Top of The Gulf Regatta is the largest multi-class regatta in the region and the only multi-class sailing event of its kind in Asia.
Founded in 2005 by Bill Gasson and Ocean Property in association with Ocean Marina Yacht Club. Top of the Gulf Regatta developed from a number of small yacht racing events held at Ocean Marina Yacht Club into one of the largest regattas in Thailand.
The Regatta is one of 12 events in the Asian Yachting Grand Prix Championship (AYGP) and is a significant contributor to the growth of marine tourism and sports in Pattaya, and to the positioning of Pattaya as a world-class sports tourism destination.
The Regatta was named “Asian Regatta of the Year” at the 2014 Asian Marine & Boating Awards, the only regatta in Thailand to ever win the award.
Top of The Gulf Regatta attracts a large fleet of keelboats and ocean multihulls, as well as One Design Platus, beach catamarans, dinghies and Optimists.
The Top of The Gulf Regatta will also include:
* Platu Coronation Cup
* Thailand Optimist National Championships
Top of The Gulf Regatta has always and continues to support diversity of boats and sailors and gives opportunities to youth and beginner sailors through its variety of classes.
Top of The Gulf Regatta was brought to you by Ocean Property in association with Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Royal Varuna Yacht Club and the Royal Thai Navy, Top of The Gulf Regatta is held under the auspices of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand.
Class 1 - IRC 1
Class 2 - IRC 2
Class 3 - IRC 3
Class 4 - Cruising
Class 5 - Platu (Coronation Cup)
Class 6 - Ocean Multihull
Class 7 - F18
Class 8 - Open Beach Multihull
Class 9 - Single-handed Monohull Dinghy
Class 10 - Double-handed Monohull Dinghy
Class 11 - IOM Class RC Yachts
Class 12 - Optimist (Thailand Optimist National Championships)
Established in 1996 with 24 entries, the first one-design Coronation Cup date coincided with the anniversary of the late His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand's Coronation date, 5th May 1950. From there, the one-design Platu Coronation Cup was born.
The Coronation Cup is incorporated into the Top of the Gulf Regatta and is sailed as part of the regatta under the International Platu Class Rules and any local amendments accordingly.
Ocean Marina Yacht Club is home to the largest Platu fleet in Asia and is host to the four event annual Platu series in Thailand of which the Coronation Cup is the pinnacle event.
The Platu was brought to Thailand by a group of businessmen. They commissioned Bruce Farr to design a one-design, economically-priced high performance boat suitable for Thailand's prevailing conditions. The first Platus were built by McDell Marine in New Zealand and in 1995 the first 28 were delivered to Pranburi on Thailand's Gulf Coast and based at the former Phatra Marina. (As a result of its successful design Beneteau visited the fleet in Pranburi and decided to buy moulds from McDell Marine and began manufacturing the Beneteau 25 in Europe. There are now approximately 600 Beneteau 25's in Europe and Worlds events are attracting up to 100 boats.)
The Thailand Optimist National Championships are incorporated in the Top of the Gulf Regatta and are run as an integral part of the regatta.
In 1976 the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand started Junior Sailing, a programme to encourage and train young Thai sailors and send them to compete in international sailing events. In the same year, YRAT started what was then called the Optimist Thailand Championship Cup, known today as the Thailand Optimist National Championships.
The Thailand Optimist National Championships regularly attracts over 120 junior sailors from around the world each year. The Championships are as competitive as ever, with many leading Thai juniors, international teams and world champions competing for the title. The Championships have also proven to be a great training ground for beginner and up and coming sailors in the fantastic and safe sailing conditions of the Gulf of Thailand.
Notice of Race can be download at here: Notice of Race
Classes 1 - 11: To enter a Keelboat, Multihull, Beach Catamaran, Laser Standard, Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, 420, 470 or IOM Class RC Yachts, click HERE and fill in the entry form.
Class 12: To enter the Thailand Optimist National Championships, click HERE and fill in the entry form.
Top of The Gulf Regatta has a comprehensive commercial sponsorship and partnership program that enables corporate to get involved with the world of sailing.
The growing popularity of sailing in Asia makes it the idea platform for companies to increase their brand awareness. Few events offer a more attractive image, companies who associate themselves with Top of The Gulf Regatta align themselves with an event that epitomises prestige and excellence.
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