Top Of The Gulf Regatta Takes Silver For Best Amateur Sports Event
Published: Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina has won Silver in the category Best Amateur Sports Event of the Year in Thailand at the Asian Sports Industry Awards Oct 3-4 (SPIA Asia 2016), beating out strong competition from around the country and a record number of 208 entries across 17 categories, following Bangkok Marathon which took gold.
(Photos: Top of the Gulf Regatta - Ocean Marina Yacht Club Harbour Master Scott Finsten, Ocean Property Regatta Owners And Organisers Managing Director Dr. Tirachai Pipitsupaphol)
“A panel of independent sports industry experts from around Asia judged on all the entries and we are very proud to have won Silver for Best Amateur Sports Event of the Year in Thailand. There were 17 award categories in total and Top of the Gulf Regatta was the only sailing event to win, a testament to the hard work and professionalism of many over the years that have helped raise the event to this international standard,” says Ocean Marina Yacht Club Harbour Master Scott Finsten.
Having been voted 'Asian Regatta of the Year' at the 2014 Asian Marine & Boating Awards, the regatta receiving this second accolade in as many years affirms the organisers' goal to deliver an international sailing event in the Gulf of Thailand for a diverse range of boats and sailors, and to promote the Gulf of Thailand as a world-class sailing and water sports destination.
(Photos: Guy Nowell - IRC 1 Class Top of the Gulf Regatta 2016)
Based at Southeast Asia's largest marina, Ocean Marina, and being the only marina-based regatta in Thailand, organisers are now looking to 2017 and plan to focus efforts on attracting more international and charter entries from around the region, launching targeted marketing campaigns in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.
“In the keelboat and multihull classes, approximately 50% of the fleet are international sailors. We aim to build on that in the coming years and attract more sailors and boat Owners from overseas to come and compete, as well as increase the number of charter entries. A new event website to be launched soon will include charter offerings for international sailors, as well as more dynamic sailing and destination content to appeal to sailors in the region who have not been to this area before,” comments Ocean Property Regatta Owners And Organisers Managing Director Dr. Tirachai Pipitsupaphol.
(Thailand Optimists National Championships)
“A marina-based regatta with guaranteed warm-weather sailing, what more could any sailor want?” adds Finsten.
The 13th Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina will take place May 4-8 2017 at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Pattaya, Thailand.