Pattaya all set for weekend sporting fiesta

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A great four days of sport in the form of sailing and rugby are lined-up in Pattaya this weekend with 2 major sporting events scheduled to take place.

Starting on Friday, May 2 and continuing through to Monday, May 5, the 10th anniversary Top of the Gulf (TOG) Regatta will be held off Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Na Jomtien featuring top sailors from around the world who will be in Pattaya to compete in Asia’s largest multi-class sailing event.

Somewhere in excess of 250 boats and more than 600 sailors from over 30 countries will be battling it out in keelboats, multihulls, dinghies, beach catamarans and windsurfs.  The event also features the prestigious Coronation Cup and the Thailand Optimist National Championships.

The Top of the Gulf Regatta takes place at Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Na Jomtien from May 2-5.The Top of the Gulf Regatta takes place at Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Na Jomtien from May 2-5.

The Top of the Gulf is the only regatta in Thailand to be operated from a marina and Ocean Marina Yacht Club, South East Asia’s largest marina and home of the regatta since the beginning, provides an ideal in-water and onshore base for the event with great viewing spots for spectators.  For more details on this year’s 10th anniversary regatta, turn to page 55.

Running simultaneously to the regatta on Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4, will be the fourteenth staging of the Pattaya 10’s Rugby Tournament, which is now known as the Chris Kays Memorial Tournament to perpetuate the memory of the former Pattaya Panthers captain, who was tragically killed in the Bali bombing in October 2002.

The Chris Kays Memorial 10’s rugby tournament will be held at Horseshoe Point Resort from May 3-4.The Chris Kays Memorial 10’s rugby tournament will be held at Horseshoe Point Resort from May 3-4.

The rugby festival will, as in past years, be held at the grounds of the beautiful Horseshoe Point Resort in east Pattaya and will feature an open men’s 10’s tournament with 16 local and international teams taking part, and a junior division (under-16’s), which is now in its fifth year.

The action will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday and concludes around 6 p.m. Sunday in what should be a memorable weekend of both on and off field entertaining.  Note that the Kingdom Property U-16’s tournament will be played from 16:00 to 19:00 on Saturday evening and will conclude between 08:00 and 10:00 on Sunday morning.  For more details, check website: www. pattayapanthers.com.