November 7th 2016
Great news. There will be an ABSOLUTE ONE DESIGN Platu Class at the Kings Cup regatta Dec 3rd-10th 2016. 7 boats have registered so far and all will be fitted with identical sets of sails by the organizers.. This class is the result of a lot of hard work by Mike Downard of Sail in Asia. We firmly believe this ABSOLUTE One Design Class, using equal boats fitted with identical sails is the way to go and provides a level playing field for all competitors to compete on.
August 18th 2016
Starting this month there will be club events using these One Design boats racing out of Phuket Yacht Club. Cost is 1,000 baht per crew.
see www.yachtracinginasia.com or email kev for more details firstname.lastname@example.org
July 28th 2016
The first ABSOLUTE Platu One Design Class event was held at the Phuket Race Week, and it was a great success.
5 crews battled it out in very difficult wind conditions. Clement Lim came with the ever smiling Singapore Management University team, Justin Lean came with his new team from Singapore also, Liz Schoch skippered her Super Girls team, Mike Downard bravely introduced his interns to racing and Kev Scott brought along, daughter Ying, Doug Smith, Nathan Masopust and big John, another intern from Sail in Asia.
There was a great atmosphere between all the crews knowing that this was truly ABSOLUTE One Design racing. This also meant that racing was close when the wind was predictable and it took very flukey wind conditions in race four to be able to split the fleet.
The evening parties were some of the best we have ever experienced and the ABSOLUTE crews made sure all the other teams knew that we were there!!
Congratulations to Clement and his SMU team…overall winners of the Class.
Well done Liz, in second place, beaten only by one point.
Third was Kev, two points further back.
ABSOLUTE success…this is…… “The way forwards”
Thanks to Mike Downard for all his considerable effort creating this Class.
Ferret News..written by Kev Scott
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NEW from 2016 ….. Platus fitted with identical sets of sails.
In Phuket the Platu Class at Phuket Race Weeek and the Kings Cup will all be fitted with “controlled” sets of sails supplied by the organisers and be known as the ABSOLUTE One Design Platu Class. All charter boats are prepared by the organisers to a fixed and consistant standard.
(It is hoped that once a Platu Class has been re-established in Phuket that there will be two sail divisions within the class the same as in Pattaya.)
In Pattaya we will continue to allow any class legal sails but also introduce a division within the class for Platus using the “controlled” sails.
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