Ocean Marina prepares to welcome sailors from around the region to the 2011 Top of the Gulf Regatta (TOG Regatta). Set to take place 29 April – 3 May at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, the TOG Regatta incorporates the one-design Platu Coronation Cup and Thailand Optimist Nationals.
'The 2010 Regatta was a great success. We welcomed big fleets of all kinds of boats to the Gulf of Thailand. Planning for the 2011 event is well underway and we are looking forward to another great year. With strong support from Host Sponsor Ocean Marina Yacht Club, we are expecting to further increase the number of participants in 2011,' said Bill Gasson, Regatta founder and Chairman of the Organising Committee.
The 2010 TOG Regatta saw a record fleet with 24 ‘big boats’, 11 multihulls and 13 Platus taking part. In addition, the regatta hosted 129 Optimists and a further 67 assorted dinghies and beach cats, making it the largest sailing event in Thailand.
The Top of the Gulf Regatta includes the largest Optimist fleet in Thailand, attracting over 100 junior sailors from around the region each year, to compete for the Thailand Optimist Nationals. Having won individual and Team golds at the recent Optimist World Championships held in Langkawi, Malaysia, Thailand's sailors are going to be hard to beat.
Thailand is home to the largest one-design Platu fleet in Asia. Each year the Platu fleet compete for the prestigious Coronation Cup which is an integral part of the TOG Regatta, and which was established in 1996 to celebrate the anniversary of His Majesty the King of Thailand's Coronation date. At a mere 25-foot, size is not everything for Platu sailors, with top-class sailors coming from all around Asia to take part.
'We've had a lot of interest from entries already and are looking forward to welcoming many international participants across the fleets,' added Gasson.