Top of the Gulf, all the stories and pics, and more...




06 May 2009

Major Events


It was the 5th Top of the Gulf Regatta last weekend, but the first that Sail-World Asia has been to. What a glorious surprise! Racing starts at 1100 hrs so there's time for breakfast. You don't have to launch through the beach surf with cameras in waterproof boxes. Ocean Marina is an excellent facility, and also constitutes a great venue for a party or two - sit on the grass and watch the presentations, there's another DRC within arm's reach. And the racing - well that was good too, with sunshine and good sailing breeze on all days (even if it did come from the "wrong" direction). So here are all the srories and pictures from the event - and try to make a space in your diary for TOG 2010 - you won't be disappointed.

Pictures from Top of the Gulf 2009
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
We couldn't fit the rest of the pics into the last story, so...... [more]

TOG Regatta 2009: 'These kids are the future'
TOTG Event Media,
The one lesson that has been taught to all by this regatta is the need to encourage and foster youth sailing. As regatta Chairman, Bill Gasson said at the beginning of the regatta, 'These kids are the future. Who knows, maybe one day they´ll own a 70 or 80 foot yacht.'... [more]

Thai winners dominate the classes at TOG 2009
TOTG Event Media,
The last day at the 2009 Top of the Gulf International Regatta (TOG Regatta) did not disappoint. With light winds at the start filling in later on, two races were finished for all IRC classes except the cruisers who completed one today.... [more]

Top of the Gulf 2009, all over bar the bragging,
Despite some classes already decided, all eyes were on the Platu fleet for the prestigious Coronation Cup. Ray Roberts Wikki Quantum Racing and Scott Duncanson's reigning TOTG champion The Ferret have been trading blows throughout the three days of racing with Roberts holding a slight advantage coming into today's final.... [more]

Oman Sail Welcomes New Arabian 100 Trimaran
Event media,
The first Arabian 100, a new class of 105' trimaran, has arrived in the southern city of Salalah in Oman for final assembly. Built by Boatspeed in Australia, the three hulls and connecting beams were shipped on deck to Salalah via India... [more]

Rocna extends worldwide distribution network
Storm Force Marine,
On the strength of its superior performance, proven in independent tests, and the enthusiastic endorsement of hundreds of users, the manufacturer of Rocna new generation marine anchors has extended its distribution network to include outlets in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas, Australia and Oceania.... [more]

Top class at Top of the Gulf
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The fifth Top of the Gulf Regatta closed out today on a high note, with (more) sunshine and breeze, a couple of unexpected reversals in the finishing orders, and a large number of very happy sailors enjoying the prizegiving party.... [more]

Portimao Global Ocean Race: British Team Mowgli heads offshore
Oliver Dewar,
In the Portimao Global Ocean Race, by midday GMT on Sunday (03/05), Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz had sailed Desafio Cabo de Hornos to within seven miles of race leader Beluga Racer, slipstreaming Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme 90 miles off the Brazilian coast. Jeremy Salvesen and David Thomson have made the decision to head offshore on Team Mowgli.... [more]

Gladwell's Line: Alinghi goes fishing in the America's Cup
Richard Gladwell,
Sources close to the legal action over the 33rd America's Cup, confirmed today that Societe Nautique de Geneve had lodged papers with the New York Supreme Court, late last week, seeking to have the Challenger, Golden Gate Yacht Club disqualified. It would appear that the exercise is really a 'fishing expedition'... [more]

Portimao Global Ocean Race fleet head towards the Doldrums
Oliver Dewar,
Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet are heading north-west along the continental shelf. German duo of Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme holding first place on Beluga Racer with a ten mile lead over Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz on Desafio Cabo de Hornos.... [more]

Roberts and Allen in charge at Top of the Gulf
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Another bright and breezy day at the Top of the Gulf (this is becoming a habit), with windward-leeward races for the Platus contesting the Coronation Cup, and the IRC Cruising division. The remaining fleets scampered off to a windward mark in a useful 10 kts of breeze from the north east, and then turned away offshore for a single ‘long' course.... [more]

The 'Thai Platu' and its revival
Thailand Marine Guide,
The Platu is often referred to as the ´Thai Platu´, recognising that the design was commissioned by a group of avid Thai sailors lead by entrepreneur Viroj Nualkair, at the time chief executive officer of Thailand's Phatra Thanakit Finance Company and originator of the Phatra Marina and Yacht Club. The group were were looking for a small racing yacht suited to Thailand´s prevailing light wind cond... [more]

Poster boy for Thai sailing - Damrongsak Vongtim
TOTG Event Media,
He may not be a household name, but in the world of Hobies, Damrongsak Vongtim is feared by many and admired by many more. The de facto poster boy for Thai sailing, Damrongsak has won consecutive Hobie Asian Championships for the last three years.... [more]

Thai juniors show the way at TOG Regatta 2009
TOTG Event Media,
The regatta has seen a steady crescendo of wind and today it was a five-part symphony with some gusts, changes in direction, a few breakages, some bruised egos and lots of great ocean racing. Today was the last day for the Hobie Tigers and Optimists, with the latter competing for the Thailand Optimist National Cup.... [more]

SingaporeSailing announces nominees for 1st Asian Youth Games
The Singapore Sailing Federation has submitted nominations to the Singapore National Olympic Council to represent Singapore in the sailing events at the 1st Asian Youth Games.... [more]

New twist in America's Cup Legal

On Friday 1 May at 1719hrs, Sail-World (along with many others) received an alert from the New York State Unified Court system advising that a motion had been filed to 'Disqualify Counsel'. Subsequently it has been confirmed to Sail-World by two independent sources that the Court alert was in error.... [more]

Portimao Global Ocean Race - Solo Sailor closes in on leaders
Oliver Dewar,
At 1500 GMT on Friday, the Chilean team of Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz crossed the Leg 4 scoring gate south of Recife in second place on Desafio Cabo de Hornos, ten hours behind the German team of Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme on Beluga Racer.... [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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Uncle and Niece Star on Day One of TOG Regatta 2009
Thailand Marine Guide,
A morning storm swept through the Gulf of Thailand at 06:30 giving the Top of the Gulf International Regatta (TOG Regatta) fleet a good hosing down before the first day of racing. Following the morning skipper´s briefing, the wind gods weren´t sure whether to blow or not..... [more]

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]



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