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

Onward and Upwards...
Royal Langkawi International RegattaBy AsianYachting MultiMedia
7th Jan 2011: With the festive season already fading into a distant memory, the serious contenders for the 2010-11 AYGP Championship are coming together again next week for the Royal Langkawi International Regatta and the Singapore Straits Regatta from January 26th to 29th. During the break some crew members competed on the grueling Rolex Sydney Hobart Race and although they have a lot of stories to tell, are expected to be in top form for the Asian regattas coming up in quick succession. As we cross the half way mark in the season, Ray Roberts TP52 Evolution Racing holds a one point lead over Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi and are expected to once again go head to head in Langkawi. On the last three events they have traded blows and finished on top of the podium which included an unprecedented dead heat in race six at the King's Cup.

Singapore Straits RegattaNext in line is Frank Pong's 75ft Reichel Pugh, Jelik III, being the biggest yacht in the fleet is the perennial line honours favourite and with every race is getting closer to claiming the handicap honours and is long overdue to clinch the title. Also in with a chance is Olympian, Song Xia Quin on the helm of Pong's TP52 Jelik V with an all-Chinese crew put in an admirable performance at the Raja Muda and King's Cup to steadily climb the rankings.

AY Photo LibraryCompeting for the first time in Langkawi is Fred Kinmonth and Nick Burns Mills 51 EFG Bank Mandrake can never be discounted and given the right conditions are always a threat on handicap. After a big performance in Class 3 of the Raja Muda the Malaysian Armed Forces Farr 52 Zural skippered by Ishak Jab returns to the racing class and they hope all the recent training at the navy base in Lumut will bare fruit.

Although there are only six entrants in the Racing Class, under the new scoring system the best seven regatta results out of ten events will count towards the overall AYGP Championship. Thereby keeping skippers that have already scored points in the running and allows them to pick and choose which events they want to compete in.

2010-11 AYGP ChampionshipAfter four 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 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.

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More on the AsianYachting Grand Prix Championship
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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