Published: Monday, 19 January 2015

The Notice of Race (NOR) for the 11th Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina, set to take place April 30 to May 4 at Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Jomtien near Pattaya in Thailand, is now online. Asia's largest multi-class regatta includes class racing for Optimists, dinghies and beach catamarans upto large keelboats and multihulls.

The award-winning regatta incorporates Asia's largest one-design competition, the Platu Coronation Cup and the Thailand National Optimist Championships, and is hosted by Southeast Asia's largest marina, Ocean Marina Yacht Club.

“The diversity of boats and variety of classes is a point of difference for the Top of the Gulf Regatta. There is no other regatta like it,” says William Gasson, Co-Chairman of the Top of the Gulf Regatta Organising Committee. “We will again be welcoming a diverse fleet spread over 12 classes and expect to have over 200 boats and approximately 600 people taking part.”

Top Of The Gulf Regatta Posts Notice Of Race

The keelboat and multihull class splits are as follows:

  • Class One: IRC 1 - Keelboats with an IRC 1.200 and above
  • Class Two: IRC 2 - Keelboats with an IRC 1.060 to 1.199
  • Class Three: IRC 3 - Keelboats with an IRC 0.960 to 1.059
  • Class Four: Cruising - Keelboats cruising in nature, racing on PHS handicaps at the committee’s discretion
  • Class Five: Platu - Platu class keelboats (Platu Coronation Cup)
  • Class Six: Ocean Multihulls - Ocean going catamarans and trimarans

Following registration and a practice race on Thursday April 30, Classes 1-6 fleet will race over four consecutive days – Friday May 1 to Monday May 4 inclusive – a schedule of windward-leeward, inshore, coastal and inter-island courses, decided on-the-day by the international race management team lead by Race Officer Denis Thompson.

“Top of the Gulf Regatta is unique in Thailand in that it's operated from a marina providing safe and secure berthing for competitors each evening, as well as having the full complement of onshore services and facilities from Ocean Marina Yacht Club,” says Scott Finsten, Harbour Master at Ocean Marina Yacht Club. “The marina can accommodate yachts with a draft of 3.5 metres within the Marina and we will be providing a ferry service from the marina to boats moored nearby outside for those with a draft in excess of 3.5 metres.”

Other classes in the Regatta:

  • Class Seven: F18's
  • Class Eight: Open Beach Multihulls
  • Class Nine: Single handed monohull dinghies
  • Class Ten: Double handed monohull dinghies
  • Class Twelve: Optimist - Thailand Optimist National Championships

Classes 8-10 and Class 12 will have separate inshore course areas, dedicated race management and race over three consecutive days from Friday May 1 to Sunday May 3, inclusive.

“As we enter the Regatta's next decade, the Organising Committee and regatta owners Ocean Property are looking forward to continuing the formula of success that has seen the Regatta grow to be the largest multi-class regatta of its kind in Asia, and which in 2014 saw the Regatta voted 'Asian Regatta of the Year' at the 2014 Asian Marine & Boating Awards,” adds Supatra Angkawinijwong, Deputy Managing Director of Ocean Property.