Prix off to a flying start...
Although we earlier reported that Danish expat Niels Degenkolw's Asian crew, on his X3/4 Ton MK2 Phoenix, cleaned up the IRC 2 class, with seven wins and became the 'Highest AYGP Scorer' at the regatta, we didn't take into account, that only 4 yachts in the IRC 2 class and under the low scoring system, were reduced to 2nd place. A late charge by John Newnham's Firefly 850 Sports Twin Sharks, earned them the title and lead the 2019-20 Rankings, into the new season by three quarters of a point.
Others to do well and grace the top of the AYGP Rankings, are the class winners. The defending AYGP champion Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood and Andrew Hurford's Stealth 13 Phantom V are tied on 14 points for 3rd overall. Leaving Scott Bradley's Sydney 40 East Marine Emagine, John Vickery's Hansee 400E Venture from the Cruising class and Hans Rahmann's Firefly 850 Sports Voodoo, all tied in 4th place. These performances sends them directly to the top the annual AYGP Rankings, for an early lead in the race for the 2019-20 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year titles.
CPHPRW is the first point scoring regatta for the season, and now there is a 3 month break before the next scoring events, China Coast Regatta (October 11th - 13th), Hong Kong to Vietnam Race (October 15th & 16th starts), brings the Eastern Circuit Skippers and Yachts into play. This break allows some yachts to be repositioned and time for several notable International teams, to prepare for the onslaught of high-octane racing action, coming this season.
Then racing swings back over to the Western Circuit for the 30th anniversary of the Raja Muda Selangor Int. Regatta (Nov 15th - 23rd), Phuket King's Cup (Nov 30th - Dec 7th), Royal Langkawi Int Regatta (January 6th - 11th) and the Nongsa Neptune Regatta (January 24th - Feb 2nd).
The AYGP is a unique point scoring system, that annually ranks all the big boat Skippers and Yachts that race in Eastern and South East Asian waters. To be fully representative of the regions sailing nations, regattas in Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Vietnam and China are point scoring events.
Ultimately the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year will don the Trend Fashions navy blue blazer, presented with the Perpetual AYGP Cup filled with champagne and the hand crafted take home trophy at the gala Samui Regatta prize presentation party in May next year, is the highlight of the AYGP season.
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