Established in 1996 with 24 entries, the first one-design Coronation Cup date coincided with the anniversary of the late His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand's Coronation date, 5th May 1950. From there, the one-design Platu Coronation Cup was born.
The Coronation Cup is incorporated into the Top of the Gulf Regatta and is sailed as part of the regatta under the International Platu Class Rules and any local amendments accordingly.
Ocean Marina Yacht Club is home to the largest Platu fleet in Asia and is host to the four event annual Platu series in Thailand of which the Coronation Cup is the pinnacle event.
The Platu was brought to Thailand by a group of businessmen. They commissioned Bruce Farr to design a one-design, economically-priced high performance boat suitable for Thailand's prevailing conditions. The first Platus were built by McDell Marine in New Zealand and in 1995 the first 28 were delivered to Pranburi on Thailand's Gulf Coast and based at the former Phatra Marina. (As a result of its successful design Beneteau visited the fleet in Pranburi and decided to buy moulds from McDell Marine and began manufacturing the Beneteau 25 in Europe. There are now approximately 600 Beneteau 25's in Europe and Worlds events are attracting up to 100 boats.)
The Notice of Race for the Coronation Cup and the Top of the Gulf Regatta can be viewed HERE.
To enter online, click HERE.
Photo Guy Nowell.