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International entries from six countries, mark the first sign ups for the 9th biennial Hong Kong to Vietnam Race (October 15th & 16th starts). Predominantly a 673nm downwind sleigh ride, from Victoria Harbour, in front of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s flagship Clubhouse at Kellett Island to Nha Trang Beach, Vietnam. Amongst them for the first time are two trimaran's, Italy's Giovanni Soldini's Multi 70 Maserati racing against Hong Kong’s Meitatsu Fukumoto / Seng Huang Lee’s ORMA 60 SHK Scallywag FUKU skippered by David Witt. SHK Scallywag/FUKU (previously Team Australia) holds the World Sailing Speed Record Council record of 1d 5h 52m 23s between Sydney and Hobart, achieving top speeds of 39.6kts. Multi 70 Maserati established the fastest Hong Kong to London sailing record in 2017. Both crews will rival each other for line honours.
Also to be followed in the mono hull class, is American Bryon Ehrhart, the 2013 Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, IRC Racing 0 Division winner, who is returning to the Race with his high performance Maxi 72 Lucky, competing with a crew of very experienced Hong Kong to Vietnam Race veterans. The current race record of 42h 17m 24s was set in 2015 by Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin 100 clocking an average VMG of 15.8 knots.
The Royal Selangor Yacht Club has announced that, a miniature silver Raja Muda Cup has been specially produced for the 30th anniversary Raja Muda Selangor Int. Regatta (Nov 15th - 23rd) this year. Both the original Raja Muda Cup and the miniature trophy will be presented to the 2019 IRC Class One winner at the awards dinner in Langkawi. Other news is Simon James takes over from RMSIR veteran Jerry Rollin, as the Principal Race Officer this year, while Jerry is the Race Director at the SEA Games in the Philippines. The Yellow Brick (YB) Yacht Tracking system will be used once again for live tracking, on the overnight passage races from Port Klang to Pangkor, then Penang and finally Langkawi. An imaginary finish line is also being proposed for skippers to take their own finish times, on these passage races.
The Phuket King's Cup (Nov 30th - Dec 7th), is Asia's biggest and most popular regatta, has been held every year since 1987, during the first week of December. The Notice of Race and Entry Forms for all classes are now online. New this year, are the 1m Radio Controlled yachts racing off Kata Beach. A 2-handed option in the cruising class with reduced entry fee and some changed specs in the Modern Classic Class, are aimed at getting some of the older IOR boats, out racing competitively together. There have also been several changes of boat ownership in the off season and interesting to see how they fare on the circuit.
At the Royal Langkawi Int Regatta (January 6th - 11th), the Multihull line up is looking very competitive, with Twin Sharks, Bonza and the new Fugazi already confirming. Undeniably best value for money regatta in South East Asia, they are hoping for more international entries, with some competitive boats available for charter.
At the launch of the 10th Nongsa Neptune Regatta (January 24th - Feb 2nd) at Muddy Murphy's in Singapore, the new sailing plan was revealed, going via Pulau Telunas Resort on the way South and Pulau Ranoh on the way back, but the order is yet to be confirmed.
Good news from the Philippines is that approval being sort for the popular Subic to Boracay Race Race & Boracay Cup (February 21st - 29th) to return to the racing calendar, is well underway and nearly completed.
The AYGP Rankings, 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 and awards the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year titles to the winner. To be fully representative of the regions sailing nations, regattas in Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Vietnam and China are point scoring events.
Ultimately the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year will don the Trend Fashions navy blue blazer, presented with the Perpetual AYGP Cup filled with champagne and the hand crafted take home trophy at the gala Samui Regatta prize presentation party in May next year, is the highlight of the AYGP season.
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