Sections: PattayaPhuket

Phuket’s Kingdom crew fly high at Platu TransWorld

PHUKET: Phuket-based yachtsman Scott Duncanson and his crew Trent Pedersen, Alfie Rowson, Tony Harman and Paul Burke on Kingdom Property have won second place in the inaugural Platu TransWorld Invitational.

The four-day international competition based at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya featured crews from Sweden, Russia, Singapore, Japan, Holland, the United Kingdom and Australia, but was ultimately won by Platu 017 skippered by professional match-racer Matti Sepp from Estonia.

Day one of the regatta started in near-perfect seven to 10-knot sailing conditions. Four races were held, with Sepp jumping to an early points lead over Kingdom Property, followed by Platu 154, Rolf Heemskirk and world number-five match racer Bjorn Hansen from Sweden getting off to a slow start.

The results were subject to a reshuffle, however, after a protest lodged by Platu 154 saw Kingdom Property disqualified for a marginal rules breach and pushed down the leader board.

The Kingdom Property crew responded well in fresher 10 to 15-knot conditions on day two, with 3-3-1-1 placings to win boat of the day.

Hansen also found form to record a 1-2-2-4 and move into third place, but it was the ever-consistent Sepp who continued his march to the title by finishing every race on the podium, with 2-1-3-3 placings.

Very humid and almost-still conditions greeted sailors on the final day, but after a short postponement, racing was underway in a 10-knot breeze that quickly faded, resulting in a mixed bag of results.

Chris Way’s Easy Tiger finally found some form to win Race 9, followed by the ‘all-ladies’ crew from Singapore on The Ferret in second place, and Platu 114 finishing third.

Sepp, knowing that he had only to finish in front of Kingdom Property to win the regatta, applied some very close covering and blocking tactics to sail Kingdom down through the fleet to eighth – and himself to fifth place – thus edging himself closer to victory.

Heemskirk won Race 10, but Sepp again sailed almost flawlessly to claim second place and seal first place overall with a race to spare.

In a building breeze and with one race remaining, the fight was on for the remaining podium positions. A major wind shift 60 seconds before the start caused a quick change of tactics, and in the fresher conditions Kingdom Property jumped to an early lead that they never relinquished.

Easy Tiger followed in second place to win boat of the day and Hanson placed third to claim the remaining podium position.

Final standings: 1st Platu 017, Matti Sepp (22 points); 2nd Kingdom Property, Scott Duncanson (29); 3rd Platu 131, Bjorn Hansen (32).

The Platu TransWorld invitational was the first regatta of the overall Platu Championship for 2015, which comprises four events throughout the year.

The next scheduled event, the royally affiliated Coronation Cup in early May, is held in celebration of His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s accession to the throne.

Kingdom Property will be attempting to defend the title they won last year, a feat no crew has achieved in the 19-year history of the class,” Duncanson told the Phuket Gazette.

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Share
Published by
Legacy Phuket Gazette

Recent News

Royal Barge Procession on Bangkok’s Chao Phraya postponed to December 12

PHOTOS: AFP His Majesty the King has ordered the Royal Barge Procession to be postponed to December 12, originally scheduled for…

1 min ago

Local investor sentiment dampened by Brexit woes and slump in Chinese economy

The British pound fell today as investors fret over PM Boris Johnson's chances of pushing his Brexit deal through the…

16 mins ago

แฟนๆ อิจฉาแบมแบม GOT7-น้องชูใจ น่ารักมาก 

แฟนๆ อิจฉาแบมแบม GOT7-น้องชูใจ น่ารักมาก หลังจากปล่อยเพลงและมิวสิควิดีโอออกมาไปเพียงไม่กี่วัน แต่ยอดวิวก็ขึ้นอย่างรวดเร็ว จนตอนนี้ทะลุไปที่ 3.5 ล้านวิวแล้ว สำหรับเพลง Do you ของเจ้าพ่อแร๊ปเปอร์ชื่อดังกอล์ฟ ฟักกลิ้ง ฮีโร่ ที่ได้ไอดอลหนุ่มอย่างแบมแบม กันต์พิมุกต์ หรือ แบมแบม got…

22 mins ago

Lời khai của 2 kẻ đột nhập ăn trộm 5 tỷ nhà ca sĩ Nhật Kim Anh

PHOTO: Thanh Minh/congan.com.vn Công an TP.HCM cho biết, đang giữ 2 đối tượng tình nghi lấy trộm 5 tỷ nhà…

41 mins ago

Sôi động thị trường quà tặng ngày 20-10

PHOTO: Vietnamnet Sắp đến Ngày Phụ nữ Việt Nam 20-10, thị trường quà tặng trở nên sôi động vớ nhiều…

55 mins ago

หลุดภาพคอนเซ็ปต์ OnePlus 8 หลังเปิดตัว 7T ไม่ถึงเดือน

เปิดตัวเรือธงรุ่นใหม่ไปได้ไม่เท่าไหร่ก็มีข่าวลือเรื่องสมาร์ทโฟนเรือธงรุ่นต่อไปหลุดอกมาให้เห็นกันอีกแล้วสำหรับ OnePlus ที่เพิ่งจะเปิดตัว OnePlus 7T และ 7T Pro ไปเมื่อไม่นานมานี้ ล่าสุดก็มีภาพเรนเดอร์วง่าที่ OnePlus 8 หลุดออกมาให้เห็นกันบนโลกออนไลน์แล้ว จากเจ้าเดิม @OnLeaks. จากภาพเห็นได้ว่า OnePlus 8 มีการเปลี่ยนแปลงไปในส่วนของกล้องหน้าที่จะมีแบบเจาะรูที่มุมบนซ้ายของหน้าจอ แทนที่แบบ…

57 mins ago