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Yacht forsale Swan 46 MK IIFor Sale - Swan 46 MK II (Hull No 094) - La Samudra II
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Goto AY Race Report 5 & SummaryFortune favours the brave @ King's Cup
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
7th December 2019: Despite the strong wind warning, the show must go on. As a result of several top place changes yesterday, they must be given a chance to come back and correct their ways. The start was initially delayed while the North Easterly was above 30 knots and the call came out for all classes to start at 1105. The dinghy's decided to race in the shelter, closer to shore but some still had to be rescued. It's been some years since we had a windy King's Cup and the conversation has revolved around when and even as far back as the start in Phi Phi island. Remember the picturesque Andaman Sea Races, with the rocky back drop and wind to boot? Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary and check out the AY Photo Gallery

First time for everything, to much wind @ King's Cup
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 46th December 2019: The combination of a high pressure system over Mongolia, heralds the beginning of winter and the remnants of Tropical Storm KAMMURI lingering in the South China Sea, have produced a strong North Easterly flow, over most South East Asian nations. Start Boat A was on station at sea and recorded 30 to 35 knots for a delay to be called, with hourly updates, to keep everyone informed. It didn't stop the International dinghy classes taking to the water, but after several strong gusts capsized some boats, that sent the navy ribs and keelboat support boats into rescue mode, the racing was called off and the fleet went back to the beach. Never in the King's Cup, 33 year history has racing been cancelled, because there is to much wind, but there is always a first time. Goto AY Race Report 4 and check out the AY Photo Gallery

A few hiccups but the beat goes on @ King's Cup
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
4th December 2019: Although what appeared to be a steady North Easterly breeze onshore, turned out to be very shifty and variable in strength offshore. Then during the first sequence it swung 45 degrees and the race had to be postponed for an hour, to move the course further out to sea. When the racing classes did get underway, the windward mark for the big boats, was laid in the wrong place and a rushed attempt to correct it failed, so PRO Ross Chisholm was forced to can the race. Racing did eventually get underway, three and half hours late, as the breeze began to fade but two windward/leeward races were completed. The Cruisers on Course B did get away on time, with a course that took them up the coast to Patong Bay and back. As it was completed in relatively quick time, another course was laid and two more races took place for most the classes. The International Dinghy classes and Radio Controlled IOM class, also started their series today, with mixed results. Goto AY Race Report 3 and check out the AY Photo Gallery

Classic conditions return for the 33rd King's Cup
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 23rd December 2019: Every year there is at least one day when the prevailing North East trade wind makes an appearance and today was the day. Classic 15 to 18 knots, clear blue sky and a memorable island course, that takes in a variation of islands to the SE of Phuket. The Racing Classes completed a windward/leeward race, before joining the Cruising Classes on an island course. The sea ripples turn into waves and the photographers get all excited about boats bashing their way into the seaway. This also gives the planning boats a chance to get up to speed and leave the displacement boats in their wake. The trick is to get finished before 1400hrs, when notoriously the breeze fades away and can leave boats drifting around, to loose valuable time in the process. Goto AY Race Report 2 and check out the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 1Slow but steady start to 33rd King's Cup
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
2nd December 2019: Although the rain interrupted the opening ceremony last night and today the overcast conditions spread a gray hue over the race course, the light 6 to 8 knot East North Easterly breeze, with slightly stronger gusts, got the racing away on time and stayed in long enough for the race officers to run two races, despite the strong tidal cross currents. As the top mark on the racing course was laid in the lee of the hill, on the entrance to Nai Harn Bay, it became a case of keeping your eyes out of the boat and staying in the wind lines, on the approaches to the mark. Some big gains and losses where observed and shuffled the class order on the two lap windward/leeward races. Goto AY Photo Gallery and AY Race Report 1

King's Cup - All fired up for Asia's biggest regatta...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report1st December 2019: Over 70 yachts are ready to contest the 33rd edition of Asia’s biggest and most prestigious sailing regatta, in grand style. Although the main focus is split between keelboats and multihull's during the week, the next generation of sailors are also racing in the International Dinghy classes and receiving a lot of attention. Initially dedicated to HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej for his passion for sailing and now in honor of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, sailors are expecting a week of fast and furious action. This is the one, they really want to win and already the air is full of anticipation and wild speculation, on how the racing will unfold. The 21 year longstanding spiritual home of the King’s Cup, the stylish Beyond Resort Kata, has rolled out the red carpet and welcoming sailors from all over the world. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Goto November AYGP NewsLead changes in the 2019-20 AYGP Rankings
By AY MultiMedia
November 28th 2019: As the point scoring regattas oscillate between the Western and Eastern Circuits during the season, the leaders also change in the process. By scoring 4 wins in their respective classes, at the Raja Muda Selangor Int Regatta, Rolf Heemskerk's Farr 40 The Next Factor and Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly become joint 'Highest AsianYachting Grand Prix Scorers' at the regatta. After overall IRC victory, at the biennial Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, Sam Chan's TP52 Free Fire, took the lead from Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood and 2nd overall at the Raja Muda for Roberts Team Hollywood, they regain the lead after contesting two events a piece. Mitchell's Lady Bubbly have also contested two events on the Western Circuit and climb up into 2nd overall, only half a point in front of Freefire. Check out the current 2019-20 AYGP Rankings, that culminate in the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards by clicking on Skipper - Yacht - Regatta and Scoring System. Goto November AYGP News...

30th Raja Muda Regatta concludes and time to celebrate...
By AsianYachting Multimedia
Goto AY Race Report 6 & Summary23rd Nov 2019: Everyone was keen to bring the marathon to an end and hopefully improve their standings on the final races. A light North Easterly with sunny, blue sky, set the stage in Bass Harbour and the fleet was divided into point to point races, around the harbour and windward/leeward courses for the racing classes, to seaward of Kua town. Everything was going smoothly until the second lap, when the NE breeze started to fade away and move around to the East. Some yachts got caught offside and came to a spluttering stop, while others took advantage of the situation. At the end of the race, the leaders in each class managed to cling onto their lead. As the course had to be relayed, the long wait started, to see if there was going to be another deciding race. As time ticked by, with no improvement in sight, eventually, no more racing today was announced and the final results stand. Goto
AY Race Report 6 & Summary and check out the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 5RMSIR- Harbour races, to determine overall placing's
By AsianYachting Multimedia
22nd Nov 2019: As all the yachts finished early, on the Penang to Langkawi passage race, the Bass Harbour races went ahead, at the scheduled time of 1400hrs, to give crews time for some rest and recuperation. IRC 3 and Cruising classes were sent down the harbour, on courses that included rounding limestone islands, in the picturesque geo-park and a delight for the photographers. IRC 1 and the Multihull classes continued on with two windward/leeward races near Kua town. Very overcast to begin with a light North Easterly, that swung around to the East and faded for a while, when the yachts closed into the shadow of the islands. Only to return when the clouds lifted and sunshine came streaming in, for the return leg back up the harbour. Everyone is either trying to improve their standings or staying in front of the pack on the remaining races, that require a different skill set and design of boat. Goto
AY Race Report 5 and check out the AY Photo Gallery

RMSIR - Final jigsaw puzzle on home stretch to Langkawi...
By AsianYachting Multimedia
Goto AY Race Report 422nd Nov 2019: As the 1300 start time arrived, the morning land breeze had expired and PRO Simon James had to revert to the 'Follow Me' instruction, out of Penang Harbour to the Northern Entrance mark, for an hour, before the incoming North Westerly was strong enough, to get the racers started. As the course to Langkawi was directly into the wind, most the fleet favoured the right hand side, towards some small islands and along the coastal route, looking for the forecasted North Easterly. They struggled for 15 miles before the NE'ly arrived, tacked over and set course on a long reach in 20-25 knots, above Pulau Payer, to the Langkawi finish line. The leading trio Ray Roberts TP52
Team Hollywood, Sarab Singh's Welbourn 52 Windsikher II and Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes finished in that order and within 18 minutes of each other. Goto AY Race Report 4 and check out the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 3 Raja Muda Selangor wins Penang Harbour Race...
By AsianYachting Multimedia
20th Nov 2019: Sailors were greeted with a 10 knot South Easterly land breeze, blue sky and flat seas. PRO Simon James fired off the first race on schedule, for all classes and everyone merrily set off in different directions. Two catamarans have joined in, Multihull Class 7 and completed this years lineup. Unfortunately half way up the windward leg, the wind started to fade and an agonising drift for the five Racing Class yachts and after an hour, the race was shortened at the top mark. A breeze line appeared on the horizon and drifted in from the West. This enabled the Racing Class to start moving and all five boats crossed the line within minutes. The rest of the classes embarked on a point to point harbour race and were also held up during the change over and when they returned to the finish, HH The Raja Muda Of Selangor, skippering
the Beneteau 44.7 Fujin crossed the line in first place, well in front, to become the first Royalty to score the daily double in any class. Goto AY Race Report 3 and check out the AY Photo Gallery

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RMSIR defying the weather predictions...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 219th Nov 2018: Despite the dire looking weather predictions on the first two days of racing, the wind popped up before the start on both occasions and continued throughout the afternoon, for the yachts to make good progress, up the coast. It didn't take long for the order to establish itself, with Ray Roberts TP52
Team Hollywood, Sarab Singh's Welbourn 52 Windsikher II and Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes in the leading group, fighting over line honours. Then the two Farr 40's and the Malaysian Navy grouping, around 10nm behind. Followed by the leading IRC 3 yachts, another 10nm adrift, with HH The Raja Muda of Selangor's Fujin dueling with John Kara's Insanity for line honours, mixed in with the Cruising and Classic class handicap contenders. Down the back the small yachts and heavy displacement classic's like Rona and Eveline. Then the bewitching hour arrived around 1800 to 1900hrs, when scattered storms descended and the breeze pummeled the fleet, then switched off and finally the land breeze arrived to bring the fleet home. Goto AY Race Report 2 and the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 1 30th Raja Muda Regatta is under way...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
17th Nov 2018: As the yachts motored out from Port Klang, the water was like a mirror, but an hour before the start, a breeze line appeared on the horizon and by start time, gradually filled in across the course. The starting sequence was on time and the strong out going tidal current, caught a few boats on the course side, over the line. Earlier HH The Raja Muda of Selangor, was greeted by a bank of photographers, before leaving the dock and shortly after the start took the lead in the IRC 3 class. As the breeze increased, the yachts made quick work of the course until late afternoon but were left in limbo half way along and waited for the land breeze to materialise. Goto AY Photo Gallery and
AY Race Report 1

Free Fire takes the lead in the 2019-20 AYGP Rankings
Goto October AYGP NewsBy AY MultiMedia
October 29th 2019: After the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's double header, where Sam Chan's TP52 Free Fire scored 2nd place, in the IRC Racer 0 division at the China Coast Regatta and posted a resounding IRC overall and Class 0 victory, at the biennial Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, to go directly to the top of the AsianYachting Grand Prix Rankings. Also by participating at both events, Joachim Isler/Andrew Taylor's Mills 41 Ambush have entered the 2019-20 AYGP Rankings in 2nd place, in front of a gaggle of Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek class winners. Goto October AYGP News...

Celebrating the 30th Raja Muda Regatta...
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportBy AsianYachting MultiMedia
14th Nov 2018: This year the Royal Selangor Yacht Club are having a double celebration, 50 Golden Years (1969 - 2019) of the club and 30th anniversary of the Raja Muda Selangor Int. Regatta. From what started out as fun, island hopping races, along the West Coast and a chance for sailors to see more of the Malaysian Peninsula, has maintained the original spirit and turned into a strong brand, with far reaching impact on the Asian and International sailing community. HH The Raja Muda of Selangor, Tengku Amir Shah will be skippering
the Beneteau 44.7 Fujin and joined by his farther, HRH Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, some past winners and participants, at the gala dinner and prize presentation in Langkawi. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Ambassadors’ Cup - All for one and one for all...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race ReportNovember 2nd: The day started with a champagne and strawberry breakfast, which always brings a different approach to yacht racing. The all awaited spilt between ambassadors and yacht skippers took place, in the early morning draw and everyone set off with great expectations. Twenty five ambassadors in Class 1 for the Ambassadors Cup and the remaining diplomatic staff, in Class 2. This unique event has turned into the biggest informal social event in Singapore's diplomatic circles and is embarking on its 20th edition. H.E. James Sinclair, Ambassador of Chile and current President of the Ambassadors’ Cup, is yet again at the helm, and present to steer the latest edition to a resounding success. Goto AY Race Report and check out the Photo Gallery

Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportCelebrating the 20th Ambassadors’ Cup...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
November 1st: Thirty six countries are either sending an Ambassador, High Commissioner and/or diplomatic staff, to partake in some social revelry and a yacht race, at Changi Sailing Club. This unique event has turned into the biggest informal social event in Singapore's diplomatic circle and is embarking on its 20th edition. H.E. James Sinclair, Ambassador of Chile and current President of the Ambassadors’ Cup, is yet again at the helm, to steer the latest edition to a resounding success. We can expect some great vibes, glamour, flair, style, energy, national cuisine, favourite beverages, off the water and shenanigans during an afternoon of light-hearted racing. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...

Goto RSYC 50th Photo GalleryRoyal Selangor Yacht Club 50 Golden Years Photo Gallery
By AY MultiMedia
25th October 2019: Royal Selangor Yacht Club 50 Golden Years (1969 - 2019) Gala Dinner, with the Patron HRH The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and HH The Raja Muda of Selangor Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah presiding over proceedings with members and guests. Do you recognise anyone? Goto full gallery at http://asianyachting.com/photos/photo.htm?RSYC50thAnniversary Enjoy!

RHKYC Nha Trang Rally - FreeFire triumphs in IRC Overall
By RHKYC Media

Goto Race Report 419th Oct 1900hrs: Joachim Isler and Andrew Taylor’s Mills 41 Ambush was the final boat to sail into Nha Trang, Vietnam last night (18 Oct) at 22h 40m 42s (HK Time), putting her in 1st place for IRC Race 1 division. Sam Chan’s TP 52 FreeFire finished the rally in corrected elapsed time of 66h 22m 7s, all eyes had been on Ambush to see if she could wrestle the Overall prize from FreeFire but it was not to be. That was our quickest time ever to Nha Trang and a great result. When the numbers were crunched USA's Bryon Ehrhart's J/V Maxi 72, Lucky missed out on the daily double by 57 minutes and slotted into 2nd overall. Goto Race Report 4

Goto Race Report 3RHKYC Nha Trang Rally - Lucky takes Monohull Line Honours
By RHKYC Media
18th Oct 1900hrs:
While yesterday was all about the Multihull honours, this morning USA's Bryon Ehrhart's J/V Maxi 72, Lucky, sailed into Nha Trang, Vietnam at 8h 40m 10s (HK time) to take the Monohull Line Honours, for the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Nha Trang Rally, in an elapsed time of 41h 30m 10s. “The rally was fantastic; good breeze all the way through. Powerful wave conditions, our depowered sail plan was to stay in sequence with the wave set. It was a very difficult sea state and everyone performed really well and we appreciate the chance to have participated in the rally.” Now the long wait to see if anyone can better them in the handicap stakes. Goto Race Report 3

RHKYC Nha Trang Rally - SHK Scallywag/FUKU takes Line Honours!
By RHKYC Media
Goto Race Report 217th Oct 2300hrs:
Hong Kong's
Meitatsu Fukumoto / Seng Huang Lee’s Orma 60 SHK Scallywag/FUKU sailed into Nha Trang, Vietnam on 17 October at 21h 19m 27s (HK time) to take the Multihull Line Honours for the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Nha Trang Rally in an elapsed time of 30h 9m 27s. This resounding effort takes a massive 12hrs 7mins 57secs from Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin 100 fastest time set in 2015. Italy's Giovanni Soldini's Multi 70 Maserati exchanged places several times but the last move favoured SHK Scallywag/FUKU to take out the Multihull daily double. Goto Race Report 2

Goto Race Report 1Name change to RHKYC Nha Trang Rally
By RHKYC Media
16th Oct 1800hrs:
Due to a course amendment to Nha Trang and with a view to protecting the integrity and race records of the original Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, today's event was renamed the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Nha Trang Rally. The start time too had to be adjusted to 1510hrs after the race management team published a revised course late morning, which included an additional exclusion zone near the east of Quoy Nhon, Vietnam and a new finishing point. Goto Race Report 1

HK-Vietnam Race - Two trimaran's set to challenge speed record...
By RHKYC Media
Goto Pre-Regatta Report14th Oct 1100hrs:
A fiercely competitive fleet of nine boats are about to set off on the 9th Hong Kong to Vietnam Race with two starts on 15 and 16 October. The focal point of the race falls on two trimaran's:
Italy's Giovanni Soldini's Multi 70 Maserati racing against Hong Kong’s Meitatsu Fukumoto / Seng Huang Lee’s ORMA 60 SHK Scallywag FUKU skippered by David Witt. The trimaran's goal, other than winning in their category, will be to challenge the race speed record set in 2015 by Syd Fischer with Ragamuffin 100, which crossed the finish line after 42h 17m 24s and clocking an average VMG of 15.8kts. Goto Pre-Regatta Report

Goto RHKYC Race Report 2 & 3CCR - 3 days of racing squeezed into 2
By RHKYC Media
13th October 2019: China Coast Regatta 2019 wrapped up today after three days of racing was squeezed into two (thanks to a windless Day 2 which forced racing to be cancelled).
Luckily with the arrival of northeasterly monsoon, an average of 6 to 7kts of breeze greeted the sailors today as they reached the race track which was located at the southeast of Lamma Island. 32 boats came out for racing and the IRC Racer classes sailed two windward/leeward to begin with. As the day progressed the breeze built to around 10 to 12 kts with sunshine and blue skies, presenting competitors with a superb afternoon for island racing. Goto RHKYC Race Report 2 & 3

Check out Race Report 1CCR - Day 2 cancelled
By RHKYC Media
12th October 2019:
Unfortunately racing on Day 2 of the RHKYC China Coast Regatta has been cancelled, as Typhoon Hagibis is barreling across Japan and has left a vacuum in surrounding countries. Tomorrow looks better to finish up with. Check out Race Report 1 and the Results...

Goto RHKYC Race Report 1CCR - Slow & Steady on Day 1
By RHKYC Media
11th October 2019: Although the forecast looked grim, the wind was better than expected across the race track for Day 1 of the China Coast Regatta. Race Officer Inge Strompf-Jepsen managed to find a patch of westerly breeze averaging 6kts southeast of Hong Kong's Lamma Island. 25 boats from all IRC Racer divisions were sent on windward/leeward courses and two yachts from IRC premier Cruising division were set an islands course around Waglan and Sung Kong. Goto RHKYC Race Report 1

Ready for the China Coast Regatta action...
By RHKYC Media
Goto Pre-Regatta Report...10th October 2019: Sailors are gearing up for Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s first major Big Boat event of the season - China Coast Race Week 2019 comprising the China Coast Regatta from 11 to 13 October followed by a Category 1 Offshore Race, the 2019 Hong Kong to Vietnam Race; a 673nm downwind passage to Nha Trang, Vietnam which starts on 15 and 16 October. Both these regattas are AsianYachting Grand Prix Ranking regattas, with a unique point scoring system, that annually ranks all the big boat Skippers and Yachts, in Eastern and South East Asian waters, then awards the winner with the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year titles, at the end of the 2019-20 Season. Goto Pre-Regatta Report...

Goto Sept AYGP NewsWinds of change @ 2019-20 AYGP events
By AY MultiMedia
September 24th 2019: Midway through the break in Asian Regattas, its time to preview what attractions, are being offered by event organisers, from October to June. It's also the best time to consider chartering a boat, arrange crew places and enter your boat, by linking up to the organisers website's on the Asian Sailing Calendar. First up is the 27th edition of the China Coast Regatta (October 11th - 13th), which was established by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in 1993. A reminder at all Asian regattas, competitors can expect a friendly welcome, pleasant sailing conditions, shorts and t-shirt weather, blue skies, warm waters and a great array of parties. If trade wind sailing is your sort of racing and want to be updated on Asian regattas, better Sign Up in the Sept AYGP News...

Winners are grinners at 22nd SMU-RM Western Circuit
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryAugust 24th 2019, Raffles Marina, Singapore: During the week a skippers consensus was taken, on extending the number of races beyond the advertised schedule, resulted in sticking to the original program but the remaining IRC A & B, PY and Multihull class races, were extended to include another 16nm passage race, outside of the Western Johor Strait, along the Tuas Port reclamation area and back. Although most the classes have run away leaders, it didn't stop the others having a go at them, while settling the remaining podium places and earning bragging rights for another year. A 10 to 12 knot Southerly breeze, with a sunny but hazy outlook, set the stage for the high noon showdown and proceeded along at a fast clip, to draw the curtain on the 22nd edition, in grand style. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary and check out the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 3Final showdown at SMU-RM Western Circuit
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 22nd 2019, Raffles Marina, Singapore: After a full on racing schedule last weekend, the final showdown for IRC A & B, PY, Multihull, SB20, J24 and Access 2.3 classes, is at high noon on Saturday 24th at Raffles Marina. Although the leaders in most classes have run away with the titles, the remaining podium places are to be decided (weather permitting) over multiple races. If the Windguru weather forecast holds true, sailors can expect 10 to 12 knots form the South East and the Race Officers on three courses, to whip through the remaining race schedule and bring this 22nd edition to its natural conclusion. Goto AY Race Report 3 and check out the AY Photo Gallery

Waka Tere wins SMU President's Cup
Triumph for Xtra Mile 2 in SB20 International Cup

By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 2August 18th 2019, Raffles Marina, Singapore: At the high noon starting signal, an 8 to 10 knot SSE'ly breeze sent the combined IRC A & B classes on a short windward/leeward course, before joining the PY Class, that had already set sail on a long passage race, outside of the Western Johor Strait, contesting the SMU President's Cup. As the Multihull's don't want to race outside, they continued with 3 windward/leeward races. During the afternoon, the breeze moved to the South and picked up in strength, so the SB20 class maximised their schedule by completing 4 races of the 8 race program for the SMU International Cup, before the Malaysian Marine Police intervened and sent the fleet back to race in Singapore waters. Goto AY Race Report 2 and check out the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 1Great start to 22nd Western Circuit...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 17th 2019, Raffles Marina, Singapore: Although an overcast sky, was followed by a heavy downpour in the morning, it left behind a gusty 12 to 16 knot Southerly breeze, which turned into sunny, hazy conditions for the rest of the day. This allowed the Race Officers on 4 courses, to run multiple races and get the 22nd edition off to a flying start from Day 1. At the skippers briefing, PRO Jerry Rollin issued some Special Instructions and course alterations, in case the forecast breeze came across the Western Johor Strait and paved the way for smoother operations on the water. All the skippers and crew in 14 classes, were keen to get going and put an end to all the speculation. Goto AY Race Report 1 and check out the AY Photo Gallery

Bring on the 22nd Western Circuit racing action...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportAugust 15th 2019, Raffles Marina, Singapore: The long running Western Circuit is ready for the 22nd edition, with over 90 sailing craft lining up in multiple classes, for Singapore's premier racing event. Organised by the Singapore Management University and Raffles Marina the big boat classes consist of keelboats, multihull's, SB20's, PY and J24's, are joined by Access 2.3's for disabled sailors, plus seven men's and women Windsurfing classes, over two weekends (Aug 17, 18 & 24), for the annual sailing bonanza. Each year the SMU organising team is brimming full of youthful enthusiasm and 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) 2019 titles. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...

Goto August AYGP News...2019-20 AsianYachting Grand Prix off to a flying start...
By AY MultiMedia
August 7th 2019: Despite two stormy days at the start of Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek and only one race completed, the race committee made up for it on the final two days, with six races and got the 18th edition of the Asian Yachting Grand Prix (AYGP) off to a flying start. Although we earlier reported that Danish expat Niels Degenkolw's Asian crew, on his X3/4 Ton MK2 Phoenix, cleaned up the IRC 2 class, with seven wins and became the 'Highest AYGP Scorer' at the regatta, we didn't take into account, that only 4 yachts in the IRC 2 class and under the low scoring system, were reduced to 2nd place. A late charge by John Newnham's Firefly 850 Sports Twin Sharks, earned them the title and lead the 2019-20 Rankings, into the new season by three quarters of a point. Goto August AYGP News...

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CPHPRW - Picture perfect day to finish up with...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryJuly 21st Cape Panwa, Phuket: After all the stormy weather, an 8 to 10 knot South Westerly and slightly overcast sky, was all that remained and a great relief to the sailors and organisers alike. PRO Simon James and his race team have worked tirelessly all week, to get racing underway and managed to squeeze in three windward/leeward races for the racing classes and two for the cruisers, that constitute a series. At times the teams have experienced overpowering conditions and some of the new multihull teams are learning to tame their beasts, in the upper wind limits, but today could keep their rides under control and it shows on the results sheets. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary and check out the action in the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 3CPHPRW - Higher success rate despite scattered showers...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 19th Cape Panwa, Phuket: Despite the relatively clear morning sky, the TMD Weather Radar at the airport said otherwise, as a very big storm cell was heading our way. The AP flags were raised onshore and everyone kept an eye out. The AP came down at 0900 with a reminder of Rule 4 Decision to Sail. Although the main part of the storm passed to the North of the island, the fleet were advised to take shelter behind Koh Lon, while the outer bands passed over. Then it was on for young and old, and despite some scattered showers, three windward/leeward races were held for the IRC and Firefly cats, while the Multihull racing class completed a W/L race, then a passage race into AO Chalong and back. The Cruising Class a single point to point race, around SWM, then Koh Lon and finish back at the start. Goto AY Race Report 3 and check out the action in the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 2CPHPR - Playing dodge the storm cells...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 19th Cape Panwa, Phuket: Ever since the partial lunar eclipse early Tuesday morning, Phuket and the SW coast have been lashed with storm cell after storm cell. The Thai Meteorological Department has issued a warning about tropical storm Danas, North of the Philippines’ Luzon and into the East China Sea. The storm is ‘sucking’ in moisture from the Indian Ocean across southern Thailand, causing additional rain in the southern and central provinces. These outbreaks of heavy rain is what the race committee have had to deal with. Yesterday racing was completely abandoned and after this mornings deluge and short delay, the fleet headed out and all six classes started their first race of the regatta. Even this was cut short when another storm came through, with strong gusts and complete white out of visibility. The windward/leeward courses were shortened for all classes except IRC 2 at the leeward mark. Then a repeat of AP over H and eventually AP at 1345, as another lashing swept through. Goto AY Photo Gallery and AY Race Report 2...

CPHPRW - Weather can change very fast around here...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 1July 18th Cape Panwa, Phuket: Sailors awoke to a sunny, blue sky, with small puffy white clouds and some wind during breakfast. By the time crews arrived at the beach and out to the moored boats, dark clouds were rolling across the island and before the 1000 start time, opened up with a huge tropical deluge, that lasted the rest of the morning. AP over H pennants were displayed on the start boat and ashore, indicating the boats to return to their moorings and sailors to await further instructions. The race committee stayed out testing other sites and although some improvememts were on the horizon, it would take over an hour for the boats to return to the course area, by 1300 they called it a day and everyone settled in for refreshments at various locations on the island. Goto AY Race Report 1...

Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report16th Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek ready to go...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 17th Cape Panwa: Despite being a little over six weeks since the 2018-19 season ending Samui Regatta, the racing community are moving headlong into the 2019-20 Season opening Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek. Strategically positioned to take advantage of Phuket's 'Green Season', it comes early in the season and is designed to take advantage of the South West Monsoon conditions. Over the years this has varied from dead flat calms, to storm strewn and blustery SW trade winds. The Title Sponsor and Host Venue, Cape Panwa Hotel and Kantary Bay Hotel continue on with the signature ‘one regatta, one venue’ format, four nights of grand waterside parties, free-flow of drinks and sumptuous food, where crews can expect plenty of action on and off the water. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...

18th AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year Awards up for grabs...
11 Months, 12 Events, Over 300 Skippers & Yachts, Across 7 Countries

By AY MultiMedia
Goto 2019-20 AYGP Microsite The main aim of the AYGP pointscore system, is to annually rank Skippers and Yachts competing at 12 selected five star AYGP point scoring events, held in East and South East Asian waters, during the 2019-20 Season. For the 18th edition, the winning Skipper and Yacht will be crowned with the prestigious AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year titles. Donning the Trend Fashions navy blue blazer, presented with the Perpetual AYGP Cup filled with champagne and hand crafted take home trophy, at the gala season ending Samui Regatta prize presentation party. Celebrating one of the proudest moments of their racing careers, as their name is added to the “Hardest sports trophy to win in Asia”, is the highlight of the AYGP Season. Goto 2019-20 AYGP Microsite...

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