Panwa shines at Phuket King’s Cup Re­gatta

Bangkok Post - - GENERAL -

>> PHUKET: With good winds of about 15 knots re­turn­ing for the fi­nal day of the 32nd Phuket King’s Cup Re­gatta yes­ter­day, some ex­cit­ing rac­ing was held off the south­west­ern tip of the re­sort is­land as one of Asia’s big­gest sail­ing events came to a close.

De­spite win­ning one race each yes­ter­day, Aus­tralian Ray Roberts and his TP 52-de­sign boat Team Hol­ly­wood took the over­all hon­ours in the IRC Zero Class af­ter a close tus­sle all week with de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Kevin and Tom Whitcraft on their Thai-reg­is­tered boat THA72.

In the IRC One Class, Aus­tralian Craig Ni­cholls fin­ished first over­all on Aquarii, with Hong Kong’s Nick Burns and Fred Kin­month sec­ond on Man­drake III.

In the IRC Two, High­lead En­cour­agers fin­ished first over­all af­ter seven races.

The Pre­mier Class hon­ours went to Sin­ga­pore’s Andy Cocks aboard First­light, with Hong Kong-reg­is­tered boat An­tipodes sec­ond. Third over­all was Thai­land’s In­thi­nai Yingsiri on Pine-Pa­cific.

With 12 wins from 12 races, 13-year-old Thai Panwa Boonak kept a clean sheet to take the hon­ours in the Op­ti­mist Class.

Panwa, who won the 2018 Op­ti­mist Asian and Ocea­nian Cham­pi­onship in Myan­mar, has proved to be an out­stand­ing sailor and will be a great am­bas­sador for Thai­land when he rep­re­sents the King­dom in in­ter­na­tional events.

An­other con­sis­tently good young Thai sailor with a promis­ing fu­ture in the sport is ML Weka Bhanubandh, who fin­ished sec­ond in the Op­ti­mist Class.

Chusitt Pun­ja­mala won nine of 12 races in the Laser Stan­dard Class to win the over­all ti­tle ahead of Arthit Ro­manyk and Chairat Dangdeemark.

In the Laser Ra­dial Class, Janis­ara Sasha Ro­manyk fin­ished as the over­all win­ner.

Panwa Boonak cel­e­brates af­ter win­ning the the Op­ti­mist ti­tle at the Phuket King’s Cup Re­gatta yes­ter­day.

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