The Hua Hin Regatta 2017 will be held between Tuesday 25th to Sunday 30th April with over 300 competitors from across Thailand and many other Asian as well as European countries taking part
The organising authority is The Yacht Racing Association of Thailand (YRAT), in conjunction with the Royal Thai Navy, Tourist Authority of Thailand, Cha-Am Municipality and Phetchaburi Province. During the Regatta Royal Thai Navy ships will chaperone the fleet off-shore and the eager helping hands of navy sailors providing the first greeting for returning competitors. In April, 1966, His Majesty King Bhumiphol Adulyadej sailed single-handed his OK Dinghy which he had built himself from Klai Kangwon Summer Palace in Hua Hin, travelling 60 nautical miles before arriving on the Toey Ngam Beach in Sattahip, Chon Buri.
The journey across the Gulf of Thailand took an amazing 17 hours. This achievement was the inspiration for Joule (June) Krittanai, a 15 year old member of the Sailing Club Hua Hin to embark on her own epic cross-gulf solo sail. She is attempting to be
come the first person to achieve feat in an Optimist. The Optimist is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15 and one of the most popular sailing dinghies in the world, with over 150,000 boats officially registered with the class. As a point of comparison the length of an Optimist is 2.36 metres (7 ft 9 in), whereas an OK dinghy is 4.00 metres (13.12 ft).
Weather permitting, this attempt will start around midnight on 22nd or 23rd April and is likely to take around 19 hours. The Sailing Club Hua Hin will provide many other support services for June as well as members participating in regatta events. Our best wishes to June on her optimistic crossing; fair weather! Official Events Royal Vega Rudder trophy for various classes Super Mod National Championship trophy OK Dinghy National Championship trophy Princess Cup for Optimist Championship About The Sailing Club Hua Hin Where: Suan Son Loi Road Cha-Am. Next to (north) the Regent Chalets, about 15 kms from Hua Hin. Contact: English – 087888 7565, Thai: 084413 5038, E-mail – richard@ huahinsailing.com