Kong Teams making waves in 2014-15
Less than 90 minutes behind the much larger TP52’s, Paul Winkelmann’s JV42, Island Fling finished an impeccable Audi Hong Kong to Hainan Race with an elapsed time of 29h 00m 18s, to take the IRC Racer 1 class title and also engrave their name on the IRC Overall trophy, ahead of Team Beau Geste in second place. Having previously competed twice in the race, navigator Jules Salter explained that “It was a really good fun race. The weather played out to the model, so the race was relatively straight forward, although the boys had to work hard – we never had any downtime”
Having contested all three AYGP point scoring events this season, Paul Winkelmann's JV42 Island Fling extends their lead in the race for the prestigious 2014-15 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards.
We have considered the degree of difficulty, in holding it all together during white knuckle surfing conditions, over 380nm, comparable to scoring multiple wins in a 10 race regatta. So after lengthy deliberations, we decided to award the Overall IRC winner on Single Race events, with an extra 3 bonus points, on top of the Class placing bonus points. Although the Hainan Race points awarded this year don't reflect this decision, when the class has five or more entries competing, full points can be earned, and the overall IRC winner can score maximum 18 points and take their place commensurate with performance in the overall rankings.
A new addition at the bottom of the score sheets is a note: Numbers in ( ) is the AYGP ranking as of respective Regatta. This is useful when working out the movements up or down the leader board after each event.
Also on the top/right corner, you can scroll back the past seasons results during the all inclusive scoring era. The complete 2014-15 AYGP Rankings, can be viewed by Skipper - Yacht - Regatta - Race Dates and Scoring System.
Successfully competing on two regattas, sends Karl Kwok’s TP52 Team Beau Geste, Ray Roberts TP52 OneSails Racing, Sam Chan's TP52 Freefire and Fred Kinmonth/ Nick Burns brand new Sydney GTS43, EFG Bank Mandrake 3, spiraling up the points table.
Now for a months break for boat repositioning, then racing resumes in South East Asian waters, at the 25th Silver Anniversary Raja Muda Selangor Int Regatta (November 14th -22nd), Phuket King's Cup (Nov 30th - Dec 6th), Royal Langkawi Int Regatta (January 12th - 17th) and Neptune Regatta (February 15th - 21st) to wrap up proceedings on the Western Circuit.
Although Roland Dane's Corby 36 Jessandra II and defending champion Bill Bremner's Foxy Lady 6 have slipped down the order, you can be sure they will be back in the running by the end of the next rounds, in familiar SE Asian waters.
This competition is open to all participants, on the family of selected 12 x AYGP point scoring events, held each season and makes it possible for smaller IRC Classes and Multihull's, that conduct long term racing campaigns, a chance to win the prestigious AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year title.
Word of Warning though, they will have to be in top form and compete with distinction in at least 6 regattas, before donning the Trend Fashion navy blue blazer and spraying champagne can take place, at the gala season ending Samui Regatta prize presentation party.
Image credits to RHKYC / Guy Nowell / AsianYachting
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