Youngster makes his mark
KITERS BLENDED WITH SAILORS AND young dinghy racers in the first-ever combined kiting and sailing events in Koh Samui as the KTA Asia-pacific Hydrofoil Series got together with the Samui Regatta. The Asiapacific Hydrofoil f leet’s youngest rider, 11-year-old Max Maeder from Singapore, i mpre s s e d b y h o l d i n g h i s o w n a g a i n s t riders many years his senior throughout the windward/leeward races, claiming an overall second, followed by Thailand’s Rachan Taktin and Japan’s Kazumasa Sugihara. Malaysian rider Daniel Leow claimed first place. Though two riders missed the mark during the mid-session 32km long-distance race, all finished in good time, with Leow crossing the line in first place at 38:12 and speeds topping 26 knots during the race. The regatta side of the event saw 38 young hopef uls going head to head in t he Yout h Dinghy Challenge along the shoreline, spurred on bycheers from parents and coaches. This was followed by three days of the Samui Regatta boasting both keel and multihull f leets in a series of windward/leeward courses and passage races. THA72 won eight out of its nine races; Sudu Red took the Multihull class, and Mandrake defended its Samui Regatta title on top of its Grand Prix win.