2016-17 Asian Yachting Grand Prix

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AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year Awards
"Hardest sports trophy to win in Asia"

Root & Manning's Black Baza, crowned AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year again
By AY MultiMedia
May 31st 2017: Our moment of glory at the Samui Regatta, came at the combined gala prize presentation party, on the magnificent lawn setting in front of Centara Grand Beach Resort on Chaweng Beach. After winning overall and class titles at the 2016 Hong Kong to Hainan Race and the San Fernando Race, plus IRC 2 on the Subic to Boracay Race and Cup during the 2016/17 Asian Yachting Grand Prix season, Steve Manning & Anthony Root's Ker 42 Black Baza, were crowned the 2016-17 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year with the Perpetual AYGP Cup filled with champagne, hand crafted take home trophy and donned the specially tailored Trend Fashions Navy Blue Blazer, which is the “hardest sports trophy to win in Asia” and the highlight of the AYGP season.

They have also defended the title and have set a record in the process, by winning all four major Asian offshore, blue water races in the past two years. Overall champions on the 2015 Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, 2016 Rolex China Sea Race, 2017 Hong Kong to Hainan Race and the San Fernando Race has never happened before and can be added to the RHKYC race record archives and will take another well organised team and racing campaign to repeat this achievement.

2016-17 AYGP
The main aim of the AYGP pointscore system, is to rank Boat Owners and Skippers, ability in running racing campaigns, through Asian waters during the 2016-17 Season. Ultimately the winning Skipper and Yacht will be crowned with the 2016-17 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year.
The complete 2016-17 AYGP Rankings, can be viewed by clicking on Skipper - Yacht - Regatta and Scoring System.

See how the 2016-17 Season unfolded in the AYGP News - August - October - November - December - End Of December - January - February - March - April - End of April - May - Mid May - End of May AYGP News Summary

Serious contenders for the title are making plans for the coming season. Just ask any winning 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 celebrating one of the proudest moments of their racing careers.

Goto Asian Sailing CalendarRegatta / Race Line-up for the season
Twelve (12) regatta/races make up the 5 star family of events that form the AYGP. By popular demand this season, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's biennial Hainan Race and the San Fernando Race return to the race lineup.

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 increased to a new and extremely challenging level.

Western Circuit
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek (
July 20th - 24th)
Raja Muda Selangor Int. Regatta (Nov 18th - 26th)
Phuket King's Cup (Dec 3rd - 10th)
Royal Langkawi Int Regatta (Jan 9th - 14th)
Goto AY Race ReportsNeptune Regatta (Jan 28th - Feb 4th)

Eastern Circuit
China Coast Regatta (October 22nd - 24th)
Hong Kong to Hainan Race (Starts November 3rd)
Subic Boracay Race & Boracay Cup (Feb 18th -24th)
HK to San Fernando Race (Starts April 12th)
Commodore's Cup (April 20th - 24th)

Common final events
Top of the Gulf Regatta (May 4th - 8th)
Samui Regatta (May 20th - 27th)

Goto AYGP Past Winners Photo GalleryPointscoring System - “Six best regattas to count”
Applies to both Multiple Race Regattas and Single Race events.
All competitors receive 5 points for entering an event.
Points are awarded to the first five boats in each class and based on number of entries.
Bonus points are awarded for each race win and also based on the number of class entries.
One penalty point is deducted for disqualification (DSQ).
Single Race 1st Overall IRC 3 points added Bonus.
Best 6 results to count for the overall Championship

Goto AYGP Sponsorship Entitlements and RightsOver the years, Peter Ahern (2), Neil Pryde (4), Frank Pong (2), Ray Roberts (3), Bill Bremner (2), Steve Manning/Anthony Root (2) have won the title and know what it takes to succeed.

Browse through the monthly AYGP News - August - October - November - December - End Of December - January - February - March - April - End of April - May - Mid May - End of May News Summary

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, 2014-15, 2015-16

Goto AYGP Sponsorship Entitlements and RightsTake a look at the AY Photo Gallery of Past Winners. Individual regatta Photo Galleries can be accessed from the comprehensive AY Photo Library.

The complete 2016-17 AYGP Rankings, can be viewed by clicking on Skipper - Yacht - Regatta and Scoring System.

AYGP Commercial Sponsorship Opportunity
Company's looking at increasing their presence in Asia, will be pleased to know that an interesting and unique opportunity exists, to gain direct exposure to the affluent and upwardly mobile sector of the Asian community, by becoming the Title and Trophy Sponsor, Media Partners, Advertising and Official Suppliers for the AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) and the annual AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards are now available. Check out the AYGP Sponsorship Entitlements and Rights on offer Here...

The Sponsorship Experts, Paul Poole (South East Asia) Co., Ltd have placed the AYGP in the Market Place to attract prospective sponsors and offer partnership opportunities Here...

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