Siricha I Phusiri (THA 21) is the Techno 293 Boys Asian Champion 2012! [more]Consistently scoring firsts and seconds – apart from a fourth which was discarded – he ended the championship a clear 13 points ahead of his nearest rival Wing Cheung Ng (HKG 21) who took silver. First girl, Chung Yuet Yee (HKG 32), who took three bullets during the competition, managed to end on equal points and finished in bronze position -3rd overall but first youth girl and Asian Champion Youth Girl.
Oka Sulaksana (INA) is Mistral One Design Class Asian Champion 2012! Despite the fact that Navin Singsart (THA 20), silver medal winner, took four bullets compared to the champion’s three, he also carried a third and two fourths whereas every other counting race for Oka Sulaksana was a second. Ma Yik Kau (HKG 14) won two championship races and finished just one point behind to take the bronze! Three very deserving podium place winners, well ahead of the rest of the fleet.
In the RS:X fleets, Leung Ho Tsun (HKG 2) was a worthy winner of the men, Tae Hoon Lee (KOR 71) took silver and Ek Boonsawad (THA 8) was third. First woman was Sun Li Mei (CHN 1), second was Chan Hei Man Hayley Victoria (HKG 5) and third Chan Wai Kei (HKG 8).
Tension mounted on the final day as start of racing was delayed waiting for wind. The intention was to have a ten minute break after the last finisher of race eight then go straight into race nine but there was a further postponement on the water before the final championship race could start.
Meanwhile, preparations were being made for the prize giving ceremony – stage, music, lights – which would be a spectacular finish to the 2012 Asian Championships.
Windsurfing Association of Thailand (WATH), are to be congratulated on their organisation of one of the biggest events yet and the race crew have run the best possible championship racing given the frustrating light conditions. Thai hospitality is second to none and we look forward to returning to Pattaya in the future.
The Race Committee manage to find 1 more race on day 5 of Asian Championships
With just one day left in the 2012 Pattaya City Asian Windsurfing Championships there are still many titles yet to be decided.
Local star, Siripon Kaewduang Ngam (THA57) looks a certainty for the RSX Youth Women’s title with 7 wins in 7 races. In the Techno 293 boys Sirichai Phusiri (THA21) looks to have an unassailable lead – especially if, as expected, the winds remain light on the final day.
In all the other class divisions one good or bad race could decide the title – positions can change!
The first possible start on day 6 will be at 1200 – with the last possible start at 1500.
An SUP team Challenge has been offered by Amara Watersports at the conclusion of racing tomorrow – what better way to wind down before the closing ceremony !