Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Top of the Gulf 2012 opens with pace

by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia on 5 May 2012
Top of the Gulf Regatta 2012. Party time at Ocean Marina Yacht Club. Guy Nowell/Top of the Gulf
Breeze pumpin’, band playin’, rum flowin’… Racing starts tomorrow with 57 boats on the line for the ‘outside’ course, which means the big boats. Add in the dinghies, beach cats, and the 100+ entries in the Thai National Optimist Championships, and there is serious credence for this being the ‘biggest regatta in Asia.’ You know how reluctant we are to endorse superlatives, but the numbers do stack up.

But tonight was party time, and an opportunity to say ‘hello’ to the old friends and meet some new ones too. After the Skippers’ Briefing at which Jerry Rollin reminded everyone that 'it’s all the SIs' (so, no surprises there), and then Regatta Chairman Bill Gasson taking the mic to introduce the sponsors, it was an occasion for a few Singha beers, a couple of glasses of Mont Clair wine and maybe a Mount Gay Rum or two, and a spectacular buffet laid out on the lawns in front of the Ocean Marina Yacht Club.





15+ kts blowing across the marina bodes good for the next few days’ racing, and the forecast says it is going to hold. The eighth running of the Top of the Gulf Regatta will feature four days of racing in six main classes, with beach cats, dinghies and the Oppies in the mix as well. Not forgetting the Coronation Cup for the Platu OD division which historically has been the hardest-fought class of all. There are 15 entries on the Platu list, which will certainly give Platu convenor Kev ‘The Ferret’ Scott something to keep him on his toes.

We’ll be bringing you daily reports from Pattaya, Thailand, for the next few days, and if the regatta continues the way it started tonight it’s going to be good. Watch this space.



upffront 660x82Zhik Isotak Ocean 660x82Newport Boat Show 2016 660x82

Related Articles

Marshall and Doyle tied on points at J/22 World Championship
By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points with Chris Doyle, Will Harris and Adam Burns. Jeff Todd is still in the hunt in third place with 35 points.
Posted on 24 Aug
J22 World Championship - More Day 2 action-shots by Christopher Howell
Christopher Howell was on water at 2016 J22 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action. Photographer Christopher Howell was on water at 2016 J22 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action.
Posted on 24 Aug
2016 J22 World Championship - Day 2 action-shots by Christopher Howell
Christopher Howell was on water at 2016 J22 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action. Photographer Christopher Howell was on water at 2016 J22 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action.
Posted on 24 Aug
Michael Marshall excels in wind and waves on J/22 Worlds Day 2
The day before J/22 Worlds began Mike Marshall led a panel discussion focused on techniques for heavy breeze and waves. 2016 J/22 World Championship - The day before the J/22 World Championship began at Cork/Sail Kingston in Ontario Canada, Mike Marshall led a panel discussion focused on techniques for heavy breeze and waves.
Posted on 24 Aug
Spring into summer with NCYC’s Inner Spring Regatta
Entry is open 2016 NCYC Inner Spring Regatta to be held over the 10th and 11th of September. Entry is open 2016 NCYC Inner Spring Regatta to be held over the 10th and 11th of September. With six on the entry list in the first 24 hours this will be a regatta not to miss.
Posted on 24 Aug
Debriefing the 2016 Rio Olympics—Sailing news North America and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted on 23 Aug
The Clipper Race turns 20!
Throughout the race, tales of crew celebrating birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion Throughout the race, tales of Clipper Race crew celebrating their birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion, likely to remain a completely unique event in their lifetime.
Posted on 23 Aug
Consistency is key for Chris Doyle on Day 1 of J/22 World Championship
Chris Doyle of New York showed why he’s reigning J/22 World Champion on the opening day of the 2016 J/22 World Champs 2016 J/22 World Championship - Chris Doyle of New York showed why he’s the reigning J/22 World Champion on the opening day of the 2016 J/22 World Championship. Three races were completed in gorgeous Lake Ontario conditions at the event hosted by CORK/Sail Kingston in Ontario Canada.
Posted on 23 Aug
2016 J22 World Championship - Day 1 action-shots by Christopher Howell
Photographer Christopher Howell was on water at 2016 J22 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day Photographer Christopher Howell was on water at 2016 J22 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 1 action.
Posted on 23 Aug
A magnificent fleet gathers in Cowes for Etchells World Championship
58 teams from all over the world have entered the championship, hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club. Twenty teams are from Great Britain and a dozen each from Australia and the United States of America. Four entries are from Hong Kong and as far afield as: Bermuda, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.
Posted on 22 Aug