Race Reports 2004 - 05 News and Views
- 05 AY Race Reports - News and
celebrates as Ulumulu
wins Koh Samui 2005
By scoring 3 early wins in a row and tying the final race Troy Yaw's Sarawak
based Ulumulu held onto a slender 3 point advantage to become
the 2005 Koh Samui champions and the first Malaysian team to win in racing
class against stiff opposition since Gotcha back in 1999. Frank Pong's
almighty 75ft Jelik stayed up in 2nd place and Toby O'Connell's
crew put in a great performance on the newly acquired YO!'s first
outing to end up in 3rd place. Koh Samui
News and photos
The traditional AYGP
blue blazer award and victory champagne was celebrated in Koh Samui by
non other than Ulumulu's Aussie skipper Ray Roberts on this occasion
and proud owner Troy with his Miri team of selected International sailors.
Check the photos out here...
Presenting Neil Pryde
and Hi-Fidelity with the 2004/05 AYGP
Yacht of the Year award have been delayed till
the end of the RMIR this year so a double champagne celebration in duty-free
Langkawi is being arranged. Take a peek and see how your favorite team
ended up in the AYGP
has been upgraded with images of the 2005
Borneo Cup, 2003/04,
Champions party in Koh Samui
with selected shots taken during the season here...
Symposium - Yangon
to Manila Bay
Inaugural Symposium Malaysia
2005 drew allot of local attention on how to develop the
marine tourism sector by coming up with 8 steps for the way forward. (See
Inaugural Top of The Gulf Regatta
Maikinson's JOD 35 Magic Roundabout ably helmed by Pook kept
the fleets cleanest score sheet by recording 7 wins out of 7 races for
a run away victory in the racing class. Coronation Cup racing has been
extremely close as Neil Semple's crew scored a 2, 1 to seal the fate of
the class and take home the cup this year. Goto AY
Race Reports here
is a winner at Borneo Cup 2005
Not only is there trophies galore but competitors have won the hearts
of the locals, gained some new friends and been treated to some of the
warmest hospitality they are ever likely to experience. Troy
Yaw's mainly home grown team on Ulumulu are emerging heroes in
Miri and are forging ahead as Malaysia's only full blown racing class
out the Race Reports here
start produced a mixed bag of results in the early races due to variable
wind conditions but the in form Nick Burns / Fred Kinmonth Farr-Mills
51 Mandrake bounced back with four bullets in the final races
to take overall victory in the IRC Open class from Ray Ordoveza's
Karakoa and Robert Knight's DK46 Drumstick to take home
the President’s Cup Trophy.
Fernando 2005 - Ffree Fire
enters the points
Last seasons AY
Champion boat was Sam Chan's
Ffree Fire that once again proved her pedigree by taking the
daily double of line honours and the South China Morning Post Trophy during
this years San Fernando Race. Fred
Kinmonth’s Farr-Mills 51 Mandrake finished 5 hours behind
Ffree Fire to claim 2nd spot and James Fernie's Wizard
in 3rd place.
Round the World in 50 days
16 March 2005: Bravo Bruno
Peyron and crew of Oange
2 as they smashed the Round the World Record
to smithereens and AY
Southern Ocean Gloves have helped him set a new
benchmark of 50 days, 16 hrs, 20 mins and 4 secs, achieving an average
speed of 22.2 knots. Fancy having the same gloves that Bruno uses or
"Getting a proper grip on life" Go
Royal Langkawi Int Regatta 2005 - YO
After a slow start the racing picked up a notch or two with the
arrival of a 20knot north easterly tradewind.
Peter Ahern's Malaysian Airlines sponsored YO! raced
away with the trophy for the 3rd time in succession. Armin Schmid's new
Farr 36 SonnenKoenig helmed by Hannes Waimer the CEO of DK Yachts
finished up in 2nd place. Troy Yaw's all Malaysian crew claimed 3rd spot
on Ulumulu in the racing class. AY
Race Reports here...
Champagne Run 2005
Held as a feeder event from Phuket to Langkawi by the BMW Royal Langkawi
Int Regatta committee to attract competitors from neighboring Thailand
to join the main event. Six stalwarts of Phuket racing started out from
Ao Chalong on the 26th... Read more here...
SSR 05 makes
it 3 in a row for Neil Pryde
A 12 to 15
knot North East tradewind provided an exciting blast reach on the final
leg into Changi and the leading yachts possibly set new record times between
Batam and Singapore. Nick Burns Mandrake was able to stretch
their legs and get one back from Neil Pryde's Hi-Fidelity, although
a little to late as Neil and his professional crew had already raped up
the series. Andrew Crombie's modified Magic 25 Vertigo with wings
flew down the back straight to finally take 3rd place for the race but
Robert Knight's DK 46 Drumstick filled the final podium position
in front of them.
Race Reports here...
Cup 04 - 2 up for Hi-fidelity
from the very beginning Neil Pryde's Hi-Fidelity got the better
of Peter Ahern's YO! and went on to put in a very polished performance
to finish up only 27 seconds behind the Burns / Kinmonth pacesetter Mandrake.
score ended up tied on 12 points apiece so after a count back Neil Pryde
added another King's Cup to his collection.
Muda International Regatta 2004
HI-FIDELITY added a further 2 wins in the final races to score
a run away win in the Racing Class and add another prestigious silver
and gold Raja Muda Cup to his already overflowing trophy cabinet. MANDRAKE
skippered by Nick Burns ran
a very close second and took line honours in all races except one but
lacked a little speed to capitalize on a fine performance.
Troy Yaw's ULUMULU skippered by Bill Nichols filled third
spot overall after putting in a very consistent effort and are presently
experiencing a very steep learning curve.
Race Reports here
Regatta - It's a rap, for YO!
After a short wait for the breeze to build, the final races to determine
this years Asean Regatta
champion got away in fine style. Bill Bremner's Foxy Lady made
a late charge winning both race 6 and 7 but was not quite enough to earn
him the overall title from Peter Ahern's YO! whose four early wins and
three second places is just enough to earn the title for the second year
in succession. Goto AY
Race Reports here...
expected Aussie Grant Wharington's 98ft Skandia also took line
and handicap honours plus a whopping 19hrs and 11mins of Ffree Fire's
record set in 1996 on the Vina
Capital Hong Kong to Vietnam Race. The new elapsed time
record of 42h 45m 41s will be a great challenge for future participants
to beat. The brisk force 6 - 7 reaching conditions persisted and after
applying IRC handicaps it ended up with Skandia 1st, Neil
Fidelity 2nd and Nick Burns Mandrake 3rd. More can be found
Grand Prix Championships started with
a bang at the China Coast Regatta
(See Unluckiest Sailor Section Nov
Grant Wharrington’s Don Jones 98 Skandia the IRC A title,
just one point ahead of Neil Pryde’s 47ft Hi Fidelity and
five ahead of Frank Pong’s Reichel-Pugh 75 Jelik.
RHKYC Race Reports
over the nine selected AYGP
events held throughout the season can
be browsed here...
The 2nd Annual 'Darwin-Kupang-Bali'
Yacht Rally has exceeded everyone's expectations this
year --- including the Indonesian government and politicians involved
in the events. With forty three yachts and 120 captains and crew representing
10 nations, these events have not only became a cultural introduction
to the traditional island way of life for the participants but has fostered
a wonderful cultural bond between the friendly Indonesian people and all
the nations represented. The genuine warmth
and hospitality from the government and the Nusa Tenggara Timor people
will not be forgotten. For more on what to expect during this exceptonal
cruising event goto: http://asianyachting.com/news/DwnKupangBali04.htm
Centers in Malaya?
has wowed to take the Learn to Sail
with Asian Yachtmasters
sail training scheme onto the next level and establish commercial
AY Sailing Centers
in Malaya later this year.
We have decided to fast track the AY Franchising Programby
marketing a range of specially designed and trailable 8m fiberglass offshore,
sports, keelboats that are suitable and safe to train local
novices in becoming qualified sailors
and certificated Asian Yachtmasters.
to the recent spate at which World Sailing
Speed Recordsare being broken
page is available with great
all the Jules Verne attempts.
Check it out...
Etchells World Championship 2004
Lake Macquarie yachtsman
Peter McNeill became the
7th Aussie to win the prestigious Etchells World Championship when he
out-sailed a international star-studded 85 boat fleet
assembled at Mooloolaba on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Goto AY
Race Reports with incredible
Race Week 2004 Race Reports here....
excitement and tension was tangible as the last day of racing got underway
at the inaugural Phuket Race Week, held at Evason Phuket Resort from 10-17
July. With almost nothing separating the leaders in three classes, several
boats saw an opportunity to clinch the series on the final day.
last! QUANTUM NAGA
Rarely does the situation arise where yacht racers are faced with the
dilemma of having to deal with to much breeze. However this was the case
recently where four of the regions top Phuket
Sports 8 crews gathered for the inaugural Quantum Naga
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