ILCA 7 Masters World Championships – Day 1

Pattaya, Thailand – Today was the first day of racing at the 2023 ILCA 7 Masters World Championships, hosted by the Royal Varuna Yacht Club. A total of 85 sailors representing 22 countries are enjoying perfect conditions to start the weeklong event. Two races were completed in NNW wind, averaging 12–15 knots, and clear skies over the Gulf of Thailand.

ILCA Masters Day 1
ILCA Masters Day 1

Upon returning to shore, Master sailor from the United States, Peter Hurley shared, “The first race was really beautiful out there, and everybody just banged the left corner and that seemed to be what worked best. Then [the wind] picked up in the second race, which was started under a black flag for multiple fleets. Waves got bigger, going downwind was fun… I think everybody is having a good time.”

Great Grand Master Marcel Dubbelman from Thailand also commented, “There were rip-roaring winds, with lots of great fun dueling around the marks against sailors of all nationalities.”

Jeff Loosemore sailing a big rig this week
Jeff Loosemore sailing a big rig this week

Thai Olympian Keerati Bualong finished atop the leaderboard in the Apprentice division after two first-place finishes today, only qualifying for his first masters after turning 30 in December. Defending Master World Champion, Greek Olympian Adonis Bougiouris similarly finished first in both races in the Masters Fleet. The largest division of the championship is the Grand Masters fleet, which is currently led by Australian Brett Beyer, 15-time Masters World Champion, who has who won both races, with fellow Australian Jan Scholten just 2 points behind in second. Great Grand Master and defending Masters World Champion Tim Law from Great Britain holds a one-point lead over Australian Steve Gunther after the regatta’s first two races.

Brett Beyer leading GM fleet after Day 1
Brett Beyer Day 1

Full results: https://jpvm.org/results/2023/ILCA7_Master_Worlds/results.html

Photos: https://2023ilca7masters.ilca-worlds.org/photos/
Videos: https://2023ilca7masters.ilca-worlds.org/videos/

Text: ILCA

Photos: Matias Capizzano

Event website: https://2023ilca7masters.ilca-worlds.org

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