Kiteboards To Compete For First Time
Top of the Gulf Regatta has always been an inclusive regatta. From the very beginning, the aim has been to attract boats of all sizes and types, and sailors of all abilities, and provide international-standard racing for all the fleet.
This year, kiteboards have been added to the mix. Working closely with the Kiteboarding Association Thailand (KAT), who will be running a dedicated course area off Ocean Marina Yacht Club, there will be four classes of racing: Formula Kite (open); TT:R Men A (open); TT:R Men B (Amateur, Thai National only); and TT:R Women (open).
Approximately 40 riders are expected to compete in a short race format ideal for spectators onshore. The racing will take place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April, and some of Thailand's top talent have already confirmed their participation, including five-time Asian Champion Narapichit Pudla.
With kiteboard popularity on the increase globally, World Sailing are considering kiteboards for a future slot at the Olympics, and together with the Kiteboarding Association Thailand, Top of the Gulf Regatta are proud to be showcasing this exciting sport as part of the regatta for the first time this year.
The new kiteboard classes will bring the total regatta class list to 15.