Sunday, April 7, 2013

Top Of The Gulf Regatta - Bigger and Better in 2013

Between May 3-7 over 600 sailors from more than 30 countries are expected to descend on the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya, Thailand for Asia's largest regatta, the Top Of The Gulf.
Photo: Guy Nowell/ Top of the Gulf Regatta
With over 250 boats entered, many national, regional and world champions are attracted to what has evolved into a world-class sailing event across 13 classes, ranging from Optimists to dinghies, beach catamarans, windsurfers, one-design Platus, keelboats and multihulls.

The Coronation Cup Platu fleet is looking to be the largest and most competitive ever with fifteen boats expected on the start line. Back to defend their 2012 crown is Australia's Easy Tiger Racing Team on their brand-new Batam-built Platu Easy Tiger IV. Skipper Chris Way will lead the same crew line-up as last year that features America's Cup sailor Peter Winter and Tom Spithill. Last year's runner up Rolf Heemskerk also has a new boat.

The Coronation Cup was named after the first event in 1996 that coincided with the coronation date, May 5, of His Majesty the King of Thailand.The Thailand Optimist National Championships will be held during the regatta and will see100 young sailors from Thailand and overseas take part. The rest of the fleet will vie for the Top of the Gulf Regatta Trophy.

Lulu Roseman

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