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Thu, 2 May 2019

Australians Dominate First Day of Top of the Gulf Regatta 2019 in Pattaya, Thailand

The Top of the Gulf Regatta 2019 at Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya, Thailand, got off to a good start on Wednesday, a solid 10 knots giving the Race Officer confidence to set the fleet on a long distance race.

It was a lonely start for Team Hollywood (AUS) in IRC Racing 1 with fellow TP52, THA72, not making the start of the first race. Not to be distracted from the task ahead, Ray Roberts and crew zeroed in on the second race and get the better of THA72 over distance, finishing the day with two bullets and an early lead in the standings.

Team Hollywood take the early lead in IRC Racing 1 - Top of the Gulf Regatta in Pattaya, Thailand. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

Close battles in IRC Racing 2 saw the Australian team on the Adams 10, Tenancious (ex Ichi Ban) win the long distance race and finish the day with a 2,1 scoreline, tied on points with the Beneteau First 44.7 Fujin (ex Ichi Ban) who placed 1,2. Lawana (THA) and Ink Zone (AUS) traded places in third and fourth, and both sit on seven points at the end of the first day.

Action from first day of Top of the Gulf Regatta in Pattaya, Thailand. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

After a third place finish in the first race of IRC Racing 3's series, the Japanese crew on Team Spray bounced back to place first in the second race and sit top of the standings. A three-way tie sees MoonShadow2 (UK) in second and SailQuest Hi Jinks (USA) in third.

In what is often the most competitive class of the regatta, for the one-design Platus every race counts. One slip early on could cost a team a place on the podium and past winner Easy Tiger V (AUS) know this well. They hit the ground running today with a 1,2,1 in their three windward/leewards. A good start to their campaign, but there is a long way to go. Thai entries Pine Pacific and YRAT rounded out the top three today, placing second and third overall.

Edenko (FRA) got the better of the multihulls today with a win in their single, long distance race of the day. Having competed in the Top of the Gulf Regatta for the first time last year, and placing second overall, Dominique Demachy and his crew are looking to go one better this year. However, the ever-green Sonic (THA) will be looking to make it as difficult as possible and defend their title, despite a slow start today finishing third overall behind BladeRunner IX (UK) in second.

The dinghy and Optimist fleets will join the fray tomorrow and compete over four day series, and for the first time Para Sailing will be part of the regatta with 14 Para Sailors competing in seven of the new double-handed S\V14s.

Team Hollywood TP52 (IRC1) - Interview with Ray Roberts, Owner / Captain

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As there are so many pictures from the Top of the Gulf Regatta 2019 they have been uploaded to different pages: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9 and Page 10. See also: Ray Roberts to Open Sailing Schools in Thailand - Exclusive Video Interview, Team Hollywood Unbeatable! Results from Top of the Gulf Regatta 2019, Day 4: Racing at Top of the Gulf Regatta 2019 in Pattaya, Thailand, Day 3: Racing at Top of the Gulf Regatta 2019 in Pattaya, Thailand, Day 2: Racing at Top of the Gulf Regatta 2019 in Pattaya, Thailand, Australians Dominate First Day of Top of the Gulf Regatta 2019 in Thailand, Para Sailing and the S\V14 -  Interview with Yacht Designer, Maarten Voogd, 15th Top of the Gulf Regatta to Take Place in Pattaya, Thailand 30 April - 5 May 2019, Disabled Sailing Thailand - Interview with Peter Jacops and Pictures from Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2019.

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