AYGP is never over, till its over...
Another great accomplishment on the San Fernando Race, came when Anthony Root and Steve Manning's, Ker Custom 42 Black Baza downwind flyer, claimed the double, IRC 1 line and overall class winner, plus 2nd to Scallywag in the IRC Overall stakes. In less than two years, Black Baza has won all four major Asian offshore races they have entered - Overall champions on the 2015 Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, 2016 Rolex China Sea Race, 2017 Hong Kong to Hainan Race and now adding the San Fernando Race IRC 1 title to their trophy haul. We have been checking through the AY Archives to see if any other yacht or skipper, can match this four offshore race winning streak.
Although they reached the six AYGP regatta scoring limit and initially laid down 65.5 points as the 2016-17 benchmark, they now discard the low scoring Royal Langkawi Int Regatta and further extend their lead by 8 points and set a new benchmark at 73.5 points, to win the 2016-17 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year title.
The San Fernando Race saw Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns GTS 43 Mandrake II return to action and despite low scoring on their fifth scoring event, they have climbed back into second place in the AYGP Rankings. However they only have one full scoring event, to reach the 6 regatta scoring limit and impossible to make up the 23.5 point deficit on the leader.
Third placed Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly is the only Skipper and Yacht to have a mathematical chance at toppling Black Baza. They will have to win nearly every Cruising Class race, at both the season ending Top of the Gulf (May 4th - 8th) and Samui Regattas (May 20th - 27th) and score 30 points in the process, to close the present gap with Black Baza and hope they don't improve on their low scoring regattas.
After the Commodores' Cup, Judes Echauz’s all Philippine crewed TP52 Centennial III, has contested 5 regattas this season and despite declining Racing Class entries, resulting in low scoring, have steadily moved up the rankings into 4th place and become the highest scoring Philippine team in the annual AYGP Rankings.
Another team that could go spiraling up the rankings, is the Whitcraft family's all conquering TP52 THA 72 if they contest both the season ending Top of the Gulf and Samui Regattas. They cannot overtake Black Baza for the title and will be one regatta short of the six scoring limit, but aim to take second place, on their first complete season.
It's all about where you finish up in the rankings and finding the best Skipper & Yacht in Asia, each year. After contesting 3 events, Sam Chan's TP52 Freefire and Seng Huang Lee’s Scallywag are presently tied in 11th place, and if they contest one more regatta will overtake a cluster of Phuket based yachts, that led the rankings in the early stages.
Donning the coveted Trend Fashions Navy Blue Blazer is the iconic prize and an honor bestowed annually on the winning AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year, since the 2002-03 Season. We are getting ready and looking forward to an exciting run into the final events.
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