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

Goto Subic SailingWho is looking down the barrel of success?
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
10th March 2011:
Despite the Afro/Arab world turning up side down and the pirate scourge holding up round the world cruisers in the Indian Ocean, the final three regatta's on the 2010-11 AYGP Championship are coming up in April and May - First up Commodore's Cup in colorful Subic Bay, Philippines, then into the Gulf of Thailand for the Top of the Gulf Regatta at Ocean Marina, South Pattaya plus the fantastic season ending Grand Final Showdown
- Sawadee.com Regatta at Koh Samui. To see how much fun they had at the Commodore's Cup last year - Goto the 2010 Race Reports and the 2010 AY Photo Gallery.

Goto AYGP ScoreboardAs we are fast approaching the end of the 2010/11 Season, Ray Roberts TP52 Evolution Racing and Neil Pryde's custom Welbourn 52 Hi Fi, that field professional racing teams on the Asian circuit each year, have once again run away at the top of the leaderboard. Although Roberts has won four of the five regatta's they entered and have what looks like a commanding three point lead in the AYGP Championship - Under the recently introduced "Six regatta's to count - scoring system", Neil Pryde mathematically still has a chance, if they win the next two regatta's they both enter and Ray Roberts finishes down the order. It is so close, that we dare not send the New 2010-11 Evolution Sails AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year trophy, taking shape in Pt Dickson to the engravers just yet and will leave further judgment till after the Top of the Gulf being their next encounter.

Goto Commodore's CupMeanwhile over in Hong Kong and the Philippines, and presently tied for 3rd place in the AYGP, Sam Chan will first be looking to break the San Fernando Race Record on his TP52 Freefire before taking on Frank Pong's 75ft Reichel Pugh Jelik II, this time without interference from Roberts and Pryde as they chose to stay back in Singapore for some repairs and modifications. The Hong Kong contingent could be joined by Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns Mills 51 EFG Bank Mandrake and Geoff Hill's TP52 Strewth taking on the Philippine workhorses, Ray Ordoveza's Excel 53 Karakoa and Ernesto Echauz's Sydney 46 Centennial, that have won regatta's in tricky Subic Bay before and are again looking forward to the challenge of securing the title. Whatever the outcome the top five placed yachts will be awarded valuable points that go towards the final overall placing's in the annual AYGP rankings.

Goto Top of the Gulf RegattaAfter the Subic Boracay Race and Boracay Cup suggestions to broaden the scope of the AYGP have been coming in thick and fast. Usually, at the end of each season, the Five-Star events on the championship come under scrutiny and decisions taken on which events to be included in the calendar and how to score the following year are made. This process is a "Work in Progress" throughout the year and has evolved over the nine seasons the prestigious awards have been presented. Pioneer of Thailand's regatta scene, Cap'n Bill Gasson limits himself to running the Ocean Marina Yacht Club events these days, intends to hold a seminar and is inviting both regional regatta organizers and key competitors to come together on the 4th May during the TOTG Regatta. Discussions on networking the regions regatta's and forward planning into the future is expected. Expect some co-ordination between regattas, how to deal with the media and some synchronization of classes, courses, timing, race officials and limit the number of top class events in the region

Goto Asian Racing CalendarAlso on the table is raising sponsorship/funding to expand with a Premier Cruising Division and include the IRC Racer/Cruiser class, under the AYGP umbrella. We have come to the conclusion that more events can be added to the AYGP and by keeping the scoring to the best of six events, will create an Eastern and Western circuit for boat owners that don't want to go to Hong Kong, Philippines etc and vice versa for HK boats going to Sing, Mas and Phuket. The China Coast Regatta, biannual Vietnam or China Sea Race, Boracay Cup, Commodore's Cup, TOTGR and Samui would make up the Eastern qualifiers. Phuket Raceweek, Raja Muda, King's Cup, Langkawi, Sing Straits, TOTGR and Samui would make up the Western circuit. The TOTG and Samui are common to both as the season ending finals. This is all open to discussion and we welcome further expansion ideas and suggestions.

Goto Asian Racing CalendarCheck out the Asian Racing Calendar for the all year round racing season, held at some of the finest tropical island resorts in Asia. Those interested in Fly In, Charter a boat and Fly Out holidays or seeking crewing positions should Pick a suitable Event and scour their website for relevant information.

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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