As the largest regatta in Thailand sailed out of Ocean Marina Yacht Club, the 8th edition of The Top of the Gulf regatta saw the continuing strength of the new ‘hot 40’ foot division, a showdown between a number of anarchists within a 13 boat fleet including the IRCed GP42 Won Marang and Neil Pryde’s Hifi (Welbourne 52) taking on the likes of the Kerr 40, King 40, Summit 40, Archambault 40, GTS43, and for the first time, the Soto 30 which looked pretty small among the 40 footers. In the end Hifi took the honours. In the multihulls, the Seacart 26 was all dominating. With another 200+ boats on the water spread among 2 IRC classes, beach dinghy classes and RSX boards, sailors enjoyed first day weather of 20+ knots, dropping a little each day down to nothing on day 4 when racing was abandoned.
For the sportsboats, Shaw 650s took 1st & 2nd overall, with the DSS equipped Welbourne 25 slotting into 3rd racing under the Australian SMS rule which is now the dominant measurement rule for sports boats. Pictured, a few shots of the Shaws reveling in the day 1 breezy conditions, on the way in race 1 to a Shaw 1-2-3 finish on SMS handicap and 1st on line as well.
Images by Webrep 2012.