Please select your home edition
Edition
Selden 2020 - LEADERBOARD

Dinghy classes at Phuket King's Cup 2023 Day 1

by Phuket King's Cup Media 3 Dec 2023 07:42 PST 3-5 December 2023
Phuket King's Cup Dinghy Regatta 2023 © Guy Nowell / Phuket King's Cup

The 35th Phuket King's Cup Regatta officially got under way today in the waters off of Phuket's Kata Beach. Many of Thailand's best young sailors are competing in the international dinghy class.

Rising nautical stars gracing Kata Bay included Patcharaphan "Stam" Ongkaloy who captured a gold medal in the Optimist Class in the recent Southeast Asia Games in Cambodia. Thanaphat "Poom" Siricharoen, who won a silver medal in the ILCA 4 class of the same competition, is also sailing; as is Ton Rattana, the current ILCA 4 class district champion.

Much of the focus on the King's Cup is on the foreign racers that travel far and wide to compete in Asia's most prestigious regatta. But the event is also a platform for young Thai and Asia sailors to showcase their talents and jumpstart their racing careers.

The International Dinghy Classes race from 3-5 December at Kata Beach, divided into four starts today, as follows: Monohull Dinghy Handicap (12 boats); ILCA 4 (15 boats); Open Skiff (17 boats); and Optimist (79 boats).

One hundred and twenty-three dinghies from ten nations including Canada, China, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, St. Christopher & Nevis, Taiwan, Thailand, the Russian Federation and the USA are competing in the regatta.

It was a great day for women's racing. Patcharaphan "Stam" Ongkaloy (Yacht Racing Association of Thailand) continued her winning ways capturing the Optimist Girl's Class today with fellow YRAT sailor Pailin Jaroenpon placing second and Royal Varuna's Pinchanok Klaysomboon coming in third. All three finished before their first male counterpart crossed the line.

Jirathip Muthiphan then won the Optimist Boy's Class, followed by Nattakorn Jitsuwan and Panudat Polpool with all three sailors representing YRAT.

The ILCA4 class was won by YRAT's Nanvatorn Supaamphonwit with clubmate and the top female finisher Paranee Muangngam placing second. RVYC's Ton Rattana came third in this class.

Open Skiff was won by another woman India's Anandi Chandavarkar, followed by UWC's Don Kaewpradab of Thailand in second with Indian Eashaan Mehta, placing third.

The Open Skiff class has a devout following at the nearby Phuket Yacht Club in Ao Chalong under the astute leadership of former Australian national junior champion Scott Duncanson. The popularity of these boats has grown substantially since they were introduced to Phuket a few years back.

The regatta runs from December 2nd to 9th with Beyond Kata hosting the event and the Royal Awards Ceremony.

For more information and result, please visit www.kingscup.com.

Related Articles

A Right Royal occasion in Thailand
HM King Vajiralongkorn visits; HM Queen Suthida sails and wins The effect of a Royal visit to – and Royal participation in – a sporting event in Thailand is hard to overestimate. Posted on 12 Dec 2023
Phuket King's Cup - down to the short strokes
One day to play - one race, but maybe two (it's a long story) The wind gods have been kind this week, maybe because a TP52 sailing in the IRC Zero class is named Vayu, after the Hindu god of wind. Posted on 8 Dec 2023
International Dinghy Classes wrap up at King's Cup
Big boat classes enjoying breeze, sunshine, cans and islands races Blue skies, warm water and nice breeze greeted sailors today as they gathered off of Cape Promthep Posted on 8 Dec 2023
Phuket King's Cup 2023 Day 3
Spoiled in Phuket with sunshine and breeze Great sailing weather once again greeted the competitors in the third day of racing at the prestigious 35th Phuket King's Cup Regatta. Posted on 7 Dec 2023
35th Phuket King's Cup Regatta update
Thai yacht Pine Pacific wins its fourth straight race in Premier class Great sailing weather once again greeted the competitors in the third day of racing at the prestigious 35th Phuket King's Cup Regatta. Posted on 6 Dec 2023
Phuket King's Cup 2023 - Racing starts tomorrow
The prestigious Phuket King's Cup Regatta returns for its 35th year The prestigious Phuket King's Cup Regatta returns for its 35th year, ready to unfurl its sails across the emerald waters of the Andaman Sea. Posted on 3 Dec 2023
Phuket King's Cup Regatta welcomes sailors
One of Southeast Asia's most prestigious international sporting events A testament to the competitive spirit of sailing and a significant booster for Thailand's sport tourism, the event, taking place at Beyond Kata. Posted on 27 Nov 2023
Phuket King's Cup preview
Full race card for Big Boats and dinghies Phuket King's Cup, Asia's original big boat regatta, is back in business after a two year hiatus. Posted on 11 Sep 2022
J Composites 2022 - J45 v4 FOOTERDoyle Sails 2020 - Redefining Boundaries 728x90 BOTTOMSelden 2020 - FOOTER