March 2017 - AsianYachting Grand Prix - News

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2016/2017 AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year
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Goto AYGP Skipper RankingsBlack Baza sets 2016-17 AYGP benchmark...
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March 6th 2017: By convincingly winning the IRC 2 class, at the Subic Bay to Boracay Race and Boracay Cup, Anthony Root and Steve Manning's, Ker Custom 42 downwind flyer, Black Baza has contested six AYGP scoring regattas and lay down 65.5 points as the 2016-17 benchmark, to beat this season. At the same stage last season, they had 71.25 points to their advantage and went on to win the 2015-16 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year titles.

Goto AYGP Skippers RankingsLow scoring and less yachts entering regattas this season, has resulted in 2nd placed Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly and 3rd placed Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns GTS 43 Mandrake II having the only mathematical chance to topple Black Baza. They both have two full scoring regattas to complete their six regatta tally, from the remaining four point scoring events, HK to San Fernando Race - Commodore's Cup - Top of the Gulf and Samui Regatta.

Goto 2016-17 AYGP micrositeAlso having an outside chance is the Whitcraft family's all conquering TP52 THA 72 and Judes Echauz’s all Philippine crewed TP52 Centennial III, after making slow starts to the season, have comeback into contention with three regattas in hand, still can make up the deficit, if they perform with distinction, at the remaining events.

Goto 2016-17 AYGP microsite Phuket, Malaysian and Aussie based yachts that led the rankings, in the early stages, still appear on the front page but not participating at neighbouring events, has let them down gently, in the overall AYGP Rankings.

As we draw closer to the end of the 2016-17 Season, ongoing discussions of adding the 11th China Cup, to the twelve regattas, that make up the 5 star family of events on the AYGP, are reaching a successful conclusion.

Goto China CupThis will give more sailors in the region an awareness and exposure to AYGP point scoring events and is expected to induce more Chinese boat owners, to come out and participate at other regional regattas.

Goto Subic Boracay Race & Cup Photo GalleryThe annual review of the selected events for next season is underway and we welcome any constructive comments and suggestions on the regattas and point scoring system from the participants. Email:

Check out the 2016-17 AYGP Rankings, by clicking on Skipper - Yacht - Regatta and Scoring System.

Browse the Photo Gallery of the Subic Boracay Race & Cup, Neptune Regatta and Royal Langkawi Int. Regatta, or other regattas in the AY Photo Library

See how the 2016-17 Season unfolded in the AYGP News - August - October - November - December - End Of December - January 2017 - February

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