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No let up on final day...
Victory for THA 72, Loco, Lady Bubbly & H30 Multihull Solutions
Black Baza crowned 2016-17 AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year

By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 5 & SummaryMay 27th, Koh Samui, Thailand: Despite winners for three of the four classes having been decided, the entire fleet were back out on the water, to contest two windward/leeward races and complete the regatta. Overcast sky and 8 to 10 knots from the South West, did not disappoint and yet again defied the bleak weather forecast. Racing in very close quarters, it's impossible to tell the race winners, until the number crunching takes place. Unprecedented it turned out that THA72 and Zannekin corrected out in IRC 0, with exactly the same time on the first race, as did Loco and a much improved Ramrod in IRC 1 on the same race. This sealed the deal on the overall titles and the celebrations started in grand style. Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary

Breaking News...
Seng Huang Lee's Scallywag retires from San Fernando Race
Root & Manning's Black Baza
, win all 4 Offshore races in 2 years
By AY MultiMedia
Goto Mid May AYGP NewsMay 19th 2017: In the End of April AYGP News, we reported Seng Huang Lee’s 100’ super maxi Scallywag, skippered by David Witt, taking the treble, by winning Division IRC 0, the coveted IRC Overall and set a new race record, at an impressive 34h 27m 17s; slashing an incredible 15h 27m 55s faster than Sam Chan’s 70’ ULDB Sled, FfreeFire, set in 2001. A protest lodged by Judes Echauz’s TP52 Centennial III was dismissed for not being filed properly and the protest committee recommended the RHKYC, to ask them to retire or consider investigating under Rule 69, whether they sailed on the wrong side of TCS 3, and knowingly in the shipping channel, in contravention to the SI's. The decision to retire, undermines all these achievements and awards the IRC Overall title to Anthony Root and Steve Manning's Black Baza from the IRC 1 class and elevates Echauz’s Centennial III to win the IRC 0 class. Goto Mid May AYGP News

TOTGR - Perfect conditions to finish the regatta
Victory for Emagine, El Coyote, Lady Bubbly, Sonic & Team ViewPoint

By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary 8th May 2017: When Aussie PRO Denis Thompson stated that "Some small sheep are appearing in the paddock" meant that "Small white caps were starting to appear on the waves", bought a smile to many sailors from down under. No waiting around for the wind this time, as racing got underway on time and crews were fully wound up for a big performance on the last day. As the day progressed the wind increased and the planning boats, could be released and the heavy displacement yachts hit their full potential. Several classes were open for the taking, and the Platu one-design hinged on the final two races to decide the winner. The media weren't disappointed as four boats in line, under spinnaker, surging towards the finish line to decide the final outcome, was described by Asia's best photographer Guy Nowell as."You don't have to be foiling and doing 50 knots to make things interesting." Goto AY Photo GalleryRace Report 4 & Summary

Commodores Cup - Last push on the final day...
Victory for Centennial II, Selma Star & Alexa

Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryBy AY MultiMedia
23rd April 2017, Subic Bay, Philippines:
The sea breeze arrived early and by start time, 8 to 10 knots sent the yachts briskly on their way and for the fourth day, defied the weather forecast, as if PRO Jerry Rollin had a direct link to the wind gods. The two windward/leeward races were crucial to the overall IRC A class results, so a lot of start line urging and blocking took place under the watchful eye of the International jury. The breeze topped out at 16 knots and faded towards the end of Race 2, which heavily influenced the results. The battle of symmetric verses asymmetric spinnakers on the relatively flat water in Subic Bay, came out in favour of the symmetric spinnakers in both IRC classes, running down the center of the course. For all the action goto
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Goto Race Report 6That’s a wrap, final boats arrive in San Fernando!
By RHKYC Media
April 16th 2017: The final boats raced into San Fernando, Philippines on Saturday night and early this morning, including Emocean2, Christopher Allan’s Swan 55 the sole double handed entry, which arrived at 18:42:12hrs. Christopher Allan was accompanied on board by long time offshore sailor Olivier Decamps. Emocean2 received 4th in the Premier Cruising Division. Christopher Allan commented on the racing; “This was our first double handed race. It was a very challenging race to do it double handed in that the South China Sea throws everything at you in three days - calm weather, stormy weather, beautiful sunshine and still air. It was very interesting and we had to be ready for it all
." Goto Race Report 6

Victory for Centennial III, Black Baza and Bella Uno
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary24:02:2017 Boracay, Philippines: On the final day, the NE wind increased to 26knots and crews experienced extended surfing rides and consequently incurred some damage in the process. The crucial first race, would determine the overall class winners and the second race would settle the podium places. A man overboard picked up by another competitor, a spinnaker wrap so tight that took them completely off the course, some damaged sails and equipment, resulted in a very depleted fleet line up for the second race. This didn't stop the yachts still competing, to give up in any way and by continuing to apply the pressure have gained valuable places. Goto AY Photo Gallery and AY Race Report 5 & Summary

Neptune Regatta - Its over, the winners are Kaze, Grand Lux & Lady Bubbly
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

AY Race Reports 4, 5, 6, 7 & Summary04:02:2017 Batam, Indonesia: An early start for the 50nm leg from Pulau Benan back to Nongsa Point Marina on Batam Island. After exiting the narrows, a rolling start was executed for the multihull class and a little further on for the combined monohull classes. After last nights rain storm, the breeze returned to the North West, at around 10 knots and initially the yachts made good time towards the Karas Besar timing gate. In this region the breeze is known to take a siesta at midday, so the race committee decided to shorten the course at the Loban gate and get everyone back in time for the final dinner and prize presentation party. The Multihull and Cruising classes were already decided and the Premier Cruisers had one last strike out for the title. Goto AY Race Reports 4, 5, 6, 7 & Summary and AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 5 & SummaryRLIR - Wind Gods deliver a Happy Ending...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

14:01:2017 Langkawi, Malaysia: As we motored to the coastal course area, you could comb your hair, in the reflection of the mirror like water surface. A wind line appeared to the North East and slowly made its way to the course area. When it increased to 5 knots, the patiently waiting race committee, quickly dropped the marks and got racing underway. As the yachts streamed across the finish line, the North flowing current grew stronger and the breeze faded to barely 3 knots. PRO Simon James decided to call it a day and sent the sailors back to the marina, to pack up their rides and get ready for the final gala dinner and prize presentation party. The regatta has been plagued by light wind, with one full day cancelled due to no wind, but the 'Wind Gods' have blessed the fleet over the last two days. Keeping the party going and delivered a happy ending to all participants, wherever they were placed. Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary and catch all the action in the AY Photo Gallery

PKCR - The winners go marching home
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
10th December 2016: After two hours waiting for the wind to increase and settle in direction, racing finally got underway in light 5 to 7 knots Northerly. The final race did not produce any thrills and spills, like the first two days but will be remembered for the contrasting spinnaker colours, clear blue sky and sparkling sea back drop, as the yachts circulated on a tight windward / leeward course. Expectations were high as many skippers wanted to make that one last leap for glory but in most cases the conditions prevented it from happening. The strong current also played a part in judging lay lines and produced crowded mark rounding's that interrupted proceedings. Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary and AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 6 & SummaryRMSIR - Windsikher II defends Raja Muda Cup
Zuhal first Malaysian team to win Jugra Cup

By AsianYachting MultiMedia
26th Nov 2016: Despite a long week on the water and some classes already decided, everyone was out for the final showdown on Bass Harbour and cast this 27th edition in pewter. Overnight a new set of courses for the cruising classes, were devised by PRO Jerry Rollin, to finish the boats before the wind dies in the afternoon. Anticipation was in the air, as crews went about their pre-start drills and the countdown began. A 10 to 12 knot North Easterly, propelled all classes briskly away and on time. All eyes were on the IRC classes and they did not disappoint, as they circulated on windward/leeward courses. Close encounters between Sarab Singh's Welbourn 52 Windsikher II and Kevin Whitcraft's TP52 THA 72, in front of the tightly packed "Flying 40's", picking wind shifts and coercing their rides along, were the orders of the day. Goto AY Photo Gallery and AY Race Report 6 & Summary

Goto RHKYC Race Reports...HK Hainan Race - Overall victory to Black Baza...
By RHKYC Media
5th November 1400hrs: After the arrival of Scallywag at 12:51:52 yesterday and their record breaking sail and Line Honours win of 23h 31m 52s, the next boat to arrive was Sam Chan’s TP52 FreeFire. She sailed across the line at 20:19:54 cementing her position as 1st in IRC Racer 0 and 2nd in IRC Racer Overall. After FreeFire and ahead of the other TP52 last night was Anthony Roots’ Ker Custom 42 Black Baza finishing at 23:09:54; giving her the win in IRC Racer Overall and the win her division IRC Racer 1. Black Baza has added this to her previous wins in IRC overall in the 2016 Rolex China Sea Race and the 2015 Hong Kong to Vietnam Race! Goto RHKYC Race Reports...

China Cup - Wanhang Longcheer crushes it again in China
By CCIR Media - Sailing Intelligence
Sunday 30 October 2016, Shenzhen, China: They said that the level of competition in the Beneteau 40.7 fleet has never been tougher, yet Wanhang Longcheer won the 10th China Cup International Regatta by a country mile. Of the 10 divisions racing in Shenzhen, the 25-strong Beneteau 40.7 attracts the most international entries and is widely considered the most competitive.
Last year Steve McConaghy and his Australian/Chinese crew on Wanghang Longcheer had to match race Emirates Team New Zealand on the final day of competition. This time helmsman Seve Jarvin, multiple world champion in the 18ft skiff, steered the boat to another inch-perfect start off the busy start line and in the light 6 to 7 knot breeze Wanhang sailed away to win the first race of the day. With scores of 2,1,1,1, McConaghy and Co. were able to sit out the final heat and sailed back to the race village for an early pack-up and a well-earned Tsingtao beer. Goto AY Photo Gallery and AY Race Report 4 & Summary

Goto Daily Race ReportsCCR - Zannekin, Mandrake, Hero Racing & Dexter II are winners
By RHKYC Media
24:10:2016: Day 3 of the Volvo China Coast Regatta kicked off with racing east of Tung Lung Chau. With the north easterly breeze at 6-8 knots, it was decided to send the entire fleet on a windward leeward for the first race of the day. The shorter Q1 course with two laps was chosen to make sure boats had ample time to finish and then continue to an islands race. IRC Racer 0, 1 and IRC Premier Cruiser were sent on a 6.6nm course with 1.65nm mile legs. Race 5 for IRC Racer 0 was the first start at 1030hrs. A moment after the start, the individual recall was signaled. Ker 46 Zannekin, fearing they were marginally over the line, came back at once, but it was actually the TP52 FreeFire who was already a distance away from the start line who was early. Goto Daily Race Reports

Goto AY Race Report 4CPHPRW - Wind god gives up the ghost...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 24th: Despite three days of fickle weather and lengthy delays, racing still went ahead and a total of four races have been completed. The early morning drizzle and breathless conditions produced a glassy sea state today and despite the race committee searching for wind, nothing that was sailable could be found and the final day of racing had to be cancelled. Everyone thanked PRO Simon James and his team for their tireless work in difficult circumstances and the regatta organisers and friendly Cape Panwa Hotel staff for keeping the party going and producing a positive attitude. This amazing turnaround means yesterdays results will stand as final overall results. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary and AY Photo Gallery

Steve Manning & Anthony Root crowned AYGP Skippers of the Year
By AY MultiMedia
Goto June AYGP News Roundup
June 1st 2016: New names, Steve Manning/Anthony Root Ker 42 Black Baza have been added to the “hardest sports trophy to win in Asia” and proudly appears on racing crews CV's, these days. Despite their disastrous outing at the season ending Samui Regatta, they won outright all the blue water classics - Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, Rolex China Sea Race, and the Subic Bay to Boracay Race and Cup, in the same season. Second places at the China Coast Regatta on their racing debut and the Commodore's Cup in the Philippines plus fourth place at Malaysian Raja Muda Regatta, has scored them enough points to be crowned the 2015-16 AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year. Goto June AYGP News Roundup

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Goto Samui Regatta***** May 20th - 27th - 16th Samui Regatta
Come celebrate the 16th 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: http://www.samuiregatta.com/ Regattas.asia have officially taken over the management of the regatta and can be contacted by E-mailing: ksr@regattas.asia 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 AYGP Championships

7th Borneo International Yachting Challenge

July 8th - 15th - 11th Borneo International Yachting Challenge
After a few years absent, the BIYC makes a return and is a "work in progress" between three East Malaysian States - Sarawak, the Federal Territory (F.T.) of Labuan and Sabah, which is organised under the auspices of the MYA, Sarawak Yachting Association (SYA) and Kinabalu Yacht Club (KYC). Free marina berthing will be made available and as in past years there is no entrance fee and several parties are planned along the way. The yachts taking part will start with the Miri Bay Regatta, Passage Race from Miri to Labuan, the Labuan Harbour Regatta, the Passage Race from Labuan to Kota Kinabalu and finishing with the KK Bay Regatta. More info & NOR available by phoning: Fin H/P +60132551974 WhatsUp +60142730186 Office +6085423033 ext/ 112 + 126 and Emailing: borneorace@gmail.com Goto Inaugural 2003 AY Regatta Reports or the 2005 2006 2007 2014 events, plus browse the slideshow in the AY Photo Library

 

July 13th - 16th - Multihull Solutions Regatta
Multihull aficionados will love this one! Phuket Yacht Club's Multihull Challenge – the biggest "multihull-only" event in Asian waters, attracted 20 entries last year and is a perfect feeder event for Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek to be contested on the very same waters, the following week. The event is hosted by the Phuket Yacht Club and comprises 3 days of racing. Registration on Thursday evening with race briefing Friday morning and followed by six races - Friday (2), Saturday (2) and Sunday (2) with evening parties at the yacht club, overlooking Ao Chalong bay. General Enquiries and further details at PYC Website Browse the 2010 2011 2014 2015 AY Race Reports and action packed 2015 Photo Gallery
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Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek

***** July 19th - 23rd - 14th Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
This event takes place off Phuket’s south east coast during the 'Green Season' and is one of the challenging regattas of the season. The Title Sponsor and Host Venue, Cape Panwa Hotel and Kantary Bay Hotel continue on with the signature ‘one regatta, one venue’ format. During four days of racing, competitors can experience anything from dead calms to sailing straight into the blustery teeth of the SW monsoon. Combine this with four nights of grand waterside parties, free-flow of drinks and sumptuous food, crews can expect action on and off the water. Local sailors always look forward to this event, as it wipes away last years results and kick starts the 2017-18 AsianYachting Grand Prix with a clean sheet. Amongst the IRC racers there will also be classes for charter yachts, out and out cruisers plus corporate boats can be arranged to entertain sponsors. Check them out at: http://www.phuketraceweek.com Goto AY Regatta Reports 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 events.

 

China Coast Regatta***** October 13th - 15th - China Coast Regatta
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's China Coast Regatta offers three days of Big Boat racing in the best conditions Hong Kong has to offer. A combination of windward/ leewards and inshore courses are set South of Hong Kong. Usually 15 to 20 knots North Easterly breeze provides challenging conditions for five IRC divisions. In 2013 the wind strewn event with lumpy sea's was described as classic CCR sailing conditions - Fast and furious. This year after the CCR the biennial Hong Kong to Vietnam Race makes a welcome return to the calendar. The NOR and SI's are at: http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/chinacoastregatta.aspx or contact by E-mail or Call +852 2239 0395. Goto past years 2001 2002 2003 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Race Reports

Hong Kong to Hainan RaceHK to Vietnam Race details***** Starts October 18th - Biennial Hong Kong to Vietnam Race
The biennial 656nm Category 1 Hong Kong to Vietnam Offshore Race has become another blue water classic and the longest race on the Asian Calendar. The yachts will start after the CCR (See above) and usually experience lengthy downwind reaching conditions as they sail deeper into the South China Sea. They can expect large rolling seas to propel them on their way. The secret is out - Sailors that enjoy a lengthy "downhill dash" should not miss this one. Goto the 2006 2008 2011 2013 2015 HK to Vietnam Races Race Reports

These events are proving to be a great jumping-off point for HK boats intending to continue onto other seasonal sailing events in, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. For further details contact by E-mailing or Call +852 2239 0395. The NoR, SI's & Entry List are available from http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/

 

China Cup International RegattaOctober 26th - 29th - 11th China Cup International Regatta
After the success of the inaugural China Cup International Regatta in 2007 organisers rapidly expanded the One Design Class to 30 Beneteau First 40.7 yachts. More classes have been included so expect intense competition this year in Daya Bay off Shenzhen, China. An extravaganza of social and cultural events are held during the event. The regatta kicks off with a passage race from Hong Kong to Shenzhen and followed by three days of inshore racing in and around the territorial waters in Shenzhen's Daya Bay. Sponsorship of boats/teams in the Beneteau 40.7 one-design division is permitted and organisers expect 'stronger challengers and more countries represented. For enquires concerning boat charter, costs, entry and advertising please contact: yuna@chncup.com Telephone: 86 755 8835 3518 Fax: 86 755 8832 3928 Website: http://www.chncup.com/?lang=en Email: info@chncup.com Goto 2011 2013 2014 2015 2016 Race Reports & Photo Gallery

 




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