2013-14 Asian Yachting Grand Prix
Skipper & Yacht of the Year Awards
Yesterday Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 miraculously made it seven wins in a row and sealed the IRC 1 title with one day to spare. Today its all about the remaining podium places and whether the all conquering crew on Foxy Lady 6 can win one more race and fore fill their seasons ambitions by claiming the 2013-14 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards.
As the yachts circulated, Foxy Lady 6 was on the pace but hard for the spectators to judge if they have enough in reserve to win the race. Finally the radio announced that they have won the race by a mere 2 seconds from Roland Dane's Corby 36 Jessandra II and Anthony Root's Archambault 35 Red Kite II pulling up in third.
Last year Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 started their "Assault of the Gulf" and won both the Top of the Gulf and Samui Regattas. They continued the winning streak into the 2013-14 Season by convincingly winning the Raja Muda, King's Cup, Royal Langkawi and returned for the second assault at the Top of the Gulf and now the Samui Regatta. Like a Canadian cowboy would say "Not only did they grab the bull by the horns but got amongst it and kicked ass".
This seven regatta winning streak has been masterminded by Bill and Janis Bremner and superbly conducted by a mixed crew of Canadian, Singaporean, Philippine and Aussie sailing legends - Cap'n Bill on the helm, Steve McConaghy calling the shots, sail trimmers Janis Bremner, Andrew Chan, Stuy Lee and Scott Minton, Chas Mitchell on the bow, Benny Mawson in the pit, Dale Johnston on the mast and navigator Ko Chuan Yang. They will be celebrating long into the night.
- 260 Yachts,12 Regattas across 6 Countries...
All skippers and yachts competing at any of the 12 selected five star AYGP point scoring events, have a chance of winning the prestigious AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards.and donning the Trend Fashions navy blue blazer at the gala Samui Regatta season ending prize presentation party.
Serious contenders for the title are already making plans for the year ahead. Ask any skipper and they will tell you "Winning the AYGP is the hardest task any racing crews can go though in Asian waters". They have to be in top form and compete with distinction in at least 6 regattas during the season, before Skipper and crew can anticipate celebrating the proudest moment of their racing careers and add it to their sailing CV's.
/ Race Line-up for the season
That makes it 5 on the East Asian Circuit (Hong Kong China, Vietnam, Philippines) and 5 in South East Asian waters (Malaysia, Phuket SW Thailand, Indonesia) finishing up with the centrally located Top of the Gulf and Samui Regatta in the Gulf of Thailand. Boat owners are not restricted to regional events and are free to compete on both circuits and in as many events they choose to contest. As the championship is open to multiple classes, the degree of difficulty has just increased to a new and extremely challenging level.
System - “Six best regattas to count”
We will continue on with our "Work in Progress" policy that has served us well for the last 11 seasons. Further tweaking is expected to take place as the season unfolds and "Awarding more points to the Overall IRC winner in Single Race events, like the Rolex China Sea Race" is under consideration.
See how the annual AYGP panned out over the years click on: 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 2013-14 Take a look at the AY Photo Gallery of Past Winners.
Goto the 2012-13 AYGP Roundup Gallery. and relive the Photo Highlights at 12 regattas, plus see how much fun these sailors have enjoyed throughout the year. Also check out individual regatta Photo Galleries which can be accessed from the comprehensive AY Photo Library.
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