make solid gains...
Third place for Simon Piff's Ker 32 Rekering Dream, is the first entry for Rekering Dream but by contesting two other events with Rainbow Dream, elevates Simon Piff from joint 19th place to 10th place in the running for the individual AYGP Skipper of the Year award. By adding a second regatta to their tally, Peter Cremers Warwick 75 Shahtoosh rises to 20th place and now appears on the first page of the rankings.
Others to do well, are Jon Cray's Swan 42 Sea BASS climbing from 99th place to 30th in one foul swoop, Richard Eyre's Corsair C37 Zhuka from 110th place up to joint 25th place and best of all is Ramasamy Menon's Dehler 39 VG Offshore victory in the Cruising Class, taking them from 155th place up to 18th in the overall standings. This is Rama's first ever race win in his short sailing career and the jubilant Malaysian teams overall success will no doubt be the talk of the Royal Selangor Yacht Club bar for the rest of the year.
Although the organisers policy is "What goes down to the Equator, stays down at the Equator" we managed to capture some images of the sailing activities and all sorts of merriment in the AY Photo Gallery for all to see and encourage more yachts to join in next year. Action from other regattas can be accessed from the AY Photo Library.
Next up is the combined Subic to Boracay Race (Mar 1-3) and windy Boracay Cup (Mar 4-7) opening up proceedings in the Philippines. A close knit group of racers from Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia are renewing old rivalries and either opening their AYGP accounts for the season or planning to improve their standings, as we close in on the final five pointscoring regattas in the family of events.
So far this season, 233 Skippers and 223 yachts have scored points in the AYGP. The four remaining regattas include the biennial Asian blue-water classic Rolex China Sea Race from Hong Kong to Subic Bay in the Philippines, starting on 16th April and is quickly followed by the Commodore's Cup in Subic Bay from 22nd - 26th April. Before the two centrally located Top of the Gulf Regatta (May 1st - 5th) and season ending Samui Regatta (May 24th - 31st) brings the curtain down on another successful racing season.
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