in the wind for the 2011-12 AYGP
a bonus point for each win within the regatta and a point loss for any
DSQ. The bonus point for each win may encourage boats that may have placed
well at the early regattas to compete the series for the additional bonus
Two more regattas have been added into the 5 star family of events that make up the AYGP. The combined Subic to Boracay Race and Boracay Cup in the Philippines, plus last years cancelled Hong Kong to Vietnam Race is being re-run, as well as the biannual Rolex China Sea Race is on again in April next year. For sailors that want to race regionally, that makes it 12 *****events next season, 5 on the East Asian seaboard (Hong Kong China, Vietnam, Philippines) and 5 in South East Asian waters (Singapore, Malaysia, Phuket SW Thailand, Indonesia) finishing up with the centrally located TOTG and Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. Under the “Six best regattas to count” scoring system these two regattas will be common events for the two regions as competitors come together for the grand final showdown. We should not over play the different regions as boat owners are not restricted to regional events and are free to compete on both circuits and in as many events they choose to contest.
Some concerns about including single ocean races into the scoring system have been received but as they are regional classics they will score the same as a multiple race regatta. Although the IRC 3, Premier Cruisers and Multihull Racing classes do not compete at all events, the main aim is to encourage more boats to compete at more events and something worthwhile to fight for, whenever they compete at the 12 events on the 2011-12 calendar. It must be remembered that all this is very experimental and we will continue on with our "Work in Progress" policy that has served us well for nine seasons and further tweaking to arrive where we are now
As this will require extra time do the calculations, post on the website and promotion throughout the year, we will need some help and looking for more sponsors/advertisers to get behind this new and unique branding opportunity, that encompasses the major South East and East Asian yachting events. It would be good have a car, crew air tickets or 5 star resort holiday as major prizes and once the new system is introduced and sailors learn how it works we will be looking for professional help along these lines.
Meanwhile those that are not familiar with how the AYGP is run, should go to the 2010-11 AYGP Championship page and see which regattas are included and how it worked in the past at: http://asianyachting.com/news/AYGP10-11.htm
The Sawadee.com Regatta - AY Photo Gallery has been posted at; http://asianyachting.com/photos/photo.htm?KSR11 and other regatta Photo Galleries can be accessed from the comprehensive AY Photo Library at: http://asianyachting.com/photos/default.htm
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