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03 May 2006 :: 21:05:32 pm 7496

The 2006 Top of The Gulf International Regatta

The Top of The Gulf International Regatta is a series of races sailed off the Jomtien Beach on the Pattaya coast in the upper section of the Gulf of Thailand.
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   Jointly organised by Ocean Marina Yacht Club in conjunction with the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand (YRAT), Sattahip Naval Base and the Royal Varuna Club to mark the auspicious occasion of the Sixtieth Anniversary (Diamond Jubilee) Celebrations of His Majesty the King of Thailand‘s Accession to the Throne, the Top of The Gulf International Regatta 2006 has been timed to co-incide with the prestigious royally-sponsored Platu Coronation Cup and the Thailand Optimist National Championship, making this one of the biggest sailing events being held in the Gulf of Thailand. The Thailand Optimist National Championship is a special category of races for promising young skippers age 8 to 12, designed to promote young talent.

The 2006 Top of The Gulf International Regatta will feature nine racing classes ranging from dinghys to Keelboats.

Class One: Keelboats
Class Two: Cruising Keelboat
Class Three: Sports boat
Class Four: Platus
Class Five: Ocean Multihulls
Class Six: Beach Catamaran
Class Seven: Dinghies
Class Eight: Optimists
Class Nine: Formula Windsurfers

The international regatta brings together some 400-500 Thai and foreign skippers and 250 boats representing teams from countries in the Asia Pacific region such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines, Malaysia, Australia and host country, Thailand. Participating teams are vying for the four trophies that will be presented at the end of the event.

The Top of the Gulf International Regatta Trophy For the overall best timing presented to 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners in each class

The Platu Coronation Cup
For the overall best timing presented to 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners in the Platu class

The Thailand Optimist National Championship Cup
For the overall best timing presented to 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners in the Optimist class

The Ocean Portofino Cup
For the overall best timing presented to 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners in each class on Race Day 2

It is expected that the races will be sailed in sunny tropical weather conditions with flat seas and good winds. A thrilling kite surf demonstration adds another colourful dimension to the races. Social activities each evening will no doubt add a festive spirit to the series.

Designed to increase the popularity of sailing as a sport, the Top of The Gulf International Regatta series is being promoted as ?one of the biggest international sailing events in the upper part of the Gulf of Thailand?. Event organizers are aiming to make the Top of The Gulf International Regatta series of races one of the events on the annual international sailing event calendar.

The introduction of the annual regatta is seen to be an important vehicle in the development of Thai expertise in sailing skills over the long-term and provides the much-needed impetus to cultivate a new generation of young skippers, leading to increased Thai participation in the sailing category in international competitions in the future. An increase in the frequency of scheduled regattas is also helping to promote the growth of marine leisure-related businesses in the Gulf of Thailand, covering sectors such as yachting, boat-building, hotel, real estate and marine tourism.

The 2006 Top of the Gulf International Regatta is being hosted by Ocean Marina Yacht Club & Ocean Portofino Condominium, mainly sponsored by Raimon Land and co-sponsored by Gulf Charters, Thai Airways International, Heineken, Coca-Cola, QBE Insurance, Hyro Consulting Thailand, Art Asia and the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

The regatta is based out of the luxurious Ocean Marina Yacht Club (OMYC), near south of Pattaya, Thailand. Race headquarters during the regatta are situated on the ground floor of the main Marina building and hotel.

MAY 3 (Wednesday): Registration and Opening Day
10:30-19:00 Registration at OMYC
19:30 Opening Party at OMYC

MAY 4 (Thursday): Race Day 1
07:30-10:30 Registration continues at OMYC
10:30-11:00 Briefing OMYC
12:00 Warning signal Race 1 followed by Race 2
18:00 Party at Royal Varuna Yacht Club

MAY 5 (Friday) Race Day 2
Ocean Marina Yacht Club Anniversary Race Day
11:00 Warning signal Race 3 followed by Race 4
18:00 Ocean Marina Anniversary Party at OMYC

MAY 6 (Saturday) Race Day 3 Raimon Land Long Distance Races
11:00 Warning signal Race 5
18:00 Raimon Land Gala Dinner at OMYC

MAY 7 (Sunday) Race Day 4 Raimon Land Short Courses.
11:00 Warning signal Race 6 followed by Race 7
15:30 approximately one hour after racing Royal Awards – Platu Coronation Cup Optimist National Championship Awards Top of the Gulf Trophy Awards Closing cocktails

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Sports News

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