2010/2011 AsianYachting Grand Prix Championship
2010-11 AYGP Championship
June 2011 - AYGP News

Changes in the wind for the 2011-12 AYGP
2010-11 AYGP ChampionshipBy AY MultiMedia
Ongoing discussions since the Regatta Forum at the end of the TOTG Regatta and after canvassing boat owners, skippers, crew, supporters and sponsors during the season ending Sawadee.com Regatta at Ko Samui, everyone seems in favour of expanding the AYGP and including other classes into the race for the 2011-12 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards.

2010-11 AYGP Championship We have whittled down the suggested pointscoring system, mainly to keep it simple and fairly grade competing Boat owners and Skippers ability to successfully run full-on racing campaigns through Asian waters over the 2011-12 Season. The proposed classes are IRC 1 Racing, IRC 2, IRC 3, Premier Cruisers and Multihull Racing classes, whenever they compete at the 12 events on the 2011-12 Asian Calendar. Co-operation is being sort from Regatta organisers to synchronize rating bands for the IRC classes, nominated skippers/boat owners names on the entry list (If different) and full results after the event is run.

Several pointscoring systems have been studied and have come down to the final two preferences.
1. Everyone entered in the proposed classes scores 5 points for attending
Six for winning the class, 4 for 2nd, 3 for 3rd, 2 for 4th and 1 for 5th place overall.
2011-12 Asian Calendar“Six best regattas to count” scoring system

2. Plus 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 point(s).
Please email any feedback on the proposed changes and suggestions to info@asianyachting.com before a final decision is reached.

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.

Eastern Circuit
China Coast Regatta (October 14 -16)
Hong Kong Vietnam Race (2010 Re-run starts Oct 19)
Subic Boracay Race & Boracay Cup (New for 2012 - Feb 24 - March 3rd)
Rolex China Sea Race (Starts April 4th)
Commodore's Cup (April 10-14)

Western Circuit
Six Senses Phuket Raceweek (July 20-24)
Raja Muda Selangor Int. Regatta (Nov 18-26)
Phuket King's Cup (Dec 3 -10)
Royal Langkawi Int Regatta (Jan 9-14)
Singapore Straits Regatta (End January)

Common final events
Top of the Gulf Regatta (May 4-8)
Sawadee.com Regatta ( May 29 - June 3rd)

Sawadee.com Regatta - AY Race ReportsSome 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

AY Photo LibraryAs 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

AY Photo Gallery 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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