6th Top of The Gulf Regatta 2009 & Coronation Cup
6th Top of The Gulf Regatta & 2010 Coronation Cup

“Another AY Grand Prix Championship Event

Another AYGP Event

6th Top of The Gulf Regatta 2010
AY Pre-Regatta Report

TOTGR brings the sailing family together...
Staging an International regatta requires a lot more than just posting the Notice of Race (NOR) and racing boats around the scheduled courses. The sailing organisations on Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard posses a wealth of experience after running National championships each year and regularly hosting major events like the SEA Games and dinghy class World titles. Two hours drive to the South and East of Bangkok (See map) is the hustling and bustling seaside resort city of Pattaya. Stretching further south is the seemingly endless Jomtien Beach with Ocean Marina and two towering hotel apartment buildings slap bang in the middle. The King's very own Royal Varuna Yacht Club is on the northern most tip of the beach and further south down the coast is the Royal Thai Navy Base in Sattahip that most the committee members of the Yacht Racing Assoc of Thailand (YRAT) are drawn from.

The Top of the Gulf Regatta is a multi-class regatta, which means that not only are the big keel boat and multihull classes racing but also a wide range of dinghies and beach cats will be staging their own contest. The National Optimist titles and long running One Design Platu 25 Coronation Cup are also open for the taking, so all the clubs and associations have been roped in to work together at this event.

Being no stranger to running major racing campaigns, Chairman of the Organising Committee Bill Gasson tends to bring together the regatta sponsors, race officials, jury and media in much the same way. It is a bit like bringing the Chinese Clan together. From the Philippines PRO Jerry Rollin and his team will be looking after the big boats while local race officers from the RVYC and Thai Navy will be running the dinghies and beach cats on three different courses. In case there are any disputes on the water an International Jury is needed to enforce the ISAF Rules of Racing. Ever since Bryan Willis went into semi retirement in Malaysia we have been blessed by having the past Chairman of the America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race heading up the TOTG jury again. Other jury members come from Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand to enjoy the hospitality Ocean Marina has on offer.

Within this group there is enough personnel to conduct the event but keeping in line with the International status the local and International media play a big part in promoting the event and generating extensive media coverage during the event. This is where we come in! The art of fully utilising modern ICT technology available today is extremely important when promoting an event, and the general consensus in the media circles is 'If the event does not have any media coverage then they may not of had an event at all'.

When you first arrive at an event, usually the day before racing starts, time is spent searching out the relevant officials for shore side greetings before getting down to the nitty gritty. Now that everyone is here and taken over their duties the major part of Capt Bill's organisational role is completed, so he can sit back and watch how the assembled team perform. As it turns out the same people usually come together at the majority of Asian events and it becomes a bit of a Family affair. That does not mean there are no disputes and it is only healthy that a certain amount of time is spent 'Putting out bush fires'.

The largest and most important part of the family are the sailors who have chosen the sport either for recreational or professional purposes. As it takes quite some resources to get the boats race ready and have top crew onboard, the boat owners usually demand the very best race management procedures and expect them to keep a level playing field. To have a successful event the onus is on everybody performing their tasks to the best of their abilities. Another important group are the shore crew that organise the welcoming party and nightly gala sponsors prize presentations. If this is not enough entertainment then there is always Pattaya, 20 minutes up the road, where all sorts of merriment takes place.

When racing gets underway the keelboats and multihull's will be divided into classes based on size and performance. The off the beach classes will include Hobie 16, Hobie Tiger, Open Monohull Dinghy, Lasers and Optimists. Over 200 entries from as far away as Australia, Japan and the UK have signed on this year and the 2010 Regatta is once again expected to be highly competitive in all classes.

Sponsors of the 2010 Top of the Gulf Regatta include: Major Sponsors Ocean Marina Yacht Club, PTT Exploration and Production Public company Limited (PTTEP), The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Lexus. Other sponsors and supporters include Thai Airways, MaDuZi Hotel, OCEAN Portofino, Singha Corporation, Sun Cooler, Movenpick, Mont Clair, Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, Bank of Ayudhya, Coca Cola, Corsair Trimarans, Grampian Country Food Group, Gulf Charters Thailand, QBE Insurance, SEAT Boats, Ocean Glass, Royal Varuna Yacht Club, the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand and Pattaya City.

More TOTGR 2010 news can be found at: http://www.topofthegulfregatta.com
TOTGR Facebook Group at: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/TOG-Regatta/179908192379

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