Asian Skippers scale the 2018-19 AYGP
By posting 8 race wins at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood still retains the overall lead by one point, from Niels Degenkolw's X3/4 Ton MK2 Phoenix in 2nd place. East Asian based Skippers and Yachts have two more chances to overhaul Ray Roberts and improve their standings, on the 26th edition of the Hong Kong to Hainan Race, 390nm downwind sleigh ride, starting on October 18th and the rescheduled China Cup Int Regatta (Nov 7th --12th) in Shenzhen, China. Before racing swings back over to South East Asian waters, for the Raja Muda Selangor Int Regatta (Nov 16th - 24th) and Phuket King's Cup (Dec 1st - 8th) to see us through to the New Year.
Despite the low quantity of entries in the Hong Kong to Hainan Race, eight high quality contrasting yachts are in abundance. While all eyes will be on the Line Honours clash between ,Seng Huang Lee’s Orma 60 SHK Scallywag Fuku (Ex Team Australia) and Karl Kwok’s MOD 70 Beau Geste (Ex Phaedo3) plus setting a new Multihull Race Record, traditionally the Monohull's have set the pace and the focus of attention.
In 2016 Seng Huang Lee's 100ft Super Maxi Scallywag averaged over 18 knots and sliced 2h 22m 41s off the monohull race record, to an impressive 23h 31m 52s! Ironically the previous race record was set in 2014 by Karl Kwok’s TP52 Beau Geste. In 2012 Sam Chan's TP52 Freefire broke their previous FfreeFire 71 long standing record and claimed the trifecta, in the process. If they can hold it all together and if the sleigh ride conditions allow them to go a few hours faster than the last race, they stand a chance of breaking Scallywag's Monohull race record and reclaiming the title.
Looking at the form guide, last seasons AYGP champions, Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns GTS 43 Mandrake III are capable of clinching the overall IRC and class handicap stakes but will have to significantly out pace the other 4 monohull's and keep within striking distance of Freefire, to wrap themselves in glory.
Take a look at the AYGP promotion video by Marine Scene Asia, then go to the AYGP Sponsorship Entitlements for prospective Title and Trophy Sponsors and Advertising Packages on offer for the 2018-19 Season Here...
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