2012-13 Asian Yachting Grand Prix Championship - Skipper & Yacht of the Year Awards
Pong & Jelik crowned AYGP
Skipper & Yacht of the Year
Ultimately it came down to Pong's Jelik and Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth's Mills 40 EFG Bank Mandrake, fighting it out at the final showdown in Ko Samui. EFG Bank Mandrake had to convincingly win the hotly contested 40 foot IRC 1 class to have a chance of toppling Pong's heavily optimized Jelik, contesting the big boat IRC 0 class. However, it was not to be for Burns and Kinmonth, as Pong skippered his boat to an outstanding showing at the Samui Regatta, winning 8 out of 10 races, to wrap up the IRC 0 title and the AYGP Championship in fine style. (See AY Photo Gallery for all the action).
to win the AYGP
Skipper & Yacht of the Year Awards
The main aim of the pointscore system is to fairly grade competing Boat owners and Skippers ability to successfully run full-on racing campaigns through Asian waters over the 2012-13 Season. All classes are included and the pointscore is based on the overall results at each of the 12 selected events on the 2012 - 13 Asian Sailing Calendar.
System has been tweaked a little and launched into the new
season with the following:
/ Race Line-up for the season
For sailors that want to race regionally, that makes it 12 *****events - 5 on the Eastern Asian seaboard (Hong Kong China, Vietnam, Philippines) and 5 in South East Asian waters (Singapore, Malaysia, Phuket SW Thailand, Indonesia) finishing up with the centrally located Top of the Gulf and Samui Regatta in the Gulf of Thailand.
Under the “Six best regattas to count” scoring system these two regattas will be common events for the two regions as competitors come together for the grand final showdown. We should not over play the different regions as boat owners are not restricted to regional events and are free to compete on both circuits and in as many events they choose to contest.
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We will continue on with our "Work in Progress" policy that has served us well for ten seasons and further tweaking is expected to take place as the season unfolds. We will still be presenting the Perpetual AYGP Cup filled with chilled champagne and the winner donning the Armani Koh Samui blue blazer at the gala Samui Regatta season ending prize presentation.
Over the years Peter Ahern has won 2, Neil Pryde (4), Frank Pong (1) and Ray Roberts (3) should be asked what it takes to succeed. Now that we are opening up the competition to multiple classes, the degree of difficulty has just increased to a new and exciting level.
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