Ocean Marina Jomtien


Round one March 10/11/12. REPORT

Seven crews lined up at the start of this highly competitive event. International crews from Australia, Malaysia and Russia joined four local crews to provide a top quality entry list and ensure another very competitive and exciting regatta.

Day one did not follow the weather forecast which kept the race officer busy until finally settling down with a steady 8 knots all day from the South West. Crews were given the usual practice race and were allowed one drop score for the day in order to get the team settled down into race mode without being penalized too much. Chris Way’s Easy Tiger and Stingray had to work hard to keep the new YRAT crew and Team Viewpoint at bay. Rolf Heemskerk’s, Team Viewpoint, and his crew, were enjoying a welcome return after three years lay off due to COVID-19 restrictions. Their bowman thought the foredeck was much smaller and more rocky than he remembered it!

Day two brought much stronger winds that increased from an ideal 12 knots up to 20 knots later in the day. At this wind speed, crews are tested to the full, but Sergey, who had travelled all the way from Russia to compete, on board Nam Prix, revelled in these conditions and  came to the fore with three convincing wins from five and lifted himself into second on the leader board, just behind Chris Way’s Easy Tiger, and equal on points with the young guns on team YRAT from Thailand’s Yacht Racing Association, sailing academy.

And so into the third and final day, which as always concludes with a double point medal race. The wind came in strong right from the start with 14 knots increasing to 19 as the day progressed. On this day, four races were run before 13.30 hours and so the Medal race was able to be started at 13.45 and finish at 14.30, and what a race it turned out to be. Stingray got a great start and was 50 metres ahead after two minutes, with Easy Tiger in hot pursuit. And as always it is difficult to catch a lead boat in one design especially when it’s a one on one fight with match racing tactics coming in to play. So, Easy Tiger had to follow Stingray for one and a half laps until Stingray made two bad jibes allowing him to catch up. The finish was a classic with Easy Tiger getting the benefit of a big wave to increase his speed dramatically and catch Stingray at the line, only to be deemed second by a few centimetres.

And so another battle of the giants was fought out over 12 races in the Gulf of Thailand with all crews enjoying great fun on and off the water.

The second round is May 5-6-7th.


Boat Race Results Total Points
Platu 027 Easy Tiger Australia 1-1-2-2-1-3-3 4 24
Platu 117 Stingray Thailand 1-2-1-3-3-5-4 5,5,2,3 ,2 36
Platu 154 Team Viewpoint Malaysia 2-4-3-5-2-4-5 2,1,3,2,6 39
Platu 107 Yacht Racing Association Thailand Thailand 3-3-5-4-5-2-2 4,4,4,4,8 48
Platu 118 Nam Prix Russia 3-5-4-1-4-1-1 8,8 5, 4 6 50
Platu 124 The Ferret Thailand 5-4-6-6-6-6 -8 6,6,5,8,16 82
Platu 122 Le Vent Thailand 7-8-7-7-8-8-8.7,7,7,8,16 98