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04 May 2007 :: 17:05:45 pm 7308

Top Of The Gulf International Regatta 2007 In Pattaya Tacks Off To Good Start

The Top of the Gulf International Regatta (TOG) 2007 and Coronation Cup, the prestigious yacht racing event, the largest on the Eastern Seaboard, started successfully on May 3rd at Ocean Marina Yacht Club for the 3rd successive year. The regatta is timed to commemorate the auspicious occasion of the Coronation of His Majesty the King.
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            The event lasts for 5 days and will attract 500 competitors and 350 craft, over twice as many as last year, from Thailand and 6 other Asian countries, namely Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Malaysia, Japan and Australia.

The top trophy in the competition will be the prestigious Platu 25 Coronation Cup, under the royal sponsorship of His Majesty the King, an avid sailing enthusiast, who wishes to promote sailing as a national sport and to elevate the status of Thailand as a viable international sporting contender.

The two other trophies are the Top of the Gulf International Regatta Trophy for all classes and The Optimist National Championship for young skippers aged between 8-15 years old. The trophies will be only awarded to the top three teams with the highest cumulative scores on the last day.

The classes in the regatta are:
1. Platu,
2. Keelboat,
3. Cruising Keelboat,
4. Sportsboat,
5. Ocean Multi-hulls,
6. Mono-hull Dinghy,
7. Optimist
8. Super Mod.

The itinterary of the regatta is as folos:

Thursday 3rd May 2007. Registration Day
10:00 -18.30 Registration at Ocean Marina Yacht Club
19.00 Opening Party at Ocean Marina Yacht Club
Friday 4th May. Race Day One
09.00 Briefing Ocean Marina Yacht Club
11;00 Race Start
18.30 Party
Saturday 5th May. Race Day Two
11.00 Race Start
18.00 Party Ocean Marina Yacht Club
Sunday 6th May. Race Day Three
11.00 Race Start
1900 Gala Dinner Ocean Marina Yacht Club
Monday 7th May. Race Day Four
10.00 Race Start
One hour after completion of racing, Royal awards for Coronation Cup, Official prize giving and closing cocktails Ocean Marina Yacht Club.

This, the most impressive sailing event on the Eastern Seaboard, aims to promote Thailand as a firm contender among the annual Asian regional yacht racing programmes and also to attract international and local sailors of the highest calibre. The regatta also serves as a training ground whereby Thai teams may hone their sailing skills to a high enough standard to compete internationally.

It also has the knock on effect of promoting 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 Regatta is organised by the Top of the Gulf Regatta Organising Committee under the auspices of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand under Royal Patronage, the Platu Club, the Royal Varuna Yacht Club and the Ocean Marina Yacht Club.

It is also sponsored and supported by many governmental and private establishments, including Sattahip Naval Base, the Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT), Pattaya City Council, Ocean Property Ltd, Raimon Land PLC, Thai Airways International PLC, Boon Rawd Brewery Pic, Bangkok Pattaya Hospital and Kasikorn Bank PLC.

For more Information, please contact:
JWT Public Relations: –
Khun Prasit Kritsadaariyachon, T: 0-2204-8216 or M: 081-56-2813
Khun Wongchan Tangsongsak, T: 0-2204-8221 or M: 089-127-2089
Ocean Property Company Limlted:-
Khun Paphan Jitnuson T: 0-2661-6800 # 205
E-mail: info@topofthegulfregatta.com

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

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