2017-18 Asian Yachting Grand Prix


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

Goto 2017-18 AYGP MicrositeFred Kinmonth & Nick Burns, crowned 2017-18 AYGP Champions
By AY MultiMedia
June 2nd 2018:
Having a fantastic run of victories this season, Fred Kinmonth / Nick Burns with mainly a corinthian crew on their GTS 43 Mandrake III have won their class at the China Coast Regatta, King's Cup, Subic Verde Is. Race & Subic Cup, IRC Overall on Rolex China Sea Race, Commodores Cup and now the season ending Samui Regatta, we were honoured to announce that Fred and Nick have jointly won the 2017-18 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year titles and were awarded at the season ending Samui Regatta, at the Centara Grand Beach Resort on Chewang Beach, Ko Samui. Goto AYGP Yacht Rankings

This unique partnership have successfully run yachting campaigns over the past 20 years and scored in all 16 AYGP seasons to date, on four different yachts. Mostly finishing in the top order, with three runner up places and now topping it off with victory on their finest year, is acknowledgement of their outstanding achievements and honours their special sailing partnership. They are also the first team in the all inclusive class era, to go down in history, for winning six point scoring regattas in one season.

China Cup joins the 2017-18 AYGP lineup
Starts with Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek & ends at Samui Regatta
13 Events, Over 300 Skippers & Yachts, 85 Inshore & 3 Offshore Races, across 7 Countries

By AY MultiMedia
The main aim of the AYGP pointscore system, is to annually rank Skippers and Yachts competing at the newly expanded, 13 selected five star AYGP point scoring events, held in East and South East Asian waters during the 2016-17 Season. For the 16th year, the winning Skipper and Yacht will be crowned with the prestigious AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year titles.

Check out the 2017-18 AYGP Rankings, by clicking on Skipper - Yacht - Regatta and Scoring System.
Follow the seasons progress in the AYGP News - July - October - Mid-October - End October - November - December - End of December - January - February - Mid February - March - April - May - June

New for the 2017-18 Season
1. After coming under fire, for presenting multiple owners with the Skipper of the Year title, it has been decided that the Skipper is the nominated person in charge of the yacht at any particular event and ask regatta organisers to include on the Entry Form and a column on their online entry list. Therefore a Skipper could campaign more than one boat throughout the season and he or she and the yacht will score separately in the pointscore.

Correction to 1. above
May 08th 2018: For 15 years, the AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) Skipper and Yacht of the Year titles, were awarded to Skipper(s)/Boat Owner(s), but at the start of this 16th AYGP Season, we came under fire, for presenting the 2015-16 & 2016-17 Skipper titles, jointly to Anthony Root and Steve Manning’s Black Baza. They fundamentally had two teams that competed separately at selected events. This season we tried awarding the points to the person in charge of the yacht at each event and soon discovered this single decision, became very divisive and unfair to multiple skipper/owner teams, that genuinely compete with the same crew and share the planning, crew roles and responsibilities between themselves when onboard.

Goto Asian Sailing CalendarThe main aim of the AYGP Ranking system has always been, to rank Boat Owners and Skippers, ability to organise and run a racing campaign, through Asian waters during the season. As a result, we have decided to revert to awarding the Skipper and Yacht points to multiple Skipper/Owners for the 2017-18 Season and into the future.

2. As China is rapidly becoming a sailing nation and if the AYGP Rankings, are to be truly representative of the East Asian region, we welcome the China Cup International Regatta (CCIR) into the family of regattas, as the sixth event on the Eastern Circuit and expanding the AYGP to 13 regatta/races. Over 100 extra skippers and yachts will be added to the rankings and become aware of other regattas in the region and what the AYGP Ranking is about. It may also encourage Chinese boat owners to come out and participate at other regional events.

3. There have also been some small changes to the AYGP Scoring System. On Single Races, the Bonus Points for winning the class, has been reduced from 5 to 3 and the 3 added Bonus points for 1st Overall under IRC, has been reduced to 2, making 15 points the maximum a skipper and yacht can score, if they won the class and overall awards. The Best 6 results will still count for the overall title and the leaders are expected to compete at the season ending Samui Regatta, if they expect to be crowned the 2017-18 AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year

Goto AYGP Sponsorship Entitlements and RightsRegatta / Race Line-up for the season
Thirteen (13) regatta/races make up the 5 star family of events. By popular demand this season, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's biennial Vietnam Race and the blue water classic
Rolex China Sea Race return to the race lineup.

That makes it 6 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 AYGP Ranking is open to all classes, the degree of difficulty has increased to a new and extremely challenging level.

Western Circuit
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek (
July 19th - 23rd)
Raja Muda Selangor Int. Regatta (Nov 17th - 25th)
Goto AYGP Past Winners Photo GalleryPhuket King's Cup (Dec 2nd - 9th)
Royal Langkawi Int Regatta (January 8th - 13th)
Neptune Regatta (February 10th - 17th)

Eastern Circuit
China Coast Regatta (October 13th - 15th)
Hong Kong to Vietnam Race (Starts October 18th)
China Cup International Regatta (October 26th - 29th)
Subic Bay Around Verde Is Race & Subic Cup (February 23rd - March 2nd)
Rolex China Sea Race (Starts March 28th)
Commodore's Cup (April 2nd - 6th)

Common final events
Top of the Gulf Regatta (April 27th - May 1st)
Samui Regatta (May 26th - June 2nd)

Pointscoring System - “Six best regattas to count”
Applies to Multiple Race Regattas.
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 events
Three Bonus points are awarded for winning the class based on the number of class entries.
1st Overall IRC - 2 added Bonus Points.

Best 6 results to count for the overall Championship

AYGP promotion video by Marine Scene Asia

Goto 2016-17 AYGP News RoundupAll skippers and yachts competing at any of the 13 regatta/race have a chance of winning the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards. 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 2016-17 AYGP Skipper pointscoreLast season Steve Manning & Anthony Root's Ker 42 Black Baza, retained the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year title, after winning all four long distance, blue water classics over two years, by class and overall. A record that has never been achieved and may stand for sometime. View the complete 2016-17 AYGP Rankings, by clicking on Skipper - Yacht - Regatta and Scoring System.

Goto AY Photo Library Over 15 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.

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, 2016-17

Take a look at the AY Photo Gallery of Past Winners. Individual regatta Photo Galleries can be accessed from the comprehensive AY Photo Library.

AYGP Advertising and Sponsorship Opportunities
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