Thailand female sailor Siripon Kaewduangngam has been crowned 2017 RS:One World Champion ahead of Peiling Chen from China and Blanca Manchon (2010 Rolex Sailor of the year) from Spain.
In the Men's fleet, the 2012 (and first) RS:One World Champion, Geylord Coveta from Philippines, stamped his authority with an outrageous dominancy and claimed the 2017 RS:One World Champion title. Thailand Team impressed with the organisation and consistent performances bringing back home the second and third position with its sailors Navin Singsart and Nathaphong Phonoppharat.
This Championship was, without any doubt, one of the best the Class had the chance to co-organise. Vietnam's energy, dedication and incredible welcome seduced all competitors which came from all around the globe including new windsurfing nation such Cambodia. The RS:One Class has always been dedicated to promote and develop the sport globally and to support new emerging nation programs. Mr Duong, from the Canoeing, Rowing & Sailing Federation orchestrated, with all his team, a brilliant and inspiring first official sailing event ever in Vietnam. The Federation is now bidding to host the 2019 RS:X Youth Worlds and 2020 RS:X Convertible foiling World Championships.
It has also been confirmed by Mr Neil Pryde, the RS:One Class President, that the 2018 Asian Championships will be held in Goa while Penghu will organise the 2018 World Championship. Goa is certainly very excited by this opportunity to grow the windsurfing One design in India. Goa will also host the 2019 RS:One World Championships and China has been chosen for the 2019 Asian Championships.
Final ranking after 13 races:
1- Siripon Kaewduangngam - THA
2- Peiling Chen - CHN
3- Blanca Manchon - ESP
1- Geylord Coveta - PHI
2- Navin Singsart - THA
3- Natthaphong Phonoppharat - THA