Young­ster makes his mark

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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.

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