Rolf Heemskerk led Team Viewpoint to victory in both the Platu Cup and the Platu One Design Championship of Thailand held off the shores of the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Jomtien on the weekend of October 13-15.
Chris Wray’s Easy Tiger was second followed by Nathan Maso-pust’s Le Vent II and Colin Simmonds’ Stingray: it was the same order of finish for the both the Platu Cup and the annual overall championship.
Good weather and wind met the sailors on all three days of the regatta. PRO Oyachai Choompuvises and his team of Top, Chit, Nai & Ron staged two official races and a practice race on day one, followed by five races on day two and six on day three. All were two lap windward-leeward races except for one race on day two when a squall ominously crept in over the waters off Jomtien, limiting the race to one turn around the buoys. Khun Oyachai traveled down from Chiang Rai to oversee the regatta and maintained a steady calm throughout the event.
Many of the sailors were regulars to the numerous Platu events staged at Ocean Marina over the years. The beauty of one-design racing and the short courses is that every race is close with any crew having the chance to win in any given race. You don’t have the disparity in distance between yachts seen in other classes with different boat builds
Ocean Marina Harbormaster Scott Finsten did a great of running the event, aided by new Marketing Manager Sam Bennet. Oft Platu race organizer Kev Scott was notably absent as he was in Hiroshi-ma for the Hansa Combined World Championships.
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