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2018 - 2019 AY Race Reports - News and Views & Event Coverge

Ray Roberts Team Hollywood are AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year
By AY MultiMedia
Goto May AYGP NewsMay 9th 2019: At the conclusion of the Chairman's Cup and Top of the Gulf double header, some big moves have taken place but more notable Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood comes through to win the 2018-19 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year, with one regatta to go. This is the fourth time Roberts has won the AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) title, in the illustrious 17 year history of the AYGP Awards. Another big mover was Emerson Villena's Standard Insurance - PSA2 mading a clean sweep at the Chairman's Cup, with 11 wins out of 12 races. This win was so big, that they not only become the 'Highest AYGP Scorer' at the regatta but off all time and catapulted them into 2nd overall in the 2018-19 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year Rankings. Goto May AYGP News...

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Goto AY Race Report 5 & SummaryTOTGR - Champagne conditions to finish the regatta...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
5th May 2019: A short delay holding the yachts ashore, waiting for the SW breeze to establish itself and increase in strength. Then a rush to get to the start line and find 8 to 10 knots and the course laid and ready to go. Once again the Multihull's were dispatched on an 18nm passage race, out to Ko Rang Kwian and back. The rest of the keelboat classes on variable windward / leeward courses and the intention was to get as many races as possible, before the 1400 cut off time. The dinghy, wind surfers, Para Sailing double-handed S\V14 classes and IOM Radio Controlled Yachts also enjoyed the brisk increase in breeze and managed to run multiple races and make up for yesterdays foul conditions. Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary and check out the AY Photo Gallery

TOTGR - Change of fortune with the weather...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 44th May 2019: The weather looked grim as the sailors left the marina. Barely 4 knots and shifting from WSW to SE, so the postponement flag was hoisted. A couple of starts were attempted, only to be abandoned before they started. PRO Jerry Rollin sent everyone back to the marina, while closer to shore the dinghy, wind surfers and Para Sailing double-handed S\V14 classes had a little more breeze and got their fleets away. The two day IOM Radio Controlled Yachts series also got underway with a vengeance to seaward of the marina breakwater. As the fleet were returning to the course area from the marina, an ominous black cloud storm, was building over the land and it became a race to get the fleet started or the storm arriving first. Goto AY Race Report 4 and check out the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 3Top of the Gulf Regatta back on track...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
3rd May 2019: The WSW breeze returned and built up during the day to 16 knots, which enabled PRO Jerry Rollin to run a mixture of passage and windward/leeward races, to get the big boat schedule back on track. The sailors welcomed the change and implemented the necessary improvements, to crew drills and boat speed, in an effort to rise up the rankings. The same occurred in the dinghy, windsurfer and Para Sailing double-handed S\V14 classes, all out in force and enjoying the superb sailing conditions, to the fullest. Goto AY Race Report 3 and check out the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 2All aboard for the Top of the Gulf express
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
2nd May 2019: Although everyone was looking forward to the dinghy and Optimist fleets joining the big boats and the first time Para Sailing was introduced as a part of a regatta, with 14 Para Sailors competing in seven of the new and exciting double-handed S\V14s, the breeze struggled to reach 8 knots and faded away after a couple of races were completed. None the less racing is underway and perhaps the conditions will improve in the coming days. It was a case of the rich getting richer in most classes and making up for yesterdays mistakes, to rise up the overall order. Some class results yesterday were incorrect and we will try to make up for it in this report. Goto AY Race Report 2 and check out the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 1.TOTGR - The 15th edition is up and away...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
1st May 2019: For once the weather prediction stood true and gently came in from the West and throughout the day worked its way back to the Southern quadrant. Classes one to six, comprising of 21 Keelboats and 3 Multihull's went under starters orders, on the first day of racing and will be progressively joined by the rest of the 'off the beach' classes, in the coming days. The one-design Platu 25's were keen to get going and were general recalled on two of their three race starts. The IRC fleet did a windward/leeward race before joining the Multihull's on a 23nm passage race, around offshore islands and marks. Goto AY Race Report 1...

Top of the Gulf Regatta rolls out the red carpet...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report... 1st May 2019: Sixteen classes will be racing on six courses at this year’s Top of the Gulf Regatta ranging from Optimists, Lasers (Radial, Standard and 4.7), 29ers and 49ers, 420s and 470s, wind surfers and beach catamarans, to ocean multihull's, keelboats, one-design Platu 25's, radio controlled IOM class, and the inaugural Para Sailing class have assembled at Asia's biggest marina, Ocean Marina Yacht Club and ready to rock and roll at the largest multi-class regatta in the region. This area is also renown for breeding Thailand's Olympic, World, National, champions and the award-winning Top of the Gulf Regatta provides another opportunity for these sailors to hone their skills, against top-level International competitors in all classes. This event also gives a boost to Greater Pattaya's multi-million Baht, sport tourism industry. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...

Victory for Misty Mountain and SI PSA 2 at Chairman's Cup...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 430th April 2019, Subic Bay, Philippines:
Another beautiful day to end the Chairman's Cup with. Two windward/leeward races for both the IRC and FarEast 28R One-Design Classes, was the order of the day. All the yachts were out on the race course and eager to finish off the series in grand style. Although Noel Chan's HH42 Rampage II regained some confidence after yesterdays race win, they couldn't carry it through today and by sealing the daily double in the first race, George Hackett's Mills 43 custom Misty Mountain wrapped up the IRC Class, despite not finishing the final race and relegated Rampage II to 2nd overall. Jun Avecilla's Beneteau First 36.7 Selma Star has been threatening all week to take a race win, and they finally broke through on the last race, to clinch the win by 16 seconds from Rampage II, to end up 3rd overall. Goto
AY Race Report 4 and check out the action in the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 3Chairman's Cup continues to deliver..
By AY MultiMedia
29th April 2019, Subic Bay, Philippines:
Another great day for a sail with blue sky, warm weather, 10 to 12 Knot Easterly and flat sea. PRO Jerry Rollin sent the IRC fleet on an ambitious 29nm course, out to the entrance lead mark to Subic Bay and back two times. The FarEast 28R One-Design Class continued with windward / leeward races and have now completed 10 races, with two more on the final day tomorrow. The day didn't go as expected, with a dead spot out at sea, hindering the small boats passage and a few incidents and protests in the FarEast 28 Class to keep the jury busy. Goto
AY Race Report 3 and check out the action in the AY Photo Gallery

Another superb day of racing at Chairman's Cup...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 228th April 2019, Subic Bay, Philippines:
Although the NE breeze mellowed a bit today, it still allowed PRO Jerry Rollin to run two scheduled windward/leeward races for the IRC fleet and 3 races for the FarEast 28R One-Design Class. Much to their delight, the RS One and RS Foilers also completed their series, in front of the Lighthouse Sail Village. Everyone keeps saying they enjoy the good breeze, flat water, warm sunshine and the extent organisers have gone to include all classes, with friendly Philippine hospitality. The seriousness on the water is evident, with the top contenders engaging in pre-race match racing techniques and close cover during the race. Yet everyone returns for the evening prize presentation with friendly banter and wash it down with a few ice cold Tanduay's. Goto
AY Race Report 2 and check out some of the action in the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 1Brisk conditions get the Chairman's Cup underway...
By AY MultiMedia
27th April 2019, Subic Bay, Philippines:
Unfortunately the lack of available crew, has further reduced the IRC fleet to five yachts. Undeterred the fleet were sent on a 21nm harbour course and as the prevailing ENE breeze, oscillated between 12 to 15 knots, with gusts up to 18 knots, even the small yachts finished the long race before 1400hrs and PRO Jerry Rollin forged ahead with four windward/leeward races, for the seven FarEast 28R One-Design Class, in quick succession. The Optimist, Streaker, Oz Gooze Dinghies and junior Windsurfing classes, successfully completed their two day series yesterday and made way for the RS and RS1 foiling classes today, who also enjoyed the brisk conditions to complete three races. Goto
AY Race Report 1 and some of the action in the AY Photo Gallery

It's all go at the Chairman's Cup...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report26th April 2019, Subic Bay, Philippines:
As most national sailing organisations go about expanding their footprint, the Philippine Sailing Association have joined forces with big boat regattas, to give sailors an opportunity to experience a full blown event, in their quest to develop a new generation of sailors. In late November the SEA Games will be held in Subic Bay and the newly christened Chairman's Cup (Ex Commodores' Cup) to honour the Chairperson and Administrator of SBMA, Atty. Wilma "Amy" Eisma, is the perfect venue for recreational water sports activities. Despite the recent earthquake activity, reducing International participation the Optimist, Streaker and Oz Gooze Dinghies plus Windsurfing classes, will be joining Keel Boat divisions IRC 1 and Cruising Classes. Another highlight will be the 7 FarEast 28R One-Design Class that has attracted teams from China, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong, taking on the three talented Philippine teams. There is a Sail Village set up at the Lighthouse Marina Resort beachfront, for the public to experience sailing for FREE and other forms of marine entertainment. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...

Goto complete RHKYC UpdatesHKPG Race - Mandrake III wins IRC Overall
By RHKYC Media
April 22nd 2019:
Sailing across the Limit Point Line (where the course had been shortened) at 18h 28m 36s last night, Fred Kinmonth’s and Nick Burns’ GTS 43 Mandrake III took the IRC Overall win in the inaugural Hong Kong to Puerto Galera Yacht Race with an elapsed time of 103h 08m 36s. With the IRC 0 Division finishing in Puerto Galera and the IRC Overall being calculated from the Limit Point Line, two unprecedented results have occurred with Antipodes winning the IRC 0 Division with a corrected time of 133h 16m 52s over Standard Insurance Centennial’s 134h 35m 41s and Standard Insurance Centennial coming second in IRC Overall with a corrected time of 124h 42m 13s ahead of Antipodes’ 124h 52m 10s. Goto complete RHKYC Updates...

Philippines’ Standard Insurance Centennial V takes Line Honours
By RHKYC Media
Goto RHKYC Updates...April 21st 2019: Ernesto Echauz’s R/P 75 Standard Insurance Centennial crossed the finish line in the Hong Kong to Puerto Galera Yacht Race at 00h 53m 56s HK time 21 April, setting the race record at 85h 33m 56s. Standard Insurance Centennial is the only Philippines yacht taking part in the inaugural race. The newly acquired Reichel/Pugh 75 has been undergoing a refit over the last few months and only had its new sails tested the day before the race. The next yacht to arrive in Puerto Galera was Geoffrey Hill’s Santa Cruz 72 Antipodes at 11h 46m 27s and although almost 11 hours has elapsed since Centennial V crossed the line, Antipodes has provisionally claimed the Overall IRC and Class 0 handicap stakes. Goto RHKYC Updates...

Goto RHKYC Race UpdatesHKPG Race Update 4 - Crawling towards the finish...
By RHKYC Media
April 20th 2019: Overnight the breeze lightened up and swung back to the south, returning to slow upwind conditions. At midday race leader Ernesto Echauz’s R/P 75 Standard Insurance Centennial V still had 110nm to go to the finish, as the fleet made a beeline for the Luzon coast, some relief arrived this afternoon, with the breeze veering favourably, enabling helms to point the bows towards the finish. With the forecast predicting the breeze to completely die by mid-day Sunday on the approach to Lubang Island, Standard Insurance Centennial may be able to sneak by the shortened finish line, just in time. Goto RHKYC Race Updates...

HK Puerto Galera Race Update 3 - The beat goes on...
Goto RHKYC Updates...By RHKYC Media
April 19th 2019: ThDay 3 and 4 of racing in the inaugural Hong Kong to Puerto Galera Race sees the fleet converge on the western lay line and they are now bearing towards the finish; unlike yesterday when the fleet were scattered across the course. The exception to this is Chin Yew Seah’s A40RC Avant Garde which is on the other side of the shift which is pushing them east. The leading yacht on line in IRC Racer 0 is Ernesto Echauz’s R/P 75 Standard Insurance Centennial which has passed the rear of the HKPN boats which started a day earlier (Tuesday) and is hunting down their leader Michael Ashbrook’s Jeanneau 469 Sitka which continues to lead the HKPN fleet on handicap and line. Goto RHKYC Updates...

Goto RHKYC Race UpdatesHK Puerto Galera Race Update 2
By RHKYC Media
April 18th 2019:
Thirteen boats are now racing towards Puerto Galera after two early retirements. The HKPN fleet which started on Tuesday have almost covered half of their 650nm sail across the South China Sea, however we are starting to see the lead yacht, Michael Ashbrook’s Jeanneau 469 Sitka’s boat speed drop on the YB Tracker as they near the rather ominous hole. The entire fleet is currently west of the rhumb line, however different tactics are coming into play from yacht to yacht. Double-handed entry Philippe Grelon’s Pogo 10.50 Decathlon Aya has taken the most westerly route along with Nicolas Cohen-Addad’s J122e Jinn who is in second position in IRC Racer 2. Goto RHKYC Race Update 2

HK Puerto Galera Race Update 1
By RHKYC Media
Goto RHKYC Race Updates April 17th 2019: The IRC fleet in the inaugural Hong Kong to Puerto Galera Yacht Race got away this morning at 1120hrs in Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbour. The Race takes competitors 650nm across the South China Sea to Puerto Galera on the Philippines island of Mindoro. 12 boats were on the start line with the three boats from the HKPN division having set off yesterday. With a port and starboard incident after the start which resulted in Surfdude retiring with bow damage, Blackjack has made her way back to Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club was undertaking repairs to her port side and hopes to be on her way as soon as possible. The three early HKPN starters yesterday, are currently cruising along at around 7kts have knocked off around 180nm off their journey. In the lead is Michael Ashbrook’s Sitka, a Jeanneau 469 followed by Dean Chisholm’s Hanse 40 Darling and Eddy Lee’s Sense 46 Generations. Goto RHKYC Race Updates

Goto March AYGP NewsAYGP - The Best of the Best in Asian waters...
By AY MultiMedia
March 20th 2019: Although regatta entries are generally on the decline and less boat owners are moving around, to compete on multiple events, the 2018-19 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) Rankings keeps rolling along. This is a unique scoring system to Asian waters, that annually grades big boat Skippers and Yachts throughout the season, into a performance based scoring system. Although the Standard Insurance Subic Bay Int. Regatta didn't produce anyone rising to the top of the rankings, it did introduce nine new Skippers and Yachts to the pointscore and some big movements in the AYGP Rankings. With five wins under their belt, Ridgely Balladares PSA 1, dominated the Far East 28R class to become the "Highest AYGP Scorer" at the SBC Regatta. Goto March AYGP News...

Last Race Victory For Karakoa, In SBC Showdown
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary02:03:2019 Subic Bay, Philippines: By the 10:30 start time, a brisk 10 to 15 knot Easterly piped in, for the final day showdown. Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes skippered by Richard Hudson and Ray Ordoveza's Excel 53 Karakoa, were tied on 8 points, accumulated from the same race placing's. A two mile windward/leeward course for the Racing Class and .8 for the one design Far East 28R class, saw them underway, with a close but clear start. Karakoa in the middle of the line and Antipodes at the pin end. Maria Vidoeira's Subic Sailing were first to raise the spinnaker on the Far East 28R course, closely followed by Ridgely Balladares PSA 1. By the top mark Antipodes, Karakoa and George Hackett's Mills 43 custom Misty Mountain had established the order and forging ahead choosing their angles, on the downwind leg. Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary and check out the action in the AY Photo Gallery.

Goto AY Race Report 4The SBIR beat goes on, with fleet racing...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

01:03:2019 Subic Bay, Philippines: As the sting from the North Easterly seems to have deserted us, it's very important to pick the wind shifts correctly, head for and stay in the gust lanes, to gain an advantage. The one design Far East 28R class started the fleet racing segment of the SBIR, with three windward/leeward races, while the keelboats set off on a 25nm point to point race, taking in the length and breadth of Subic Bay. To complicate things further the sea breeze arrived early and depending on the yachts position in the bay, paid dividends or took losses. Goto AY Race Report 4 and check out the action in the AY Photo Gallery.

Triumph for Emerson at Inaugural SBIR Match Racing...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

28:02:2019 Subic Bay, Philippines: Although Ridgely Balladares and Emerson Villena are fellow crew members on Ernesto Echauz's TP 52 Standard Insurance Centennial III and grew up together in the junior ranks, they are arch rivals on the match racing course. Ridgely Balladares PSA Team came through unscathed in the Round Robins, but different story when it comes to the Grand Final. Very spirited pre-starts and circling around the start boat, aiming to penalise each other, with the umpires watching every move, initially resulted in green flags. Coming together at the top mark resulted in Balladares being penalised with Villena sailing on to make it 1 - 0 and their first win over Balladares for the series. Goto AY Race Report 3 and check out the action in the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 2Subic Bay Cup turns on the charm...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

27:02:2019 Subic Bay, Philippines: Although the keelboat fleet is reduced to six yachts in one combined class, they set off on a 21nm point to point race, that crisscrossed Subic Bay, basked in clear blue sky, with a 15 to 20 knot North Easterly to push them along. The Standard Insurance Centennial III crew have split up into Match Racing teams and once again dominated the Round Robins today. After winning the start Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes skippered by Richard Hudson, briefly engaged in a tacking duel with Ray Ordoveza's Excel 53 Karakoa, before breaking away to lead the fleet around the course and claimed line honours in 2 hours and 18 minutes. Subic Bay is often described as the perfect place to race and today turned on the charm, with good wind, flat water and clear sky, which photographically enhanced the hilly slopes in the background. Goto AY Race Report 2 and check out the action in the AY Photo Gallery

Subic Bay Cup starts with Match Racing...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto SBC - AY Race Report 126:02:2019 Subic Bay, Philippines: History in the making, with the first Match Racing event, ever to be held in the Philippines. PRO Inge Stromph Jepsen from Hong Kong, has assembled a team of umpires under Chief Umpire Ewan McEwan (Singapore), are training the local race committee to conduct Match Racing on Far East 28R keelboats, in preparation for the 30th SEA Games, in late November. Three Teams from the Philippine Sailing Association (PSA) and one representing the Subic Sailing Team, completed two Round Robins today, in consistent 8 to 12, gusting to 20 knot Easterly breeze. Keeping in line with World Sailing equal gender opportunity, two men skippers Ridgely Balladares and Emerson Villena are taking on two women, Jerene Durana and Maria Vidoeira. Goto Subic Bay Cup - AY Race Report 1 and check out the action in the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 2Line Honours Antipodes, IRC overall SI Centennial III
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

25:02:2019 Subic Bay, Philippines: Despite many wind direction and speed changes over the 200nm course, Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes, claimed Line Honours at 13:28:18, with an Elapsed Time of 25:28:18 but well outside the inaugural record of 22:54:09 they set last year. Never out of sight of each other, Ernesto Echauz's TP 52 Standard Insurance Centennial III finished at 13:53:53 and eclipsed Antipodes in the IRC stakes by 13 minutes. SI Centennial III led the way down to the Verde Passage but after a tacking duel approaching Verde Island, Antipodes came out on top and held on for the long run back home. A long wait before Ray Ordoveza's Excel 53 Karakoa crossed the finish line and closely followed by George Hackett's Mills 43 custom Misty Mountain. Goto AY Race Report 2 and check out the action in the AY Photo Gallery

Subic Verde Is Race - All clear and away they go...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 123:02:2019 Subic Bay, Philippines: Despite the breeze changing from East to North East during the pre-start, it stayed consistent at 10 to 15 knots and after a clear start was called by PRO Louise Davis, the nine boat fleet set off under colourful spinnakers, down Subic Bay towards the entrance. In the middle of the line, Ernesto Echauz's TP 52 Standard Insurance Centennial III hit the line with speed and was closely followed by George Hackett's Mills 43 custom Misty Mountain, at the committee boat end. Goto AY Race Report 1 and check out the start action in the AY Photo Gallery

Goto SI Subic Bay Int RegattaRebranded as the SI Subic Bay Int Regatta...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

22:02:2019 Subic Bay, Philippines: When the Subic Boracay Race was cancelled last year, the organisers kept in step with the long passage race and inshore regatta format, to come up with the Subic Bay Around Verde Island Passage Race and the Subic Bay Cup Regatta. This year rebranded under the Standard Insurance Subic Bay International Regatta, the SBVIPR remains the passage race, followed by the tightly contested Subic Bay Cup back in Subic Bay. Which also includes fleet and match racing for the one design FarEast 28 class, to be used at the 30th SEA Games in late November. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...

Positioning is everything in the AYGP Rankings...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto Feb AYGP NewsFeb 18th 2019: By winning four races at the Nongsa Neptune Regatta and scoring 14 points in the six boat Cruising Class, John Inglis Boers Ron Holland 44 Sangaree becomes the "Highest AYGP Scorer" at the regatta and enter the 2018-19 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) Rankings, in a respectable 44th place, out of 270 Skippers scored this season. Although Jonathan Mahony HYD 42 Zanzibar also won 4 races, but having only two yachts in the IRC Class, they low score with 8 points and enter in equal 99th place with 21 other Skippers. Both Xavier Glenard / Damien Geoffray's Kaze and Scott McCook / Alice Lim's Abracadeborah Too, scored 12 points and immediately slot into 56th place with 6 other skippers. Goto Feb AYGP News...

Goto AY Race Report 6 & SummaryEveryone's a winner on the Neptune Regatta...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

09:02:2019 Nongsa Point Marina, Indonesia: All crews were just as keen as on Day 1 to get racing, on the final 45nm Passage Race back to Nongsa Point Marina from Pulau Mubut. Even a late luff by Jonathan Mahony HYD 42 Zanzibar, pushed Max Palleschi's IOR Farr 40 Prime Factor over the start line and was recalled. For once the current was with the yachts up the Bintan Strait and although it is a long slog up the Strait, they made good progress and finished early, with enough time to get unpacked, tidy the boat up and ready for the final Gala Dinner and Prize Giving ceremony, in the evening. Goto AY Race Report 6 & Summary plus the complete AY Photo Gallery

So long, farewell Neptune for another year...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 4 & 508:02:2019 Mubut Is, Indonesia: Early start and full on effort to decamp the island and leave it as we found it. Bye Bye for another year and thanks for another memorable stay. The start was moved North, to avoid bucking the current between the neighbouring islands. An ambitious 50nm Passage Race to windward, back up through the Riau Islands, to Pulau Mubut, started with a puffy North Easterly and short, choppy sea. Once again decision time, whether to take the long tack out into clear water or play the short tacking, coastal island hopping route. Either way, the breeze faded making it a slow passage, stemming the adverse current, through the Pengalap cauldron and as the afternoon wore on, it was decided to shorten the race at the Pengalap timing gate. Some skippers decided to use the iron sail through the light patches and take the reintroduced time penalty and everyone arrived at Mubut by sunset for dinner and an overnight stay. Goto AY Race Report 4 & 5 and AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 2 & 3Capturing King Neptune's wrath...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

14:02:2018 Neptune Is, Indonesia: Beautiful clear blue sky, on a warm sunny day, with cool NE'ly breeze, are the perfect conditions, to sail 7 miles South of Neptune Island, to the equator and disturb King Neptune. Seventeen sailing yachts and four Motor Yachts upped anchor and started Race 3 Part A, then stopped at 00°00' 000" to meet King Neptune and induct the crew from Slimy Pollywogs into Trusty Shellback's. The Start/finish times were recorded and after the ceremony Part B got underway from the equator and back to Neptune Island. The times are combined and handicaps applied for the result to be calculated. Goto AY Race Report 2 & 3 and check out the AY Photo Gallery

NNR - Perfect day for a race to Fishhead Island...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 104:02:2019 Fishhead Island, Indonesia: Despite the early 0800 start, everyone was up and about and ready for another racing adventure, through the Riau Islands. The light North Easterly was strong enough to make way into the adverse current and once the yachts cleared the North Eastern tip of Batam, the spinnakers came out and carried them down the Bintan Strait. The NE'ly increased throughout the morning and as they rounded the Loban gate and hardened up, the gusts turned the close reach into a fast ride, as they filtered through the small islands on the approaches to Fishhead Island. No records were broken, but a great sail none the less, with blue sky and sunshine and looking forward to the welcome party by Todd Keeler and the Fishhead gang. Goto AY Race Report 1

100 Sailors set sail to meet King Neptune at Equator...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report 03:02:2019 Batam, Indonesia: This regatta is best described as 'Passage racing at it's best' and being able to stop half way through a race and celebrate crossing the Equator by "Turning Slimy Pollywogs (Never crossed the equator by boat) after being thoroughly denounced for their crimes and carrying out a suitable penance chosen by King Neptune, into Trusty Shellback's" is very unique indeed. The 9th edition comes with new management and organised by the Nongsa Point Marina & Resort team on Batam Island. It's a natural fit, as they have been the start and finish port for all editions and as the Western gateway for entry and departure to Indonesia, has enabled them to organise a variety of races and cruises to the 3,000 island Riau archipelago, throughout the year. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Goto AY Race Report 3 & Summary Waka Tere claims their 3rd Nongsa Regatta title...
By AY MultiMedia
January 27th, Batam, Indonesia: What a way to finish a regatta. Pumping 20 knot North Easterly, blue sky and warm sunny conditions, often described as T-Shirt and shorts sailing weather. Although there have been many equipment failures over the three days of racing, these have been sent to test the sailors resilience and sailing gear. That is precisely why they cross the Strait to experience these conditions, as they are not available in Singapore. Although Kurt Metzger's Nelson 10 Waka Tere, was sitting in the box seat, three more windward/ leeward races to finish the regatta, were scheduled and judging by the earlier races, anything could happen and usually does. Goto AY Race Report 3 & Summary plus check out the AY Photo Gallery

Nongsa Regatta - The rich get richer, others gain valuable experience
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 2January 26th, Batam, Indonesia: Although the NE'ly trade wind moderated a little today, the confused, choppy sea remains, which makes it extremely difficult to get into the grove on the downwind rides. Three windward/leeward races were conducted and the yachts that have come prepared to battle the elements, have risen to the top, while the lesser experienced crews are getting their teamwork together and controlling the boat better. For safety reasons, Clement Lim's SMUMAD has become the second casualty from the regatta, reducing the keelboat fleet to 7 and the crew have joined other yachts, to increase the weight on the rail. While the Optimist and Laser 4.7's continued racing within the confines of the marina. Goto AY Race Report 2 and check out the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 1 Nongsa Regatta - Windy, rock & roll day to start with...
By AY MultiMedia
January 25th, Batam, Indonesia: The NE'ly trade wind didn't disappoint the sailors and by the high noon start time, 15 to 18 knots with confused, choppy seas to contend with, saw them away on three windward/leeward races in succession. Scattered showers, intermingled with increased pressure, produced some exciting moments on the downwind rides and overpowered others into knock down mode. The cap shroud, turn buckle on Simon Piff's Lauranus L34 Rainbow Dream, gave way before the start and contortionist mast bend, is cause for concern to become the first casualty and will take no further part at the regatta. Goto AY Race Report 1

4th Nongsa Regatta ready to set sail...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportJanuary 24th, Batam, Indonesia: If your looking for an open expanse of water, at the peak of the NE monsoon season, to hold a regatta in the Singapore Strait area, go no further than the Nongsa Regatta on Batam Island. This is the 4th edition organised by the Nongsa Point Marina & Resort team, that invites sailors from nearby Singapore and neighbouring regions, to come and test their sailing skills in Indonesian waters and enjoy hospitable resort style living during the regatta. Conveniently the racing takes place just outside of the marina, that has become the Western gateway for entry and departure to Indonesia and enabled them to organise a variety of races and cruises to the 3,000 island Riau archipelago. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...

Goto January AYGP NewsRay Roberts extends lead in the AYGP Rankings...
By AY MultiMedia
Jan 16th 2019: After scoring a whopping 19 points at the Royal Langkawi Int Regatta, Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood became the "Highest AYGP Scorer" at the regatta, and also extends their lead in the 2018-19 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) Rankings, over the 2017-18 Champions, Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns GTS 43 Mandrake III by 20.5 points, with 5 regattas to go, before the prestigious 2018-19 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year are awarded. They both have competed on 4 point scoring events this season and further progress will depend on which of the remaining 5 events they compete in. Despite low scoring with only 3 entries in the Multihull Class, John Newnham Firefly 850 Sports Twin Sharks and Dan Fidock’s Moore 36 Fugazi climb up into 3rd and 4th respectively and are still within reach of the leaders. Goto January AYGP News...

RLIR - Ray Roberts wins Prime Ministers Challenge Trophy for 7th time...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary12:01:2019 Langkawi, Malaysia: Although the North Easterly has moderated since yesterday, two point to point races were conducted in Bass Harbour, for all classes, except the Sports boats and produced a wonderful and climatic end to the regatta. Some boats were carrying wounds from earlier races and once the first race results were announced, decided to call it a day, as they couldn't improve their placing's. Quite often this regatta has had its light moments but this year the average breeze strength, must be in the mid teens and although some damage must be expected almost everyone has enjoyed the outing and blasted in the sailors New Year, in Royal style. Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary and browse some of the action in the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 4RLIR - 20+ knots ruffled the feathers on Bass Harbour
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

11:01:2019 Langkawi, Malaysia: As the forecasted North Easterly is holding true, the maximum loads on the yachts rigging is being exceeded, and several equipment failures and ripped sails, have resulted from yachts being over powered, broaching out of control and inexperienced crew work, in these conditions. The Club Cruisers and Ocean Rover classes wisely reefed their sails and still managed to complete the course in record time. All classes completed a windward/leeward course in Bass/Kuah Harbour and then were sent on a passage race, down the harbour and out to the West coast, depending on the class, around Pulau Rebak or to Telaga Harbour and back. Even yesterdays record breaker, Dan Fidock’s Moore 36 Fugazi was recorded on camera, recovering from a nose dive. Goto AY Race Report 4 and browse some of the action in the AY Photo Gallery

RLIR - Fugazi sets new Round the Islands Record...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 310:01:2019 Langkawi, Malaysia: Back in 2014 Frank Pong's RP75 Jelik set the Round the Islands race record at 02:14:53, on the 28nm outer course. Today Dan Fidock’s Moore 36 Fugazi took flight on a mission and despite the back row start, they soon cut their way through the pack and disappeared over the horizon. Downwind start in 15 to 18 knot North Easterly, soon increased to over 20 on the Southern reaching stretch and apart from some patchy conditions in the lee of Palau Beras Besar, they put the hammer down, on the beat back up Kuah Harbour and finished at 11:39:20. Taking 02:04:20 to complete the course and cutting 10:33 from Jelik's record. "Fantastic race and happy to break the record" Fidock and the soaked crew said, as they downed some refreshments at the RLYC afterwards. Most crews agreed and enjoyed stretching their legs on the scenic course, as they raised a class to celebrate the achievement. Goto AY Race Report 3 and browse some of the action in the AY Photo Gallery

RLIR - Winds up, lets go surfing...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 29:01:2019 Langkawi, Malaysia: As the weather forecast looked favourable, the early morning decision to race in open water, on the East Coast of Langkawi paid dividends. Fifteen to eighteen knot North Easterly, allowed the race committee to set longer courses and the one meter chop produced some quick rides downwind and a tough slog upwind. Three races for the IRC, Sports boat and Multihull classes and two races for the Club Cruising and Ocean Rover Classes, saw some movement in the overall order. Crew work became paramount to success or loosing valuable ground at mark rounding's was the alternative. Some skippers were a little to keen to get going and recalled at the start line, then had to work hard to recover. These conditions also cause breakages and jury repairs to keep racing but hamper any improvements in the results. Goto AY Race Report 2 and browse some of the action in the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 1RLIR - Solid start on Day 1
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

8:01:2019 Langkawi, Malaysia: An eight to ten knot North Easterly, saw all seven classes off to a solid start, on picturesque Bass Harbour. The IRC, Sports boat and Multihull classes completed two windward/leeward races, while the Club Cruising and Ocean Rover Classes, completed a single point to point race, in record time. As the breeze started to swing to the right and forecasted to fade away, PRO Simon James didn't want to test his luck and decided to call it a day. All the boats were packed up and crews back at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, in time for a late lunch. Some equipment breakages were in the process of being repaired and crews discussing improvements to their sail handling drills, in anticipation of the coming races. Goto AY Race Report 1...

RLIR - First regatta for 2019 & sailors New Year celebrations...
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportBy AsianYachting MultiMedia
7:01:2019 Langkawi, Malaysia: The first International regatta for the year, is the perfect place for sailors to celebrate the New Year in Royal style. Since the regattas inception 17 years ago, the main aim has always been to provide competitive and enjoyable racing for all crews, irrespective of the design or vintage of yacht. Thirty five racing teams will be battling it out over 5 days, on picturesque Bass Harbour and Coastal courses, to the East of Langkawi. The fleet is split into seven classes, ranging from newbies to regulars, all excited about fighting over the class titles. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...

Goto AY - RSHYR Updates... RSHYR - Turner’s dream comes Alive
By Rupert Guinness, RSHYR media
For Phillip Turner the dream of winning the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race began “five or six years ago” when he was watching the finish and suddenly thought: “I’d like to win that one day.”
On Sunday that dream became real for Turner, a retired professional gambler, when his yacht Alive was formally declared the overall winner of this year’s race and he received the Tattersall Cup from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Commodore, Paul Billingham. However, as he prepared to accept one of the world’s most prestigious offshore racing awards, Turner was still coming to terms with his success, saying: “It still hasn’t sunk in.” He also admits to being “introverted,” and that he doesn’t “like all the attention” that comes with winning. Full race coverage go to AY - RSHYR Updates...

Goto December AYGP News...Ray Roberts regains the lead in the AYGP Rankings...
By AY MultiMedia
Dec 12th 2018: A convincing 6 race victory for Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood at the Phuket King's Cup and despite low scoring with only 4 entries in the IRC 0 class, they return to the top of the 2018-19 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) Rankings, in grand style. Being deprived of the last race win and overall victory, Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns GTS 43 Mandrake III had to settle on 2nd place and opened the door for Roberts to come through and retake the overall lead, in the AYGP Skipper Rankings by only 1.5 points, but Mandrake III still leads the AYGP Yacht Rankings by 9.5 points from Team Hollywood. Local SE Asian based skippers John Newnham defended the Firefly 850 Sports title on Twin Sharks, and 3rd place for Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly in the Cruising Class, improves their Rankings, to be tied on 30 points, in 3rd overall. Goto December AYGP News...

Alive provisional overall IRC & ORCi leaders...
Protest invalid, Wild Oats XI retains her line honours crown
Goto AY - RSHYR Updates29th Dec: While the super maxis were hard at it from start to finish in the Rolex Sydney Hobart, two Reichel/Pugh 66s were also hard at it not too far behind them; Phillip Turner’s Tasmanian Alive and the Oatley family’s Wild Oats X, skippered by Stacey Jackson. In the end, and much to the delight of the locals in Hobart, Alive was victorious over the line in 5th place and overall from the pro all-female crew by a nick under 13 minutes when they finished in 6th place. Currently the Taswegians are provisionally overall IRC and ORCi leaders in the standings, but had to wait it out to see whether others still racing could beat their time, before the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia can officially declare them the champions. Nevertheless, Alive’s skipper, Duncan Hine commented, “We’re ecstatic – all of us – of course we are.” Full race coverage go to AY - RSHYR Updates...

Goto AY - RSHYR Updates...RSHYR - Wild Oats XI takes line honours
By Di Pearson, RSHYR Media
“Redemption, guys … Redemption day …” yelled a beaming Mark Richards to the cheering crowd on the docks after he skippered the 14 year-old Wild Oats XI to a record ninth line honours victory in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on Friday 28 December. As Richards screamed, he was still on the miracle, skinny super maxi yacht that he later dubbed “the Phar Lap of yachting” - with owner Sandy Oatley and Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Commodore Paul Billingham who presented him the John H. Illingworth trophy awarded to the line honours winner. Val Oatley described Wild Oats XI’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race line honours victory perfectly alongside the dock in Hobart this morning: “Three years of misery to this moment,” and you could not wipe the smile from her face or that of her sons, Sandy and Ian, as they waited for their super maxi to moor alongside Kings Pier. Goto AY - RSHYR Updates...

RSHYR - Light wind hampers the fleet and a time to remember...
By Di Pearson, RSHYR Media
Goto AY - RSHYR Updates...
The breathless battle for line honours that the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht has become, looks set to continue well into the second day of racing, with only five miles separating the first four maxi yachts. In a tussle that has seen the lead in the 628nm race change several times between the remaining four maxi yachts since it began at 1pm in Sydney Harbour on Wednesday, Boxing Day, last year’s winner Comanche, owned by Jim Cooney and Samantha Grant, was in front and travelling at 14.5 knots well into the crossing of Bass Strait. In second place was Peter Harburg’s Black Jack at 3.4nm, followed by Christian Beck’s InfoTrack and then the eight times winner Wild Oats XI, skippered by Mark Richards – all sailing at about 14 knots. All were close to the rhumbline, bar Wild Oats XI that was further east. Meanwhile, in the race for the Tattersall Cup and handicap honours, the Rolex Sydney Hobart was just as much on edge, as the entire fleet continued to make best of the lighter 15-20 knot nor ‘easterlies. But on latest standings, the conditions were suiting the smaller boats. Goto AY - RSHYR Updates...

RSHYR - Line Honours too close to call
By Di Pearson, RSHYR Media
In the closest contest in the history of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the four remaining super maxis in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 628 nautical mile race were separated by just five nautical miles this morning - Comanche leading the way Jim Cooney and Samantha Grant’s Comanche, are off record pace, 34nm behind her record of last year, but lead the pack from the Oatley family’s Wild Oats XI, with Mark Richards at the helm. Peter Harburg’s Black Jack and Christian Beck’s InfoTrack have taken the inside lane closer to the rhumb line as they try to slip past the two leaders. The four yachts are south-east of Gabo Island in Victoria, ready to sail across Bass Strait this morning. Goto AY - RSHYR Updates...

Magic start to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
By Di Pearson, RSHYR Media
Goto AY - RSHYR UpdatesA perfect sunny summer day, and lovely 10-12 knot north easterly breeze made for one of the most exciting starts to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race with all five super maxis vying for the lead at one stage before leaving Sydney Heads. After clean starts on all three lines, the Oatley family’s Wild Oats XI and Peter Harburg’s Black Jack were neck-and neck, while InfoTrack and Sun Hung Kai Scallywag gave chase and Comanche made a swooping tack to the east of the Harbour. Black Jack’s skipper, Mark Bradford, then put the foot to the accelerator to see the Queensland boat leave her rivals behind for the right hand turn at South Head for Hobart. Goto AY - RSHYR Updates...

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From AsianYachting MultiMedia
21st Dec 2018: We wish our readers Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and for those of different persuasions Happy Holidays.

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King's Cup - Final outcome decided on the water...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary8th December 2018: After the disappointment of canceling racing yesterday, the ENE'ly returned and produced a full day of racing, to settle the regatta on the water. The IRC classes completed a quick windward/leeward race, then embarked on a passage race, around the islands, to finish off with. The cruising classes completed three races and it was noted after the first race, in most cases, there were some changes at the top of the order and the results of the second race, would decide the overall winner and podium places. This is the best way to finish the regatta and yachts that are suited to 12 to 15 knots of breeze, took advantage of the situation and came through to take the honours. Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary and catch some of the action in the AY Photo Gallery

King's Cup - No wind today, my love has gone away...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
7th December 2018: A huge thunderstorm last night, caused extensive flooding and all sorts of mayhem on the roads in Phuket. Unfortunately the heavy overcast sky, carried through into the morning and interrupted the NE flow from earlier in the week, plus stifled any heating over the land, for any sign of the sea breeze forming. The fleet on both courses were left stranded and after several attempts at setting up the course were flawed, the PRO's had no alternative, other than cancel racing for the day. Goto AY Race Report 4 and meanwhile catch some of the earlier action in the AY Photo Gallery

King's Cup doesn't get much better than this...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 35th December 2018: A stark difference from yesterday, when the weather forecast looked very promising, but didn't live up to expectations. Today the forecasted NE trade wind decided different and sent 15 to 20 knots throughout the morning and into the afternoon. Enabling PRO's on both courses to try the passage races, along the West coast, up to Patong and back for the Cruisers, Multihull's, Premier Cruisers and IRC 2 classes. The IRC 0 & 1, plus the one-design Firefly 850 classes managed to get in three windward/leeward races before calling it a day. Dare I use the ole cliche but these conditions are classic King's Cup champagne sailing conditions, like the good old days. Goto AY Race Report 3 and catch some of the action in the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 2King's Cup - Long, slow road to success...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
4th December 2018: The weather forecast looked very promising, so the island courses came into play. In reality the breeze didn't live up to expectations. The IRC Racers embarked on a windward/leeward race before joining the Cruising classes on a passage race, around neighboring islands, to the South East of Phuket. Just getting the Cruising starts away, in constant changing breeze was hard enough and the windward/leeward race turned into a semi soldiers course. Despite all this, the racers were keen to get going and several top contenders were called over the start line (OCS) and recalled, which jeopardised improving their standings. As the yachts stretched out along the course, they struggled in light weather, into an adverse current on the East coast. Relief finally arrived, as a passing rain storm whipped up some breeze for the long run back home. Goto AY Race Report 2 and catch some of the action in the AY Photo Gallery

King's Cup - Great day to open King's Cup proceedings...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 1 3rd December 2018: Despite a short delay to allow the light morning Easterly breeze to increase and settle in direction, plus according to Race Director Simon James 'A record two races for all classes were held', before fading away in the afternoon. Nothing spectacular but a good test for crew and machine, to see where they stand in the pecking order and what improvements are needed to increase speed and stay in contention. Some owners have gone to huge expense to be here and improve their boats performance or have purchased new boats that can make a difference. Judging from the results, this has not gone unnoticed and starting to pay dividends. Goto AY Race Report 1

Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportKing's Cup rolls out the red carpet...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
2nd December 2018: South East Asia’s biggest and prestigious sailing regatta, is ready to roll out the 32nd edition in grand style. This year the focus is split between keelboats, multihull's and the next generation of sailors in the International Dinghy classes. Initially dedicated to HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej for his passion and support for the sport of sailing and now in honor of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, sailors can expect a week of fast and furious sailing action. Already the air is full of anticipation and wild speculation, on how the racing will unfold. The longstanding spiritual home of the King’s Cup, the stylish Beyond Resort Kata, has rolled out the red carpet and welcoming sailors from all over the world. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...

Kinmonth/Burns Mandrake III on top of the AYGP Rankings...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto Late November AYGP NewsNov 30th 2018: Victory at the Raja Muda Selangor Int. Regatta for Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns GTS 43 Mandrake III, promotes them to the top of the 2018-19 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) Rankings. After contesting three events this season, the 2017-18 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year are now one point in front of Ray Roberts, in the AYGP Skipper Rankings and two points in front of Tiffany Koo's King Mills 40 Hero Racing Team, in the AYGP Yacht Rankings. Both Ray Roberts and Kinmonth/Burns are contesting at the Phuket King's Cup Regatta next week, in different classes and along with other top contenders, have another opportunity to improve their standings, by years end. Goto Late November AYGP News...

Goto AY Race Report 6 & SummaryRMSIR - It's all over and winners take a bow...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
24th Nov 2018: Once again the wind played havoc with the race committee trying to get the starts away. Despite bringing the start time earlier to 1100hrs, the building NE trade wind looked promising but the start sequence had to be aborted in the last minute, as the breeze decided to call it quits. After an hours delay, there was enough wind to send the Multihull, IRC 4, Cruising and Cruising Classic classes, down the harbour on a passage race, around some of the 99 picturesque islands that make up Langkawi. PRO Jerry Rollin then moved the start line up the harbour and laid a true windward/leeward course, in front of Kua town, for the IRC 1 and Premier Cruisers, to perform their final shootout. Goto
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Goto AY Race Report 5RMSIR joins the Hurry Up and Wait Program...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
23rd Nov 2018: After the tiring passage race from Penang, crews were expected to front up again for the Langkawi Harbour races starting at 1400hrs. The late arrival of the Cruising and Cruising Classic classes, PRO Jerry Rollin wisely cancelled racing for them and went ahead for the other classes. All morning the NE trade wind had reestablished itself, after a few days of disturbed weather from the tropical depression passing by. The Premier Cruisers got away on a downwind start but according to Murphy's Law, when it came to the Racing Classes turn, the wind faded away and the Postponement flag came out. Then the waiting game started. A few promising moments came and went, even an attempt to get away, ended before the first starting horn sounded. Eventually there was no other option, but to postpone racing for the day and send the IRC and Multihull classes home, to fight it out on the final day tomorrow. Goto
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RMSIR - Back to champagne racing to Langkawi...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 4 23rd Nov 2018: After the tropical depression passed to the North of Penang, that produced unsettled conditions and abruptly ended racing yesterday, sailors were greeted with a light land breeze and sunshine, as they arrived at Straits Quay Marina and readied for departure. On the way to the start line, it looked promising but PRO Jerry Rollin had to abort the first attempt, as the land breeze faded and returned to the 'Follow Me' signal and moved along the course. Then played his 'Get out of jail free card' as the sea breeze arrived from the West and once again shortened the starting sequence, then the fleet were all away on a fine reach to Langkawi. Actually the sea breeze are the remnants of the depression that has moved onto Sumatra and held up all afternoon, then slowly backed around to the SW, to make it champagne sailing in sunshine, on a straight line drag race to Langkawi.
Goto AY Race Report 4 and AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 3RMSIR - More rain interrupts play in Penang...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
21st Nov 2018: Bright sunshine and 15 knot Southerly breeze, as we came out of Straits Quay Marina, looked like prefect sailing conditions, but as we turned left and headed out into the harbour, a huge storm cell was building out at sea, with two water spouts rising high into the dark clouds. The storm quickly swallowed up the good conditions, changed the wind direction and spilled over the weir. When it settled, the race committee laid the courses and sent the Premier Cruisers, Cruising and Cruising Classic classes on a point to point race, within the harbour and quickly sorted a windward/leeward course for the IRC classes. From that time on, the courses were inundated with scattered showers of various strength and as the fleet were approaching the finish line, the clouds let fly with another heavy deluge, that blocked visibility and PRO Jerry Rollin called an end to the days racing.
Goto AY Race Report 3 and AY Photo Gallery

RMSIR - Unsettled weather plays havoc on Race 2...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 220th Nov 2018: Overnight an unrelenting heavy rain storm, swept in from the Malacca Straight and crews were looking very apprehensive all morning, as they peered out from the Seaview Resort, wondering what was going to happen. The wind prediction looked very grim, with a huge light patch and arrows pointing in all directions, along the course between Pankor and Pinang Islands. When the deluge turned into a trickle, the teams gingerly made their way out to the yachts on anchor and prepared themselves for the overnight Race 2. With barely 5 knots from the South, an attempt was made at the starting sequence but the adverse current and fading breeze, saw the Cruising Classic class having difficulty making way and PRO Jerry Rollin put an end to proceedings. Goto
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Ray Roberts reclaims the lead in the AYGP Rankings...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto November AYGP NewsNov 15th 2018: A string of seven bullets, not only delivered a commanding victory in the ASAF Keel Boat class, for Emerson Villena and his Philippine Sailing Association - Standard Insurance Team but also become the 'Highest AYGP Scorer' at the China Cup and make their debut on the 2018-19 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) Rankings in a respectable 6th place. Second place in the highly competitive Beneteau 40.7 class, has catapulted Ray Roberts back into the lead, in the AYGP Skipper Rankings, after contesting regattas on both the Western and Eastern Circuits. Goto November AYGP News...

Goto AY Race Report 1RMSIR - Wonderful start to the regatta...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
17th Nov 2018: Blue sky and a building North Westerly greeted the teams as they approached the start line. Ten knots got the starting sequence underway, on time and in reverse order, with the Classic Cruisers first away. PRO Jerry Rollin's race team, worked their way through the order, until the lone Multihull Meitatsu Fukumoto / Seng Huang Lee’s ORMA 60 SHK Scallywag FUKU skippered by David Witt flew across the line, 40 minutes latter. It didn't take long for them to cut their way through the fleet and as the breeze, backed around to the South West, forcing the IRC fleet into a downwind gybing tussle. It took the Scallywags 5 hours 50 minutes to cover the 74nm course, finishing at 2200hrs, the earliest anyone has ever finished. The wind stayed in for the entire race, allowing the leaders, in all the IRC classes, to complete the course in record time and were quenching their thirst at the Seaview Resort, well before midnight. Goto
AY Race Report 1 & Photo Gallery

Raja Muda Regatta ready for blast off...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report16th Nov 2018: Once again a mixture of foreign and Malaysian owned yachts are lining up at the Royal Selangor Yacht Club in Port Klang, for the 29th edition of this unique, island hopping regatta, along the West Coast of Peninsula Malaysia. Twenty six yachts, divided into seven classes, are under starters orders, for an 8 day challenge consisting of three overnight passage races, totaling 260nm and 3 days of harbour racing in Penang and Langkawi. Crews require an iron constitution to get through the racing program, let alone five prize giving parties, along the way. Presently the NE trade wind is trying to push through and has recently produced unsettled coastal weather. Teams must be prepared to change gears and tactics, to suite the conditions. Entries vary from outright serious racers, to local crews having a good time together on their boat and has popularly become known as 'Very character building and challenging event', that lures some teams back, year after year. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...

Goto AY Race Report 5China Cup - Longcheer wins back the China Cup
By CCIR Media - Sailing Intelligence
Monday 12th November 2018, Shenzhen, China: Wanhang Longcheer has won back the Beneteau 40.7 trophy at the 12th China Cup, after losing out to Yiihua-Pocket Emirates Team New Zealand a year ago. Steve McConaghy suffered a stressful few hours in the morning wondering if he was going to have to defend a slender two-point lead from fellow Australian Ray Roberts. But the wind never materialised and final-day racing was cancelled for the 108-boat fleet. A string of perfect bullets delivered easy victory in the ASAF Keel Boat class for Emerson Villena and his Philippine Sailing Association-Standard Insurance Team and in doing so became the 'Highest
AYGP Scorer' at the China Cup and enter the 2018-19 AYGP Rankings in a respectable 6th place. Goto AY Race Report 5 and CCIR Photo Gallery

China Cup - It's the Battle of Oz in the Beneteaus...
By CCIR Media - Sailing Intelligence
Goto AY Race Report 4Sunday 11th November 2018, Shenzhen, China: Ray Roberts gets better every day and has now manoeuvred BoomEgg - JoyOurs Team to just two points off the lead in the hotly contested Beneteau 40.7 at the China Cup International Regatta in Shenzhen. The Australian veteran of many Rolex Sydney Hobart Races scored 2,1 in some beautiful, windy, wavy conditions in Daya Bay, and now sits just two points behind the leader, Wanhang Longcheer. The Longcheer crew notched up the reverse numbers today, a 1,2 for the crew helmed by another Australian veteran, Steve McConaghy. Goto AY Race Report 4

Goto AY Race Report 3China Cup - Round-the-islands victory launches Cheung Kong into lead
By CCIR Media - Sailing Intelligence
Saturday 10th November 2018, Shenzhen, China: Cheung Kong Sailing Club Team moved to the top of the Beneteau 40.7 leaderboard after a solid performance on day three of the China Cup International Regatta in Shenzhen. Jono Rankine steered his crew across the finish line of the 19-mile around-the-islands race more than two minutes ahead of the chasing pack. Rankine effectively won the long distance race when he read the sailing instructions a little more carefully than his rivals. Goto
AY Race Report 3...

Ups and Downs on Day 2 of the China Cup International Regatta
By CCIR Media - Sailing Intelligence
Goto AY Race Report 2
Friday 9th November 2018, Shenzhen, China: Cheung Kong Sailing Team closed to just a point off the lead of the Beneteau 40.7 fleet after an up and down day of light winds at the China Cup International Regatta in Shenzhen. Day two of the regatta was the first day of inshore competition, with multiple divisions - totalling 108 boats - racing across the breadth of Daya Bay. The breeze was in short supply, but Vanhang Longcheer won a good start in the first race of the morning and cruised into a healthy lead. However, as the wind died, Longcheer found herself parked in a mini Doldrums while her rivals cruised on by. Goto
AY Race Report 2

Goto AY Race Report 1 China Cup - Vanhang Longcheer wins slow race from Hong Kong
By CCIR Media - Sailing Intelligence
Tuesday 8th November 2018, Shenzhen, China: Former winner Vanhang Longcheer has become the early leader of the ultra-competitive Beneteau 40.7 fleet after winning the New Sports Passage Race on the opening day of the China Cup International Regatta in Shenzhen. Last year Joseph Dennis O’Keeffe’s Australian/Chinese crew struggled to find the best breeze on the 30-mile race out of Hong Kong waters to Daya Bay in southern China. They could only manage sixth in 2017. However this year Vanhang Longcheer were consistently fast on the predominantly long port reach across to Daya Bay, and their opening victory stands them in good stead for winning back the title which so narrowly eluded them 12 months ago. Goto AY Race Report 1

Kiwis return to defend their China Cup title
By CCIR Media - Sailing Intelligence
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportTuesday 6th November 2018, Shenzhen, China: Emirates Team New Zealand are back to defend their title in the hotly-contested Beneteau 40.7 fleet at the 12th edition of the China Cup International Regatta, which takes place from 8 to 12 November. In total, 112 boats are set to compete across a range of keelboat divisions: IRC, HKPN, ASAF, Bavaria 37 and Beneteau 40.7. Racing starts when the fleet set out from Hong Kong to Chinese waters in the New Sports Passage Race, an opportunity for the larger boats like Frank Pong’s 75ft Maxi sled, Jelik, to stretch her legs on the race to Daya Bay. This year, an additional day of inshore racing has been put into the schedule, so the various fleets will race for four days in Daya Bay, competing in a mix of configurations including a round-the-island race. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...

Goto AY Race Report Hungary wins the Ambassadors’ sweepstakes...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
November 3rd: The customary Ambassadors' champagne breakfast was a nice touch and set the tone for the rest of the day. The race started with a storm brewing on the Malay side of the Johor Strait, which tried to displace the land breeze on the Singapore side. It became a toss of a coin which side to take, as the yachts made their way out to the North Angler turning mark. A couple yachts were recalled on the crowded start line, in front of Changi Sailing Club and the assembled spectators on the jetty. Goto AY Race Report and AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Pre-Race Report...Ambassadors’ escape in Singapore waters...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
November 2nd: Since its inception in 1999, The Ambassadors’ Cup has turned into the Premier Sailing-Social Event in Singapore. Bringing the Ambassadors and diplomatic staff together at the Changi Sailing Club, for a day of sailing and revelry, is an unique event to the Changi Sailing Club and possibly the world. At this 19th edition, the CSC has achieved a record-breaking 55 Yachts, 31 Ambassadors and diplomatic delegates, from 46 Embassies. Unfamiliar with this style of event, we have been told to expect some flair, style, energy, national cuisine, favourite home beverages and shenanigans on and off the water, but most of all 'Bringing the World Together' under the one roof. Goto AY Pre-Race Report...

Sam Chan's TP52 Freefire tops the 2018-19 AYGP Rankings...
Goto the End of October AYGP NewsBy AY MultiMedia
Oct 25th 2018: Victory at the China Coast Regatta and second overall on the Hong Kong to Hainan Race, has promoted Sam Chan’s TP52 FreeFire to the top of the 2018-19 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) Rankings. Although Joachim Isler and Drew Taylor’s Mills 41 Ambush were off the pace at the CCR, in 5th place, they made up for it, with overall IRC victory, on the 390nm downwind Hainan Race, to claim the extra bonus points and slot into 2nd place in the AYGP Rankings. Goto the End of October AYGP News...

Goto RHKYC Race ReportsMills 41 Ambush takes the IRC Overall Win!
By RHKYC Media
Image credits to RHKYC / Guy Nowell

20:10:2018: Second to arrive in Sanya, Hainan (after Karl Kwok’s MOD Beau Geste) and claiming Monohull Line Honours was Sam Chan’s TP52 FreeFire. FreeFire arrived on Friday night at 20h 15m 40s HK time, with an elapsed time of 32h 55m 40s. Sam Chan is the only owner to have a version of FreeFiretake part in every edition of the Hong Kong to Hainan Race. Racing into Sanya shortly after was Joachim Isler and Drew Taylor’s Mills 41 Ambush, arriving at 22h 34min 54s HK time and taking the IRC Overall win! Goto RHKYC Race Reports

Beau Geste takes Line Honours & sets Multihull Race Record
By RHKYC Media
Image credits to RHKYC / Guy Nowell

Goto RHKYC Race Reports19:10:2018: Karl Kwok’s MOD Beau Geste raced into Hainan at 11h 21m 59s Hong Kong time this morning, taking Line Honours and setting the Race’s first multihull record of 24h 1m 59s. MOD Beau Geste narrowly missed the race record of 23h 31m 52s that was set in 2016 by Seng Huang Lee's 100ft Super Maxi Scallywag by a mere 30m 07s. Karl Kwok commented on the Race, “It's been an interesting race, the start was so severe, so rough, but by the time we reached Hainan everything had calmed down, and we were fighting for wind. Our top speed was consistently above 30kts, so we should have been here six hours earlier, but unfortunately, that didn't work. By the time the wind ran out there was another system from the island, so basically, we just ran out of wind altogether. Goto RHKYC Race Reports...

Goto RHKYC Race Reports...Hainan Race starts... SHK Scallywag Fuku Retires...
By RHKYC Media
Image credits to RHKYC / Guy Nowell

18:10:2018: The Hong Kong to Hainan Race got away this morning, in an easterly breeze of around 12kts. With a rather long start line, the fleet stuck to the committee boat end and played it safe as the gun sounded ensuring no boat was over the line. First through the Lei Yue Mun Gap was Karl Kwok’s MOD Beau Geste 70 followed by Meitatsu Fukumoto and Seng Huang Lee’s Orma 60 SHK Scallywag Fuku. At 1436hrs however, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club received a call from SHK Scallywag Fuku which regretfully had to retire due to a broken foil. Goto RHKYC Race Reports...

East Asian Skippers scale the 2018-19 AYGP Rankings...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto Mid October AYGP NewsOct 17th 2018: By posting 6 race wins in classes with 5 yachts or more, Tiffany Koo’s King Mills 40 Hero Racing Team and Lowell Chang’s AC35 Dexter II have tied on 16 points, for the Highest AYGP Score, at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's China Coast Regatta and slot into equal 3rd place, on their debut in the 2018-19 AYGP Rankings. Five race wins for Sam Chan’s TP52 FreeFire secured the IRC 0 title and Peter Churchouse’s Warwick Custom Moonblue 2, clean sweep of the Premier Cruising Class, are outstanding achievements but having less than 5 entries in their class, enter the 2018-19 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) Rankings, in 9th and 14th place respectively. Current AYGP Rankings can be browsed by clicking on Skipper - Yacht - Regatta and Scoring System. Goto Mid October AYGP News...

2018 China Coast Regatta - Day 3 Wrap Up...
Goto 2018 CCR Race Reports..By RHKYC Media
Image credits to RHKYC / Guy Nowell
13:10:2018: Another superb day of excellent conditions; 15kts, sunshine and blue skies for the final races of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s China Coast Regatta 2018. Racing got away smoothly with all IRC Racer and HKPN divisions sailing one windward / leeward and one islands course ranging in distance from 10 to 16.5nm. The islands course took the fleet on a beat towards a windward mark and reaching to an ocean mark before rounding Beaufort or Sung Kong and finishing off Bluff Head near Stanley. Goto 2018 CCR Race Reports..

Goto 2018 CCR Race Reports...2018 China Coast Regatta - Day 2
By RHKYC Media
Image credits to RHKYC / Guy Nowell

13:10:2018: The breeze picked up for Day 2 of China Coast Regatta. A 20-25kts northeasterly breeze greeted the sailors as they reached the race track this morning, which was located to the southeast of Lamma Island. 34 boats came out for racing; the IRC Racer classes sailed three windward / leewards and had four retirements in the first race of the day which looked to mostly be spinnaker-related issues. IRC Premier Cruiser sailed two islands courses and HKPN were given one windward / leeward and an island course. Goto 2018 CCR Race Reports...

2018 China Coast Regatta - Day 1
By RHKYC Media
Image credits to RHKYC / Guy Nowell

Goto 2018 CCR Race Reports...12:10:2018: There were perfect conditions across the race track for Day 1 of the China Coast Regatta with blue skies and a 10 to 15kts north easterly breeze. 28 boats took to the race track, which was located southeast of Hong Kong’s Lamma Island. All IRC racing divisions sailed one windward / leeward and an islands course, with the IRC Premier Cruising sailing a single island course. The first race of the day saw many competitors get a feel for the conditions, with sailors tightening up their drops by the end of the race. In the biggest racing fleet of the regatta IRC Racer 1, the sole female skipper - Tiffany Koo - took the win in Race 1 on the King Mills 40, Hero Racing Team. Goto 2018 CCR Race Reports...

Goto October AYGP NewsAYGP comes alive with China Coast Regatta...
By AY MultiMedia
Oct 10th 2018: After a 3 month break since Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek kicked off the 2018-19 AYGP Season, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's China Coast Regatta, sets sail this weekend (October 12th - 14th) and the 26th edition of the Hong Kong to Hainan Race, 390nm downwind sleigh ride, starts on October 18th. Thirty four yachts divided into six classes will go under starters orders, over three days of racing. Past AYGP winners, Frank Pong's Custom 75 Jelik and Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns GTS 43 Mandrake III have been campaigning racing yachts for over 20 years and although they face some formidable opposition, must be considered favourites in their classes. Goto October AYGP News...

Frenz Emperor & Bugis Resorts - Making your dreams come true...
By AsianYachting Multimedia

heck out the Sept 2018 Update28th Sept 2018: One of the greatest beliefs Abdul Ghafar's (Afai) has been bestowed with, is to work hard and make life better for his children, as his farther did before him. Growing up in his farther's coffee shop in Muar, Johor, he dared to dream big and for 20 years searched for suitable beach front land, in the Johor and Pahang Islands, to build a boutique resort, that blends in harmony with the natural environment. Even going so far, as to build small chalets and testing some unique building techniques, in the back yard in Muar, to overcome some of the rough terrain found on these islands. Finally in 2007 he secured a 30 plus year lease, on seven acres of prime rainforest, that fronts directly onto Pasir Cina beach on the SW coast of Tioman Island. Since then, planning and building 11 exclusive solid timber chalets and Afai's dream has been rising up delicately balanced on top of sandstone boulders and nestled under the canopy of dense rainforest. Check out the Sept 2018 Update and AY Photo Gallery

Sept AYGP News - On Sponsorship drive, let the good times roll...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto Sept AYGP NewsSept 12th 2018: Despite AsianYachting awarding the prestigious AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) Skipper and Yacht of the Year titles for the last 16 years, we haven't managed to attract any major sponsors and told by marketing experts, that the AYGP needs more exposure throughout the 11 month season. Several ideas are being brandished around, ranging from extended media coverage and introducing the "Highest AYGP Scorer Award" at the 12 selected regattas, plus a small prize presentation during the regatta prize giving. For more go to Sept AYGP News...

Asian Games 2018 medals handed out...
Goto ASAF Daily Updates and Overall  ScoresBy ASAF News Editor
The final day of the 2018 Asian Games Sailing Competition dawned with a bright sunshine and the 12 Kts of wind in the Jakarta Bay greeted the 144 sailors who were hoping to close out this event on a positive note. For some the medals were almost guaranteed bar exceptional circumstances and some hung finely balanced and getting the final race today would be the last opportunity for certain sailors. Goto ASAF Daily Updates and Overall Points table Here...

Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryWestern Circuit - Fun and games to finish up with...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 18th: Although the morning started with scattered showers, by the midday start time, a 10 knot SSW'ly greeted the sailors. Heavy displacement yacht skippers that prayed for stronger breeze during the week, were answered with a solid 15 knots, half way through the first race. Must be careful what you wish for, as the breeze backed to the South and came across the Johor Strait and turned into a soldiers course, with a one tack drag race upwind and follow the leader downwind. Several collisions, late spinnaker drops turned into wide mark rounding's, bad judgment in the strong incoming tide, caused several yachts to hit the top mark and interlocking top masts in the SB20 class, were only some of the incidents witnessed from the media boat. The outstanding protest from last week was dismissed and the claim for redress was also disallowed, so the fleet started the day with the same finishing order, carried over to today's final showdown. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary and capture the action in the AY Photo Gallery...

Western Circuit - Final results up in the air...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 3August 16th: Although most the class leaders have all but secured the titles, the podium places are still up for grabs. There is also a protest pending for the SMU President's Cup last weekend, that could rearrange the Class A and B order. The forecast is for 10 to 12 knot South Westerly and if this materialises, up to three races could be run for the IRC A & B, PY, SB20, J24 and Multihull classes and will determine the eventual outcome. The drop race also comes into play for IRC A, B and PY classes, could also have some influence. Whatever happens everyone is looking forward to the gala presentation dinner and charity auction on Saturday night, in the Raffles Marina ballroom, to raise funds for Sailability Singapore. Goto AY Race Report 3 and capture the action in the AY Photo Gallery...

Goto AY Race Report 2Western Circuit - SB20 Cup & Windsurfing titles awarded
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 12th: Despite the SW trade wind struggling to reach 10 knots, Jonathan Mahony's Humphries 42R Zanzibar completed the 20nm passage race for the combined A & B classes, in 2 hrs 15 minutes, but the fading breeze and shortening the course, allowed Kurt Metzger's Nelson 10 Waka Tere to provisionally claim the SMU President’s Cup from the IRC B class. A protest has been lodged, so the result is provisional till next weekend. While this was going on, the other classes completed multiple races in front of Raffles Marina. The SB20 International Cup and the Inter-Tertiary Windsurfing Championship (ITWC) came to a natural conclusion and the 2018 titles were awarded at the evening prize giving ceremony. The sailors have been thoroughly entertained by the SMU Samba Band and other acts on a nightly basis and continues to show the extent the SMU goes to organise the event and no doubt very character building for everyone participating. Goto AY Race Report 2 and capture the action in the AY Photo Gallery...

Western Circuit - They're away on the 21st anniversary...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 1 August 11th: On a hazy Saturday afternoon, with cool SE wind in their hair, all the classes started on time and the 21st anniversary got underway in earnest. Although the predicted 15 knots never materialised, multiple back to back races were completed and a mixed bag of results were posted. Construction of new port facilities on the Singapore side and the continuing Forest City development on the Malaysian side, have further restricted the racing area and factoring in the increased tidal current, is paramount to success. This doesn't stop the youthful enthusiasm and it's good to see a lot of ole hands, helping newcomers develop their racing skills. Goto AY Photo Gallery and AY Race Report 1

Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report21st Western Circuit comes alive in Singapore...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 10th: Once a year, all the yacht clubs and sailing associations in Singapore, come together at Raffles Marina over two weekends (Aug 11, 12 & 18), to contest Singapore's premier racing event. The 21st edition, organised by the Singapore Management University, has 90 yachts lining up, including keelboats, multihull's, SB20's, PY and J24 classes, plus Access 2.3's for disabled sailors and seven Windsurfing classes, testing their racing abilities. The SMU organising team is brimming full of youthful enthusiasm and combined with Raffles Marina excellent facilities, have built a reputation for lively fleet racing and fun filled post race parties. Up for grabs this weekend is, the SMU President’s Cup, SB20 International Cup and the Inter-Tertiary Windsurfing Championship (ITWC) 2018 titles. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...

It's lift-off for the 2018-19 AsianYachting Grand Prix...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto July AYGP NewsJuly 27th 2018: With the SW'ly trade wind in the high teens, Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, kicked off the 17th edition of the AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) with a bang and in grand style. All 36 Skippers and Yachts buckled down in heavy going conditions, for an eight race program over 4 days and based on their overall class placing's, have scored valuable points in the AYGP Rankings. With a polished crew performance, Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood scored 8 bullets to defend the IRC 1 class title for the third time and send themselves directly to the top the annual AYGP Rankings, for an early lead in the race for the 2018-19 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year titles. Goto July AYGP News...

Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryAll over bar the shouting...
Victory for Team Hollywood, Phoenix, BeauX Esprit, Blade Runner IX,
Twin Sharks & Pixalux Blue

By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 23rd Cape Panwa: As the breeze was still up in the mid teens and everyone eager to go on the final day of racing, PRO Simon James selected courses to suit the classes and complete the 8 race regatta schedule. A quick windward/leeward race for the big boats, followed by a long passage race outside Koh Hae, down to Koh Maton and finish in front of the Cape Panwa Hotel. Although in most classes the outright winners have been decided, the order for podium places were open for the taking and settled in a last day shootout. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary and capture the action in the complete AY Photo Gallery

CPHPRW - Sail in the fast lane or go home empty handed...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 3July 21st Cape Panwa: By now if you haven't been driving hard and exceeding the speed limits, you wont be on the podium or taking any trophy's home. Handling the fresh breeze, in the rolling seaway, is a delicate balance between being overpowered or underpowered and requires the sail trimmers to constantly work the sails to suit the pressure and produce speed forward. This is were crew experience matters and working in harmony brings success. Only have to look at the score sheets to see which boat crews are up to speed, with the wind strength and sea conditions. Goto AY Race Report 3 and capture some of the action in the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 2CPHPRW - Blustery wind, rain, sunshine and the show goes on...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 20th Cape Panwa: The outer bands of the Low Pressure system in the Northern reaches of the Bay of Bengal, are still lashing Phuket with a blustery SW trade wind and the occasional storm cell passing through. This caused the AP flag to be raised this morning and holding the sailors onshore until things settled down. By 1000hrs the flag came down and the yachts proceeded out onto the race course, to be met with 2m rolling seaway and plenty of wind to boot. Some skippers were a little skeptical, while others took a reef in the mainsail, hoisted small jibs and got on with the job. While IRC 1 raced on the outside courses, the rest of the classes started outside, then went into Ao Chalong for calmer water, and came back out to finish. Goto AY Race Report 2 and capture some of the action in the AY Photo Gallery

CPHPRW - Riding along on the crest of a wave...
Goto AY Race Report 1 By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 19th Cape Panwa: Although there was some apprehension and concern about the weather forecast at the Opening Party last night, apart from a short delay with strong wind against tide at the start line, racing got away in the high teens and in a rolly one meter swell. Two windward /leeward races on the outer course area for the IRC and Multihull Racing classes and two races for the Firefly and Pulse one-design classes in the confines of Ao Chalong. As the day wore on the breeze decreased, and ended up bathed in glorious sunshine, without a rain cloud in sight. So much for the forecast... Goto AY Photo Gallery & AY Race Report 1

Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportHeadlong into 15th Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 20th Cape Panwa: Taking the lead set by World Sailing and the UN Environment’s Clean Seas initiative, Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek is reducing the event's carbon footprint and have worked with Sailors for the Sea Clean Regattas program since 2014. To run environmentally responsible events, with 'best practice' operations and become the first certified Clean Regatta in South East Asia. Encouraging people to reduce or eliminate single use plastic, host venue, Cape Panwa Hotel, have altered the event's supply chain to further reduce plastic waste and recycle the plastics used, plus encourage other regattas and yacht clubs to follow this world wide trend. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...

Rolling out the 17th AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year Awards
11 Months, 12 Events, Over 330 Skippers & Yachts, Across 7 Countries
By AY MultiMedia
Goto July 2018 AYGP NewsThe main aim of the AYGP pointscore system, is to annually rank Skippers and Yachts competing at 12 selected five star AYGP point scoring events, held in East and South East Asian waters, during the 2018-19 Season. For the 17th year, the winning Skipper and Yacht will be crowned with the prestigious AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year titles. Donning the Trend Fashions navy blue blazer, presented with the Perpetual AYGP Cup filled with champagne, hand crafted take home trophy at the gala Samui Regatta season ending prize presentation party. Celebrating one of the proudest moments of their racing careers, as their name is added to the “Hardest sports trophy to win in Asia”, is the highlight of the AYGP season. Goto July 2018 AYGP News...

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