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Five reasons to race Top of the Gulf Regatta 2018

by Duncan Worthington 11 Mar 2018 23:40 PDT 27 April - 1 May 2018
Good wind and warm weather make for idyllic sailing conditions at Top of the Gulf Regatta. © Guy Nowell

Now entering its 14th year, Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina has grown to become an award-winning multi-class regatta held annually in the Gulf of Thailand. Homed at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, the regatta has morphed from its humble roots into one of the largest sailing events in Asia today, and attract sailors of all abilities and ages from more than 25 countries each year.

Here are five reasons why you should be in Pattaya from 27th April to 1st May 2018, together with hundreds of other sailors and yachts, for the 14th Top of the Gulf Regatta.

  1. Close and Competitive Racing

    Top of the Gulf Regatta is known for its international standard race management and close and competitive racing across all classes. Separate race courses and on-water race officials for the Optimists, dinghy fleets, and keelboat and multihull fleets, ensures the best race experience for all competitors.

  2. Inclusive Regatta – Racing for All

    Top of the Gulf Regatta attracts a diverse range of boats across 12 classes, from Optimists, single-handed and double-handed dinghies to one-design Platus, cruisers, IRC yachts and multihulls. There's even a radio controlled class which this year will see more than 20 competitors.

    Sailors that take part are also varied ranging from youngsters to past Olympians and regional champions, sailing pros and weekend sailors. The event caters for all, both on and off the water, and offers fun and competitive racing in a warm and friendly environment.

  3. The Après-Regatta Scene

    Regattas in Thailand are famous for their onshore parties and Thai hospitality, and Top of the Gulf Regatta is no different. With a focus on the outdoors sailors gather each evening on the lawn, discuss the day's action, and enjoy the select free-flow drinks each night. With a comprehensive social programme that is all-inclusive in the entry fee, the regatta finishes with a sumptuous gala dinner under the stars right on the marina front hosted by Ocean Marina Yacht Club.

  4. Make a Holiday of It

    Pattaya is easily accessible from Bangkok and just 15 minutes away from Ocean Marina Yacht Club is U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport which services international flights from Air Asia, Qatar Airways, Thai Lion Air, Nok Air and more.

    Once in Pattaya there's plenty to do for crews and families. Either side of the regatta you can explore the stunning coastline and offshore islands, quiet coves and idyllic beaches, while onshore you can visit the nearby vineyard, enjoy the country's best waterparks, visit Thai temples and explore the excellent dining options, all of which are close by Ocean Marina Yacht Club.

    For visiting yachts and crew, free transfers are offered from U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport to Ocean Marina Yacht Club (see goo.gl/kLSFuE.) and for those interested to fly-in, charter and fly-out, a selection of yachts for charter are listed at goo.gl/yhT2g1.

  5. Safe and Secure Marina Home

    At the heart of Top of the Gulf Regatta is it's home, Ocean Marina Yacht Club. All participating keelboats and multihulls are allocated a wet berth free of charge for the duration of the regatta. Within five minutes of boarding crews will be out of the marina and on their way to the start, and once the day's racing is finished crews can tie up to the dock and enjoy the onshore functions with peace of mind their yacht is safe and secure.

The Notice of Race is can be viewed at www.topofthegulfregatta.com/notice-of-race and entries can be made online at www.topofthegulfregatta.com/entry.

For more information about the 2018 Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina:

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