An Optimist Sailing selected video:
Local children from across southern Thailand listen attentively to the instructor’s explanation of sailing rules and techniques before taking to the water and competing in the first ever Phuket Dingy Series. The Phuket Dinghy Series is a series of dinghy sailing races held over four weekends. The first event was at the end of September, the second on the 30th and 31st October, and the third event will take place at the end of November. All of these three weekend events take place at the ‘Sailing of Phuket’ school at Tha Nun near the Sarasin Bridge.
Duncan Worthington: “It’s an exciting day for the participating young sailors and also their family who have come to support from the shore. After two events in the series, and weather conditions ranging from squalls to dead calm, and blue sky to torrential rain, Anapat Ngarmdee is leading the Optimist Class in the series. There are many talented young sailors, including 11 year old boy Anapat Ngarmdee, or James, from Chonburi who is keen to explain and show us his knowledge and skills in sailing as he is now leading the Optimist Series. ** He said: “I’m competing in the Optimist. This is my second race in the series and I am in the top place. My sister took a sailing course so my family encouraged me to try and I love it.” The skills we need to be a good sailor include making swift decisions.
The Phuket Dinghy Series is organised by the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta. It is a grass roots initiative to support youth sailing in Phuket and southern Thailand. Children taking part in the series have come from Songkhla, Nakorn Si Thammarat, Sattahip, Phang Nga and of course, Phuket. This is the first series of its kind in Phuket. The Optimist class is open for male and female junior sailors, and the Laser class open to adults, male and female. Pornprom Sakultem of the Royal Thai Navy gives his time to teach children at the ‘Sailing of Phuket’ school. Together with the school, the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta aims to encourage more junior sailors. **** Voice **** There will be two more events in the Series. The fourth and final event will take place over the opening weekend of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, the 4th and 5th December. The overall winners of the four-event series will be presented trophies by His Majesty the King of Thailand’s personal representative, a privy councillor, at the Royal Awards Ceremony of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta. Apart from helping to bring the annual Phuket King’s Cup Regatta closer to the local community, the Phuket Dinghy Series is also an excellent platform to develop future professional sailors for Thailand.
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