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01 May 2009 :: 13:05:51 pm 6679

Top Of The Gulf Regatta 2009 Expected To Get Off To A Promising Start

This year’s Top of the Gulf Regatta (TOGR) started with the low-key registration on Day 1, yesterday, April 30, 2009, with the first main event taking place today, Mayday. This top, world-class sailing event is particularly important for Pattaya, this year, as it represents one of the main tourist and sailing enthusiast attractions much needed in these trying times and helps define the resort’s sporting profile globally.
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As per usual, the main sponsors will be Raimon Land and the Ocean Marina Yacht Club. This ever popular sailing event is a week-long programme of races and activities, from April 30 to May 4,at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club, which annually attracts yachting enthusiasts from all over the sailing world.

There will be 10 or more classes participating in 8 races over the 4 days in this exciting and keenly-contested event. Classes include Keelboat, Cruising Keelboat, Sports Boat, Platu (for the Platu Coronation Cup), Ocean Multihull, Beach Catamaran, Dinghies, Optimist (for the Thailand Optimist National Championship) and Formula Windsurfer. Racing will be held on three different courses, some only 500m from the Ocean Marina, and each course will have its own race management.

TOGR attracts over 500 sailing-entrants annually with a fleet of more than 250 yachts from Thailand and around Asia, including Australia, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore and the Philippines. The TOGR attracts a promising combination of young talent and experienced hands, making the TOGR one of the highest profile events among the sailing regattas in South East Asia.

Notable among the entrants will be Raimon Land, whose racing platu, ‘The Lofts Southshore’, won the 2008 Platu Coronation Cup. Their boat will once again be skippered by last year’s winning captain, Scott Duncanson, who will face an expected fleet of 17 platus from six countries in this year’s Platu Coronation Cup.

Here are the full details of this year’s regatta from the TOGR website.

DATES
Thursday 30th April 2009.

Registration Day
10:00 -18.30 Registration at Ocean Marina Yacht Club
19.00 Drinks on the Lawn and Food on own account

Friday 1st May
Race Day One
09.00 Briefing Ocean Marina Yacht Club
11:00 Race Start
18:00 Opening Ceremony with Cocktails and Wine

Saturday 2nd May
Race Day Two
11.00 Race Start
18.00 This night is left free for crews to explore Pattaya   

Sunday 3rd May
Race Day Three

11:00 Race Start
18:00 Ocean Marina Gala Dinner and Prize presentation for Optimists, Beach Cats and Dinghies.

Monday 4th May
Race Day Four
10.00 Race Start
16:00 Raimon Land prize giving and Barbeque party commencing after racing. Coronation Cup and Course One presentations

SCOPE OF RACING
Racing will be across ten or more classes from racing keelboats to Optimist dinghies and will again feature the Platu Coronation Cup and the Optimist Thailand Nationals.

SPECIAL PRIVLEGES FOR VISITING YACHTS
To encourage participation of larger keelboats Ocean Marina Yacht Club will extend special privileges to visiting yachts including free mooring for yachts of 2.8 meter draft or less for the week of the Regatta plus an additional week prior or after the regatta if proceeding to the Samui Regatta (see details below).

ORGANISING AUTHORITY
The Regatta is organised by the Top of the Gulf Regatta Organising Committee under the auspices of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Platu Club, the Royal Varuna Yacht Club and the Ocean Marina Yacht Club.

All enquiries and entries should be addressed to:
The Secretary, Top of the Gulf International Regatta,
Ocean Marina Yacht Club
274/1-9 Moo4
Km 157 Sukhumvit Road
Sattahip, Chonburi 20250
THAILAND
Tel. +66 (0)38 237 306
Hand Phone +66 (0)81 811 8930
Fax. +66 (0)38 235 265
E-mail: togrinfo@topofthegulfregatta.com

SPECIAL PRIVLEGES FOR VISITING YACHTS (Con’t)

In order to strengthen the keelboat class, Ocean Marina will offer, subject to application via the race committee, and subject to availability, the following privileges to visiting keelboats.

Boats with a draft of 4.0 m or less free mooring for the week of the Regatta plus an additional week prior or after regatta if proceeding to the Samui Regatta. Additional mooring at members rates.

For vessels with a greater draft Marina delivery service for boats moored outside the Marina due to draft restrictions plus limited security for the same period. The mooring is safe and easily accessible from the Marina. Conditions are similar to Samui.

HARD STAND ACCESS
Should a boat require lifting for cleaning or work the marina will offer lifting up to 20tonnes and 4.5 meters draft at high tide as well as hard standing at Members rates. Boats can remain on the hard FOC and launched prior to the Regatta if draft in excess of 4.0 m.

MARINA SERVICES
We have competent contractors for bottom work, electrics and electronics working within the Marina.

IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS
Arrangements have been finalized for Immigration and Customs formalities at Ocean Marina Harbour Office.


All forms are available and the officers will come to the Marina. Arrangements are also underway for clearance out of Thailand in Koh Samui.

As always suggest only one crew and everyone else passengers if leaving the boat and returning home. A Baht 20,000 refundable immigration deposit for crew who leave the boat to return home. Refundable on return to Thailand and the boat leaves the country.

Advance copies of documents are available from the Harbor Master upon request.

VISITING YACHT SUPPORT
The Top of the Gulf race committee and Ocean Marina Yacht Club are committed to supporting the participation of visiting yachts.

 

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

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