Swuzzlebubble out front on Day 1 + Video
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Yachting history on display
Volvo Cork Week - Thrilling conditions welcome international fleet
Nacra 17 Europeans: Success for Italy's Bissaro and Sicouri
America's Cup: 2017 venue short-list reduced to two Cities
Formula Windsurfing Youth and Master Worlds overall
49er and 49erFX Europeans: Pitfalls aplenty on day 1 + Video
ISAF Youth Worlds - Laser Radial sailors look to join list of legends
Coville soon to chase solo circumnavigation record in giant trimaran
Fierce competition at the Meanline Fins Slalom Challenge
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel opt for experienced winner
Bakewell-White supermaxi designed to take Transpac's Barn Door Trophy *Feature
Crew rescued by navy patrol from J/111 racer after Mayday in storm
Team Alvimedica practice in Newport, RI - Photos   
18 foot skiff European Championship (Open Europeans) - Final results   
Nacra 17 European Championships - No action on day 1   
ISAF Youth Worlds - 29er and SL16 sailors prepare for battle + Video   
Volvo Ocean Race: Eight new crew members named by teams   
Volvo Ocean Race: New additions to Spanish team announced   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Phuket Island is ready to host   
PWA Awaza World Cup - Cyril Moussilmani and Delphine Cousin on top   
Foiling Week - Moth Class Italian Open Championship Day 2   
America's Cup: Luna Rossa foiling in AC45s at their Italian base   
Star World Championship - Germans claim dramatic win in Malcesine   
PWA Awaza World Cup - Down to the wire in Turkmenistan   
Route Halifax Saint-Pierre - Off to France!   
Nacra 17 Europeans - La Grande Motte back in Olympic classes arena   
Stena Match Cup Sweden - Hansen hat trick in Marstrand + Video   
Route Halifax Saint-Pierre Race keeps an eye on Arthur   
World Match Racing Tour: See the Finals replay at the Stena Match Cup   
Newport International Boat Show unveils exciting 'At The Helm' Program   
Stena Match Cup Sweden - First blood to Hansen over Canfield + Video   
Star World Championship - Americans claim race win in Malcesine   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT