Please select your home edition
Edition
Newport Boat Show 728x90

Top of the Gulf Regatta 2012 - it's going to be good

by TOG Media on 4 Mar 2012
Top of the Gulf Regatta 2011 - All in the frame... Platu start Guy Nowell/Top of the Gulf
Preparations for the 2012 Top of the Gulf Regatta are well underway. The organising team have been working hard on promoting the regatta starting with a campaign in October 2011. Advertisements in leading yachting publications overseas and in Thailand, combined with an active campaign to marinas and yacht clubs in the region distributing posters, flyers, and having a presence at regional regattas... and now our direct email campaign to sailors around the region and beyond.

All these promotions and communications are starting to pay off as entries are coming in strong and include a number of new entries that have signed up to take part in the Regatta this year. A number of on-water and on-shore changes are planned this year, and the organisers are happy to announce Jerry Rollin will return as PRO this year on the keelboat and multihull course with Simon James attending in his IRC capacity.

The Racing Class looks to be competitive again with Neil Pryde planning to return and try again for the class title. Sports boats are also looking strong with two new Shaw 6.5's expected to add to the fleet. And the all-new, never-before-seen Soto 30 will be racing as part of its worldwide launch. More on this in a future newsletter.

Ocean Marina expansion?Ocean Marina recently announced expansion and renovation plans in-the-water in response to increased demand and the growing size and needs of the Top of the Gulf Regatta each year. The components are due for delivery this weekend.

Ocean Property, the parent company of Ocean Marina in Thailand, has confirmed an expansion of 100 new floating marina berths (13m and 20m), and an upgrade to 100 larger existing berths – the single largest expansion since the marina was built 18 years ago.

Scott Finsten, Harbour Master at Ocean Marina, said: 'The marina is not only a boost to Thailand’s boating industry, but also a boost to the local economy given the amount of jobs that will be created,' adding, 'We have dredged the marina to 3.5m so we can accommodate the deeper draft vessels that visit Thailand. The new marina completes the investment, to ensure we can cater for long-term demand.'



Boom of the 40-footers?

The growth of the Asian 40-footer fleet has been evident for a while now, and continuing its upward growth trend, the Top of the Gulf Regatta are expecting its largest 40-foot fleet this year, and arguably its most competitive. 2011 Phuket King's Cup Regatta winner, Karasu, the Summit 40 skippered by Yasuo Nanamori, will be racing at the Top of the Gulf Regatta for the first time, against another regatta newcomer KukuKERchu, the Kerr 40 from Singapore. More pledged entries are expected to make this a very competitive class on-the-water, including a Mills 40, Swan 42 and GP 42 amongst them.

Coronation Cup record??

Thailand Platu Class representative, Kevin Scott, has confirmed 15 Platus from the Ocean Marina-based fleet are entered, with more crews on a waiting list to charter. Arguably the most competitive class, the one-design 25-foot Farr Platus produce some close racing where one mistake can drop you down the rankings and out of the competition. This year the fleet looks to be one of the largest yet, and very multinational, with crews from Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and Thailand competing for the prestigious Coronation Cup.



Online entry is open

If you haven't entered already, go to http://topofthegulfregatta.com/entry_form1.shtml and complete the entry form. Organisers expect up to 70 boats on the keelboat and multihull course, 30 or more dinghies, 20+ beach catamarans and over 100 in the Optimist Class, competing for the Thailand Optimist Nationals. Over 500 sailors are expected to take part in total.

PayPal and credit card payment facilities will be available online. Participants are urged to use these facilities.

The 2012 Top of the Gulf Regatta will take place fourth to 8th May. Hosted at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, racing will take place in the waters off the marina, Jomtien Beach, Gulf coast of Thailand.

For more information:?
Website: www.topofthegulfregatta.com
?Facebook: www.facebook.com/togregatta
?Twitter: www.twitter.com/togregatta
?YouTube: www.youtube.com/TOG
Regatta?Email: togrinfo@topofthegulfregatta.com




Next up is Samui Regatta

Next on the Asian regatta circuit, after the TOG Regatta, is the Koh Samui Regatta – the 'Tropical Island Regatta'. Held 28th May to 2nd June off Chaweng Beach and headquartered at Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, the Koh Samui Regatta is one of the region's favourite boutique regattas and attracts boats from all around Asia to take part each year. 2012 is the 11th year of the Regatta and organisers are expecting a strong fleet. NOR and further details are on the event website, www.samuiregatta.com.

upffront 660x82Zhik Isotak Ocean 660x82Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82

Related Articles

Zhik sailors win 17 sailing medals at 2016 Olympic Regatta
The 2016 Olympic games are over and what a Games they have been - Zhik sailors dominated Zhik sailors won almost 60% of the medals contested at Rio de Janeiro. It was a regatta which tested sailors and gear - with one day being the most severe conditions ever experienced at an Olympic regatta. For the Zhik team riders on the waters of Rio, four years and more of hard work and dedication have paid off for many.
Posted on 29 Aug
Zhik sailors win 17 sailing medals at 2016 Olympic Regatta
The 2016 Olympic games are over and what a Games they have been - Zhik sailors dominated Zhik sailors won almost 60% of the medals contested at Rio de Janeiro. It was a regatta which tested sailors and gear - with one day being the most severe conditions ever experienced at an Olympic regatta. For the Zhik team riders on the waters of Rio, four years and more of hard work and dedication have paid off for many.
Posted on 29 Aug
Etchells Europeans - Kiwis on top after Day 1 after long day in Cowes
For the first day of the 2016 Etchells Open Europeans, PRO Phil Lawrence, prophesied that it might be a long day The top Etchells team today was Feng Shui, from the Royal Akarana Yacht Club, Auckland, NZ. Helmed by Andrew Wills and owned by Anatole Masfen, Matthew Kelway completes the line up. The team has won several New Zealand National Titles and Wills was on Jud Smith's winning team for the 2006 Etchells Worlds.
Posted on 29 Aug
Hollandia wins 8 Metre World Cup
After nine race series, Netherlands' Hollandia wins it with eight points. The racing took place in a range of conditions After a five day, nine race series, Hollandia of the Netherlands wins it with eight points. The racing took place in a range of conditions and Hollandia managed to win every race.
Posted on 29 Aug
Hollandia wins 8 Metre World Cup
After nine race series, Netherlands' Hollandia wins it with eight points. The racing took place in a range of conditions After a five day, nine race series, Hollandia of the Netherlands wins it with eight points. The racing took place in a range of conditions and Hollandia managed to win every race.
Posted on 29 Aug
Volvo Ocean Race - Enright and Towill ready to go again in 2017/18
Team Alvimedica skipper Charlie Enright and his long-time buddy Mark Towill are eager to put their experience to use. Team Alvimedica were the youngest team in the race last edition, and now skipper Charlie Enright and his long-time buddy Mark Towill are eager to put that experience to use. Volvo Ocean race's Jonno Turner caught up with Mark and Charlie to chat about everything from the transition back into 'real life', their reflections on the 2014-15 campaign - and the future.
Posted on 29 Aug
Noroton Yacht Club takes the NYYC Grandmasters Team Race Trophy again
The yacht club from Darien, Connecticut, still out sailed every other club on the water. Every August the biggest question for the NYYC Grandmasters Team Race Regatta is whether this will be the year that Noroton Yacht Club's winning streak ends. Yet even after the age minimums were raised by five years and the event was expanded to 10 teams and three days to stiffen the competition, the yacht club from Darien, Connecticut, still out sailed every other club on the water.
Posted on 29 Aug
The door’s been flung open – again
Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing gets sexier for Tokyo Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing may get sexier for Tokyo 2020. Yes, the proverbial door has been cast ajar before, often to much fanfare, and not that much has been achieved.
Posted on 28 Aug
Michael Illbruck crowned 2016 Melges 20 World Champion
Although not a simple task, Freides aimed to keep Illbruck behind him, or at minimum out of top nine ranking. Hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino, the World Championship was the most successful to date featuring four days of incredible sportboat racing.
Posted on 28 Aug
Freides defends leadership at Melges 20 World Championship
The one and only race that was able to take place at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship was a difficult one at best 2016 Melges 20 World Championship - The one and only race that was able to take place at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino was a difficult one at best, however managed to present some nice new faces at the front of the fleet.
Posted on 28 Aug