2010/2011 AsianYachting Grand Prix Championship
2010-11 AYGP Championship
November 2010 - AYGP Newsletter

2010-11 AYGP Championship - Starting to get serious...
21st Raja Muda RegattaBy AsianYachting MultiMedia
With all the International media coverage presently going on, it's easy to overlook that the 21st Raja Muda Regatta gets underway at the Royal Selangor Yacht Club next weekend and the Phuket King's Cup in early December. Delivery crew on the seriously campaigned yachts, presently on route to Port Klang have reported on Social Networks that during the South China Sea crossing, they experienced up to 40 knot winds, lots of rain and at times up to 20 knot boat speed in big following seas. Some sort shelter and relief in Vietnamese waters for much needed R&R and drying out from the relentless rain. Each crew member will have a story to tell from their character building exercise. With the cancellation of RHKYC's Hong Kong to Vietnam Race because Super Typhoon Megi threatened the safe passage of competitors, means there will only be nine five star events on the 2010-11 AYGP Championship this sailing season. Also recent announcements suggest the AYGP event for the Philippines will continue to be the Commodore's Cup in Subic Bay from April 27th to 30th 2011. Straight after the Biennial San Fernando Race starting on Thursday 21st April 2011, over the Easter long weekend, so the Hong Kong boats can get a crack at the title.

If you missed the China Coast Regatta coverage - 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 campaign in grand style. Held in classic CCR sailing conditions the results belie the closeness of the competition, as the local RHKYC teams put up a good fight and missed out by only a few seconds in the handicap calculations. No doubt the new keel and bulb optimization program on Evolution Racing seems to be paying dividends already in the race to retain the AYGP Title.

2010-11 AY Race ReportsHong Kong boat owners are the stalwarts of the big boat racing scene in East & SE Asian waters during the migratory regatta season. There will be 4 of the popular TP 52 designs in the Raja Muda. Sam Chan’s newly acquired TP52 FreeFire, Geoff Hill’s Strewth, Frank Pong’s recently acquired TP52 Jelik V with mainland Chinese crew onboard, all trying to get a piece of Ray Roberts Evolution Racing. Hannes Waimer from Premier Composite Technologies fame in the UAE, will be joining for the King's Cup after sailing school students complete the delivery from Dubai.

Arch rivals Neil Pryde's heavily modified Welbourn 52, Hi Fi and the Kinmonth/Burns Farr/Mills 51 EFG Mandrake have both won the Raja Muda before and are very familiar with the course and forever changing conditions. They all will have to overcome the biggest boat in the fleet, Frank Pong's 75’ Reichel Pugh, Jelik III which usually takes line honours in every race but will have to be on top of their game to convert over to handicap wins.

Six Senses Phuket RaceweekThe official split in the classes won't be fully known until registration takes place. There are a few boats on the borderline that could swing between the Racing Class and other IRC classes. Ben Copley's Swan CS 42 Katsu was triumphant at Six Senses Phuket Raceweek at the beginning of the season and presently shares the lead in the AYGP Pointscore with Ray Roberts TP52 Evolution Racing with one regatta each. Ben will have to decide if he would like to progress in the pointscore or if they have a better chance of winning outright another class.

The quest is on in earnest to establish a fully integrated AY Multimedia site using selected Social Media Networks and useful CIT solutions to share video's, photos and broadcast live streaming on the professional circuit. AsianYachting is forever thankful to SAIL TV for turning a rare and very specialised opportunity into reality. Who would of thought a few years ago that our relatively unknown website would be streaming live Louis Vuitton Trophy and America's Cup online, plus it is FREE to boot! Still don't know how they do it!

Although streaming live video gives us MultiMedia status, we would prefer to be known for information sharing and getting the news from Asian waters out into the International arena. In answer to Clouts'' Facebook - Flintstone conundrum - If the big television companies don't want to pay for live broadcast rights, keep streaming on the internet as by 2013, in Asia alone there will be billions more users online and already big corporations like ESPN have launched live sporting event coverage online. I guess Larry is already aware of this! As the Asian region has shown that they can host professional sporting events, surely this is reason enough to have a similar service available. Also good bargaining power when dealing with remote developing economies, interested in holding events in the lead up to AC34. No one really knows, how much social media effects sailing trends, if our future predictions are correct, we believe that the rapidly expanding FB generation will help show the Flintstone's the way forward using computer technology and all will be resolved...

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.

Live Louis Vuitton Trophy Image credits to RHKYC / Guy Nowell / AsianYachting / Louis Vuitton Trophy

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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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