Asia’s largest multi-class regatta and the highlight on the Gulf of Thailand’s marine calendar, the 2016 Top of the Gulf Regatta is set to attract more than 600 sailors to Pattaya for its 12th edition organised and hosted by Ocean Marina Yacht Club from 30th April to 4th May.
Well known for hosting international sporting and lifestyle events, Ocean Marina has been home to the Top of the Gulf Regatta since its inception and brings under one event umbrella the Thailand Optimist National Championships, the prestigious Platu Coronation Cup, and for the second consecutive year, the RS:One Asian Championship, in what has become a four-day celebration of sailing and water sports showcasing the Gulf of Thailand’s marine leisure tourism credentials.
The 2016 Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina will attract sailors from around the world and contribute significant revenues through tourism to the local economy. (Photo by Guy Nowell)
“Since its beginning in 2005, the Top of the Gulf Regatta has grown to become the largest sailing event of its kind in Asia, attracting hundreds of sailors from far and wide to enjoy the great sailing Pattaya offers. The regatta showcases the Gulf of Thailand’s marine assets and on-water beauty, which combined with the hospitality and waterside lifestyle provided by Ocean Marina makes it a highlight event in the regional calendar,” says Scott Finsten, Harbour Master at Ocean Marina.
More than 600 participants from over 30 countries will arrive at Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya for some exhilarating sailing across 12 classes, and the standard of competition is expected to be high. The regatta is also working with charter companies to offer suitable charter boats as more international sailors than ever are looking to compete here this year. Charter opportunities can be found at www.topofthegulfregatta .com/entry/charter.
“We are expecting a large number of boats from around Thailand and overseas to come and compete at the Top of the Gulf Regatta this year. With many boats coming from outside the area the regatta contributes approximately 15 to 20 million Thai baht to the local economy through travel and accommodation revenues, as well as promoting Pattaya and the larger region world-wide,” commented Mr. Finsten.
Ocean Marina is Thailand’s premier marina resort complex and the largest in South East Asia with a capacity of more than 300 yachts. With a full complement of onshore facilities and beach access for the dinghy and windsurf fleets, Ocean Marina provides secure and convenient berthing for the entire regatta fleet.
“There are almost 200 islands in the Gulf of Thailand and many of the best are within easy reach of Ocean Marina. Through the Top of the Gulf Regatta we showcase the fantastic onshore and offshore marine facilities of the region. We have seen increases year-on-year in the number of international visitors coming to enjoy the fantastic sailing grounds here and are proud Ocean Marina is at the heart of marine leisure tourism in ASEAN,” added Mr. Finsten.
For more information, visit www.topofthegulfregatta.com.