- The Best of the Best in Asian waters...
By winning the combined Verde Island Passage Race and Subic Bay Cup Regatta, Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes advances from 26th place, up to 6th overall, after contesting three regattas this season. Second place for Emerson Villena's PSA 2 in the Far East 28R class, added onto their China Cup run away victory, advances them to 11th overall from 27th place.
Although Ernesto Echauz's TP 52 Standard Insurance Centennial III didn't compete in the Subic Bay Cup, their overall victory on the Verde Island Passage Race added onto their China Cup Racing Class victory, lifts them from 50th to 28th in the AYGP Rankings.
Other notable performances is 3rd place for George Hackett's Mills 43 custom Misty Mountain, added onto 3rd place at the China Coast Regatta, to take a massive leap from 99th place to 30th place.
No change at the top with Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood, having a 20.5 point lead over the reigning 2017-18 Champions, Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns GTS 43 Mandrake III, after both have contested four regattas. As Ray Roberts is quoted in the Aussie Press to be contesting both the Top of the Gulf Regatta and the Samui Regatta to make up their six regatta quota, they could be considered favourites to take out the 2018-19 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year for the fourth time, in the illustrious 17 year history of the AYGP Awards.
In an effort to promote sailing in local communities, it has become popular to include all sorts of dinghy and windsurfing classes at the established big boat regattas. Next up is the Chairman’s Cup Regatta 2019 (April 26-30) which replaces the Commodores’ Cup Regatta, where dinghy and the one design FarEast 28 class, are available for charter to National teams, to test the waters and an ideal practice event before the 30th SEA Games, in November. This event is now the 10th 2018-19 AYGP point scoring event this season. For more info Email Race Secretariat – Pen Floren Avila or visit Subic Sailing
The final two regattas are centrally located in the Gulf of Thailand and accessible to Skippers and Yachts from both the East and Western Circuits. The Top of the Gulf Regatta sailing bonanza on April 30th - May 5th, at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Pattaya are catering for a diverse range of boat types, sizes and sailor abilities, including a Para Sailing class for the first time, using the S\V14 two-person dinghy.
Then it's across to the other side of the gulf, for the season ending Samui Regatta to celebrate their new home at Synergy Samui Resort from 25th May to 1st June and culminating in the presentation of the 2018-19 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards.
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