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2021 Thailand ILCA National Championships at Royal Varuna Yacht Club

by Stephen Marsh 22 Feb 2021 06:25 GMT 19-21 February 2021
2021 Thailand ILCA National Championships at Pattaya © RVYC

Sponsored by Element Six Evolution

Sparkling sailing conditions in the Gulf of Thailand greeted the record fleet of 55 ILCA dinghies (10 ILCA 7, 22 ILCA 6, 23 ILCA 4), with Thai nationals and expats from 10 countries represented. The youth sailors competed on all three days and the Masters, Grand Masters, Great Grand Masters, Legends sailing 6 races on Saturday and Sunday.

Day 1 saw the first race in a 5-7 knot northeasterly wind early afternoon strengthening to 11 knots by late afternoon for race 2.

In the ILCA 7, Thailand's two Olympic hopefuls Chusit Punjamala (Pop) and Arthit Romanyk (Miki) fought it out with Pop winning both races. It would have been closer in the second race but with both sailors over the line, it was Pop the first to realize, returning quickly to lead all the way round.

The ILCA 6 open fleet, race one saw Patcharee Sringam (Chompoo) followed by Sophia Montgomery and Krittapas Namsaksawadi (Prince). In the second race Christopher Marsh led from the start but was overtaken by Sophia's superior downwind speed with Christopher coming second and Prince a very close third.

A record fleet of 22 ILCA 4 youth sailors transitioning from Thailand's competitive Optimist fleet saw Waritan Chanan have the best of the two races with a 4th and a 1st to lead from Suchanaree Detthotsapol followed by Panwa Boonnak.

Day 2 saw easterly 5 knots in the morning freshening to 10 knots in the afternoon.

In the ILCA 7 it was Pop who won the first race with Miki winning the second. The leaders were closely followed by Pom Green, of element6 Asia the newly appointed ILCA builder in Thailand showcasing the new boat.

The Grand Masters saw Scott Montgomery fight it out with Kevin Whitcraft, with Kevin winning through. The Great Grand Masters was led by Marcel Dubbleman maintaining his winning ways I point ahead of a determined Richard Vine.

In the ILCA 6 Chompoo was first round the windward mark and with the tidal gate led from start to finish in a fading wind with Noppakao Poonpat (Nai) a former Optimist World Champion finishing 2nd and Sotoshi Mori 4th.

In the second race it was Nai who developed a commanding lead around the first mark until the wind picked up and she was overhauled by the heavier sailors with Christopher 1st and Sophia 2nd.

Special mention to Charlie "the fox" Zbinden, a local Legend finishing all two races in a good position, great stuff for 80 years young!

The third race saw Sophia lead from the front followed by Chompoo and then Christopher.

The ILCA 4 first race was abandoned as no sailor reached the windward mark in the allotted 20 min time limit.

As the wind picked up the ILCA 4 fleet eventually got away, with Weka, the reigning Optimist Open European Champion and first time out in a ILCA over hauling Bowonnan Chanram (Jelly) on the last downwind to win to take the gun.

The second race in a strengthening wind saw Jelly win followed by Thanapat Siricharoen.

With a win in the final race of day two by Panwa Boonnak took him to the top of the leader board with his sister Thorfun in 2nd place.

Day 3 saw the backing wind switch to south west with 5 knots of building breeze during the course of the day.

Race 1 in the ILCA 7 Pop continued his winning ways followed by Miki and Pom. The ILCA 6 racing saw Sophia win from Nai and Chompoo. In the ILCA 4 Thanapat was first followed by Panwa 2nd.

Race 2 saw the ILCA7 results reversed with Miki 1st followed by Pop and then Pom; Pom said he would have done better if had "more abs than kebabs". The ILCA 6 race saw Sophia win with a commanding lead from Chompoo and then Prince. In the ILCA 4s Jelly was first and Panwa second.

The final ILCA 7 race saw Pop return to his winning ways with Miki 2nd, Pom was getting close and he started to work out the intricacies of the ILCA. The Thai ILCA 7 team now goes to Abu Dhabi for the Asian qualifiers with good chance to qualify Thailand for the 2021 Olympics.

The Grand Masters saw Kevin beat Scott into second place across all three races. The Great Grand Masters saw Marcel just winning all three races.

ILCA 6 race 3 saw Nai lead from start to finish extending her lead as the race went on almost finishing a leg ahead followed by Sophia and Chompoo.

The ILCA 4s saw new winners with Chatree Makmoon first with Jinatta Ringbamrung second.

The event was held in accordance with Thailand's Covid-19 restrictions. All in all, another great weekend of sailing from very competitive fleets, delivered by the capable RVYC Race Team.

We now focus on next weekend's 2021 RYA's virtual Dinghy Show on 27th & 28th February. Please come and visit us at the show to learn more about this great sailing destination in the tropics.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st211027Chusitt PunjamalaRVYC1111(2)1218
2ndILCA1Arthit RomanykYRAT(2)222121212
3rd218533Pom GreenRVYC(DNC)DNC33333329
4th213035Kevin WhitcraftRVYC(DNC)DNC69464444
5th212830Marcel DubbelmanRVYC(DNC)DNC48648647
6th215022Frank TeeuwenRVYC(DNC)DNC1045UFD5753
7th161849Scott MontgomeryRVYC(DNC)DNC767UFD6553
8th213132Richard VineSailing Club Hua Hin(DNC)DNC559791056
9th206832Florent HersonRVYC(DNC)DNC87OCS57857
10th194999Philip PethybridgeRVYC(DNC)DNC9108810965
1st3Sophia MontgomeryRVYC21(6)2111210
2nd2Patcharee SringamYRAT1(4)14232316
3rd1Krittapas NamsaksawadiYRAT3333443(5)23
4th216212Christopher MarshRVYC(11)251356830
5thNoNoppakao PoonpatRVYC51126(RET)24131
6th213137Alexander FrefelRVYC468557(9)641
7th207079Claudia nazarovRVYC85(9)8685444
8th204188Lucas Lele collinRVYC79797(UFD)7753
9th174473Narisara ThansrikiatRVYC91013(17)9616972
10th207147Nattapat ThansrikiatRVYC1081010111211(14)72
11th218530Satoshi MoriRVYC67478(DNC)DNCDNC76
12th163218Hidetoshi MoriRVYC(DNC)DNC11111010101084
13th195000Ryu AokiRVYC(DNC)DNC151313111511100
14th205772Ikeuchi KazuoRVYC(DNC)DNC18121415812101
15th212276U ThihaRVYC(DNC)DNC1214RET91315107
16th200119Casey AlgraRVYC(DNC)DNC162012141716117
17thILCAMalee WhitcraftRVYC(DNC)DNC1918RET161213122
18th210257Alexander Kevin HuddlestonRVYC(DNC)12DNF16151718DNF122
19th33Charlie ZbindenRVYC(DNC)DNC1415RET1314RET122
20th192574Antony HuddlestonRVYC(DNC)DNC1721161819DNF135
21st212852Riccardo VittoriaRVYC(DNC)DNCDNF19RETRET20RET149
1st217445Bowonnan ChanramYRAT8321(16)51323
2nd217449Panwa BoonnakYRAT255(8)142625
3rd212812Thorfun BoonnakYRAT174641(12)427
4th215076Thanapat SiricharoenACDC.SC6872227(9)34
5th217446Waritnan ChanramYRAT413(BFD)8941140
6th207884Suchanaree detthotsapolYRAT5264(11)106841
7th207885Chatree makmoonYRAT31210(17)5113145
8th215071Puttaraksa lmraksaYRAT(12)412710781058
9th18Manintorn LeelasYRAT1361337(15)10759
10th208996Weka BhanubandhRVYC(DNC)DNC1101235560
11th215068Jinatta RingbamrungYRAT9138136(14)11262
12th217427Chonchanok chuenthongYRAT101195313(16)1667
13th215069Warittorn NamsaksawadiYRAT7141199815(DNF)73
14th217538Bunyamin KlongsamootYRAT(15)10151114691479
15th207012Ton RattanaRVYC119191215(20)1818102
16th210250Marion Grace MontgomeryRVYC1416(17)1513161315102
17th212811Pa‑pop VongtimYRAT18151414(20)191712109
18th212806Paranee maungngamYRAT1617(18)1817171413112
19th209174Nanvatorn SupaamphonwitRVYC(DNC)DNC201618121917126
20th212817Jackrawuti ApicharttrikhunYRAT171922191918(RET)20134
21st209176Anthony MinesRVYC191816(BFD)21222019135
22nd212808Wannachai JuntonACDC.SC(DNC)DNC212022212121150
23rd218549Krin KanchanabandhuRVYC(DNF)RETDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC168

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