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The 2017-18 AYGP end game is in sight...
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Goto March AYGP News...March 07th 2018: By winning the inaugural Subic Bay Verde Island Race and five of the six Subic Bay Cup races, Fred Kinmonth takes over second place and is only 10 points adrift from Chris Mitchell in the AYGP Skipper Rankings. Otonomos Mandrake III takes the lead from Lady Bubbly in the AYGP Yacht Rankings, with four point scoring events to go. Regulars on the Western Circuit events have also moved up the Rankings. Geoff Hill's Antipodes slots into third place, while Ernesto Echauz Standard Insurance Centennial is tied for 7th place. All these Skippers and Yachts have a chance to improve at the Rolex China Sea Race blue water classic, starting on March 28th, which is quickly followed by the Commodores' Cup (April 3rd - 7th) in Subic Bay. Goto March AYGP News...

Goto AY SBC Race Report 4 & SummarySBC - Top teams survive tricky wind changes...
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02:03:2018 Subic Bay, Philippines: The final day started with the North Easterly trades peaking at 11 knots, then faded during the race to 4 knots and returned towards the end, in time to start another windward/leeward race. Murphy's Law was then enacted and dwindled away again, veered heavily to the East and eventually the advancing sea breeze took over. Depending on the yachts position on the course, this severely hindered or aided the teams and mixed up the race placing's. The top teams in each class seemed to be able to power through and cement their position, while down the order significant changes occurred and some shuffling of the overall order took place. Goto AY SBC Race Report 4 & Summary and complete AY Photo Gallery

SBVIR - Line Honours for Antipodes, Overall IRC to Mandrake III
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25:02:2018 Subic Bay, Philippines: All race it was a nip and tuck affair, between Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes and Ernesto Echauz's TP 52 Standard Insurance Centennial III. After a quick exit from Subic Bay, Antipodes caught up with Centennial III in the wind shadow of the Bataan Mountain Range, then battled it out all the way down to the Verde Passage. Antipodes led around Verde Island and extended on the return leg. Taking an inshore course on the return leg slowed Antipodes and by morning were within Centennial III's sight. Goto AY Photo Gallery and AY Race Report 2

It's all change in the AYGP, in more ways than one...
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Goto Mid February AYGP NewsFebruary 21st 2018: After being out of contact for a week during the Neptune Regatta, we return to find out its all change on the Philippine racing scene. President Duterte's call to close down Boracay hotels for health reasons, forced the Subic Boracay Race and Cup to be cancelled and keeping in line with the long passage race and inshore regatta format, have come up with the 200nm Subic Bay Around Verde Island Passage Race and the Subic Bay Cup Regatta. Despite last minute air ticket and accommodation cancellations, most the original entries have adapted to the change and good to see International teams launching into the inaugural one design FarEast 28 class. This new event will replace Boracay as the 2017-18 Asian Yachting Grand Prix point scoring event this season. Goto Mid February AYGP News

Goto AY Race Report 6, 7 & SummaryAnother successful Neptune adventure comes to an end...
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18:02:2018 Nongsa Point Marina, Indonesia: The North Easterly arrived on cue for the early 0800 start and the fleet enjoyed a 25nm slog back up the Riau Strait and arrived back at Nongsa Point Marina by lunch time. Then the tedious tidying up exercise, personal ablutions, downloading 1000's of email messages and get ready for the gala prize presentation and dinner around the pool. While three of the four class winners were already decided, the podium places were open for the taking and all eyes were on the highly competitive multihull class for the final race showdown. Goto AY Photo Gallery and AY Race Report 6, 7 & Summary

Nongsa Regatta - Waka Tere clings on for victory
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Goto AY Race Report 3 & SummaryJanuary 28th, Batam, Indonesia: Drifting conditions on the first race, followed by a complete turn around in breeze, once again favoured the light weather Platu 25 and J24's. Zaheera Hashim's J24 Balqis won the drift-a-thon first race and Bernice Foo Ling Li's Platu 25 SMUVE the second race, to dramatically close in on overall leader Kurt Metzger's Nelson 10 Waka Tere, that could only manage 7th and 6th places. As the drop race came into play and the wind stabilised and increased, the conditions swung in Waka Tere's favour, as they romped home to win the final race and triumph in the overall stakes by a mere 2 points. Goto AY Photo Gallery and AY Race Report 3 & Summary

Victory for the Scallywags into homeport...
Goto VOR websiteAfter breaking away from the pack in the doldrums, Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag held onto the lead for nearly 3000nm to win Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race and lead the fleet into their home port of Hong Kong. It’s an historic win for skipper David Witt and his team who had to overcome significant setbacks on the previous legs as they come to grips with racing the VOR 65. Witt and navigator Libby Greenhalgh had a plan and stuck to it. "Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't and this time it worked for us". Even when the team dropped miles recovering a man overboard after Alex Gough was swept off the boat and the chasing boats began chipping away at the lead, two days out from the finish, they stuck to their guns and did what they thought was right and it worked out. Witt said. “All teams need a bit of confidence and I think one thing that is underrated in sport is momentum and this will certainly give the Scallywags plenty of that and acknowledged the significance of the win as the local team leading the fleet into the first ever Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Hong Kong. For the team owner, Seng Huang Lee, who has supported Scallywag sailing over the years, it’s a big moment. Everything on the VOR can be found Here...

RLIR - Class winners overcome the odds...
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Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary13:01:2018 Langkawi, Malaysia: Although there were a few little ripples on Kua Harbour, PRO Simon James and his race team found 9 knots on the coastal course area to the East of Langkawi and it was full steam ahead to finish the regatta. Two windward/leeward races and it was all over. Then back to the marina to pack up the yachts and the closing dinner and prize presentation party. In some classes the overall result was already decided but they were all out on the water, in an act of sportsmanship to enjoy the final races. With only a couple of points separating the leaders, all eyes were on the IRC 1, Multihull, Club and Ocean Rover classes to see who would come out on top. Although struggling with the wind strength all week, racing was held each day on a variety of courses and everyone is happy with how it has turned out. Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary and AY Photo Gallery

King's Cup - The winners are in the fast lane...
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Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary9th December 2017: After blowing the birds out of the trees all week, the North Easterly finally gave up the ghost and left the fleet floating around on a glassy seaway, with Race Officers scanning the horizon for wind ripples to appear. Two hours went by before PRO Ross Chisholm found some consistency from the ESE breeze on the Southern Course A and went into the starting sequence. No such luck on the Northern Course B and after four hours waiting around, PRO Simon James sent the cruising fleet home without a start. The leaders of various cruising classes rejoiced without even lifting a finger, while the racing classes battled it out on one short windward/leeward course, with some detrimental effects on the overall results. Goto AY Photo Gallery and AY Race Report 5 & Summary

Goto AY Race Report 6 & SummaryRMSIR - Windsikker II records historic three-peat...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
25th Nov 2017: An early morning downpour put a dampener on proceedings but stopped in time for the crucial deciding races to take place. If your wondering how to cause mass evacuation from a bar full of seasoned sailors, just sound the horn and lower the AP flag and it's deserted within minutes. As it turned out, only 45 minutes delay for the starting sequence and the fleet were underway with an 8-10 knot North Easterly pumping down Bass Harbour. The Cruising Classes and IRC 4 were dispatched on an island course, while IRC 1 and Premier Cruising on two windward/leeward races, to decide their fate. Uncharacteristically the racing till today, has been held in dry conditions and good breeze, all the way from Port Klang and with four of the five classes open for the taking, it would have been a shame to finish the regatta sitting in the yacht club. Goto AY Race Report 6 & Summary and stunning AY Photo Gallery...

Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryKiwis add China Cup to trophy cabinet...
By CCIR Media - Andy Rice
Sunday 29th October 2017, Shenzhen, China: Yiihua Pocket Emirates Team New Zealand has won the China Cup after sailing a strong final day in the Beneteau 40.7 one-design division. The breeze blew in at around 10 knots this morning, setting up the perfect scenario for a big battle between the defending champion Vanhang Longcheer and the America’s Cup winners, along with some other hot contenders that included My Side from South Africa and Team Hollywood from Australia. Goto AY Photo Gallery & Race Report 4 & Summary

Vietnam Race - Victory for Mascalzone Latino with 30kts top speed
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Goto RHKYC Race Reports...21st Oct 1800hrs: Vincenzo Onorato’s Cookson 50 Mascalzone Latino sailed into Nha Trang last night at 18h 46m 31s to take the win in IRC Racer 0 and IRC Racer Overall! The Italian boat was a cool 2h 49m 55s ahead of Joachim Isler and Drew Taylor’s Ambush who are 2nd place in IRC Racer Overall. Mascalzone Latino owner Vincenzo Onorato commented on the Race on arrival, “It's the very first time we have joined the Volvo Hong Kong to Vietnam Race. It was amazing because we did the Race in 53h 26m 31s and we did around 770nm actual distance sailed - unbelievable! The only 'low' of the race was to just keep drinking water, there was no beer on board. The biggest high - we had a top speed of 30kts; unbelievable.” Goto RHKYC Race Reports...

Goto RHKYC Race Reports2017 VCCR - Cut short but still sweet...
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14:10:2017: Day 2 turned into the final day of the Volvo China Coast Regatta due to Tropical Storm Khanun approaching Hong Kong. Racing carried on as planned for the day but as the last boats crossed the line in their final race it was announced that due to the likelihood of a Typhoon 3 signal being issued and still being in force tomorrow, all racing would be cancelled for the final day of the regatta. A northerly breeze of 15 to 22kts greeted the racers as they reached the race track south east of Lamma Island this morning. IRC 0, 1, 2 and 3 were sent on two windward/leewards and an island course with IRC Premier sailing one island course. The HKPN division sailed one windward/leeward and an island course. All the leaders from Day 1 of the regatta were able to maintain their lead in their divisions. Goto RHKYC Race Reports...

The winners are Team Hollywood, Phoenix, Lady Bubbly, Hurricane, Twin Sharks, Java Racing & Davinci
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryJuly 23rd Cape Panwa: A small clockwise pressure system to the South of Phuket, in the Northern reaches of the Malacca Strait, is pushing the SW'ly monsoon flow, out into the Bay of Bengal, to the West of Phuket and replacing it with its own light South Westerly breeze. This disturbed air flow has confused weather forecasters over the last few days and despite the grim predictions, local conditions have prevailed and defied the forecast, with four days of racing in 5 to 12 knots and managed to complete 8 races for the racing class and 6 for the cruisers. In these conditions the racing becomes very tactical and choosing the right lanes is the formula to success. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary and follow all the action in the AY Photo Gallery


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Starts March 28th ***** Biennial Rolex China Sea Race
Organised by the Royal Hong Kong and Subic Bay Yacht Clubs, the Rolex China Sea Race is a biennial, 565nm Offshore Category 1 race, from Hong Kong to Subic Bay in the Philippines. First run 57 years ago, in 2008 this Asian blue-water classic become part of Rolex's distinguished portfolio of international sponsored offshore races. The race is open to offshore racing and cruising yachts with valid IRC Certificates. NoR, SI's and race information are available at: For further enquiries, Email or call +852 2239 0391 Go to China Sea 2000 & 2002 2006 2008 2010 2014 2016 Race Reports


Goto Commodores Cup Regatta***** April 3rd - 7th - 11th Commodore's Cup
The Subic Sailing (SAGS) Club pays tribute to the Commodores and Sailing Ambassadors who help promote the sport of yacht racing in the Philippines, with 4 days of inshore racing under the banner of the Commodores’ Cup in Subic Bay. Also the Optimist, Streaker and Mirror dinghy classes will conduct a series in cooperation with Watercraft Ventures Corp., The Lighthouse Marina Resort and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, under the auspices of the Philippine Sailing Association. Being a superb natural harbour protected from the China Sea, Subic Bay is an ideal spot to have a yachting experience. At Subic Bay Freeport there is the large marina with facilities for pulling out yachts if required. Many hotels and restaurants, and the Filipinos’ legendary hospitality provide a welcome for visiting crews. For more info Email Race Secretariat – Pen Floren Avila or visit Subic Sailing site. Go to the 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Race Reports and the AY 2017 Photo Gallery


Goto Top of the Gulf Regatta ***** April 27th - May 1st - 14th Top of The Gulf Regatta & Coronation Cup
This elite-level multi class competition is held at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Jomtien beach, South Pattaya in the Gulf of Thailand. It incorporates the prestigious Platu 25 Coronation Cup and timed to commemorate the Coronation of His Majesty King Bhumibhol Adulyadej of Thailand. A wide range of offshore yachts will be racing alongside dinghies and beach cats plus the Optimist Champion of Thailand will be crowned here. The organizing committee, have boats available for charter and added “It’s hard to find a better location, good wind and a great sailing area just out the front door of the marina". More TOTGR info from: and annual sailing events held from Ocean Marina at: The TOTGR is the eleventh event on the AYGP Championships and has attracted several top class racing yachts that bolsters an already strong fleet of local racers. Goto AY  Regatta Reports 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016  2017 


Goto Samui Regatta***** May 26th - June 2nd - 17th Samui Regatta
Come celebrate the 17th running of the Samui Regatta which is a mixture of passage and buoy racing in the Gulf of Thailand in conjunction with a variety of good parties held at some of the classiest resorts on the Island. The wonderful relaxed location of Koh Samui mixed with pleasant Thai hospitality and top racing makes this venue one of the best in Asia. More info, Entry Forms and NOR at: have officially taken over the management of the regatta and can be contacted by E-mailing: Tel: +66 (0)81 894 0280 Browse the 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
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This is were the AsianYachting Skipper and Yacht of the Year is awarded the AY Trophy, don the traditional navy blue blazer and enjoy champagne celebrations at the combined Koh Samui gala dinner and prize giving evening, held on the splendid lawn setting in front of the Centara Grand Beach Resort on Chewang Beach, that marks the end of the season. Check out the progress Browse the 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 AYGP Championships


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