PATTAYA, 12 February 2019: Organisers of Pattaya’s Top of the Gulf Regatta are expecting more than 200 boats under 16 classes to compete in the 2019 Regatta, due to be hosted 30 April to 5 May at Ocean Marina Yacht Club.
Top of the Gulf Regatta has been presented by Ocean Marina since it was first sailed in 2005 and organisers aim to support sailing across a diverse range of boat types and sizes, and sailor abilities.
The regatta will feature Optimists and Lasers (Radial, Standard and 4.7), 29ers and 49ers, 420s and 470s, and beach catamarans, to ocean multihulls, keelboats and a Para Sailing class.
“We have up to 16 classes competing this year and expect more than 200 boats of all sizes and types out on the water. Our goal has always been to organise an inclusive regatta and this year we are taking it one step further with the introduction of the inaugural Thailand S\V14 Para Sailing Championship,” said Top of the Gulf Regatta Organising Committee Co-Chairman. William Gasson
Ocean Marina have made the Para Sailing class possible with the purchase of eight new S\V14s from Fareast Yachts in China, and they expect to take delivery in March.
A Para Sailor who will be paired with an able-bodied sailor will helm the two-handed dinghy and like other dinghy classes will race over four days with their own dedicated race area, race management and support team.
“The regatta have invited para sailors from around the region to compete and we also expect a good showing from Thailand. We have been working closely with World Sailing to introduce Para Sailing to Thailand and over the long term we hope to be able to support the development of a Thailand para sailing team which can compete at the international level,” added Gasson.
In addition to the new Para Sailing class, there are a number of other changes for this the 16th edition of the regatta. Racing has been extended one day for all classes. The radio controlled IOM class will compete over three days, the dinghy classes over four days and the keelboat and ocean multihull classes will race over five days.
For the keelboat and ocean multihull classes, there will be a beach party on a nearby island (subject to approval), at the end of the third day of racing (Friday 3rd May), while all other classes will gather on the lawn at Ocean Marina Yacht Club as usual.
After a break, organisers are considering re-introducing a sports boat class and encourage any interested sailors to contact them with an expression of interest.
The regatta’s programme can be viewed online at https://topofthegulfregatta.com/programme.
The 2019 Top of the Gulf Regatta presented by Ocean Marina will take place 30 April to 5 May, 2019 at Ocean Marina Yacht Club and will be raced on five separate inshore courses, each with their own dedicated race management and on-water teams.