Mid October 2018 - AsianYachting Grand Prix - News

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East Asian Skippers scale the 2018-19 AYGP Rankings...
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Oct 17th 2018: By posting 6 race wins in classes with 5 yachts or more, Tiffany Koo’s King Mills 40 Hero Racing Team and Lowell Chang’s AC35 Dexter II have tied on 16 points, for the Highest AYGP Score, at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's China Coast Regatta and slot into equal 3rd place, on their debut in the 2018-19 AYGP Rankings. Five race wins for Sam Chan’s TP52 FreeFire secured the IRC 0 title and Peter Churchouse’s Warwick Custom Moonblue 2, clean sweep of the Premier Cruising Class, are outstanding achievements but having less than 5 entries in their class, enter the 2018-19 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) Rankings, in 9th and 14th place respectively. Current AYGP Rankings can be browsed by clicking on Skipper - Yacht - Regatta and Scoring System.

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.

Goto Sail OnlineLooking 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.

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