Platu Cup 2017


Report on the Platu Cup Nov 3/4/5 2017

At Ocean Marina Yacht Club

 The wind forecast for the weekend was unprecedented. With a front coming from Vietnam with winds of 25 knots and gusts of 35 knots forecast for the whole weekend.

In spite of this, 5 intrepid Platu crews headed for the racing area immediately North of the marina to take part in the Practise regatta which precedes the Platu Cup regatta itself. With the wind coming over the land it was possible to stay close to the shore but this did not prevent massive wind shifts and gusts up to 25 knots coming through to provide tacticians with a very busy day. Three races were able to be completed before the wind strength had all competitors running for the safety of the marina.

The results showed that Rolf was able to master the conditions whereas Chris on Easy Tiger was happy to be able to break in his brand new crew before the main event. Colin Simmonds and his Doolallie crew also had a good day coming in second. Grant Atkinson was brave enough to tackle some racing in spite of having two totally inexperienced crew onboard, while Tim Browne and the Weasel team used this practice regatta to get up to speed for the racing to follow.

Saturday brought wind speeds and gusts hardly ever seen here in Pattaya and certainly not the weather conditions the Platu was designed to race in. Racing was cancelled for the day.

Sunday morning looked even more ominous as a directive from the Marine Authorities of Thailand prohibited any vessel from leaving the marina until further notice.

Luckily the wind and gusts abated sufficiently for the order to be lifted and racing was able to be started at 12.30 .

Again, the wind direction changes were significant but with winds of 12 knots and gusts up to 20 knots this was within the safe zone for Platus. This did not make it any easier to race however and crews were made to work extremely hard. The Easy Tiger crew had obviously learned from the practice races and began to show their speed by winning the first three races. Tim Brown’s crew also sailed extremely well and finished just 15 seconds and then 2 seconds behind Easy Tiger for the first two races. Unfortunately for them the double point final race allowed Rolf’s win to lift him to second overall, one point ahead.

In spite of everything, crews finished the weekend with smiles on their faces and enjoyed the good food and the odd beer or two provided by the excellent staff of the sailors bar.

Presentations followed with Chris Way winning the Platu Cup and along with it the overall Platu Championship of 2017. Rolf Heemskerk was second and also took second place for the Championship. And to keep things orderly, Tim Browne and his Weasel Crew took third place on the weekend and third overall in the Championship.

Platu Cup 5th Nov 2017
RESULTS 1 2 3 4 score position
Chris Way 1 1 1 4 7 First
Rolf Heemskerk 3 3 2 2 10 Second
Tim Browne 2 2 3 6 13 Third
Colin Simmonds 4 4 4 8 20 4th
Grant Atkinson 5 5 6 12 28 5th
K Ithinai 7 7 7 14 35 6th

Thanks go to

the staff of the Sailors bar

To the marina staff who worked in very difficult conditions to lay the course marks and assist on the committee boat. With special mention to K Chumron who worked tirelessly and never once lost the smile on his face.

And of course to Scott Finston, the Marina Harbourmaster, who has supported the Platu Racing for many years and provided the staff and equipment without which it would be impossible to race.

Also to you the competitors, many of whom travel long distances to support the Platu racing here at Ocean Marina Yacht Club.

photos at this link

Ferret News 6th November 2017, written by Kev Scott

  see below…NOR’s followed by Sailing Instructions            

PLATU CUP Regatta                                                                                                             page 1 of 2


3/4/5th November 2017

NOTICE OF RACE …..amended as at 25 Oct 2017  14.15 hrs


The racing is organised by the Platu National Class Association in conjunction with Ocean Marina Yacht Club under the auspices of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand. They will be held in the waters off the Ocean Marina, Na- Jomtien, Thailand.

All enquiries should be addressed to: Mr. Kevin Scott

E-mail: [email protected] Please state “Platu Cup” as the subject. Telephone: +66 (0) 878 25 00 11



1/1The Regatta will be  governed by: The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS),

No national prescriptions shall apply.

The Platu 25 Class Rules 2011 as amended by the NCA of Thailand. This Notice of Race as amended by the Sailing Instructions. All amendments to NORs or SI’s will be displayed in the marina office window by 20.00 hrs the previous day

1/2 Between the hours of local sunset and sunrise the International Rules for Preventing Collisions at Sea shall apply.

1/3 The World Sailing Special Regulations Appendix J, Category 5 Special Regulations shall apply to all yachts. These shall include, but may not be restricted to the following: yachts must carry a suitable engine and adequate fuel, anchor and towing lines as well as lifejackets for all crew. The participating yachts must adhere to reporting schedules, minimum drinking water requirements, if any. Additional safety rules, if any, will be available from the organizing committee before racing.

1/4 All yachts must have a functioning VHF Marine Band Radio, capable of monitoring channels 16 and 72.

1/5 Advertising on a boat or by its crew is permitted in accordance with the World Sailing advertising code, formerly known as Category C.

1/6 The Organizing Committee may require all participating boats to display the event sponsor’s advertising on the first 20% percent of the hull and the first 20% of the mainsail boom plus a sponsor’s flag of maximum size 500 mm x 750 mm on the backstay.

1/7 The Sailing Instructions will be available at registration & at / Championship 2017/ Platu Cup 2017 section, at least one week before the event.

2 ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY    All fees include VAT.  Entry fee will be 7,500 baht (214 USD) per boat plus 1,500 (52 USD) party costs per crew member.

3.SCHEDULE3rd November 2017 Friday                                                                            09.00 – 17.00 hrs registration, measurement and boat preparation                                   11.30 hrs Skippers briefing for mini regatta                                                                              13.00 hrs First Warning signal of Mini Regatta ( max 3 races)

Free beer and snacks after racing

4th November 2017 RACE DAY 1  Saturday

08.00-09.30  Registration and weigh in

09.30 skippers briefing for Platu Cup Regatta

11.00 First  warning signal ….maximum of 8 races

Free beer and snacks after racing

Continued overleaf

5th November 2017 ..RACE DAY 2 Sunday

11.00 first warning signal… maximum of 6 races

Free beer and snacks after racing.

Awards presentation as soon as possible after racing

This is the proposed schedule for the event. However the Organizing Committee reserves the right to amend this schedule, and any other rules, with the Sailing Instructions

4 COURSES.    The racing area will be in front of the Ocean Marina Pattaya. A description of courses to be used will be issued at registration. The courses will be inshore or coastal windward leewards at the discretion of the organizers. The course(s) will be chosen to take into account the prevailing, or forecasted weather conditions on the day of the race.             5 SCORING.     The regatta will be scored as provided in Appendix A of the Racing Rules using the Low Point system except the last race of the regatta will be a double points scoring race. Races will be approx.. 30 minutes duration. Three races shall be completed to constitute a series. No drop scores. max races 14                                                                            6 CLASS SYSTEM   The Platu 25 Class Rules 2011 as amended by the Thailand National Class Association shall apply. Both available on                    7 INSPECTION       Yachts shall be liable for inspection in accordance with applicable safety and measurement requirements.                                                                                             8 JURY

8/1 a jury shall be appointed in accordance with RRS appendix M

8/2 Decisions of the jury shall be final as in 70.5

8/3Any number of the jury may be available by video link only.

9 AWARDS Trophies shall be awarded to the first three boats.


10/1 The Yacht Racing Association of Thailand hereby prescribes that, advertising is allowed pursuant to the World sailing Advertising Code, formerly known as Category C. However, prior approval of the Organizing Committee of the Regattas shall be required for any advertising in addition to that permitted by World Sailing

10/2 Without limitation, the Organizing Committee is expected to disapprove any advertising it deems in conflict with Thai laws or customs and may disapprove advertising in conflict with the products of event sponsors.The Organizing Committee, the Race Committee, the Regatta sponsors and their representatives, officers, members and volunteers accept no liability whatsoever for any loss of life, property, personal injury, or damage caused by or arising out of the Regatta. Participants compete entirely at their own risk.


The Organizing Committee, the Race Committee, the Regatta sponsors and their representatives, officers, members and volunteers accept no liability whatsoever for any loss of life, property, personal injury, or damage caused by or arising out of the Regatta. Participants compete entirely at their own risk.



SAILING INSTRUCTIONS   Platu Cup Nov 3/4/5 2017 

   issue……..25 Oct 2017   15.00 hrs                                                                 page 1 of 2

Incorporating the Platu Open Championship of Thailand, the final round of the       Yachts in Thailand” , One Design, Platu, Championship of Thailand 2017



The racing is organized by the Ocean Marina Yacht Club under the auspices of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand. It will be held in the waters off the Ocean Marina, Na-Jomtien.

  1. RULES

1.1 The Regattas will be governed by:

The Racing Rules of Sailing

The Platu Class Rules 2011 as amended by the Thailand National Class Association ,


2.1 All boats shall be identified by their Hull number of three digits, on the bow and minimum 30cms high .


Notices to competitors will be posted on the official Notice Board in the window of the Marina office.


4.1. Any change to the Sailing Instructions will be posted by 20:00 hours on the day before it will take effect, including any

change to the schedule of races.

4.2.  late changes to the sailing instructions may be made on ch 72 prior to the warning signal,using flag L from the Committee

Boat to indicate listen to Radio or come within hailing distance.


5.1 Signals made ashore will be displayed on a flag mast at Ocean Marina at the entrance to the quays.

5.2 When Flag AP is displayed ashore, “one minute” is replaced with “not less than 60 minutes”.


6.1 Platu Cup  Race day 1  maximum eight races on Saturday 4th Nov 2017. First warning signal 11.00 hrs

6.2 Platu Cup  Race day 2  maximum six races on Sunday 23rd 5th Nov 2017. First warning signal 11.00 hrs

  1. Any change to this schedule will be announced latest 20.00 the day prior the start of racing.

7.1. The class flag  will be: Blue P on white


8.1. The racing area will be approx.. one mile offshore from Ocean Marina.


9.1 WINDWARD-LEEWARD COURSES – These courses, formed by three marks, will be as shown in the diagrams/course descriptions as outlined in Attachment 1. All rounding marks shall be left to port.

9.2 The course number to be sailed will be displayed on a board on the stern of the committee boat.

  1. MARKS

10.1 The Windward and Leeward marks of the course will be Yellow cube inflatable buoys.

10.2 There will be an offset pin at the windward mark at approx. 60 metres. Colour to be advised.

10.2 The start pin will be an orange round buoy and the finish pin a white round buoy.

10.3 Failure of a mark boat to be in position shall NOT be grounds for redress. This changes RSS 62.1(a).


11.1 When a second, and subsequent races are to be started on the same day the warning signal to start will be preceded by the display of a postponement signal for at least 5 minutes. This instruction will not apply after a general recall or abandonment.

11.3 The starting line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on the Starting Boat at the starboard end and the port end starting mark.

11.4 A boat starting later than four minutes after her starting signal will be scored Did Not Start. This changes rule RRS A 4.1.


To change the next leg of the course, the race committee will lay a new mark, colour to be advised,  (or move the finishing line) and remove the original mark as soon as practicable. The change will be signalled before the leading boat has begun the leg, although the new mark may not yet be in position. Any mark to be rounded after rounding the new mark may be relocated without further signalling to maintain the course configuration. When in a subsequent change a new mark is replaced, it will be replaced by an original mark. The new mark will be a cylindrical mark.


13.1. The finishing line will be between the staff displaying an orange flag on the Finishing Vessel at the Starboard end and the white pin end finishing mark.


14.1 The provisions of RRS 44.1 and 44.2 shall not apply and a penalty will be one turn, inc. one tack and one gybe.


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14.2 Unless otherwise prescribed in these Sailing Instructions, for infringements of the RRS, other than RRS PART 2 “WHEN BOATS MEET ” the Jury may award a penalty of less than disqualification.


15.1 The time limit for the windward/leeward courses shall be 70 minutes or 20 minutes after the first boat finishes.


16.1 Protest forms are available from the race office. Protests and Requests for Redress shall be delivered there within the protest time limit.

16.2 The protest time limit is 90 minutes after the last boat in the class has finished the last race of the day.

16.3 Notices will be given within 30 minutes of the protest time limit to inform competitors of hearings in which they are parties or named as witnesses.

16.4 Requests for redress or reopening of a hearing will only be accepted up to 30 minutes after close of protest time on the final day of racing.

16.6 There will be No Request For Redress against OCS decisions. This alters RRS 62.1(a).

16.7 Any protests for Saturday will be held on Sunday.

16.8 The protest committee may involve jurors contacted by video conferencing.

17 For the Yachts in Thailand, One Design, Platu Championship 2017, yachts shall be scored based on their team name. Change of skipper and or boat during the series will be allowed, subject to the approval of the organizing committee.


18.1 A yacht shall neither make radio transmissions whilst racing nor receive radio communications,” not available to all boats” except as described in SI, 18.3

18.2 A yacht retiring from a race must at the earliest opportunity notify the Race Committee of this by hail, message, VHF on Channel 72 or cellular phone on the number provided by the committee .

18.3 Any radio communications by the Race committee, any naming or misnaming of boats &/or their numbers, colours, designs, logos, or shapes cannot be used as evidence in any redress hearing.

This changes RRS 62.1 (a).


19.1 In case of shortened course, the finish line will be between a staff displaying shorten course flag S and the nearby rounding mark.


20 .1. Prizes will be awarded for the first three yachts .



Attachment 1

(Reference Sailing Instructions Paragraph 9.1)

                                                 1a          1




o———- CB ————o

Start                                Finish


Course 1   start-1-1a finish

Course 2    start-1-1a-2-1-1a-finish

Course 3    start-1-1a-2-1-1a- 2-1-1a-finish

 All marks rounded to port .   

CB …………….start/finish boat

Mk1, Windward mark , Mk2, Leeward mark.  1a offset mark.











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