April 2017 - AsianYachting Grand Prix - News

Goto 2016-17 AYGP Microsite

2016/2017 AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year
"Hardest sports trophy to win in Asia"

Goto 2016-17 AYGP micrositeTight at the top of the 2016-17 AYGP Rankings...
By AY MultiMedia
April 6th 2017: Next up is the 40th anniversary of the iconic 480nm Hong Kong to San Fernando, Category 1 Offshore race, starting on April 12th. One of the first blue water classics in Asia, 16 boats will contest in 4 divisions, with Seng Huang Lee’s 100ft Scallywag aiming to smash the 2001 monohull record, of 49h 55m 12s set by Sam Chan’s 71’ ULBD Sled, FfreeFire. Chan will be defending his record on his latest TP52 FreeFire.

Goto AYGP RankingsSoon after on April 19th - 23rd, the Commodore's Cup fires up in Subic Bay, with serious contenders for the 2016-17 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year title and some adventurous Chinese teams eager to exchange the winter blues, for some Philippine sunshine and warm hospitality, will battle it out for the top honours.

Presently leading the pack, Anthony Root and Steve Manning's, Ker Custom 42 Black Baza is a downwind flyer and since launching, has claimed overall honours on all the long distance races - 2015 Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, 2016 Rolex China Sea Race and the Hong Kong to Hainan Race this season. Although they have reached the six AYGP regatta scoring limit and lay down 65.5 points as the 2016-17 benchmark to beat this season, they aim to better the dismal 8 points scored at the Royal Langkawi Int Regatta and add the difference to their tally, to extend their lead.

Goto AYGP RankingsSecond placed Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly won't be in action, till the season ending Top of the Gulf and Samui Regatta and has these two events to make up the present 22 points deficit on the leader.

Goto AYGP RankingsThird placed Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns GTS 43 Mandrake II returns to action for the San Fernando Race and Commodore's Cup, also has two full scoring regattas to complete their six regatta tally and have to score 23 points in the process, to overtake Black Baza.

Well travelled and eighth placed Judes Echauz’s all Philippine crewed TP52 Centennial III, have contested 3 regattas this season and despite the decline in Racing Class entrants, keeping the scoring low, aim to finish above the Whitcraft family's all conquering TP52 THA 72 in the AYGP Rankings and become top dog of the big boats.

Goto 2016-17 AYGPGood News! Philippine Sailing have purchased six FarEast 28 yachts, to form a one design keel boat class in the Philippines and next season will be available for charter, to foreign teams during these regattas.

Goto 2016-17 AYGPYou may ask why is this so important? Donning the coveted Trend Fashions Navy Blue Blazer is the iconic prize and symbol of the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards. An honor bestowed on top racing teams, since the 2002-03 Season. What The Masters Green Jacket is to pro golfing in the USA, the Navy Blue Blazer is to yacht racing in Asian waters.

Meanwhile back in the AY Headquarters in Port Dickson, Malaysia, the specially hand crafted, take home trophy is taking shape and the annual review of selected events for next season is underway.

Goto 2016-17 AYGPWe welcome any constructive comments and suggestions on the regattas and point scoring system from the participants. Email: info@asianyachting.com

The warning signal for the 2017 San Fernando Race will sound at 1310hrs on Wednesday 12 April, against the backdrop of RHKYC’s Kellett Island Clubhouse in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour.

Goto 2017 San Fernando RaceSpectators wishing to follow the race can keep up with the yacht movements on Yellowbrick Tracker Here... and armchair sailors can race alongside the fleet on Virtual Regatta Here...

Check out the 2016-17 AYGP Rankings, by clicking on Skipper - Yacht - Regatta and Scoring System.

Browse the Photo Gallery of the Subic Boracay Race & Cup, Neptune Regatta and Royal Langkawi Int. Regatta, or other regattas in the AY Photo Library

See how the 2016-17 Season unfolded in the AYGP News - August - October - November - December - End Of December - January 2017 - February - March

Title, Trophy Sponsors and Advertisers for the 2016-17 are available. Interested parties can browse the AYGP Sponsorship Entitlements and Rights on offer Here...

All the 2016-17 AY News, Views and Race Reports can be accessed Here...

Free Newsletter Subscription
f any of your friends would like to freely Subscribe Online to the fully automated AY Circulation List (Click Here...) Hit Refresh Button if page does not open 1st time, then fill in the details and submit. Don't forget to respond to the system generated email at the email address entered to complete the free subscription process.

This AYGP Newsletter is proudly bought to you by the following supporters

Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui

Goto Royal Langkawi Int  Regatta

Goto Trend Fashions, Samui

Email Enquiries or Phone Bruce +65 85357267
Goto Raja Muda Int Regatta Race Reports

AsianYachting Ventures Sdn. Bhd. (Co. No. 627106-T)
A 308 PD Perdana Condo Resort, Jln Pantai, 71050, Pt Dickson, Malaysia
Tel: 6 06 6477701 Email: info@asianyachting.com

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Yachting at http://AsianYachting.com