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2019 - 2020 AY Race Reports - News and Views & Event Coverge

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...

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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...

Yacht forsale Swan 46 MK IIFor Sale - Swan 46 MK II (Hull No 094) - La Samudra II
More than a 100 Swan 46's were built and makes it the most successful Swan, ever produced to this day. With the MK II, designer German Frers made some major changes, with a new keel bulb, elliptical rudder, three spreader rig and more spacious interior. Forcing Frers to admit, the long production run, was because he couldn't design a better boat for Nautor, in this size range, that would perform up to its rating. La Samudra II has all these attributes and more, she is the most luxurious and best equipped 46, that ever left the yard. She has been owned by only one couple, pampered like a pet, never been chartered, only done the occasional race with low mileage and offered for sale for health reasons. Would be suitable for the 2023 Ocean Globe Race (OGR) in the Adventure Class. Goto Full Summary and Extensive Inventory Here...

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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