Thailand's Top of the Gulf Regatta, Asia's largest multi-class sailing event, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and will welcome a strong fleet of sailors from around the world.
With over 250 boats and 700 sailors expected to take part from more than 20 countries, we are planning for one of the biggest and best regattas yet.
Entries are already coming in from overseas in the keelboat and multihull classes - the "big boat" fleet. Oi! (AUS) and One Sails (AUS), both TP52's, look set to lead the racing class and will be up against a new boat to the region that is being shipped from Australia to compete (details to be announced soon), and together with many top IRC boats in Asia confirmed to compete including Foxy Lady VI (SIN) and Fujin (AUS), will make up a strong international fleet.
A strong multinational fleet competed in the prestigious Coronation Cup last year and already Platu charters and entries are looking strong for this year, with the fleet shaping up to be even more competitive. Watch for some of the closest one-design racing in the region.
New for the Regatta this year is a change for the cruising boats racing in Class Four, who will be using a performance handicap system, and with an increase in interest from overseas sailors, more boats are available for charter this year with Sunsail providing a fleet from their base in the Gulf of Thailand as well as local fleets available from Gulf Charters.
Working closely with the Windsurfing Association of Thailand (WATH) and NeilPryde, the Regatta will host the RS:One Asian Championships over three days - the first time Thailand has hosted this regional championship.
Joining the big boat fleet and RS:Ones will be over 60 single and double-handed dinghies (Lasers, 29ers, 420, 470 etc.) and beach catamarans, including a number of Thai and regional gold-medal sailors from the recent SEA Games, as well as over 120 junior sailors from Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Myanmar competing in the Thailand Optimist National Championships.