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Set sail for The Top of the Gulf

April 13, 2010

The 2010 Top of the Gulf Regatta is set to sail from 30th April to 4th May at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Jomtien Beach, Pattaya. Now in it’s sixth year, the Regatta has cemented Pattaya’s position as a leading destination to host international sailing events.

The Top of the Gulf Regatta is the only multi-class regatta of its kind in Thailand, with keel boats, multihulls, beach catamarans, dinghies and Optimists all taking to the waters in the Gulf of Thailand. Hosted at the Ocean Marina – the only international-standard marina on Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard – the Top of the Gulf Regatta incorporates the Coronation Cup for one-design Platus and the Thailand Optimist Nationals for junior Optimist sailors.

The 2010 TOG Regatta will include the following classes: IRC Racing 1, IRC Racing 2, IRC Racing 3, IRC Cruising, IRC Charter Boat, Sports Boats, Platu, Ocean Multihulls, Hobie Tiger, Hobie 16, Open Monohull Dinghy, Laser and Optimist. Trophies are awarded for winners in each class, with Optimist entrants competing for the Thailand Optimist National Championship and the One-Design Platu class competing for the Platu Coronation Cup.

The Top of the Gulf Regatta continues to grow and word of the Regatta continues to spread far and wide as seen by the increasing number of international entries. Entries this year are expected from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and event Myanmar, to name only a few. A number of the top competitors on the regional sailing circuit are also expected to attend this year.

Entries are already strong for the keel boat classes and for the one-design Platus and a large number of multihulls are expected this year with many sailing from Phuket to challenge the Pattaya-based Corsairs for the 2010 class title.

Ocean Marina Yacht Club has been the host venue for the Top of the Gulf Regatta since the very beginning and offers berthing, hotel and resort facilities to the 500 plus participants who take part in the regatta each year. The marina-base makes Ocean Marina an ideal venue for large-scale international sailing events while the beach access is ideal for dinghy classes.

The Top of the Gulf Regatta continues to be a highly competitive international regatta attracting competitors from all over the world, while proving to be an ideal competitive training ground for the growing ranks of junior Thai sailors. The Regatta is also a significant contributor to the Pattaya’s tourism industry.

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