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Written by Administrator    Saturday, 21 July 2012 09:16    PDF Print E-mail

The fleet line-up for the 2012 Top of the Gulf Regatta, held 4-8 May off Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Jomtien, Pattaya, Thailand, is set to be one of the most competitive yet.Over 600 participants in 300+ sailing craft, from more than 30 countries will compete in 12 classes over four days of racing at Asia's largest multi-class regatta – the Top of the Gulf Regatta (TOG Regatta).

A record fleet is expected on the keelboat and multihull courses this year. Growing year-on-year, the highly competitive fleet includes boats from Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Thailand and beyond, and will be managed by experienced Principal Race Officer Jerry Rollin.

"We expect over 70 boats on the keelboat and multihull course this year, with an increase in interest from Singapore, Hong Kong and Manila, particularly in the 40 foot keelboat range," said William Gasson, Founder and Chairman of the Regatta Organizing Committee.

Asia's 40-foot fleet continues to grow and top boats from around the region are heading to Pattaya to test their skills against one of Asia's most competitive fleets, at the TOG Regatta. 2011 Phuket King's Cup Regatta winner, Japanese-entry Karasu, skippered by Yasuo Nanamori, will be competing for the first time this year and will be up against KukuKERchu, the Kerr 40 from Singapore, Walalwala 2, a Sydney GTS 43 from Singapore, and the Mills 40 EFG Bank Mandrake from Hong Kong

– all newcomers to the Regatta this year. They will be up against Thai teams Wan Marang (GP42) and Katsu (Swan 42), amongst others.

Add to the 40-footers the Singapore Kerr 32 Foxy Lady IV, skippered by Asian regatta veteran Bill Bremner, and the allnew, never-before-raced Soto 30, which will be making its worldwide debut at the Regatta, and the Class is wide open. The pedigree of sailors at the 2012 TOG Regatta is exceptional, with winners of all the major Asian Regattas in the last 12 months, taking part, as well as national and regional champions competing in the Optimist, dinghies and beach catamaran classes.

The Racing Class will again be competitive with Neil Pryde and his HiFi crew returning to try again for the elusive class title – one of the few in the region he has yet to win.

The Sports Boats Class is set to grow with two new Shaw 6.5's launched recently and expected to join the fleet, together with Hong Kong newcomer the 25-foot Brace Brace.

The Prestigious Coronation Cup, competed for by the one-design Platu fleet, continues to attract attention from sailors in Asia and beyond. With 15 Platus already confirmed and more crews wanting to take part, the Class looks to be one of the biggest yet in the Regatta's eight-year history. Crews from Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and Thailand have currently signed-up.

"The standard of competition looks set to be very high at this year's Top of the Gulf Regatta. We're expecting one of the most competitive line-ups of any regatta in Asia and are looking forward to some exciting racing," added Gasson. The 2012 Top of the Gulf Regatta will take place 4th to 8th May. Hosted at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, racing will take place in the waters off the marina, Jomtien Beach, on the Gulf coast of Thailand.

Albatross' new M40 racing sailing cat

Thailand-based design office Albatross Marine Design has developed a M40 - 40' racing sailing catamaran.

The boat measuring12.17m in length with an overall beam of 7.6m will weigh empty just 1800kg. Ther main structure is in epoxy sandwich based on biaxial E-glass with variable densities of foam. Carbon is used in hull reinforcements, and also for the beams, rudders, daggerboards, mast and boom.

In general, the design is intended for racing in Southeast Asia. The design has been optimized for local weather conditions using advanced VPP software tools.

By having this design, Albatross Marine Design is returning to the field of hightech sailing craft design; this is where principal of company Albert Nazarov started his career as he received his Ph.D in sailcraft hydro-aero dynamics. During crisis time most of Albatross commissions were commercial and patrol craft, sometimes - motorsailers. Now it is time to apply Albert's experience in the structural engineering of high-speed interceptor powerboats to the field of racing sailcraft design.

Simpson Superyachts Partners Blue Coast Yachts in Asia

Simpson Superyachts, Asia's leading superyacht broker, has partnered with Cannes-based Blue Coast Yachts to promote the brand in Asia.

Blue Coast Yachts is founded by leading designer Jean-Jaques Coste of Coste Design & Partners, an international award winning boutique design firm that has been at the forefront of the catamaran market, boasting unique expertise in the design and construction of some of the world's largest carbon fibre catamarans that have been launched to date.

Blue Coast Yachts luxury catamarans are the latest generation of mega yachts. They marry the efficiency of the catamaran concept with the design and building technologies of modern yachting. New materials, powerful software, transfer of technology, integration of eco-friendly solutions, and many other innovations are complemented by luxurious outfitting and interior dcor thatmake Blue Coast Yachts so avant-garde.

The team is currently developing projects ranging from 85ft to 200ft, offering the largest and most advanced luxury yachts one can find in the market. Among them is Blue Coast 165', which will be the largest sailing catamaran in the world. She is designed with four decks (two in each hull), providing expansive private space for both passengers and crew. With a high quality composite structure which is both light and resistant, the yacht's hull has outstanding seagoing capabilities and is able to perform in any sea conditions.

Paul Whelan, General Manager, said "We are delighted to be able to work with Blue Coast Yachts in Asia. Their yachts perfectly complement the best selling Lagoon catamarans marketed by our sister company Simpson Marine. Many of our customers have shown interest in moving up to a bigger catamaran than is currently available from Lagoon and Blue Coast's range of Power and Sailing Catamaran 'superyachts' are ideally suited to meet this demand."

About Simpson Superyachts
Simpson Superyachts is the specialized division of the Simpson Group, created to meet all the needs of the large yacht owner.

Simpson Superyachts has nearly three decades of experience in the yacht market and a reputation for delivering exceptional services with integrity. Our team of specialists will guide you through all aspects of superyacht ownership, from new construction to servicing.

Simpson's team will help you:
  • Identify and secure a suitable yacht that suits your needs
  • Undertake new yacht construction
  • Manage and maintain your superyacht
  • Undertake any repairs, refits and maintenance
  • Arrange appropriate shore support when cruising
  • Source Captain and crew
  • Assist with financing and insurance aspects
  • Arrange registration and ownership
  • Identify and book international yacht charters
For more information, please visit our website at www.simpsonmarine.com

The sailing scene in the Gulf of Thailand is experiencing a period of sustained growth as more boats choose to locate themselves in the Gulf to benefit from the stunning sailing grounds, and the international-standard sailing events attract boats from all corners of the globe.

Home to Thailand's preeminent yacht club, the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, and to many leading sailing events, the Gulf of Thailand is also home Ocean Marina – the host of Asia's largest annual multi-class competition, the Top of the Gulf Regatta.

Easy access to Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi international airport, with a capacity of 45 million visitors per year, contributes to Pattaya and surrounds' attractiveness to boat owners. To support the region's growing popularity, infrastructure development is apace. No more so is this evident than at Ocean Marina, on Jomtien Beach. Ocean Property, the parent company of Ocean Marina in Thailand, has confirmed an expansion of 100 new floating marina berths (13m and 20m), and an upgrade to 100 larger existing berths – the single largest expansion since the marina was built 18 years ago.

Scott Finsten, Harbour Master at Ocean Marina, said: "The marina is not only a boost to Thailand's boating industry, but also a boost to the local economy given the amount of jobs that will be created," adding, "We have dredged the marina to 3.5m so we can accommodate the deeper draft vessels that visit Thailand. The new marina completes the investment, to ensure we can cater for longterm demand."

Playing a central role in the growth of marine leisure tourism in the Gulf of Thailand, is the Top of the Gulf Regatta (TOG Regatta), taking place for the eighth time this year. Held 4th to 8th May, Thailand's TOG Regatta has, since the very beginning, been a strong supporter of marine leisure tourism and grass roots sailing in the Kingdom, funding and supporting Thai youth sailing, and providing competitive experience through the hosting the Thailand Optimist Nationals.

The TOG Regatta is unique amongst regattas in Thailand and Asia, in that it brings together keelboat and multihull racing with beach catamaran, dinghies and optimist competition on a large scale.

"The TOG Regatta really is like no other. We continue to support a large variety of classes, and give opportunity to youth sailors as well as provide top quality competition for sailors from around the world in the keelboat and multihull classes," said William Gasson, Founder and Chairman of the Regatta Organizing Committee.

The TOG Regatta provides a truly multicultural experience. Attracting a large number of Thai sailors each year, TOG Regatta also attracts international participants across all classes, regularly including regional and world champions. Over 500 sailors from more than 30 nationalities competed in the 2011 Regatta.

"We expect over 70 boats on the keelboat and mutihull course this year, with an increase in interest from Singapore, Hong Kong and Manila, particularly the 40 foot keelboat range," added Gasson.

Eight years old and the TOG Regatta continues to grow and develop. 2012 looks set to be a bumper year with a record fleet of one-design Platus including teams from Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and Thailand, competing for the Coronation Cup.

A first for this year, the NeilPryde Racing Series (racing the one-design RS:One sail board) will be incorporated as part of the Regatta and run off the host venue, Ocean Marina Yacht Club – the first time the Series has competed in Thailand.

Other classes for 2012 include: IRC 1, IRC 2, IRC 3, IRC 4 Cruising, Sports Boats, Platu (racing in the Coronation Cup), Ocean Multihulls, F18's, Open Beach Multihulls, Single-handed monohull dinghies, double-handed monohull dinghies and Optimist (racing in the Thailand National Optimist Championship).

Over 600 sailors are expected to descend on Jomtien Beach on the Gulf of Thailand, from 4th to 8th May, to enjoy some top quality sailing competition at the 2012 Top of the Gulf Regatta.
Website: www.topofthegulfregatta.com

NeilPryde Racing Series to join Thailand's Top of the Gulf Regatta

The NeilPryde Racing Series – a one-design windsurfing class world tour – will race in Thailand for the first time at the 2012 Top of the Gulf Regatta, Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, Thailand. The Series will race over the first two days of the Regatta, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May, and provide a spectacular display of close-quarter racing at Ocean Marina Yacht Club.

Launched in 2011, the NeilPryde Racing Series will hold its first stop of 2012 in Pattaya in conjunction with the Top of the Gulf Regatta. Subsequent sailing venues for 2012 include Istanbul (Turkey), Dunkerque (France), Porto (Portugal), Cardiff (Wales), Trapani (Italy), Nice (France), Hong Kong and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).

Designed by Olympic windsurf equipment supplier NeilPryde, the NeilPryde Racing Series uses the new, universal one-design ISAF windsurfing class, the RS:One.

The RS:One Class features a new, attractive, and dynamic race format making the racing a spectacle for the crowds. One sail, one board - everyone on the same equipment allowing male and female racers of all ages to compete together with equal chances.

Top Asian athletes will compete on the RS:One along with local windsurfing heroes and London Olympic Games representatives from Thailand. The winners of each division will share the US$3000 prize money.

Race Manager, Emmanuel Messiaen, said "We expect 20 to 30 racers in Pattaya, with a strong representation from Thailand, as well as racers from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Being a one-design class, we will supply the RS:One equipment and all will be equal. The winner will be the one who races the best over the two days."

The Top of the Gulf Regatta is Asia's largest multi-class regatta, combining keelboats and multihulls with dinghies and beach catamarans, and new for this year windsurfing, in conjunction with the NeilPryde Racing Series and with support from the Windsurfing Association of Thailand.

William Gasson, Founder and Chairman of the Top of the Gulf Regatta Organising Committee, said "We're delighted to welcome the NeilPryde Racing Series to the Top of the Gulf Regatta this year. The Regatta aims to support all disciplines within the sport of sailing and this year we will have a diverse fleet on-the-water from boards to dinghies to beach catamarans, multihulls and keelboats."

The Top of the Gulf Regatta will take place 4 – 8 May 2012 at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, Thailand. The NeilPryde Racing Series will take place 5th and 6th May, with a possible exhibition night race with LED sails on the evening of Saturday 5th May.
Websites: www.topofthegulfregatta.com, racing.neilpryde.com