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THA72, skippered by Thai child and previous Optimist world champ Noppakao Poonpat, 2nd right, cruise on. Person Nowell Person Nowell

PATTAYA: The Leading of the Gulf Regatta returned on track the other day. After a damp and grey very first day, Day 2 saw a lot of sun and some great breeze reaching 18 knots. It was a hectic sea off Ocean Marina Private Yacht Club with more than 200 boats contending in 15 classes and close racing throughout the fleets.

On the keelboats and multihull course, one long round-the-island race was set for all classes while the Platus delighted in 2 quick windward/leewards.

In IRC 1, THA72 continued their winning methods putting another win on the board. Being driven by Thai child and previous Optimist World Champ, Noppakao Poonpat, the team work is slick and today they controlled the all-Chinese group on Ark 323.

In IRC 2, the leading boats combined their positions with Loco (U.S.A.) declaring another triumph ahead of El Coyote (AUS) in 2nd. Fujin, another Australian group, completed the podium.

Protecting champs, Group perspective (MAS), put their very first bullet on the board with a win in the other day’s very first race of the Platu class. In the 2nd race they dropped to 3rd as Chris Method’s group on Easy Tiger III (AUS), cruised the wind moves finest to declare the very first win of their series and with that, they transfer to the leading connected on points with Group Perspective with much still to race for.

The Optimist course saw some close racing with more than 120 boats from 12 various nations getting their series underway in difficult conditions, while on Lasers, 420s and 470s overseas rowboat course it was neck-and-neck with great deals of tight mark-roundings and no quarter being provided.

With 2 more days of racing for numerous classes, anything can take place. Racing continues today.


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