Honouring the King of Sailing
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
4th December 2016: Everyone is deeply saddened by the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the beloved King of Thailand and Royal Patron of the Phuket King's Cup. The loss has been felt around the world, as His Majesty dedicated passion and energy into the sport. Although this regatta and prestigious trophy is the last one to be endorsed by Rama 9, the regatta will always honour the legacy of His Majesty and remember his achievements and contributions to sailing. Sailors are asked to respect the current mood and customs while in Thailand by adhering to the recently released Dress Code, at the Opening Ceremony on Sun 4th and Royal Prize Giving Ceremony on Sat 10th. The traditional Sail Pass will be held on Friday 9th. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report
Forging ahead in the AYGP Rankings
By AY MultiMedia
December 2nd 2016: By winning all eight IRC Class 3 races at the Raja Muda Regatta, David Fuller makes a grand entrance, into 6th place on the AYGP Skipper Rankings and lifts the chartered Beneteau 44.7 Fujin up into 3rd place, in the Yacht Rankings. Six IRC Class 1 race wins, for Sarab Singh's Welbourn 52 Windsikher II launches their 2016-17 racing campaign into 8th overall, after contesting only one event. Second and third places for Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns GTS 43 Mandrake II and Anthony Root/Steve Manning's Ker Custom 42 Black Baza respectively, brings Mandrake II to within 1.5 points of the present leader Black Baza. Both yachts have contested three regattas and have left the door open for others to score better, at coming events. Goto December AYGP News...
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RMSIR - 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
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
CCR - 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
Paralympics - Spectacular final in Flamengo Beach thriller
By Richard Aspland - World Sailing
September 17th 2016: In a finale fitting on the setting, the Rio 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competition came to a spectacular close with the medals decided in front of a sell-out crowd lining the shores of Flamengo Beach. Racing on the Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf Mountain) race course, onlookers were treated to a thrilling climax in which some medals were settled by just seconds. After 11 races under the backdrop of Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer, the stakes were high for a chosen few sailors who had the opportunity to grab a Paralympic medal. But while some would feel the elation, some would inevitable miss out. The final gold to be decided went to France's Damien Seguin who joined Australia's Two Person and Three Person teams who wrapped up the gold the previous day. Goto Rio 2016 Paralympic Roundup & Photo Gallery
Rio 2016 Sailing - That's a wrap
By World Sailing & Andy Rice
August 18th 2016: Over the past two weeks we've witnessed some of the world's greatest sailors compete in Rio. With full hearts and great pride we congratulate them on their achievements. Creating an Olympic Games highlight moment with impact is the mission of the Medal Race. After a series of 10 to 12 races, the top ten in each event advanced to a double-point, non-discard race. A lifetime of effort is put to the test. Who can stare down pressure and be triumphant, and who would get swallowed whole by the moment? Goto Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Roundup & Photo Gallery...
CPHPRW - 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
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