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Stage 2 Malaysian Match Racing Circuit - The stakes are getting higher...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Pulau Indah, Selangor (June 28th): After the closely contested Stage 1 in Lumut last month (Goto AY Race Reports) the seven competing teams are expected to come out fighting. At stake here is the chance to improve their International Sailing Federation (ISAF) rankings and the team with the highest score at the end of three stages, crowned the Malaysian Match Racing Circuit Champion and go on to represent Malaysia in the season ending AWMRT - Monsoon Cup in Terengganu on 3-8 December 2012. Stage 1 was reduced to a one race final shootout and Jeremy Koo (Koo Racing Team) managed to beat Hazwan Hazim Dermawan (Permai Hotel Match Racing Team) by half a boat length to lead the present standings with 25 points. Both semi finals went to five races with Masyuri Rahmat (Royal Malaysian Navy Match Racing Team 1) and Harisfabillah b Muhammad (Royal Malaysian Navy Match Racing Team 3) ending up in the petit finals and finished 3rd and 4th respectively. All these teams are evenly matched with the outcome dependant on one team taking advantage of the others small mistakes. Go to AY Pre-Regatta Report

Goto June AYGP NewsletterNeil Pryde & Hi Fi are the 2011/12 AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year
By AY MultiMedia
Full roundup AYGP Newsletter11th June 2012: Fantastic sailing conditions at the season ending Samui Regatta bought the AYGP Championship to an exciting conclusion. 276 Skippers and 269 Yachts have accumulated points at 12 regattas, held in seven countries stretching from Hong Kong to Thailand and everywhere in between. Coming into the final event Neil Pryde had contested 10 of the 12 regattas and 9 events on his custom Welbourn 52 Hi Fi, to have one hand on the 2011-12 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards, but they faced stiff opposition in a final regatta showdown with the co-owned Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns EFG Bank Mandrake before taking the trophy home. Constant South West trade winds spiced with passing storm cells containing 40+ knot gusts, provided a supreme test of man and machine to end this years all inclusive scoring system on a high note. At the end of the day and despite winning their class, Burns and Kinmonth fell seven points short in the Skipper award and a mere two points short in the Yacht award. Although not winning their class, Neil Pryde and Hi Fi have done enough at the earlier regattas (Best six regattas to count) and earn the distinction of donning the traditional blue blazer and celebrating with the sponsors champagne for the fourth time in ten years. Full roundup goto AYGP June Newsletter

Go to AY Race Report 5 & SummaryGo to AY Race Report 5 & SummarySamui Regatta - Storm cell causes havoc on last day of regatta...
By AY MultiMedia
June 2nd: Towards the end of the first race on the final day, the dark clouds building over Samui descended on the race course bringing with it 40+ knot gusts and a torrential downpour. Overpowered boats resulted in massive broaches, shredded spinnakers, a broken mast, crew overboard and many bruised egos causing havoc as the yachts struggled to reach the finish line. Those that hunkered down and survived the initial front went on to score well and some managed to run away with the class title. As things settled down a very depleted fleet fronted for the second and final race to complete the class schedules. The IRC 0 fleet only needed one more race to fill their schedule and what a race it turned out to be. What looked like the usual procession with Marcus Blackmore's TP52 Hooligan leading on handicap and Sam Chan's TP52 Freefire fighting it out for second place with Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi, the situation changed within minutes of the storm front hitting the fleet as they closed in on the finish line. Go to AY Race Report 5 & Summary and the action packed AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportSamui Regatta - End of season revival in Samui...
By AY MultiMedia
May 27th:
Earlier this year there was some doubt whether this popular regatta would go ahead but some diligent moves by new organisers, Regattas Asia over the past couple of months has significantly renewed interest and guaranteed its survival. For 2012 an armada of yachts from Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and as far away as Australia and the United Kingdom are taking part. More than 20 nationalities will be indulging in a mixture of passage and buoy racing in the Gulf of Thailand, in conjunction with a variety of good parties held at some of the classiest resorts on the Island. The wonderful relaxed location of Koh Samui mixed with friendly Thai hospitality and top racing makes this venue one of the best in Asia. Topping the list is Geoff Hill's Dubois 90 Genuine Risk, is the biggest yacht to grace the IRC Zero Class in SE Asian waters. Although they are virtually ensured line honours, Hill will have to overcome a formidable line up before claiming the handicap honours. The front of the fleet is usually Frank Pong's domain, but this time he has downsized to field his TP52 Mui Mui and after an extensive refit could spring some surprises. For the rest of the yacht and class preview go to the AY Pre-Regatta Report

Goto AY Day 3 Race Report & SummaryMalaysian Match Racing Circuit Jeremy Koo wins the final race shootout...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
The wind finally arrived just after lunch and racing got away in earnest soon after. The skippers were determined to get the better of each other, which was plainly obvious during the vigorous pre-start maneuvers and close cover tacking on the first windward beat. As both semi final matches went to five races the grand final was shortened to a single race shootout between Jeremy Koo (Koo Racing Team) and Hazwan Hazim Dermawan (Permai Hotel Match Racing Team). The Petit Final came down to two of the navy's finest, Harisfabillah b Muhammad (Royal Malaysian Navy Match Racing Team 3) and Masyuri Rahmat (Royal Malaysian Navy Match Racing Team 1). Despite Jeremy having the starboard entry advantage, Hazwan led of the startline. After splitting tacks Hazwan held the lead for the first lap but Jeremy rapidly closed in, to momentarily hold Hazwan head to wind and after rounding the top mark taking them off the race course. This resulted in Koo Racing Team taking over the lead to eventually win Stage 1 of the inaugural MMRC by half a boat length and RM8,000 in prize money. Masyuri returned to form and overcame match racing rookie Harisfabillah that has preformed way above expectations to end up 3rd and 4th respectively. Goto AY Day 3 Race Report & Summary

Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportMalaysian Match Racing Circuit finally comes to fruition...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Lumut (May 10th): Due to the overwhelming response from local sailors and the growth of match racing as a sport in Malaysia, T-Best Events, the organisers behind the highly successful Monsoon Cup are partnering with the Malaysian Yachting Association (MYA), and finally bringing the much talked about and anticipated Malaysian Match Racing Circuit (MMRC) to fruition. The first stage of the MMRC begins tomorrow (11th May) at the Royal Malaysian Naval Base in Lumut, Perak. The seven skippers to confirm their entry are defending Champion Jeremy Koo (Koo Racing Team), Hazwan Hazim Dermawan (Permai Hotel Match Racing Team), Masyuri Rahmat (Royal Malaysian Navy Match Racing Team 1), Nurul Ain Md.Isa (Ri-Yaz Heritage Sailing Team), Nik Ashraf Qaedi (Royal Malaysian Navy Match Racing Team 2), Rizal Mahadi (Setia West Marine) and Harisfabillah b Muhammad (Royal Malaysian Navy Match Racing Team 3). Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Top Of The Gulf Regatta - Final day shootout ends in a fizzer...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
8th May 2012: Although the morning arrived surrounded by ominous dark storm clouds, there was a light breeze blowing which looked promising. As the 11:00am start time drew near, the building storm over Pattaya temporarily exerted its pressure and disrupted the flow from the SW. After three stunning days of racing the breeze completely deserted the race course and left the fleet waiting for something to materialise. Eventually just before the 1300 cut off time, with the sea completely glassed over, PRO Jerry Rollin had no other alternative but to call it a day and send everyone back to the marina. What a let down as everyone was full of anticipation for the final day showdown. Only thing left to do was apply the drop race and recalculate the points tally which still held a remarkable twist of fate in some classes. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary

Best of the best at 2012 Top Of The Gulf Regatta
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportBy AsianYachting MultiMedia
4th April 2012:
Over eight years the entry list and competing classes at the Top of the Gulf Regatta has continued to grow impressively and the 2012 fleet line-up, off Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Jomtien, is set to be one of the most competitive yet. More than 600 participants in 300+ sailing craft, from 30 countries will compete in 12 classes, on four racing areas over four days of racing at Asia's largest multi-class regatta. Organisers from any major regatta should take a look at how carefully allocated resources, imagination and hard work, the TOTGR has really come into its own. Everywhere you look there is a hive of activity taking place. Truckloads of Optimist dinghy's being offloaded, travel-lift continually trundling from boat park to launching ramp, sail and boat measurement on the lawn and swimming pool area, boat entry registration, handing out sponsor kit bags, skippers briefing, media press conference, crews being weighed, boats out practicing, new launching parties on the docks and setting up tables, stage, food and beverage outlets for tonight's grand opening party. Bring it on! Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Goto AYGP April Newsletter2011/2012 AYGP Championship - Closing in, on the end of the 2011-12 Season
By AY MultiMedia
25 April 2012: With only two pointscoring regatta's to go, Top of the Gulf (May 4-8) & Samui Regatta (May 29 - June 3) an interesting scenario has developed and after the Rolex China Sea Race and the Commodore's Cup have been run and done, a couple of new possibilities come into the equation. This now makes it 234 skippers and 221 yachts that have scored points after ten events have been completed. Although Neil Pryde has contested all but one of the regattas held this season and Hi Fi has contested eight events, only the best six results count towards the prestigious AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards, so their increment has been reduced to bettering earlier regatta scores. Two good results for the Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns EFG Bank Mandrake brings their regatta tally to six and close in to only eleven points behind Pryde. They are entering the Samui Regatta in the hotly contested 40 foot class and exceptional results will be their last chance to topple Pryde at the final event. A similar situation has developed between them in the Yacht of the Year pointscore, although a lot closer. Full run down goto AYGPApril Newsletter

Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryCommodore's Cup - The winners are Hi FI, Frantic and Selma
By AY MultiMedia
14 April 2012: The departure of two US Naval ships delayed the start of racing until they cleared the port. After three days of fluctuating Easterly breeze in the morning, the emphasis was to get the first race run quickly while continually monitoring any signs of the seabreeze arriving. As the land breeze continued into the afternoon the second and final race flowed straight on which surprisingly stayed true for the entire race and produced fair results. Despite all this there was no shortage of determination amongst the troops right up to the last race when Hi Fi, Mandrake and Freefire were recalled for being over the start line as the horn sounded. Neil Pryde had the pedal to the metal on Hi Fi in the first race and went on to claim the daily double. Second place for Simon Powell"s A40 Sell Side Dream provided a bit of breathing space for Hi Fi over their closest rival Fred Kinmonth / Nick Burns Mills 40 EFG Bank Mandrake in the overall stakes. The start of the last race was like a winner take all event as they charged into the start line with no escape route. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary

Goto AY Race Report 2Commodore's Cup - Change in breeze brings mixed fortunes...
By AY MultiMedia
12 April 2012: Despite the grim looking weather forecast, the relative seamless change from the morning land breeze to afternoon sea breeze, allowed the race committee to complete two scheduled races for the IRC Classes and one passage race for the PY Cruisers. Once again the fluctuating wind strength at strategic parts of the course determined the race placing's and overall results. At the end of the day, only a few minutes here and there separated the yachts which is an indication of how close the racing was. Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi and Sam Chan's TP52 Freefire continue to duke it out at the front of the fleet with several lead changes but Hi Fi's lower IRC rating gives them an advantage when the handicap is applied. The breeze change over, at the end of the first race played into the hands of the 40 footers, with Simon Powell"s A40 Sell Side Dream coming out on top and Fred Kinmonth / Nick Burns Mills 40 EFG Bank Mandrake calculating out in front of Pryde's Hi Fi in third. Goto AY Race Report 2

Got AY Pre-Regatta ReportCommodore's Cup - It's on again tonight in dear ole Subic Bay...
By AY MultiMedia
10 April 2012: The wide expanse of water that forms Subic Bay, comes alive again with four days of windward/leeward and passage races conducted by the Subic Bay Yacht Club and Saturday Afternoon Gentlemen Sailors (SAGS) under the auspices of the Philippine Sailing Association. Being a superb natural harbour protected from the China Sea, Subic Bay normally serves up brilliant sunshine, flat blue water and wind conditions that demand close attention by tacticians and skippers. This is the 10th point scoring event on the 2011-12 AYGP Championship and brings to a conclusion the East Asian segment before racing swings over to the Gulf of Thailand for two final events (Top of the Gulf - Samui Regatta) and rap up the Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards. After the physically draining Rolex China Sea Race several Hong Kong yachts have improved their standings and will join the stalwarts of the Philippine sailing scene for some spectacular racing before venturing on to the final events. Tonight is the welcoming party hosted by the Lighthouse Marina Resort and as the North Easterly breeze has returned, the stage is set for an extremely competitive four days of racing in a splendid warm and welcoming tropical setting. Got AY Pre-Regatta Report...

Goto Rolex Day 5 Race Report.Rolex China Sea Race - Zanzibar scoops the IRC overall title
Goto Rolex Day 5 Race Report.By regattanews.com - Photo Credit: Rolex / Daniel Forster / RHKYC
8th April 2012 - Day 5 – 1400hrs:
By 1330hrs (UTC +8) the results for IRC Overall were in: Zanzibar has won the 50th Anniversary Rolex China Sea Race on corrected time. With an official finish time of 20:44.48 yesterday (April 7, UTC +8), Zanzibar beat out the “big boats” and all other competitors on handicap to take the Overall title, the Sunday Telegraph Trophy and a Rolex Yacht-Master Timepiece. While Zanzibar had been leading the standings before their finish, the jury was still out on who would take the Overall win, with many boats, including EFC Bank Mandrake and Red Kite II, still in the running. EFC Bank Mandrake needed to finish before 0115hrs local time in order to topple Zanzibar’s lead, but with the quiet breeze off the finish, the team only crossed the line at 2:30.30. Red Kite II needed to finish at 1330hrs but at the time of writing is still racing, 24.8nm to the finish. Jonathan Mahony, Owner/Skipper of Zanzibar said the team had a broad game plan to stay left of the rhum line, which ultimately paid off. “We had an OK beat out of the Harbour and the wind was taking everybody right early on, so we sort of went with that for a bit and as soon as we saw an opportunity to head back out to the left we took it. Goto Rolex Day 5 Race Report...

Rolex China Sea Race - Genuine Win
Goto Rolex Day 4 Race ReportBy RHKYC Media - Photo Credit: Rolex / Daniel Forster / RHKYC
7th April 2012 - Day 4 - 0600hrs:
At 02:43:26 this morning, after 62+ hours of tactical sailing, Geoff Hill’s Dubois 90, Genuine Risk, slipped across the finish line at Subic Bay to take Line Honours in the 2012 Rolex China Sea Race and lift the Sunday Telegraph Trophy. On hand at Subic Bay Yacht Club was Wolfgang Weibach, representing Rolex Philippines, who presented Hill with the Rolex Timepiece reserved for the fastest boat to finish the race. Hill admitted that the start was tricky, but denied there were any low points in the race, saying “it was frustrating with the weather; we would have liked more breeze – we didn’t have the running kites up at all, but other than that it was very enjoyable. Out to the oil rigs, [Genuine Risk] just pulled away … it was pretty much as advertised and we stuck to our game plan .. although it looked as if the boats who stayed North made some pretty good gains overnight.” Goto Rolex Day 4 Race Report...

Rolex China Sea Race - Genuine Risk leads the fleet South, slower boats head East
By regattanews.com - Photo Credit: Rolex / Daniel Forster / RHKYC
5th April 2012 1000hrs: Almost 24 hours into the 50th Anniversary Rolex China Sea Race has seen a split in the fleet, with the top three boats branching off to the South while the rest of the fleet has begun to move East. Genuine Risk still leads the pack, sailing at 9.7 knots and with 386.6nm to go as of 1100 (UTC +8). Hi Fi and Freefire are racing neck-and-neck, with less than one nautical mile separating the two boats, while the current IRC leader is Jelik V.
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Marine Services Manager, Roger Eastham, gave a rundown on the current weather forecasts. “The overall weather pattern is showing that the surge in the monsoon, which gave us a great Harbour start, is slowly receding and being replaced by a south-easterly, forcing the crews into some interesting tactical decisions. You can see on the tracker that the majority of the fleet are choosing to head east, positioning themselves for the expected replenishment of the monsoon coming from the east, forecast by most models to arrive sometime on Friday morning.” Goto Rolex Day 2 Race Report...

Rolex China Sea Race - Clean harbour start for 50th anniversary Rolex China Sea Race
By regattanews.com
RCSR 2012 start Photo Credit: Rolex / Daniel Forster
4th April 2010: The Rolex China Sea Race began today under near-perfect conditions for a start in Victoria Harbour, just off the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. Good Easterly breeze at about 12-15 knots gave the 26 participating boats the push they needed to get the 50th Anniversary race underway. RHKYC Sailing Manager Alex Johnston “The fleet got away very cleanly with no boats over the line early, and for a race start of this size we had plenty of breeze, so from a start point of view, one really couldn’t ask for anything better.” At 12:10 the first warning signal rang out as the boats crisscrossed the Harbour beneath towering skyscrapers and in front of the RHKYC searching for breeze. As the 12:20 start signal was given, Genuine Risk’s mast rose well above the others and the fleet hugged the Kowloon side heading out of the Harbour. The first boats were out of view from the RHKYC by 12:35, as they continued across Junk Bay and out past the Po Toi islands into the South China Sea. Goto Rolex Press Release...

Goto AYGP March Newsletter2011/2012 AYGP Championship - Life after the windswept Boracay Cup...
By AY MultiMedia
20 March 2012: All the skippers and crew at the Boracay prize presentation were full of praise for the fantastic sailing conditions they have experienced year on year. The AY Photo Gallery and selected images posted on Facebook have received a record number of views and comments. Many have vowed to spread the word around when they get home and encourage others to make an effort to attend next year and we guarantee that they won't be disappointed. As the combined Subic to Boracay Race and the Boracay Cup are the main attraction, with trophies specially designed and presented by the provincial government of Aklan, the decision was made to score the combined results in the AYGP Championship. As a result, twelve Philippine skippers and yachts have joined the pointscore, more notably Ray Ordoveza's Excel 53 Karakoa, Jesus Avecilla's Beneteau First 36.7 Selma Star C! Calibre ROX and David Mc Kenna's Sun Odyssey 42 Raparee XXX ran away with the overall class honours. This now makes it 221 skippers and 207 yachts that have scored points after eight pointscoring events have been run and done. By opting to compete only on the Boracay Cup, Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi had to settle on second place overall, despite convincingly winning the Cup. Although on the overall scheme of AYGP points, they are the only skipper and yacht to compete on six events and hold onto an almost unbeatable position in the Skipper of the Year award. Full run down goto AYGP March Newsletter

Subic Boracay Race & Boracay Cup - And the winners are Hi Fi, Selma Star & Freewheeler
Goto AY Race Report 5 & SummaryBy AsianYachting MultiMedia

02:03:2012 Boracay, Philippines: After yesterdays howling gale, the wind mellowed down some what, to around 15-20 knots with a few higher spikes in the gusts. All five racing class yachts were out to improve their standing or recover some pride after various breakages and crew errors have impeded their progress during the regatta. In a rush to catch an afternoon flight, Neil Pryde and his professional crew on Hi Fi, went out and won the first race today, making it four wins in a row and a second place, enough to clinch the Boracay Cup with one race to spare. Their departure from the course did not deter the remaining yachts from having one last go at each other. Any sailing teams that like racing in strong winds and surfing conditions, should mark the dates firmly in their diary as a "Must Do Asian Regatta". As the news slowly filters out to the International sailing community, in future this event will be treasured in the crews sailing CV's for years to come. Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary

Goto AY Race Report 4 Subic Boracay Race & Boracay Cup - 30+ knots increases the WOW! factor
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
01:03:2012 Boracay, Philippines: Some skippers exclaimed "That is the fastest my yacht has ever gone" while others felt bruised and battered after a rough and tumble ride in the Carabao Strait and the windward side of Boracay. Clocking over 20 knots Frank Pong's Reichel/Pugh 76 Jelik III looked like a bullet train as it surfed downwind and charged across the finish line. On the leeward side of Boracay, wind gusts were peaking at 35 knots and short 2 -3 meter waves with white caps on top, even managed to get the Philippine Coastguard Vessel BRP Nueva Vizcaya into a steady rock and roll motion. PRO Jerry Rollin decided it was time to send the Racing Class on a 28nm figure of eight course around neighboring Carabao Island and clockwise around Boracay. The Cruiser/Racer and PY Classes were sent on a 13nm circumnavigation of Boracay Island. Most yachts carried heavily reefed mainsails and small working jibs to suit the howling conditions. With an average speed over 11 knots, Frank Pong's Reichel/Pugh 76 Jelik III completed the 28nm course in 2hrs 24mins 25secs leaving everyone in their wake. The first casualty for the day was Sam Chan's TP52 Freefire after pulling the tack off the jib and shredded the replacement sail at the first windward mark. Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi also had the pedal to the metal and by finishing seventeen minutes behind Jelik III, claimed the handicap honours by four minutes, relegating them to second place plus hold onto the overall lead by a healthy five point margin. Goto AY Race Report 4

Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportSubic Boracay Race & Boracay Cup - Top line-up ready to take up the challenge...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
24:02:2012 Subic Bay, Philippines: Anxious skippers and crew have descended on Subic Bay in the Philippines and ready to embark on the second running of the 200nm Subic to Boracay Race (Feb 24-26) and 4-day Boracay Cup (Feb 28 - March 3rd). In the IRC Racing Class a strong contingent from Hong Kong includes defending champion Sam Chan's TP52 Freefire, Frank Pong's Reichel/Pugh 76 Jelik II and Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi. Up from Singapore Jonathan Mahony's Humphrey 42 Zanzibar thrives in strong conditions and are up for the challenge. However they won't have it all their own way as Philippine sailors have upgraded with Ernesto Echauz fielding a crew on the TP52 Jelik V and Ray Ordoveza's faithful Excel 53 Karakoa enjoys heavy going and always in with a chance for handicap honours. Unfortunately the strong head wind and huge waves in the South China Sea over the past week has taken its toll on yachts coming from Hong Kong that have either withdrawn or suffered irreparable damage on the way. When the starting signal sounds off the Lighthouse Marina Resort, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales, 18 local and International yachts, in three classes will set off on the 200 mile Subic to Boracay offshore race. Depending on the yachts size and speed, they are expected to take between 20 and 48 hours to reach Boracay. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

2011/2012 AYGP Championship - Racing now swings over to the Philippines and Hong Kong...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AYGP Feb Newsletter22 Feb 2012: After gracing Malaysia, Phuket, Thailand and Singapore waters, big boat racing now swings over to the Philippines for the 200nm Subic to Boracay Race (Feb 24-26) and 4-day Boracay Cup (Feb 28 - March 3rd). We are always happy when the Boracay invitation arrives because year on year, strong 20+knot winds have never failed to deliver, making this event consistently one of the most exciting regatta's in the Asian region. Boracay is already known as a mecca for popular marine tourism pursuits in the Philippines and the prevailing winds has allowed them to host numerous International Windsurfing, Kiteboard and Hobie Cat competitions during the year. Just around the corner in April, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club presents the 50th Rolex China Sea Race (April 4th Start) across to the Philippines and straight after Subic Sailing are conducting the Commodore's Cup (April 10-14) at Subic Bay. These events will give East Asian boat owners and skippers an opportunity to score valuable AYGP Championship points and the last chance to consolidate their overall tally towards winning the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards before the season ending Top of the Gulf (May 4-8) and Koh Samui Regatta (May 29 - June 3) in the Gulf of Thailand. Full run down goto AYGP February Newsletter

Goto AY Race Reports 4, 5 & SummaryMount Gay Rum Neptune Regatta - KukuKERchu, The Dash, O'BlueEyes & Kay Sira have winning grins...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
11:02:2012
Fifteen to twenty knots with two meter seas, ends the regatta on a high note. While the IRC Racing and Multihull classes contested two windward/leeward races off Nongsa Point Marina, the PY and Classic classes completed the second leg from the overnight stopover at Karas Besar, up the Riau Strait to finish off the marina. With the wind in the upper range the crews were forced to work hard while overcoming the excesses from the last few days to complete this years program. David Ross' Ker 40, KukuKERchu has completely outclassed the other two yachts in the IRC Racing Class. By adding first and second to their tally today, making it five wins out of seven races to well and truly seal the deal. Last years winner Brent Morgans Archambault 35 Men at Work started of well winning the race down to Neptune Island and snuck in the last race today by two seconds but a few mistakes in between left them in second place. The thoroughly entertaining crew on Chris Furness\Guz Wilkinson's Elan 410 Rikki Tikki Tavi put up a good fight but just could not get over the speed hump and settled on third place. Goto AY Race Reports 4, 5 & Summary Catch all the action from the equator and during the regatta on the AY Photo Gallery

Mount Gay Rum Neptune Regatta 2012 - Turning Slimy Pollywogs into Trusty Shellbacks...
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportBy AsianYachting MultiMedia
05:02:2012 After the resounding success last year, the World's only sailing regatta and motor yacht rally, that races to the equator is back again. The brainchild of Regatta Chairman Tudor John, is fully occupied with bringing a regatta to an uninhabited island with no resources together. The benchmark was set last year and the 2012 fleet is twice the size plus they have added an extra day making it a six day event. Now that's a lot of provisions and equipment to be lugged around. Luckily this is a real passion which attracts great support from some very capable people to bring all the logistics together and make it a reality. Utilizing the internet and all the social networks has garnered a lot of interest in the event, which honorably ranks amongst the top 20 Facebook sailing sites in the world. As the power boat community don't have organised events, they have welcomed the decision to incorporate them into the fold. This year 18 sailing yachts in four classes (IRC Racing 3, PY Cruising & Classic 11, Ocean Multihull 4) and 1 Motor Yacht have entered the event. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...

AY Race Report 4 & SummaryAY Race Report 4 & SummarySingapore Straits Regatta - Manning's Wala Wala clinches victory on last day...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
31:01:2012 - Racing got underway on time despite dark rain clouds in the close vicinity. Two more windward/leeward races were completed in a building North Easterly breeze before the clouds opened up and a tropical downpour of huge proportions engulfed the area. Eventually the longer waterline on Steven Manning's Sydney GTS 43 Wala Wala paid off, by handling the short chop better and spending less time in the current than the competitors to win both races today and take out the overall IRC A title on their first attempt. Bringing up the rear, Brent Morgans' Archambault 35 Men at Work sailed up to their handicap and just missed out on the top step of the podium by a few seconds and had to settle on second overall. Two third places for Sarab Jeet Singh's Sydney 40MOD Windsikher leaves the defending champions in third spot on the podium but happy to have won the running battle with Rick Pointon's J130 Jing Jing that ended up in fourth overall. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary Check out the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportStraits Regatta returns to Singapore
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
26:01:2012 - For the past two years the entire regatta has been held at Nongsa Point Marina Resort in Batam, Indonesia. After serious discussions took place earlier this year amongst the yacht clubs and marina stakeholders, it was decided to expand the number of organisations taking part and bring the first two days of racing and social activities back to Singapore. Although this move may have aggravated some sailors it has helped organisers, sponsors and spectators alike, to get a return on their investment and see sailors participate on their home waters before the fleet disappear over to Batam. This edition is organised by the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club and hosted by ONE°15 Marina Club on Sentosa Island and Nongsa Point Marina Resort in Batam. The program gets underway with the Regatta Briefing and Official Opening Party at the RSYC tonight. Racing kicks off tomorrow with two days of competition along Singapore's East Coast Beach and prize giving at ONE°15 Marina Club, before the yachts head over to Batam for the final two days of racing and social activities at Nongsa Point Marina. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

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2011/2012 AYGP Championship - Round-up after reaching half way stage of the season
By AY MultiMedia
Got AYGP ChampionshipAs we are half way through the 2011-12 Season an interesting scenario is developing in the AYGP Championship. Although Neil Pryde heads the Skipper of the Year standings with 75 points he has competed in all six regatta's so far, which is the total number of regatta's that count towards the overall score. All he can do now is improve on the individual regatta points which will be only a small increment from now on in. Trailing by 26 points are co-skippers Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns (49 points) after competing on four regatta's are still in with a chance as they are likely to compete on several more regatta's before the season finishes in June. Presently 186 skippers have scored points and in the running for the end of season trophy. Next in line and well within striking distance is Andrew Stransky (36 points / 3 regattas) and Alan Carwardine (34/2) from the Multihull Class, Stuart Williamson (33/4), Rick Pointon (32/3), Ben Copley (31/4), Sam Chan (27/3), David Ross (26/3) and Frank Pong (25/3) from the mixed IRC 1 & 2 Classes. As some skippers have chartered or changed boats through the season, a slightly different scenario is playing out in the Yacht of the Year award. Neil Pryde's Hi Fi has 58 points with Hannes Waimer's Team Premier/Hooligan close behind on 51 points. After winning three regatta's Alan Carwardine's Stealth 12.6 Sidewinder is tied on 49 points with Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns EFG Bank Mandrake that have three more regatta's to notch up a winning score. Goto full Jan 2012 AYGP Newsletter...

Goto full AY Race Report 5 & SummaryRoyal Langkawi Int Regatta - Blackmore's Hooligan Team becomes the third winner in 10 years
Goto AY Race Report 5 & SummaryBy AsianYachting MultiMedia
13:01:2012 Langkawi, Malaysia: Marcus Blackmore and his Hooligan team join the elite inner circle of Peter Ahern (3) and Ray Roberts (6) that have won the Racing Class title and lifted the Prime Minister's Challenge Trophy in triumph. Winning seven out of ten races on their first attempt convincingly sealed the deal in style. Gracious in defeat Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi put up a good fight for second place, which means they will have to come back next year as this is the only trophy that they have not won on the Asian circuit. Two third places today for the Malaysian Armed Forces DK47 Uranus skippered by Mohamad Razali elevated them to third overall and displaced Frank Pong's 75ft Reichel Pugh Jelik II down to fourth. The two new Navy DK47's may have been outclassed in this company but the match practice will come in handy when they compete at other regattas against similar sized yachts. Goto full AY Race Report 5 & Summary

Goto full AY Race Report 3Royal Langkawi Int Regatta - Frank Pong's Jelik II sets new round the island race record...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
12:01:2012 Langkawi, Malaysia: With wind gusting up to 18 knots, Frank Pong's 75ft Reichel Pugh Jelik II took off at break neck speed and continued to set a blistering pace around the islands to the South East of the 99 island archipelago. Averaging 10.8 knots, it took only 02:41:19 to complete the twenty eight nautical mile course and they were back at the club in time for lunch. Frank said afterwards " Although we slowed in the lee of Singa Besar and took evasive action for a long fishing net we never stopped and had a wonderful tour of the scenic islands". Despite this magnificent performance the handicap honours goes to Marcus Blackmore's TP52 Hooligan making it five wins out of six races and has one hand firmly on the trophy. Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi slotted into second place which relegated Jelik II down to third. However this result elevates Jelik II into third overall. Goto full AY Race Report 3

Royal Langkawi Int Regatta - Straight into it with a vengeance
Goto full AY Race Report 1By AsianYachting MultiMedia
10:01:2012 Langkawi, Malaysia: With 10-15 knots of wind blowing down Kuah Harbour, it was no time to worry about the festive season excesses and straight back on the horse for two or three races depending on which class they were entered. It certainly pays to come out fighting and post a few early wins to put themselves in a good position for the rest of the regatta. PRO Simon James choose courses inside Kuah Harbour for the good wind and flat water, that certainly provided a spectacle and quick times for the competitors. Aussie Marcus Blackmore's hot shot team on the chartered TP52 Hooligan came fully prepared and consequently notched up three wins in a row. In hot persuit Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi clocked off with three second places and needs to find a little extra speed if they are to overcome Hooligan. The newest DK47 Uranus skippered by Mohamad Razali Mansor praised his crew work for securing two third places in front of their Malaysian Armed Forces sistership Utarid skippered by Ishak Jab. Frank Pong's 75ft Reichel Pugh Jelik II took line honours with the two 52 footers uncomfortably breathing down his neck. Goto full AY Race Report 1

Goto full Day 4 Report67th Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - “Nothing accidental” about Loki’s handicap win
Goto full Day 4 Report By Lisa Ratcliff/Rolex Sydney Hobart media team
1200hrs, 30 DEC: It took Sydney-based Stephen Ainsworth 14 years to claim the elusive Tattersall’s Cup, and as he put it so succinctly, “it was a big box to tick”. Commodores Garry Linacre (Cruising Yacht Club of Australia) and Graham Taplin (Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania) and Rolex Australia general manager Patrick Boutellier presented the stunning silver trophy and Yacht-Master timepiece to Ainsworth and his crew aboard Loki in front of an appreciative crowd at Kings Pier marina this morning. The 18-strong crew boasts more than 100 Rolex Sydney Hobarts between them with “not too many winners” among this pool of experience,” Ainsworth reflected dockside today. One thousand and eight crew contested this year’s race and of those just 0.0178 have walked away winners. Ainsworth described the victory as “pure joy”.
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Goto full Day 3 Report67th Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Investec Loyal survive protest & declared line honours winner
Goto full Day 3 Report By Di Pearson, Rolex Sydney Hobart media team
1400hrs, 29 DEC: Investec Loyal is now officially the line honours winner of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race after the protest against her by the Race Committee was dismissed by the International Jury. At 12.50pm today, the international jury informed Investec Loyal’s skipper, Anthony Bell, that it was quashing the protest lodged by the Race Committee over a conversation between Investec Loyal’s navigator Michael Coxon and an ABC helicopter crew. Anthony Bell told reporters after the decision that the jury found that Investec Loyal had not sought any advantage when Coxon asked the ABC crew whether Wild Oats XI was flying a trysail and had received no advantage when told that she was not. The jury process lasted nearly three hours. However, Bell said he was pleased that the process had been so thorough and that his win would now and forever be untarnished. “For the crew, it's better to have a panel of our peers to come up with the answers,” he said. “I’m really pleased that this is how it turned out.”Goto AY Microsite for full Day 3 Report and links to the official RSHYR Updates, tracking & progressive results plus the magnificent Rolex Photo, Video and Audio gallery Here...

Goto full Day 2 Report67th Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Investec Loyal’s line honours win under protest
By Di Pearson, Rolex Sydney Hobart media team
Goto full Day 2 Report2100hrs, 28 DEC: Investec Loyal’s line honours win is under threat following a protest by the Race Committee of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race this evening. Investec Loyal crossed the finish line of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s (CYCA) 628 nautical mile race at 19.14.18 AEST in the time of 2 days 6hr 14min 18sec. Shortly after Anthony Bell’s super maxi crossed the finish line off Constitution Dock, a representative of the Race Committee, Howard Piggott, delivered the protest to Bell aboard his yacht. The Race Committee is protesting Investec Loyal under Racing Rule of Sailing 41 that states: “The sail number of a boat which receives outside help will be notified to the Race Committee with details of the incident and a hearing may be held (if required) to determine any penalty. The penalty for Rule 41 shall be at the discretion of the Race Committee.” The description of the incident on the protest form is as follows: “Audio recording of conversation between ABC helicopter and Investec Loyal seeking information from the helicopter of the sail plan in use on Wild Oats XI. In particular information as to whether Wild Oats XI was flying a trysail. This is assessed to breach 41 by soliciting help from an outside source.”Goto AY Microsite for full Day 2 Report and links to the official RSHYR Updates, tracking & progressive results plus the magnificent Rolex Photo, Video and Audio gallery Here...

67th Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Cat and mouse as Investec Loyal closes the gap on race leader
Goto full Day 1 Report By Jim Gale and Bruce Montgomery/Rolex Sydney Hobart media
1800hrs, 27 DEC: Though the two leading boats in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race are separated by 10 nautical miles tonight as they close on Flinders Island at the eastern end of Bass Strait, an epic match race develops between them. Five-time line honours winner Wild Oats Xl leads Anthony Bell’s super maxi Investec Loyal by that margin but, in many ways, Investec Loyal holds the advantage because the weather charts show the wind dying off the Tasmanian north-east coast. According to Wild Oats Xl co-navigator Ian ‘Fresh’ Burns, an anticipated 50-60 nautical mile hole in the wind will enable Investec Loyal, sitting on her hip to the east, to watch and wait to see what happens to her nemesis. Wild Oats Xl beat her into second place in last year’s race. Ten miles is not a great distance to make up in modern ocean racing. “They are likely to play a game of cat and mouse. They have plenty of leverage out there,” Burns said. “If ever there was an opportunity in a yacht race, tonight is the night.” He explained that this was because the following boat could see what was going on ahead, take evasive action and sail around the leading boat. “They will throw everything at us,” Burns said, a situation made worse by valuable minutes lost during the day when the race leader hit a sun fish and had to back the boat up to allow the fish to swim off the keel.
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AY Microsite for full Start Report67th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Wild Oats XI leads Investec Loyal out of Sydney Harbour
By Jim Gale/Rolex Sydney Hobart media
Links to Rolex Photo, Video & audio gallery 1430hrs, 26 DEC: Despite her electric mainsail winch failing just 11 minutes before the start of the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart, Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI led the rest of the 88 boat fleet through Sydney Heads. In the final minutes before the start, Wild Oats XI’s mainsheet was led through headsail winches as crew frantically worked below decks on the winch’s electronic drive. The pressure didn’t prevent Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards winning the start at his favourite pin, or western end of the start line. Just metres behind the five-time Rolex Sydney Hobart line honours winner was Anthony Bell’s Investec Loyal, the biggest threat to Richard’s ambition of a sixth line honours victory on the silver grey racer. Bell declared before the race that he would go for broke, putting as much pressure on the race favourite as possible, and he began the race the way he intends to sail it, forcing Wild Oats XI to tack back to the west as she tried to get away from the tightly packed spectator fleet under Clifton Gardens. Goto AY Microsite for full Start Report and links to the official RSHYR Updates, tracking & progressive results plus the magnificent Rolex Photo, Video and Audio gallery Here...

Christmas/New Year Image GiveawaySeasons Greetings - Free photos for Christmas & New Year
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Following on from last years success the Christmas/New Year Image Giveaway is on again. The action packed King's Cup and Raja Muda
AY Photo Gallery have been posted online. Its easy, check out the extensive AY Photo Library and if you find a photo you like, email info@asianyachting.com the details under the image and which gallery it came from. Remember to click on image to enlarge and click on arrow button (above) to activate slide show. We will then send you "Absolutely free" the highest quality resolution images that we have on file. It's that easy! So what are you waiting for? Start clicking the mouse, we are ready and waiting to send your Christmas presents.

168 skippers have scored points in the AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year awards
AYGP Skipper of the Year pointsAfter five point scoring regattas, 168 skippers have scored valuable points and placed themselves in the running for the 2011-12 Skipper and Yacht of the Year. This covers a broad spectrum of yachts, ranging from the elite racing class to the age old classics, at regattas stretching from Phuket, Thailand to Hong Kong, China and anywhere in between. Twelve selected events are evenly distributed between East Asia and South East Asia to give skippers a chance to rack up a tally before moving onto the two final season ending events in the Gulf of Thailand that are central to both regions. After competing on all five events held so far, Neil Pryde takes a healthy lead in the Skipper of the Year but as other skippers compete at more events they are racking up the points and closing in as time goes by. In the Yacht of the Year, Alan Carwardine's Stealth 12.6 Sidewinder and Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns co-skippered EFG Bank Mandrake are tied on 49 points and lead Hi Fi by three points. It must be remembered that the "Best of Six regattas count" so there is still room for improvement and a long way to go before the season ends. Goto December Newsletter

Goto AY Race Report 5 & SummaryPhuket King's Cup Regatta - Team Premier takes IRC Zero on windy last day...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
10 Dec 2011: Protest and counter appeal hearings over rounding the windward mark, went long into the night and caused tempers to flair between Neil Pryde's Hi Fi and Hannes Waimer's Team Premier. The International jury reversed their initial decision to award Hi Fi and Freefire time and in doing so the results reverted to the original posting where Team Premier held a four point advantage going into the final day. The race committee announced early in the morning that the racing classes will have a short windward/leeward race followed by a passage race around the islands to the SE of Phuket. A slim chance existed for Hi Fi to overtake Team Premier and win the title. Fireworks were expected at the start line and the media boats crowded in to watch the action. The North East tradewinds returned with a vengeance and was a great finish to the regatta with gusts in the 25 knot range. A little to much for some as Joep Kleine Staarman's X-342 Minx reported dismasting and taking on water, Jon Wardill's Cassidy 55 Australian Maid a broken boom, Sam Chan's TP52 Freefire mainsail damage, China's Shihai Lagoon 500 Snail collided with the gate boat and several other yachts retired from the days racing. The kite boards were back in action and completed three races before heading back to the beach completely exhausted.Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary action packed AY Photo Gallery and daily video's

Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report Phuket King's Cup Regatta - Record fleet lining up for 25th anniversary
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
04 Dec 2011: The rapidly expanding sailing program sees 38 dinghies taking part in a three-day series this weekend before the main show gets underway. On Monday there will be 90 keelboats and multihull's, plus for the very first time an invitation-only class for 19 kite boarders, from the world tour. The total sailing fleet is expected to be 147 boats with over 1000 participants from 35 nations around the globe. This regatta is often considered the Jewel in the Crown of Asian regattas as it is the biggest and by far the best known on the International sailing scene. The entries come from all continents, with a strong contingent coming from Asian countries including Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Malaysia, Japan, Philippines and of course Thailand. Participants not only come for the racing but to enjoy the Island, the tropical sailing conditions and the wonderful Thai hospitality at the nightly prize giving parties that are second to none. The yachts have been divided into 10 classes by IRC handicap bands or by design and style of construction. The top IRC 0 class is a little down on numbers but high on quality and a healthy spread is divided amongst the other classes. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Goto AYGP Sponsorship Proposal2011-12 AYGP - 100 skippers have already scored AYGP points
By AY MultiMedia
After four 5 star regattas under the newly revamped AYGP pointscore, 100 skippers and yachts have scored valuable points and placed themselves in the running for the 2011-12 Skipper and Yacht of the Year. A unique situation has cropped up after the Raja Muda Regatta, where Neil Pryde heads the Skipper rankings while Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns Mills 40 EFG Bank Mandrake takes the lead in the Yacht of the Year. The main aim of the expansion plan was to include all classes and get more yachts competing at more events seems to be working well. A mixture of multihull and IRC boats that have done two or more regattas are close behind the leaders and likely to further shape up as the season progresses. The hunt is also on to secure Title and Trophy Sponsors for the AYGP and company's looking to increase their exposure in Asia are invited to look at the Sponsors entitlements and rights Here.... Search the updated 2011-12 AYGP Pointscore by Overall Skippers - Yachts - Regatta Results

Goto Monsoon Cup Final rapupWMRT - MONSOON CUP 2011 - Williams Wins the Double
By Monsoon Cup media
Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia – 27 November, 2011: Ian Williams has added the Monsoon Cup to his third ISAF Match Racing World Champion crown after the British sailor defeated Johnie Berntsson 3-1 in the final of the World Match Racing Tour’s finale event in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. The double is a feat Williams first achieved in 2007 and is the second consecutive year a British sailor has won both the Monsoon Cup and the World Championship after Ben Ainslie in 2010. Speaking after his victory, the British skipper of Team GAC Pindar, said: “This really tops off a terrific season! We couldn’t let our emotion run too high yesterday because we were so focused on winning today. We came here to win and to take the World Championship yesterday and then this today, it’s just superb. “The team has done so well, we are a new team who have come together and just got stronger and stronger all year. We won all three regattas on five man boats so I think that just shows the strength of the team.” Full Final rapup Here... Watch the YouTube replay...

Raja Muda Selangor Int. Regatta - Mandrake pulls the trophy out of the bag...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
26 Nov 2011: Despite heavy rain there was 15 knots blowing down the middle of Bass Harbour. Two windward / leeward races for the racing classes and one passage race for the cruisers went off smoothly. Several classes were dependant on the final races to determine the overall results. Yesterday afternoon some weary crews from the overnight race in Class 2, 5, 6 and 7 ventured out in the strong breeze and completed a harbour race. It must be remembered that there is no drop race at this regatta, which means all race points will count when determining the overall class placing's. For the whole regatta Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns Mills 40 EFG Bank Mandrake have been on top of their game and by clinching two handicap wins today, sealed the deal and take home the Raja Muda Cup on the small Mandrake"s first attempt. Stirred on by the Penang Langkawi race win, David Ross Ker 40 KukuKERchu scored two second places to lift them into third overall. Thailand's Tom Whitcraft's GP 42 Won Ma Rang and the Malaysian Armed Forces DK 47 Utarid skippered by Mohamad Razali traded third and fourth places which was enough for Utarid to hold onto second overall and the Navy very pleased with the new boat and crews performance only a month after launching. Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary for the full round-up.

Anna Tunnicliffe, Iker Martinez & Xabier Fernandez, awarded 2011 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year
Goto ISAF RWSY micrositeThe highly anticipated announcement of the recipients of the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards was made Tuesday 8 November, in a ceremony in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The winners, selected from an impressive and star-studded gathering of nominees, were Anna Tunnicliffe (USA), who claimed the female award for the second time, and the two-man crew of Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez (ESP), awarded the male prize. It marks only the third time an American female has won the Award since its inception in 1994, although each victory has come in the past six years, marking a significant shift following a period of dominance by European athletes. Tunnicliffe claimed the honour for the first time two years ago in Busan, South Korea. It is a case of third time lucky for Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez. The world's greatest sailing duo have twice been nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards. In 2002, they missed out to three-time winner Ben Ainslie, before Brazilian Robert Scheidt took the plaudits in 2004. Eleven years on from their first nomination, these sailing legends may now, deservedly, see their name inscribed in the list of the sport's greats. The Spanish duo were unable to attend the Award ceremony as, fittingly, they are currently at sea competing for Team Telefonica in the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa. Through a video feed recorded on the Team Telefonica boat, the pair confirmed that they will be celebrating this prestigious achievement despite the immediate distractions of an ocean race. Check out the video highlights on the ISAF Channel...

Goto October AYGP Newsletter2011-12 AYGP - 75 skippers have already scored AYGP points
By AY MultiMedia
After three 5 star regattas have been completed and under the newly revamped AYGP pointscore, 75 skippers and yachts have already scored valuable points and placed themselves in the running for the 2011-12 Skipper and Yacht of the Year. This covers a broad spectrum of yachts ranging from the elite racing class to the age old classics, that stretch from Phuket, Thailand to Hong Kong, China and anywhere in between. Twelve selected events are evenly distributed between East Asia and South East Asia to give skippers a chance to rack up a tally before moving onto the two final season ending events in the Gulf of Thailand that are central to both regions. The main aim is to get more yachts competing at more events, as the AYGP was originally designed to fairly grade competing Boat owners and Skippers ability to successfully run full-on racing campaigns through Asian waters over the 2011-12 Season. Search the 2011-12 AYGP Pointscore by Overall Skippers - Yachts - Regatta Results Full report goto October Newsletter

Goto CCIR Race ReportChina Cup International Regatta - Wind shows up on the last day...
By CCIR Media
There was 15 to 20 knots of breeze blowing through the harbour at the Shenzhen Maritime Sports Base in Daya Bay as boats were being rigged and readied for the last day of racing. Boats were in such a competitive mood that there were collisions in the harbour even before the boats were on the water. Top spots in several classes were left to be decided on the last day, and the tension could be felt up and down the docks. The final race of the day was won by The Beijing Sailing Center in the Beneteau First 40.7 class, and they took the overall honours for the weekend as well. Red Kite II won the final race for the IRC A class, and Jelik II won the regatta. Team ThinkPad Authority won Race 8 to take the weekend for IRC B. Hainan Freedom Community won the final race for The J80 class, putting them in first place overall. Constant Wind led the Far East 26 class across the line in the final race, and Constant Wind took the top position for the weekend. Team Snail won their second race of the day in the HKPN class, but were piped by Shan Tou Shuang Jun for the overall win. At the end of the day everyone returned to Sheraton Dameisha for more cold beers and the chance to bask in the glory of their wins and congratulate their friend on their success. Goto Regatta Report...

Goto RHKYC Press ReleasesRHKYC - Hong Kong Vietnam Race - Jonathan Mahony's Zanzibar takes Div 1 by 8 minutes after 656nm of racing
By RHKYC Media
1749hrs 22 Oct 2011: With FreeFire limping in to Vietnam with rudder and bowsprit damage, the IRC Racing Division 0 prizes were all settled before midnight on day 3. However the IRC Division 1 battle was just hotting up. Widely fancied to take Division 1, Zanzibar, skippered by Jonathan Mahony, arrived at a wet, cold finish line at just after 0500hrs HKT. Giving the other boats in her division ‘time’ under her IRC handicap, Mahoney and his crew had a nail-biting wait of 4.5 hours to see if they had clinched the Division on corrected time. The breeze was picking up, and both EFG Bank Mandrake and Ambush had a good last hour as they neared the North Cardinal for the final tack towards the finish line. EFG Bank Mandrake pipped Ambush by exactly five minutes on the water, an incredible finish after 656nm of racing, however after correction, Zanzibar emerged triumphant by only eight minutes over the Kinmonth/ Burns owned Mills 40. Goto RHKYC Press Releases

Hong Kong Vietnam Race - Neil Pryde's Hi Fi takes handicap honours
2000hrs 21 Oct 2011: Second on the water, but certain to take IRC Overall as well as defend her 2008 IRC Racing Division 0 title, Hi Fi crossed the finish line just after 1500hrs Hong Kong time today. Owner and skipper Neil Pryde was a very happy man, saying “Great race, absolutely fantastic. Unbelievably good conditions, except cold and wet today, incredibly consistent breeze with 18 to 20 knots all the time, so the boat speed only dropped below 10 knots as we came into the finish.” This win makes it two in a row for Hi Fi, although Pryde would not be pushed on whether or not 2013 would see him celebrate his 75th birthday on the open water but confessed to a softening of discipline on this race, with crew smuggling two bottles of champagne on board to celebrate his birthday on the first night out – according to one long time crew member, this was the first time he could remember consuming alcohol during a race. The crew felt that, in spite of the great breeze, the 2011 edition was the calmest race to date, labeling it “sunny, flat and fast” , noting that the introduction of electric winches, while pushing up Hi Fi’s IRC rating, had also made the atmosphere on board “less testosterone driven”.Goto RHKYC Press Releases

Goto RHKYC Press ReleasesHong Kong Vietnam Race - Audi ultra takes line honours but no cigar...
1347pm 21 Oct 2011: At 09 39 24hrs (HKT) Audi ultra finally coasted across the finish line in Nha Trang to claim line honours in one of Asia’s toughest races. Her elapsed time of 43h 44m 24s was less than one hour outside Skandia’s seven year old record, which, given the demands of the race, was a phenomenal performance by the slightly smaller maxi. Crew reported several severe squalls during the race, particularly overnight, and there will be some repairs to be carried out in due course, not surprising for a trip averaging around 15kts boat speed. Three hours after the race finish, although at anchor in the lee of Hon Tre Island, the crew was still fully occupied on board, substituting the delivery main for the race main and tidying up the boat, so it has not yet been possible to get Ludde Ingvall’s thoughts on Audi ultra’s performance. The next boat expected with an ETA of 1503hrs HKT is Neil Pryde’s Hi Fi, which looks certain to defend her IRC title of 2008. Goto RHKYC Press Releases

Goto RHKYC Press ReleasesHong Kong Vietnam Race - Audi ultra still on target to break the race record...
2030pm 20 Oct 2011: After over 30 hours on the water, the nine boats competing in the VinaCapital Hong Kong to Vietnam Race continue to make good progress. Earlier this afternoon, Ludde Ingvall of Audi ultra filed a report detailing her experiences, noting that “after a careful start, she settled down offshore and the crew has been seing a lot of bird life, a lot of reefs and a lot of fishing boats”. Ingvall went on to say went on to say what a great experience the young Singapore sailors on board were having, with one, Sam, admitting that it was the first time he had been sailing out of sight of land. The longest offshore Category 1 race in Asia is a true test of Audi ultra’s mettle, with Ingvall reporting squalls of up to 26kts overnight, and an average boat speed of 23kts, one blown spinnaker and a little damage to the bow which cost them around 8 minutes. Looking at the latest position at 1800hrs HKT tonight, that will not deprive the super maxi of a new Race record as she has 185nm to go to reach the finish line travelling at around 17kts, however the crew still faces the challenge of the early morning gybe towards the Vietnam coast, which may offer a flat calm as daylight dawns. Goto RHKYC Press Releases

China Coast Regatta eventually lives up to its reputation
Goto CCR Race ReportsInitially the wind gods served up two days of light northerly breeze that plagued the fleet to the south east of Lamma Island with shortened courses and cancelled races during the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's annual China Coast Regatta. However the wind picked up on the third day and allowed the race committee to complete the racing program. This did not detract from the over enthusiastic competitors in the popular Division 1, as a mass OCS led to a general recall – even on the restart, Ambush and Stella contrived to be over, taking some time to get back and clear the line. Nick Burns / Fred Kinmonth Mills 40 EFG Bank Mandrake had a cracking regatta to secure the Racing Division 1 title. In Division 0 Ludde Ingvall's visiting Super Maxi Audi Ultra managed to hit the straps and share line honours with Frank Pong's Jelik 2. However it was Neil Pryde's Hi Fi who scored on corrected time, putting them in an invincible position for the overall series. IRC Racing Division 2 saw Anthony Root's Red Kite II defend the title. Torben Kristensen's Authority triumphed in the Cruising Class and Mike Delaney & Chris Gordon's Boadicea in the HKPN Class. Eventually the competitors were left with a memory of the sort of breeze traditionally enjoyed in October at the China Coast Regatta. Under the newly revamped 2011-12 AYGP pointscore all the competitors will score points towards the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year Goto CCR Race Reports

Goto Day 4 Final AY Race Report2011 AMRC - William Tiller (Full Metal Jacket Racing) are the new Asian Champions
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
PULAU DUYONG (OCT 15th): After winning 9 out of 12 races in the round robins and defeating Chin Yew Seah (Zoke Kiwi Match) 3 - 0 in the semi final, then winning three out of four races in the final, William Tiller (Full Metal Jacket Racing) has won the Asian Match Racing Championship and earned a place in the Moonsoon Cup to be held at the same venue from 22nd to 27th November. In Race 1 David Gilmour (Team Gilmour) started in the leeward berth but his team were a bit quicker around the course and took the lead by the windward mark and never looked back to win by 22 seconds. Perhaps the words of wisdom from Gilly senior after lunch may have spurned them on. The fresh seabreeze at 8 to 10 knots made it a level playing field and a spectacular finish to the championship. Changing boats after each race also keeps racing on an even keel, so there is no advantage to either team. In Race 2 William Tiller (Full Metal Jacket Racing) was given a penalty for a port/starboard incident in the pre-start but were not going to give up so easily as they led of the startline. Tack for tack, up the windward beat saw Tiller rounding a couple of boat lengths ahead but still had a penalty. Tiller extended the lead to 10 boat lengths on the downwind and wiped off the penalty at the finish line to make it 1 - 1 by 29 seconds. Goto the full Day 4 Final AY Race Report

Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report 2011 AMRC - Asian qualifiers up for grabs...
PULAU DUYONG (OCT 11th): Seven international teams are fronting up for the Asian Match Racing Championship (October 12-15) or better known as the Asian Qualifiers for the honour of representing the Asian region at the Monsoon Cup on November 22-27, the final and deciding leg of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT). Most teams are a product of their own national youth training scheme and intend to make a career out of match racing. The winners of the qualifiers will race against the best international match racing teams at the Monsoon Cup and also stand a chance to win a share of the RM1.5 million prize money. These qualifying events are designed to pave the way forward to join the World Tour. Since the introduction of the Asian Qualifiers back in 2007, they have already successfully produced a world champion in Kiwi Adam Minoprio's Black Match Racing team that won the qualifiers that year and went on to become the 2009 ISAF Match Racing World Champion after defeating triple Olympic Gold medallist Ben Ainslie at the season ending Monsoon Cup. Goto team line ups in the full AY Pre-Regatta Report

Goto AY Day 4 Final Race Report2011 MMRC - Thrilling finals as Jeremy Koo defends the title...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
PULAU DUYONG (OCT 10th): After four days of match racing it eventually all came down to the first to win three races in a final shootout between defending champion Jeremy Koo (Abdullah Chan / KRT) and Hazwan Hazim Dermawan (Permai Hotel Match Racing Team). Very spirited pre-start calls and maneuvering close to the marina pontoons as the teams jockeyed for position kept the spectators entertained onshore. Learning from their earlier mistakes Jeremy Koo was first off the line and kept a close cover throughout to notch up win number one. Not to be outdone Haswan reversed the table and equalised to be 1 -1. Haswan won the next start and stayed on the pace to make it 2 -1. With the time limit extended to 6:30 and despite the fading seabreeze racing continued to complete the finals. Hazwan then dug deep and during the pre-start managed to force a penalty on Koo, who recovered during a close tacking duel. Then equipment failure onboard Hazwan's yacht threw a crew member into the water, allowing Koo to comeback and equal the score at 2 - 2. Time for a few boat repairs then straight into the final of all time. Taking advantage of the starboard entry Koo held Hazwan in irons for what seemed like an eternity before breaking away and having another go at them, this time forcing a penalty on Hazwan. Good boatspeed in the windward berth won the title and an extremely elated and tired Abdullah Chan / KRT crew are happy to go on and represent Malaysia at the Monsoon Cup. Goto full AY Day 4 Final Race Report

2011 MMRC - Knock out day - Jeremy Koo comes out on top
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Goto AY Day 3 Race ReportPULAU DUYONG (OCT 9th): Seven teams started in the competition and after two Round Robin's, three teams go home and four teams proceed into the semi finals. This is no place for the feint hearted, or teams learning to sail or make up the numbers, as the cruel nature of match racing will quickly have them heading out the door. The weather forecast improved so PRO David Tallis set about the task of completing the six remaining flights of Round Robin 2 and rather ambitiously the first round of the semi final by days end. The early arrival of the sea breeze saw racing get away in high spirits, as all the teams have improved and know this maybe the last chance to show their true colours. The remaining six flights saw significant movements up and down the order. Defending champions Jeremy Koo (Abdullah Chan / KRT) made a clean sweep of all their races to take over the top of the leaderboard. After a disappointing start to the regatta Hazwan Hazim Dermawan (Permai Hotel Match Racing Team) came through undefeated yesterday and kept up the momentum today to eventually end up in second place. After loosing three matches Masyuri Rahmat (Malaysian Armed Forces 2) fell off the top perch but stayed in the running with third place. Newcomer Mohd Romzi (UPM Sailing Team) run of good fortune faltered a bit as they lost against Masyuri and Koo but still ended up in the top four to go through to the semi finals. Goto full AY Day 3 Race Report

Goto full AY Pre-Regatta Report2011 MMRC - Terengganu comes alive with on the water action...
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PULAU DUYONG (OCT 6th): The normally tranquil waters of the Terengganu River comes alive over October and November with one-on-one match racing combat. Calls of starboard, windward boat, keep clear, buoy room, protest and jury decisions will echo across the purpose built racing stadium in front of the Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina Resort and Spa. While most sailing disciplines rely on boat speed and the fastest time around the course, match racing is more a game of strategy and tactics between two dueling racing teams. There is only one winner in a knock out competition and second place does not count. Classic maneuvers include dial-ups, circling, lead/push, the hook and shift left/right, which transform match racing into a captivating form of sailboat racing – fully engaging, relentlessly exciting and great fun for the participants and spectators. First up is the Malaysian Match Racing Championship (MMRC) October 7-10 and the Asian Match Racing Championship (AMRC) October 12-15. The MMRC is designed to encourage the participation of young, upcoming Malaysian sailors on the professional match race scene. These qualifying events determine which team has the honour of representing Malaysia and the Asian region at the Monsoon Cup on November 22-27, the final and deciding leg of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT). Goto full AY Pre-Regatta Report

Sabang International Regatta - Racing is over but the show goes on...
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September 22nd: After the lavish welcome party and the Mayor of Sabang inviting the entire regatta to dinner at his residence, the sailors were back on the water today to contest the final two races which concludes the racing program. Although the wind has died down since the blustery arrival in Sabang, there was still plenty to play with and several blasts between the hills caught skippers unprepared and overpowered the yachts resulting in spectacular broaches and some ripped sails. Scoring two bullets in a row, the Royal Malaysian Navy Farr 520 Zuhal skippered by Lt Cdr Chin In, have outclassed the racing class in the first two races but a slight lapse in concentration allowed Robert Azzopardi's 13m Dreamtime to sneak in under their guard and take the win in the third race to secure second overall. Although Dato Alex Nah's Hunter 14.9m Virgo scored two second places today, the juggling of places at the top, leaves them in third overall but happy to have also beaten the navy in the last race. Go to AY Race Report 3

Go to AY Race Report 2Sabang International Regatta - When the going gets tough the tough get going...
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September 20th: Not long after leaving Langkawi the forecasted strong South West / Westerly tradewind kicked in with a vengeance. This resulted in a hard slog to windward in 25 to 30 knots of wind and most skippers reported burying the bows up to the mast in the 3 to 4 meter confused seas. From 20,000 feet the patches of white caps could be clearly seen and as the palm trees were violently swaying in the wind, safety concerns for the competitors bashing to windward were being expressed by the committee in Sabang. As tropical Storm Roke situated South East of Japan intensified into a Typhoon it produced a strong South Westerly flow over the entire SE Asian region. As the racers from Langkawi approached International waters they also felt the full brunt of the Westerly wind. When the sea started to quickly build most skippers eased off and some made a bee line for the lee of the Sumatra coast. The yachts that opted to stay offshore made hard work of their passage and most chose to use power assistance to complete their journey. The Royal Malaysian Navy Farr 520 Zuhal skippered by Lt Cdr Chin In, were the first to arrive a little after 4:00 in the morning, taking 42 hours 16 mins 25 secs to complete the 260nm passage. A lengthy wait ensued and it was not till the afternoon when small white specs appeared on the horizon and proceeded to the finish line. Go to AY Race Report 2

Go to AY Race Report 1Sabang International Regatta - 3, 2, 1 and their away on a race to discovery...
Go to AY Race Report 1By AsianYachting MultiMedia
September 17th: Finally after months of promotional road shows the race/rally start time has arrived. With CIQ formalities completed the 20 yachts headed out into Bass harbour to test their sail combinations in the freshening breeze. Majestically the overcast stormy conditions over the last few weeks were replaced with brilliant sunshine and fluffy white clouds. The enthusiastic Indonesian organising committee and government officials were brimming with excitement and applauded every time the countdown horn sounded. IRC and Multihull's were first up followed by Cruising and Motor Yachts. Crews saluted the start boat and best wishes exchanged as the yachts milled around testing the line. Then it was game on, despite the cruising nature of the event. This is more than a yacht race and the Indonesian Director of Domestic Promotion at last nights Grand Opening Party was quick to remind competitors that "Giving back to the International community after all the help that was kindly donated after the 2004 Tsunami is very much on their mind". The natural beauty of Sabang has resulted in Weh Island being chosen as the next big eco-tourism destination to open in Indonesia. Go to AY Race Report 1

Malaysian Match Racing Circuit endorsed by WMRT
MYA receives WMRT endorsement KUALA LUMPUR (6 September 2011): The Malaysian Yachting Association (MYA) has been successful in its bid to gain endorsement for the Malaysian Match Racing Circuit from the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) after a series of meetings with The WMRT Development Council. The MYA, represented by Hj. Lukman B. Abu Bakar, Deputy President and Dato’ Wan Hisham Wan Salleh, Vice President, had two days of intensive meetings with The WMRT Development Council over two days at the St. Moritz Match Race, Switzerland. During this time, they presented Malaysia’s proposal for the sanctioning of a Malaysian Match Racing Circuit by The WMRT Development Council. “We are very excited to have received this endorsement for the Malaysian Match Racing Circuit from the WMRT. We are at the start of a journey that will see the Malaysian sailors elevated beyond a point not previously possible,” said Hj. Lukman. The Circuit will be incorporated within the already successful KFC Regatta in Langkawi, Lumut Perak and Selangor, culminating in the Malaysian Match Racing Championship, the qualifiers for the Monsoon Cup, in Pulau Duyong, Terengganu. Hj. Lukman added: “We have our work cut out between now and February 2012 when we plan to launch the first event of the Malaysian Match Racing Circuit. We are hopeful of garnering the support of our partners KFC, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and T-Best Events to ensure the success of this Circuit.” Full story Here...

goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryWestern Circuit - Mixed fortunes determine final outcome...
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goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryAugust 20th: The day started off with an uncharacteristic light Southerly land breeze, that clocked around to the South West and ended with a heavy rainstorm descending on the fleet from the Malaysian side of the Johore Strait. A mixture of courses ranging from windward/leeward, triangular and passage races were devised to finish the event. Some Multihull crews lost their bearings and sailed the wrong course, while others lost their footing and were catapulted over the side to suffer minor injuries. Depending what courses the classes sailed they had to contend with different wind direction and strength, which played a big part in determining the overall outcome. At one stage two converging boats with spinnakers up sailed past each other within five meters and kept on going like nothing had happened. Arch rivals in the IRC A class Bill Bremner's Ker 32 Foxy Lady V and Sarab Jeet Singh's Sydney 40 MOD Windsikher split tacks up the first leg with Foxy Lady V playing the wind shifts slightly offshore and Windsikher preferring to stay inshore, out of the current but in lighter airs. As they approached the top mark a welcome gust came from the land and propelled Windsikher around first and they charged off down current. Half way up the second leg the breeze swung 180 degrees turning it into a windward beat and allowing the fleet to catch up with the leader. Full story goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary

Goto 2011-12 AYGP Pointscore2011-12 AYGP Pointscore Online Now!
This season the AYGP pointscore has been completely revamped and the Skippers and Yachts Overall Score can Now! be found Online. The easily accessed database can be searched Individually or by Regatta Results.

AYGP Pointscore News after Raceweek
It comes as no surprise then, that Neil Pryde and Team Premier top the standings after their exemplary performance at Six Senses Phuket Raceweek. They are followed closely by all the class winners and place getters in that order after the first regatta of the 2011-12 Season.

Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportGoto AY Pre-Regatta ReportSMU & RM swing into action with the Western Circuit ...
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August 6th: Ever since the Singapore Management University (SMU) and Raffles Marina came together to stage the Western Circuit, it has gone from strength to strength. The youthful enthusiasm and vigor of the SMU sailing fraternity, both on and off the water combined with the splendid facilities at Raffles Marina and their desire to hold racing events has added a new dimension to sailing in Singapore. Opening up the event to all comers has attracted a multitude of keelboat classes, beach catamarans, Laser SB3's, IOM remote-controlled boats, foiling Moths and a full class of Access 2.3's for disabled sailors, making this event the corner stone of the Raffles Marina sailing calendar. Notable inclusion in IRC A, is Bill Bremner's newly acquired Ker 32 Foxy Lady V taking on his old boat, turned arch rival Sarab Jeet Singh's Sydney 40 MOD Windsikher, whose crew will be working ever so hard to defend the title. After winning the inaugural Neptune Regatta by a blink of an eye, Kiwi Brent Morgans Archambault 35 Men at Work could pose the biggest threat. Held over 3 weekends, 6th & 7th, 13th & 14th and 20th August, this Singapore Sailing sanctioned regatta has become well-known for its challenging courses, close racing and fun filled post-race parties, that make it the most anticipated and biggest regatta to be held annually in Singapore. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...

Goto East Coast Yachting FestivalOpening up new horizons - Destination South China Sea
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Goto Round Tioman Fun RaceLocated 36 nautical miles, off Malaysia's east coast lies Pulau Tioman or Tioman Island. It is already a popular water sports destination and staging the inaugural East Coast Yachting Festival and the Round Tioman Challenge next year in mid June, will bring an exciting new venue and racing format to the Asian yachting calendar. National sailing authorities are very supportive and are expecting to use the occasion to raise the profile of sailing in the region. Having "One of the Ten Best Islands in the World" right on the doorstep, provides a wonderful opportunity for Malaysia to take the lead and welcome pleasure craft into the South China Sea and officially open the Southern Gateway to the last great cruising playground in the world. This fascinating yacht cruising destination spans 1,300,000 sq miles and is the biggest Sea in the world by far. Flanked by China to the north, Philippines and Borneo on the east, Indonesia and Malaysia to the south and Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam to the west. Weather in the region is marked by seasonal monsoons and typhoons are often experienced during the wet season. The best months to cruise the region is from April through to October each year. Although Pulau Tioman and the off lying diving attractions have a huge reputation to live up to on the world stage, the island arrives into the 21st Century relatively untouched by the 3 to 4 thousand occupants in seven coastal villages dotted around the island and naturally well preserved interior by courtesy of the Marine Park classification. Check out the inaugural East Coast Yachting Festival incorporating the Round Tioman Challenge program on their respective AY Micro-sites. As this project is a "Work in Progress" these sites will be updated as things come together and notification when confirmed progress is made. Expressions of interest by participating yachts can be
Emailed to: info@asianyachting.com

Goto AY Race Report 3Six Senses Phuket Raceweek - Blustery end to a great regatta...
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AY Race Report 4 & SummaryJuly 24th: Persistent overnight rain dampened the sailors spirits as they arrived at the Evason this morning. Swirling wind and small whitecaps deterred some teams from participating for fear of breaking valuable equipment on the boats. After winning six races on the trot, Neil Pryde was the first to announce they were not racing the borrowed TP52 Team Premier, as the IRC 1 Racing trophy is already in the bag, even if two races are held. A mixture of windward/leeward and passage races were selected for different classes as conditions moderated to a steady 10 to 12 knots with a rolly seaway left over from the passing storms. With a sigh of relief that Premier Racing, two Phuket 8's and Baby Tonga had withdrawn, it was left to the four 40-45 footers to do battle amongst themselves for the remaining podium places. Ben Copley's Swan 42 Katsu nailed the start line but was quickly overhauled by David Ross' new Ker 40 KukuKERchu and Rick Pointon's J130 Jingjing as they lifted up the first beat. As they circulated Katsu hauled Jingjing back in as the race for handicap honours unraveled. Race 7 results 1st Jingjing, 2nd Katsu and 3rd KukuKERchu meant that Katsu held a slender one point lead over Jingjing with one race to go. Down to the final passage race showdown. As they reappeared from behind Ko Lon it was hard to determine who held the advantage on handicap. After crossing the finish line and number crunching completed, two wins for Jingjing tied them on points with Katsu and after count back gives Jingjing second overall and Katsu comes to rest with third on the podium. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary Here...

Goto AY Race Report 3 & Summary SEA Property Multihull Championship - Miss Saigon and Voodoo are the winners
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Goto AY Race Report 3 & Summary July 17th: Brilliant sunshine replaced the overcast conditions experienced over the last few days and 6 to 8 knots of South Westerly breeze greeted the sailors as they mustered for the final day of racing. As the breeze direction failed to settle, PRO Simon James chose Island Course 9, up to and around Koh Bon, then back to Chalong Bay for the first race. Staying in the wind lanes and out of the adverse current between the islands played an important tactical part in determining either success or becoming an also ran in the fleet. When we left off yesterday, David Liddell's Corsair C37RS Miss Saigon held a healthy lead in the Performance Multi's and three Firefly's The Frog, Moto Inzi and Voodoo were locked in a three way tie on 10 points and all to play for today. The top podium contenders started the cat and mouse game during the pre-start and covered each other up the long windward leg to the island. Paul Larson skippering the Andaman Cabriolet Da Vinci took a tack out to oblivion and looked very sad at the beginning but managed to recover and close back in on the approaches to Bon Island. Alan Carwardine’s Sidewinder picked up a favourable wind shift along the coast and led the fleet around the course. They could not shake off David Liddell's Miss Saigon that held close on their tail and picked up the handicap win and went on to cement their name on the overall title plus the inaugural Cosair Cup. Goto AY Race Report 3 & Summary

Goto 2011-12 AYGP Micro-SiteNow everyone has a chance of winning the 2011-12 AYGP
Goto 2011-12 AYGP Micro-SiteBy AY MultiMedia
After canvassing boat owners, skippers, crew, supporters and sponsors during the season ending Sawadee.com Regatta at Ko Samui and ongoing Regatta Forum discussions since the TOTG Regatta, has opened the door for everyone competing at any of the five star AYGP Championship events to have a chance of winning the prestigious 2011-12 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards.
The pointscoring system, has been whittled down mainly to keep it simple and fairly grade competing Boat owners and Skippers ability to successfully run full-on racing campaigns through Asian waters over the 2011-12 Season. All classes are included and the pointscore is based on the overall results at each of the 12 selected events on the 2011-12 Asian Calendar.
A new Pointscoring System has been devised and launched into the new season with the following:
1. Everyone entered in any of the 12 regattas/races scores 5 points for attending
2. Six for winning the class, 4 for 2nd, 3 for 3rd, 2 for 4th and 1 for 5th place overall.
3. “Six best regattas to count” scoring system.
4. Plus a bonus point for each win within the regatta and a point loss for any DSQ. Check out the rest of the changes on the 2011-12 AYGP Micro-Site Here...

Round Tioman Fun Race - Bringing 'Fun' back into yacht racing
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Goto Round Tioman Fun Race Micro-Site
Coming on the back of the successful Neptune Regatta held earlier this year, which bought sailors and boat owners together to have some fun on their boats while racing to exciting new destinations. The late Tunku Alang’s original Impy crew are being called back into action and under AsianYachting’s expert guidance, been asked to look seriously into staging the “Round Tioman Fun Race” next year at the end of June or the start of July. The SW tradewind should have settled in by then and the start/finish line is expected to be offshore from the Tekek Marina and the course may include an overnight stopover in Juara (East coast) for some classes.
Over the next few months several recce's will be conducted and all important contacts made with the respective state marine and tourism authorities before we decide on the dates and if the 35nm (55klm) course around the island is to be made in a clockwise or anti clockwise direction. As progress is made photos, significant break through's and relevant news will be posted on the AY Micro-site at http://asianyachting.com/RTFR/2012.htm Any constructive comments, feedback, advice, support and help can be emailed to info@asianyachting.com

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