Please select your home edition
Edition
Gul 2019 GAMMA Leaderboard
Product Feature
Rain and Sun Dart 18 Flat Cover
Rain and Sun Dart 18 Flat Cover

Dart 18 World Championship at Royal Varuna Yacht Club - Runners & Riders

by Mark Hamill-Stewart 13 Feb 06:36 GMT 16-22 February 2019
The glorious waters of the Gulf of Thailand await the Dart 18 Worlds fleet © Mark Hamill-Stewart

The glorious waters of the Gulf of Thailand are the exciting location for the eagerly awaited Dart 18 World Championship which commences on Saturday.

The containers delivering boats from Europe are now on site and competitors from 13 Nations have arrived at the Royal Varuna YC to experience the legendary Thai hospitality and great facilities on offer. With the prevailing South West monsoon wind now firmly established, some great sailing conditions are expected for the week ahead.

What of the competition? Let us have a look at the teams expected to feature:

  • GBR - Dan Norman/Alisha Monkman - Former 3 times World Champion from the Isle of Sheppey YC, must be serious contenders and the word is they want to make it 4. Expertly crewed and can adapt to any conditions. As Dan would say "Bring it on!".

  • FRA - Thierry/Christine Wibeaux - World Champions back in 2004 probably represent the best French challenge. Hugely experienced and great championship performers.

  • GBR - Dave/Louise Roberts - representing Stokes bay SC. Very well drilled duo, World Champions as recently as 2017. The sea conditions should suit them as it is similar to the Solent chop. Will be in the mix.

  • FIJI - Graeme 'Fish' Southwicke - World Hobie 16 Masters World Champion making his debut in the class and sure to return, top results. Likes the big winds which could just kick in.

  • THA - Damoransak/Kitsada Vongtim - Three times Asian Games Catamaran Gold Medallists and superb competitors. Massive home waters advantage winning their first race in the Thai Open warm up event, indeed their first ever sail in a Dart. Prediction podium place!

  • FRA - Herve Le Maux - Another strong French performer, thrice Worlds runner up. Seriously fast in the light stuff and conditions this crew is hoping for.

  • GBR - Gareth Owen/Hebe Hemming (Dee SC) - World Champion back in 1998 and three times, runner up. Now claiming he is past it and all washed up. However now a Royal Varuna member and knows the waters intimately. Can still be a threat especially if it blows.

  • AUS - John Sims - Aussie who is carrying their hopes of glory. Steady plodder who may surprise. Another who likes the breeze.

  • GBR - David Lloyd/Hayley Smith (Stokes Bay SC) - The form players and current British Champions. Will it finally be their time having won just about everything in the class but never the World crown? Going very quickly and can perform, in a broad wind range. The podium beckons.

  • ITA - Martino Salvo/Luisa Lombardo - Could upset the pecking order in the if the wind goes light. May find the conditions, as lake sailors, difficult.

  • GBR - James/Alison Douglas, Will Thompson/Jonny O'Connor (Dee SC), Matt/Jacob Exon (Royal Yorkshire YC) - These three crews are all 'dark horses' and could all be part of the very strong overall British challenge. Top ten assured.
These are just some teams to watch. However new teams may emerge to upstage the form guide. What is assured, is cracking high quality racing combined with a fantastic social entertainment programme. The organisers wish to thank all those sailors who have travelled to the Kingdom of Thailand and our generous sponsors who have supported this championship. Sports Authority of Thailand, Pattaya City Hall, Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, Bangkok Pattaya Hospital, Rooster, France Catamaran, Pattaya Mail, Big Chilli.

Related Articles

Dart 18 UK Nationals at Bridlington
52 cats race including two teams from France and Italy This year's 2019 Dart National Championships, 24th to 27th August, was hosted at the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club in the stunning Bridlington Bay. Fifty two Dart 18s entered including two teams from France and Italy. Posted on 2 Sep
Bournemouth Digital Poole Week 2019 day 6
A sunny sparkling sailing spectacular Friday was the final day of Bournemouth Digital Poole Week and the sun was shining. Posted on 24 Aug
Bournemouth Digital Poole Week 2019 day 5
Champaigne sailing? How about English Sparkling? Given that Dorset is home to several vineyards producing world-class English sparkling wine, it would seem inappropriate to use the term 'champagne sailing' in the context of Day 5 of Bournemouth Digital Poole Week. Posted on 23 Aug
Bournemouth Digital Poole Week 2019 day 4
Poole Harbour at its best You would have been hard pressed to find a face without a smile as competitors in Poole Week came ashore after racing on Wednesday. Posted on 22 Aug
Bournemouth Digital Poole Week 2019 day 3
A racing day to remember Tuesday in Bournemouth Digital Poole Week was one of those days when everything came together. The sun shone (much of the time), the wind blew (not too hard) and a great day on the water was had by all. Posted on 21 Aug
Bournemouth Digital Poole Week 2019 day 2
Who said Monday would be less windy? Sailors in particular have good reason to be sceptical when it comes to weather forecasts. And anyone who had doubts about what the met-men were predicting for the second day of Bournemouth Digital Poole Week was right to have them. Posted on 20 Aug
Bournemouth Digital Poole Week 2019 day 1
Breeze on! The first day of Poole Week 2019, sponsored by Bournemouth Digital and supported by Zhik and Hall & Woodhouse, was definitely one for sailors who like a breeze. Posted on 19 Aug
Windsport Multihull Regatta in Falmouth
A five day event with a difference A five day event with a difference, sponsored by Gul Clothing, RWO Marine, English Braids, White Formula UK and Love Cornwall the Cornish Tourist Board. Posted on 3 Aug
Dart 18 South West Championships overall
Local team make sure the trophy stays in Cornwall Local sailing team Dan and Amy Teubert pulled out all the stops during the Windsport Dart 18 catamaran championships to ensure the Championship Trophy stayed in Cornwall. Posted on 24 Jul
Dart 18 South West Championships preview
Cornwall's biggest cat racing event of the year is coming to Falmouth 40+ racing catamarans will be competing at the Dart 18 catamaran South West Championships starting the 20th of July. This is also one of the tour events for the UK National Dart 18 Series too. Posted on 16 Jul