The Race Committee delivered a perfect first day at the 2012 Asian Windsurfing Championships by completing the maximum 3 races permitted by the championship rules.
Two races, back to back, were followed by a third and final race late in the afternoon; with steady winds averaging from 9 to 11 knots during the day. Earlier in the day the opening ceremony was held at the beach in the presence of officials from Pattaya City Hall, and representatives from the sponsors and of the Windsurfing Association of Thailand (WATH). The mayor of Pattaya, who is also the President of WATH, Mr Itthipol Kunplome gave the welcoming address to over 100 competitors and coaches. 12 Asian countries are represented with competitors - China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and the hosts, Thailand.
After 3 races it is clear that competition is going to be very close at the top of each class.
The leading sailors at the end of day 1:
Mistral One Design - Oka Sulaksana (Indonesia)
Techno 293 Youth Boy - Sirichai Phusiri (Thailand)
Techno 293 Youth Girl - Chung Yuet Yee (Hong Kong)
RSX Men - Tae Hoon Lee (Korea)
RSX Women - Chan Hei Man (Hong Kong)
RSX Youth Men - Lee Chun Ting (Hong Kong)
RSX Youth Women - Siripon Kaewduang-Ngam (Thailand )
Full Results: T293 / MOD / RS:X
Registration closed today at the 2012 Pattaya City Asian Windsurfing Championships, to be held off Jomtien Beach, Pattaya , Thailand. 100 competitors from 12 Asian nations have signed on for these championships that are shared by 3 classes - Mistral One Design, RS:X and Techno 293.
During the afternoon a practice race was held for all classes and divisions- a perfect opportunity for both racers and race committee to test each other and their respective equipment.
Tomorrow morning will see the official Opening Ceremony at the beach - with championship racing starting at 14.00hrs.
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The 2012 Asian Windsurfing Championships starts in Pattaya, Thailand, on January 21st. The mayor of Pattaya City, and WATH President, Mr Itthiphol Kunplome, welcomed everyone to a press conference convened at City hall on Wednesday, 18th January.
The event site, located on Jomtien Beach, the base for the Windsurfing Association of Thailand (WATH), has hosted Asian championships in the past; but this year's event will be the biggest yet.
Competitors from 12 Asian nations have assembled in Pattaya to compete for continental titles in 3 windsurfing classes - Mistral One Design (a class of the Asian Games); Techno 293 (the current Youth Olympic class); and RS:X, the Olympic windsurfing class. Over 100 competitors, plus coaches and team officials, can expect the customary Thai hospitality and friendly rivalry that always accompanies events here.
The Opening Ceremony will take place at the event site on January 23rd, with racing commencing on the 24th, and the final day, with prize giving and celebration dinner, on January 29th.