honours, is seriously underway...
With the Hong Kong to Hainan Race blasting across the 432nm South China Sea course, comes new records, in the form of Seng Huang Lee's 100ft Super Maxi Scallywag, averaging over 18 knots, slicing 2h 22m 41s off the race record, which now stands at an impressive 23h 31m 52s! (Watch the video) This is the second scoring event on the Eastern Circuit and includes serious contenders for the AYGP Titles, that are continuing on to compete on the Raja Muda Selangor Int Regatta (Nov 18th - 26th), Phuket King's Cup (Dec 3rd -10th), Royal Langkawi Int. Regatta (Jan 9th - 14th) and Neptune Regatta (Jan 28th - Feb 4th), on the annual Asian Racing Calendar.
IRC Overall and Racer 1 Class victory, for Anthony Roots’ Ker Custom 42 Black Baza, lifts them to a familiar spot, at the top of the AYGP Rankings and can add this win, to their previous IRC overall victories, in the 2016 Rolex China Sea Race and the 2015 Hong Kong to Vietnam Race last season. Arch rivals, Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns GTS 43 EFG Mandrakeare are in 2nd place, 2.5 points shy of the leader and expect this battle to continue throughout the season.
Followed by the dueling TP52's, Sam Chan's Freefire and Ernesto Echauz's Standard Insurance Centennial from the Philippines, have competed with distinction and shown they can hold their own, in the top racing class, in their first full appearance at Hong Kong events.
As the racing now swings over to SE Asian waters, it gives the skippers, racing on the Western Circuit, opportunities to improve their position in the AYGP Rankings. Newcomers, Adrian Bell's Azuree 46 Outlaw and Mark Whitehead's Mills 40 Straight Up have made a good impression and are continuing on with selected events and classes.
A new incentive to attract more participants in the Philippines, to join the racing scene, saw the launch of the Philippine Championship Series. The series will be run in a similar way to the AYGP, with boats allocated points for joining events, as well as their performance.
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Two formidable TP52's, Tom and Kevin Whitcraft's THA72 and Ray Roberts Team Hollywood, will be taking on the defending champion, Sarab Jeet Singh’s Welbourn 52 Windsikher, who is eager to hold onto the prized Raja Muda Cup for another year. The Singaporean expats on Andrew Cocks Simonis Voogd 56 Starlight, hope their troubles are behind them and are ready to topple Geoff Hill’s Smith 72 Antipodes for the Premier Cruising title and bag the Jugra Cup at the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta.
Latest news on the 30th Anniversary Phuket King's Cup is going ahead on December 3rd to 10th, as a memorial to His Majesty’s sailing achievements, his life and his countless achievements in the name of his beloved country. Sailors will have the opportunity to honour these outstanding achievements and are asked to be very respectful of the current mood and customs while in Thailand.
Organisers are urging competitors to secure an Early Bird entry for the Royal Langkawi Int. Regatta before November 30th, to ring in the new year.
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