Published: Friday, 13 January 2017

The 13th edition of the multi award-winning Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina May 4-8 at the Ocean Marine, Thailand is open for entries. The competition attracts over 250 boats and early sign-ups have occurred since the opening for entries late last year.

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(Photos: Guy Nowell / Top of the Gulf - Top of the Gulf Regatta 2016)

Three IRC classes, Class 0 for TP52 and similar types of yachts are planned, as well as Cruising class, One-design Platu class competing for the Coronation Cup, and Ocean Multihulls class.

The dinghy fleet will be split into two classes – Single-Handed Monohull Dinghy and Double-Handed Monohull Dinghy, with further divisional splits possible – and there are options for beach catamaran classes also.

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Sailors in the Optimist class will be competing for the Thailand Optimist National Championships – Thailand's top junior sailing competition – which is expected to see a fleet of 150+ youth sailors from around the world competing this year.

Returning for the second year will be the IOM Class RC Yachts – a class of radio-controlled yachts which will race outside the marina.

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“We opened for entries in mid-December last year and have had a lot of early enquiries for the 2017 Top of the Gulf Regatta,” says Top of the Gulf Regatta Organising Committee William Gasson. “Already the one-design Platu class has 11 confirmed teams with crew coming from more than 10 countries, and we're expecting a larger-than-normal dinghy fleet this year due to the Thailand Optimist National Championships being the last junior sailing event before the Optimist World Championships in July at Royal Varuna Yacht Club.

“In addition to the IRC, Cruising and multihull classes, we have also introduced an option for the regional TP52 fleet and similar type boats to have their own dedicated class and courses.”

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With the increasing popularity of international sailors wishing to charter boats for the regatta, organisers created a charter section on the event website for promoting charter yachts for the regatta, mainly targeting the sailing populations in the Australasian region and cooperating with charter operators.

“There are many sailors around the region and especially in Australia that are interested to race at the regatta if suitable boats are available for charter,” adds Gasson. “Recognising this, we have developed a dedicated charter section on the regatta website and are working with charter operators to market a selection of boats from dinghies upto IRC class and multihulls.”

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Available for charter are boats including Beneteau First 53 Baby Tonga, Beneteau 523 Oceanis Resolution of Whitby, Elliot 46 PH Plus+, Cassidy 55 Australian Maid and other multihulls and dinghies.