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001161 - July 2006-07 AY Calendar out NOW!
001162 - August -
2006-07 AY Season off to a great start
001163 - Sept - Tiffany Koo is Malaysian Match Racing Champion
001164 - Oct - AY Grand Prix Skipper and Yacht Championships underway
001165 - Nov -
Raja Muda SailAsia Rally and Monsoon Cup
001166 - Dec -
How yachting in Asia came together over the last 20 years
001167 - Jan 07 Dedicated to the Sydney-Hobart 06 racers.

001168 - Feb TEAM NEWS - Monthly rap-up on racing teams in SE Asia
001169 - March AY Sailing School opens at PD World Marina
001170 - April The skirts come down on the AC boats - Keel photos

001171 - May Stam wins Velux 5 Oceans
001172 - June Kiwi's win the
2007 Louis Vuitton Cup

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2006 - 07 AY Race Reports - News and Views articles

Frank Pong and Jelik - Crowned 2006 - 07 AY Champions
Talk about going down to the wire... Coming into the last day of racing at the season ending Koh Samui Regatta Neil Pryde's Hi Fi held a one point advantage over Frank Pong's 75ft Jelik. Race six got away on a windward / leeward course in 8 to 10 knots of breeze. Bill Bremner's Foxy Lady III won the race and went on to became the overall Racing Class winner. The race to be crowned the 2006-07 AY GP Champions just got more interesting as Frank Pong's crew on Jelik secured second place to even up the points with Neil Pryde's Hi Fi in 3rd place and PRO Tony Denham announced that a further windward / leeward Race 7 would be conducted back to back to complete the race program. Full report and results of 2006-07 AY GP Championships here...

Koh Samui Regatta - Bill Bremner Foxy Lady wins favourite event
Bill Bremner's Sydney 40 Foxy Lady III held a commanding lead coming into the final day and cemented their position with a race six win to make it four wins out of six races. Neil Pryde's Farr 52OD Hi Fi started the day in second place overall despite overnight being disqualified for the race 2 incident. Two third places today sees them relegated to third overall and very disappointed with the juries decision. Frank Pong's 75ft Rachel Pugh Jelik made up for yesterdays disaster by scoring a second and first place today to lift them up to second place overall. Bill Bremner and Foxy Lady III have the glory of winning their favourite regatta but Frank Pong's consistency on Jelik throughout the season has earned them the distinction of being crowned the 2006-07 AsianYachting Grand Prix Champions. Koh Samui Race Reports Here...

3rd Top of the Gulf Regatta 2007 - Successfully run and done..
Race six got away in five knots of breeze with class leaders covering each other and keeping a close eye on where the other competitors were running in the fleet. As the approaching storm looked imminent, PRO Gerry Rollins called an end of play for the day and the regatta. Cries of joy erupted on Vivat Poonpat's Naiad as they had broken the tie with The Ferret in their favour, so the cancelled race now handed them a class win and awarded the prestigious Coronation Cup.
Defending Class 1 champion David Lindahl's Swann 42 La Samudra may have placed down in forth on race six but his four earlier wins is enough to carry them through to win the title for a second year in succession. AY Race Reports and results here For slideshow of selected images go here

Manila Boracay Race - President's Cup 07 - Close finish to a great regatta...
Coming into the final day of racing the podium places in all classes were still open for the taking. Once again the breeze was over twenty knots, whipping up choppy seas that made boat handling a little difficult as crews put in a make or break effort to improve their standings. Race six saw Frank Pong's Jelik put in a blitzing performance but was it enough to claim overall victory? Defending champion Ernesto Echauz's Sydney 46 Centennial and Ray Roberts DK46 Quantum Racing were locked in battle as they have been all regatta and as they crossed the line allot of number crunching was heard going on aboard the boats. Eventually it was Frank Pong's Jelik that had done enough to win the race and by recording his forth win on handicap to take out overall victory and the President's Cup for the first time. AY Race Reports here... and the AY Photo Library

10th Phang Nga Bay Regatta
Over the Chinese New Year break 50 yachts set off on one of the world’s most picturesque sailing events. The regatta, now in its 10th year, over four days of racing took the fleet from Phuket to Phang Nga and Krabi provinces before returning to Nai Harn bay in Phuket. The final day saw Scott Duncanson's Somtam Express finish almost 30 minutes in front but this win wasn't enough to give him the Racing class overall honours. Ben Copley's second place on Asia Spirit, was enough for first place overall. Veteran Kiwi skipper John Vause sailed Ruby Tuesday into third place overall. AY Race Reports with photos here...

Royal Langkawi Int Regatta - Quantum leap to victory
A daring port tack start gave Ray Roberts on Quantum Racing a slight edge over Frank Pong's Jelik on the winner take all final race. Quantum wrapped the spinnaker on the second hoist and may have seen their advantage disappear. Then Jelik missed the gate and had to quickly gybe back to correct the error. Nail biting stuff! The final windward work in twenty knots of wind on Bass Harbour may have been a little overpowering as crews strived to control the back winding mainsails and skippers kept their foot on the pedal. Eventually it was the bigger 75ft Jelik that crossed the line fourteen minutes in front of the smaller 46ft Quantum Racing. Was this enough after handicaps are applied? AY Race Reports with photos here... and the AY Photo Library

Singapore Straits Regatta to Paul Winkelmann's Island Fling
After a well deserved break over the festive period the 2006-07 Season resumed with the 13th SSR leading the way. Racing teams regrouped and a formidable line-up of 28 yachts in four classes went under the starters orders. Paul Winkelmann's TP52 Island Fling held a slender one point lead over Fred Kinmonth and Nick Burns Farr/Mills 51 Mandrake going into the final race. A luffing match took place which effectively put both boats out of the race, handing Island Fling the regatta. AY Race Reports with photos here...

Phuket King's Cup Regatta - Toby O'Connell on Dhevatara Drumstick
All racing class yachts eventually finished within seven minutes of each other, which gifted Toby O'Connell on the chartered DK 46 Dhevatara Drumstick his first King's Cup victory. After leading the fleet Neil Pryde's Hi Fi tied on points with Drumstick but lost out on a count back. Paul Winkelmann's TP52 Island Fling has shown allot of promise during the week but had to settle on third place overall after drifting into the mark adding further insult to injury on the final race. A twist of fate seems to play a hand in determining King Cup results, as earlier in the week Drumstick was dealt a severe blow from the jury and perhaps as retribution, nature has repaid them for the inconvenience. AY Race Reports here... Check out the King's Cup Photo Library...

MONSOON CUP 06 - It's Peter Holmberg's Alinghi Team...
Race five decider - Taking the windward berth off the startline Holmberg held onto the advantage despite Richard trying everything to get back into the race. After doing two more tacks than Holmberg, Richard trailed by 10 seconds at each mark. At the end it was Holmberg by a little over a boat length to claim the 2nd Monsoon Cup and the MYR250,000 (approx. US$68,700) first place prizemoney. Wow what an exciting and pulsating final round and our congratulations must go to the winners and the organizers of this fantastic event. AY Race Reports and all the news on the championships go here...

RMSIR 06 - Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns Mandrake take the title ...
After three overnight passage races and two days of short windward/leeward races it was Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns Farr/Mills 51 Mandrake in a close tussle with Bill Bremner's Foxy Lady that came out on top on this island hopping bash up the Malacca Straits hosted annually by the Royal Selangor Yacht Club in Port Klang. Last years winner Neil Pryde on Hi Fi took third overall on Bass Harbour in the legendary and duty-free islands of Langkawi to complete a very arduous and lengthy program. No wonder the RMSIR is the hardest regatta in all of Asia to win and sailors keep coming back year after year to have another crack at it... AY Race Reports plus historical links to all the past winners are posted here... Also check out the RMSIR 06 Photo Library...

Malaysian sailors take it to the next level
Thirty new sailors received their course completion certificates from Tn. Hj. Mohd Saleh B Hj. Ghazali the director of the Negri Sembilan state Youth and Sports Department after successfully attending a three day theory and practical sailing course for the southern zone, run by the state sailing association together with the national Malaysian Yachting Association. Not only did they have the opportunity to learn to rig and sail on lasers and 420 dinghy's but for the first time experience the pleasures of sailing on a sporty little 8m keelboat. Full story here...

Hong Kong to Vietnam Race - Paul Winkelmann's TP52 Island Fling to the fore...
After sliding along with 25+ knots of North Eastly winds and 2 -3 metres swell most of the race Benoit Lesaffre's multihull Atmosphere finished at around 1200hrs 27-Oct to take line honours. A mere 36 minutes later, Paul Winkelmann's TP52 Island Fling showed its pedigree, taking IRC Division A on the water and on corrected time. Both times were considerably outside Skandia's 2004 record, mainly due to light wind conditions approaching the Nha Trang finishline. The surprise of the race was Ant Day's Sayer 13 Siren, at 41ft the smallest boat in IRC A had a scorcher of a race to place 2nd on corrected time. Showing a good turn of pace, the Kinmonth / Burns owned Farr-Mills 51 finished just 24 minutes after Neil Pryde on the water, beating him for third place overall but not enough to catch Island Fling. RHKYC Race Reports with the first photos of the TP52's racing in Asian waters here...

China Coast Regatta 06 - Neil Pryde's Team Hi Fi on the prowl again
Coming into the final race things were sure hotting up between Neil Pryde's Farr 52OD Hi Fi, Paul Winkelmann's newly acquired TP52 Island Fling and Frank Pong's massive 75ft R/P designed Jelik all tied on 8 points after discard and everything to play for. Team Pryde's second place on the more conventional 52 footer Hi Fi was enough to win the series by one point over Paul Winkelmann's more fancied TP52 Island Fling and Frank Pong's Jelik, another point behind. If this is a sign of things to come we are in for a exciting 2006-07 Season. Welcome to the racing class! RHKYC Race Reports with photos. As the CCR 06 is the first five star Racing Class event of the 2006-07 AY Grand Prix Skipper and Yacht Championships we welcome browsers to see how the pointscore is shaping up this year at: http://asianyachting.com/news/AYGP06-07.htm

ASEAN Marine Tourism Symposium 2007
Do you know it is cheaper to get a complete boat built overseas and imported duty-free into Malaysia than it is to get one built in Malaysia, after paying 10% Customs Duty and 5% Excise on all the imported parts, pieces and materials it takes to build the entire boat? The next ASEAN Marine Tourism Symposium will take place 14 - 17 June at the stunning Sutera Harbour Resort, in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah on Borneo itself a world-acclaimed marine and ecotourism destination. The 2007 Symposium will be the platform for marine tourism operators and marketers as well as governments and statutory bodies to meet in order to enhance the growth of marine tourism with a regulated and coordinated approach. A key outcome of the 2007 Symposium will be the formation of the ASEAN Marine Tourism Council which will become the umbrella body of National Organizations involved in marine tourism in the ASEAN region. In an attempt to air some problems presently facing the industry like 1. Legally registering a roadworthy small boat trailer in Malaysia 2. Financing on boats 3. and marina silting issues and listing all the Marine Industry players in Malaysia and Brunei can be found at: http://asianyachting.com/news/MMIAlistings.htm

Soft-Launching for Miri Magic 07Oct 06
Launching a boat is supposed to be one of the happiest days of a boat owners life - Capt Marty from AsianYachting in PD, Malaysia has dedicated over 10 years of his working life, to training sailors and directing racing teams in Asian waters. He has longed for the day, when we launch our own yacht to use for a multiple of sailing purposes including training for match and fleet racing events. Read how the auspicious occasion went and how much superstition and tradition goes into a boat launching here...

Miri Malaysia Solo Global Challenge in June
All things going smoothly, the 43 year old Malaysian sailor Ariffin Abdul Aziz will be setting off in June this year on a 28,649 nautical mile circumnavigation lap of the world. Timed to celebrate Malaysia's 50th year of Nationhood and Visit Malaysia Year 2007 the Miri Malaysia Solo Challenge aims to propel Malaysia's lesser known cruising destinations onto the International sailing stage. Capt Fin expects to complete the arduous journey in 180 days - 10 days less than Datuk Azhar Mansor took in 1999. Despite starting and finishing in Miri, Sarawak making Fin's course distance 3649 miles further than Jalur Gemilang sailed. The custom built Sydney 46ft racing sloop Ulumulu has been undergoing serious modifications for solo sailing at Noakes yard in Newcastle, Australia and due for launching at the end of March. After completing sea trials, Capt Fin will sail the boat up the Australian east coast, then through Indonesia and expects to arrive in Miri by the end of May for the June departure date. Read more on how this adventurous journey came about and Fin's own personal take on how he rose up the racing crew circles in Asian waters and more... Here Or check out the new Team Ulumulu website here...

Malaysia becoming Center of Match Racing in Asia..
To reinforce Terengganu's Monsoon Cup claim as the Match Racing Capital of Asia - AsianYachting together with the Malaysian Yachting Association and Troy Yaw's - Ulumulu Racing Team from Miri, Sarawak are embarking on a ambitious plan to firmly plant Malaysia at the Center of Match Racing in SE Asia. With the launching of the 8m (26ft) Miri Magic that was specifically designed by Malcolm Runnalls as a mini IRC Offshore racer has entered this years Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta in November. With a simple change of stanchions and guard rails this multi-purpose yacht converts to an approved sail training vessel and doubles up as a day racing Sportsboat with excellent Match Racing capabilities. AY Press Release here...

Big Year for Phuket King's Cup Regatta
This year is special for both Thailand and the King’s Cup – as the regatta is celebrating its 20th year and shaping up as a record year in the number of entries plus the regatta’s patron, His Majesty the King of Thailand, is also celebrating his 60th year on the throne, making him the world’s longest reigning monarch.

So world renowned ISAF sailing official Bryan Willis, who has overseen five Olympic Games and six America’s Cups as a rules advisor, chief umpire and Jury Chairman at next year’s America’s Cup in Spain, has agreed to play a leading role in this year’s regatta. For more info, Press Releases and AY Race Reports are posted at http://asianyachting.com/news/PKCR06.htm

Terengganu Sat, Sept 16, 2006
New Zealand’s Minoprio wins the inaugural Asian Match Racing Championships and a place in the 2006 Monsoon Cup. Adam Minoprio & his team from New Zealand beat Singapore skipper Tan Wearn Haw 5 – 0 in the finals series dominating from start to finish in the great sailing conditions on Pulau Duyong in Kuala Terengganu, West Malaysia. Going into the day Minoprio had a 1:0 lead over Wearn Haw and never let his opponent into the match despite some aggressive starting maneuvers. More Here...

Breaking News - Tiffany Koo is Malaysian Match Racing Champion
Terengganu 13th Sept 2006.

Tiffany Koo and her Team Selangor Gapurna 1 crew won the inaugural Malaysian Match Racing Championship convincingly, held from Kelab Teluk Warisan in Pulau Duyong, Terengganu this week. She scored 8 straight wins in the back-to-back round robins, and went on to qualify for the finals by beating Afendi Abdulah's Kedah/RMN team 3-1 in the semi-finals. Three straight wins against Lt Cdr Malik Sulaiman's RMNYC team in the final clinched the Championship. Tiffany and her team will now receive an invitation to compete in one of Malaysia's prestigious blue-ribbon yachting events - Monsoon Cup Match Racing Championship alongside top ranked international sailors and racing teams in November. Together with the winner of the Asian Regional Match Racing Championship for Racing Teams from the Austral-Asian region (Sept 14th to 16th ) wins a rare opportunity to take part in a World Match Racing Tour event, being held in the second half of this week. More news at: http://www.monsooncup.com.my

Borneo Int Yachting Challenge - All over bar the bragging...
For the past two events Kay Wilson's Ambil Angin has played brides maid to Troy Yaw's Ulumulu, so this year the Brunei expat crew were more than ever determined to be crowned champions. Coming into the final day of racing they trailed Sarawak Sea Horse by two points but by winning the last two races they tied the pointscore and went on to win the title and be crowned overall champions for 2006.
AY Race Reports here...

Western Circuit Sailing Regatta - Alls well that ends well...
Despite being led around the first lap of race four and fouling up a port start attempt in race five, Bill Bremner's bigger and more powerful Sydney 40 Team F5 / Foxy Lady managed to claw back the lost time in IRC A and win both races by 43 and 26 seconds respectively, to keep a clean score sheet of five wins.
AY Race Reports here...

3rd Evason Phuket Raceweek goes to La Samudra
As a good twenty knots blew white caps across the bay, a slight apprehension was noticed amongst the skippers and crews at the mustering point for the final days racing. Ruby Tuesday was first to appear out of the rain heading for the finish with La Samudra close on their heels, raised the question "Would they have enough time up there sleeves to win the race?" Unfortunately not, as a little over two minutes separated them and after boat handicaps have been applied it was David Lindhal's La Samudra that raced away with this years title.
AY Race Reports posted here

Sail Indonesia Rally 06 - 90 yachts on the way...
A fleet of over 90 yachts left Darwin for Kupang on July 22 in a light ten knot south easterly breeze. The Australian Farrier 31ft trimaran Trillium skippered by Ross Letten lead out of Darwin Harbour followed by Bryce Sommerville's 70ft New Zealand entrant Silver Fern. The 3 day forecast for the rally area is for a light 5-8 knot breeze and flat seas, so a number of yachts have resorted to auxiliary power and the diverse fleet is spread out over two hundred miles. Gypsy Queen, Jaraman, Katani II, and Trillium were the first yachts to arrive in Kupang as the wind increased to 15-20 knots was welcomed by the rest of the fleet. Rally News and further Updates at: http://www.sailindonesia.net/news/news.php

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