WINS AT LANGKAWI INTERNATIONAL REGATTA FOR MALAYSIA AND THAILAND18 Feb 2015
A mix of seasoned 470 campaigners and some teams who have recently made the transition to the 470 from the 420 lined up at the 2015 KFC Langkawi International Regatta Perdana in Malaysia from 12-15 February 2015.
Thailand’s Navee Thamsoontorn/Thanapong Kamolvat claimed their advantage from day 1 of racing with two wins safely in the bag in the eight boat 470 Men fleet. The pair exchanged race leads with Singapore’s Darren Chot/Jeremiah Yeo and Malaysia’s Ku Anas Bin Ku Zamil/ Muhd Fauzan Bin Roslan for the rest of the 12 race series, but were never really seriously threatened. Thamsoontorn most recently competed on the international event circuit at 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao, finishing 13th with crew Nut Butmarasri. The year before the same pair won the 2013 South East Asian Games. Thamsoontorn has quite some pedigree of world class sailing results, including a fourth place finish at the 2011 420 World Championships in Argentina.
Singapore’s Darren Choy/Jeremiah Yeo finished 6 points off the Thai team, with four race wins in their scorecard. They are no strangers to each other, with Choy claiming the bronze medal at the 2013 South East Asian Games, Third were Malaysia’s Ku Anas Bin Ku Zamil/Muhd Fauzan Bin Roslan.
The Philippines Emerson Villena/ Lester Troy Tayong put in two notable front of fleet results on the first day of racing, but struggled to maintain this opening form, to finish in sixth overall.
Five 470 Women teams from Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand contested the full 12 race series.
By the end, exactly the same points margin separated the top two teams in the 470 Women fleet, as in the 470 Men. Six points sat between home teams of Nuraisyah Bt Jamil/ Norashikin Bt Mohd Sayed and Khairunnisa Bt Mohd Afendy/Nur Amirah Bt Hamid, as they finished in that order. Nuraisyah Bt Jamil/ Norashikin Bt Mohd Sayed had virtually assured themselves of the event win going into the medal race, and could only lose out if they finished outside the top 4 and Khairunnisa Bt Mohd Afendy/Nur Amirah Bt Hamid won the medal race. They were never going to let that happen and cleanly took the race win to safely ensure victory.
Third to Thailand’s Narisara Yu-Sawat/ Panida Suksomporn, who notched up two race wins to their credit. Interestingly every team counted at least one race win, proving the talent potential in the small but close fleet.