THE PLATU CHAMPIONSHIP OF THAILAND 2021
ROUND 1 ….February 27th-28th
ROUND 2…..May 15-16th NOTE NEW DATE as at 1st March 2021
ROUND 3…. July 10th-11th
ROUND 4 …..October 9th-10th
There will be four Platu Championship events in 2021 with a boat’s best three scores to count towards the Platu Champion of Thailand 2021
By popular demand the format for the Championship regattas will be two day events over a weekend, using short course, Windward Leeward races of approximately 30 minutes. This allows 10 or more races to be run per event. No drop scores and the last race of each regatta is for double points to make sure competition will be close and exciting until the very last race.
We will cut out all the non competitive “frills” in order to reduce crews costs to an absolute minimum. However this will in no way reduce the “thrills” element of the on water racing format. We will continue to provide some of the most exciting and competitive One Design racing in Asia.
With some very generous help from some Platu owners. charter boats will be available for only 10,000 baht per event. see Charter boat section of this site.
We are also very grateful to Ocean Marina Yacht Club who will continue their valuable support to this Championship.
Platu Championship 2021
REPORT of Round 1 Feb 27/28th 2021
This year the One Design Platu Championship of Thailand will be fought out over 4 rounds with a crew’s best three results to count.
Seven top class crews sailed the first round in perfect sailing conditions. The sun was shining and the sea was calm, other than when big power boats blasted their way right through the middle of the racing area instead of politely diverting their course a hundred metres.
On Saturday the wind was a constant Westerly between 6 and 8 knots. Luckily the first race was a practice race only because it seemed that half the fleet consisted of “scratch” crews who needed time to get acclimatized with each other. It was not a pretty sight! But, as with all experienced crew, they soon settled into a routine and got ready to race hard.
Right from the start the YRAT team showed their speed and recorded their first win of many over the short windward leeward courses. This short format racing is popular with all the crews and certainly keeps the racing close and exciting for everybody. After 6 races the results began to give some indication of what was to follow. K Tosapon on Platu 107 was leading with 8 points followed by Kevin Whitcraft on Platu 117 on 14 points and Grant Atkinson on 17 points. And so the crews sailed back to the Marina to enjoy a well deserved cold drink and explain their excuses and unlucky wind shifts.
Sunday provided even better sailing conditions with the Southerly wind varying between eight and 13 knots. Although the median wind direction was constant throughout the day, crews reported big oscillating shifts up the course. Once again the YRAT team were the boat to beat and although Kevin Whitcraft finally got the measure of them it was not enough to overhaul their overall scores. As usual for these events there are no drop scores and the final race carries double points. This ensures that results are far from settled and all boats have to do the last race which provides the fiercest racing of all.
Congratulations to all crews for providing a great competition with strong but healthy on water racing and then a most friendly get together for results and a beer afterwards.
Thanks go to Ocean Marina Yacht Club for providing the committee boat and mark laying boat and K. Thammasak to arrange things on and off the water.
Thanks to our ever faithful flag man, Tony Hewitt.
Thanks also to FLS Logistics company who have commissioned the famous Ferret Platu 124 for the year. Their support for the yacht racing at Ocean Marina is most welcome and we have plans to encourage members of their staff to become involved with this great sport of ours.
Results Team YRAT 18 points, Kevin Whitcraft 32 points, FLS logistics 45 points, Grant Atkinson 47 points, Nathan Masopust 57 points, Lucy Howett 75 points and k. Surapon Tippawongse 82 points.
Alongside this Platu event was the OMYC monthly racing for all classes. Five crews enjoyed a long distance race each day with Morten Jacobsen’s small sports boat enjoying perfect conditions and an even better IRC rating to run away with the victor’s spoils. Because of the big variation between boats of this class it is intended to bring in a PHS system for future events.
Kev Scott, Ferret News 1st March 2021.