Aside from being modest, his innovation and endless efforts, His Majesty the King is also known in the sporting world of sailing. Different news about him conquering the shores of Thailand and moving on to other parts of the globe.
What makes his sailing career most remarkable is that he is the one building his own boats starting from scratch and then he would take his finished boats for a test at the lake located near the Chitralada Palace. His workshop is a witness of the effort he put into making his own sailing dinghies based on the three different categories – international moth, international enterprise and international OK.
He built his first boat back in December 7, 1964 which belongs to the enterprise class and he called it Rajptain. He then modified it to fit the international category in order to participate at the race held in Pattaya going to Koh Larn. He was competing against the Duke of Edinburgh when he came to Thailand for a royal visit in 1965. On the very same day, he started constructing his second boat which he called AG and with the same class as the first one.
It was 1965 when he was able to build a boat with a class of international OK and he called it Navaruek. He started to work on other boats too such as Vega 1, Vega 2 and Vega 3. After which he decided to try building boats that are international moth class. He designed and constructed the nimble dinghies called Mod, Super Mod, Micro Mod in the years 1966 and 1967. He applied for a patent for his boat Mod in the office located in Britain.
Aside from being an expert in boat building, His Majesty is also known for his skills in sailing which has earned him the title accomplished sailor and sportsman. He was able to win various competitions with his boats and some of his medals he accomplished with his daughter.
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