Transworld Regatta 2018

Report on the Transworld Regatta 2018

What a pleasure to welcome crews from so many countries to this truly Transworld event.  Three of these countries, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, currently represent the most active region in the World for Platu racing and will hold the 2018 Platu World Championship in Riga, Latvia this August. Chris Way brought his Easy Tiger team from Australia and Rolf Heemskerk travelled from Malaysia. These crews were supported by two local teams from Thailand, with ex-pats from several different countries on board.

As usual the 3 day regatta was preceded by a one day event of three races so that crews could  acclimatize themselves to the local conditions and also shake of their jet lag. The day saw winds up to 18 knots, quite big seas and many big shifts to keep the tacticians busy. The result was a sign of things to come as the first three boats went on to finish on the podium of the main event. Congratulations to Harles Liiv from Estonia in first place.

The first two days of the regatta itself again saw winds up to 18 and 19 knots, metre high waves, and lots of shifts of 20 degrees and more. The format of 30 minute races was again used so that there were 6 races on day one and 7 on day two. With a windward mark at half a mile, races of 1,2 and 3 laps were set to test suitability and best race format. The general consensus was that 30 minute, two lap races were best so this became the norm.

Strong winds and big shifts, but after two days and 13 races it was all to play for between Matti Sepp and Rolf Heemskerk who were separated by only three points.

The third day was much calmer than the previous two with a flat sea and winds of 6 knots as the racing began. This gradually built however to 14 knots and a few white caps to again make the crews hike hard.

The tension was building, not only for these two crews, but for all crews, and the first race of the final day saw chaos on the start line and a general recall necessary. The second start was a little bit better organized and crews finally got away for the first of 4 races with the final race being worth double points. It was hard to separate Mati and Rolf as they finished race 1 and 2 only metres apart. But then Mati decided that match racing was not the way to go and simply sailed fast to a win and a second place in the final two races. But a great effort from Rolf, the current holder of the Coronation Cup, who gave it everything, but it simply was not enough on this day.

Another close battle between four boats also ensued as they finished within a ten point spread after all 17 races.

Four races meant that crews were back in the marina before two o’clock so that they could enjoy some food and a well earned beer or two before the presentations took place.

As usual the organisers made it clear that all crews deserve to be recognized and so they went up individually on stage to receive a well deserved bottle of vodka or whiskey. Then the three podium placed crews received their trophies and the acclaim of the crowd.

Thanks were given:- to the Ocean Marina bar staff, the race officers, the on water crews the protest committee chairman Admiral Prasart and especially to the head of the Marina Scott Finston who has supported the Platu Championship of Thailand for several years with the committee boat and mark laying boats and staff. In recognition of his services to Platu racing he was presented with a framed certificate of thanks by Doug Smith. Doug was then presented with a plaque from last years world championships by Scott Finston for his services to platu racing in general at OMYC.

And so it all came to an end but it was great to see crews from all over the world chatting together in friendly, mutual recognition of this great sport.

written by Kev Scott, Ferret News, 5th March 2018

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Final Results 4th March 2018

Skipper Nationality              Platu             results                                             points     position

Mati Sepp Estonia               Platu 121….. 1,1,1,5,2,3,7,1,1,1,1,3,3,4,2,1,4           41               1st

Rolf Heemskerk Holland   Platu 154……2,2,2,2,5,1,4,2,2,3,3,1,4,5,3,4,6        51              2nd

Harles Liiv Estonia              Platu 124…..3,4,4,1,6,2,6,6,6,4,4,2,6,8,7,7,2        72              3rd

Janis Benfelds                       Platu 107…..4,6,4,3,1,8,5,7,4,5,7,7,5,3,1,3,8           81            4th

Espen Sandeberg Norway  Platu 117    6,3,8,4,9,7,2,3,7,2,2,6,1,6,5,5,12           88            5th

Chris Way Australia             Platu 027… 7,5,5,7,3,4,1,5,3,6,6,5,7,1,4,7,14          90            6th

Algirdas Zizys Lithuania      Platu 116    5,7,7,6,4,5,3,4,5,9,5,4,2,2,6,6,10         90            7th

Nathan Masopust USA         Platu 122   8,9,6,10,7,6,9,8,9,8,8,8,8,9,8,9,16     146           8th

Juris Kuklis Latvia                Platu 118    9,8,9,8,8,9,8,9,8,7,9,10,10,7,9,8,18    154           9th


Pre event update as at Feb 2nd 2018

This promises to be a truly international event with crews coming from, Australia, Malaysia, Estonia, Latvia, Russia, Lithuania, England and of course Thailand. A one day practice regatta of 3 races will let all crews get warmed up and used to the conditions on the race area. Then three days of quick fire windward leeward races will provide close and exciting racing. The new format of shorter races has proven to be welcomed by all crews, keeping boats closely engaged and needing constant awareness of tactics. The competition is very experienced and well prepared, to make this a One Design event not to miss.

NOTICE OF RACE … at 23 Oct 2017


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 Transworld” as the subject.

Telephone: +66 (0) 878 25 00 11


  • The 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.

  • Between the hours of local sunset and sunrise the International Rules for Preventing Collisions at Sea shall
  • The World Sailing Special Regulations Appendix J, Category 5 Special Regulations shall apply to all 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.
  • All yachts must have a functioning VHF Marine Band Radio, capable of monitoring channels 16 and 72.
  • Advertising on a boat or by its crew is permitted in accordance with the ISAF advertising code, formerly known as Category
  • 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
  • The Sailing Instructions will be available at registration & at / Transworld 2018 section, at least one week before the event.

Entry fee will be 7,000 baht (233 USD) per boat plus 2,000 baht (67 USD) party costs per crew member. All fees above include vat.


This is the proposed schedule for the event. However the Organizing Committee reserves the right to amend this schedule, the NOR’s and any other rules, with the Sailing Instructions

28th February and 1st March 2018

registration, measurement, weigh in and boat preparation

1st March 2018

08.30-17.00  Registration

11.30 skippers briefing for Practise regatta ( maximum of 3 races)

13.00 First  race warning signal

free beer and snacks straight after racing

2nd March 2018..RACE DAY 1

09.30 Skippers briefing

10.55 first warning signal..maximum 8 races

free beer and snacks straight after racing

3rd March 2018..RACE DAY 2

10.55 first warning signal..maximum 8 races

Free beer and snacks straight after racing

4th  March  2018    RACE  DAY 3

10.55 first warning signal… maximum 6 races

The final race will be a double points scoring race.

Straight after racing, Free beer and snacks

As soon after 16.00 hrs as possible RESULTS and AWARDS


  2. 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.
    1. The regatta will be scored as provided in Appendix A of the Racing Rules using the Low Point system except the last race will be a double points scoring race. Three races shall be completed to constitute a series. No drop scores.
    2. Maximum 22 races.
    1. The Platu 25 Class Rules 2011 as amended by the Thailand National Class Association shall apply. Both available on
  6. Yachts shall be liable for inspection in accordance with applicable safety and measurement requirements.
  7. JURY
    1. A Jury shall be appointed in accordance with RRS Appendix M.
    2. Decisions of the jury shall be final as provided in rule 70.5.
    3. Any number of the jury may be available by video link only.
    1. Trophies shall be awarded to the first three boats.
    2. A trophy for the first “Controlled Sails Division ” boat, subject to two entries.
    2. 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.
    3. The Yacht Racing Association of Thailand hereby prescribes that, advertising is allowed pursuant to the ISAF 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 ISAF.
    4. 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.
    5. We reserve the right to amend these NOR’s. see also item 1
    6. Ends

CHARTER BOATS are available.  They are in limited supply and can be reserved by sending a non refundable deposit of 10,000 baht at any time. Balance of payment is required at least 40 days before the regatta.


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