Mitchell rises to the top of AYGP
By winning all 7 races, Niels Degenkolw's X 3/4 ton Mk2 Phoenix becomes the big mover and shaker, from 25th to 10th in the Skipper Rankings, after only two events. Six wins for the Whitcraft's TP52 THA 72 make a huge leap from 39th to 5th in the Yacht Rankings and if they continue on their winning ways, pose the biggest threat to the leaders at coming regattas.
Philip Turner’s Reichel-Pugh 66 Alive skippered by Duncan Hine have steadily climbed the rankings, with Hine sitting in 8th place in the Skipper rankings and Alive in 7th on the Yacht ranking, but repairs to the hydraulic keel ram, might force them to miss the Subic to Boracay Race & Boracay Cup next month. When the Eastern Circuit resumes, watch out for Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns Sydney GTS 43 and Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes make their move up the rankings.
Although no Racing Class yachts have entered the Neptune Regatta (Feb 10th - 17th) yet, 27 Cruising and Multihull craft have entered and more are expected for the run to the equator and a meeting with King Neptune. It will be Chris Mitchell and his Naut 40 Lady Bubbly fifth regatta this season and sure to extend their overall lead.
Some readers might be a bit confused with the scoring system, but we are sticking to the earlier decision to score individual skippers separately and the yacht scoring is attributed to the boat owners. Already 2 trophy's have been ordered and if different winners emerge at the end of the season, two presentations will take place.
At this point in the 2017-18 Season, 264 Skippers and 253 Yachts have scored points by contesting at least one of the 7 pointscoring events already held, that make up the family of 13 AYGP five star regattas/races each season.
Then onto the Philippines for the classic Subic to Boracay Race & Boracay Cup (Feb 23rd - March 2nd) and back to Hong Kong for the Rolex China Sea blue water classic, which is quickly followed by the Commodores' Cup (April 3rd - 7th) in Subic Bay, to complete the Eastern Circuit.
The final two regattas Top of the Gulf (27th April - 1st May) and Samui Regatta (26th May - June 2nd) are centrally located in the Gulf of Thailand and are accessible to yachts from the both the Eastern and Western Circuits, for the final showdown and presentation of the prestigious 2017-18 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards.
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