lift-off for the 2018-19
As CPHPRW is the first point scoring regatta for the season, based on Bonus Points for winning races, the class winners take up the first six places and are followed by the runner ups on the AYGP Rankings. Seven wins for Niels Degenkolw's X3/4 Ton MK2 Phoenix bounces them into 2nd place and claimed the IRC 2 title, for the third time.
By posting 4 early wins, Mick Tilden's Pixalux Blue held off a late challenge, to secure the Pulse 600 one-design title and occupy 4th place in the AYGP Rankings.
After attending a wake for a good sailing friend passing, earlier this year, Craig Nicholls and a bunch of retired, hard core, Aussie 18ft skiff sailors, have decided to expand their horizons and purchased the Sydney 40 renamed AquarII, to enjoy their remaining racing years, while they can. Being very experienced and capable party goers - with mentors like Sorro!, they were pleasantly surprised at the high standards that Asian regattas are run. Great parties almost every night, lots of friendly banter, crew camaraderie and a fantastic social scene at a reasonable cost, during the Aussie winter. What more would you want? Although they played the bridesmaid role to Roberts Team Hollywood in IRC 1, they came out on top of four closely matched 40ft racers, on their first attempt and are now planning their next assault at other AYGP point scoring events in SE Asia.
Another feel good story coming from Raceweek, is Dan Fidock taking over the reigns on the Moore 36 Fugazi and recruiting some experienced multihull crew to bring her up to speed. By winning the Multihull Solutions Regatta lead in event and taking off like a cut snake in the heavy going, before being reeled back in by Scott Galle's Diam 26 Blade Runner IX in lighter conditions, is an improved performance. As Dan Fidock is a relative new player on the Asian racing scene, he is intending to continue developing the boat, that was started by Danny Moore in Bali. He also hopes to revitalise multihull racing by entering more AYGP events and intends to have a crack at this years title, from the Multihull class.
There is now a 3 month break before the next scoring events, China Coast Regatta (October 12th - 14th), Hong Kong to Hainan Race (Starts October 18th), China Cup International Regatta (November 8th - 12th) ignites the Eastern Circuit into action. 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
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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