2010/2011 AsianYachting Grand Prix Championship
2010-11 AYGP Championship
October 2010 - AYGP Update

Defending champion, Ray Roberts triumphs at China Coast Regatta
By AsianYachting Event Media
Despite having to battle it out in 25 to 27 knot headwinds and a lumpy seaway, Ray Roberts and his TP52 Evolution Racing crew put on a superb performance to win all seven races on the trot and in doing so retained the CCR title and kick started their 2010-11 AYGP campaign in grand style.

Held in classic CCR sailing conditions the results belie the level of close competition, as the local teams put up a good fight and on several occasions missed out by only a few seconds. The new keel and bulb optimisation program on Evolution Racing seems to be paying dividends already.

The stalwarts of the Hong Kong big boat racing scene were determined to return the silverware to the RHKYC trophy cabinet. Arch rival Neil Pryde on his prize winning Welbourn 52, Hi Fi pulled out all the stops but just could not find an extra minute of pace around the testing course to advance beyond second place. Even the biggest boat in the fleet, Frank Pong's 75’ Reichel Pugh, Jelik III took line honours in every race but could not convert any over to handicap wins and had to settle on third overall.

The racing between the four TP 52's in these conditions was not only fast and furious but a formidable test on the crew work, boat gear, tactics and stamina to the full. Sam Chan’s newly acquired TP52 FreeFire and Geoff Hill’s TP52 Strewth were in and out of the race podium places to secure fourth and fifth places respectively. Also making their debut was Frank Pong’s recently acquired TP52 Jelik V skippered by Cecilia Yeung and crew from mainland China are on a steep learning curve and will have benefited immensely from the experience.

After two regattas under the new high scoring system, we now have ten different skippers and yachts scoring points towards winning the 2010-11 Evolution Sails AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards. Check out the Asian Racing Calendar for the all year round racing season, held at some of the finest tropical island resorts in Asia. If you missed the coverage access the daily RHKYC - CCR 2010 Updates Here...

Typhoon postpones Hong Kong to Vietnam Race
The VinaCapital Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, organised by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC), originally scheduled to start today (Wed 20th), has been postponed due to the forecast impact of Super Typhoon Megi. The 656nm race is described by 2008 winner and regular competitor, Neil Pryde, as "one of the great Ocean races, combining an exhilarating downhill slide with a very interesting tactical challenge that unfolds as the fleet approaches the Vietnam coast …the race that nobody wants to miss". Race Chairman, Geoff Hill, went further, describing it as "one of the best offshore warm water events in the world" and is currently the only international yacht race to finish in Vietnam, which with its beautiful coastline is becoming of increasing interest to Asian sailors. This year's entrants, together with Hill, RHKYC Vice Commodore and RHKYC Rear Commodore Sailing, gathered on Sunday for a Skippers' meeting to discuss the weather patterns and likely forecast for the week of the race, and possible alternatives to today's scheduled start.

Rear Commodore Sailing, Russ Parker, stressed that "RHKYC regards safety as its first priority for all its events, particularly for its international Category 1 Offshore events. It would be unthinkable to send the boats out in front of such a storm." In considering the potential impact of Super Typhoon Megi in the South China Sea, in particular the position relative to the rhumb line during the race, it was with great regret that the unanimous decision was taken to postpone the 2010 VinaCapital Hong Kong to Vietnam Race.

Instead, competitors and RHKYC were fully supportive of running the race in mid-October 2011. The date is expected to be set soon, to allow international entries to plan their racing calendars. Take a look at Josh Tucker's YouTube Video taken on Sam Chan's TP 52 FfreeFire 52 during the 2008 race to see what they are missing out on. More details at http://rhkyc.org.hk/hkvietnamrace.htm

Image credits to RHKYC / Guy Nowell / Koko Mueller

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Points are awarded each sailing season based on the racing class Skippers and Yachts performance over Ten x 5-Star Yachting Events that make up the AY Grand Prix Championship (Malaysia 2, Hong Kong 2, Thailand 4 plus Singapore and the Philippines each with 1 a piece). Every year the events come under close scrutiny and must reflect the high standards expected by the Racing Class boat owners and a fair turnout of top level Racing Teams to compete at the event. The annual AYGP is the best way to fairly grade competing Boat owners and Skippers ability to successfully run a full-on racing campaign through Asian waters over the 2010-11 Season. Evolution Sails have come onboard as trophy sponsor for the 2010-11 AYGP Championship to be known as the Evolution Sails AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards.

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