Root & Steve Manning's Black Baza,
While the heavily campaigned Root and Manning's Black Baza, will be crowned the 2016-17 AYGP Champion and join an exclusive skippers club that have defended the title, the race is still on for other teams to finish higher up the order, at the season ending Samui Regatta (May 20th - 27th).
Although Mitchell's Lady Bubbly, has edged Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns GTS 43 Mandrake II temporarily out of second place, they will both be contesting their sixth event at Samui, albeit in different classes and finishing 2nd best Skipper and Yacht to campaign in Asian waters, during the 2016-17 Season, is nothing to be sneezed at.
First and second places at the Top of the Gulf for Scott Bradley's Sydney 40 Emagine and Kevin Whitcraft's TP52 THA72 is the fourth regatta they have contested this season and make a huge lunge up the rankings, to hold onto 6th and 5th places respectively and the Samui Regatta results, could see them overtake Judes Echauz’s TP52 Centennial III for fourth overall.
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. Presently regattas in Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and Hong Kong, are point scoring events. To be fully representative of the regions sailing nations, the China Cup has been added to next seasons regatta lineup. So far this season 226 Skippers and 227 Yachts have contested at least one event and by adding another 100+ to the rankings, will be truly inclusive and unique to any other continents, sailing community.
So what's left to do? Come on down to the Centara Grand Beach Resort in Samui and watch Anthony Root and Steve Manning donning the Trend Fashions navy blue blazer, presented with the Perpetual AYGP Cup filled with champagne and Black Baza the hand crafted take home trophy at the gala Samui Regatta prize presentation party, is the highlight of the AYGP season.
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