PATTAYA – Anticipation in the sailing world is building as the Gulf of Thailand prepares to welcome sailors from around the region to the 2011 Top of the Gulf Regatta (TOG Regatta). Set to take place 29 April – 3 May at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, the TOG Regatta incorporates the one-design Platu Coronation Cup and Thailand Optimist Nationals. Hot on the heels of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, Royal Langkawi International Regatta and Singapore Straits Regattas, keel boat and multihull sailors from around the region are eying this, the penultimate event of the Asian Yachting Grand Prix Championship, as the ‘one to win’.
“The 2010 Regatta was a great success. We welcomed big fleets of all kinds of boats to the Gulf of Thailand. Planning for the 2011 event is well underway and we are looking forward to another great year. With strong support from Host Sponsor Ocean Marina Yacht Club, we are expecting to further increase the number of participants in 2011,” said William Gasson, Regatta founder and Chairman of the Organising Committee.
The 2010 TOG Regatta saw a record ‘big boat’ fleet with 51 keelboats and multihulls taking part. Second only in size to the big boat fleet of the 25-year old Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, the TOG Regatta saw over 120 Optimists, dinghies and beach catamarans also take part in 2010, actually making it the largest sailing event in Thailand.