The RS:One Class in association with Vietnam Canoeing, Rowing and Sailing Federation hosted the 2017 RS:One World Championships from 10 to 14 June in Hoi An, Vietnam.
Over 50 windsurfers from 14 countries and three continents, including the 2010 RS:X World Champion, Blanca Manchon, battled hard during 13 races in shifty winds of 4 – 11 knots.
Vietnam turned on champagne sailing conditions for the last day with a stable breeze and perfect clear sky.The female Thai sailor, Siripon Kaewduangngam was crowned 2017 World Champion ahead of Peiling Chen from China and Manchon. In the men's fleet, the 2012 and inaugural RS:One World Champion, Geylord Coveta from Philippines, stamped his authority to claim another world title.
The Thai team impressed everyone with their organisation and consistent performance which resulted in them bringing home the second and third position. The 2017 RS:One Worlds was located on the beautiful white sandy beach of the luxury Hoi An Boutique Resort. Race courses were set up like the Pulsar (compact slalom, America's Cup style) and Marathon (long distance), so that on-shore audience could enjoy the racing.
Mr Duong, from the Canoeing, Rowing and Sailing Federation orchestrated, with all his team, a brilliant and inspiring first official sailing event ever in Vietnam.
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
Full results can be viewed here: