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Frank Pong & Jelik crowned AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year
By AY MultiMedia
 Goto AYGP June Roundup12th June 2013: After winning two regattas and scoring two 2nd places plus 3rd and 4th places at six events during the 2012-13 Season, Frank Pong and the crew on his Reichel/Pugh 75 Jelik, were crowned the 2012-13 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year. Ultimately it came down to Pong's Jelik and Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth's Mills 40 EFG Bank Mandrake, fighting it out at the final showdown in Ko Samui. EFG Bank Mandrake had to convincingly win the hotly contested 40 foot IRC 1 class to have a chance of toppling Pong's heavily optimized Jelik, contesting the big boat IRC 0 class. However, it was not to be for Burns and Kinmonth, as Pong skippered his boat to an outstanding showing at the Samui Regatta, winning 8 out of 10 races, to wrap up the IRC 0 title and the AYGP Championship in fine style. Goto AYGP June Roundup...

Triumph for Jelik, Foxy Lady 6, IchiBan, Freewind & Miss Saigon in Samui
By AY MultiMedia
June 1st, Koh Samui: Although the winner in most classes was already determined, all the boats were back out on the water, for one final thrust to improve their placing's and bring the curtain down on this years event in grand style. The sun was back and the scenic colours restored after yesterdays shades of gray. Once again PRO Ross Chisholm favoured the North East coast of Samui and found an 8 to 10 knot Westerly breeze to conduct the final showdown. All eyes were focused on the IRC 1 class, where Steve Manning's GTS 43 Walawala 2 ended up tied on points with Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 and all to play for in the final two races. Five time winning tactician, Steve McConaghy replaced Bill Bremner on the helm of Foxy Lady 6 and the pressure was on the crew to win the class in Bremner's absence. See how they fared in the AY Race Report 5 & Summary

Goto AY Race Report 4Samui Regatta - Closing in on the finish line...
By AY MultiMedia
May 31st, Koh Samui: After 3 days of sunny, picture perfect conditions, this morning dawned heavily overcast and the aqua sea turned into a darker shade of gray. Once again PRO Ross Chisholm got lucky and found a patch of breeze to the North East of Samui, with 5 to 6 knots coming from the North West. Enough to swing into sequence for a windward/leeward race and as the breeze picked up a little, it was followed by a quadrangular shaped course. Crews returned refreshed from the lay-day and eager to get back into it, to improve their standings on the penultimate day of racing. Goto AY Race Report 4

Samui Regatta - Close racing produces great photos...
By AY MultiMedia
May 29th, Koh Samui: Although WindGURU weather predictions have been very bleak each day, PRO Ross Chisholm has managed to defy the odds and found excellent wind to keep the racing exciting and the schedule on track. Today it was offshore from Chaweng Beach for a quick windward/leeward race, followed by a passage race to the South East regions of Samui and back. The first race was reasonably routine but right at the start of the second race, the wind completely deserted us, leaving some boats floundering while others managed to sail away. After reassessing their positions on the pointscore, crews knew what was expected from them and how to go about improving their standings. Goto AY Race Report 3

Samui Regatta - Another fantastic day in paradise...
Goto AY Race Report 2By AY MultiMedia
May 28th, Koh Samui: Once again the fleet headed round to the North East of Samui and found a 12 to 15 knot North Westerly breeze to set up a windward/leeward course for the IRC 1 & 2 and Multihull classes. After completing the short course, they joined the Bareboat / Cruising class on a passage race, in the Strait between Ko Samui and Ko Phangan. The stakes are getting higher, so all crews were keen to get on with it and overcome any problems they had on Day 1, to improve their standing. As the breeze increased to 18 knots it whipped up a lumpy sea, which resulted in a long slog upwind causing a few casualties and some good surfing opportunities on the way back to the finish. Goto AY Race Report 2

Goto AY Race Report 1Picture perfect start to Samui Regatta
By AY MultiMedia
May 27th, Koh Samui: Sunny, warm, clear blue sky and a building North Westerly breeze greeted sailors on Day 1, which allowed PRO Ross Chisholm to fire off three windward/leeward races for IRC 0 and two for the rest of the classes. There was a sense of urgency amongst the troops and the top contenders made their intentions known right from the very start, by nailing the startline with clear air and speed. By Race 3 the battle lines were drawn, with Frank Pong having to bail out his Reichel Pugh 75 Jelik on the approaches to the boat end of the start line, as Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes was not going to give them any room and Sam Chan's TP52 Freefire had to restart as they were called over the line when the horn sounded. Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth's Mills 40 EFG Bank Mandrake notified the race committee that they were going to protest Sarab Jeet Singh's Sydney 40MOD Windsikher for an incident during Race 2. Goto AY Race Report 1...

Samui Regatta - All coiled up like a spring and ready to pounce...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report
May 25th, Koh Samui: For the past few weeks, professional delivery crews have been busy crossing the South China Sea and sailing up into the Gulf of Thailand, for what initially was billed the "Tropical Island Regatta". This event is unique, as sailing yachts based in Samui are mainly charter boats, yet over its twelve-year history, this regatta continues to attract a quality racing fleet of multihull and keelboats from Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Phuket and Pattaya. Right from the very start, this regatta set very high standards and quickly established a reputation as the trendiest Five-Star party scene on the Asian Circuit. Making it a "Must Do" on the bucket list of things to do before you die. This occasion is also very close to our hearts at AsianYachting, as its turned into the final showdown on the annual Asian Yachting Grand Prix Championship (AYGP). We also take the limelight for a moment, to present the annual "AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year" awards. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Final showdown looming in the AYGP
By AY MultiMedia
Goto Goto May AYGP News16th May 2013: The results from the Top of the Gulf Regatta has improved the middle order of the AYGP Championship but did not alter the rankings at the top of the leaderboard. Frank Pong's Reichel/Pugh 75 Jelik still holds a 5.5 point lead over Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth's Mills 40 EFG Bank Mandrake, with Peter Wilcox's Schionning Gforce 1500 Mojo trailing by 10.75 points and Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes a further 12 points off the pace. With the 2012-13 Season ending Samui Regatta (May 24th - June 1st) looming on the horizon and based on the provisional entry list, the battle is between Jelik and EFG Bank Mandrake for the title, with Antipodes considered an outside chance, on donning the Armani Samui Blue Blazer at the joint gala Centara Grand Beach Resort prize presentation. Goto May AYGP News,,,

TOTGR - All over red rover and its time to celebrate...
Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryBy AsianYachting MultiMedia
7th May 2013: Despite the scores already on the board, all the boats were back out on the water for the final reckoning. They were just as determined to strike out, as they were three days ago for Race 1. Although the light Southerly breeze proved to be a bit shifty, the big boats and multihull's completed one race for their series. While the feisty One-Design Platu fleet completed their second race, the breeze from a storm cell that was building over the land throughout the day, descended on them and completely reversed the course layout. However the cream of the crop always seem to be in the leading pack and invariably fighting it out for the podium places. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary

TOTGR - Superb day to consolidate the overall score
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 3 6th May 2013: After yesterdays wild swings in the weather, crews were looking for something a little more sedate today and were not disappointed. A 7 to 8 knot North Westerly sprung up by start time and gradually built to 10 - 12 knots throughout the day. Although the sailors had a few early wind shifts to deal with, PRO Denis Thompson and his race team were busy relaying the course during the racing, as the breeze veered round further to the west. The regatta is on schedule and with two races for the big boats and three for the hotly contested, 15 boat One-Design Platu 25 class, vying for the prestigious Coronation Cup were completed in fine fashion. If fact it turned into an excellent day to make an impression, if they haven't already done so and for the leaders to consolidate on their overall score with only one day to go. The "Off the beach" dinghy and catamaran classes concluded their series today and the 2013 Thailand Optimist National Champion is 14 year old boy, Pongsapat Pumyam from the Junior Sailing Squadron of Thailand. Goto AY Race Report 3

Goto AY Race Report 2From nothing to complete mayhem and back again...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
5th May 2013:
Day 2 started with a glassy sea and some concern about raising the postponement flag onshore, just as a light Northerly arrived and the sponsors banners began to flutter. By the time the boats got to the start line, the wind increased and proceeded to get awfully blustery from the passing storm to the North over Pattaya. The first round of the windward/leeward course was on the limit of control but then all mayhem broke loose with several broaches, shredded sails, gear breakages, man over board and inevitably a broken mast on Rod Berteaux's Platu 122. Goto AY Race Report 2

Perfect conditions to start TOTGR
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 1 3rd May 2013: Sunny, blue sky, with a building 12 to 15 knot South Westerly greeted sailors, in all 12 classes on the first day of racing. Keelboats and Multihull's completed a 2 lap windward/leeward race before heading out, on an 18nm passage race around nearby islands. The breeze started from the South but as it kept clocking around, the new Aussie PRO Denis Thompson and his team were busy moving marks to keep a true windward course in play. Several skippers got their time and distance wrong and were called over the start line, while other teams nailed it from the start and went on to claim glory. You can't win the regatta on the first day, but you sure can make it difficult for yourself or alternatively in good stead for the rest of the regatta. Goto AY Race Report 1

Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...All fired up for TOTGR 2013
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
3rd May 2013: Yachts and crews from all over the Austral-Asian region have converged on Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Jomtien Beach, for the 9th Top of the Gulf Regatta. This is where local sailors can test their sailing skills by taking pot shots at some top ranked International teams each year. Although big boat entries are a little down on last years bumper season, nearly 250 sailing craft, from 30 countries will compete in 12 Classes over four days of racing. 100 Optimist kids are contesting their 37th National Championship, along with beach catamarans, windsurfers, keelboats and multihull classes, Plus 15 One-Design Platu 25's are fighting it out for the prestigious Coronation Cup, No wonder, the multi-class TOG Regatta has been labeled "One of the most diverse regattas in the region". Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...

Getting down to the business end of the AYGP
By AY MultiMedia
Goto April AYGP News...
18th April 2013: After implementing changes to the AYGP pointscoring system and awarding points for the San Fernando Race and Commodore's Cup, resulted in significant movements up and down the order. Changes to the Overall and Bonus Points for race wins, are now based on the number of boats competing in each class. When there is less than five boats in a class, a sliding scale has been formulated, reducing the points scored and designed to reflect the degree of difficulty to achieve the final placing. Frank Pong's Reichel/Pugh 75 Jelik has steadily climbed the order and after contesting 5 events is now sitting on top of the leaderboard. With the Top of the Gulf and Samui Regatta completing the 2012-13 Season, the race is on between the top contenders, to don the Armani Samui Blue Blazer and celebrate one of the proudest moments of their sailing careers. Search the AYGP Pointscore by Skippers - Yachts - Regatta Results - Scoring System and goto April AYGP News...

Commodore's Cup - Victory for Karakoa, Selma Star & Irresistible
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary06 April 2012: Once again the seabreeze arrived early and saved the day. The IRC Classes completed two windward/leeward races and the PY Cruisers, their fourth passage race in as many days to successfully conclude the regatta schedule. Although the class leaders looked safe, there was an outside chance that second placed yachts could topple them if they win both races. Some very aggressive covering tactics were employed to sandwich Ray Ordoveza's Karakoa between the two Centennial's, but a fully hiked out Karakoa crew allowed them to break free from the stranglehold and sail on to victory. By winning the first race today both Karakoa and June Avecilla's Selma Star wrapped up the IRC titles with one race to go. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary

Goto AY Race Report 3Commodore's Cup - Leaders grab the headlines...
By AY MultiMedia
05 April 2012: At the breakfast muster, there wasn't a ripple of wind to be seen on Subic Bay. Fortunately by the 10:30 start time, the sea breeze arrived early and continued to build, allowing the Racing fleet to get away on a 27nm passage race, crisscrossing the harbour. By the time they reached the entrance mark, the order had been established from high to low IRC ratings and it was a matter of sailing the boat to the optimum speed and make the least mistakes to determine the placing's. It seemed like a daunting task, as Frank Pong's Reichel/Pugh 75 Jelik crossed the finish line, the smallest boat Martin Tanco's Sydney 46 Centennial II was exiting the bay for another lap of the course, but the IRC handicap is supposed to take all that into consideration. Goto AY Race Report 3

Commodore's Cup - Changing fortunes in Subic Bay lottery...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 204 April 2012: Two significant wind shifts during the first race played a huge role in determining the placing's today. PRO Medy Fidel waited for the sea breeze to settle before firing off the second race, which restored some semblance of order and sanity prevailed. Frank Pong's Reichel/Pugh 75 Jelik whipped up a frenzy in what turned into a three lap soldiers course and as they only had to contend with the incoming sea breeze for the last 1/4 of a mile, claimed the daily double by 28 seconds in the first race. Just like the Blues Brothers, Ray Ordoveza has shanghaied the likes of Alan “Guilty” Tillyer, Klaus Lienau, Joe Hagedorn and together with Stevo Comstock and Steve Benjamin's USA gang have put the band back together on a mission to reclaim former glory. That's just what they did and by scoring second and first places today, confirms their place at the top of the IRC Racing scoreboard. Goto AY Race Report 2

Goto AY Race Report 1Commodore's Cup - Shifty and gusty conditions to start off with...
By AY MultiMedia
03 April 2012: To ease the sailors into the first day of racing, PRO Medy Fidel chose the 24nm passage race, which effectively took the Racing Class twice around Subic Bay, out to the entrance marks and finishing back at the marina. A huge wind shift, right at the start of the combined IRC classes allowed Ernesto Echauz's TP52 Standard Insurance Centennial III to nail the start line on port tack, close to the committee boat end, as the starboard tackers were caught off guard behind the start boat. The shifty and gusty nature of the breeze remained for the entire race and depending where the boat was placed, developed into a game of snakes and ladders. As the race wore on, it turned into a procession with the spaces between boats gradually lengthening as the crews urged the yachts to sail both up and down wind to their maximum IRC speeds. Goto AY Race Report 1

Commodore's Cup - Ready and raring to go at Subic Bay...
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportBy AY MultiMedia
02 April 2012: When the starting signal sounds tomorrow, ten yachts divided into three classes will go under starters orders. All the boats, except Frank Pong's Reichel/Pugh 75 Jelik are from the Philippines and due to the late arrival of the San Fernando Race competitors, the flow on effect of entries from Hong Kong has not eventuated. This will not stop them fighting it out on the wide expanse of water that forms Subic Bay, as they like nothing better than jousting it out amongst themselves, to earn "bragging rights" for the next year. Frank Pong has also been very supportive of Philippine racing, even naming one of his many boats after Boracay, his favourite sailing destination. Four days of windward/leeward and passage races in a superb natural harbour that serves up brilliant sunshine, flat blue water and good wind conditions, can be a bit deceiving and demands close attention by skippers and their tacticians. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report.

Goto RHKYC Race ReportsSan Fernando Race 2013 - Antipodes Does the Double
30 March 2013: With eleven boats of the 24 boat San Fernando feet safely anchored off the beach and target finish times for the other boats now passed, Geoff Hill can relax in the knowledge that Antipodes will lift not only the silverware for Line Honours but also for IRC Overall at the formal prizegiving back in Hong Kong. The Philippine team of Standard Insurance Centennial, headed by Ernesto Echauz, finishes second overall, with the Ker 40, Peninsula Signal 8 coming in third, and 1st in IRC Racing Division 1. Goto results at: http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/sfrresults.aspx and the RHKYC Race Reports

Goto AY Race Report 8Curtain comes down on successful Round Hainan Regatta
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

29:03:2013 - An unprecedented heavy downpour severely affected both IRC fleets from racing down the East coast of Hainan on the final day. The IRC 1 Classes contesting Stage 2 of the Round Hainan Race from Haikou to Sanya was shortened and the IRC 2 Classes did not even get started, as the storm left a vacuum in its path at the Shimei Bay International Marina Club in Wanning. After the Haikou start the yachts had to beat their way around the top of the island and down the East coast which finally gave Wang Lei's Swan 82 You Bao a chance to stretch their legs and show their pedigree by taking the daily double at the third way point. The IRC 2 Racers were deprived of the chance to improve their standings and yesterdays tally will stand as the final overall results, as they faced a 100nm motor back to Sanya. Goto AY Race Report 8

Round Hainan Regatta - One class starts as the other finishes...
Goto AY Race Report 7By AsianYachting MultiMedia
28:03:2013 - After another early morning Starting Ceremony, the IRC 1 Classes headed out to sea to start Stage 2 of the Round Hainan Race - the 200nm leg from Haikou back to Sanya Race. Once again the race committee have shortened the course for the six Beneteau Oceanis 40's down to 110nm before making their own way to Sanya by Friday night. At about the same time down on the East coast, the IRC 2 Classes started on the short and sweet Wanning In-Port race. This is their fourth event of the series and has produced some mixed results, as some boats make a final thrust to secure a podium place. All that remains is for the IRC 2 racers to join the IRC 1 classes at sea during the Wanning to Sanya Race, culminating with the grand presentation and gala dinner on Saturday night. Goto AY Race Report 7

Goto AY Race Report 6Round Hainan Regatta - Grinding out the results
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

27:03:2013 - On a gray and misty day, with some chill in the air, the IRC 1 fleet faced the starters orders on the Haikou In-Port races. The 9 to 12 knot breeze has switched to the East North East and a 1 to 2 meter swell has been stirred up, on the race course just outside the harbour limits. The class leaders know its time to consolidate their positions while others down the order realise this is their last chance to make a move and have it stick. While the IRC 2 classes down in Wanning have a lay day, they also are doing some permutations to find out what it takes to improve their placing's before the In-Port races tomorrow. Under the scoring system, the two races today will be added together and treated as one result in the overall stakes. Goto AY Race Report 6

Sanya to Haikou finishes as Sanya to Wanning starts
Goto AY Race Report 5 By AsianYachting MultiMedia

26:03:2013 - The Round Hainan Race turned into a go stop affair, as the wind speed and direction rotated around the clock. After 38 hours of racing the IRC 1 Classes managed to reach their respective finishing lines on the 270nm Stage 1 Sanya to Haikou during the early hours of this morning. Just as the last boats reached Haikou, the IRC 2 Classes were starting their 100nm Sanya to Wanning Race this morning. Another few more beats by the women drummers and the IRC 2 racers were off, this time around the East coast with a fresh 10 to 12 knot South Easterly breeze to send them on their way. Adam Ng’s Judel Vrolijk 52 Team Shenzhen Apat claimed the daily double in the IRC 1-A Class and after a close tussle between the six Beneteau Oceanis 40's, Malaysia's Vincent Chan Siew Onn's Team Abdullah Chan (Sanya) with their new handicap adjustment managed to correct out in front of the IRC 1-B class. Goto AY Race Report 5

Goto AY Race Report 4Fleet split up for Round Hainan & Dongluo Races
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

25:03:2013 - After a resounding Starting Ceremony with women drummers bringing good fortune, held at Sanya Serenity Coast Marina yesterday, the IRC 1 Class set off on Stage 1, clockwise Round Hainan from Sanya in the South to Haikou in the North of the island. A revised shortened course was posted for the six Beneteau Oceanis 40's in IRC 1-B reducing their distance down to 150nm before making their way to Haikou under their own steam. In comparison the IRC 2 Class had a much shorter 60nm race to Dongluo Island to the west of Sanya and back, which finished during the early hours of this morning. The predominant South Easterly breeze had lightened up, as all yachts got away on a clean downwind start, that was forecasted to pick up as the day progressed. Once again the colorful sails and city skyline in the background made a wonderful spectacle on what normally would have been a sleepy Sunday morning. Goto AY Race Report 4.

Round Hainan Regatta - Winners decided for Sanya In-Port Races...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 323:03:2013 - For the last three days the South Easterly breeze has ranged between 6 to 15 knots, which enabled the Race Committee to run 8 IRC races and 10 Soto 27 One Design races in total and conclude the inaugural Soto 27 series on a high note. The Jury were out in force conducting on the water umpiring and successfully returned some boats to the start line for barging and inflicted penalty turns for top mark infringements. While most crews have got into the daily rhythm of yacht racing, others were a little to keen and recalled for being over the line at the start. Under the new scoring system the overall placing's for the six Sanya in-port races, held yesterday and today, will be regarded as one race result. This may seem a little confusing, considering the effort that goes into 8 races but it was explained to the media by the Chinese race committee as "This is how we do it in China". Perhaps its time to reevaluate the process and adopt Internationally accepted procedures that don't favour some boats over others. Goto AY Race Report 3

Goto AY Race Report 2Round Hainan Regatta - Getting it all sorted in Sanya...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

22:03:2013 - Overnight one prominent yacht changed its class and a new scoring system was devised by the race committee. (See Race Report) The breeze fluctuated between 10 and 15 knots and remained in the South East quadrant for the entire day. After a short delay waiting for the yachts to reach the start line, the race officers swung into action and fired off 3 races for the IRC Classes and 4 for the Soto 27 One - Design Class. Many sun burnt, thirsty and weary sailors came ashore and caught up with the news, results and preparations at other ports over the coming days. The International Jury have witnessed several breaches of the rules (especially barging at the startline) and issued a stern warning that in the interest of safety, they may introduce on-the-water umpiring and penalties to tighten up on procedures. Goto AY Race Report 2

Round Hainan Regatta - Yacht Racing Chinese style...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 1 21:03:2013 - More akin to the colorful Dongzhi Festival, the entire fleet started with decorated sails and sponsors logos emblazoned on the hulls, for two Sanya PRO-AM In-Port Races. The South Easterly flow built to 15 knots by midday, which eased the crews into the opening rounds and provided an exciting spectacle to get the regatta underway. Over 40 media have been invited from all over the country to cover the event and most boats had photographers onboard to capture the action and get an idea on how big boat racing is conducted. As this sport is relatively new in China and vast amounts of Yuan is being poured into the infrastructure, it is important that both sides get an understanding on what's needed for the sport to progress. Although several teams are content to just go around the course, an element of seriousness exists which can be found at the front of each class. Goto AY Race Report 1

Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportSanya rolls out the Round Hainan Regatta...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

19:03:2013 - Over the past 10 years, leisure boat ownership in China has dramatically increased and the pleasure yacht industry rapidly followed by building marina facilities and resorts at popular tourist destinations. During the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, Sanya the Capital City of Hainan Island hosted the Stopover, In-port races and launched their own multi million US$ boat campaign by the same name during the race. They have also just been awarded the VOR Stopover again for the 2014-15 race (See Promo Video). The General Administration of Sports in China, Hainan Municipal Governments and the Chinese Yachting Association (CYA) formed the Hainan Ocean Race Co Ltd to organise the 470 nautical mile offshore sailing race that goes clockwise round the island in two stages. The start and finish is from Sanya, which is the southernmost city, renown for its warm weather making it the Tourism Capital of China. Now Sanya Serenity Coast Marina is fast turning Sanya into one of the most popular sailing cities in the country. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Goto Feb AYGP NewsletterTop guns reassert position on AYGP leaderboard...
By AY MultiMedia
27th February 2013: The conclusion of the combined Subic Boracay Race & Cup, not only marks 70% completion of the 2012-13 Season, but is also when the long term campaigners come into their own. The AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards, are usually the domain of the Racing Class but at this stage, Peter Wilcox's Schionning Gforce 1500 Mojo, with 3 mid-season Multihull Class victories, still holds a slender 3 point lead in the AYGP Championships. After contesting four events, Frank Pong's Reichel/Pugh 75 Jelik is the big mover and shaker taking over second place in the rankings. Although last seasons champion, Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi has only contested two regattas, their exemplary performance brings them into 12th place, with four regattas left to run. The Skipper and Yacht which has the best score from six events during the season will be crowned the champion. From now on, the winner will depend entirely on which regattas are contested and could come from any of the top 25 in the rankings. Goto February AYGP Newsletter or check out the AYGP Pointscore by Skippers - Yachts - Regatta Results - Scoring System

Hi Fi wins Boracay Cup & Karakoa the combined trophy...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary22:02:2013 Boracay, Philippines: Constant overnight and early morning rain, turned the race course into a millpond compared to yesterday and when suitable visibility returned, there were light wind ripples on the surface, so the waiting crew were dispatched to the anchorage and busily prepared themselves for the final day of racing. The entire fleet started with a windward/leeward race and as the day wore on, the sun broke through and breeze picked up, allowing PRO Jerry Rollin to select the Round Boracay course for IRC Racing and a shorter passage race for the IRC Cruising class. Despite a day cancelled due to interference from Tropical Depression Crising, the entire race program has been completed, be it in a different format to what was initially prescribed. A three way battle for the title between Ray Ordoveza's Excel 53 Karakoa, Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi and Frank Pong's Reichel/Pugh 75 Jelik was on the cards. Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary

Wet and wild as TD Crising moves on...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 4
21:02:2013 Boracay, Philippines: Despite the remnants of Tropical Depression Crising lingering around, the decision was made to go out and race. A heavy overcast sky delivered scattered horizontal rain squalls, constantly in the 25 to 30 knot range with bad visibility. This did not dampen the sailors spirits as they lined up to start and suddenly it was on for young and old, performing character building exercises. Several boats carried reefed mainsails and heavy weather headsail's, as the skippers searched for the right balance between boat speed and heeling angle. Although the going was tough and equipment breakage forced, Jonathan Mahony's Zanzibar to retire from the series with a broken boom and Geoff Hill's Antipodes to withdraw with mainsail problems, PRO Jerry Rollin fired off three windward/leeward races over a two mile course and was determined to get the regatta back on track. Finally as the day wore on, the sun came out and by late afternoon normal beach service was resumed on Boracay. Goto AY Race Report 4

TD Crising holts play in Boracay...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 3 20:02:2013 Boracay, Philippines: Sailors woke to a very blustery and wet Boracay, as Tropical Depression Crising (See map and warning below) made its way across the Philippine islands to the South of here. Coastguard officials issued a warning which made PRO Jerry Rollin's task that much easier. Everyone had a big sigh of relief as its plainly evident that there are boat breaking conditions on the race course. Interesting enough, no one can recall when a racing day in SE Asian waters was cancelled for having to much wind. As the system is rapidly moving off to the West it is hoped that racing will resume tomorrow with windward/leewards to the West of Caticlan. Meanwhile most crews retired to the bar and the early morning tourists were amazed that a crowd were consuming drinks so early in the day. Others are planning to hire cars to tour the island, booking massages and organising other activities to fill the day. Goto AY Race Report 3

Goto AY Race Report 2 Got any wind? Yeah still blowing in Boracay...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

19:02:2013 Boracay, Philippines: It often amazes sailors when they come to Boracay for the first time, just how much wind they get here. Even when its overcast with scattered showers like today, there is 20 to 25 knots and building 1.5 to 2 meter waves out on the race course. The action started early when a call came through from Jonathan Mahony's Zanzibar that a crew member has been injured and needs to be evacuated immediately. Easy to say but difficult to implement in a difficult seaway. Other crews prepared the mainsail reefing system and searched the wardrobe for small headsail's and chicken chutes in anticipation. Clear starts for both IRC classes and they headed out on passage races around nearby islands and ended up under spinnaker through the narrow passage between Boracay and Caticlan before spearing down to the finish line. Goto AY Race Report 2

Goto AY Race Report 1Frank Pong's Jelik breaks the Subic Boracay Race Record...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 118:02:2013 Boracay, Philippines: When Deputy Administrator Raul Marcelo from SBMA Tourism sounded the horn to start the 200 nautical mile, Subic Bay to Boracay Race last Saturday, 13 yachts in 3 classes took off in sunny conditions, and a 20-25 knot Easterly to deal with, latter gusting to 30-35 knots in pursuit of an elusive victory. Disaster struck only a few hours into the race when Sam Chan's TP52 Freefire was dismasted and retired to Manila. The rest of the fleet pushed on and as the usual parking lots in the Verde Island Passage and Dumali Point were short lived or nonexistent, the skippers had a chance to open up the throttle for a fantastic downwind slide all the way to Boracay. With speeds in excess of 20 knots, Frank Pong's Reichel/Pugh 75 Jelik shaved 2 hours 45 minutes 35 seconds of the previous race record, they set in the Inaugural Race back in 2011. Goto AY Race Report 1

Neptune Regatta - All over bar the shouting...
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Goto AY Race Report 4 - 5 & Summary16:02:2013 The Cruisers started early from the Karas Besar anchorage and made quick work of the Riau Strait to a shortened finish line near Bintan to complete their series. The Racing classes assembled offshore from Nongsa Point Marina expecting two more windward / leeward races. Half way through the first race the wind faded and they struggled with a strong cross current to complete the race. Thereafter the threatening rain cells descended over the course area and after several attempts to get Race 2 underway proved fruitless, PRO Jerry Rollin eventually called it a day. Back to the marina, calculate the results and award the prizes at the closing ceremony became the order for the rest of the day. Goto combined AY Race Report 4 - 5 & Summary

Goto AY Race Reports 1 - 3Neptune Regatta - From Slimy Pollywogs to Trusty Shellback's
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13:02:2013 All classes set off together for a meeting with King Neptune on the Garmin Race to Zero. An early morning storm and surrounding gray sky, full of precipitation set the precedent which continued to plague the competitors and race officers throughout the day. Halfway down on the spinnaker run, another wondering rain cell crossed the fleet, changing the wind direction several times, which hampered some and assisted others.
David Ross Ker 40 Kukuerchu helmed by Jonno Rankine slipped through the minefield and was first to cross the finish line. Each yacht was greeted with resounding applause and King Neptune mysteriously appeared and began ceremoniously transforming uninitiated crew from Slimy Pollywogs to Trusty Shellback's. Goto combined AY Race Reports 1 - 3

Its King Neptune time again...
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Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report10:02:2013 With the Chinese New Year festivities in full swing, the sailing community are using the extended holiday to participate on the Neptune Regatta. If Friday nights Mount Gay Rum Launch Party at Hannibal Bar & Grill in Singapore is anything to go by, the sailors are ready to embark on an adventure to the equator and ceremonially inducted into King Neptune's Court. A tremendous effort has gone into bringing all the logistics together and make the regatta happen. Tudor John the Regatta Architect is the driving force behind the event and the extensive publicity generated has ranked the regatta amongst the top 20 Facebook sailing sites in the world. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Sing Straits - Demolition derby to finish off with...
Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryBy AsianYachting MultiMedia

02:02:2013 - The NE tradewind did not disappoint the sailors, as it has remained in the high teens throughout the regatta. The casualty rate went up a notch when three multihull's returned to the marina early, with a broken forestay, torn mainsail and a dismasting. Winfrid Wong's Cork 1780 Xtra SMUve also returned with mast spreader problems. The race committee decided on two passage races along the East coast to finish up with. The first one mostly upwind followed by two sail reaching and downwind to complete the series. They both turned into soldiers courses with boatspeed determining the finish order. The yachts pointing ability and positioning when the gusts hit played a big part in the first race and when to fly the spinnaker and ability to hold onto it were the deciding factor in some classes in the second race. For Overall Placing's go to AY Race Report 4 & Summary

Goto AY Race Report 3Sing Straits - SB20 and Multihull's join the action...
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01:02:2013 - The SB 20 keelboats and Multihull classes opened their account today with a 2-day series in front of Singapore's East coast beaches. Meanwhile the majority of the fleet in Batam, completed a windward/leeward race before embarking on a passage race down the Indonesian side of the Strait, to finish near Buffalo Rock. They then crossed the Strait at their own leisure and returned to ONE°15 Marina Club. The 16 to 18 knot trade wind piping in from the North East made for an interesting day of power sailing on both sides of border. Several blistered hands and tall stories are being told back at the bar this afternoon. Goto AY Race Report 3

Sing Straits - Breeze is up, so lets go racing...
Goto AY Race Report 2By AsianYachting MultiMedia

31:01:2013 - A solid 14 to 16 knot North Easterly tradewind greeted the sailors as they made their way to the racing area in front of the Turi Beach Resort. The choppy seas and strong incoming current did not dampen their spirits. Despite PRO Richard Cai incurring a hand injury and taken back for treatment, the race committee went straight into sequence and "lets go racing" was the order of the day. Most crews are a bit rusty since the New Year holidays but in these conditions there is no room for error as it tends to multiply into an even bigger problem. The same goes for the new recruits as they quickly come to grips with sail handling in windy conditions. The well oiled crews are noticeable on the water and starting to dominate proceedings. Goto AY Race Report 2

MPA stifling the Straits Regatta...
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Goto AY Race Report 1 30:01:2013 - Despite all the efforts by the organising committee to revitalise the Straits Regatta, in a last minute decision, the Maritime & Port Authority (MPA) have once again deprived them from conducting the passage race across the Strait to Batam, Indonesia. Instead a short 11nm inshore course, up inside the East Coast anchorage had to suffice, before the yachts made their own way across the Strait. Not having the passage races could be the death knell to this regatta. The yachts have compulsory AIS tracking devices and very capable skippers in charge of the vessels plus in radio contact with the authorities. The regatta is struggling to hold its place in the regional racing scene and has trouble attracting International teams that expect challenging sailing courses, are boycotting the event due to the stifling restrictions placed on it by the MPA. It seems that unless its the Volvo Ocean Race or Clipper Round the World Race, they will not help their own home regatta to succeed, despite 18 years of crossing the Straits without any incidents. Goto AY Race Report 1

Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportRevitalised Straits Regatta ready to roll...
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29:01:2013 - During the mid 90's sailing enthusiasts at Changi Sailing Club decided to spruce up their racing program and came up with the Singapore Straits Regatta. They joined with Malaysia's Raja Muda and Thailand's King's Cup to become the "Big Three" events in South East Asian waters. Back in those days, Singapore was the sailing mecca in Asia but rapid development resulted in the yachting industry shifting North to Phuket and Langkawi seeking greener pastures. Over the years the organisation has grown to include all local yacht clubs and marinas in Singapore and Batam. Despite the dates and format being chopped and changed, the regatta still retains the only true International status by visiting two countries (Singapore & Indonesia) and provides an excellent stage for sailors to experience big boat racing in often trying conditions. This year is no different. Two passage races from Singapore across the Strait to Batam, Indonesia and back, plus short course racing in Batam and upon returning to Singapore, will test the sailors skills to the limit. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Mojo takes over lead in AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year
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Goto January AYGP Newsletter18th January 2013: After winning the Multihull Class at the top three scoring events, on the West coast of the Kra Peninsula, Peter Wilcox's Schionning Gforce 1500 Mojo takes over the lead in the race for the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year. It has not been an easy ride and they have scraped every inch of the way, against more fancied locally built boats. Since arriving in Asian waters late last year, the very sleek looking catamaran has lived up to its appearance. During the Royal Langkawi Int. Regatta, Wilcox expanded on their success "Keep your head out of the boat and always try to place the boat where the wind is. Don't go out on a flyer or gamble on the wind being somewhere else. It might be a conservative approach but it has paid dividends". They have got here by winning 2 out of 4 races at the Raja Muda Regatta, 5 out of 10 races at the Phuket King's Cup Regatta, and 5 out of 8 races at the Royal Langkawi Int. Regatta. If they continue on this path and successfully compete on three more events, to make up the six regatta count, they are in good shape to take the title home. Goto Jan AYGP Newsletter and check out the 2012-13 pointscore by Skippers - Yachts - Regatta Results

RLIR - Neil Pryde finally comes up trumps in Langkawi...
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12:01:2013 Langkawi, Malaysia: After ten attempts, Neil Pryde has finally broken the drought by winning the Prime Minister's Challenge Trophy. Having put together an insurmountable lead, they went out today knowing what they had to do and executed the plan to perfection by winning the first race. They did not have to compete in the final race as the trophy was already in the bag. This is the only major regatta that has eluded them all these years on the Asian circuit and the haunting ghost can finally be put to rest. Not to shabby after six months recovering from hip replacement surgery and being the first regatta for the team is a great way to open their account in this seasons AYGP Championship. Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary

Goto Day 4 Race ReportsRolex Sydney Hobart - Heavy going for 57 yachts still at sea...
By Danielle McKay, RSH Media team - Photo Credit ROLEX-Carlo Borlenghi-Daniel Forster
29th Dec 2012, 1530hrs: By 15:00 AEDT on 29 December, 13 yachts had finished the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart including two of the international entries: KLC Bengal from Japan and Ambersail from Lithuania. Last year’s winner, Loki, has so far come closest to unseating Wild Oats XI. Finishing last night at just before 21:00 even she was two hours adrift on corrected time. Black Jack, which arrived an hour before Loki, lies in third overall. Chris Bull’s Jazz holds fourth. In strong wind conditions 30 nautical miles off Tasmania’s east coast this afternoon, rigging damage forced the crew aboard the Tasmanian 11-metre yacht Dump Truck to retire from the race and to run for shelter. Five yachts have retired so far and, for the 57 yachts still racing, a difficult evening lies ahead. In the lee of northeastern Tasmania there is a substantial wind shadow. From midway down the eastern seaboard to Tasman Island. Spindrift is flying off 3 metre waves in a 26 – 36 knot west-southwesterly. These conditions are forecast to prevail through much of 30 December too. Goto Day 4 Race Reports Ckeck out the Race Tracker - Yahoo!7 News Video - Rolex News, Photo Gallery & Videos

Rolex Sydney Hobart - Wild Oats XI wins the treble...
By Danielle McKay, RSH Media team - Photo Credit ROLEX-Carlo Borlenghi-Daniel Forster
Goto Day 4 Race Reports29th Dec 2012, 1230hrs: At 12.00pm today, Wild Oats XI was officially confirmed the overall winner of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The win cements Wild Oats XI, owner Bob Oatley and skipper Mark Richards’ place in history as the first to claim the treble; line honours, first overall and the race record - twice. Richards steered the yacht to the treble in 2005, but it came in easier style than this time around, when the record was on, then off and on again in the closing stages. He said today that laying his hands on the Tattersall’s Cup (awarded to the overall winning yacht) was the ultimate achievement. “There’s only a couple of boats competing for line honours, but the Tattersall’s Cup – it’s nearly the whole fleet - it’s a big deal,” he said. Goto Day 4 Race Reports Ckeck out the Race Tracker - Yahoo!7 News Video - Rolex News, Photo Gallery & Videos

Rolex Sydney Hobart - Wild Oats XI still gunning for the treble
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Goto Day 3 Race Reports28th Dec 2012, 2330hrs: As Ricko gently glided Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI across the finish this morning, they staked their claim on Line Honours and with an elapsed time of one day, 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds, have beaten their 2005 record time by 16 minutes and 58 seconds. Since then, the crew have waited eagerly as other boats finished to see if they can hold onto Handicap Honours for the Tattersall’s Cup and complete the treble. Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin-Loyal finished nearly five hours after Wild Oats XI but down the order in seventh IRC overall. Over five hours latter Peter Millard & John Honan's Lahana crossed the line but to no avail. After surfing down the Tassie east coast yesterday, Peter Harburg's Black Jack and Stephen Ainsworth's Loki where in with a chance, but difficulties overcoming the unpredictable SW change today and only a little over a minute separated them at the finish line. On corrected time, last years winner Ainsworth's Loki could only manage second place to Wild Oats XI and provisionally holds second overall from the finished boats. Meanwhile, everyone's waiting for Jason Van der Slot's TP52 Calm that has until 0131 hours AEDT tomorrow to finish before claiming the Tattersall’s Cup. As time ticks by Wild Oats XI is within shouting distance of repeating her 2005 treble, when she claimed line honours, the race record and the handicap win.
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Wild Oats XI breaks record & Ragamuffin-Loyal 2nd home
By Danielle McKay, RSH Media team - Photo Credit ROLEX-Carlo Borlenghi-Daniel Forster
28th Dec 2012, 1330hrs: Ragamuffin-Loyal has finished second across the Rolex Sydney Hobart finish line, almost five hours behind the record breaking Wild Oats XI, after gear damage hampered the defending champion’s bid to win. The crew pumped their fists in the air and shared elated hugs as they passed the Rolex finish buoys at Hobart’s Castray Esplanade at 1208 AEDT, surrounded by thousands of fans. Speaking from Constitution Dock, skipper Syd Fischer said it was an “unfortunate” finish after the team so dramatically defeated Wild Oats XI by three minutes and eight seconds last year. “We had a bit of trouble,” the 85-year old said after finishing his 44th Rolex Sydney Hobart in one day, 23 hours and eight minutes and 44 seconds. Goto Day 3 Race Reports
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Goto Day 2 Race ReportsRolex Sydney Hobart - Wild Oats XI looking at treble again...
By Danielle McKay, RSH Media team - Photo Credit ROLEX-Carlo Borlenghi-Daniel Forster
27th DEC 2012 - 1130hrs: Wild Oats XI is chasing its own race record, with a chance of repeating its 2005 treble, as it leads the fleet of 76 yachts into Bass Strait on day two of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. In second place, Ragamuffin-Loyal is doing everything it can to close the 20 nautical mile gap on the race leader. The crew has reported that skipper Syd Fischer, 85, has been up on deck “cracking the whip”, in a bid to defend the boat's line honours title, having beaten Wild Oats XI by three minutes and eight seconds in 2011. Despite both suffering superficial damage overnight, the duelling super-maxis are powering at speeds of more than 20 knots in freshening 25 knots north-northeast winds. Goto Day 2 Race Reports
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Wild Oats XI On the Cusp - Living Doll retires - Ragamuffin Loyal redress request
By Rolex Media - Photo Credit ROLEX-Carlo Borlenghi-Daniel Forster
Goto Day 2 Race Reports27th DEC 2012 - Day 2 of the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart has so far played out as predicted. The largest yachts have profited hugely from the overnight swing in wind direction to the northeast; one yacht in particular. At 17:30AEDT five-time Rolex Sydney Hobart line honours winner, Wild Oats XI, lay about 40 nautical miles ahead of her own record pace as she closed on Tasmania. In the process, she has brutally exposed the shortcomings of her competitors in straight-line speed sailing, even drawing out a 50nm lead over fellow maxi Ragamuffin Loyal.
Wild Oats XI appears on the cusp of a remarkable repeat of her 2005 triple-crown success: first boat home, new course record and overall win. Well in front of her rivals and the record on the water, all day long she has been trading the top handicap position with Peter Harburg’s Black Jack, according to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s position tracker. Harburg has his own history making in mind: to become the first yacht from Queensland to lift the Tattersalls’ Cup. He will not be getting over-excited. This being a yacht race, the organizers are a long way from inscribing names onto silverware. Goto Day 2 Race Reports Ckeck out the Race Tracker - Yahoo!7 News Video - Rolex News, Photo Gallery & Videos.

Goto Day 2 Race ReportRolex Sydney Hobart - Wild Oats XI closes in on Bass Strait
By Jim Gale, RSH Media team - Photo Credit ROLEX-Carlo Borlenghi-Daniel Forster
27th DEC 2012 - 0700hrs:
Race leader Wild Oats XI is set to launch into Bass Strait in a freshening northerly breeze in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race this morning. A short time ago Wild Oats XI’s navigator, Adrienne Cahalan, reported that the crew had had a busy night, constantly changing sails as yesterday’s east-south-easterly breeze moved around to the east and softened to 4-5 knots at around midnight. It gradually shifted around to the north-north east, and gradually built in the early hours of the morning. “We are currently doing 15 knots in 15 knots of wind,” Cahalan reported this morning. “We’ve got a little bit of current too.” Cahalan expects the wind to build to around 20 knots this morning, making for a very fast ride across Bass Strait. “We’re now looking at how we approach Tasmania. The next big picture is the approaching front this evening or tomorrow morning. We are working out what our strategy should be,” she said. Cahalan reported that in the lighter breeze during the night, second placed Ragamuffin-Loyal was able to close in on the race leader, but as the northerly kicked in, Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI pulled away again in the near-perfect downwind conditions, opening a lead of 10 nautical miles. Goto Day 2 Race Report Ckeck out the Race Tracker - Yahoo!7 News Video - Rolex News, Photo Gallery & Videos

Rolex Sydney Hobart - Wild Oats XI flies out to sea
By Di Pearson, RSH Media team - Photo Credit ROLEX-Carlo Borlenghi-Daniel Forster
Goto Start Day 1 Race Report26 DEC 2012 - 1415hrs: The start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race did not disappoint today and in perfect gusty southerly 20-25 knot winds, under a sunny sky, the 76 yachts in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s annual race, popped kites and Code Zeros at the start, making for a spectacular sight. Wild Oats XI made for riveting viewing. It was almost impossible to drag one’s eyes away as Mark Richards assumed his usual position at the pin end of the line, the crew work again impeccable. It was like watching a Skud missile launch as Bob Oatley’s 100 foot super maxi shot off the line on cue and bolted, taking around six minutes to make the turning mark, leaving all in her wake. A little further up the line from Wild Oats XI, Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin-Loyal tried to keep pace with her nemesis, but could not keep up. Halfway down the Harbour, Peter Harburg’s Black Jack, with Mark Bradford at the helm, and Stephen Ainsworth’s Loki, steered by Gordon Maguire, nearly overtook Ragamuffin-Loyal, footer, with Black Jack having another go as they neared the sea mark. Goto Start Day 1 Race Report - Tracker - Yahoo!7 News Video

2012 Rolex Syd-Hobart RaceChristmas over, get ready for Sydney Hobart Race...
The Australia Network (Astro Channel 521 Malaysia) will broadcast the start of the 68th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 to 31 million homes across 45 countries in Asia-Pacific and the Indian sub-continent. Seventy seven yachts will start at 1pm AEST (10:00am East Asia) on Boxing Day, 26 Dec. Check out the start line action from 12:30pm AEST (09:30am East Asia) through its online affiliate Yahoo!7. Goto live tracking at the official CYCA - Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 website. CYCA TV is a dedicated You Tube TV station where you will find the films of past Sydney Hobart Yacht Races including a silent film of the very first race in 1945. http://www.youtube.com/user/CYCATV/videos
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Goto Dec AYGP NewsletterMixed bag of results changes AYGP leaderboard
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19th December 2012: A mixed bag of results has produced a dramatic change in the order of the 2012-13 AYGP Championship. After the Phuket King's Cup Regatta, Peter Forsythe & Jing Lee's X-55 Xena takes over the lead after contesting only three regattas. Fred Kinmonth/ Nick Burns Mills 40EFG Bank Mandrake are tied on 38 points with Xena but as it has taken Mandrake four regattas to reach this point they slot into second place. A clean sweep during Phuket Raceweek and a great performance at the King's Cup has Hans Rahmann's Firefly 28 Voodoo working their way up into third place. Full roundup goto December AYGP Newsletter and Search the 2012-13 AYGP Pointscore by Skippers - Yachts - Regatta Results - Scoring System

Goto Full MC Report Here...Canfield Wins Monsoon Cup - Williams Crowned Tour Champion
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Goto Full MC Report Here...Pulau Duyong, 8 December 2012: Wildcard entry Taylor Canfield from the US Virgin Islands has won the most coveted event on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, the Monsoon Cup, after defeating Kiwi Phil Robertson in a dramatic, sudden death final. Ian Williams, who claimed his record-equalling fourth ISAF Match Racing World Championship in the Quarter Final, had to settle for third place after defeating Peter Gilmour in the Petit Final. Canfield – skipper of USone, who also won the penultimate Tour event, the Argo Group Gold Cup, said: “This win is the best we have achieved in our careers so far and the guys I’m sailing with, Hayden Goodrick, Mike Rehe, Dan Morris and Rob Dawson did a fantastic job here today. “This is a great way to finish the season and sets the bar for next year.” Goto Full MC Report Here...

King's Cup - Best of the best crowned 2012 champions
By AsianYachting MultiMedia - Photo Credit Guy Nowell
08 Dec 2012: Ten to twelve knots from the East North East greeted sailors on the last day of racing. The IRC and Multihull's were sent on a long windward/leeward course and Premier Cruisers one windward/leeward before setting off with the Cruising Classes on a passage race around nearby islands. Some classes were already decided while others relied on the final race shootout to determine the overall class standings. Nerves were tense and while some buckled under the pressure, others found the resources going in their favour. Go to full round up in AY Race Report 5 & Summary

Goto AY Race Report 4King's Cup - Light wind brings a change in the order...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
07 Dec 2012: Going out to the left paid off big time earlier in the week but today the skippers that went right, picked up a favourable shift and gained over half a leg by the time they reached the bottom mark. As a result of the light wind, windward/leeward courses were set for all classes. While the IRC classes and multihull's completed multiple races, only a couple miles to the north, the cruisers struggled when it turned into a drift-a-thon before they could complete the first lap. This spin of the wheel of fortune has produced different winners and a change in the order in some classes and bolstered the standings in others. Goto full account in AY Race Report 4

Phuket King's Cup - King's blessing as crews consolidate the scores...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Go to AY Race Report 305 Dec 2012: The days proceedings started with a sail past the Royal Thai Navy vessels from the Third Naval Area Command at Cape Promthep, to honour HM the King of Thailand's 85th birthday. Crews lined up on their yachts chanting three cheers, doffing their caps and some even singing Happy Birthday. A parade of sail is an appropriate way for International sailors to pay homage to Thailand's royal sailing family that have supported yachting events all these years. After the sail past the boats continued out to sea to begin Race Day 3. Blessed with 12-15 knots of East North Easterly breeze all the classes got stuck into windward/leeward races. Full roundup go to AY Race Report 3

Phuket King's Cup - Thar' she blows...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
04 Dec 2012: With the North Easterly gusting to 20-25 knots, many yachts reached their upper wind range, which caused a high rate of attrition today. Several mainsails blown out, spinnakers shredded and one dismasting were amongst the early retirements littering the anchorage at Kata Beach. The sail lofts will be busy long into the night. To make matters worse some confusion at the finishing line has resulted in many skippers requesting redress from the International jury. Despite all this, most crews relished the fresh conditions - IRC 0 & 1, Firefly and Multihull's completed a windward/leeward race before the fleet set off on a passage race around the islands to the South East of Phuket and a quick downwind slide back to the finish. Full roundup go to AY Race Report 2

Phuket King's Cup - Classic King's Cup conditions on Day 1
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
03 Dec 2012: Despite overnight storms and surf rolling onto Kata Beach causing the start to be delayed, the North East tradewind arrived on queue, enabling multiple windward/leeward races to be run on both courses. Some crews seemed confused with which course they were supposed to be on and others appeared a little rusty but when the starting horn sounded it was all on in earnest for the young and old. The windsurfers and dinghy's continued with their series close to shore and produced a colorful backdrop for the numerous sun bathers and reclining deck chair crowd on the beach. Slick performances by the well prepared and drilled crews produced top results and got the opening rounds off to a good start. Full roundup go to AY Race Report 1

Phuket King's Cup - All set for the annual celebration of sailing...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report02 Dec 2012: With 75 racing yachts, 40+ Windsurfers and 40+ Dinghies running their own series, the waters off Kata Beach Resort comes alive for another week of fast and furious sailing action. Throw in a sailpast and 21 Gun Salute on the King's birthday (Wed 5th) off Cape Prom Thep, the South West coast of Phuket is the place to be. Proclaimed the "Jewel in the Crown" of Asian Regattas and well known on the International sailing scene, this event is the fifth point scoring regatta on the annual AYGP Championship, that ultimately goes toward being crowned the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year. Most crews come for the racing and also to enjoy the Island, the tropical sailing conditions and the wonderful Thai hospitality at the nightly prize giving parties that are second to none. Check out the competitors race form in the AY Pre-Regatta Report

Goto AY Day 3 Race Report & SummaryMMRC Stage 4 - Victory for Koo on all fronts...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Nov 30th - Pulau Duyong, Terengganu: A reinvigorated Hazwan Hazim Dermawan (Permai Hotel MR Team) have turned up in Terengganu. Spurred on by some new sponsors and a chance to pit their skills in Australia at the Warren Jones Memorial Regatta next January, has bought the original team that won in 2009 back together for the final Stage 4 of the MMRC. They went through the round robin undefeated and won their semi final 3 - zip. Although they missed out on the Monsoon Cup spot by mediocre performances in the early rounds, they attacked this final round with a vengeance and are more than ever determined to stamp their mark on the match racing circuit. Although Jeremy Koo's (KFC Malaysia/ KRT) claimed the Monsoon Cup spot and became the overall MMRC champion yesterday, this has not dampened the teams spirit to win this 4th stage and with RM15,000 prize money on offer, there was still a lot to play for. Goto AY Day 3 Race Report & Summary

MMRC Stage 4 - Tension mounts for final - Koo takes Monsoon Cup spot
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Day 2 Race ReportNov 29th - Pulau Duyong, Terengganu: The seabreeze arrived early allowing the race managemnet team to complete the three flights remaining in the Round Robin. Despite their gallant efforts Nurul Ain Md. Isa (Ri-Yaz Heritage Sailing Team) and Mohd Saifullah's wild card entry (Terengganu Sailing Team) after picking up their first win on the circuit, have been eliminated and ended up in 5th and 6th place. The much anticipated duel between the championship leaders Jeremy Koo's (KFC Malaysia/ KRT) and Masyuri Rahmat's (RMNMRT 1) was left to the last flight and after a spirited pre-start they covered each other up the windward beat. Masyuri waited till they approached the boundary before calling for room to tack. Koo tacked early and laid the mark. Masyuri was slightly overlaid and that little error cost them the race. Continuing on their winning ways, Hazwan Hazim Dermawan (Permai Hotel MR Team) finished the round robin undefeated and the right to choose their semi final opponents. Catch up with all the semi final action in the AY Day 2 Race Report

MMRC Round 4 - Its all about winning...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Day 1 Race ReportNov 28th - Pulau Duyong, Terengganu: Match racing is a very tough game to play. Boat against boat they either win or loose, there is no second place. Experienced skippers take one race at a time and whether they win or loose don't let their emotions get the better of them and get the crew ready for the next race. These were Dato Peter Gilmour's words of advice to the six teams vying to become the Malaysian champions at this mornings skippers briefing. There are 3 teams that have won here before and despite only two teams in line for the championship and the enviable place at the Monsoon Cup, they are all starting on a new page and the pressure is on to perform. Goto AY Day 1 Race Report

Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report MMRC Round 4 - Malaysian battle for Monsoon Cup spot...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Nov 27th - Pulau Duyong, Terengganu: After 3 rounds of the MMRC it all comes down to this final stage in Terengganu. The defending champion, Jeremy Koo's (KFC Malaysia/KRT) came out strong, winning the first two stages in Lumut and Pt Klang but dipped out at the semi final stage in Johor. This opened the door for Masyuri Rahmat's (RMNMRT 1) to come though and win the stage plus be within striking distance (3 points) of the overall leader with one round to go. At stake is the elusive spot to represent Malaysia at the season ending Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) - Monsoon Cup, starting in 7 days time. The fourth and final stage of the Malaysian Match Racing Circuit (MMRC) is held on the same boats and waters at the home of the Monsoon Cup. The main aim of the MMRC is to hone the tactical racing skills of Malaysian sailors and give them a chance to match the International lineup plus the confidence to win some races at the Monsoon Cup. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Raja Muda Regatta - Ichi Ban, Aussie Maid, Sea Bass, Rascal, Lady Bubbly & MoJo take the honours
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary24 Nov 2012: Drizzling rain and light shifty winds greeted sailors as they arrived for the last day of competition at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club. Some classes relied on these races to determine the overall results. Disconsolate crews made their way onto the water as the race officers went about setting the courses. Although a huge wind shift came through at start time the Premier Cruisers, Cruising 5 & 6 got away on their harbour passage race but the IRC racers were held back for the wind direction to steady and the windward/leeward course to be relayed several times. Once again a rain cell descended over the course reducing viability to less than 100 meters. Eventually the yachts appeared back through the mist and completed the race. As the miserable conditions persisted no further racing was signaled and everyone adjourned to the yacht club to pack up the boats and the final prize presentation and dinner. Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary and refresh the memories in the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 4 Raja Muda Regatta - Slow and drawn out race to Langkawi
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
23 Nov 2012: The lack of wind at the high noon start time, resulted in PRO Jerry Rollin raising the "Follow Me" signal and motoring off in the direction of Langkawi. After 1 3/4 hours and 10 miles from Penang, a consistent six knot North Westerly arrived, which allowed the race committee to go into sequence and fire the fleet away. With the breeze being right on the nose and likely to change further down the track, it turned into a gamble, which tack will favour in the long run. Although the shortened 40nm leg started out well, it soon turned light and required constant sail trimming to keep the boat footing along. No one ever stopped moving and as the night turned into early morning, the breeze increased a little and even the cruising classes came home with a rush. Goto AY Race Report 4

Raja Muda Regatta - Ichi Ban makes it four wins in a row...
Goto AY Race Report 3By AsianYachting MultiMedia
21 Nov 2012: The glassy sea during the morning made the outlook very bleak indeed. The high noon start time arrived and went with boats milling around trying to keep the crew amused. That is until a line of breeze was spotted on the horizon and gradually filled in for racing to get underway after a two hour delay. Although the wind never got above 8 knots the IRC Classes 1, 4 and Multihull's completed two windward/leeward races and the Premier Cruising and Cruising 5 & 6 completed a passage race around the harbour. The Cruising classes are getting very serious with several protests being herd by the International jury headed by Bryan Willis. The Multihull's are having their opening rounds and a combination of very new and sleek catamarans and trimaran's are going head to head this year. Goto AY Race Report 3

Raja Muda Regatta - Wind plays havoc with the fleet...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
20 Nov 2012: The lack of an established tradewind has forced sailors to rely on local conditions, which vary from meandering storms with some aggression, to little or no wind. The early morning breeze lasted long enough for PRO Jerry Rollin to get all the starts away on the 89nm Leg 2 Pangkor to Pinang. A building storm cell covered the course as they exited Pangkor and provided some exciting moments as the fleet passed through it. Unfortunately on the other side, the wind abated making progress through a sloppy sea very slow and frustrating for the rest of the course. The longer you stay out at sea the more tide cycles have to be endured and many skippers chose anchoring before watching their hopes wash away in the current. Goto AY Race Report 2

Raja Muda Regatta - Grueling Race 1 described as being very tactical...
Goto AY Race Report 1By AsianYachting MultiMedia
18 Nov 2012: A huge tropical downpour engulfed Port Klang, just as the yachts were leaving the yacht club pontoons and making their way out to the start line. Despite the mad rush for suitable wet weather gear, there was enough wind to stem the strong out going current, for PRO Jerry Rollin's race management team to get the early 11.00am Cruising Class 5 & 6 starts underway, plus the IRC Racing fleet at 1300hrs cleanly away. The whole day remained heavily overcast with storm clouds building over the mainland and out to sea, causing wild swings in wind direction and speed throughout the night and next morning. Goto AY Race Report 1

Raja Muda Regatta - Crews are ready to rock & roll...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report16 Nov 2012: The Royal Selangor Yacht Club is again welcoming competitors to their clubhouse in Port Klang for the 23rd running of Malaysia's premier sailing event. Although the big Racing Class yachts have dwindled in number, the growing 40ft class have taken over the role and receiving top billing. In total, 35 yachts and over 300 International crew have fronted this year for the unique Island hopping and renown social events along the West coast of the Malay peninsula. Over the years there have been a few tweaks but the basic 240nm program remains the same. Three overnight passage races from Port Klang, Pangkor, Penang and Langkawi, plus three days of harbour racing in Penang and Langkawi. This event is also the fourth point scoring regatta on the annual AYGP Championship, where all the skippers and yachts are awarded points based on their overall placing's at the end of the regatta, that goes toward crowning the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year. Go to AY Pre-Regatta Report

Goto AY Race Report 3 & SummaryOverall winners are the PGYC Youth Team
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
4th Nov 2012: The whole fleet raced together on the same course for the final race shootout. Exiting the Manila Channel, then a beat up to Pt Lacarceo and South to the Bulabod Beach turning mark and back via the small La Laguna Beach mark and finishing of Haligi Beach. In total 16nm and half of it to windward to sort the men from the boys or vice versa. The breeze remained with 12 to 16 knots offshore and tricky under the headlands to cause some concern for yachts trying to sail the direct route to the finish. At the end of the day "Bill the Brave" came up with the class results and devised a pointscoring system to produce an overall winner and placing's for the entire fleet. Goto AY Race Report 3 & Summary and the AY Photo Gallery

AY Race Report 2All Souls Regatta - Ironing out the bugs...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
3rd Nov 2012: Several crews came ashore yesterday complaining about their performance and made plans to rectify the situation. Some sore heads after last nights barbeque and reverberating social reception were noticed at the morning briefing. "Bill the Brave" made some final changes to the starting order based on the Race 1 results and everyone was looking forward to another spectacular day of racing. The 16nm Course 7 out to Verde Island and back was chosen for the Cruiser and Multihull Classes and the 21nm Course 8 for the Racing and Cruiser/Racer Classes contained an extra leg down to Talipanan and a windward beat back to the finish line. The breeze seemed to have moderated a little from yesterday but once out in the Verde Channel, the wind against tide whipped up a short chop on the outward leg and made the colorful spinnaker run back a wonderful backdrop to an already picturesque scenery. Goto AY Race Report 2

All Souls Regatta - Goodbye SW monsoon, Hello NE tradewind...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 12nd Nov 2012: What a difference a week makes. Typhoon Son-Tinh caused havoc over the Philippines, South China Sea and Vietnam last week and now the NE tradewind has settled in with 15 to 20 knots, clear blue sky and 27 yacht crews looking forward to a great regatta. The relaxed nature and genuine Philippine hospitality at the Puerto Galera Yacht Club sets the tone of the event. Bill Moore has the difficult task of determining the staggered start times for the fleet based on performance, which has been divided into four classes Racing, Cruiser/Racer, Cruiser and Multihull. Three different courses were set on Day 1 to suite the classes and timed to finish around the same time. Goto AY Race Report 1

Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportRegatta for All Souls
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
31st Oct 2012: Every time I go to the Philippines, someone takes time out to describe just how beautiful Puerto Galera really is. As the setting is in an old volcano crater, it is the safest anchorage from the many typhoons experienced each year. In November 2004 Puerto Galera was accepted as a member of The Club Of The Most Beautiful Bays In The World and remains the only member from the Philippines. Finally an invitation arrived to explore the region and cover the relaxed and unique nature of the event. Organised by the Puerto Galera Yacht Club, (Home of the Cruising Yacht Club of the Philippines) the All Souls Regatta was first held in 2004 and has quickly become the most popular regatta in the Philippines. One of the unique features of the event is that racing is based on a pursuit race format, which adds a change of perspective for most crews as everyone arrives home about the same time and knows who has won, so the party can start early. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Sam Chan's Freefire on a roll, to lead AYGP Championship...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto Oct AYGP News23 October 2012: Sam Chan's TP52 Freefire and Anthony Root's Archambault 35 Red Kite II, made a clean sweep in their class at the China Coast Regatta and also during the Hong Kong to Hainan Race, to be tied on top of the 2012-13 AYGP Championship. Other class winners Peter Forsythe & Jing Lee's X-55 Xena, Greg Kearns / Tristan Stewart's modified Farr 36 Wicked and Fred Kinmonth/ Nick Burns Mills 40EFG Bank Mandrake have slotted in behind the leaders. By completing two regattas, has given the yachts on the East Asian seaboard a slight advantage, but David Roberts Andaman Cabriolet Da Vinci skippered by Mark Pescott, scored the maximum 19 points at Phuket Raceweek to be trailing by only 11 points. Racing now swings over to SE Asian waters and regional yachts are expected to catch up quickly. Goto full summary in the October AYGP Newsletter and Search the 2012-13 AYGP Pointscore by Skippers - Yachts - Regatta Results - Scoring System

Goto complete set of Race ReportsHong Kong to Hainan Race - Freefire takes the trifecta...
By RHKYC Media
Oct 20th 0700hrs: It has been a busy couple of hours at the finish line in Sanya, with EFG Bank Mandrake coming in at 04 51 25, ahead of Ambush on the water (05 15 15) and on IRC corrected. Xena made it to Serenity Marina just after 0530hrs for Premier Cruising, with Red Kite II putting in a gutsy performance to finish just after 0660hrs. Wicked proved to be the dark horse in Racing Div 1 though, with her finish at 06 07 12 correcting out to first place in division - congratulations to Tristan and team! Sell Side Dream finished soon after at 07 14 12, leaving Koon Woon on the water with a predicted finish of 1600hrs today. By setting an incredible pace at the front of the fleet, Sam Chan's TP52 Freefire broke the long standing race record, they already held (FfreeFire 71) by 51m 14s and managed to claim the trifecta - Line Honours and Racing Class 0 Handicap honours plus hang on to win the Overall IRC stakes. Talk about being on a roll, added to the all race victory at the China Coast Regatta, Sam Chan and Freefire, jump to the top of the 2012-13 AYGP Championship and if they continue on in this vein for the rest of the season, are well on the way to winning the 2012-13 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards. Go to Provisional Results and a complete set of RHKYC Media compiled Race Reports with photos. Here...

Freefire slashes Hong Kong to Hainan Race Record
By RHKYC Media
Goto RHKYC Media - Race ReportsOct 19th 1720hrs: Congratulations Sam Chan and crew on Freefire on setting a new record for the Hong Kong to Hainan Race! With an average VMG of 13.4kts, Sam Chan’s TP52, Freefire, arrived in Hainan at 17 03 54hrs today to claim line honours in the 2012 Hong Kong to Hainan Race and better her predecessor’s record (FfreeFire 71) by 51m 14s with an elapsed time of 28h 43m 54s. Freshly arrived on the dock at Serenity Marina and still to clear CIQ, owner Sam Chan was clearly delighted, not only with the boat and the team’s performance, but also with the prevailing conditions. “We had great wind and a great wind angle all the way, giving us another new record and beating our old one. It’s great to be back in Hainan and without a single breakage on the boat, which topped out at 23kts boatspeed. Champagne sailing!” Keep updated with the RHKYC Media - Race Reports

Goto RHKYC Media - Race ReportsFreefire set to break Hong Kong to Hainan Race Record
By RHKYC Media
Oct 19th 1400hrs: At the 1400hrs tracking update, Freefire's ETA is 1649hrs ... nailbiting stuff! Jelik V and Antipodes are bow to bow at present, with the Aussies showing slightly better VMG for the last hour. Red Kite II now lies second to Freefire (by just over half an hour) in the predicted IRC Overall results, followed by Wicked then Ambush. Touch and go for Freefire - 4 hrs to do 35.5nm - Presently doing 13kts gybing downwind along coast to Sanya. Hopefully afternoon seabreeze picks up for another rendition of "Play it again Sam..." long into the night. Goto RHKYC Media - Race Reports

Hong Kong to Hainan Race gets underway...
By RHKYC Media
Goto RHKYC Media - Race ReportsOct 18: After frantic weeks of training, scrutineering and boat prep, the twelve competitors entered in this year’s Hong Kong to Hainan Race gathered early in the typhoon shelter at Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s Kellett Island headquarters for final preparations, radio checks, and to await Race Officer Simon Boyde’s decision on whether there was sufficient breeze to start in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. All was good with 12kts north easterly at Shek O Rock and a reasonably solid 6kts through Lei Yue Mun, with 9kts and building at the start line in front of the Club, so a harbour start was on the cards. To avoid any confusion with Hong Kong’s ‘Noonday Gun’, the warning signal was sounded at 1210hrs with the start at 1220hrs. In a good spread along the line, Jelik V from the Philippines was first away, followed by Singaporean offshore fan Jonathan Mahony on Zanzibar. Ambush got a good start at the committee boat end, while Freefire was forced outside the committee boat by Wicked. Goto RHKYC Media - Race Reports

Goto RHKYC Media - Race ReportsAfter a hiatus of 5 years the HK to Hainan Race is back!
By RHKYC Media
Oct 16: This Offshore Category 1 race from Hong Kong to Sanya, Hainan Island was first contested in 1997 and was a biennial alternative to the Hong Kong to Vietnam Race until 2009, when logistical issues made the race unviable. The Club is grateful to the Chinese Yachting Association, Sanya Cultural and Sports Bureau and also Serenity Marina, Sanya, for helping orchestrate the revival of this wonderful 360nm downhill race. Twelve boats will set off from Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour at 1220hrs on Thursday. The conditions being bandied around by those with access to weather services are 15 to 20kts of north / north east breeze – just perfect for this race. The race record of 29h 25m 08s is held by Sam Chan’s Ffree Fire, a 71’ ULDB sled, and Chan will be chasing his own record on his latest incarnation, TP52 Freefire as well as looking for a first on corrected time to add to his perfect score at the St. Regis International China Coast Regatta. Goto RHKYC Media - Race Reports

CCR - Freefire, EFG Bank Mandrake, Red Kite II, Xena, Authority & Goodwill are victorious
Goto CCR Daily Reports With the breeze starting to soften out after the first lap, the decision was made to shorten course for Racing Division 1 and Racing Division 2, while the other fleets were allowed to sail their full course. Line honours were taken by the usual suspects, with Jelik later disqualified for not keeping clear of Freefire at the leeward mark, but on corrected time the final results showed picket fences for Freefire, Red Kite II, Xena and Authority while EFG Bank Mandrake emerged victorious in her ongoing Racing Division 1 battle with Peninsula Signal 8. In HKPN, Will Swigart’s Goodwill recorded a convincing win in her first China Coast Regatta, with only one second place spoiling a perfect record. Goto RHKYC Media - China Coast Regatta Daily Reports

Emperor - Tioman taking shape...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto Oct 12 Empreor - Tioman NewsOctober 2012: When we last visited Abdul Ghafar's (Afai) in March 2011, he was well on the way to building a boutique resort Emperor - Tioman on seven acres of prime rainforest, fronting onto Pasir Cina beach on the SW corner of Tioman Island. Ten individually crafted and spacious solid timber chalets were built on top of the sandstone outcrops and nestled under a huge canopy of tropical rainforest towering above. Afai's long term dream has been to build the best natural Asian style island resort in the world and scoured the Johor and Pahang Islands for 20 years before coming to an agreement with local land owners. Many developers have claimed that the Pasir Cina site, which spans the entire length of the beach is the "Cream of the Crop" but didn't know how to build on top of the steep slopped boulder formations that rise up from the beach. Standing anywhere on the property, you forget your on a big island as the boundary lines extend from headland to headland making it the only resort with its own private beach on the island. As Pulau Tioman ranks amongst the "10 Best Islands and Dive Sites in the World", this alone speaks volumes for the location and after personally overcoming all the challenges of building, Afai has come a long way towards for filling his dreams. Follow the progress in the October 2012 Emperor - Tioman News

Day 3 MMRC Johor - Masyuri (RMNMRT 1) triumphs in the face of adversity...
Goto AY Race Report 3 & SummaryBy AsianYachting MultiMedia
Sept 30th - Tg Leman, Johor: Jeremy Koo's exit at the semi final stage, left the door open for Masyuri (RMNMRT 1) and Hazwan (Permai Hotel MR Team) to score more points than Koo's (KFC Malaysia/KRT) and come within striking distance of the overall leader with one regatta to go. Also at stake is the elusive spot to represent Malaysia at the season ending Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) - Monsoon Cup in Terengganu from December 3rd - 8th. The fourth and final stage of the Malaysian Match Racing Circuit (MMRC) is also at Pulau Duyong, Terengganu on 28-30 November, four days before the Monsoon Cup gets underway. The main aim of the MMRC is to hone the tactical match racing skills of Malaysian sailors and give them a chance to match the International lineup plus the confidence to win some races at the Monsoon Cup. This maybe a big ask, but more on the water experience under full racing conditions is considered the best way forward. Goto full roundup in AY Race Report 3 & Summary...

Goto AY Race Report 2Day 2 MMRC Johor - No 'Give Me' races as top teams progress...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Sept 29th - Tg Leman, Johor: Teams participating in match racing are ready to fight it out till the bitter end. Every race starts with a head to head battle and continues until one emerges triumphant. The round robin format is structured for teams to make their way up the pecking order and finish on top of the pile. Each race is a constant challenge and like any competitive sport, the aim at the end of the day is to finish number one. Those just starting out will be encouraged to achieve their dreams and do the best they can to gain experience. These qualities have made match racing exciting to watch and the often fast and furious action over short courses continues to attract interest and participation to survive as a discipline within the sport. With all this cut throat determination there are no 'Give Me' races in this field. Goto AY Race Report 2

MMRC Stage 3 Johor - Time to get down and dirty...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Sept 28th - Tanjung Leman, Johor: After scouring the countryside, T-Best have assembled a team of Race Officers, Umpires, Management, Promotion and Media Circus together at Felda Residence, only five minutes drive from the jetty, where four Foundation 36 yachts are moored. The keels were removed and boats completely de-rigged, then transported with a small armada of jury/media boats and equipment, down from Terengganu, only to be reassembled again at Tanjung Leman before being launched and made race ready. This formidable task over the last two weeks, has been accomplished by Aussie Dave Mills and his boat preparation and maintenance crew, that have looked after these boats since they arrived in Malaysia for the first Monsoon Cup.back in 2005. Goto AY Race Report 1

Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report Stage 3 MMRC - Go forth and multiply...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Sept 27th - Tanjung Leman, Johor: An overwhelming response by local sailors to pursue match racing careers, has produced new interest in the sport, so another round of the MMRC has been added to this years schedule. This time it is held in conjunction with the KFC – Felda Johor Open this weekend at Pantai Tanjung Leman, Johor. T-Best Events, the organisers behind the highly successful Monsoon Cup are partnering with the Malaysian Yachting Association (MYA) and aiming to further encourage sailing sports in Malaysia through the Malaysian Match Racing Circuit (MMRC). Goto full AY Pre-Regatta Report Here...

Goto Sept AYGP NewsAnnual AYGP awards celebrating 10 year anniversary
By AY MultiMedia
21st September 2012: From what started as a discussion amongst yachting journalists and photographers in the King's Cup media center, has turned into honouring the best skipper and yacht each year on the Asian Circuit. To celebrate this coming of age, MarineScene.Asia have featured the AYGP in their Go Yachting Episode 12 and we have produced a Photo Gallery of the past winners circle. Full roundup goto the September AYGP News...

London 2012 daily highlightsRelive the Olympic Sailing competition
If you want to relive all the excitement of the London 2012 Olympics Sailing Competition,
we have summarised the Asian sailors performance and posted daily highlights along with photos plus generated an AY Olympic Photo Gallery of the images collected during the magnificent spectacle in Weymouth. The Paralympic Games are in full swing and all the news, results, photos can be accessed Here...

Western Circuit - Sailing bonanza ends with last day shootout...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryAugust 11th: After contesting three races, crews came ashore a little weary but with grins bigger than the Olympic synchronized swimmers. Racing got underway on time in seven knots of South Westerly breeze, which slowly increased throughout the afternoon, allowing race officers on both courses to fire of three races in quick succession. The Neil Pryde Racing Series on Windsurfers also joined for the day, running their races within the precinct of the marina. Despite the full afternoon of racing it didn't take long to recuperate and crews were in fine form at the prize giving and gala dinner in the Raffles Marina ballroom, where over S$8000 was generously donated to Sailability. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary

Western Circuit - Last chance before the curtain comes down...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 10th: After two days of racing, competitors have one day left to improve their standing this year. In some classes the leaders have edged out a healthy lead, while in others only a couple points separate the podium places. The race is on for overall glory and we can expect the skippers that dropped off the pace last weekend, to regain their composure and make a final thrust to recapture their best performance by the end of day. Whilst the battle continues, the biggest winners in the long run are the Singaporean sailors. Most of the top boats have recruited young local crew members and the SMU fielding several yachts has raised the level of competency and confidence to compete on the International stage. Recent Singapore Sailing successes include a complete rout at the Optimist Worlds last month, Rachel Lee and Cecilia Low crowned Women's World 420 Champions this week, plus Colin Cheng and Elizabeth Yen remarkable performance at the London Olympics in the Laser and Laser Radial classes. This gives them something to celebrate on their National Day and bodes well for the future. Goto AY Race Report 3

Goto AY Race Report 2Western Circuit - Foxy Lady 6 runs away with the SMU President's Cup
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 5th: The big draw card today, was the combined IRC classes competing for the prestigious SMU President's Cup. PRO Richard Cai chose the 20 nautical mile Course 4, out of the Johor Strait and down past the Tuas reclamation zone to Mark 23, then pick their way through the wall of ships in the anchorage to P19, before returning to Raffles Marina. At start time there was barely enough wind to stem the strong incoming tide but right on cue just at the first start, the direction changed and picked up to 12 knots, which stayed throughout the day. The Multihull and Club Class were sent on the 12nm Course 6, which they made quick work off and in enough time for the Corsair and Catamarans to have a second race. The J24's and SB20's continued with four more windward/ leeward races in front of the marina. Goto AY Race Report 2

Western Circuit turns into a festival of sail...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 1August 4th: Despite the heavy overcast conditions, Raffles Marina was a hive of activity, with the Red Bull chilling tent taking center stage and today's sponsor Barclay's Bank bringing groups of handicapped kids and orphans on a guided tour and providing sailing joy rides, creating a vibrant festival atmosphere onshore while the sailors battled it out offshore. This year the increase in entries and the diverse class line-up called for two separate racing areas, which inevitably caused some confusion and a number of late starters in the IRC A and B classes that was laid further West, almost at the entrance to the Johor Strait. Maybe more attention should be paid at the skippers briefing and an earlier departure from the marina to allow for the strong incoming tide. Remnants of yesterdays stormy conditions lingered around with isolated rain clouds on both sides of the Strait producing 8 to 12 knots of SSW wind, which varied with every passing cloud system and faded away towards the end of the day. Goto AY Race Report 1

Western Circuit - The stage is set and sailing action starts tomorrow...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportAugust 3rd: On Saturday the best regatta in Singapore, the 15th SMU-RM Western Circuit gets underway, over two weekends (Aug 4, 5 & 11) at Raffles Marina. Anything goes from large keelboats and multihull's to beach catamarans, Laser SB3's and Access 2.3's for disabled sailors, right down to the IOM remote-controlled boats, has turned this regatta into the premier sailing event on the Singapore calendar. The youthful enthusiasm and vigor of the Singapore Management University (SMU) sailing fraternity combined with the splendid facilities at Raffles Marina, is like a marriage made in heaven. Both on and off the water, the Western Circuit has developed a reputation for lively racing and a versatile fleet plus thoroughly entertaining at the prize giving dinners. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...

Sailing @ London 2012 - How to capture the action from afar...
By AY MultiMedia

Stay Connected Sailing @ London 2012 NewsWith the London Olympics in full swing and every available sailing news source worth their salt, focused on the action in Weymouth, AY have scoured the internet and providing our worthy Online Subscribers in remote areas of the world, with quick links to the official London 2012 - Sailing site and found the best way to view the games online. First log onto the ISAF Microsite for the Racing Schedule, News, Results and access to the onEdition Image Gallery. Then at the scheduled times, go to the ISAF and Sailing World Blogs for live reporting and photos from the courses during the racing..All sports are broadcast LIVE on satellite TV and on the Official Olympic YouTube Channel (accessible outside the UK) can view selected daily races (Slightly delayed) from the scheduled start time. As we are monitoring all the sites, watching TV coverage and receive numerous daily newsletters, after sorting our way through the overload we will continue to post updates and interesting snippets we come across on Twitter and Facebook Stay connected with easy links at Sailing @ London 2012 - AY News

Goto Sailing @ London 2012 - AY Opening NewsLondon 2012 - The starting hooter asks if its your time?

By AY MultiMedia
Goto Sailing @ London 2012 - AY Opening NewsJuly 29th: After recovering from the magnificent London 2012 Opening Ceremony hangover, which started at 03:45am East Asian Time, we searched for interesting and off-beat stories away from all the media hype to keep our readers amused. The highlights for TV viewers, amongst all the glitz and glammer was the Queen Elizabeth look alike pushing her way past James Bond and jumping out of the helicopter in front of him, the athletes Team arrival, a new and unique way of lighting the Olympic Cauldron and to finish off the spectacle, with a heart rendering edition of "Hey Jude" by Paul McCartney that inspired everyone to sing along and perhaps draw out a tear or two in anticipation of whats to come. While all the shenanigans was taking place, the sailors that could not make it to London enjoyed some celebrations of there own on Weymouth beach (Watch RYA Video) and more notably the Cove Inn, the pub adopted by the Australian team, who exuded an air of quiet confidence and seem relaxed and content that their preparation is on track. Goto Sailing @ London 2012 - AY Opening News

Goto Sailing News @ London 2012 Olympic GamesLondon 2012 - Finally here and getting into the swing of things...
Goto Sailing News @ London 2012 Olympic Games
By AY MultiMedia
July 27th: While most Olympic sports enjoy unrivaled live action on TV and in a world where every athletes move is broadcast across several hundred Satellite Channels. Sailing coverage at past Olympic's has virtually been nonexistent and live action is generally reserved for the Medal Races towards the end of the event. This time the venue is Weymouth and Portland, which is five hours by train from the epicenter in London. Unless we see or hear anything to the contrary, sailing enthusiasts will have to revert to the Internet for any decent coverage during the event. Goto the AY Pre-Regatta edition of Sailing News @ London 2012 Olympic Games

Goto July 2012 AYGP News...The race is on for the 2012/13 AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year awards...
By AY MultiMedia
25th July 2012: The resounding success at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweeek, not only heralds in a new era but also sends skippers and boat owners on an annual quest to score valuable points towards being crowned the 2012-13 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year. Regatta organisers IMAGE Asia ran the gauntlet and proudly announced on the front page story of the regatta program published in the Phuket Gazette "Asian Yachting Grand Prix kicks off in Phuket". At the end of each five star regatta, points are awarded to all the competing skippers and yachts, based on the final results and are accumulatively displayed on the AYGP Microsite. By notching up eight wins in a row, David Roberts Andaman Cabriolet Da Vinci skippered by Mark Pescott, scaled new heights by scoring the maximum number of nineteen points for an eight race regatta, which has never been achieved before and consequently take poll position after the first event. Seven bullets for Hans Rahmann's Firefly Sports 850 Voodoo and six wins for Rick Pointon's J130 Jingjing ended up close behind holding onto second and third places. This pointscore can also be regarded as an annual Big Boat Ranking System for the East and South East Asian region. Search the 2012-13 AYGP Pointscore by Skippers - Yachts - Regatta Results - Scoring System or Goto July 2012 AYGP News...

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Picture perfect conditions to finish the regatta...
Goto AY Photo Gallery
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 22nd: Blue sky, bright sunshine, sparkling sea and a steady 10 to 14 knot South Westerly tradewind greeted sailors for the final rounds of racing. In some classes the overall result was a foregone conclusion but for others the crucial results today would determine their fate and the final outcome. Henry Kaye's Seacart 26 Sweet Chariot was out early and up flying the hulls, while the big boat crews rejoiced as they could finally unleash their full potential and stretch their legs which showed up in the results. Always ready to please sailors, PRO Simon James fired off a quick windward/leeward race for the racing classes, who then joined the Cruising Classes on an islands course out to Koh Maiton and finished up in front of the Cape Panwa Hotel. Enabling house quests to see some of the final day action and what all the fuss has been about for the last four days. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary or catch all the action in the AY Photo Gallery

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Changes in the wind...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 20th: Although the SW tradewind never climbed above 10 knots, the Cruising Classes completed another round the islands course and the Racing Classes joined them for the first race, then followed it with a quick two lap windward/leeward race. Clear blue sky and sunny conditions are perfect for the photographers but don't suite hardened sailors looking for thrill seeking rides. Light wind tactics and boatspeed to stem the incoming tide played a big part on the first windward beat. Some boats hot off the start line, found themselves severely punished for taking the wrong line by the time they rounded the first mark and never recovered. By popular demand an IRC 1 subdivision has been added to the combined IRC Racing Class and the Sportsboats have decided to use their IRC rating instead of the Sportsboat IRC ratings to calculate their results. This has changed the standings and a new leader emerges in the Sportsboat Class. Go to AY Race Report 3

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Crews with stamina and patience rewarded on Day 2
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By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 20th: Racing all day and getting through the extensive social program requires crew with an iron resolution. PRO Simon James sent the fleet away on time, in a light 5 - 8 knot South Westerly. An approaching rain storm spiced things up for a while, then miraculously the sun appeared and revived the scenery with sparkling colours. Once again the cruisers were sent on a islands course into Ao Chalong and the racing classes continued with two more windward/leeward races. Stemming the strong incoming tide saw many yachts misjudge their approach and well back from the start line for the first race and several boats recalled for being over the line on the second start. The patchy nature of the breeze saw big gains and losses during both races and crews that patiently worked their way around the course were rewarded with podium places. Boats optimised for light weather and planning hulls seem to have trouble stopping and starting when the conditions don't suit them. Taking all these alternatives into consideration the crews that kept their nose clean, made the right choices and worked hard on boat speed, are the ones making their way up the leaderboard. Goto AY Race Report 2

Goto AY Race Report 1Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Mixed emotions as racing gets underway...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 19th: Initially the staff at Cape Panwa Hotel were a little nervous about entertaining the yachting crowd, but they soon overcome their fears and served up a spectacular opening dinner, helped launch the new Mount Gay Extra Old Rum and despite a passing rain shower kept the free flow of drinks going well into the night. This service is bound to please any sailors and has set the tone for the rest of the week. Despite a heavy morning rain squall, by the time the yachts ventured onto the race course it was cloudy and overcast, with 8 knots coming from the South West and a rolly seaway left over from the storm. After a short delay, racing got underway and the cruisers were sent on an islands course and as the breeze picked up to 12kts the Racing classes completed two windward/leeward races. Overnight the race committee added a few more entries and juggled the class lists to even up the boats based on performance. Goto AY Race Report 1

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - First off the rank for the 2012-13 season...
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportBy AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 18th: Although entries are a little down on past years, a quality fleet is lining up for the ninth running of "Phuket Raceweek". An exciting new venue - Cape Panwa Hotel have taken on the Title Sponsor role and hosting the entire event from their luxurious premises overlooking the Andaman Sea, Several changes have been incorporated into the onshore activities and on the water racing format to suite the new location. The regatta’s new home is a hive of activity getting ready for the gala first night party, sponsored by Mount Gay Rum, followed on Thursday morning by the first day of four intense days of yacht racing on Phuket’s southeast coast. This regatta has a reputation for catering for all comers. The serious racers are ready for some high-octane racing and the less serious racers on fun filled courses around the nearby islands. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Goto AYGP micrositeHow to win the AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year awards
Goto AYGP micrositeBy AY MultiMedia
After the overwhelming success of the expanded 2011-12 AYGP scoring system, all skippers and yachts competing at any of the selected five star AYGP Championship point scoring events have a chance of winning the prestigious AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards. The main aim of the pointscore system is to fairly grade competing Boat owners and Skippers ability to successfully run full-on racing campaigns through Asian waters over the 2012-13 Season. All classes are included and the pointscore is based on the overall results at each of the 12 selected events on the 2012 - 13 Asian Sailing Calendar. By popular demand this season the biennial Hong Kong to Hainan Island Race and the Hong Kong to San Fernando Race make a return to the program. Check out the changes to the 2012-13 AYGP Championship, regatta line-up, point scoring and Sponsorship Proposal on the AYGP microsite Here...

Stage 2 Malaysian Match Racing Circuit - Triumph again for Koo Racing Team
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Go to Day 3 AY Race Report & SummaryPulau Indah, Selangor (July 1st): To everyone's delight, the remnants of Typhoon Doksuri produced a fresh 10-15 knot South Easterly flow across the Southern states of Malaysia. For three days racing has started on time and uninterrupted throughout the morning and afternoon sessions. This has produced thrills and spills galore. At the Semi Final draw, Jeremy Koo (Koo Racing Team) choose
Harisfabillah Muhammad (Royal Malaysian Navy Match Racing Team 2) for his opponent and was determined not to repeat the mistakes made in Stage 1 and letting it go to five races. That left Masyuri Rahmat (Royal Malaysian Navy Match Racing Team 1) taking on Hazwan Hazim Dermawan (Permai Hotel Match Racing Team) for a place in the finals. Koo seized the opportunity and pounced from the very start, to lead off the line on three occasions and easily secure victory over Harisfabillah, plus earn themselves a berth in the finals. If you thought the first semi final was a relatively subdued affair, Hazwan and Masyuri went penalty for penalty in a cat and mouse chase throughout their races. Eventually Masyuri wore Hazwan down to rap up the second semi final 3-0 before lunch. Right from the first race of the Final, the skippers intentions were clear and a collision during the pre-start indicated it was going to be a feisty affair. Full roundup go to Day 3 AY Race Report & Summary

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