AY Race Reports 2003 - 04 News & Views

2003 - 04 Season
News & Views

001135 - July 2003 - AY Sponsoring a Sandeq
001136 - August 2003 - 2003/04 Asian Calendar
001137 - September 2003 - Site & address upgrade
001138 - October 2003 - Mari Cha IV Transat Record
001139 - November 2003 - AY Season begins
- December 2003 - Phuket Kings Cup reports
001141 - January 2004 - Yachting gains media coverage
001142 - February 2004 -
Spam and virus protection
001143 - March 2004 - RLYC - yachting symposium idea
001144 - April Fossett's Cheyenne sets new RTW record
001145 - May Presidents Cup closes up the rankings

001146 - June 2003/04 AYGP Skipper & Yacht Champions

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2003 - 04 AY Race Reports - News & Views articles

2003/04 AsianYachting Grand Prix Champions...
After nine tightly contested Grand Prix racing class regatta's held in six countries over the last eight months sees Peter Ahern skippering YO! and Sam Chan's Ffreefire emerge as the respective 2003/04 AsianYachting GP Skipper and Yacht Champions for the season.

At the final AY GP in Koh Samui at the end of May the Champions Blue Blazer and Perpetual AY Cup traditionally filled with chilled champagne was presented at a magnificent prize giving party on the lawns of the Central Samui Resort at Chewang Beach. To view the final 2003/04 AY GP poinstscore, placings and individual regatta press reports go here...

Koh Samui Regatta - It's FFreefire again
Despite winning todays final race Troy Yaw's Ulumulu had yesterdays Racing Class 1A provisional race 5 win overturned by the International Jury in favour of Sam Chan's Ffreefire. This decision handed the Russ Parker skippered ULDB sled a narrow victory over Ulumulu skippered by Ray Roberts and left Gerry Daughton's Outrageous trailing in 3rd spot overall.

Go to 2004 Race Reports here...

Presidents Cup results closing up the rankings
Neil Pryde's Hi-Fidelity (2004 Omega AYC winner) made a return to the top of the regatta podium at the Presidents Cup, after a close tussle with Ray Ordevesa's re-measured Karakoa and a consistent effort by Fred Kinmonth's crew on Stella earned them third place.

2004 China Sea Race
Sam Chan's eyecatching ULDB Sled Ffree Fire's China Sea Race win together with the 3 points scored for nailing the Hainan Race back in November see's them jump up to 6 points in the overall standings going into the Presidents Cup and the final event in Ko Samui.

BMW - RLIR 2004
On the last day of racing Malaysian based yachts have excelled themselves yet again, with Peter Ahern's Yo! winning the Prime Ministers Challenge Series Trophy from the Premier Racing Class 1A and Amir Zohri's Gotcha Lagi taking out the Premier Cruising Class 1B for the second year in succession.

Browse the 2004 AY Race Reports page here...
For more info and results goto: www.langkawiregatta.com

Rebak Champagne Run 2004
More on this exciting 120nm dash to Langkawi can be found at: www.langkawiregatta.com or browse last years 2003 Race Report here... Every yacht crossing the finish line receives a bottle of champagne and 2 glasses. They also enjoy a night's free berthing in Rebak Marina and an award presentation dinner party (reputably second to none) before heading off for the RLIR. Get linked up withthe Press Release and 2004 Race Reports here...

7th QBE Phang Nga Bay Regatta - Hocux Pocux 2 to the fore
Superb breeze, torn spinnakers, a couple of collisions and some very exciting racing was the order of the week for the 7th QBE Phang Nga Bay Regatta which commenced from the Yacht Haven Marina at the northern end of Phuket Island. A fleet of 34 yachts were blessed with some of the most outstanding sailing conditions Phuket has enjoyed in years with blue skies and strong winds prevailing for the entire four days of the event. Goto article and results here...

A Day on Hollywood Boulevard
For all those budding racing sailors out there - Get a insight into the teamwork required to race onboard Ray Roberts Farr 52 OD Hollywood Boulevard during Race 1 of the 2004 Singapore Straits Regatta. GO here....
Full SS Regatta results can be found at: http://www.straitsregatta.com

After two grueling offshore passage races between Phuket and Port Blair in the Andaman Islands, the 2nd Kate Group Andaman Sea Rally champ was crowned. Competitive racing and a lot of fun were the hallmarks this year and in the end Intrigue of Stornaway walked away with the top prize. Goto full story and results....

Sing Straits Regatta - Karakoa's clean sweep 7 - Zip
A fleet of 31 yachts from 8 countries and over three hundred crew members battled it out over five days around Singapore and Batam, Indonesia for the honour of becoming the 2004 Singapore Straits Regatta champion Check it out...

2003 Phuket Kings Cup Regatta
Vicente Garcia's brand new Spanish Farr 520 Plis Play (means Do it quickly) from DK Yachts in Malaysia certainly did do it quickly to become the 2003 Kings Cup champion. AsianYachting Race Reports go here..

RMIR 2003 - Ray Roberts finally wins on HB
After surviving 3 grueling overnight passage races up the west coast of Malaysia and completing 3 harbour races in Langkawi the eventual winner of the RMIR 2003 is Ray Roberts and his mainly Aussie rock star crew on Hollywood Boulevard.
Go to AY Race Reports here...
Go to RMIR 2003 Preliminary Results Page...

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Athens Olympics and Paralympic Games sailing news, views and results switch over to the ISAF website...

China Coast Race Week Results...
***** Hainan Race 2003 Summary...
"A downhill slide, full of gybes" is how one crew member described the finale of 2003 China Coast Race Week which started in Hong Kong and finished with Frank Pong's new "Jelik" taking line honours in Sanya, Hainan. Victory, however, on corrected time belonged to Sam Chan and his crew on "Ffree Fire" who finished just over 2 hrs and 40 mins behind the ex-"Pyewacket" More at...

Asean Regatta - It's Peter Ahern's YO! again
The 4th Asean Regatta is the first grand prix event from which a performance based AY Grand Prix Ranking system for Skippers and competing Racing Yachts is derived in Asia. The Asean Regatta Results are at.... Last season Peter Ahern and Yo! where crowned the inaugural AY Champions and their win at this years event gets them off to another good start. Web Edition Race Reports with photos and results Here...

Inaugural Borneo Cup 2003 - Miri, Sarawak
A boat with the same name spelt backwards Ulumulu emerged as the inaugural winner of the converted Borneo Cup Yachting Challenge 2003 trophy. The custom Sydney 46, owned by Troy Yaw and skippered by Bill Nicholson, won the cup "by a very close margin" announced PRO Mark Pryke at the presentation ceremony. AY Race Reports PR and more at....

Nippon Cup 2003 on Swedish Match Tour
Swedish Match Tour
is pleased to announce the addition of the Nippon Cup 2003 (Nov 17-23) in Hayama, Japan to the 2003 / 2004 SMTour schedule. Hosted by the Hayama Marina Yacht Club the Nippon Cup 2003 will be the third event on the 2003/2004 SMTour offering a total prize purse of USD50,000. More at...

The SANDEQ RACE is the world's fastest, longest and hardest race for traditional fishing vessels and one of Indonesia's best nautical events of the year! The annual race for traditional sandeq outrigger sailing boats will starts on the 10th of August in Majene and end in Makassar on the 17th. More on how to join in the fun and donate to this worthy cause Click Here

Darwin Bali Race - IT's Aussie Maid again
Two time winner John Wardill's Australian Maid adds another Darwin to Bali Race victory to his numerous race records at www.darwinbalirace.com The Raja Muda Int Regatta committee have introduced a new trophy for Bali Race participants that choose to compete in any division on the annual RMIR island hopping bash up Malaysia's west coast in November. More at

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