The 14th annual Top of the Gulf Regatta is scheduled to be held from 27 April to 1 May in the waters of the Gulf of Thailand, headquartered at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Pattaya.
Held annually since 2005, the Top of the Gulf Regatta is known for providing international standard race management and close and competitive racing across all classes. With the aims of promoting sailing, Pattaya and the Gulf of Thailand, the event attracts a diverse range of boats from optimists and dinghies to one-design Platus, cruises, IRC yachts and multihulls. Sailors are also varied ranging from youngsters in the Optimist and dinghy classes to past Olympians and regional champions, sailing pros and weekend sailors.
This year, the Top of the Gulf Regatta includes up to 12 classes, including keelboats, multihulls, one-design Platus (competing for the Coronation Cup), beach catamarans, dinghies, Optimists (competing for the Thailand Optimist National Championships), and an IOM Class RC Yachts. In addition, the organiser will consider Class 0 for TP52 yachts subject to entry numbers.
While this year’s event will continue to operate on its successful formula, including the established venue, the four-day format, and the friendly social scenes, there will be extra elements added. They include a new arrangement for all race classes to finish together in order to join in the final night’s Gala Dinner; the ‘Live Results’ for the keelboat and multihull classes will be posted to the official website immediately after the race has completed; the ‘Maximise Racing Time’ new courses and class split, and a new menu at The Sailor’s Bar.
In addition, the ASAF Youth Sailing Cup Warm Up at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club has been scheduled for 2-3 May, thus allowing the opportunity for sailors to familiarise themselves with local conditions beforehand. For more information, please visit: www.topofthegulfregatta.com
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