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06 May 2014

 

Thailand and Hong Kong dominate RS:One Asian Championships

 


21 racers from 7 nations took part in the RS:One Asian Championships, held for the first time

in Thailand at the 2014 Top of the Gulf Regatta. Photo by Kah Soon Ho.

 

 

PATTAYA Held in collaboration with the Top of the Gulf Regatta and the Windsurfing Association of Thailand (WATH), the RS:One Asian Championships took place in Thailand for the first time ever. Twenty-one racers from seven countries (including the promising new windsurfing countries of Myanmar and Sri Lanka) took part in three days of intense competition off Ocean Marina Yacht Club.

 

The technical conditions and shifty winds provided some challenging competition ever the three days with racing over four divisions: Men, Espoir Men, Women, and Espoir Women.

 

RS:One is an exciting, ISAF-approved one-design racing class by NeilPryde. One sail, one board everyone competing on the same equipment. And it was evident at the 2014 RS:One Asian Championships how close the racing is with the top male and top female windsurfers just metres apart throughout.

 

RS:One comes from the same racing pedigree as the Olympic RS:X and the NeilPryde RS:Racing. The universal one-design class allows male and female racers of all ages to compete on the same equipment.

 

Leading Thai racer in the Men's division was Natthaphong Phonoppharat who started the first day with a run of first places that continued through the competition winning seven out of eight races the last race being a fourth place finish and his drop race for the series.

 

Second place went to fellow Thai racer Pattaradanai Jinin who also won the Espoir Men crown, holding off the challenge from the sole Sri Lankan racer Chameera Gunawardena, who was third in the Men's division and second in Espoir Men. Third place in the Men's Espoir went to Suttiphong Krowparkobkit from Thailand.

 


Natthaphong Phonoppharat (THA) on his way to winning the Men's division. Photo by Kah Soon Ho.

 

 

In the Women's division, a unbeaten run of eight races secured the Asian crown for Hong Kong racer Sin Lam Sonia Lo, ahead of Thai Sarocha Prumprai (who also won Espoir Women) in second, and Wai Yan Ngai (also second in Espoir Women) from Hong Kong in third.

 

Third place in Espoir Women went to a racer from upcoming windsurfing nation, Myanmar, July Hmwe.

 


Sin Lam Sonia Lo (HKG) was crowned RS:One Asian Women Champion after a run of eight races unbeaten.

Photo by Kah Soon Ho.

 

 

Hong Kong and Thailand dominated this years RS:One Asian Championships and as the class' popularity grows the RS:One class will continue its 2014 journey with the European Championships in Cesme (Turkey), the Asian Sailing Championships and Asian Games in Incheon (South Korea), the Asian Beach Games in Phuket (Thailand) and at the end of the year the 2014 World Championships will be held in Bintan (Indonesia).

 

Full results are available at www.topofthegulfregatta.com/results.shtml.

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About Top of the Gulf Regatta

Founded in 2005 the 2014 Top of the Gulf Regatta (TOG Regatta) is the 10th anniversary edition and will take place 1st 5th  May. The Top of the Gulf Regatta is organised by an Organising Committee with support from the Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Royal Varuna Yacht Club and the Royal Thai Navy, and is held under the auspices of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand.

The Top of the Gulf Regatta is unique it is the only multi-class sailing event of its kind in Asia and incorporates the Coronation Cup and the Thailand Optimist National Championships, and for 2014 will also incorporate the RS:One Asian Championship for windsurfs.

 

The 2014 Top of the Gulf Regatta welcomes the support of leading global brands and local businesses, including Host Sponsor Ocean Marina Yacht Club, and Sponsors Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Airways, Boon Rawd-Singha Beer, Siam Winery Mont Clair and Gulf Charters. Suppliers/Sponsors include Krungsri Bank, Minor Group, The Pizza Company and Dairy Queen, QBE Insurance, Coca Cola, Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, GFS foods, Neil Pryde, Lucaris Glassware, Sheraton Grand Sukhumvit, Buzzcats and MRI-Media Representation International. Media Partners include Mix 88.5 FM, SEA Yachting, Pattaya Mail, The Big Chilli, Yachtstyle, Helm Superyacht Magazine and Guy Nowell Photography. Supporting Authorities are the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, Royal Varuna Yacht Club and Pattaya City.

 

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05 May 2014

 

Strong winds deliver big finale to 2014 Top of the Gulf Regatta

Australians win IRC 1 and the Coronation Cup.

Sutida Poonpat crowned Thailand Optimist National Champion

 


At their first attempt, Peter Ahern and his team on Oi! won the IRC 1 class. Photo by MarineScene.asia.

 

 

PATTAYA The final day of the 2014 Top of the Gulf Regatta erased all memories of the tricky conditions over the previous three days as the wind kicked in and blew all classes around the course to complete their series. It was smiles all around as the packed startlines and busy schedule of races made for a fitting final to the 10th anniversary Top of the Gulf Regatta.

 

On the keelboat and multihull course Race Officer Denis Thompson had the classes into sequence quickly completing two races for most and three for some.

 

Three races were in order for IRC 1 and despite coming into the last day with a run of firsts, Peter Ahern and his crew on Oi! struggled to a 1,3,3 scoreline. Sailing well, Wan Ma Rang caused the upset in the best breeze of the Regatta with a final day scoreline of 3,1,1, enough for them to secure second place overall on countback, behind Oi! who won IRC 1 at their first time of trying.

 

IRC 2 delivered some close racing over the last four days with two Singapore entries, Foxy Lady VI (last year's winner) and Windsikher, battling with Japanese entry Karasu, and going into the last day it was Karasu who had the advantage.

 

As the winds arrived on cue, it was Foxy Lady VI who powered up and scored two firsts on the windward/leeward courses and with it secure the class win by the slimmest of margins, a single point.

 

Two first places on the final day for Souay 1 in IRC 3 was a great finish to the Regatta but not enough to knock Hi Jinks off the top who wins the class for the second consecutive year.

 

Cruising went down to the wire with Windstar taking a slim lead in to the final day. The long course and conditions favoured Amanda who sailed to a win tieing Windstar at the top in the overall standings. On countback, however, Amanda are crowned the winners with three wins in the series compared to Windstar's two.

 

Competing for the Coronation Cup, the one-design Platu class saw a shuffling of the pack on the final day. Scott Duncanson's Kingdom Property jumped to the top of the standings after winning the first race of the day, edging out Chris Way's Easy Tiger IV by a little over 20 seconds.

 


It went down to the wire in Platu class with the final races determining winners of the Coronation Cup.

Photo by MarineScene.asia.

 

 

In the second race, tactics came into play with Easy Tiger IV looking to shadow Kingdom Property. After a short windward/leeward Kingdom Property gained the advantage over Easy Tiger IV with fifth and seventh place finishes respectively. The final race win of the series went to David Leslie's Nataya 131.

 

After the dust settled and all the points are in, it is Kingdom Property who are crowned winners of the Coronation Cup with Easy Tiger IV a single point back in second, four points ahead of Rolf Heemskerk's Team ViewPoint in third.

 

Mojo finished in style in the Ocean Multihulls class with a win on the final day. Enjoying the strong breeze, Mojo sailed to a six second victory on corrected time over Kirati Assakul's Sonic whose second place in the race was enough to secure the class title by a single point over fellow Thai multihull sailor Radab Kanjanavanit.

 

On the dinghy courses, the final day's wind made for a frantic finish with two races completed by most fleets. Keerati Bualong showed his class throughout to defend his Single-Handed Monohull Dinghy class title while top Thai female sailing the Laser Radial was Kamolwan Chanyim.

 

 

 

Defending champions in the Double-Handed Monohull Dinghy class, Navee Thamsoontorn/ Nut Butmarasri, were convincingly beaten this year and despite two wins on the last day for Sittisart Ponpan/ Peerapol Vesaka it was not enough to unseat new class winners Totsapon Mahawichean/ Sarawut Phetsiri.

 

In the Hobie Tiger/ Nacra F18 class, it was the pairing of Damrongsak Vongtim/ Kitsada Vongtim that out-sailed the rest to claim the crown.

 

The 2014 RS:One Asian Championships, in collaboration with the Top of the Gulf Regatta and WATH (Windsurfing Association of Thailand) has delivered three intense days of one design racing off Ocean Marina Yacht Club. With 21 racers from seven nations (including the promising new windsurfing countries of Myanmar and Sri Lanka), the technical conditions and shifty winds provided some challenging competiton.

 

Hong Kong and Thailand dominated claiming victories in all four divisions (Men, Espoir Men, Women and Espoir Women). Natthaphong Phonoppharat was crowned RS:One Mens Asian Champion with seven wins from eight races while Hong Kong's Sin Lam Sonia Lo was unbeaten in the Womens division.

 


Hong Kong and Thailand dominated the RS:One Asian Championships, held for the first time in Thailand, at

Top of the Gulf Regatta. Photo by Kah Soon Ho.

 

 

The RS:One class will continue its 2014 journey with the European Championships in Cesme (Turkey), the Asian Sailing Championships and Asian Games in Incheon (South Korea), the Asian Beach Games in Phuket (Thailand) and the 2014 World Championships at the end of the year in Bintan (Indonesia).

 

The future of sailing and yacht racing in the Kingdom appears to be secure, judging by the large number of junior sailors at the Top of the Gulf Regatta this year. Some 132 Optimist dinghies, sailed by under 16-year-old boys and girls, faced the rigours of fickle conditions, with light, shifting winds interspersed with storm fronts growling on the horizon, to compete in the annual Thailand Optimist National Championships.

 

Winning an Optimist World Championship recently, many of these youngsters have moved on from the tiny trainer, to compete in bigger craft and represent Thailand in numerous world class events, including Olympiads.

 

In this its 39th sailing, the National Optimist Championships went down to the wire and after five races over three days it was Thai girl Sutida Poonpat who won the title on the final day, ahead of fellow Thai national team sailor Suthon Yampinid in second.

 

The 10th anniversary edition of the award-winning Top of the Gulf Regatta saw a near record fleet of 239 boats on-the-water, racing over four days off the Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Pattaya, Thailand.

 

Full results are available at www.topofthegulfregatta.com/results.shtml.

For more information, visit www.topofthegulfregatta.com

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About Top of the Gulf Regatta

Founded in 2005 the 2014 Top of the Gulf Regatta (TOG Regatta) is the 10th anniversary edition and will take place 1st 5th  May. The Top of the Gulf Regatta is organised by an Organising Committee with support from the Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Royal Varuna Yacht Club and the Royal Thai Navy, and is held under the auspices of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand.

The Top of the Gulf Regatta is unique it is the only multi-class sailing event of its kind in Asia and incorporates the Coronation Cup and the Thailand Optimist National Championships, and for 2014 will also incorporate the RS:One Asian Championship for windsurfs.

 

The 2014 Top of the Gulf Regatta welcomes the support of leading global brands and local businesses, including Host Sponsor Ocean Marina Yacht Club, and Sponsors Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Airways, Boon Rawd-Singha Beer, Siam Winery Mont Clair and Gulf Charters. Suppliers/Sponsors include Krungsri Bank, Minor Group, The Pizza Company and Dairy Queen, QBE Insurance, Coca Cola, Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, GFS foods, Neil Pryde, Lucaris Glassware, Sheraton Grand Sukhumvit, Buzzcats and MRI-Media Representation International. Media Partners include Mix 88.5 FM, SEA Yachting, Pattaya Mail, The Big Chilli, Yachtstyle, Helm Superyacht Magazine and Guy Nowell Photography. Supporting Authorities are the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, Royal Varuna Yacht Club and Pattaya City.

 

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Media contacts
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Tel: +66 (0) 83 650 6848 / Tel: +66 (0) 81 893 4006

Email: team@infinity-comms.com

 

 

04 May 2014

 

Toughest racing yet on Day 3 of Top of the Gulf Regatta

Light winds see race abandonments and challenging conditions across the fleet

 


Tricky winds made for the toughest racing yet at Top of the Gulf Regatta.

Photo by MarineScene.asia.

 

 

PATTAYA It was a tough day at the office for the sailors on Day 3 of the Top of the Gulf Regatta. The 239-strong fleet experienced some of the trickiest conditions yet from hot and dry to storms and oscillating winds causing headaches for the Race Officers on the four courses.

 

On the keelboat and multihulls course, after a 30 minute delay Race Officer Denis Thompson sent the Ocean Multihulls and Cruising classes on a long course north into Pattaya Bay.

 

While stretching their legs north, off Jomtien Beach and Ocean Marina Yacht Club the Race Officer laid a windward/ leeward course for IRC 1, IRC 2, IRC 3 and Platu classes.

 

In five knots of breeze, the classes went into sequence. As they headed to the windward mark the breeze was getting softer and shifty, and after almost two legs of the course Thompson had no option but to abandon the race due to lack of wind.

 

A second storm and subsequent delay, Thompson got the fleet underway again but was forced to abandon the race after the wind died, and with that, the fleet was sent back to shore. No results for IRC 1, IRC 2, IRC 3 and Platu classes today.

 

Meanwhile, Cruising and Ocean Multihulls were still racing and after 2 hours 26 minutes Windstar, skippered by Patinyakorn Buranrom, and his all-Thai crew crossed the line to take Line Honours and the win on corrected time. Their second win in the series sees them move to the top of the standings one point ahead of Lennart Fahlgren's Amanda who finished third in today's race.

 

Despite Mojo being first to finish in Ocean Mutihulls it was Kirati Assakul's Sonic which took the win on corrected time and sit tied on points in the standings with Radab Kanjanavanit's Cedar Swan. One day to go and the class is positioned for a final day showdown.

 

The dinghy fleets also struggled in the fickle winds today and in the Hobie Tiger/ Nacra F18 class on Course 2 the honours were shared between Teerapong Watiboonruang/ Pasutee Soompalasri and Damrongsak Vongtim/ Kitsada Vongtim with 1,2 and 2,1 finishes respectively.

 

Two races for the Single-Handed Monohull Dinghy class and it was Thai Olympian Keerati Bualong who added two more wins to his brace yesterday and leads by four points from Malaysian Ahmad Latif Khan B.Ali Sabri K and Jordan Rumsby, in second and third respectively.

 

Totsapon Mahawichean/ Sarawut Phetsiri scored 2,1 in today's Double-Handed Monohull Dinghy class to extend their lead at the top while mixed results for Noppakao Poonpat/ Nichapa Waiwai on their 29er see them in third behind Sittisart Ponpan/ Peerapol Vesaka.

 

On the Optimist course, Malaysian youngster Muhammad Fauzi Bin replaces his compatriot who lead after the first day following a 2,5 scoreline in today's races. Sutida Poonpat sailed well with a 7,3 on the day to improve her place in the overall standings and now sits second, the top Thai sailor, four points ahead of Suthon Yampinid. With just one day to go for the Thailand Optimist National Championship, it is tight at the top and is there for the taking.

 

After two races in the RS:One Asian Championship Natthaphong Phonoppharat added two more wins to his three the day before and is in a commanding position in the Mens division heading into the final day. Thai youngster Pattaradanai Jinin sits in second after a 2,2 scoreline yesterday.

 

In the Womens division Hong Kong's Sin Lam Sonia Lo leads after two more wins yesterday with Sarocha Prumprai the top placed Thai in third.

 

With one more day of racing for all classes, the 10th anniversary regatta is poised for an exciting finish.

 

For more information, visit www.topofthegulfregatta.com

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High resolution images can be downloaded from https://picasaweb.google.com/112392679841323311588/TopOfTheGulfRegatta2014.

 

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About Top of the Gulf Regatta

Founded in 2005 the 2014 Top of the Gulf Regatta (TOG Regatta) is the 10th anniversary edition and will take place 1st 5th  May. The Top of the Gulf Regatta is organised by an Organising Committee with support from the Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Royal Varuna Yacht Club and the Royal Thai Navy, and is held under the auspices of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand.

The Top of the Gulf Regatta is unique it is the only multi-class sailing event of its kind in Asia and incorporates the Coronation Cup and the Thailand Optimist National Championships, and for 2014 will also incorporate the RS:One Asian Championship for windsurfs.

 

The 2014 Top of the Gulf Regatta welcomes the support of leading global brands and local businesses, including Host Sponsor Ocean Marina Yacht Club, and Sponsors Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Airways, Boon Rawd-Singha Beer, Siam Winery Mont Clair and Gulf Charters. Suppliers/Sponsors include Krungsri Bank, Minor Group, The Pizza Company and Dairy Queen, QBE Insurance, Coca Cola, Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, GFS foods, Neil Pryde, Lucaris Glassware, Sheraton Grand Sukhumvit, Buzzcats and MRI-Media Representation International. Media Partners include Mix 88.5 FM, SEA Yachting, Pattaya Mail, The Big Chilli, Yachtstyle, Helm Superyacht Magazine and Guy Nowell Photography. Supporting Authorities are the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, Royal Varuna Yacht Club and Pattaya City.

 

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Media contacts
Nungruthai Julakul/ Duncan Worthington

Tel: +66 (0) 83 650 6848 / Tel: +66 (0) 81 893 4006

Email: team@infinity-comms.com

 

03 May 2014

 

 

No room for mistakes on Day 2 of 2014 Top of the Gulf Regatta

Series standings are shaken up in Platu class as windshifts play a big factor

 


Oi! leading off the line in IRC 1 on their way to another win today. Photo by MarineScene.asia.

 

 

PATTAYA The Gulf of Thailand came to life with 232 boats on the water on Day 2 of the 10th anniversary Top of the Gulf Regatta. The dinghy and beach catamaran classes, optimists competing in the Thailand Optimist National Championships and windsurfs competing in the RS:One Asian Championship joined the keelboat and multihull classes today in a festival of sail off Ocean Marina Yacht Club.

 

Shifty winds of differing strengths proved challenging for all classes. Add in a storm and a rain shower, and Day 2 was testing for the more than 600 sailors on the courses today.

 

On the keelboat and multihull course, the IRC fleet and Ocean Multihulls were sent on island courses a single race for each class while the Platus continued with two more windward/ leewards.

 

Peter Ahern's Oi! lead IRC 1 off the line and around the course to take the daily double of line honours and the win on corrected time. Peter Winklemann's Island Fling and Kevin Whitcraft's Wan Ma Rang placed second and third respectively. Oi! takes a four point lead into the final two days.

 

The all-Japanese crew on Karasu extended their lead in IRC 2 with another win today, beating last year's winner Foxy Lady VI by a little over 20 seconds on corrected time. Less than eight minutes separated the entire fleet on corrected time over the 24 nautical mile course and at the Regatta's half-way point just two points separate Foxy Lady VI, Windsikher and Fuijn in the series standings.

 

Hi Jinks, chartered by Singapore Management University (SMU), continued where they left off yesterday in IRC 3 with another win today, making it two wins from three races so far. Souay 1 placed second, their best result yet, and move upto third overall behind local stalwart David Bell's Magic whose third today keeps him in second place overall.

 

The all-Thai crew on Amanda, led by Swedish skipper Lennart Fahlgren, added another win to their tally out sailing the all-Japanese crew on Tai II the smallest in IRC 4 Cruising at just 21 foot. Despite slipping down to third on the day, Patinyakorn Buranrom and his all-Thai crew on Windstar sit second in the standings, just one point behind Amanda.

 

Radab Kanjanavanit's Cedar Swan came into their own in the long race and tricky conditions today, winning by four minutes over nearest rival and fellow Thai entry, Kirati Assakul's Sonic. Australian entry Mojo, skippered by Peter Wilcox had to settle for third.

 

The Platu Class is vying for the prestigious Coronation Cup, commemorating His Majesty the King's accession to the Thai throne on the fifth of May, 1950.

 

Two windward/ leewards today, individual and general recalls, huge windshifts and shortened courses shook up the scoresheet and with a number of boats caught out following a significant windshift in Race 2 the biggest loser was Tigrina who leading at the end of Day 1 finished twelfth in Race 2 today to impact on their overall standings.

 

At the end of the second day and after five races, Aussie Chris Way's Easy Tiger IV leads the standings, three points clear of compatriot Scott Duncanson's Kingdom Property who in turn is four points clear of Hong Kong entry Andrew Moore's Tigrina. A formidable competitor in Platu racing, Netherland's Rolf Heemskerk and his crew on Team ViewPoint scored their first win in today's second race and sit fourth overall in touch with the leaders.

 

In the dinghy fleets this year there are 35 boats Laser Standard, Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, Byte CII, 420, 470, 29er and Hobies while in the Thailand Optimist National Championships there are 126 young sailors taking part.

 

A depleted beach catamaran fleet saw classes seven and eight combined, and reigning champion and multiple Asian Hobie Champion, Damrongksak Vongtim and sailing partner Krisada Vongtim, took two easy wins in the Hobie Tiger/ Nacra F18 class.

 

In the Single-Handed Monohull Dinghy class 33 Laser Standard, Laser Radial and Laser 4.7's lined up for two races and it was Thai Olympian Keerati Bulong with two wins who took the early lead from Malaysian Ahmad Latif Khan B.Ali Sabri K who scored two seconds.

 

420s, 470s and 29ers make up the 12-strong Double-Handed Monohull Dinghy class and after two races the 420 teams of Totsapon Mahawichean/ Sarawut Phetsiri and Sittisart Ponpan/ Perrapol Vesaka are tied at the top on four points.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Malaysian sailor, Abdul Latif Bin Mansor, leading at the end of the first day's Optimist racing.

Photo by Guy Nowell/ Top of the Gulf Regatta.

 

 

The 126-strong optimist fleet competing for Thailand's second-oldest yacht racing trophy, the Thailand Optimist National Championships, completed two races today and in the shifty winds close to shore it was Abdul Latif Bin Mansor from Malaysia who took the early lead with Thai sailors Suthon Yampinid in second and Sutida Poonpat in third.

 

Being held in Thailand for the first time is the RS:One Asian Championship. Raced under the  management of the Windsurfing Association of Thailand (WATH) and incorporated into the Top of the Gulf Regatta, 21 sailors from six countries are taking part and after three races today Thai sailor Natthaphong  Phonoppharat leads the Mens division with Sin Lam  Sonia  Lo from Hong Kong leading the Womens division.

 

With 232 boats and over 600 sailors from more than 30 countries, the 10th Top of the Gulf Regatta is the largest sailing event in Asia. Racing for all classes finishes on 5th May at Ocean Marina Yacht Club.

 

For more information, visit www.topofthegulfregatta.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/togregatta

Twitter: www.twitter.com/togregatta

YouTube: www.youtube.com/TOGRegatta

 

High resolution images can be downloaded from https://picasaweb.google.com/112392679841323311588/TopOfTheGulfRegatta2014.

 

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About Top of the Gulf Regatta

Founded in 2005 the 2014 Top of the Gulf Regatta (TOG Regatta) is the 10th anniversary edition and will take place 1st 5th  May. The Top of the Gulf Regatta is organised by an Organising Committee with support from the Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Royal Varuna Yacht Club and the Royal Thai Navy, and is held under the auspices of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand.

The Top of the Gulf Regatta is unique it is the only multi-class sailing event of its kind in Asia and incorporates the Coronation Cup and the Thailand Optimist National Championships, and for 2014 will also incorporate the RS:One Asian Championship for windsurfs.

 

The 2014 Top of the Gulf Regatta welcomes the support of leading global brands and local businesses, including Host Sponsor Ocean Marina Yacht Club, and Sponsors Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Airways, Boon Rawd-Singha Beer, Siam Winery Mont Clair and Gulf Charters. Suppliers/Sponsors include Krungsri Bank, Minor Group, The Pizza Company and Dairy Queen, QBE Insurance, Coca Cola, Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, GFS foods, Neil Pryde, Lucaris Glassware, Sheraton Grand Sukhumvit, Buzzcats and MRI-Media Representation International. Media Partners include Mix 88.5 FM, SEA Yachting, Pattaya Mail, The Big Chilli, Yachtstyle, Helm Superyacht Magazine and Guy Nowell Photography. Supporting Authorities are the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, Royal Varuna Yacht Club and Pattaya City.

 

# # #

 

Media contacts
Nungruthai Julakul/ Duncan Worthington

Tel: +66 (0) 83 650 6848 / Tel: +66 (0) 81 893 4006

Email: team@infinity-comms.com

 

 

 

02 May 2014

 

Testing sailing on Day 1 of Top of the Gulf Regatta

 


Oi! on their way to two wins today and an earlier series lead in IRC 1. Photo by Guy Nowell/ Top of the Gulf Regatta.

 

 

PATTAYA The 10th anniversary Top of the Gulf Regatta started yesterday in Pattaya with 37 boats in the keelboat and multihull classes and a good 10 knots of breeze.

 

Following some competitive startline action, the breeze dropped out and it became a battle of wits and tactics as the crew looked for wind shifts and building pressure to gain an advantage over their competition. By Race 2, the wind was back and the fleet enjoyed the building breeze.

 

IRC 1 saw some close racing with just seconds at times separating the top three on corrected time. Aussie Peter Ahern and his crew on Oi! mastered the tricky conditions to score two from two to take an early series lead. Hong Kong's Island Fling traded places with Thailand's Wan Ma Rang for second and third. With just seconds separating the top three on corrected time,

 

In IRC 2, on-the-water the racing was close. Last years winner Foxy Lady VI, struggled in Race 1 finishing fourth but improved rapidly to take the win in Race 2. However, the day's glory went to the all-Japanese crew on Karasu whose two second places see them top the standings.

 

Last years winner Hi Jinks, sailed by Singapore Management University (SMU), finished the day with a 2,1 in IRC 3. While Magic won the first race, they slipped into third in the second to finish the day second overall.

 

In IRC 4 Cruising it was the Thai crew on Amanda, led by Swedish skipper Lennart Fahlgren, who won Race 1 from Windstar and Tai II, second and third respectively. In Race 2 Windstar, skippered by Patinyakorn Buranrom went one better winning the passage race with George Foose's Dream pushing Amanda into third.

 

The Platu class, the largest in the regatta with thirteen entries, saw Hong Kong's Andrew Moore start his regatta with an almost three minute win over Aussie contender Chris Way. Thailand's Royal Thai Navy entry, skippered by CPO. 1 Wiwat Poonpat, were a further minute behind in race one.

 

In the second race, Aussie Scott Duncanson, a former Australian junior champion, helming Kingdom Property dislodged the early winner, Andrew Moore's Tigrina, with Chris Way's Easy Tiger IV in third.

 

In the third race, held in dying winds, Andrew Moore leaped into the lead again, just seconds ahead of Scott Duncanson, with again, Chris Way, third, five seconds behind Duncanson.

 

At the end of the first day's racing, it is Australia and Hong Kong in contention for the coveted Coronation Cup - the perennial Platu prize at the Top of the Gulf Regatta.

 

In the Ocean Multihulls, Kirati Assakul helmed Sonic to the front in Race 1, from Thailand's Radab Kanjanavanit's Cedar Swan with Aussie Peter Wilcox's Mojo in third. In Race 2, Mojo sailed well for the win with Cedar Swan again in second and Sonic settling for third.

 

The dinghy classes and the Thailand Optimist National Championships and RS:One Asian Championship start today off Ocean Marina Yacht Club. All racing finishes on 5th May.

 

With over 200 boats and 600 sailors from more than 30 countries, the 10th Top of the Gulf Regatta is the largest in Asia.

 

For more information, visit www.topofthegulfregatta.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/togregatta

Twitter: www.twitter.com/togregatta

YouTube: www.youtube.com/TOGRegatta

 

High resolution images can be downloaded from https://picasaweb.google.com/112392679841323311588/TopOfTheGulfRegatta2014.

 

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About Top of the Gulf Regatta

Founded in 2005 the 2014 Top of the Gulf Regatta (TOG Regatta) is the 10th anniversary edition and will take place 1st 5th  May. The Top of the Gulf Regatta is organised by an Organising Committee with support from the Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Royal Varuna Yacht Club and the Royal Thai Navy, and is held under the auspices of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand.

The Top of the Gulf Regatta is unique it is the only multi-class sailing event of its kind in Asia and incorporates the Coronation Cup and the Thailand Optimist National Championships, and for 2014 will also incorporate the RS:One Asian Championship for windsurfs.

 

The 2014 Top of the Gulf Regatta welcomes the support of leading global brands and local businesses, including Host Sponsor Ocean Marina Yacht Club, and Sponsors Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Airways, Boon Rawd-Singha Beer, Siam Winery Mont Clair and Gulf Charters. Suppliers/Sponsors include Krungsri Bank, Minor Group, The Pizza Company and Dairy Queen, QBE Insurance, Coca Cola, Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, GFS foods, Neil Pryde, Lucaris Glassware, Sheraton Grand Sukhumvit, Buzzcats and MRI-Media Representation International. Media Partners include Mix 88.5 FM, SEA Yachting, Pattaya Mail, The Big Chilli, Yachtstyle, Helm Superyacht Magazine and Guy Nowell Photography. Supporting Authorities are the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, Royal Varuna Yacht Club and Pattaya City.

 

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Media contacts
Nungruthai Julakul/ Duncan Worthington

Tel: +66 (0) 83 650 6848 / Tel: +66 (0) 81 893 4006

Email: team@infinity-comms.com

 

Ocean Marina Yacht Club
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Thai Airways
Siam Winery
Neil Pryde
Gulf Charters
YRAT
Pattaya City
Ensign
Bank of Ayudhya
The Pizza Company
QBE
SEA Yachting
Coca Cola
BKK PTY Hospital
Royal Varuna Yacht Club
Golden Food Siam
Lucaris
Singa Corp.
Media Representation International
Pattaya Mail
Buzzcats
The Big Chilli
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, A Luxury Collection Hotel Dairy Queen
Mix 88.5 FM


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