- Each event the stakes get higher...
03 Dec 2010: Every regatta brings a new set of obstacles to overcome.
Last week it was the overnight passage races on the Raja
Muda regatta, next week its the tricky inter island and intense
windward/leeward courses to the South and West of Phuket during the King's
Cup to contend with.
Attracting the largest number of entries from near and far, introduces
a new degree of difficulty, which makes it harder to win or even capture
a podium place.
Ten high tech yachts have entered
the racing class and are more than ever determined to get the better of
Neil Pryde and Ray Roberts, that run full on professional campaigns and
have dominated proceedings over the last few years. Boat owners are constantly
working on modifications to improve the boats performance and optimize
the IRC rating to suit the local conditions. No stranger to the King's
Cup, Hannes Waimer returns with a TP52 Team Premier, this time
all the way from Dubai. This makes it five TP52's on the starting grid,
which is a first for the Asian region and we can expect some start line
drama and a close battle on the high seas as the racing unfolds. By
scoring 3rd place in the Raja Muda, Xiaqun Song and her all Chinese crew
on Frank Pong's TP52 Jelik V have shown they are a force to be
reckoned with and intend on getting in amongst the action again. After
three regattas under the new high scoring system, we now have twelve different
skippers and yachts scoring points towards winning the 2010-11
Evolution Sails AYGP
and Yacht of the Year awards. Check out the Asian
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- AY Photo
new Nikon D3100 has not had a moments rest since purchasing the day before
the Raja Muda started. One hundred images have been selected for the Raja
Gallery and posted at: http://asianyachting.com/photos/photo.htm?RMSIR10
Almost all the boats feature in the slide show, as well as all the trials
and tribulations that could be caught on camera, during daylight hours.
Looking back during processing the photos, has reminded me of the endurance
and determination required to cover this island hopping event, let alone
seriously compete on a racing yacht. Don't forget, higher resolution images
are available FREE for personal use and enquiries for commercial use can
be accepted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
This also goes for all the images in the AY
Library which contains over six years of regatta galleries
to choose from. Check them out at: http://asianyachting.com/photos/default.htm
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