Record turnout anticipated for Optimist World
Championship on July 11-21 at the Royal
Varuna Yacht Club (RVYC) in Pattaya.
"This is a record-breaker in terms of the number of sailors
competing here and the number of countries represented,” confirms Thomas Whitcraft, President of the Optimist World
Championship 2017. “This year is notable also for the number of
Asian countries taking place after several years of absence. They include
China, Macau, Taiwan (officially called Chinese Taipei), Myanmar, Indonesia,
India and the UAE. Several teams will also travel from the South American
continent, including Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Uruguay and Chile.”
The Optimist World Championship comprises two
‘championships’, the OPTIMIST INDIVIDUAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (IWC) and the
OPTIMIST TEAM RACING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (TRWC).
“It is exciting for us as a country also to be able to see
young Thai sailors competing with the best the world has to offer in Optimist
competitors,” said Whitcraft. “Young Thai sailors competing in the event
include Saranwong Poonpat, Intira Parnpiboon, Panwa Boonnak, Paliga Poonpat and
The racing area is located immediately offshore from the
Yacht Club in the Gulf of Thailand, between the mainland and Koh Larn.
Dinghy sailors typically start at the age of 7 or 8 and continue to 15 years of
age. More than 85% of all sailors who participated in the Rio Olympics sailed
in Optimist dinghies when they were young.
Event details HERE
Source: Narumon Prapawong