Top of the Gulf is "all class". Regional and International sailing news...




03 May 2009

Major Events


Three straight days of great breeze and sunshine does more for a regatta than any amount of pr hype, and right now the Top of the Gulf Regatta at Jomtien Beach is looking pretty famous. Actually, fabulous would be a good word as well. Racing starts at a civilised time (1100 hrs) and you can walk to your boat along a pontoon, and the camera boat - Bill Gasson's "Buzz Off" - is great. Magnificent. Must remember to come here again...

Busy collecting bullets at Top of the Gulf
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
On Thursday Ray Roberts and the likely lads from Quantum Racing clapped eyes on a Platu for the first time. On Friday they scored 3, 2 in a highly competitive fleet. And today they went out and blitzed two races back to back, leading from start to finish and never really looking threatened.... [more]

Top of the Gulf opens on flat water
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The opening day of racing at the 2009 Top of the Gulf Regatta was announced at 0600 hrs by a thunderstorm of epic proportions and enough rain to raise the level of the marina a couple of inches. But by the time Regatta Chairman Bill Gasson had made the introductory remarks at the Skippers' Briefing and RO Jerry Rollin had exhorted everyone – once again – 'not to take any notice of anything I say,... [more]

Slow but sure start to racing: Top of The Gulf Regatta 2009,
An early morning thunderstorm bought a complete change to the usual windy conditions experienced in Pattaya. Breakfast at the panoramic Ocean Marina restaurant which looks out over the marina and out to sea is usually the mustering hour for the committee and competitors to speculate about the days proceedings and discuss the expected weather conditions.... [more]

Top of The Gulf Regatta 2009 & Coronation Cup AY Race Report 2,
Race three got off to a flying start in about ten knots of breeze, which soon worked its way up into the 16 to 18 knot range. The first sign of trouble came at the start of IRC Racing when the top of the mast on Kipsan Beck's Shaw 6.5 Pornstar became entangled with Suwan Poapoksakul's X512 Lawana's leeward runner.... [more]

Sail in China with Mariner Boating Holidays
Maggie Joyce,
Mariner Boating Holidays has arranged the ultimate stay and sail package for the China Cup 2009. The third China Cup International Regatta will be held from 30 October to 2 November 2009.... [more]

Girls on top in Indian Ocean Race
Media Services,
There is currently a sensation in rowing circles, as the all female Ocean Angels rowing team are, after the first 11 days of racing, approx 20 nautical miles in front of their nearest rivals in the inaugural Indian Ocean Rowing Race.... [more]

Clean sheets for Ichi Ban, SEA Property and Wikki Quantum Racing at TO
TOTG Event Media,
Another early morning storm – this one a mini-storm – threatened light wind conditions or today´s race, but in the end it was a hollow threat. 15+ knots welcomed participants on the start line and held strong throughout the races today.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race designs of the future
Sally Burnett,
Optimist sailors from around the world have the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes in a new competition being run by the International Optimist Dinghy Association in conjunction with the Volvo Ocean Race. There is still time to enter the competition. [more]

2010 Pattaya boat show rumoured
Thailand Marine Guide,
Thailand´s marine industry has experienced a boom in recent years and based on the number of marinas around the country, and those on the drawing boards, the boom is expected to continue. Alongside new marina developments, support services, broker and charter businesses have also flourished as people chose to berth their boats in Thailand part or all year round.... [more]

Internet 101 - Hits are not people - understanding basic web stats
Rob Kothe,
While the internet is now 20 years old, confusion still abounds about the basic recording of visits to websites. When you are being told about the wonderful traffic a website receives, check to see if the claimant has been impressed by the hits, the page views or the unique visitors.... [more]

T-shirts and shorts for Macau start
Lindsay Lyons, RHKYC Media,
The Isler/Taylor Mills 41 Ambush started like a whippet out of the traps, rounding the windward mark well ahead of Geoff Hill's TP52 Strewth, Greg Kerns Modified Mumm 36 Wicked and Ffree Fire 70. The final boats in the fleet had rounded the windward mark within 15 minutes of the start gun, then it was ‘kites up - Macau here we come!'... [more]

Asia's biggest sailing fleet at Top of the Gulf Regatta 2009
TOTG Event Media,
Ocean Marina Yacht Club, on Thailand´s East Coast Jomtien Beach, has been home to the Top of the Gulf International Regatta since its inception five years ago and ensures the TOG Regatta is the only regatta in Thailand operated from a marina facility. Today, Ocean Marina is host for many other leading international yachting and marine events. With an easy-access marina basin that can cater to 500... [more]

World Speed Record 50 Knots ratified
John Reed, Secretary to the WSSR Council,
The WSSR Council announces the ratification of a new World Record. 50.07 knots over 500 metre course.... [more]

Alinghi launches multihull training programme on Lake Geneva
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
Alinghi, 33rd America's Cup Defender, has started its 2009-2010 multihull campaign in Switzerland launching the two Décision 35 catamarans that will be used as training platforms towards a multihull America's Cup in May 2010. The sailing team will be dedicated to multihull training, racing the Challenge Julius Baer on Lake Geneva for the rest of the season and withdrawing from other monohull commi... [more]

Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet approaching leg 4 scoring gate
Oliver Dewar,
With the leading boat in the Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet around 24 hours from crossing the vital Leg 4 scoring gate off Recife, Brazil, the atmosphere at front of the race is becoming intense.... [more]

Alinghi parties respond to America's Cup Contempt of Court issues
Société Nautique de Genève,
In response to the initiation of Contempt of Court proceedings, Société Nautique de Genève, the Defender of the America's Cup have issued a statement explaining why they have apparently broken a New York Supreme Court Order, and firing shots back at Golden Gate YC on perceived shortcomings on the Challenger side.... [more]

Simpson Marine anticipates strong Hong Kong Gold Coast Show
Simpson Marine,
Despite the world's economic downturn Simpson Marine, the largest yacht broker and dealer in Asia, is confident for a strong Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show with a number of sizeable yachts on display, including models from Azimut, Beneteau, Lagoon, and Sea Ray... [more]

Going cheap - Green Dragon VO70. One race only
David O'Brien, The Irish Times,
The Green Dragon, Ireland's entry in the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), is up for sale at €2.5 million – half the €5 million build price – and will be available immediately after the race ends in mid-June.... [more]

Coming attraction - Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show 2009
GCYCC Media,
The show takes place over the weekend 8-10 May, and includes children's entertainment, a food fair, beer garden, a Brazilian dance performance, a Versace 2009 Spring/Summer Collection fashion show, and sets by Michael Wong's Big Band.... [more]

Gladwell's Line: America's Cup one step, or two, away from Forfeit?
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com,
As noted in this column late late week, the America's Cup has indeed returned to the halls of the New York Supreme Court, with the filing of a Contempt of Court papers on Monday. Here, Sail-World.Com's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell, tries and explain Alinghi's Catch-22 and the way out of this legal mess.... [more]

Boat Asia 2009 - a very 'hot property'
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Boat Asia 2009 wrapped up at Singapore's Marina at Keppel Bay yesterday after four days of visitor-melting heat and a tropical rainstorm of epic proportions. We don't have the official numbers yet, but the ‘quick-look-down-the-dock' measuring system suggests that visitor numbers might have been down a little on 2008.... [more]

China International Boat Show Charity Regatta 2009
Alistair Skinner,
The second running of this event broke records once again. Last year's event, the first charity regatta in China had 28 entries, at the time the biggest grass roots inland regatta in China. This year the figure was surpassed with 35 crews competing on the water, from Optimists to Quarter Tonners.... [more]



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