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2017 - 2018 AY Race Reports - News and Views & Event Coverge

Fat lady sings the Western Circuit into an overture...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryAugust 26th: Slow start to racing and contending with a strong incoming tidal current, caught a few yachts offside at the start and at crucial mark rounding's. Crews were confident they could do better and pick up a few places, to improve their standings on the final day. As the SW trade wind picked up, four races were completed in the IRC and PY classes, and three races for the one-design and Multihull classes. All eyes were on the IRC A class, as two points separated 1st to 3rd places and these races would determine the eventual outcome. Getting out early for some fine tuning and testing the conditions paid dividends in some cases, before celebrations could take place at the gala dinner, auction and prize presentation, in the Raffles Marina ballroom. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary and follow the action in the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 3Final showdown at Western Circuit...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 25th: Although some classes have run away leaders, the fight for podium places and bragging rights, continue into the final day of the Western Circuit. With 3 and 4 races scheduled and the drop race introduced, expect to see some juggling of the order, that will ultimately determine the overall placing's. The SSE flow is also predicted to continue, in the 8 to 12 knot range with occasional showers and will even the playing field for the displacement yachts. Whatever happens, celebrations will take place at the gala dinner, auction and prize presentation, throughout Saturday evening in the Raffles Marina ballroom. Goto AY Race Report 3 follow the action in the AY Photo Gallery

Western Circuit - Perfect conditions produce great racing...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 2August 20th: The combined IRC A & B classes headed out of the Johor Strait on the SMU Presidents Cup, while other classes continued on with windward/leeward and point to point races in the Strait. It certainly wasn't incident free, as the Port favoured start line saw some jostling at the pin end and the downwind mark on the SB20 course was reported to be crowded and very entertaining. Eight to twelve knots from the SW with blue sky and sunshine, made a perfect day for a sail, as the SB20 International Cup, Access 2.3's for disabled sailors and six windsurfing classes bring the Inter-Tertiary Windsurfing Championship (ITWC) 2017 to their conclusion. Goto AY Race Report 2 and follow the action in the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 1Western Circuit - Mixed fortunes on opening day...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 19th: With the breeze favouring the Southerly quadrant, the courses were set across the Johor Strait, making for short windward/leeward races. It also fluctuated between 5 to 10 knots and changed in direction with scattered showers, the occasional sand barge and Malaysian ferry's plying through the courses, made it an interesting day. Both race committees persisted and three races for the racing classes and four for the others were completed. Six windsurfing classes and Access 2.3's for disabled sailors, opened their accounts and by the end of the day, all the youthful exuberance shown at the morning race briefing, was replaced with up and down results and what to do tomorrow to improve the standings. Goto AY Race Report 1

Western Circuit swings into action...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportAugust 18th: While big boat racing is declining in Singapore, the 20th edition of the SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta attracts many local and International sailors, to come together in multiple classes and test their racing abilities. Over the next two weekends (Aug 19, 20 & 26) Raffles Marina comes alive with an 85 boat line-up of keelboats, multihull's, SB20, PY, J24's, Access 2.3's for disabled sailors and six Windsurfing classes. This event is Singapore's premier racing event, full of youthful enthusiasm from the SMU organising team, combined with Raffles Marina excellent facilities, have built a reputation for lively fleet racing and fun filled post race parties. Up for grabs this weekend is, the SMU President’s Cup, SB20 International Cup and the Inter-Tertiary Windsurfing Championship (ITWC) 2017 titles. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Goto July AYGP News2017-18 AYGP is off to a flying start...
By AY MultiMedia
July 26th 2017: As Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek kicked off the 16th edition of the AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP), all 40 Skippers and Yachts in seven classes have scored valuable points in the AYGP Rankings. Outstanding victories for Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood and John Newnham's Firefly 850 Twin Sharks scoring 7 race wins each, sends them directly to the top the annual Rankings and take the early lead for the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year titles. Goto July AYGP News...

The winners are Team Hollywood, Phoenix, Lady Bubbly, Hurricane, Twin Sharks, Java Racing & Davinci
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryJuly 23rd Cape Panwa: A small clockwise pressure system to the South of Phuket, in the Northern reaches of the Malacca Strait, is pushing the SW'ly monsoon flow, out into the Bay of Bengal, to the West of Phuket and replacing it with its own light South Westerly breeze. This disturbed air flow has confused weather forecasters over the last few days and despite the grim predictions, local conditions have prevailed and defied the forecast, with four days of racing in 5 to 12 knots and managed to complete 8 races for the racing class and 6 for the cruisers. In these conditions the racing becomes very tactical and choosing the right lanes is the formula to success. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary and follow all the action in the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 3CPHPRW - Three times lucky and the leaders march on...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 22nd Cape Panwa: Initially the postponement flag went up onshore, then 45 minutes later it came down as PRO Simon James found 5 knots steady SW breeze, out on the race course. Time to scramble and after a short delay, racing got underway with two races for the racing classes and a single passage race for the cruising classes. That makes it a total of 7 races for the racers and 5 for the cruisers, to constitute a series, even if tomorrow is cancelled. Its a case of the rich getting richer in the overall stakes, as the odds on favourites make a meal out of it and carry on regardless. Goto AY Race Report 3 and follow all the action in the AY Photo Gallery

CPHPRW - Light airs but regatta still on track
Goto AY Race Report 2By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 21st Cape Panwa: Continuing to defy the weather prediction, PRO Simon James fired away two races for the racing classes and a lengthy passage race for the cruising classes. Averaging about 8 knots from the SW, was enough to stem the strong outgoing tide and produce various tactical options on the way to go. Some yachts seem to have found an extra gear and visibly can be seen accelerating away from the line and have recorded multiple wins. While others have back row starts and content to sit in the wind shadow and circulate in the middle of the pack. Goto AY Race Report 2 and AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 1CPHPRW - Wind glorious wind, on Day 1
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 20th Cape Panwa: Despite the grim weather forecast, 41 boat crews were greeted by a steady 8 to 10 knot SW'ly and rolling seaway, that built up to 15k during the afternoon. PRO Simon James and the race team got to work quickly and managed to fire away 3 races for the racing classes and 2 for the cruisers, just in case the prediction comes to fruition in the coming days. Several retirements with boat damage and a nasty collision with a spectator boat were recorded. Based on past performances the favorites in each class have come to the fore but the pressure is on from other teams, eager to make an impression. Goto AY Race Report 1

2017-18 AYGP starts with Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportJuly 20th Cape Panwa: Over the past few years the phenomenal growth of multihull yachts in the region, has resulted in outnumbering the monohulls, both in entries and classes. Seventeen monohull yachts in three IRC classes, versus 24 Multihull's divided into Racing, Cruising, Firefly and Corsair one-design classes. Over the next four days they are preparing for some high-octane racing on Phuket’s South East coast. It's also the first of the 13 five star events, that make up the 2017-18 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) and an excellent opportunity for SE Asian based teams, to rack up some AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year points, early in the season. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Goto AY Race Report 3 & SummaryThar she blows...
The winners are Thor, Twin Sharks, Pulse Yellow & Mojo

By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 16th Ao Chalong, Phuket: The remaining yachts approached the start line with trepidation, as the SW'ly gusts were over 20 knots. Flying the hull or hulls became the order of the day and if you weren't 'driving like you stole it', expect to be at the back of the fleet. The daring young men in their flying machines, marched away at the front and ended up winning the 4 classes. As the breeze increased to 25 knots before the second race, the Firefly's and Pulse 600's decided to call it a day, while three Stealth cats braved it out. While the others returned to the comfort of the Phuket Yacht Club and wisely choose to preserve their rides for Phuket Raceweek, starting next Thursday. Goto AY Race Report 3 & Summary and the action packed AY Photo Gallery

MSR - Fresh breeze claims some scalps on Day 2
Goto AY Race Report 2By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 15th Ao Chalong, Phuket: The strong wind warning issued by the Phuket Weather Bureau proved to be correct and produced plenty of exciting moments, equipment failure and a spectacular nose dive, followed by a capsize. The saving grace was, that there were no rain squalls, normally associated with the blustery SW monsoon. Each day has produced some carnage and after two windward/leeward races today, the fleet is drastically reduced. The prevailing breeze is predicted to increase tomorrow and some doubt exist on whether to race, with a wait and see attitude. The class leaders managed to stay under control and have extended their lead. Goto AY Race Report 2 and AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 1 Tricky conditions make hard work on Day 1
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 14th Ao Chalong, Phuket: The day started with a light South Westerly but as the passing storm stayed overland, the side effect was for severe changes in wind direction and speed. PRO Simon James elected to send the entire fleet on Course 16, out of Ao Chalong, around Ko Bon and back inside Ao Chalong for some dog legs before finishing. The boats that nailed the start line in clear wind, established early leads but selecting the correct line inshore, out of the current and stronger breeze, paid dividends. As the breeze wasn't steady to set windward/leeward courses for the second race, the racers were sent on the same course, while the Pulse 600's did a short inshore race. These were completed in quick time, just as the clouds opened up and a heavy deluge put an end to the days racing. Goto AY Photo Gallery and AY Race Report 1

Everything on the line at Multihull Solutions Regatta...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportJuly 12th Ao Chalong, Phuket: The size and spaciousness found onboard multihull yachts, makes them the number one choice, for cruising through the tropical SE Asian archipelago. Many foreign boat designers and composite builders, have made Phuket their home and are manufacturing a range of boats there and in neighbouring SE Asian countries. As the industry growth has been phenomenal, Multihull Solutions have opened dedicated brokerages in Asia and sold some sleek one-design racing machines, that has increased the fleet size and raised the profile of the event. For the last few years, this regatta has been blessed with strong SW monsoon flows and although WindGuru predicts Friday to be a bit light, the SW'ly is expected to return on the weekend and produce some thrills and spills, this regatta is famous for. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...

Goto AYGP landing pageChina Cup joins the 2017-18 AYGP lineup
Starts with Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek & ends at Samui Regatta
13 Events, Over 300 Skippers & Yachts, 85 Inshore & 3 Offshore Races, across 7 Countries
By AY MultiMedia
The main aim of the AYGP pointscore system, is to annually rank Skippers and Yachts competing at the newly expanded, 13 selected five star AYGP point scoring events, held in East and South East Asian waters during the 2016-17 Season. For the 16th year, the winning Skipper and Yacht will be crowned with the prestigious AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year titles. Find out what's new for the 2017-18 Season goto the AYGP landing page...

The America's Cup is the Kiwi Cup again, welcome back to NZ.
By America's Cup Media
Goto 35th America's Cup Summary June 27th 2017: Another dominant race win for Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand in race nine of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, gave the Kiwi team victory on the Great Sound in Bermuda, sparking wild celebrations on board their America’s Cup Class (ACC) boat, and the team’s support boats. The Kiwi team dominated the final stage of the 35th America’s Cup, winning eight races to ORACLE TEAM USA’s one race win, giving the New Zealanders a final winning scoreline of 7-1. Grant Dalton, CEO of Emirates Team New Zealand, also announced that the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has accepted the challenge of Circolo della Vela Sicilia, who will be the Challenger of Record for the 36th America's Cup and will be represented by Luna Rossa. Goto 35th America's Cup Summary

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