The 13th Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina took place May 4-8, 2017 at Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya.
2017 is a milestone year for the Top of the Gulf Regatta as organisers welcomed the event’s 3,000 entry. Founded in 2005 with the aim to create an international-standard sailing event in the Gulf of Thailand, Top of the Gulf Regatta has since grown to become Asia’s largest multi-class regatta with 10 classes this year and more than 250 boats from Optimists to dinghies, IOM Radio Controlled boats, one-design Platus, IRC and cruising yachts, and ocean multihulls taking part.
Presiding over the opening ceremony was Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, minister of Tourism and Sports, who was joined by Admiral Kraisorn Chansuvanich, commander-in-chief of Royal Thai Navy and president of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand; William Gasson, co-chairman of the Top of the Gulf Regatta Organising Committee; Kirati Assakul, director of Ocean Property Co., Ltd and co-chairman of the Top of the Gulf Regatta Organising Committee, and representatives from Chonburi Province and Pattaya City.
Over the four days, sailors experienced a mixed bag of conditions and in the end it was the most consistent performer over each respective series that was crowned winner of the 13th Top of the Gulf Regatta.
Podium results in each class
IRC Racing 1
Emagine, Scott Bradley (11.0)
THA72, Kevin Whitcraft (14.0)
Loco, David Dimmock (14.0)
IRC Racing 3
El Coyote, Gary Baguley (8.0)
Nautical Wheeler, Martin Brown (15.0)
Magic, David Bell (17.0)
Lady Bubbly, Chris Mitchell (4.0)
Le Vent, Pote Suyasinto (8.0)
Thida Waree, Dwight Willis (11.0)
Team Viewpoint, Rolf Heemskerk (24.0)
Easy Tiger 111, Chris Way (24.0)
Naiad, Valeriy Dichenko (29.0)
Sonic, Kirati Assakul (8.0)
Bladerunner 7, Bob Garner (10.0)
The Top of the Gulf Regatta is supported by the Sports Authority of Thailand, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, Pattaya City, Royal Varuna Yacht Club and the Royal Thai Navy.