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Goto Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing RoundupRio 2016 Sailing - That's a wrap
By World Sailing & Andy Rice
August 18th 2016: Over the past two weeks we've witnessed some of the world's greatest sailors compete in Rio. With full hearts and great pride we congratulate them on their achievements. Creating an Olympic Games highlight moment with impact is the mission of the Medal Race. After a series of 10 to 12 races, the top ten in each event advanced to a double-point, non-discard race. A lifetime of effort is put to the test. Who can stare down pressure and be triumphant, and who would get swallowed whole by the moment? Goto Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Roundup & Photo Gallery...

Western Circuit - Victory for Zanzibar, SMUve, O'Blueyes, Glasgow Kiss & Deb Dash
Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryBy AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 20th: On the last day of racing sailors were greeted with the clearest day seen in Singapore for some time, blue sky and a 10 knot South Westerly blowing down the West Johor Strait. This enabled the Race Officers on both courses to set true windward/leeward courses and complete three races to wrap up the series. At the morning assembly the sailors were looking forward to a good day of racing, to improve their standings and complete the regatta in fine style. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary

Goto AY Race Report 3Western Circuit - Final day spurred on by watching the Olympics...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 14th: Spurred on by watching the Rio Olympic sailors, duke it out in the medal races, the remaining sailors contesting the IRC A & B, PY, SB20 and Multihull classes, at the 19th SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta, return to action stations for one final day of racing on Saturday. They have already had two full days of racing (Goto AY Photo Gallery) and although some of the classes have run away leaders, they are all retuning for another chance at improving their overall standings. Everyone is also looking forward to the charity auction and gala presentation dinner, in the Raffles Marina ballroom on Saturday night, to raise funds for Sailability Singapore, as part of a global initiative to enrich the lives of people living with physical disabilities. Goto AY Race Report 3

Western Circuit - SW tradewind returns and puts smiles on sailors faces...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 2August 14th: Sailors were greeted with a solid SW tradewind and choppy seas, although it fluctuated during the afternoon, the 20nm passage race for the IRC and PY classes, was completed in near record time, while the SB20 and Multihull's, completed four races in the West Johor Strait. The combined IRC classes contested the SMU President’s Cup, while the Access 2.3 class for disabled sailors and the SB20's wrapped up the SB20 International Cup, plus the wind surfers completed the Inter-Tertiary Windsurfing Championship 2016 titles. This does not mean the regatta is over, as next weekend one more day of racing is scheduled for the IRC, PY, Multihull and SB20's to complete the class titles. Goto Photo Gallery and AY Race Report 2

Goto AY Race Report 1 Sailors off the mark, as Singapore celebrates...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 13th: Just after Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling won the gold medal at the Rio Olympics, a tropical rain storm descended on the island nation to celebrate this achievement. This lifted the sailors spirits, as they headed out onto the race course, for Day 1 of the 19th SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta. Although the wind never increased above 10 knots, three races were completed for all classes, on two courses. As there are several former champions competing here, it didn't take long before they started to dominate proceedings. The six Windsurfing classes and Access 2.3 class for disabled sailors, also got their series off to a good start and is a tribute to the education system for adopting sailing into their curriculum. Goto AY Race Report 1

Sailors ready for challenging Western Circuit
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportAugust 12th: While the Rio Olympics make all the world headlines, club sailors left at home, are taking on their own challenge, at the 19th SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta. Over the next two weekends (Aug 13, 14 & 20) Raffles Marina comes alive with a line-up of keelboats, multihull's, SB20, PY, Access 2.3's for disabled sailors and six Windsurfing classes. This event is Singapore's premier big boat event, full of youthful enthusiasm from the SMU organising team, combined with Raffles Marina excellent facilities, have built a reputation for lively fleet racing and fun filled post race parties. Up for grabs this weekend is, the SMU President’s Cup, SB20 International Cup and the Inter-Tertiary Windsurfing Championship (ITWC) 2016 titles. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...

Slow start to 2016-17 AsianYachting Grand Prix season
By AY MultiMedia
Goto August AYGP NewsAugust 4th 2016: Light, variable wind and strong tidal currents, resulted in only four races being completed at the 2016-17 Season opening Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek. As only two TP52's contested the top Racing Class 0, under the AYGP Scoring System, it also reduced the chances of scoring big on their first outing in anger. Consequently the winners of the classes that had five or more entries, now lead the AYGP by small margins. Three race wins for Alan Carwadine's Stealth 11.8 Asia Catamarans Hurricane in the Multihull Class and John Newnham's Twin Sharks in the Firefly 850 One-Design class has them tied on 13 points at the top of the table. Goto August AYGP News

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Goto AY Race Report 4CPHPRW - Wind god gives up the ghost...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 24th: Despite three days of fickle weather and lengthy delays, racing still went ahead and a total of four races have been completed. The early morning drizzle and breathless conditions produced a glassy sea state today and despite the race committee searching for wind, nothing that was sailable could be found and the final day of racing had to be cancelled. Everyone thanked PRO Simon James and his team for their tireless work in difficult circumstances and the regatta organisers and friendly Cape Panwa Hotel staff for keeping the party going and producing a positive attitude. This amazing turnaround means yesterdays results will stand as final overall results. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary and AY Photo Gallery

CPHPRW - What does it take to succeed in sailing?
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 3July 23rd: Unbeknown to the general public at large, over 500 sailors have descended on Phuket to ply the ancient trade of sailing on modern racing yachts. They range from novices just learning the ropes, to fully seasoned professionals and everything in between. Some have come from different parts of the world with their racing teams, while a big percentage are foreigners based in Phuket and others are Thai nationals taking up the sport in home waters. Some boats only have two sailors while others have up to 15 crew that have individual tasks to perform and operate as a team during all the maneuvers. Sails have to be hoisted and doused, winches have to grinded for the sails to be set, while others perform the crucial tasks of steering, calling tactics and navigating the yacht in safe waters. Bit like conducting an orchestra with specific roles to play at certain times to produce the music in harmony. Goto AY Race Report 3

Goto AY Race Report 2CPHPRW - Persistence pays off in the end...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 22nd: Unfortunately a small high pressure system has moved up the coast and is covering the whole of Phuket in a breathless zone. Even the South Westerly monsoon that prevails this time of the year, has been deflected away and changed direction towards the North. Leaving the record 47 boat fleet and 500+ sailors stranded at various locations around the racing area. PRO Simon James had the sense to hoist the postponement flag on the jetty and keep the sailors ashore until the breeze materialised. So at 1245 the AP flag came down and a great sigh of relief was heard, as the sailors had an hour to get out on the water with the prospect of racing. Five to six knots at 230/240 degrees was enough to complete two short races for most the classes and only one for the cruisers. Goto AY Race Report 2

CPHPRW - Hurry up and wait, wait, wait...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 1July 21st: Early morning rain showers completely dampened any movement in the anemometer. The postponement flag lay limp for up to 3 1/2 hours, before PRO Simon James decided to start the light weight one design classes and see how they go before committing the others. The increasing out going tide, made the return downwind leg a struggle and after some consultation with the class representatives, it was decided to send everyone away on a short 1nm windward/leeward race and try to make a fist of it. A single race for all classes, is all that could be accomplished on the first day and after basking in the hot sunlight everyone was happy to call it a day and return to the Cape Panwa Hotel beach bar or cool off in the pool for the rest of the afternoon. Goto AY Race Report 1

Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...Bumper year for Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 20th: Almost every available sailor based in Phuket, is fronting up for this years regatta. Three IRC classes, Cruising, Multihull, and three One Design Classes - Platu, Firefly and Corsair have bolstered the numbers to 45 yachts and over the next four days are prepared for some high-octane racing on Phuket’s South East coast. It's also the first of 12 five star events, that make up the 2016-17 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) and an excellent opportunity for SE Asian based teams, to rack up some AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year points, early in the season. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...

Launching into the 2016-17 AYGP - "Hardest sports trophy to win in Asia"
12 Events, 251 Skippers, 245 Yachts, 75 Inshore & 3 Offshore Races, across 6 Countries
Starts with Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek & finish with Samui Regatta

By AY MultiMedia
Goto AYGP News & Calendar of EventsThe main aim of the AYGP pointscore system, is to rank Boat Owners and Skippers, ability in running racing campaigns, through Asian waters during the 2016-17 Season. Ultimately the winning Skipper and Yacht will be crowned with the 2015-16 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year. All skippers and yachts competing at any of the 12 selected five star AYGP point scoring events, have a chance of winning the prestigious AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards. Donning the Trend Fashions navy blue blazer, presented with the Perpetual AYGP Cup filled with champagne, hand crafted take home trophy at the gala Samui Regatta season ending prize presentation party, is the highlight of the AYGP season. And a new name is added to the “hardest sports trophy to win in Asia”. Goto 2016-17 AYGP Calendar of Events...

AY Race Report 4 & SummaryBesar Regatta - Victory for Kaze & Shardana defends the title.
By AY MultiMedia
June 16th, Pulau Besar, Malaysia: After an hours delay waiting for the wind, the final race got underway around Pulau Besar, Tengah and Hujong to finish the three race series. The Monohull title was still undecided with Joe Lombardo's Dufour 34 Shardana and James & Hanna Sharpe's Moody 376 Southern Light tied on 4 points. While two wins for Damien Geoffray's Corsair Dash 750 Kaze earned them the Multihull title, with a day to spare. The Southerly breeze provided a short tacking duel, to the Southern tip of Besar and the favourites were in no mood to make any mistakes. The Multihull's led the way and despite the wind turning to the East on the leeward side, spinnakers were set and it was a matter of boat speed on the back straight and a lengthy slog to the windward finish line, that ultimately would determine the overall finishing order. Goto AY Photo Gallery and AY Race Report 4 & Summary

Besar Regatta - Westerly arrives and makes our day...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 3June 15th, Pulau Besar, Malaysia: By the revised 1100hrs start time, a steady 10knot Westerly had sprung up and looked very promising to last a while. All hands on deck for a downwind start, that would require reaching sails or spinnakers to the Southern end of Pulau Besar. Then it was a spirited 9nm shy reaching leg up to Pulau Harimau, that sorted the men from the boys. On the homeward bound leg the inevitable happened, the wind shifted from windward beating to spinnaker flying and produced a final twist in the tale, to bring the mid field home with speed and claim the handicap stakes. Goto AY Photo Gallery & Race Report 3

Besar Regatta - Not what's printed in the travel brochure...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 2June 14th, Pulau Besar, Malaysia: The morning breeze had all but faded, by the high noon start time. Ghosting around with just enough wind to move as the horn sounded, found Alex Koo's Suilynn over the line and an anxious 10 minutes to restart, would normally reduce any chance in the race. But as the fleet had only progressed a few hundred meters, and a little zephyr came from behind, helped them catch up and even overtake a few boats. Course 4 was chosen, which took the fleet North passing Tengah and Hujong to Starboard, then across to Rawa and return to the South of Besar and finish where they started at the Besar jetty. Goto AY Race Report 2

Goto AY Race Report 1 Stormy start to record breaking Singapore Besar Race
By AY MultiMedia
June 12th, Pulau Besar, Malaysia: As final preparations took place at the Changi Sailing Club, an approaching storm cloud turned the sky gray and as the start time coincided with the height of the tropical deluge, there was little to no visibility but there was some wind, so they started anyway. The only racing class yacht in the Monohull fleet, were the Zanziboys on Jonathan Mahony's Humphreys 42 Zanzibar, won the start and led the fleet out of Singapore. They were on a mission to beat 14hrs 14mins 19secs over the 90nm course to improve on the inaugural line honours record, they set two years ago. Although the race started in damp conditions, by late afternoon the boats were approaching or through the Lima Channel, with clear sky and 10 to 12 knot SSW breeze and set off downwind on a star gazers delight for the islands. All crews were looking forward to the warm welcome as they arrive at the tropical Aseania Beach Resort on Pulau Besar, despite what hour they finish. Goto AY Race Report 1

Headlong into the Singapore to Besar Race...
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportBy AY MultiMedia
June 10th, Pulau Besar, Malaysia: For the third successive year, the Aseania Beach Resort on Pulau Besar, have combined with the Changi Sailing Club, to present the Singapore to Besar Race and Regatta. The intention has always been to take skippers, crew and their friends, away from the restrictive shipping lanes in Singapore and welcome them to the peace and quiet of the Johor Islands, for some fun filled, blue water racing experiences. First up is the 90nm overnight passage race, clearing out from Singapore on Saturday 11th, racing around the Johor peninsula and up along the East coast of Malaysia, winding their way through some of the Johore Islands and finishing up in front of the Pulau Besar jetty. Customs and Immigration will be at Pulau Besar upon arrival and departure. Nine yachts have signed on the Monohull (7) and Multihull (2) classes, for a new experience and a few are making return appearances. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Steve Manning & Anthony Root crowned AYGP Skippers of the Year
By AY MultiMedia
Goto June AYGP News Roundup
June 1st 2016: New names, Steve Manning/Anthony Root Ker 42 Black Baza have been added to the “hardest sports trophy to win in Asia” and proudly appears on racing crews CV's, these days. Despite their disastrous outing at the season ending Samui Regatta, they won outright all the blue water classics - Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, Rolex China Sea Race, and the Subic Bay to Boracay Race and Cup, in the same season. Second places at the China Coast Regatta on their racing debut and the Commodore's Cup in the Philippines plus fourth place at Malaysian Raja Muda Regatta, has scored them enough points to be crowned the 2015-16 AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year. Goto June AYGP News Roundup

Goto AY Race Report 5 & SummarySamui Regatta victory for THA 72, Jessandra II & El Coyote
By AY MultiMedia
May 28th, Koh Samui, Thailand: An early morning passing storm, to the South of Samui, generated an 18 - 22 knot South Westerly, which produced a tough slog to windward and fast surfing conditions downwind, to bring the regatta to an exciting conclusion. Kevin Whitcraft's TP52 THA 72 made it nine wins in a row before calling it quits and Roland Dane's Corby 36 Jessandra II scored seven wins to successfully defend the IRC 1 title. Both boats always hit the start line with speed, when the horn sounded, leaving the rest of the fleet to play catch up. It's the first regatta in some time to have favourable wind for the whole event and kept crews on their toes during crucial maneuvers. One little mistake like a fouled spinnaker drop or equipment breakage and the yacht would go from first to last. Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary and AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 4Samui Regatta - Race is on for the podium places
By AY MultiMedia
May 27th, Koh Samui, Thailand: Both Kevin Whitcraft's TP52 THA 72 and Roland Dane's Corby 36 Jessandra II are run away leaders in the respective IRC 0 and 1 classes. This leaves the rest of the fleet fighting over 2nd and 3rd places on the podium. There is still plenty of wind coming from the South West flow created earlier in the week and as the rain has stopped, the sky is clearing and providing perfect racing conditions. PRO Ross Chisholm released the racers on a windward/leeward race, then joined the Cruising Class on a coastal race to the South of Samui, that turned into a lengthy downwind slide back to the finish line. Although several breakages and a collision put an end to some boats chances, there are others that will grasp the opportunity to fill their positions. View the action so far in the AY Photo Gallery and goto AY Race Report 4

Normal service resumed at Samui Regatta
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 3May 25th, Koh Samui, Thailand: Overnight the blustery, stormy weather mellowed down and by the morning assembly, a gentle 8 to 10 knot South Westerly greeted the sailors. This enabled PRO Ross Chisholm to venture around to the North of Samui and include the popular island courses into the days program. IRC 0 & 1 started with a windward/leeward race, then joined the Cruisers on a passage race to Ko Phangan and around marks in the Strait between the islands, before returning to the Samui finish line. Although the sky remained overcast, the breeze picked up and turned into a photographers delight, as the yachts jumped off the waves, with the rocky island in the backdrop. After hurried repairs, all the yachts were back on the race course and ready to fight another day. Goto AY Photo Gallery and AY Race Report 3

Goto AY Race Report 2Samui Regatta - Racing between the storm cells
By AY MultiMedia
May 24th, Koh Samui, Thailand: For most of the time the threatening South Westerly forecast averages between 12 to 15 knots and the sky is heavily overcast. It's when the dark clouds build up over the hills and storm cells descend over the course, that anything up to 30knots and the sea state is quickly whipped up into a frenzy, that boat breaking conditions, can be experienced. The fleet were held ashore under postponement as the storm passed over, then made their way out to the race course. PRO Ross Chisholm timed the races between the storms and continued with two windward/leeward races, for safety reasons to keep everyone in the same vicinity. Some sails were rushed to Pattaya and Hong Kong for overnight repairs, while Team Ulumulu were repairing the boom, Black Baza and Moon Shadow remained on their moorings and did not compete. Goto AY Race Report 2

Samui Regatta - Testing conditions as they measure up the opponents...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 1
May 23th, Koh Samui, Thailand: The morning outlook was patchy like any other day at Samui. As the forecast is expected to dramatically increase in the next few days, PRO Ross Chisholm chose to run windward/leeward races to post some early results, in case it turns sour when the storms come through. The South Westerly settled in and racing got away on time and as it increased during the afternoon it clocked around to the West, requiring several mark changes. Then the sky turned black as the storm rolled through gusting to 40kts during the third race and with visibility reduced to zero, the race was abandoned and boats headed back to the beach. Quite a lot of damage was noticed, ranging from shredded spinnakers, broken boom, man overboard, broaching and Chinese gybes to test the crews and created a rush for overnight repairs. It was a good opportunity for skippers to compare their boat speed and get the measure of the new boats and others they haven't raced against before. Goto AY Race Report 1

Classy fleet coming together at Samui Regatta...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportMay 20th, Koh Samui, Thailand: The classiest racing fleet to assemble in Asian waters for many years, will be going under starters orders, when the Samui Regatta showdown gets underway, off Chaweng Beach on Monday. A mixture of five TP and IRC optimised 52 footers, are taking on Frank Pong's Custom Dibley 75 Jelik in the Racing Class. Six evenly matched "Flying 40's" will be battling it out, with Roland Dane's slightly smaller Corby 36 Jessandra II and on recent performances, fully intends to defend the IRC 1 title. Although Steve Manning & Anthony Root's Ker 42 Black Baza have already won the 2015-16 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year titles, their ongoing racing campaign includes another level of optimisation, to move up the ladder on round the cans races and focused on boat performance to help finesse the modifications, for next season. Five yachts in the Cruising class, range from Cedric Rimaud's restored 90-year old classic 6-metre Selma, taking on local expat teams from Pattaya and Samui, that enjoy nothing better than a good sailing bash, both on and off the water. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Black Baza wins AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year titles...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto May AYGP NewsMay 10th 2016: Coming into the Top of the Gulf Regatta, Mick Tilden's syndicated Beneteau 44.7 Fujin and Ray Roberts TP52 Millenium Racing, had a chance to improve their ranking and come within striking distance or even draw level with run away leader, Steve Manning/Anthony Root's Ker 42 Black Baza. Both boats were out sailed, scoring only one race win and settled in the bridesmaid role, making it a very low scoring event, that has effectively ruled them, out of contention for the 2015-16 AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year titles. Even if they score big at the season ending Samui Regatta showdown, coming up in 10 days time. However this will not diminish their eagerness to compete in the classiest fleet lineup in Asia, as they still have a chance of finishing the season, higher up the rankings. Goto May AYGP News...

Goto AY Race Report 5 & SummaryTOTGR - Grand slam accomplished in all classes
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
04th May 2016: Amazing, in 17 years of covering yacht racing, we have never experienced a situation where all the class winners have wrapped up the series, with one day to spare. Consistent SW wind in the high teens all week, meant the crew work had to be spot on with the procedures, as one little mistake could loose several places and never be recovered. Also some crews are not suited to the breeze strength in body weight or experience. If you looked at the entry list and class break down before the regatta began, one most probably would have predicted the eventual winners to be on the podium, but not all. The winners are all top racing teams campaigning in the Asian region and firing off a warning signal to the teams fronting up at the season ending Samui Regatta in a couple weeks time. Goto AY Photo Gallery and AY Race Report 5 & Summary

TOTGR - The rich are getting richer
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 403rd May 2016: Consistent SW wind in the high teens, is producing a degree of predictability for the front runners, that enjoy pushing the boat to the limit. One windward/leeward race, followed by a passage race and the top boats have extended their lead and in some cases making them uncatchable, with a day to spare. After all the excitement of the youth sailors contesting the dinghy championships, it has quieted down somewhat at Ocean Marina to a more sedate level. To spice things up a bit a protest was lodged about the rounding mark on the passage race and some boats were initially disqualified, then in fairness were reinstated as it didn't make any difference to the in the distance traveled, as a result of the race committees intentions. Goto AY Race Report 4

TOTGR - Optimist, Windsurf and Dinghy champions crowned in solid breeze
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 3 02nd May 2016: No complaints about the wind, as the South Westerly arrived early and built up to 18 knots during the afternoon. This allowed the top sailors to make solid gains and established a pecking order amongst their opponents. Several teams have bulls eye targets on their backs, as others try desperately to overtake them in their quest for glory. Two lengthy windward/leeward races for most the classes and three races for the one-design Platu 25 class contesting the Coronation Cup, sorted the grain from the chaff. Similar story in the Optimist, wind surfer and dinghy classes, as their series came to an end, Chanokchon Wangsuk crowned Thailand Optimist National Champion, Keerati Bualong winner of the Laser fleet and Indonesia's I Nyoman Suartana, the 2016 RS:One Men's Asian Champion. Goto AY Race Report 3

Goto AY Race Report 2TOTGR - Keelboats and Multihull's join in the fun and games
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
01st May 2016: It was the keelboats and multihull's turn to join in the action today, while the dinghy's continued on with the second day of their three day series. The SW breeze arrived early and built up during the afternoon, allowing four separate race committees to catch up on the schedule, as the big boats completed a windward/leeward race followed by a passage race around nearby islands. The one-design Platu 25 fleet were eager to get away and were general recalled, then individually recalled, which had a strong bearing on the race results. Kevin Whitcraft's TP52 THA72 made their first appearance in anger in Asia and won the race but the backstay runner parted company on the second race, forcing them to withdraw and handed the victory to Ray Roberts TP52 Millinium Racing on a plate. Goto AY Race Report 2

Dinghy fleet opens proceedings at TOTGR
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 130th April 2016: Today the Laser Standard, Radial, 4.7, 420, IOM radio controlled class, RS:One Asian Championship and the Thailand Optimist National Championships all started their quest for glory, while the grand prix Keelboats and Multihull's completed the entry procedure and ran a practice race, to make sure all the crew are fired up and the equipment is in working order. From early morning, 10 to 15 knot southerly breeze bought the sailors delight, that continued through the afternoon, until the grey clouds building up overland descended over the course and put an end to play. Between one and three races were completed on the dinghy courses before the powerboats went into recovery mode to bring the 137 Optimists safely home. Goto AY Race Report 1

TOTGR - Ready for Asia's largest multi-class regatta
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report 29th April 2016: Providing top-level International competition for all classes, is high on the priority list at this regatta, timed to commemorate the Coronation of His Majesty King Bhumibhol Adulyadej of Thailand. Anything from Optimist dinghy's, wind surfers, one design Platu 25's, to grand prix keelboats and multihull's, are ready for battle at Ocean Marina Yacht Club on Jomtien Beach, South Pattaya. With over 200 boats and 700 sailors, from more than 30 countries taking part in the award-winning event, we can expect another successful regatta and multi-million baht boost to Greater Pattaya’s tourism earnings. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

AYGP the hardest sports trophy to win in Asia...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto April AYGP NewsApril 7th 2016: If you intend on mounting a serious challenge on the annual AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year titles, better bring a quick racing yacht, that can sail up to her IRC rating, meld together a very talented crew from all over the world, win at least 3 regattas on the Asian Circuit and stand on the podium at 3 other events, before even having a chance to take the coveted trophy home. It will take boat owners, a considerable amount of organisational expertise and personal expense, to run a successful racing campaign, through Asian waters. There is about 20 serious racing teams, that could win the title each season, depending on how many regattas they compete on and the extent of the campaign, they're running that year. As we approach the final two AYGP scoring regattas, Top of the Gulf Regatta (April 30th - May 4th) and Samui Regatta (May 21st - 28th) the excitement moves into the Gulf of Thailand. The first yacht to win both the Hong Kong to Vietnam Race and Rolex China Sea blue water classic in the same season, Steve Manning/Anthony Root's Ker 42 Black Baza have built up what seems like an insurmountable lead in the AYGP Skipper & Yacht Rankings, but like we've seen in past years "Its not over, till its over'. Goto April AYGP News...

Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryCommodore's Cup - Victory for EFG Mandrake and Selma Star
By AY MultiMedia
1st April 2016, Subic Bay, Philippines:
It might be April Fools day, but on Subic Bay the serious business of wrapping up the Commodore's Cup was on everyone's mind. The starts were fiercely contested, as the final race results, would determine the overall winner. The early start, to stay in the NE'ly trade wind, worked well and although the wind strength hovered around 8 to 10 knots, two windward/leeward races were completed for the Racing Class and one short Point to Point race for the Cruising Class. By 1300, everyone was back onshore and packing up the boat. Not only has it been an up and down week wind wise, but close racing, a contentious protest, getting caught in the wind shadow of bigger boats, only seconds separating the finishers and lady luck has juggled the placing's, to rely on these final races to crown the overall winner. Goto
AY Photo Gallery and AY Race Report 4 & Summary

Commodore's Cup - Tiptoeing through the minefield...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 3.31st March 2016, Subic Bay, Philippines:
Both classes set off on Point to Point races, spanning the entire length of Subic Bay, from Barretto to the entrance of the bay and finishing back at the Marina. The Racing Class had to do two laps, while the Cruising Class completed one. The 28nm race started in a 10 to 12 knot NE'ly but as the forecast predicted lightening off, everyone was wary of the possible changes and sailed courses that would benefit them if the changes came. Having the pleasure of racing on Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Custom Antipodes with David Witt on the wheel, Guilty calling nav/tactics, Geoff Hill keeping a close eye on what's going on and also guest appearance by the world famous Chas from Tas, (now author) assisting on the runners, witnessed what went down onboard the yacht and reproduced an account in this
AY Race Report 3.

Goto AY Race Report 2Commodore's Cup - It all comes down to boat speed...
By AY MultiMedia
30th March 2016, Subic Bay, Philippines:
Although the big breeze yesterday has moderated, there was still enough for PRO Medy Fidel, to run 2 x 2nm windward/leeward races for the Racing Class and a single 19nm Point to Point race for the Cruising Class. The Racing Class jostled for position in the starting box and were eager to get clear air and hit their target speeds. No room to dip below the line, forced
Steve Manning/Anthony Root's Ker 42 Black Baza over the line, when the starting horn sounded and had to return to restart. Once again the battle for line honours between Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Custom Antipodes and Ernesto Echauz's TP 52 Standard Insurance Centennial III broke out in close quarters and was sorted on the downwind leg, when Standard Insurance Centennial III has a slight speed edge, only for Antipodes to come back on the windward legs. Goto AY Race Report 2

Commodore's Cup - Subic Bay turns on a real treat...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 129th March 2016, Subic Bay, Philippines:
The North Easterly arrived with a vengeance, bringing gusts above 20 knots, on a relatively flat sea and produced a real treat, especially on the long reaching legs. PRO Medy Fidel, selected the 26nm Point to Point course for the Racing Class and a shorter 17nm course for the Cruising Class. This took them around and across the bay twice and kept the enjoyment level on high. Two more no shows, has whittled the fleet down to eight yachts but does not diminish the quality nor the desire to compete. The Streaker and Optimist classes also began their quest to conquer the elements and several nose dives and over powered situations, produced a day to treasure. Goto
AY Race Report 1

Commodore's Cup kicks off in Philippine Home of Sailing
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report28th March 2016, Subic Bay, Philippines: Coming off the back of a bruising Rolex China Sea Race, Subic Sailing have invited competitors to join in the action at the Commodore's Cup this week. Local racing teams preformed with distinction at the Subic to Boracay Race and Cup earlier this month and enjoy pitting their skills against the visiting teams. Subic Bay is quickly becoming known as the Home of Sailing in the Philippines, as two keelboat classes swing into action, in conjunction with the Philippine Sailing Association, Streaker and Optimist classes, begin their assault for individual glory, sharing the same waters as the main bout. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Goto March AYGP News SummaryBlack Baza spirals to top the AYGP Rankings
By AY MultiMedia
March 27th 2016 Subic Bay, Philippines: Scoring maximum points for Overall IRC and Class victories on the Rolex China Sea Race, sending Steve Manning/Anthony Root's Ker 42 Black Baza spiraling to the top of the AYGP rankings. After contesting six events this season they have maxed out on 71.25 points and like a 'Drop Race', can only improve at future regattas in increments better than their lowest scoring event. On top of claiming Line honours and breaking the race record, Philip Turner’s Reichel-Pugh 66 Alive climbs up into second place and only 11.25 points adrift from Black Baza, with one full scoring regatta, to complete the six best regatta pointscore system. Although Mick Tilden's syndicated Beneteau 44.7 Fujinis relegated from the top of the leaderboard to third place, they also have another regatta in hand to make up the deficit and reclaim the top spot. Goto March AYGP News Summary

RCSR Report 6 - Black Baza comes flying home...
AsianYachting Final Report
Goto RCSR Report 62200 - 26th March 2016: Overnight the fleet came marching home in the Rolex China Sea Race. As the small pressure system that caused a disturbance to the leading runners yesterday, moved further East, it generated a favourable North Westerly flow, down the Luzon coast for the mid fleet runners to sail a direct course to Subic Bay with speed. Anthony Root / Steve Manning's Ker 42 Black Baza has set a cracking pace during the crossing and by finishing at 01:50, win the China Sea Race Trophy in the overall IRC stakes and the IRC 1 Class title. By taking the outside track and avoiding the wind hole, Philip Turner / Duncan Hine's Reichel/Pugh 66 Alive claimed line honours and set a new race record in the process, to hold onto 2nd place overall and win the IRC 0 Class title. Goto RCSR Report 6

Goto RCSR Report 5RCSR Report 5 - Alive sets new race record
AsianYachting Evening Report
2000 - 25th March 2016: After a roller coaster race, the Aussie team on Philip Turner / Duncan Hine's Reichel/Pugh 66 Alive Yachting finished at 13:11:08 and written themselves into the record books. Setting a new race record of 47h 31m 08s. This is 11 minutes and 59 seconds inside Beau Geste's record from 2000. Until last night they did not expect to take line honours, against Raphael Blot's much faster Banuls 60ft racing catamaran MACH2, but a big effort by Turner's crew, to skirt the dead air near the coastal mountains, paid off and are proud to move from 30nm behind to 20nm in front and take line honours in the process. Goto RCSR Report 5

RCSR Report 4 - Line honours for Alive, with a twist at the end...
AsianYachting Midday Report
Goto RCSR Report 41400 - 25th March 2016: Overnight Raphael Blot's Banuls 60 Catamaran MACH2 fell into the clutches of the Luzon wind shadow, thereby loosing a 26nm lead and handed over line honours to Philip Turner / Duncan Hine's Reichel/Pugh 66 Alive Yachting with an elapsed time of 1d 23h 31m 8s, to set the clock ticking. They stayed below the rhumb line and carried what little breeze there was, into the Subic Bay finish line. Several hours on the wind, at an antagonizing 2.5 knots boat speed, urging the boat along, while the land breeze played havoc to eventually determine line honours and ultimately the handicap stakes. Goto RCSR Report 4

Goto RCSR Report 3RCSR Report 3 - Records May Fall
By RHKYC media
24 March 2016: The 28th edition of the China Sea Race has the potential to rewrite the record books for not just one, but two records, as the progress of both Turner's RP66 Alive and Banuls 60 Catamaran MACH2 suggest that both monohull and multihull records set in 2000 are under serious threat. After 24 hours of racing, both boats had covered in excess of half the course and, averaging 12kts VMG, have a current estimated elapsed time of around the 44 hour mark. The current outright record is 47h 43m 07s, while the multihull record stands at 48h 01m 47s. Goto RCSR Report 3

RCSR Report 2 - Records May Fall...
By RHKYC media
Goto RCSR Report 224 March 2016: The uninspiring conditions of the Rolex China Sea Race start have given way to the strong monsoon forecast by Hong Kong Observatory at Tuesday’s Skippers’ Briefing; offering the front runners 28kts of north easterly breeze on a lumpy sea. Doing 12-14kts on a beam reach under overcast skies, crew on Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes are delighted with the improvement, noting that “It’s amazing how fast the frustrations of yesterday’s first few hours disappear when it all comes good. We have overcast skies, and breaking waves that show off a stripe of turquoise and sapphire along the top as they start to tumble.” Goto RCSR Report 2

Goto RCSR Report 1RCSR Report 1- And, they’re off – finally!
By RHKYC media
23 March 2016: In line with Hong Kong Observatory predictions, the 2016 Rolex China Sea Race started today with more of a whimper than a bang, with thick fog, rain and barely any breeze in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. After a significant proportion of the fleet was swept over the line by the tide, Race Officer Sofia Mascia AP’d proceedings with a minute to go, finally getting the race underway 20 minutes later than scheduled. Goto RCSR Report 1

It's Make or Break Time in the AYGP Rankings
By AY MultiMedia
Goto March AYGP NewsMarch 9th: Subic Sailing has embraced being part of the Asian Yachting Grand Prix (AYGP) by projecting the Subic to Boracay Race & Cup, plus the up, coming Commodore's Cup onto video and promoting their biggest events as the Philippine Sailing Grand Prix. Being partially responsible for the increase in top quality International racing teams, coming to the Philippines for these events, and ready to take on the Philippine stalwarts, has over a few short years, significantly improved the local level of racing skills and elevated race management to world class standards. Recently adding Multihull and Flying Fifteen divisions plus introducing dinghy training to Subic Bay, is fast becoming "The Home of Philippine Sailing" for bringing youth sailors into the fold and an encouraging sign to producing future champions. Goto March AYGP News and Subic to Boracay Race & Cup - AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryBoracay Cup - Centennial III survives protest and wins on count back
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

04:03:2016 Boracay, Philippines: After three days of racing, it all came down to a two race shootout on the final day. When we left off yesterday, Ernesto Echauz's TP52 Standard Insurance Centennial III held a slender one point lead over Ray Ordoveza's Excel 53 Karakoa and Sam Chan's TP52 Freefire was on a comeback, after being disqualified the day before. The two TP52's have been going head to head, while Karakoa consistently picked up podium places from the back of the fleet. The stage was set for a final day showdown and although the prevailing North Easterly breeze, mellowed down in the mid teens, the sun was out and shades of blue filled the camera lens. Some jockeying around for the first start but "All Clear" came over the radio waves and it was on. Being the fifth race of the series the "Drop Race" came into play and further narrowed in the overall score line. Goto AY Photo Gallery and AY Race Report 4 & Summary

Boracay Cup - Dream ride on Ragamuffin 90
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 303:03:2016 Boracay, Philippines: When crew boss David Witt invited the humble narrator to come aboard Ragamuffin 90 for a day, it took all of one second to accept. Syd Fischer's Team Ragamuffin racing program has been going since 1968 and it's an honour to be aboard the Aussie sailing legends yacht, on its penultimate race, before the program comes to an end. It takes 17 crew and a hydraulic engine to get the boat around the course successfully. Quite a daunting task approaching the start line and you know your getting close, when you can see the whites of the race assistants eyes, as they step back from the stern of the start boat. Fortunately a gap opened as the yachts to leeward bore away and Witty released the hand brake and slotted into the windward berth, as the starting horn sounded. One by one the yachts to leeward tacked away, to avoid the huge wind shadow as Ragamuffin 90 powers upwind. Goto AY Race Report 3

Goto AY Race Report 2Dramatic start to Day 2 of Boracay Cup
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

02:03:2016 Boracay, Philippines: As the Racing Class 1 yachts were on the final approach to the start line, a huge bang resonated from Frank Pong's Custom Dibley 75 Jelik, as the running back stay parted company and put an end to the leading contenders racing day. Having trouble with the jib halyard, forced Ray Ordoveza's Excel 53 Karakoa to sail bare headed and Sam Chan's TP52 Freefire seemed to be stuck in first gear. A passing rain shower changed the bias of the line, which allowed Syd Fischer's Dubois 90 Ragamuffin 90 skippered by David Witt, to pull off a daring Port tack start, crossing clearly in front of the right of way Starboard tack yachts. The Racing Class 2 yachts were also up for the challenge, with another close start on the first race and both Steve Manning / Anthony Root's Ker 42 Black Baza and Fred Kinmonth / Nick Burns Sydney GTS 43 EFG Mandrake, judged to be over the line in the second race and returned to restart, loosing valuable time in the process. Goto AY Race Report 2

Boracay Cup never fails to deliver favourable wind...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 1 01:03:2016 Boracay, Philippines: After a well earned rest day, to recover from the Subic to Boracay Race, most of the fleet were back on the water, ready to contest the Boracay Cup. Twenty knot North Easterly, whistling down the Boracay Strait at start time, is what crews have grown to expect and never seems to disappoint. Small headsail's, extended crew hiking on the rail and some reefed mainsails, were the order of the day. Anticipation grew as start time arrived and then it was on, trimming the sails for a short windward work, before setting off on a 28nm island course, to the neighbouring Tablas Mark and then running and reaching back to Boracay for the Racing Classes. The Cruisers embarked on a 13nm circumnavigation of Boracay and completed the course in relative quick time. Goto AY Race Report 1

Goto AY Race Report 2 Jelik claims overall IRC stakes in Subic to Boracay Race
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

29:02:2016 Boracay, Philippines: After winning the start by a bow length, Frank Pong's Custom Dibley 75 Jelik, navigated through the transitional zones to leeward of Mount Mariveles and Palay with care and cleared the notoriously tricky Verde Island Passage relatively unobstructed, to claim the handicap honours by over two hours, from Ernesto Echauz's defending champion TP52 Standard Insurance Centennial III. The race turned into a go/stop affair and the yachts taking the inshore line benefited, while the yachts offshore found their own parking lots and lost valuable time in the process. Last years record setting, Syd Fischer's Dubois 90 Ragamuffin 90 skippered by David Witt, saw their chances of repeating the exercise disappear, as they sat motionless and most the fleet overtook them. From then on, they played catch up, in time to claim line honours but well outside the record time and conceded several handicap places to finish fifth overall. Goto AY Race Report 2

They're at it again, on the Subic to Boracay Race
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 1 27:02:2016 Subic Bay, Philippines: Twenty five knot NE wind gusts, crews ready, yachts milling around, testing the start line angle and downwind sail combinations, adrenalin pumping as the seconds tick by, then the high noon starting horn sounds and 18 grand prix yachts are away on another challenging Philippine blue water classic. Sighting down the line, Race Officer Medy Fidel called it "All Clear" just as Frank Pong's Custom Dibley 75 Jelik nails it at the pin end, by a nose from Peter Cremers Warwick 60 Shahtoosh and Steve Manning / Anthony Root's Ker 42 Black Baza midline. At last nights skippers briefing and welcome party, there was confidence in the air, as the crew banter started with, over 20 knots predicted on the 220nm ride down to Boracay. Goto AY Race Report 1

Line honours up for grabs on Subic Bay to Boracay Race
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportBy AsianYachting MultiMedia

26:02:2016 Subic Bay, Philippines: Once again, the best racing campaigns in Asia, are lining up for the 220nm Philippine blue water classic, Subic Bay to Boracay Race. When the high noon starting signal sounds on Saturday 27th, a formidable lineup of maxi yachts, Frank Pong's RP 75 Jelik, Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Custom Antipodes and Syd Fischer's Dubois 90 Ragamuffin 90, will be fighting over line honours. In all, 18 grand prix yachts, divided into 3 classes are ready for a challenging and tactical race. The top racing yachts in Asia, enjoy putting their crew skills to the test, in pursuit of an elusive victory and improving their AYGP Rankings, as the 2015-16 Season comes to an end. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Goto Feb AYGP News... Fujin extends the lead, in AYGP Rankings
By AY MultiMedia
February 16th: Although the Neptune Regatta turned into a low scoring event, for the top contenders in the 2015-16 AYGP Rankings, Mick Tilden and the Sydney Hobart veterans on his Beneteau 44.7 Fujin have extended their lead, in the ultimate race for the AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year titles. They become the only yacht to have contested five regattas this season. Victory for Sarab Singh's Welbourn 52 Windsikher II adds 10 points to their tally and take over 5th place in the rankings. They are now within 17.5 points of the leader and have only contested 3 events. If they carry on in this vein and compete in two more regattas this season, they could topple the leaders by the season ending Samui Regatta (May 21 - 28). Goto Feb AYGP News...

Neptune Regatta - Victory for Windsikher II and Kaze in final shootout...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 6, 7 & Summary13:02:2016 Nongsa Marina, Batam, Indonesia: With only one point separating first and second places in the IRC Racing Class, the final windward/leeward races in Batam would determine the overall winner. A similar situation existed in the Multihull Racing Class were Graham Horn's Jaza Too and Xavier Glenard / Damien Geoffray's Kaze, have traded first and second places and all hinged on the final return race from Karas Besar. An early start and good reaching conditions up the Bintan Strait, saw them all home and packing up by mid afternoon. Two windward/leeward races for the IRC Racers in 13 to 16 knots and a lumpy seaway, sealed the deal for Sarab Singh's Welbourn 52 Windsikher II, to make it four regatta wins in a row, on the new ride. Goto AY Photo Gallery and AY Race Report 6, 7 & Summary

Goto AY Race Report 2From Slimy Pollywogs to Trusty Shellback's
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

09:02:2016 Neptune Island, Indonesia: The highlight of the regatta is crossing the equator. Starting at Neptune Island, the 7.7nm course takes the fleet directly South to the equator finish line. Each boat appoints their own King Neptune and trusty assistant Davy Jones. The Slimy Pollywogs (Never crossed the equator by boat) are thoroughly denounced for their crimes by Davy Jones and after a suitable penance chosen by King Neptune, are accepted by the court as Trusty Shellback's. Some very novel fancy dress costumes replaced the usual sailing attire (Shorts and T-Shirt) and the frivolities were in full swing. Still plenty of wind to propel the fleet and the overcast conditions kept the racers cool. Then restart at the equator and finish back at Neptune Island. The elapsed times are combined and the class results make up a single race. Goto AY Race Report 2

Neptune unleashes its fury on the fleet...
Goto AY Race Report 1 & 2By AsianYachting MultiMedia

07:02:2016 Fishead Island, Indonesia: As the sailors faced thirty knots gusting to 35, with up to 2m swells and tumultuous rain squalls, the start was delayed and the program reorganised. Eventually the conditions had to be dealt with and the journey to Fishead Island went ahead. With respect to the weather conditions, the race committee decided that the course around Bintan would be scrapped in favour of the traditional route down the Riau Strait between Batam and Bintan for the IRC and Multihull Racing classes. The Multihull and Cruising Classes would make their way down to Pulau Loban and a start would be set up there. Goto AY Race Report 1 & 2

King Neptune awaits the fleet at the equator...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report06:02:2016 Nongsa Marina, Batam: Despite the Indonesian authorities taking over a year to draft and implement new CIQP procedures, the 6th Neptune Regatta enters a new era, without the Greenbook or CAIT Sailing Permits. This should boost cruising throughout the 18k island archipelago in years to come. The Neptune experience is unique as it takes crews to the equator for the expressed purpose of celebrating the crossing. In technical terms - The Slimy Pollywogs (Never crossed the equator by boat) are thoroughly denounced for their crimes by Davy Jones and after a suitable penance chosen by King Neptune, are accepted by the court as Trusty Shellback's. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Goto AY Race Report 5 & SummaryDouble victory for Ian Williams and GAC Pindar
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Puteri Harbour, Johor (Jan 30th): Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One and Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar have dominated this edition of the Monsoon Cup, and by winning the semi finals, have clearly shown why they are world champions. For the organisers this is a dream pairing for the finals and the winner takes all - Monsoon Cup and crowned the 2015-16 World Match Racing Tour champion, in one swoop. This is an appropriate way to finish off the monohull era, as the tour moves onto M32 catamarans come March in Perth, Australia. Apart from staring each other off, over lunch, it was time to hit the water and replace the banter and side swipes, with walk the walk. They were both up for the challenge and everything was in place for an exciting showdown. Goto AY Photo Gallery and AY Race Report 5 & Summary

Goto AY Race Report 4Weather plays havoc with Monsoon Cup
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Puteri Harbour, Johor (Jan 29th): A short delay waiting for the wind, then at the slightest flutter of the flags, six teams ventured out to complete the remaining two flights of the qualifying Round Robin. After 22 flights, 66 races for 12 teams, 14 boat change over's and numerous course adjustments latter, four teams bow out of the competition and eight teams carry on into the sudden death quarter finals. With 3rd to 8th places, still open for the taking, all eyes were on the live coverage and see how the rankings would pan out. As the weather took a turn for the worse, also a tough day for Tour Director Craig Michell to step in and cancel the quarter finals in their tracks. The policy for many years has been for the top four teams, to advance into the Semi Finals. Goto AY Photo Gallery & AY Race Report 4

Monsoon Cup - It isn't over, till it's over...
Goto AY Race Report 3By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Puteri Harbour, Johor (Jan 28th): As the morning session was sunny and the North Easterly was already present, PRO Dave Tallis and his Malaysian race makers, moved along at a fair clip and were aiming to finish the qualifying Round Robin today and move onto the Quarter Finals tomorrow. They continually adjusted to numerous wind and tidal current changes, with only a few short pauses and half way through the afternoon session, the clouds opened up, dousing everyone in a tropical downpour. Despite returning to the race course to try and complete the last two flights, it wasn't to be and we have to wait till tomorrow for the final outcome. Goto AY Race Report 3

Monsoon Cup - What a difference a day makes
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 2Puteri Harbour, Johor (Jan 27th): After yesterdays stormy conditions, limiting racing to three flights, today the sun is out, the sky is blue and an average 8 knot North Easterly, has allowed Dave Tallis and his Malaysian race team, to push on with 10 flights and catch up with the schedule. The teams responded with very aggressive starting action and intense racing tactics, to keep the umpires busy awarding several penalties, that had a direct influence on the results. Nearly every tactical maneuver was executed today, including both boats sailing backwards, around the committee boat, before engaging forward gear and catching the rival offside. The top three contenders for the WMRT title, came out swinging and after surviving several penalty calls and dodging numerous wind holes, Taylor Canfield, US One (ISV) came from behind on a few occasions, to take top spot on the leader board with an 8-0 score line. Goto AY Race Report 2

Goto AY Race Report 1HazOne Racing team off to a flying start...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Puteri Harbour, Johor (Jan 26th): Hazwan Dermawan, hazOne Racing Team (MAS) finally broke through and won a Monsoon Cup race against Keith Swinton, Black Swan Racing (AUS) and in doing so, broke a 10 year drought for a Malaysian team. Not since 2006 when Tiffany Koo's (MAS) Selangor Gapurna won a race on her birthday, has this been achieved. It's something that Khairy Jamaluddin, and the Youth and Sports Ministry have been striving for, with the Liga Layar Malaysia (LLM) program. Hazwan hopes to repeat the exercise, at least one more time and at this afternoon's press conference, jokingly picked Johnie Berntsson as their next target. His team achieved this, by a overtaking Swinton on the first downwind and survived a fouled spinnaker hoist on the next run, to hold on for victory. Much to the enjoyment of the local media, they become the toast of Johor tonight by his supporters. Goto AY Race Report 1


Monsoon Cup - Ready for the final showdown in Malaysia
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report Puteri Harbour, Johor (Jan 25th): Now in its eleventh year, the Monsoon Cup concludes the 2015/16 edition of the World Match Racing Tour, where over the years many champions have been crowned and considered the most formidable leg of the WMRT. Twelve teams will be battling for this prestigious event title, including five times world champion and defending champion Ian Williams, GAC Pindar (GBR), 2013 WMRT champion Taylor Canfield, US One (ISV) and Monsoon Cup 2013 Champion, Phil Robertson, WAKA Racing (NZL). It will be a final opportunity for the keelboat experts to make the most of their skills in Malaysia, before the transition to M32 multihull's begins next season on March 2nd-7th in Fremantle, Australia. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Goto January 2016 AYGP News Fujin takes the lead, in the AYGP rankings
By AY MultiMedia
January 22nd: Convincingly winning the IRC 1 class at the Royal Langkawi Int Regatta, (See AY Photo Gallery) has sent Mick Tilden's syndicated Beneteau 44.7 Fujin, hurtling up the 2015-16 AYGP Rankings and takes over the long standing lead, held by Steve Manning and Anthony Root's Ker 42 Black Baza, by six points. Victory for Philip Turner’s Reichel-Pugh 66 Alive in the IRC Racing class, also elevates them into second place, three points behind Fujin. Second place for Ray Roberts TP52 Millenium Racing, slots them into third place, only 3 points of the pace in the rankings. All the leading Skippers have contested four regattas, of the six regattas held this season and as 12 points separate the top six contenders, the AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year title, is still open for the taking. Goto January 2016 AYGP News

RLIR - No wind puts an end to the regatta at the bar...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary16:01:2016 Langkawi, Malaysia: I knew there was trouble as soon as the alarm clock rang and it was still dark. It may have been set to early, until I realised it was raining and heavily overcast. We couldn't work out why the weather forecast was so dismal yesterday, as it didn't mention heavily laden rain clouds and now we know why. Wisely PRO Simon James hoisted the postponement flag and kept the fleet ashore, while the race committee scouted around looking for wind. Two to three knots one minute, then changing direction and speed at the next radio call. The bar opened and quenched the crews thirst, as they waited and waited and waited... Eventually the call came at 1300 hrs that there will be no racing today and the previous days results will stand as the final result. An anticlimax for the classes, where only one point separated the winners and podium places, as they were waiting for at least one more chance to fight it out, but alas it was not meant to be... Goto AY Photo Gallery and AY Race Report 5 & Summary

Goto AY Race Report 4RLIR - Changes in the wind...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

15:01:2016 Langkawi, Malaysia: An almighty thunderstorm descended on Langkawi at sunset yesterday, heralding an end to the North Easterly trade wind, that sailors have enjoyed for the past three days. The start area this morning was like a mirror and crews huddled under boom awnings, to protect from direct sunrays. After two hours a light Easterly breeze appeared at the Northern end of Bass Harbour and the Police committee boat repositioned and hurriedly set a short W/L course, then went into sequence. Two races for the IRC classes and Sportsboats, one for the Multihull's and none for the three cruising classes. As the breeze struggled to reach 5 knots, boats that are optimised for light weather and crews that could adapt quickly, came to the fore and filled the podium places for a change. Goto AY Race Report 4

RLIR - Moving day on the high seas...
Goto AY Race Report 3By AsianYachting MultiMedia

14:01:2016 Langkawi, Malaysia: As we cross the half way mark of the regatta, if you haven't won a race by now, it isn't likely that you will be taking the class title home. Some very determined efforts were made and a few broke through to stop the domination that the leaders have built up. Racing was held in the open waters, to the East of Langkawi in 15 knots, with a choppy seaway did not disappoint and favoured some boats over the others. Two races for the IRC classes, Multihull and Sportsboats, while the cruisers enjoyed one race in a trapezoid configuration, which sorted the serious competitors from the rest. Everyone makes mistakes and several spinnaker hoists, turned in wine glasses and the drops flying out from the mast and even running over them in the water. Goto AY Race Report 3

Goto AY Race Report 2RLIR - Regaining some composure and the beat goes on...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

13:01:2016 Langkawi, Malaysia: As the low tide in the morning, prevented the deep draft boats from using the Eastern entrance, it was decided to use Bass Harbour for the racing again. Despite the weather forecast, the North Easterly arrived on time and built up to 14 knots before fading away and by early afternoon, put an end to racing. Most classes had two races and the changing conditions saw a change in results, especially in the premier racing class. The pecking order seems to have been established in the other classes and the leaders are now identified and being targeted by the competitors. Goto AY Race Report 2

RLIR - And they're away on another exciting challenge...
Goto AY Race Report 1By AsianYachting MultiMedia

12:01:2016 Langkawi, Malaysia: The day started with blue sky and light wind but rapidly got better as the day wore on. Two races for all classes was the call and instead of having a doubtful third race in the dying conditions, PRO Simon James decided to send everyone back to the comfort of the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club. A degree of seriousness was detected at the skippers briefing which extended onto the water and as start time approached everyone was ready to rock and roll. Seasoned teams leapt to the front, while others suffering from the holiday excesses lagged behind. Goto AY Race Report 1

RLIR - Quality fleet ready to blast into sailing New Year...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report11:01:2016 Langkawi, Malaysia: Three maxi yachts Jelik, Alive and Trader will be taking on 3 x TP52's Ulumulu, Oi! and Millenium Racing in the IRC Racing Class this week. This lineup is every organisers dream at Asian regattas. There is also an even split in the other 7 classes and almost everyone is back to defend the titles. Since its inception, the underlying aim has always been to provide competitive and enjoyable racing for all crews, irrespective of the design or vintage of yacht. For the past two years, this regatta was the windiest regatta on the Asian circuit and sailors enjoyed, 25 to 30 knots, pressing them to the limit, within the 99 island archipelago. Earlier this month the North East Monsoon arrived with a vengeance for the ISAF Youth Worlds. Although the current forecast has moderated some what, we can still expect some tactical racing of the highest order, from this classy fleet and blast into the sailing new year in grand style. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Youth World Champs in Langkawi
Latest news, results, photos, video, race trackingIf dinghy racing is more to your liking - The opening rounds of the 45th Youth Sailing World Championships, were full on with big breeze and plenty of waves, greeting the sailors. A record number of 425 sailors from 76 nations started in 20 knots and everyone tried to get off to a flyer, for a tilt at the gold medal, reserved for the few who like stronger wind, that Langkawi had on offer. Check out the Entry Lists Here World Sailing will be releasing daily press releases after racing throughout the duration of the Youth Worlds. All the latest news, results, photos, video, race tracking and race reports are available Here Also on Facebook and YouTube

Goto 2015 Rolex Syd-Hobart RaceBalance claims Tattersall’s Cup in tough race...
31st December 0600hrs: After a long day and half wait, Paul Clitheroe’s TP52 Balance was declared the overall winner of the 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Clitheroe’s major rival for the Tattersall’s Cup, Quikpoint Azzurro glided over the finish line at 07.37.59 hours, couple of hours outside the time required to win and ended in third overall.
A belated birthday present for Clitheroe, who turned 60 in July, this is the first time he has won the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 628 nautical mile race. Clitheroe’s other crew are: Nick Scott Perry, David Keddie, David Taylor, Jason Dock, Matthew Craig, Max de Montgolfier, Tom Brewer, Michael Slinn, Andrew Cribb and Clinton Evans, who becomes the first Norfolk Islander to win the race. Goto photos, video and latest news at http://rolexsydneyhobart.com

Goto 2015 Rolex Syd-Hobart RaceComing home to roost in Hobart
29th December 2200hrs: As the celebrations by the Comanche crew continued into the night, Rambler 88 and Ragamuffin 100 were released from their parking lot behind Tasman Island and match raced through the morning to the finish. A last minute tactical move, enabled 88 year-old Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin 100 to take second place and restore some faith in the Aussie big boats. As the breeze along the East coast freshened, Rupert Henry's Chinese Whisper and Matt Allen's Ichi Ban have been joined at the hip all race and took advantage, to become the first finishing boats to correct out in front of Comanche in the handicap stakes. Next to finish is Paul Clitheroe's Balance and the first of many TP 52's in the race. They will take the overall lead from the finished boats and still have to wait another day before the smaller boats, including last years winner Wild Rose, to finish before the overall winner is declared. Goto live tracking, photos, video and latest news at http://rolexsydneyhobart.com

Weather provides another strange twist of fate...
Goto 2015 Rolex Syd-Hobart Race28th December 2200hrs: All afternoon the predictions have been changing by the minute. Sailing in the remnants of the South Westerly flow, Comanche reached Storm Bay less than 40nm from the finish, doing 12.7 knots and was looking good for the daily double. Falling off the back of the system, into confused weather, in the lee of Tasmania, closest rival Rambler was only doing 2.7 knots with more than 70nm to go. Then another twist, Comanche slowed to walking pace in the tricky Derwent River, and gave back time to the trailing boats, that picked up favourable downwind conditions, on the East coast. After an anxious wait, Comanche crossed the finish line at 2158hrs for line honours, taking 2 days 8 hours 58 minutes 30 seconds, and the clock started ticking for the handicap honours. As the bulk of the small boats are caught up in a confused weather system, half way across Bass Straight, they can watch their handicap chances rapidly diminish. Unless like the 50 footers, they can break away from the pack in favourable conditions and come back into contention. Time will tell... Goto live tracking, photos, video and latest news at http://rolexsydneyhobart.com

Goto 2015 Rolex Syd-Hobart RaceNew dilemma for Sydney Hobart fleet...
28th December 1400hrs: In stark comparison to pounding upwind in 35-40 knots, the fleet are now contending with light variable winds, that changed overnight. A small light pressure system formed in Bass Strait and is now moving out to the North East of Tasmania, right into the path of the bulk of the fleet.
Clipper Garmin Skipper Ash Skett, described the fleet’s new dilemma: “We are now faced with winds that will continue to decrease, so the race from here is going to present all kinds of challenges, not least how the fleet manages the currents off the coast of Tasmania". The smallest yacht in the fleet Quikpoint Azzurro has raced into contention for the overall win, although that result will not be known for days. Today’s finish is a lesson in never giving up, as the damaged Comanche, Rambler 88 and Ragamuffin 100 are vying for line honours, that will be won or lost in the River Derwent tonight... Goto live tracking, photos, video and latest news at http://rolexsydneyhobart.com

Goto 2015 Rolex Syd-Hobart RaceSoutherly buster cripples Sydney Hobart fleet...
27th December 2300hrs: The southerly and its aftermath has taken its toll, producing 29 retirees, on some 27% of the fleet. Those that made it through the height of the incoming front, were not spared, as the pounding seaway caused hull damage and striking underwater objects at high speed, has inflicted damage on the front-runners Comanche and Rambler 88. They're limping towards Hobart and although the weather is abating overnight, it stays on the nose at every corner and if their temporary repairs hold, they are expected to finish late tomorrow. In the handicap stakes Frenchman Gery Trentesaux Valer / JPK 10.80 Courrier Leon, presently sit in the box seat and like to add the Tattersall’s Cup to the Rolex Fastnet trophy, they won earlier this year. Goto live tracking, photos, video and latest news at http://rolexsydneyhobart.com

Boat breaking Sydney Hobart Race claims its toll...
Goto 2015 Rolex Syd-Hobart Race 27th December 1200hrs: The southerly buster hit the 109 strong fleet before midnight and crews faced 25-30 knots, gusting to 40, against a south flowing current, on a pitch black night. 20 plus retirements ranging from broken mast, rudder, sails, hull, bones and reputations, have crept safely back to Sydney. If the downwind sleigh ride didn't put enough pressure on the crew, when the Southerly arrived it became a severe test of battening down and surviving the onslaught. The shock retirement of Wild Oats and Perpetual Loyal has left the race in the hands of American challengers, Comanche recovering from rudder damage and retaking the overnight lead from Rambler. Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin 100 and the Italian Volvo 70 Maserati are hanging onto the leaders and the battle for handicap rages in their wake. Goto live tracking, photos, video and latest news at http://rolexsydneyhobart.com

Keep an eye on the Sydney Hobart Race...
Sat 26th
Goto RHYR website 1800hrs: 108 yachts from 28 nations started the 71st edition of the 628nm Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, on Saturday, 26 December in Sydney Harbour. One of the epic bluewater races in the world, is a true test of skill, stamina and seamanship, will put all crews to the ultimate test. Already several retirements have been recorded. After the action packed start, cross tacking in the harbour, they sped off down the coast, on a spinnaker sleigh ride. But tonight will hit the brick wall Southerly and will have to survive 40+knots on the nose, in slamming seaway to get through to the other side. Goto live tracking throughout the race at the official CYCA - Rolex Sydney Hobart 2015 website. Also on Twitter and Facebook Enjoy!

Seasons Greetings from AsianYachting
From AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto Seasons Greetings, Sydney Hobart Preview, World Youth Champs & FREE Photo Giveaway22 Dec 2015: This year we have double birthday celebrations, Christians with the birth of Jesus at Christmas and Muslims the birth of beloved Prophet Muhammed, on this holy month of Rabi'-UI-Awwal. Together with fellow worshipers of Santa Claus, we send out Season Greetings to all and hope everyone can come together to produce a peaceful New Year in 2016. We also take this opportunity to thank all our faithful subscribers, regatta organisers, friendly media and advertising sponsors for coming aboard with us, and continue working together for years to come! Also safe boating, where ever your travels may take you, over the holiday season. Goto Seasons Greetings, Sydney Hobart Race Preview, World Youth Champs & FREE Photo Giveaway Here...

Goto December AYGP SummaryClosing in on the AYGP rankings
By AY MultiMedia
December 18th: As the Phuket King's Cup, was the third AYGP event on the Western Circuit this season, it was an excellent opportunity for skippers and yachts based in SE Asia, to add valuable points and improve on their rankings. After contesting four events this season, Steve Manning and Anthony Root's new Ker 42 Black Baza, still lead the way, in the 2015-16 AYGP Rankings, but other skippers have scored more points and competed at less regattas, to come within striking distance of the leaders. As the season unfolds and more regattas are completed, we can expect a change in the lead and more skippers to come into contention for the elusive AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year title. Goto December AYGP News Summary

Everyone is a winner at Phuket King's Cup
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary12th December 2015: It was all aboard and head out to the start line, for the final rounds of this years regatta. Luckily the weather prediction was wrong and a light North Easterly covered both courses and built up to 12 knots, for racing to start on time and the full schedule of races completed. Several classes had run away winners, but all eyes were on the IRC Racing classes for the final show down to decide the podium places. Some skippers were a bit nervous at the start line, but when the horn sounded, they quickly forgot about it and became serious about tactics and concentrated on the wind instruments. Two races were held in most classes, until the race officers called it a day and returned to Kata Beach, to prepare for the Royal Awards Ceremony and celebrate a great week of sailing. Goto action packed images posted in the AY Photo Gallery and AY Race Report 5 & Summary

King's Cup - Light wind determines the end game
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
11th December 2015: Refreshed after the lay day, crews were keen to get back on the water with renewed vigor and finish the regatta in grand style. Unfortunately the predicted light wind, has turned into reality. The race officers searched for patches of wind and after an hour and half delay, the IRC Racers on the Southern course were away in six knots. While to the North, the Cruisers had to wait a lot longer, for the light sea breeze to arrive. Some were to anxious to get going, and a general recall for the Firefly catamarans, three of the four Premier Cruisers over the line and individual recalls in the Multihull Racing and Firefly restart, changed the race outcome and possibly their chances at overall victory. The light weather, also gave cruisers, that perform better in drifting conditions, an opportunity to improve their standings, going into the final day. Goto AY Photo Gallery and AY Race Report 4

King's Cup - Classic conditions return for Andaman Sea Race
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 39th December 2015: While heavy rain last night caused some flooding in Phuket, it reinvigorated the North Easterly flow and produced classic conditions, that the King's Cup is famous for, on the 34nm Andaman Sea Race. It also bought photographers out in numbers, trying to capture the best shot of boats leaping over waves and engulfed in sea spray. Being the third day of racing and midway through the regatta, it is also moving day in the standings, before taking a well earned break on the lay day tomorrow. Fully powered up, the big boats quickly disappeared over the horizon and revel on the two sail reaching legs, plus frighteningly fast on the downwind spinnaker run through the islands. This is why the sailors come here and will remain embedded in their memory for years to come. Goto AY Race Report 3

King's Cup - Wind moderates but the 'Show must go on'...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 2 8th December 2015: In stark contrast to yesterdays windy conditions, overnight it moderated to light and variable but the sunshine and blue sky, remains ominously present. Despite this the race officers set a variety of windward/leeward, trapezoid and short passage races off the west coast, keeping the yachts in close vicinity, in case it peters out altogether. Only one race for some cruising classes, while others played the waiting game and completed two races in shifty conditions. As there was more wind on the IRC racing courses they persisted and completed three races to keep the schedule on track. Not the ideal environment to settle the score at an important event like the King's Cup but as they say in the classics 'The show must go on'. Goto AY Race Report 2

Goto AY Race Report 1Perfect day to celebrate King's birthday & fire opening rounds
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
7th December 2015: The day started with an early morning sail pass, between the Royal Thai Navy vessels HTMS Klaeng and PGM 991, to honour HM Bhumibol Adulyadej 88th birthday. Crews lined up on their yachts chanting three cheers, doffing their caps and even singing Happy Birthday. A parade of sail is an appropriate way for International sailors to pay homage to Thailand's royal sailing family, for supporting yachting events all these years. Then it was onto the serious business of racing. Goto AY Race Report 1

Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportClash of the titans at Phuket King's Cup
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
6th December 2015: Its that time of the year when International crews hone in on Phuket, to contest Asia's premier regatta and expect a week of fast and furious sailing action, in the Andaman Sea. Judging by the activity on Kata Beach this morning, they are full of anticipation and wild speculation on how the racing will unfold. One of the highlights, will be the sail pass to celebrate King Bhumibol Adulyadej 88th birthday, held on Monday 7th, the first day of racing at Cape Prom Thep and show our appreciation to the world's longest reigning monarch, for his never ending support of sailing. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Goto December AYGP News...Dec AYGP News - Sharpe movements in the AYGP rankings
By AY MultiMedia
December 3rd: Although Steve Manning and Anthony Root's new Ker 42 Black Baza, low scored at the Raja Muda Regatta, after their big win on the Hong Kong Vietnam Race and contesting three events this season, they still lead the way, in the 2015-16 AYGP pointscore. A worthy second place for Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth's Sydney GTS 43 EFG Mandrake, moves them up a notch to second overall in the rankings. By winning five IRC 3 races at the Raja Muda, Gordon Ketelbey's syndicated Beneteau 44.7 Fujin, jumps up into third pace, despite only competing on two events. Goto December AYGP News...

RMSIR - New name on Raja Muda Cup - Sarab Singh Windsikher II
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 628th Nov 2015: Overnight the North Easterly realigned itself along the harbour, with 12 to 14 knots and blue sky, to bring a picture perfect conclusion to the regatta. One passage race for the Multihull and Cruising classes and two windward/leeward races for the IRC racers, for the final showdown. Several classes already had an outright winner, while others the possibility of toppling the leader and settling the podium places existed. Despite a solid week of racing and crews feeling the stress and strain, they were all back out on the water and ready to race. As the high noon starting horn sounded, it was on in earnest and the best day of racing on picturesque Bass Harbour was left to last. Goto AY Race Report 6 and AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 5RMSIR - Langkawi turns on the breeze to consolidate standings
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
27th Nov 2015: Despite an early morning finish for some classes and the rescue of the dismasted Royal Malaysian Navy Contesa 32 Marikh skippered by Masyuri Rahamat, everyone who could, were back out on the race course, for some inshore racing. First off were the cruisers on a harbour course, then the IRC classes on two windward/leeward courses in Bass Harbour. As we enter the final stage of the regatta, its time to consolidate the score and improve the standings. The North Easterly has turned into an Easterly, making it difficult to set the racing course across the harbour. With some shuffling of the start line, everyone was catered for and racing completed in time. The International Jury have been busy with a few protests and numerous request for redress, for going to the assistance of the dismasted Marikh. All will be resolved and the results adjusted to suit. Goto AY Race Report 5 and the AY Photo Gallery for some images of the action so far.

RMSIR - Classic conditions return for Pinang to Langkawi Race
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 427th Nov 2015: When Aussie Maid did her first RMSIR in 1991, the members of the Royal Selangor Yacht Club warned the crew that the Pinang to Langkawi leg would be very windy, if the North East Monsoon arrived. They were right and the Maid went on to set a new benchmark time, to the Pelangi Beach Resort finish line, that was never bettered. The day started with PRO Jerry Rollin, signaling 'Follow Me' out of Pinang Harbour, till he found some steady wind speed and direction. By the entrance marker, the sea breeze had arrived and the race team swung into action, 40 minutes after the scheduled start time. As we reach the mid way stage of racing, it is make or break time for all the teams. Many were keen to get going and the first starting recalls of the regatta were recorded. Goto AY Race Report 4 and AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 3RMSIR - Spice of life on Pinang Harbour race
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
25th Nov 2015: Heavy rain in the morning, made way for an unusual South Easterly breeze to start with. Racing was slightly delayed and as the afternoon wore on, the threatening dark clouds cleared away but at the same time, the breeze faded to a whisper. The racing classes struggled to finish the first race and as there was no improvement in conditions, PRO Jerry Rollin called it a day and sent them back to the marina. A man overboard accident on Philip Turner’s Alive caused a Philippine crew member to be evacuated to shore for medical treatment. The cruising classes were sent on a harbour race and despite shortening the course, it lasted late into the afternoon, for those determined to finish. Three Multihull's are back, joining from Pinang onwards. Goto AY Race Report 3

RMSIR - Luck of the draw on Leg 2 to Pinang
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 224th Nov 2015: Five knots of wind and three knots of adverse current in the starting area, so PRO Jerry Rollin sent the Royal Malaysian Police rib, to check the conditions around the corner of Pangkor Laut and ended up moving back to the old start line, in the passage between the two islands. As the smaller boats were slowed by the current, the start order was changed to IRC 1 and Premier Cruising, before reverting back to the reverse order. Then it started again, judging time and distance to the downwind starting line, as crews struggled with spinnaker hoists and boat speed in the adverse current. Most boats were well back from the line, when the starting horn sounded, except for Ray Roberts TP52 Millenium Racing and Troy Yaw's all Malaysian crew on TP52 Ulumulu nailing it at the committee boat end and Ulumulu charging through, fully powered up to take the lead. Goto AY Race Report 2

Goto AY Race Report 1 Favourable conditions propel yachts along the coast
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
22nd Nov 2015: Despite heavy rain all night, blue sky and a building Westerly breeze greeted the sailors and sent them merrily on their way. At the RSYC welcome party, Selangor State Exco Elizabeth Wong, Commodore Tan It Beng and Regatta Chairman Jeff Harris rang the starting bell for the 26th edition, which marked the beginning of festivities. PRO Jerry Rollin signaled clear start as the race committee worked their way through the starting sequence in reverse order. All eyes were on the IRC Racing class as they jockeyed for position on the line. Steve Manning's Ker 42 Black Baza, nailed it at the committee boat end, just in front of the Royal Malaysian Navy DK 47 Uranus skippered by Norhafisam Ahmad and it was on for young and old. Goto AY Race Report 1

Competitive lineup for 26th Raja Muda Regatta
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report20th Nov 2015: A competitive fleet of thirty one yachts, spread evenly across seven classes are preparing to take on the challenging, island hopping event, along the West Coast of Peninsula Malaysia. Organised by the Royal Selangor Yacht Club in Port Klang, the challenge consists of three overnight passage races, 260 miles in total, plus 3 days of harbour racing in Penang and Langkawi. Making it a total of eight days of racing and six prize giving social events, along the way. Anything from top class IRC racers to classic 100 year old cruisers, all of whom will have to cope with unpredictable weather, strong tidal currents and be prepared to constantly change their tactics to suite. After celebrating the silver anniversary last year, the regatta has stood the test of time and will always remain strong in the memories of all those who have competed on this unique and challenging event. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Goto November AYGP NewsTop ranked AYGP skippers racing on Raja Muda Regatta
By AY MultiMedia
November 12th: Scattered across the IRC Racing, Premier Cruising and Multihull classes on the Raja Muda Selangor Int Regatta (RMSIR), are six of the ten top ranked skippers and yachts, in the 2015-16 AYGP pointscore. Topping the list is Steve Manning and Anthony Root's Ker 42 Black Baza, that have carefully planned their campaign, around competing on their favourite events and aiming to secure the elusive AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year title, this season. They will have to bring their best game, as they're taking on Aussie's Ray Roberts TP52 Millenium Racing and Philip Turner’s much bigger Reichel-Pugh 66 Alive, that excels in light variable conditions, expected during the regatta. Goto November AYGP News

 

Goto AY Race Report 4Wanhang Longcheer match races to victory over Emirates Team New Zealand
By AY MultiMedia - CCIR Media - Sailing Intelligence
Monday 2 November 2015, Shenzhen, China:
Wanhang Longcheer kept a close eye on Emirates Team New Zealand to secure victory in the Beneteau 40.7 fleet at the China Cup International Regatta. Aussie skipper of Longcheer Steve McConaghy was understandably delighted to have won in the 25-boat fleet, arguably the toughest competition among all nine divisions at China’s premier yachting regatta. Goto AY Photo Gallery and
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Started the day with a Sailing Forum
By AY MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 3Sunday 1st November, Shenzhen, China: While the third day of racing went on in earnest on Daya Bay, the 7th Asia-Pacific Sailing Culture Development (Dapeng) Forum titled: China Embraces The Worlds Sailing was held in the Sheraton Hotel Dameisha ballroom. A good mix of Chinese and International guest speakers included Zhang Heyun - Director of Shenzhen Municipal Administration of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Wang Jingdong - Secretary of the Party Working Committee of Shenzhen Dapeng New District. Winthrop Scott Perry - ISAF Vice President and John Doerr - Chief Umpire/IJ for America's Cup presented sailing as 'The Most Challenging Sport' and a 'Sport For Life' respectively. Goto AY Race Report 3

Goto AY Race Report 2Kelly's young heroes take first blood in FarEast 28 fleet
By CCIR Media - Sailing Intelligence
Saturday 31 October, Shenzhen, China: A young Kiwi team led by 17-year-old Matt Kelly enjoyed a dominant first day’s inshore competition at the China Cup International Regatta. The Youth Training Programme team, sent to Shenzhen by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, notched up two bullets and a second place in the 20-boat fleet. “We’re pleasantly surprised,” said Kelly. “We haven’t raced in these boats before against these competitors, but the FarEast 28 is similar to what we race back home in New Zealand. It’s good competition out there, it’s fun getting to grips with the boat and learning what makes it tick.” Goto
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Emirates Team New Zealand wins shifty Passage Race
By CCIR Media - Sailing Intelligence

Goto AY Race Report 1Friday 30 October 2015, Shenzhen, China: Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) confirmed its status as one of the favourites for victory at the 9th edition of the China Cup International Regatta after winning the opening day of this four-day event, the 30-mile Hong Kong to Shenzhen Passage Race. After a shaky start, world top-ten ranked match racer Chris Steele managed to steer the Kiwis through to the front of the 25-boat one-design Beneteau 40.7 fleet after making the most of a big wind shift to the right, sailing around the early leaders. Coincidentally, the next two finishers in the Beneteau 40.7 were also being helmed by two other highly accomplished match racers from New Zealand, respectively in 2nd and 3rd, Adam Minoprio and Phil Robertson. Goto AY Race Report 1

Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report9th China Cup reaching for the sky
By AY MultiMedia - CCIR Media - Sailing Intelligence
28th October: In only nine years, the CCR has transformed itself into the largest China-initiated sailing regatta, attracting a large international cast of racing teams, has garnered organisers significant global sailing influence in the process. The entry list, has over 100 yachts from 30 different countries and all the continents. Racing Teams from most the East and South East Asian nations including Japan are joined by teams from Canada, Sweden, France, New Zealand, Australia, USA, Russia and even as far away as Uruguay. The popular Beneteau range of yachts has attracted several dealer teams and owners from all over the world, to come together for some one-design racing in an exotic location. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Black Baza takes commanding lead in 2015-16 AYGP
By AY MultiMedia
Goto October AYGP News Summary...October 22nd: A resounding overall victory on the Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race from the IRC Racer 1 Class, plus second place at the China Coast Regatta, elevates Steve Manning and Anthony Root's, recently launched Ker 42 Black Baza, to the top of the AsianYachting Grand Prix with a 10 point lead over 2nd place. This is a remarkable effort for the yacht and talented crew, straight out of the box, against some very stiff competition. Anthony Root is no stranger to the AYGP, during the 13-14 AYGP, his Red Kite II was fighting it out at the season ending Samui Regatta, with Bill Bremner's Foxy Lady 6 for the title and narrowly missed out on the last race by half a point. Anthony vowed then, to return with a special IRC optimized yacht and teamed up with Steve Manning, to build the custom Jason Ker designed 42ft Black Baza, at McConaghy's yard in China and have launched a full on racing campaign, with an aim to secure the elusive AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year title, this season. Goto October AYGP News Summary...

Goto daily AY & RHKYC Press Releases...Black Baza claims handicap honours on first offshore race
By AY MultiMedia & RHKYC Media

19th O
ctober 0800hrs: Although Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin 100 roared down the course and broke their own race record, when the spray has settled, it is Steve Manning and Anthony Root's new Ker 42 Black Baza, that has came out on top in the handicap stakes. winning both the Overall IRC and IRC Racer 1 Class. Having been launched only a couple of weeks ago, the highly optimised racer has won its first offshore race and lived up to all the earlier hype during construction. The owners are extremely proud of the achievement of both the boat and talented crew. On their first outing in Asian waters, Aussie Philip Turner’s Reichel-Pugh 66 Alive skippered by Duncan Hine, slotted into 2nd overall and won IRC Racer 0 on the downwind sleigh ride, in the 20-25 knot North Easterly. Sam Chan's TP52 Freefire clocks into 3rd overall, only ten minutes behind Alive after 57 hours of racing. Goto daily AY & RHKYC Press Releases...

Alive finishes 2nd, good prospect for IRC Overall
Goto daily RHKYC Press Releases... By RHKYC Media
17th October 0800hrs: RP66 Alive finished at 15:16:21, recording an elapsed time of 49:56:21, in second place on the water and in a commanding position in the IRC overall stakes, although still open to a challenge from FreeFire or Black Baza if today’s healthy breeze continues to blow.
The conditions saved the best until last, with owner Philip Turner saying “today’s racing was probably the most exciting ... getting 20 to 25kts, meaning a lot of sail changes – busy-busy!” The 673nm Category 1 race has a reputation for being tough on boats as well as crew so it was no surprise when Turner added “we had a couple of dramas, a big broach and we did some damage to the spinnakers ..” Goto daily RHKYC Press Releases...

Goto daily RHKYC Press Releases... Line honours & race record for Ragamuffin 100
By RHKYC Media

17th October 0800hrs: Nip & tuck right till the end and congratulations goes to Syd Fischer's team Ragamuffin 100 for breaking their own record! New provisional record is 42h 17m 24s, having finished at 07:37:24 HKT and bettering the previous record by 23 minutes and 56 seconds. A hearty Vietnamese welcome party greeted the sailors as they completed CIQ procedures and ready to celebrate. Goto daily RHKYC Press Releases...

 


Goto daily RHKYC Press Releases... Ragamuffin 100 within striking distance of race record
By RHKYC Media

After an exciting windward beat out of Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbour, the boats have settled down to a thrilling fast ride south towards Vietnam. The favoured line honours boat, Syd Fisher’s Ragamuffin 100 is leading the 12 boat fleet in the 673nm race to Nha Trang on the eastern coast of Vietnam. Alive, the 66ft Reichel Pugh is now 70nm behind Ragamuffin after a neck to neck battle in the harbour making most people wonder if it was going to be like that all the way to Vietnam. Winds are currently 20 to 25kts as predicted and all the yachts are planing along between 9 and 18kts boatspeed. Goto daily RHKYC Press Releases...

Fleet set sail to Vietnam, as Northerly arrives on time
By RHKYC Media

Goto daily RHKYC Press Releases15th Oct 1800hrs: At 1320hrs today, after weeks of intense preparation and safety scrutineering, 12 boats crossed the start line for the seventh edition of this 673nm Category 1 offshore race from Hong Kong to Nha Trang, Vietnam, which started in 1996. Alive made an almost perfect start and, along with Syd Fischer’s Team Ragamuffin, was first through the gap. At 1700hrs HKT, Rags was averaging nearly 15kts VMG and had built up the expected lead on the water, 6nm ahead of RP66 Alive and 10nm ahead of TP52 FreeFire. The battle for IRC Overall is a lot more difficult to call, with Alive currently showing at the top of the list, but with Black Baza, FreeFire and Ambush very much on her transom. Goto daily RHKYC Press Releases

Goto October AYGP News...Ray Roberts leads 2015-16 AYGP rankings
By AY MultiMedia
October 14th: After competing on a selected few events over the last few years, Ray Roberts TP52 Millenium Racing lifted his third consecutive China Coast Regatta trophy, with a picket fence of five wins and shares the top rung of the AsianYachting Grand Prix pointscore with Alan Carwadine's Stealth 11.8 Asia Catamarans Hurricane. What a great start to their 2015-16 racing campaign, in front of a multi talented six yacht lineup in the IRC Racer 0 Division. Marcel Liedts brand new Ker 46 Zannekin also started strong in the IRC Racer 1 Division, posting three wins before being overhauled by Steve Manning / Anthony Root's straight out of the box, Ker 43 Black Baza and Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth's Sydney GTS 43 EFG Mandrake sharing the wins on the last two races. Goto October AYGP News...

Audi China Coast Regatta - Day 3
By RHKYC Media
Goto RHKYC daily press releasesAfter an islands course in a 20-25k Northerly, taking in Waglan, Sung Kong, Steep, Ninepins and Basalt, Ray Roberts on Millenium Racing lifted his third consecutive China Coast Regatta trophy with a picket fence of five wins and goes dirctly to the top of the AsianYachting Grand Prix pointscore, plus a great start to their 2015-16 racing campaign. Sam Chan’s Freefire and Frank Pong's Jelik ended 2nd & 3rd respectively. In Racer 1, Marcel Liedts’ Zannekin held off Steve Manning and Anthony Roots brand new Black Baza while in Racer 2, William Liu’s Seawolf pipped Lowell Chang’s Dexter II by two points and Rob Berkley and Gaston Chan’s Calamansi claimed Racer 3 ahead of Lady Butterfly, helmed by J.C. Broyelle. Goto RHKYC daily press releases Here...

Goto RHKYC daily press releasesAudi China Coast Regatta - Day 2
By RHKYC Media
Ray Roberts’ Millennium Racing took their 4th win to go into the final day of the regatta, leading the IRC Racer 0 class with four bullets, ahead of Sam Chan’s FreeFire and Frank Pong's Jelik holding onto 3rd overall. While in IRC Racer 1, Marcel Liedts Ker 46 Zannekin dropped its guard and let Steve Manning / Anthony Root's Ker 42 Black Baza through to claim the win on the last race and reclaim 2nd overall. In IRC Racer 2, A40RC Seawolf is leading A35, Dexter II. Beneteau First 34.7 Calamansi is sitting pretty in IRC Racer 3, while Kiasu, Darling and DEA II are separated by only two points in HKPN Division Goto RHKYC daily press releases Here...

Audi China Coast Regatta - Day 1 - UK Sailmakers Day
Goto RHKYC Media roundupBy AY
MultiMedia & RHKYC Media

9th October 2015: Ray Roberts Millennium Racing makes it 2 wins in a row as does Marcel Liedts Zannekin. Frank Pong's Jelik and Sam Chan's FreeFire traded 2nd & 3rd places to be tied on 5 points. Steve Manning / Anthony Root's newly launched Black Baza stepped up a notch into 2nd place in IRC 1 as the Nick Burns / Fred Kinmonth's EFG Mandrake dipped to 3rd in front of a hungry chasing pack. Goto RHKYC Media roundup, results & photos Here...

2015-16 AYGP - Old rivals & new stars step up to the mark...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto September AYGP NewsSeptember 9th: Although Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek opened the 2015-16 AYGP Season in July, we have to wait over 2 months for the China Coast Regatta (October 9 - 11) and the Hong Kong to Vietnam Race starting on October 15th, to get the regatta season truly underway. This gives boat owners time to relocate their yacht, complete the new build or optimise the old rating and familiarise the crew before the serious side of the campaign gets started. Syd Fischer rushed his maxi Ragamuffin 100 across the Pacific Ocean after tackling the Transpac Race, and Wilson Lee's all Chinese TP52 team on Ark323, representing the Noah Sailing Club in Shanghai are lining up for these events before delivering to Australia for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, in December. For an insight into the new and ole competitor lineup goto September AYGP News...

Western Circuit - Leaders extend advantage to claim the title...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary
August 22nd: Morning dawned with a threatening dark sky and very little wind, which turned into an increasing South South Westerly by start time and enabled the two race committees, to complete three and four races for the remaining classes and cap the regatta off with complete success. It also made for longer courses diagonally across the Johor Strait and the bigger boats able to stretch their legs and pack the spinnaker on the windward beat before rehoisting. The strong incoming current, made mark rounding difficult to judge and several SB20's got caught up on the top mark and saw their chances disappear down the gurgle. The push was on for improving individual standings and as only seconds separated the top competitors on corrected time, most the leaders have extended their advantage and gone on to claim the class title. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary and AY Photo Gallery

Western Circuit - Podium Places still open for the taking...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 3August 20th: Last weekend the SMU Presidents Cup and SMU SB20 International Cup (Goto AY Photo Gallery) were held as an individual race and series within a series. This weekend the IRC, PY, SB20, J24 and Multihull classes, continue with another round of races on Saturday, to finish the regatta. While some of the classes have a clear leader, others have a chance of toppling the leader and depending on the number of races held, are likely to reshuffle the podium places. With Typhoon GONI (INENG) presently traversing the East China Sea, the South West flow could increase in Singapore and produce an exciting final day of racing at Raffles Marina. Goto AY Race Report 3

Western Circuit - Small boats clinch the SMU Presidents Cup
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 2August 16th: Right on cue, at the start of the combined IRC 1 & 2 classes, a rain shower descended across the course, as they set sail on the 20nm SMU Presidents Cup. Until then, the breeze was blowing across the course making it a two sail reaching start but veered around and faded into a beat, all the way to the outer most mark. The spinnaker run back through the anchored ships was shortened for fear of the back markers running out of time. All this worked in favour of the small boats and after nailing the start line in front of the favoured big boats, Clement Lim's Platu 25 SMUmad emerged as the overall winner from the IRC 2 class. The SMU SB20 International Cup was awarded to Anthony Kiong's SSF 8 and the Access 2.3's for disabled sailors plus the Inter-Tertiary Windsurfing Championships came to a conclusion today. Goto AY Race Report 2 and AY Photo Gallery

Western Circuit - On your marks, get set, ready, go...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 1August 15th: Uncharacteristically a light puffy South Easterly breeze greeted the sailors on Day 1, which forced the race committees to set short windward/ leeward courses across the Johor Strait for the three IRC Classes, SB20's and J24's. The Windsurfers and Access 2.3's also had to contend with gusty conditions, as it filtered between the industrial buildings along the Jurong shoreline. Undeterred the four separate race committees continued on and as the breeze picked up during the afternoon, moved the courses to suit the wind direction and completed four races, much to the enjoyment of the highly competitive sailors, in the 100 boat fleet. Goto AY Race Report 1

Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportWestern Circuit comes alive this weekend
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 13th: In conjunction with Singapore's 50th year of independence and Singapore Management University (SMU) 15th anniversary, sailors will be celebrating at the 18th SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta, starting this weekend. Over the next two weekends (Aug 15, 16 & 22) Raffles Marina comes alive with a formidable line-up of keelboats, multihull's, SB20's, Access 2.3's for disabled sailors, a variety of Windsurfers, right down to the IOM remote-controlled boats. This event has turned into Singapore's premier sailing event, full of youthful enthusiasm from the SMU students and combined with excellent facilities at Raffles Marina, has built a reputation for lively fleet racing and fun filled post race parties. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Normal service resumed to finish Raceweek on high note...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryJuly 19th: Overnight the SW trade wind returned and much to everyone's delight, the last day of racing started on time and two races were held to complete the series. What looked very bleak at the start of the regatta, turn the fan up a notch or two and all is forgotten. Warming up to the occasion, the two TP52's have staged a close battle and Ben Copely is pleased with the Kodo crew, after winning the last race from Peter Ahern's syndicated Oi! by thirty seconds, on their first outing in anger. Some leaders in other classes have extended their lead, while others have juggled the places and fought over the podium places. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary and AY Photo Gallery


Goto AY Race Report 3CPHPRW - Wind glorious wind, resuscitates the regatta
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 18th: After two days sitting in the hot sun waiting for wind, the race committee had enough sense to hoist the postponement flag ashore and keep the sailors waiting in the shade of the beach bar, until there was enough wind to race. Never seen the beach chairs and Cape Panwa Hotel's all-new Bamboo Bar so busy. Two hours went by before news came in, that there was a steady 5 knots from the SW and a delighted regatta organiser, Byron Jones blew the whistle and lowered the postponement flag. PRO Simon James waited patiently at the start line and went into sequence as soon as the yachts arrived and much to everyone's satisfaction, fired off two races in succession and not only saved the day, but the entire regatta. Goto AY Race Report 3

CPHPRW - Weather going from bad to worse...
Goto AY Race Report 2By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 17th: Unfortunately for the skippers, crew and regatta organisers, the wind did not turn up and left the yachts waiting around for four hours, before the decision to abandon racing for the day, except for the two TP52's in IRC Racing 1. PRO Simon James kept everyone informed of his intentions by radio throughout the day and continually sent the mark laying boats to check the wind and current at other locations. The final straw was to test, the clear water mark into Phuket Harbour, on the way back to the Cape Panwa Hotel mooring area. Four knots of wind and 1 1/2 knots of current and after consultation with the class representatives, everyone except the two TP52's were happy enough to call it a day and try again tomorrow. Goto AY Race Report 2

Goto AY Race Report 1Change of pace at CPHP Raceweek
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 16th: Although last nights Windguru weather report still had a glimmer of hope, the early morning rain put an end to the blustery conditions that have blasted Phuket for the last three weeks. Heavily overcast, no wind and a lumpy one meter swell, left over from yesterday, greeted the sailors on the race course. PRO Simon James delayed the start for an hour and a half, until a five knot breeze filled in from the South East and steadied in direction and speed, before going into the starting sequence. As the breeze faded towards the end of the first race and did not look like it was going to return, he had no other option than to call an end to proceedings and hope for something better tomorrow. It has been a slow start but one race is better than no race and gives the crews something to talk about at the evening party. Goto AY Race Report 1

CPHP Raceweek starts the 2015-16 AYGP Season
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportJuly 15th: Its been blowing the birds out of the trees, for the last couple of weeks in Phuket but all good things must come to an end. The Windguru forecast for the next few days is subsiding and easing the sailors into racing mode for the first two days, then the South Westerly returns with a vengeance on Saturday and Sunday. Two TP 52's are going head to head in the IRC Racing 1 class and eight evenly matched yachts make up the IRC Racing II class. This regatta is renown for the grand waterside parties and fantastic Cape Panwa Hotel hospitality, plus competitive and enjoyable racing for all crews, irrespective of the design or vintage of the yacht. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report


Multihull Solutions Regatta - Victory for Hurricane, Twin Sharks & Star Fruit
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 3 & SummaryJuly 12th: The Easterly breeze moderated to the low teens and everyone that could, ventured out for the final showdown. All eyes were on the battle between Alan Carwardine's Stealth 11.8m Asia Catamarans Hurricane and Mick Coleman's sister ship Java, for the Racing Multi's (OMR) title. With four wins on the board, John Newnham's Twin Sharks skippered by Brent Gribble had all but wrapped up the Firefly 850 Sports title and eager to get on with the job. A couple Corsair Pulse 600 trimaran's continued with there exhibition event and Tatiana Bogatyzova's Lagoon 380 Star Fruit continued to rotate as the sole entrant in the Open Multihull Class. Goto AY Race Report 3 & Summary & AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 2Multihull Regatta - Blustery wind is taking its toll
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 11th: Consistent 18 to 20 knot Westerly breeze greeted the sailors on Day 2, causing some equipment failure before the off. Broken halyards on two Firefly cats, steering linkage failure and a snapped dagger board forced two Stealth catamarans to retire from the second race. Despite all this, it was warm and sunny until the inevitable storm passed over during the latter stage of proceedings. It is believed the uncharacteristic breeze is being sucked across the peninsula by Typhoon CHAN-HOM (FALCON) that is due to make landfall over China today. The resilient crews have remained undeterred and instigated running repairs to get them through the day and stay in the running for the title. Goto AY Race Report 2

Multihull Regatta - One minute dark & stormy, next minute sunny & fine
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 1 July 10th: The strong wind warning has dropped to a consistent 12 - 14 knots, with rain storms randomly sweeping across the course and gusts increasing to the high teens. Crews proceeded with caution, reefing the mainsails and as they got used to the conditions, shaking out the reef and powering around the course. Overnight Hans Rahmann's Firefly 850 Voodoo, parted company with the mooring and ended up high and dry, on the other side of Chalong Bay, to become the first casualty of the regatta. Two of the new Corsair Pulse 600 trimaran's suffered structural damage, leaving only one to circulate and reducing the fleet to twelve yachts. This did not diminish the serious contenders from pushing the pedal to the metal and extracting the best performance from both the crew and boats, which shows on the Result Sheets. Goto AY Race Report 1

Multihull's brace themselves for a windy regatta...
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportBy AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 10th: Serious excitement reigns, in the lead up to the Multihull Solutions Regatta, as a strong wind warning was issued last Sunday and the Easterly flow is expected to continue over the weekend. This regatta is a natural fit for Phuket, as many foreign boat designers and composite experts, have moved to Phuket and neighbouring SE Asian countries. As the industry growth has been phenomenal, Multihull Solutions have opened dedicated brokerages in Asia and sold some sleek racing machines, that have raised the profile of the event. Last year the regatta also experienced strong wind, that caused some mayhem and produced exceptionally close racing, encouraging all class winners to line up again this year. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Frenz Emperor News - Keep the cement mixers going...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto June 2015 - Frenz Emperor News18 June 2015: On the annual flying visit to Pulau Tioman and checking out the progress, Abdul Ghafar (Afai's) family, have made building the Frenz Emperor Resort & Spa. When we left in July last year, form work had begun on a 2-story pier head building and shore side, huge foundations for a 2-story octagon restaurant with private suites on the top floor, were underway. Nine luxurious chalets, each with its own panoramic sea view, were undergoing a make over, with swimming pool and spas being added, were nearing completion. This year, the intricate concrete stairways and walkways, linking all the chalets with the beach, have been tiled with slate and three new chalets are in the building process, making the line-up, 12 hand crafted chalets in total by opening day. Goto June 2015 - Frenz Emperor News and AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryBesar Regatta - And the winners are Shardana & Cicak
By AY MultiMedia
June 25th, Pulau Besar, Malaysia: Despite a heavy overnight downpour, the South West'ly returned stronger than ever. The decision to reverse yesterdays course, meant a tricky downwind start was required. It was also a great opportunity to photograph the yachts with spinnakers flying, in front of the Aseania Beach Resort. Everyone made quick work of the downwind leg to Pulau Hujun and the two sail reach across to Pulau Rawa. Then harden up the sheets and slog into a rolling one meter swell, all the way back to the Southern tip of Besar and a short spinnaker run to the Besar jetty finish line. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary & AY Photo Gallery

Blue water, tropical islands & wind, what more is needed?
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 3. June 24th, Pulau Besar, Malaysia: Being blessed with all of the above, plus friendly service by the host Aseania Beach Resort, makes a regatta memorable to sailors, their family and friends. Despite the low entries, everyone is enjoying the break from the big city, with a daily yacht race thrown in, to explore the other islands. Today the 15nm Course 3, took the yachts South around Besar, across to Pulau Rawa, then round Pulau Hujun and Tengah, before finishing back at the Besar jetty. The sea state has turned into a one meter rolling swell, picking up the occasional surf, on the run across to Rawa was quite exciting. All points of sailing were experienced, two sail reaching to Hujun and a slog to windward on the return leg to Besar. A few mistakes have crept in on the leading boats, opening the door for others to take advantage. Goto AY Race Report 3.

Besar Regatta - Wind is up, lets go racing...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 2June 23rd, Pulau Besar, Malaysia: A steady 12 to 16 knot South Westerly, has been blowing for days, so the race committee selected, the 20 nautical mile, Course 7, for the opening round of the Besar Regatta. As the high noon starting horn sounded, 4 monohulls and 2 multihull's, jockeyed for the favourable position and clear air. In his haste, Freddy Fam's M23 Phoenix was luffed up and hit the pin end, therefore had to return and restart, loosing valuable time. A short windward beat to the South of Besar, then free off as they round the tip, which turned into a exhilarating 10nm downwind ride, in one meter following seas. Unfortunately what goes down, must come up, and nine miles of windward beating followed, to the finish line, off the Besar Jetty. Goto AY Race Report 2

Goto AY Race Report 1 Sing to Besar Race - Perfect conditions for a race to paradise...
By AY MultiMedia
June 22nd, Pulau Besar, Malaysia: After a tacking duel, out of the Changi Sailing Club and through the Eastern anchorage, the prevailing South-Westerly trade wind provided enough grunt, for everyone to round the Southern tip of Johor by sunset and enjoy an overnight spinnaker run up, the East Coast of Malaysia. Joe Lombardo's Dufour 34 Shardana was first to finish at the Aseania Resort, Besar Island at 0709 with Freddy Fam's M23 trimaran Phoenix, 25 minutes further adrift. A late rash of withdrawals reduced the fleet to 6, for the stand-alone race to Besar, and a couple extra yachts are joining the 3-day regatta starting on Tuesday. Goto AY Race Report 1

Singapore to Besar Race, ready to roll again...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto 2nd CSC@Besar Regatta
June 19th, Pulau Besar, Malaysia: After a resounding success last year, the Aseania Beach Resort have once again combined with the Changi Sailing Club, to present the second running of the Singapore to Palau Besar Race and Regatta. Designed to take skippers and crew, away from the busy shipping lanes in Singapore and introduce them to the peace and quiet of the Johor Islands, for a blue water cruising experience. Only 80nm away, over 20 Islands have been declared a marine national park, named Kepulauan Iskandar, in honour of the Sultan of Johor, for his ongoing island preservation and personally overseeing, successful development procedures. All the tropical islands, have resorts that are popular with holiday makers on weekends, only 2 hours drive from the causeway and appear in every travel guide, as popular dive sites and other water sports activities. On Saturday 20th June, nine yachts have registered for a new experience and a few are making a return appearance. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...

AYGP Roundup - Bill Bremner's Foxy Lady 6 crew, rule the Asian waves...
Goto June 2014-15 AYGP Round Up & News By AY MultiMedia
 June 11th: After 12 Events, where 251 Skippers and 245 Yachts, contested 75 Inshore & 3 Offshore races, run over 11 months and across 6 countries, Bill Bremner and his talented Foxy Lady 6 crew, are the 1st team to retain the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year title, in the open era. Paul Winkelmann's Island Fling led the rankings, since the China Coast Regatta last year, but eventually was over hauled by Bremner's top contender, at the season ending two regattas (Top of the Gulf and Samui Regatta's). Goto June 2014-15 AYGP Round Up & News

Replay Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8 start from Lisbon to Lorient. Enjoy!

Replay Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race Lisbon. Enjoy!

And the winners are Windsikher II, Jessandra II and El Coyote
Bill Bremner & Foxy Lady 6 crowned AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year

By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 5 & SummaryMay 30th, Koh Samui, Thailand: Once again, the race committee had to contend with light, variable wind and glassy patches before they could safely lay the course and get racing underway. To keep themselves amused, some crews tried wake boarding behind the boat or swinging around from the main halyard before taking a dip. Eventually the Easterly strengthened to a steady 5 knots and everyone swung into action before it faded for the final showdown. The likelihood that there would only be one race, was on everyone's mind and the top contenders were ready and willing to give their best shot at the title. Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary and AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 4Samui Regatta - Serious racing leaves classes open for the taking
By AY MultiMedia
May 29th, Koh Samui, Thailand: Although there is only 16 yachts at the regatta, you can take it for granted, that they are all taking the racing seriously and the crews have strived for perfection every day. The top boats have produced extremely close racing, traded podium places and consequently some class honours are still open for the taking, with one day to go. Unfortunately mother nature did not cooperate today, as the first race had to be blown away when the wind direction moved 25 degrees and never rose above 8 knots when the race resumed. It then faded away and PRO Ross Chisholm had no other alternative, than to call it a day. The changing weather produced different results and further reduced the pointscore, to a last day shootout, to decide the winners. Goto AY Race Report 4

Goto AY Race Report 3Good days & bad days, fill the mid-regatta report...
By AY MultiMedia
May 27th, Koh Samui, Thailand: Don't the skippers love it, when the crew are in sync and the maneuvers around the course are executed with precision. As opposed to a few mistimed decisions and fumbles, that result in the yacht struggling down the order. Good example, is the training on Sarab Singh's newly acquired Windsikher II opening with 2nd and 1st to lead on Day 1. Unfavourable conditions and a couple little errors sneaking in, saw them finish with 3rd and 2nd on Day 2 and almost loosing the lead. A slow start for Peter Ahern's syndicated TP52 Oi! possibly due to not racing since Langkawi in January, saw them languishing back in last place, but 2 wins yesterday, lifted them to second in the overall standings and smiles all round. Similarly in IRC 1, Bill Bremner's defending champion Foxy Lady 6 started slowly but leapt into the lead on Day 2 and continues to improve as the days go by. Goto AY Race Report 3

Samui Regatta - Moving day for the top contenders...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 2May 26th, Koh Samui, Thailand: Racing got away, under gray sky and a fresh South Westerly breeze. PRO Ross Chisholm moved the courses to the north east side of the island and sent the cruisers on a single passage race, into the channel between Ko Samui and Ko Phangan. IRC 1 & 2 started with a two lap windward/leeward race, before joining the others on the passage race. Just before the start Michael Hough radioed the race committee, that his Spirit 65 Chloe Giselle has sail problems and became the first casualty of the regatta. The breeze fluctuated on the first race but as they entered the Northern channel it increased substantially, which helped battle the strong tidal current and short chop whipped up as a consequence. Goto AY Race Report 2

Goto AY Race Report 1Samui Regatta - They're up ,up & away in fresh conditions...
By AY MultiMedia
May 25th, Koh Samui, Thailand: Three no shows and one new entry, has forced organisers Regattas Asia to combine the Premier Cruisers with IRC 2 and rearrange some of the class entries. The cruisers will also score separately under Performance Handicap System or NRC. Blessed with a moderate to fresh South Westerly trade wind, PRO Ross Chisholm elected to send the cruisers on a single passage race to the south and IRC 1 & 2 on a two lap windward/leeward race, before joining the others on the passage race. Changes in boat ownership and crew line up, make it difficult to predict the outcome and as the results came in, a new order seems to be establishing, although it's still early days. Goto AY Race Report 1

Samui Regatta - Final showdown looming for 2014-15 season....
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportMay 24th, Koh Samui, Thailand: Despite a dip in entries at recent regattas, it never fails to amaze, how top skippers on the Asian Circuit, eagerly make their way to Koh Samui, for the final showdown of the 2014-15 Season. This can be put down, to the popularity of this tropical regatta, set in one of Thailand's top tourism destinations, renown for crowning the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year. The IRC Class 0 is back to strength with 3 x 52 footers and Frank Pong's Jelik topping the scales. Six very close "Flying 40's" are battling it out for the IRC 1 title, where two boat owners are also vying for the AYGP Title. Michael Hough's high-tech, wooden, classic Spirit 65 Chloe Giselle is gracing the Premier Cruising Class and rising Thai professional sailor Patinyakorn 'Ging' Buranrom's Windstar is amongst the local yachts, fighting over the IRC 2 class honours. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

AYGP going down to the wire, again...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto May AYGP News... May 12th:
Every season there is an exciting ending, and the tradition continues, with a unique twist. As work commitments, prevented Bill Bremner from skippering Foxy Lady 6 at the Top of the Gulf Regatta, he handed the reigns over to trusted Aussie tactician, Steve McConaghy to do the honours. Thus Foxy Lady 6 scored 14 points for the win and is now top of the Yacht of the Year Rankings with 73 points. For the first time Steve McConaghy enters the Skipper Rankings and once again Bill Bremner, will have to perform exceptionally well, at the season ending Samui Regatta, to join his Foxy Lady 6 at the top of the AYGP Rankings. First he will have to outscore Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth and Paul Winkelmann's above him, to become the first to defend the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year title, in the all inclusive class era. Goto May AYGP News...

TOTGR - Difficult conditions require patience to succeed...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
4th May 2015: ThGoto AY Race Report 4 & Summarye conditions over four days of racing, contained many highs and lows, which required patience and persistence to succeed. Today was no different and after waiting for the breeze to increase, racing got underway on a whim and prayer, that the direction and wind speed would last. The crews that consistently scored well, have their heads out of the boat, looking for wind shifts and choosing the right way to go. After a successful windward/leeward race, the IRC Racers and Multihull's joined the Cruising Class on a short passage race, to finish up the program. Aussie Scott Duncanson and Kingdom Properties captured their sixth victory and won the 20th Coronation Cup with one race to go, plus become the first team to defend the title in the process. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary & AY Photo Gallery

TOTGR - Once again wind gods play havoc with racing...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 33rd May 2015: Although the first race was held in relatively stable 6 to 8 knot SW'ly breeze, just as PRO Denis Thompson went into sequence for the second race, it faded and changed direction. Fortunately just in time to cancel the scheduled passage race and replace it with another windward/leeward race, that ultimately had to be shortened for some classes. Overnight the results were retabulated to make way for the International jury decisions, which included a disqualification and adding penalty points for some incidents yesterday. These changes rearranged the podium places in some classes and were accepted with mixed feelings. The dinghy racing wrapped up today, and a new Thai Optimist Champion Suthon Yampinid was crowned at the prize giving ceremony this evening. Goto AY Race Report 3

Goto AY Race Report 2TOTGR - Sailors delight as conditions improve...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
2nd May 2015: Racing got underway in 5 to 8 knot South East breeze and steadily increased to 12 to 14 throughout the day. Although some directional changes came earlier on, there was no storm activity to spoil the day. Once again PRO Denis Thompson and the race team were on top of it, busy relaying the windward mark and notifying the competitors. The Multihull and Cruising Classes were sent on a passage race, while the IRC Racing classes embarked on a windward/leeward race before setting off on a passage race. The One-design Platu class continued on with three more windward/leeward courses and by the end of the day have completed six races. Goto AY Race Report 2

TOTGR - Light and tricky breeze then nothing...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
1st May 2015: The day started ok, but half way through the class starting sequence, an inland passing storm interrupted play and swung what little breeze there was, 90 degrees to the left and turned the original course into a soldiers course. Quick thinking by PRO Denis Thompson and action by the race committee to lay alternate marks, saved the race but a few boats caught out on a limb when the breeze completely faded, had to surrender to the conditions. A lengthy wait with patience and persistence eventually paid off and another race for the keelboats and multihull's, plus two more races for the one-design Platu Class be it in light air, has kept the race program on schedule. Goto AY Race Report 1

TOTGR - Anything goes at Asia's largest multi-class regatta
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report 1st May 2014: Anything from Optimist dinghy's, wind surfers, off the beach catamarans, one design Platu 25's, to keelboats and multihull's are ready for battle at Ocean Marina Yacht Club on Jomtien Beach, South Pattaya. The organisers have achieved their aim of building an International standard regatta, that top sailors from around the world can take part in. This is the only regatta in Thailand conducted from a marina and as it is Southeast Asia’s largest marina, it provides an ideal in-water and onshore base for the regatta. With over 200 boats and 700 sailors, from more than 30 countries descending on Jomtien, to take part in the award-winning event, we can expect another successful regatta and multi-million baht boost to Greater Pattaya’s tourism earnings. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Nature has her way, on the AYGP Rankings
By AY MultiMedia
Goto April AYGP News...April 21st:
The decision to re-route the San Fernando Race, also resulted in low entries at the Commodores' Cup. (Goto AY Photo Gallery) Super Typhoon Maysak bearing down on the East Asian region, deprived several Hong Kong and Philippine, Skippers and Yachts from scoring big in the 2014-15 AYGP Rankings. Some racing classes were down to two and three yachts, and under the AYGP Scoring System, receive reduced Overall and Bonus points, commensurate with the number of entries in their class. Victory on the re-routed San Fernando Race earned Ray Roberts TP52 OneSails Racing 11.25 points and after winning five out of six races at the Commodores' Cup, Ernesto Echauz's TP 52 Standard Insurance Centennial III scored 10.50 points, out of a possible 15, if there was five entries in their class. Goto April AYGP News...

Replay Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - LIVE Start Leg 6 to Itajai, BRA to Newport RI

Replay Itajai In Port Race - Come back for Leg 6 start Volvo Ocean Race (Starts on Monday 0045 East Asian Time)

Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryCommodore's Cup - Victory for Centennial III, Selma Star & Alexa
By AY MultiMedia
11th April 2015 Subic Bay, Philippines: The gusty Easterly has been blowing all week and although a little lighter today, it did not disappoint and successfully rounded off the regatta. Two windward/leeward races for the IRC classes and another passage race for the Cruising Class, was their last chance to improve their standings and decide which step on the podium to stand on. Once again the spirited pre-start maneuvering provided the entertainment on the start boat and ultimately the race result and overall placings. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary and 2015 Photo Gallery

Commodore's Cup - Keep on, keeping on...
Goto AY Race Report 3By AY MultiMedia
10th April 2015 Subic Bay, Philippines: Day 3 and one passage race for all classes, made it imperative that the leading contenders keep the pressure on, if they expect to finish on top of the podium. Watching the spirited pre-starts and covering tactics between the dueling class leaders, has become the highlight of the day on the start boat. Defying all weather forecasts, the gusty Easterly has consistently built up each morning and lasted throughout the day. Enabling PRO Jerry Rollin to complete the races early and have crews back onshore by 1500hrs, to enjoy the Philippine hospitality they are famous for. Goto AY Race Report 3

Goto AY Race Report 2Commodore's Cup - A game of snakes and ladders...
By AY MultiMedia
9th April 2015 Subic Bay, Philippines: With the wind direction shifting between 50 and 110 degrees and speed varying between 5 and 20 knots, it produced big gains and losses around the course. Frank Pong pointed out that being the leader in these circumstances is not an advantage. As invariably they would show the chasing boats where not to go and then opt for an alternative route that would benefit them. These conditions also kept PRO Jerry Rollin busy setting the start line and windward mark but by choosing a mean average, resulted in back to back windward/leeward races for the IRC 1 and 2 classes and a point to point race for the Cruising Class. Goto AY Race Report 2

Goto AY Race Report 1Commodore's Cup - Up, up and away they go...
By AY MultiMedia
8th April 2015 Subic Bay, Philippines: A gusty 15 to 20 knot Easterly greeted the sailors on the opening round today, which made them buckle down and make crucial sail selection decisions to suit the conditions. PRO Jerry Rollin selected the 27nm Course 16, for the IRC 1 racers, which crisscrossed the wide expanse of Subic Bay and included all wind angles. IRC 2 and Cruising Class had slightly shorter courses in similar circumstances, which immediately tested the crews sail handling skills. Closer to shore in front of the Lighthouse Resort, the dinghy's rattled off 4 windward /leeward races in succession. Didn't think it was possible, but an Optimist managed to nose dive the blunt bow section and turned turtle, in front of the full media glare. Despite the low number of entries, the boats that made it here thoroughly enjoyed the first day of racing and are looking forward to the rest of the week. Goto AY Race Report 1

Commodore's Cup - And the show must go on...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report7th April 2015: In the wake of Super Typhoon Maysak, a very reduced fleet are contesting the Cup this year, but local sailors have rallied together to keep the event alive, with three keelboat classes. Also in conjunction with the Philippine Sailing Association, the Flying Fifteen, Streaker and Optimist classes will begin their assault for individual glory, together with the main bout. This is also the 10th regatta on the AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) and a chance for Philippine and Hong Kong skippers to improve their standing in the 2014-15 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year. After the rerouted San Fernando Race. the 2014-15 AYGP Rankings, has been updated and can be viewed by Skipper - Yacht - Regatta - Race Dates and Scoring System. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

San Fernando Race - Overall IRC honours goes to OneSails Racing
By RHKYC PR & Media
Goto RHKYC Press ReleasesApril 4th: With three boats left on the water, Ray Roberts OneSails Racing is confirmed as the IRC Overall winner of the rerouted San Fernando Race 2015 after a 330nm challenge which Roberts described as “pleasant conditions but tactically very difficult because of the challenging weather”. The TP52 was just 21 minutes away from ‘doing the double’ and claiming line honours, but had to cede that title to Geoff Hill's Antipodes. The remaining boats in the fleet still had their own divisional honours to contest, with Ambush claiming IRC Racer 1 and Whiskey Jack annihilating the opposition in IRC Racer 2, winning on the water and with nearly 6 hours to spare on corrected time. Xena performed the same feat in IRC Premier, beating Sea Monkey into second place by over eight hours on corrected time. Goto RHKYC Press Releases

Round Hainan Regatta underway...
By RHNR Media
Goto Round Hainan Regatta websiteThe RHNR is now unanimously considered as one of China's major international sailing events and the 2015 edition will further consolidate the island's successful project to become China's sailing capital. This year 45 entries are divided into three groups, IRC 1/2, IRC 3/5 and the Fareast 18R class. The biggest boat on the starting grid is the Nautor Swan 82' Ubox. Amongst the new boats, is the RHN Dubois 50 footer, especially designed for this race by renowned UK naval architect Ed Dubois, that promises to be a serious contender for line honours. Another rookie class is the attractive one-design sports boat Fareast 18R, with seven crews registered for an inshore series in Sanya. IRC 1 & 2 have a combination of in-port races and offshore racing around the island, from Sanya to Haikou then back to Sanya. While the other IRC classes have in-port races and their offshore portion is to race along the east coast, between Sanya and Wanning, with a stop at Lingshui. The two fleets will then converge back in Sanya on March 28th for the closing act and final prize-giving ceremony. For daily Press Releases, photos, videos and results Click Here...

 

Goto March AYGP NewsClosing in on the AYGP end game...
By AY MultiMedia
January 28th:
Mick Tilden's syndicated Beneteau 44.7 Fujin, scored big at the Neptune Regatta and Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth's Sydney GTS43 EFG Bank Mandrake, clean sweep in the IRC 2 class, at the combined Subic Boracay Race and Boracay Cup has catapulted them up the 2014-15 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year rankings. Goto March AYGP News and AY Photo Library The complete 2014-15 AYGP Rankings, can be viewed by Skipper - Yacht - Regatta - Race Dates and Scoring System

 

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Goto AY Race Report 6 & SummaryJelik & Mandrake win Boracay Cup & Centennial lll the combined trophy
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06:03:2015 Boracay, Philippines: With the overall stakes hanging in the balance, the final day of racing turned into a feisty affair. Sunny, blue sky and 20 to 24 knot North Easterly blowing, the stage was set for some close racing and the competitors did not disappoint. As the big boats crammed in at the boat end of the start line, Geoff Hill's Custom Smith 72 Antipodes, made a daring lunge in front of Ernesto Echauz's TP52 Standard Insurance Centennial III and nearly ended up in the back of the start boat. To leeward Frank Pong's Custom Dibley 75 Jelik was holding the lay line as Antipodes barged in above them and the situation ended with all boats, including Ray Ordoveza's Excel 53 Karakoa at the pin end, over the line as the horn sounded. Goto AY Race Report 6 & Summary and the AY Photo Gallery

Boracay Cup - Pressure rising as the end is in sight...
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Goto AY Race Report 505:03:2015 Boracay, Philippines: On the penultimate day, the challengers for this years titles, were still determined that their best was yet to come and make inroads on the leaders. Overnight repairs could only be carried out on Ray Ordoveza's Excel 53 Karakoa and three other yachts declared terminal damage and gracefully retired from the event. The North Easterly increased into the low 20's and PRO Jerry Rollin decided the 28nm figure of eight course, weaving its way around Carabao and Boracay for IRC 1 and an 18nm course to the Carabao mark and back, through the Boracay Passage to the finish for the IRC 2 class. Right from the very start, it was evident that the pressure was on, as IRC 1 rushed at the line and two IRC 2 yachts recalled for being over the line at the starting signal. Goto AY Race Report 5

Goto AY Race Report 4Conditions taking its toll at Boracay Cup
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04:03:2015 Boracay, Philippines: Despite an overcast sky and scattered showers, normal NE wind service in the high teens, enabled PRO Jerry Rollin to resume play and complete two blistering windward/leeward races in quick succession. Several retirements came in before the starting horn sounded. Troy Yaw's TP52 Ulumulu still reinforcing the mast step, Ray Ordoveza's Excel 53 Karakoa having hydraulic problems and reoccurring boom trouble on Chui Shing Kin's H-Trip severely reduced the fleet size. After completing the first race, Syd Fischer's Dubois 90 Ragamuffin 90 also joined the retirement list, leaving the IRC 2 class with three boats. Crews are making hurried repairs and aim to be back on the water tomorrow. Goto AY Race Report 4

Windy Boracay Cup lives up to its reputation
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Goto AY Race Report 303:03:2015 Boracay, Philippines: The race started with Syd Fischer's heavily reefed Dubois 90 Ragamuffin 90 skippered by David Witt, pulling off a daring port tack start, in front of the assembled IRC 1 fleet and scampered off into the distance. In hot pursuit, Frank Pong's Custom Dibley 75 Jelik were determined not to let them get away and clung on to their skirt tails. By the time they reached the North West shore of Boracay, the fleet was stretched out in order of speed and a close tussle ensued between Ernesto Echauz's TP52 Standard Insurance Centennial III and Geoff Hill's Custom Smith 72 Antipodes. PRO Jerry Rollin chose to open proceedings with IRC 1 doing a 28nm course to neighboring Tablas and IRC 2 on a 19nm course to Carabao and back. Goto AY Race Report 3

Goto AY Race Report 2Ragamuffin 90 shatters Subic to Boracay Race Record
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02:02:2015 Boracay, Philippines: Taking only 14hrs 23mins 17secs, Syd Fischer's Dubois 90 Ragamuffin 90 skippered by David Witt, crossed the finish line at 04:23:17, early Sunday morning, on the 220 nautical mile race. This shaves a whopping 4hrs 29mins 15secs from the previous record set by Frank Pong's Custom Dibley 75 Jelik back in 2013. Fifteen yachts set off at noon on Saturday from Subic Bay in fantastic downwind conditions. Ragamuffin 90 with its crew of 14, led the fleet out of Subic Bay, where they dropped their spinnakers, turned left and enjoyed fast reaching conditions down through the Verde Island Passage. Then a fast 20 knot run for the last 70 miles to the Boracay finish line. Frank Pong's Jelik finished at 06:14:01 bettering the record time they set in 2013. All the regular competitors have recorded their fastest race times to Boracay. Goto AY Race Report 2

Full speed ahead for Boracay...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 128:02:2015 Subic Bay, Philippines: As the high noon starting signal sounded, Ray Ordoveza's Excel 53 Karakoa expertly driven by Steve Benjamin, nailed the downwind start with speed, at the boat end of the line. Aided along by North Easterly gusts in the 20 knot range, Jun Avecilla's Beneteau First 36.7 Selma Star, followed close behind. The flurry of activity to launch spinnakers and time the lead in, produced a colorful spectacle on Subic Bay. Frank Pong's RP 75 Jelik, led the big boats away, with Troy Yaw's all Malaysian team on Ulumulu skippered by Jeremy Koo, in hot pursuit, riding their wake almost overtaking them. Within minutes they reached Zanbales and exited Subic Bay in a cloud of spray and well and truly on their way to Boracay. Goto AY Race Report 1

Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportBattle for Subic to Boracay Race line honours
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27:02:2015 Subic Bay, Philippines: When the high noon starting signal sounds on Saturday, a formidable lineup of maxi yachts, Frank Pong's RP 75 Jelik, Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Custom Antipodes and Syd Fischer's Dubois 90 Ragamuffin 90 will be fighting over line honours on the 200nm, Subic Bay to Boracay Race. If weather conditions are suitable, they will also be trying to break Jelik's record (20 hrs, 52 mins, 32 secs) set back in 2011. In all, 14 yachts divided into 3 classes will brace themselves for a challenging and tactical race. First up, is getting out of Subic Bay, through the Verde Island Passage, round the  tricky Dumali Point and then a downwind sleigh ride all the way to Boracay. Renown for its windy conditions, top Asian racing yachts enjoy testing the crew skills, in pursuit of an elusive victory. The tropical destination of Boracay is also the lure for sailors, where action on and off the water is guaranteed. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

King Neptune can rest in peace for another year
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Goto AY Race Reports 5, 6 & Summary21:02:2015
A fresh North Easterly returned for the final leg from Karas Besar back to Nongsa Point Marina on Batam Island. Close hauled all the way, with a couple of tacks across the Riau Strait, before freeing off to round the Northern tip of Batam leading to the finish line. The racing classes made quick work of the leg and were safely berthed in the marina by mid afternoon and ready for the final presentation party and dinner. Class winners are Fujin - Racing, Kaze 3 - Multihull Racing, Nirvana 8 - Multihull Cruising, Windancer - Cruising, Alfa Nero - Motor Yacht and Ratu Henry Neptune award. Goto AY Photo Gallery and
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Goto AY Race Report 3 & 4 Neptune five and we're still alive...
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18:02:2015 On a bright and sunny day, with an 8 to 10 knot North Easterly blowing, all classes set off on the Race to Zero, where uninitiated crew had a meeting with King Neptune and transformed from Slimy Pollywogs to Trusty Shellback's. Although this is the novelty part of the regatta, the sailors still seriously treat it as any other yacht race. Times are taken when they cross the equator finish line and crews can perform the ritual before restarting on the return journey to Neptune Island. The times are combined and the results calculated for each class. Everything was going fine on the return leg, until a radio call came through from Greg Goodall's Grainger 30 RAW, that they had broken the mast, when a gust from a passing storm cell struck and they were flying along. No one was injured and the damaged mast, sails and boom were retrieved back on deck. Its one of those events where if your feeling bored, just wait a while and something is bound to happen. Goto AY Race Report 3 & 4

Neptune Regatta - Off to a flying start
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Goto AY Race Report 1 & 216:02:2015 A 10 to 12 knot North Easterly greeted the fleet at the start line and a favourable current carried them swiftly down the Riau Strait. This year a change of plan and the entire fleet stopped over at Pulau Riau (Fishhead Island) before continuing onto Neptune Island. As they reached across the bottom of Bintan Island, bullet gusts were recorded at 30 knots and the fleet enjoyed fantastic speeds in the narrow approaches to Fishhead Island. Alan Hodges Grainger 30 Kaze 3 led from the start and by the first gate established a 25 minute lead over sister ship RAW in the hands of Greg Goodall. Individual battles developed down the order between Jerry Chase's chartered Beneteau F 52.5 Baby Tonga and Mick Tilden's Beneteau 44.7 Fujin in the Premier Cruising Class plus Gary & Karen Matthews Lagoon 46 Katrianne and Matt Lutter's Dean 440 Vectis in the Cruising Multihull Class. Goto AY Race Report 1 & 2

Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportWho dares enter King Neptune's domain?
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

15:02:2015 The big news item on the 5th Neptune Regatta is that there is actually a 5th Neptune Regatta taking place. The ‘new’ Indonesian Temporary Vessel Import Licence (PIB) and troubles some boat owners have experienced in the last year, has simply scared them away from taking their boats to Indonesia. The newly elected Indonesian government is aiming to boost the yachting tourism sector, by easing regulations for entry of foreign yachts and cancel visa on arrival for some countries. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report


Goto AY Race Report 6 & SummaryIan Williams WMRT & Monsoon Cup Champion
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Danga Bay, Johor (Feb 14th): On a light and patchy race course, Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar crew, Gerry Mitchell (mainsheet), Mal Parker (trimmer), Chris Main (pit and tactics) and Graeme Spence (bowman), held on for a nail biting downwind finish, to win the third and final race of their Monsoon Cup Semi Final against Eric Monnin (Team SailBox). In doing so, they wrapped up the 2014-15 World Match Racing Tour championship, for a record breaking 5th time. "Feels fantastic and the crew must be thanked for their great effort" said Williams during the onboard interview just after crossing the finish line.Goto AY Race Report 6 & Summary


Goto AY Race Report 5Monsoon Cup - Nerves of steel & accurate execution wins the day...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Danga Bay, Johor (Feb 13th): While Ian Williams, Taylor Canfield and Eric Monnin dispatched David Gilmour, Pierre-Antoine Morvan and Phil Robertson in three races, the clash between Keith Swinton and Mathieu Richard went the full distance, with five seat of the pants races. After exchanging blows and penalties, Mathieu Richard prevailed on the second upwind playing the right hand side gusts to perfection and came from behind to snatch victory and a place in the Semi Finals. In the earlier races, the victors out sailed the opposition and we're still on track for a Williams / Canfield showdown in the final. Goto AY Race Report 5


Monsoon Cup Quarter Finalists decided & the beat goes on...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 4Danga Bay, Johor (Feb 12th): Every race starts with a head to head battle and continues until one team emerges triumphant. Five more flights were conducted before the 8 quarter finalists could be determined. First cab of the rank today was the highly anticipated clash between Taylor Canfield US One (ISV) and Ian Williams GAC Pindar (GBR) presently holding top spots on the MC scoreboard and vying for the 2014 AWMRT title. Canfield avoided the usual dial up dance at the start and Williams took the windward berth off the start line. They exchanged the lead with every cross upwind, until Williams lifted on a private gust to lead around the top mark. From then on Canfield played catch up but didn't make any impression as Williams crossed the finish line 45 seconds in front. Goto AY Race Report 4

Make or break day at Monsoon Cup
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 3Danga Bay, Johor (Feb 11th): The top teams are hell bent on winning as many races as possible, to fill the quarter final berths. While the local teams are determined to claim at least one scalp during the round robin stage. This thrust to succeed comes with dare devil, risk taking and as a result many penalties were awarded today. The morning session kicked off with Taylor Canfield US One (ISV) up against Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team (FRA) and during a very spirited pre-start, Morvan received two penalties and consequently lost the race before it started. The next match saw Eric Monnin Swiss Match Race Team (SWI) over the line as the starting horn sounded and gave clear passage for Phil Robertson WAkA Racing (NZL) to claim victory. Goto AY Race Report 3

Goto AY Race Report 2Monsoon Cup off to a solid start
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Danga Bay, Johor (Feb 10th): Clear sky, 15 to 18 knot North Easterly and flat water, greeted the sailors on Day 1 of racing. You could feel the tension in the air at the marina, as crews busily prepared the boats for the 10am showdown. Opening proceedings, were Pierre Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team (FRA) and local favourite Jeremy Koo's Sime Darby Foundation/1Malaysia Match Racing Team (MAS). Despite all the coaching and training Koo has received recently, he gets caught offside and receives a penalty in the pre-start, to go one down. Observing from the start boat, unexplainably the left hand side was paying dividends, as the skippers that chose the right hand side usually slipped behind. Goto AY Race Report 2

Monsoon Cup officially underway & new trophy unveiled
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Danga Bay, Johor (Feb 9th): The Sultan of Johor and his son YAM Tunku Abdul Jalil, who is Chairman of Innovatige Sdn Bhd, rights holder of the Monsoon Cup, officially got proceedings underway when they unveiled the new Tunku Laksamana Johor Trophy and welcomed all the competing crews, at the Opening Ceremony held on the beach in front of Country Garden, Johor Baru, Malaysia. Earlier in the afternoon, at the press conference, Minister of Youth & Sports (KBS) YB Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar, said that "KBS supports the organisation of the Monsoon Cup Malaysia in Johor and that the move will create more awareness about the sport as well as a catalyst for the development of sailing in the country". Goto AY Race Report 1

Monsoon Cup - Skippers all fired up and ready to go...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...Danga Bay, Johor (Feb 8th): While all eyes will be on the clash of the titans, between Ian Williams GAC Pindar (GB) and Taylor Canfield USOne (USA), fighting over being crowned the 2014/15 World Match Racing Tour champion. The other 10 competing teams are determined to ruin the party and reign on their Monsoon Cup parade. It’s rumored that Williams is hell bent on “revenge” aiming for a fifth world title and up against Canfield again, who edged him out of the title last year. “We’ve had great rivalry over the last two years, he just piped us last year by five points which is the closest-ever finish. If there’s some revenge for us. It would be fantastic to get that fifth title." Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...

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Goto Feb AY News & ViewsAsian battlefield for worlds top sailors...
Presently we have the Volvo Ocean Race sailing through Asian waters and this week (Feb 5 -8) the Extreme Sailing Series kick off the 2015 Season in Singapore. While over the causeway at Danga Bay, Johor Baru, Malaysia, the final event on the World Match Racing Tour, the long awaited clash of the titans takes place at Monsoon Cup (February 10th - 14th) The Neptune Regatta (Feb 14th - 21st) is a unique 'Race to the Equator' held over Chinese New Year, is next up on the 2014-15 AYGP Pointscore, followed by the notoriously windy Subic Boracay Race & Boracay Cup (Feb 27th - March 6th). More on Asian events goto Feb AY News & Views...

Half way mark in the 2014-15 AYGP Season...
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Goto Jan AYGP Naws January 28th:
The completion of the Royal Langkawi Int Regatta (Goto Photo Gallery) brings us to the half way point of the 2014-15 AYGP Season and although many skippers have already laid down their mark, there is still a long way to go. Paul Winkelmann's HH42 Island Fling, has competed on all six events this season and leads the race for the 2014-15 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards. Defending champion, Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 is rapidly closing in on them and after the RLIR is within 10 points of the leader. Having only contested four events, Bremner's Foxy Lady 6 has room for improvement, while under the "Best 6 Results to Count" system, Island Fling can only increase by increments that are better than the present regatta results on the AYGP Pointscore. Goto Jan AYGP News...

First Victory for Dongfeng & Chinese Sailors Receive Hero Welcome Home
Goto Volvo Ocean Race. SANYA, China, January 27 – Dongfeng Race Team claimed a key landmark in the 41-year history of the Volvo Ocean Race on Tuesday when they emphatically won Leg 3 in their home port of Sanya to take the overall lead with six stages to go.

Goto Volvo Ocean Race.No Chinese team has ever won a leg in the race before despite two previous entries – Green Dragon in 2008-09 and Team Sanya in 2011-12 – but Charles Caudrelier’s (FRA) put that right in grand style. “It’s the most stressful leg I’ve ever done in my life,” said a mightily relieved Caudrelier, minutes after crossing the line. “But the result is fantastic!” After finishing narrow runners-up to Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR) and Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking/NED) respectively in Legs 1 and 2, Dongfeng took a firm grip of the 4,670-nautical mile stage from Abu Dhabi to China, leading the fleet from a day after the start on January 3 till the end over 23 days latter on Jan 37. For photos, videos, race tracking and press releases goto Volvo Ocean Race...

Goto AY Race Report 5RLIR - Clean sweep for Oi!, Foxy Lady 6 & Mata Hari
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17:01:2015 Langkawi, Malaysia: Although the North Easterly eased off to 10-15 knots, the race committee took the opportunity to complete the 10 race schedule for the IRC, Sportsboat and Multihull classes. Two more races for the Club Cruiser and Ocean Rover classes, rounded off their series with 8 passage races. Despite having some clear class winners, everyone was back out on the water, to contest the final races and there was no let up in getting one over the leader before the regatta ended. Once again Bass Harbour turned on all its splendor to finish up in spectacular style. Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary and AY Photo Gallery

RLIR - Class leaders dominate proceedings...
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Goto AY Race Report 416:01:2015 Langkawi, Malaysia: As the North Easterly trade wind is still favourable, the IRC Classes completed a quick windward/leeward race in Bass Harbour before setting off on a passage race along the West coast of Langkawi. The newly revamped Cruising Classes headed downwind to Rebak Island and back, while the Multihulls caught up on their program and the Sportsboats continued with two more races in Bass Harbour. Each class has a clear leader that has dominated proceedings so far and today they either extended their lead or conservatively protected their advantage. This doesn't mean the competitors have rolled over and accepted their position, as there is still some very close racing going on with mere seconds separating the podium places in the balance. Goto AY Race Report 4

Goto AY Race Report 3Oi! gets the gong but no record...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

15:01:2015 Langkawi, Malaysia: Despite hitting downwind speeds in excess of 20 knots, the Ahern/Wilmer & Bailey's TP52 Oi! claimed the daily double by the proverbial mile but fell short of the Round the Island record by 15 minutes, set by Frank Pong's RP75 Jelik last year. The fleet set off in brisk conditions with gusts up to 25 knots and made quick work of the East and South coast. Everyone experienced a short lull of varying degrees, in the lee of the island, before the long windward beat up Bass Harbour to the finish. The 28 nautical mile course encompassed all points of sailing, has been described as very enjoyable and a good break from the windward/leeward courses that tend to dominate regattas these days. In lieu of the recent spate of damage the Sportsboats continued with three inshore races in Bass Harbour. Goto AY Race Report 3

RLIR - Winds up and carnage continues...
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Goto AY Race Report 214:01:2015 Langkawi, Malaysia: All night the wind whistled past the hotel windows and by morning a lumpy sea swell had built up on the outside coastal course area, setting the stage for an interesting day of racing. Before the scheduled start time, a Platu mast snapped off below the first spreader and another reported main halyard damage and returned to the marina for repairs. Overnight repairs were hastily made and this time crews were prepared for the conditions and apart from a few spinnakers being trawled and uncontrollably flown out from the masthead, no further damage was reported. Judging by the results it seems the rich are getting richer and extending their overall lead, while the fresh conditions last. Goto AY Race Report 2

Goto AY Race Report 1Rip roaring start to Royal Langkawi Regatta
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13:01:2015 Langkawi, Malaysia: With a 15 to 20 knot North Easterly, gusting to 25, blasting down Bass Harbour the crews had their hands full controlling their boats. The extra tension on running rigging, sails and equipment reached breaking point and forced many skippers to retire from racing and head back to shore for repairs. Some of the top crews just finished the Hobart Race and are prepared for racing in these conditions, strapped down the spinnakers and sailed with purpose, which resulted in victory or podium places. Others are repairing the damage and preparing to regroup for tomorrow. Goto AY Race Report 1

RLIR - Let the New Year sailing celebrations begin...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report12:01:2015 Langkawi, Malaysia: Last year this regatta was the windiest regatta on the Asian circuit, with 25 to 30 knots blasting down the center of Bass Harbour, providing skippers, crew and media with some memorable moments and sensational images. This year the North East Monsoon has arrived early and is again forecast to provide excellent sailing conditions. Into its 13th year, the organisers have a reputation of ringing in the sailing new year in grand style. Since its inception, the underlying aim has always been to provide competitive and enjoyable racing for all crews, irrespective of the design or vintage of yacht. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

New Year action in Jan AY News & Views
Goto Jan AY News & ViewsFirst cab of the rank is the Royal Langkawi Int Regatta (Jan 12th -17th) and an excellent opportunity to begin the New Year sailing celebrations in grand style. The race for the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards, resumes with gusto and is followed by the Neptune Regatta (Feb 14th - 21st) strategically placed over the Chinese New Year break. In between these events, the revitalised 21st Singapore Straits Regatta (Jan 27th - 31st) will feature big boat racing, both in Indonesia and Singapore. Over the causeway in Johor Baru, the final event on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour takes place on February 10th - 14th and the 2014 champion will be crowned. Plus we are looking forward to the 2015 Extreme Sailing Series recommencing in Singapore on the 5th February. All this and more International news, World records and Unluckiest Sailors of the Month Here...

Wild Oats XI claims line honours & Wild Rose Handicap victory
Goto Rolex Sydney Hobart 2014Wild Oats XI has claimed a historic eighth line honours win at the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. After a dramatic start, the leading yachts powered their way out of Sydney Harbour. As they turned South into a building headwind with reefed mainsails and small headsails, the battle between Comanche and Wild Oats XI continued in earnest. The next morning a ridge crossed the fleet and Wild Oats took advantage of the light breeze to open up a 40nm lead. Despite clawing their way back to within 10 miles, Wild Oats XI finished in 2d 2h 3m 26s, leaving Comanche 49 minutes 18 seconds adrift in second place and ruing their light wind performance. Meanwhile the small boats at the back of the fleet were staging their own battle in favourable conditions for the handicap honours. Despite broaching and an almighty chinese gybe in 30 knots which broke the steering cables and repaired in a rolling seaway (See video), Roger Hickman and his crew on the 29-year-old Farr 43 Wild Rose went on to claim the IRC handicap honours in the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Full coverage, photos, videos, results and more on CYCA - Rolex Sydney Hobart 2014 website.

Goto Rolex Sydney Hobart 2014Follow the 70th Sydney Hobart Race...
A fleet comprising 117 yachts to match the occasion, including several international entrants, five 100-ft Maxis (See comparison drawings), seven former winners and the current race record holder, is arguably the strongest in recent Rolex Sydney Hobart history.
Asia's biggest hope lays with regular competitor in Asian waters, Ray Roberts latest Farr 55 One Sails, is making a return to the Aussie racing scene, and more than ever determined to win the race, that has left them in second place a couple of times. The start at 1pm AEST (10:00am East Asia) on Boxing Day, 26th Dec. Check out the start line action from 12:30pm AEST (09:30am East Asia) through its online affiliate Yahoo!7 Goto live tracking throughout the race at the official CYCA - Rolex Sydney Hobart 2014 website.


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19 Dec 2014:
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New records set, in AYGP title race...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto December AYGP News...December 12th: While Paul Winkelmann’s JV42, Island Fling is off to a flying start, in the race for the 2014-15 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards, this has not deterred fellow competitors, from making a run at the title and setting some new records in the process. Although Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6, nine regatta AYGP winning streak, came to an end at the King's Cup, this is a very unique record in itself. No racing team has ever won so many regattas in a row, and will be firmly etched into the record books for all to see. Despite only contesting three events, compared to Island Fling's five regattas, Bremner's FL6 holds onto second place, only 18 points of the pace and are setting their sights on successfully defending the 2014-15 AYGP title. Goto December AYGP News...

Goto AY Race Report 6 & SummaryKing's Cup - Viva la Phuket King's Cup...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
06 Dec 2014: Although the winner in most classes was already decided, the battle continued with the remaining podium places in the balance and the all important 'Bragging Rights' for the rest of the year. Despite the heavy storm last night and dark clouds forming over the island, there was wind coming from the South East and after it stabilised, the PRO"s on both courses released the fleet on its merry way. Like cream always rising to the top, the leaders quickly established their supremacy and the others desperately wanting to knock them back a notch or two, before closing time. Most classes had two races to settle the score, before preparing for the Royal Awards Ceremony and prize presentation at the Kata Beach Resort & Spa and home of the Phuket King's Cup Regatta, for the last 16 years. Goto AY Race Report 6 & Summary and AY Photo Gallery

King's Cup - Happy 87th birthday HM, and so say all of us...
Goto AY Race Report 5By AsianYachting MultiMedia
05 Dec 2014: The days proceedings started with a sail past the Royal Thai Navy vessel HTMS Sriracha, to honour HM the King of Thailand's 87th birthday. Crews lined up on their yachts chanting three cheers, doffing their caps and some even singing Happy Birthday in Thai. A parade of sail is an appropriate way for International sailors to pay homage to Thailand's royal sailing family, that have supported yachting events all these years. Right on cue at 9am, Thai Navy 1 & 2 started the procession, which finished with the Toppers and Optimists also getting in on the act. Goto AY Race Report 5

King's Cup - Sailors welcome back North East tradewind
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 44th Dec 2014: After canceling IRC and Multihull racing yesterday, it was decided to use the lay day, to make up valuable lost time and get the race schedule for all classes back on track. A welcome relief, was the return of the North East tradewind and variations of the scenic island courses were selected. Racing got away on time and a parade of sails then weaved their way through the islands, which not only pleased the sailors but also the photographers, capturing green islands and rocky outcrops in the background. As we approach the serious part of the regatta, so to does the intensity increase amongst the top runners, to either make their move or consolidate their score to determine the class podium positions. Goto AY Race Report 4

Goto AY Race Report 3King's Cup - Wind out of breath and gives up the ghost...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
3rd Dec 2014: After tracking small zephyrs of breeze, swinging anywhere from Nor Nor West to South West for 3 hours, PRO Ross Chisholm on the racing class courses, decided to end the 'Hurry Up and Wait' scenario by raising AP over A pennants at midday and sounding the horn to cancel racing for the day. On the Cruising courses, PRO Tracy Heritage was more patient, and as in most postponement cases, the wind picked up to 5 knots an hour latter, and she was into the starting sequence. Goto AY Race Report 3

Goto AY Race Report 2King's Cup - Where is the wind?
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
2nd Dec 2014: As the yachts made their way out to the early morning start, a few patches of breeze on an otherwise flat calm sea could be seen. With a limp postponement pennant, PRO Ross Chisholm searched the horizon in vain for any sign of breeze. What little did appear, proved to be unstable in direction and faded away as quickly as it arrived. After a couple false alarms, a light but stable breeze sprung up from the South East and after waiting for 2 hours 45 minutes the starting sequence finally got underway. The IRC and Multihull classes completed two short windward/leeward races, while the Cruising classes, had a little longer to wait for the breeze to reach them and set off on around the cans race. The strong outgoing current came into play and those that used it to maximise their cause, came through with flying colours. A quick look through the results and a similar pattern as yesterday seems to be emerging. Goto AY Race Report 2

King's Cup racing underway in light variable conditions
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 1 01st Dec 2014: Although the outlook on WindGuru looked bleak, there was enough wind for both start lines to get racing underway on time. The cruising classes headed off, on around the islands courses and the IRC and Multihull classes completed three short windward/leeward races in quick succession, which proved to be a solid start to the regatta. Throughout the day, the breeze picked up as it switched to the North, and produced a mixed bag of results and crews vowing to do better tomorrow. Although the cruising courses had to be shortened, it was great to see a parade of sails once again adorning the Andaman Sea and crews feeling privileged to take part in the "Jewel in the Crown" of Asian Regattas. Goto AY Race Report 1

Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportAsia's premier regatta rolls out the red carpet...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
30th Nov 2014: Despite Thailand being under martial law, yachts from all over the world have arrived in Phuket, to contest Asia's premier regatta and looking forward to a week of fast and furious sailing action. The crews are full of anticipation on how the racing will unfold. The layday has been reinstated after dropping it last year and the highlight will be the sailpast and 21 Gun Salute on King Bhumibol Adulyadej 87th birthday (Friday 5th) off Cape Prom Thep, which also coincides with the auspicious Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the world's longest reigning monarch. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

2014-15 AYGP title race taking shape...
Goto November AYGP NewsBy AY MultiMedia
November 27th: After four events, the 2014-15 AYGP Pointscore is taking shape, as serious contenders for the 2014-15 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards are making their mark. Paul Winkelmann’s JV42, Island Fling has competed on all four events this season and has held the lead since the Audi China Coast Regatta and overall victory on the Hong Kong to Hainan Race. Although Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 has only contested two events, they have won both and accumulated enough points to hold second place and working on successfully defending the title. Bremner's Foxy Lady 6, exemplary performance puts them on a nine Asian regatta winning streak since 2012 and with the Phuket King's Cup looming next week, could make it 10 on the trot. Goto November AYGP News

RMSIR ends in a storm and some carnage...
Goto AY Race Report 6 & SummaryBy AsianYachting MultiMedia
22nd Nov 2014: The day started with a mild North Easterly blowing down the harbour and ended when a storm cell ascended from the South, and swung the breeze around, then increased to 20 plus knots and pelted down with rain. On the racing course, Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi lost valuable time when they became entangled with the windward mark anchor line and low and behold, Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth's new Sydney GTS43 EFG Bank Mandrake did the same on the second round. Those unprepared when the storm hit, ended with shredded spinnakers flying horizontally from the masthead and/or trawling in the water with embarrassing red faced crew. Others that were prepared, hankered down and experienced very fast two sail reaching and invariably won their respective classes. Goto AY Race Report 6 & Summary  Goto AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 5RMSIR - Langkawi Harbour races turn into a casino...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
22nd Nov 2014: What started off in relatively fresh conditions, quickly turned light and variable, with a minefield of parking lots to navigate through. The top mark on the racing class course was laid under the hilly bluff and as the breeze veered to the right, it produced a wind shadow effect, that made some results resemble a lottery. Only one race was held for all classes and the islands course was shortened for the slower cruising classes. As the seabreeze filled in, the yachts progressed back up the harbour and with every puff, it looked like the roll of the dice in a casino. Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi managed to whip around the racing course and avoid the pitfalls to take the daily double in the IRC 1 class and regain some composure on the score sheet. Goto AY Race Report 5

RMSIR - Classic North Easterly brings fast passage to Langkawi
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 421st Nov 2014: After a short 'Follow Me' exercise, while the Easterly breeze built to a steady 6 knots, the start line was set and PRO Jerry Rollin released the fleet on the 53nm Pinang to Langkawi race. The reaching start saw multi coloured spinnakers being hoisted, as skippers jostled for position and clear air. As the breeze increased it began clocking around to the North, turning the course into a fine reach, which called for several headsail changes, more akin to switching gears in a car. The further they got along the track, the North Easterly gained strength to 25-28 knots and quickly whipped up a lumpy 1.5m sea swell, thus turning the course into a one tack drag race. The huge code zero that Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes carried in the early stages gave them the lead and despite pressure from behind, held on for overall line honours by 2 minutes and 12 seconds from Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi. Goto AY Race Report 4

RMSIR - Harbour races even up the scores...
Goto AY Race Report 3By AsianYachting MultiMedia
19th Nov 2014: Despite a lengthy wait for the sea breeze to arrive and strengthen, the IRC classes managed to complete two windward/leeward races and the Cruising Classes one harbour race. After the slowest race in history from Pangkor, everyone was keen to get going again and improve their overall standings. The Multihull class officially start their series here in Pinang and are expected to put Danny Moore's 3Itch to the test. A huge windshift progressively moved down the course on the first downwind leg, which hampered the leaders and gave the trailing boats an advantage. Goto AY Race Report 3

Goto AY Race Report 2RMSIR - Bright & sunny to seaward, dark & stormy overland...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
18th Nov 2014: Although the transition from morning land breeze to afternoon sea breeze began early, by the 1300hrs start time, there was just enough for PRO Jerry Rollin to call the start sequence. As the yachts gingerly tacked their way around the Southern tip of Pangkor Laut, they were greeted by some seriously dark storm clouds building up along the coast, while out in open water bright sunshine and a light sea breeze looked welcoming. Choosing which way to go, posed the first problem of the day. The favoured tack would take the leading yachts headlong into the storm or are the dark clouds moving toward them faster, than they can escape to seaward. By the time they were clawing their way along the West coast of Pulau Pangkor the usual suspects, Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes, Andrew Cocks back on form Simonis Voogd 56 Starlight and Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi were playing the wind shifts and trying to outrun each other at the front of the 40 strong fleet. Goto AY Photo Gallery and AY Race Report 2

RMSIR - Resounding sendoff for 25th anniversary...
Goto AY Race Report 1By AsianYachting MultiMedia
16th Nov 2014: At the Welcome Dinner, it was only appropriate that the RMSIR Regatta Chairman, Martin Axe to proudly ring the starting bell for the 25th running of the event, that he has taken part in and been the driving force from the very beginning. Back in 1991, it was also Martin that arrived in Darwin, Australia on Hijas Kasturi's Kembara and invited Jon Wardill to bring Australian Maid to Malaysia and participate on the 2nd Raja Muda Int. Regatta - the rest is history. A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then and once again, it is good to see sailors from all over the world, come together for some friendly competition, on yachts of all shapes and sizes. Goto AY Race Report 1

Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportRMSIR - Stalwarts ready to celebrate silver anniversary...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
15th Nov 2014: Its that time of the year again, when lovers of overnight passage racing, congregate at the Royal Selangor Yacht Club in Port Klang, to contest this unique island hopping event, along Malaysia's west coast. This year is a special occasion, as its the 25th running and several past winners are returning to celebrate the auspicious silver anniversary. Notably Jon Wardill's Cassidy 55 Australian Maid will be competing for the 22nd time and Neil Pryde returns with his Welbourn 52 Hi Fi and gunning to make it their seventh win on the RMSIR honor board. Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth have a new Sydney GTS43 EFG Bank Mandrake 3 and Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 are aiming to defend the title. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report and check out the RMSIR Archive Photo Gallery

China Cup - Three-way gunfight to determine winners
Goto: AY Race Report 4 & SummaryBy AsianYachting MultiMedia - CCIR Media - Sailing Intelligence
Monday, 27th October, Shenzhen, China: With Vatti Sailing (2012 winner) and Vanke Longcheer (2013 winner) tied on 11 points at the top of the leaderboard, and Beijing Sailing Center (2011 winner) just a point behind in third place, all eyes were on the crucial start sequence today. Vanke Longcheer chose the favoured pin end, with Vatti Sailing mid-line and Beijing Sailing Center, held up in the second row. As they made their way along the course, Vanke Longcheer seemed to be heading for a light patch, while Vatti Sailing were forced to tack away and dip the boat behind, while Beijing Sailing Center struggled in bad air from the yachts in front. The passage course took them out to nearby islands and back, which would ultimately determine the winner in this hotly contested class. Goto:
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China Cup - Three-way match race to decide 40.7 victory
Goto AY Race Report 3By CCIR Media - Sailing Intelligence
Sunday, 26th October, Shenzhen, China: The Beneteau 40.7 fleet is perfectly poised for a three-way gunfight going into the final day of the China Cup International Regatta. The winners of the past three editions go into Monday virtually neck and neck, with Vatti Sailing (2012 winner) and Vanke Longcheer (2013 winner) tied at the top, and Beijing Sailing Center (2011 winner) just a point behind in third place. After scoring inside the top three in every race up to today, Jono Rankine’s Vatti Sailing slipped up with a 4,7 and have given away any advantage on the leaderboard. Goto
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Goto AY Race Report 2China Cup - Combining business with sport...
By AY MultiMedia
25th October: One may wonder, why would you hold a Sailing Forum when all the sailors are out on the water racing. In China, educating the masses, plays a big part when introducing something new and important to the community. Pleasure boating pursuits are activities that successful businessmen and upwardly mobile people in the community, are likely to undertake as a sport or leisure activity. Therefore a variety of specialist speakers were invited to the 6th Asia Sailing Culture Development Forum to present their case, to a mixed audience, mainly students from the Tourism University undertaking a study in this field. There were also some big future plans announced by CEO David Zhong on the way forward for the China Cup. Goto
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China Cup - Brisk pace on the opening race...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia - CCIR Media - Sailing Intelligence

Goto AY Race Report 124th October: Fifty five yachts in six classes set off on the 20nm close hauled Simpson Marine Passage Race from Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong to Daya Bay, China. The 14 to 16 knot EN Easterly sent them briskly on their way and the big boats made quick work of the course. Frank Pong's Custom 75 Jelik claimed line honours by the preverbial mile and the IRC A handicap honours. The rivaly in the Beneteau First 40.7 one design class, between 2012 Champion Jono Rankine's Team Vatti and defending champion Haitao Zang's Vanke Longcheer has started again with Rankine's Team Vatti taking the upper hand by a mere 44 seconds this time around, with the 2011 champion Rick Pointons' Beijing Sailing Center slipping into third place. Goto AY Race Report 1

Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...8th China Cup ready to blast off...
By AY MultiMedia - CCIR Media - Sailing Intelligence
22nd October: After successfully delivering a keynote AsianYachting Grand Prix
(AYGP) presentation at the 5th Asia Sailing Culture Development Forum and generating International media coverage for the China Cup last year, its no surprise then, that they have invited AY back especially to cover the forum, and work with other media to promote the racing side of the regatta to an International audience. This time we want to get down to the nitty gritty and find out how the Chinese go about organising sailing events and if the present growth of the pleasure boat industry can be sustained. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...

Hong Kong Teams making waves in 2014-15 AYGP title race...
By AY MultiMedia - RHKYC Media
Goto End of October AYGP News October 20th: Although Karl Kwok’s all-conquering TP52 Team Beau Geste suffered their first loss in ages, at the Audi China Coast Regatta, they rebounded by taking out Line Honours, winning the IRC Racer 0 Class and smashed the previous Hong Kong to Hainan Race Record by 2h 49m 21s, setting a new benchmark time, 25h 54m 33s in the process. Boat Captain Cameron Ward was delighted, and when asked how the race had been for Team Beau Geste, he answered in a word – “Wet!”. Ward went on to elaborate: “The boat is designed for inshore racing, but we thought we’d try her out on the 380nm downwind offshore race. It was tough – none of us slept for the whole night – we just kept working, as it was the only way to stay in front of the other boats.” Summing up the race, Ward continued “a great race – fun, warm and downwind slide, so it was fantastic.” Goto End of October AYGP News

Goto Race ReportsIsland Fling claims Overall Handicap Honours...
By RHKYC Media
17 October 1810hrs: Island fling has finished at 18:20:18, giving her half an hour to spare in her bid to win IRC Overall from Team Beau Geste. EFG Bank Mandrake will be the next boat home, expected at around 0100hrs, followed by Krampus, Tipsy Easy, Sell Side Dream and Surfdude, who is now closing on on Tipsy Easy and Sell Side Dream - if she can catch them, it will be quite a performance from the Millenium 45.
Team Beau Geste takes line honours, IRC Racer 0 & smashes race record
It took just under 26 hours for Team Beau Geste to finish the 380nm Audi Hong Kong to Hainan Race, smashing FreeFire’s 2012 record for a shorter route by 2h 49m and 21s and setting a new benchmark of 25h 54m 33s. Given the fantastic force 5-6 north easterly which blew throughout the race, it may be some time before this time is bettered. Goto Race Reports

Goto Race ReportsLine Honours for Beau Geste - The wait begins for handicap honours...
By RHKYC Media
17 October 1515hrs: Team Beau Geste has just finished at 15:14:33, claiming line honours and setting a new all-comers record for the race of 25h 14m 33s. Karl Kwok must now wait to see where the next three boats finish to see if he can do the triple and claim the IRC Overall title and IRC Racer 0 titles as well.
17 October 1610hrs:
FreeFire finished at 16:07:09 in an elapsed time of 26h 47m 09s, also smashing her 2012 record which was over the shorter Hainan course which left the Lemas to port but could not beat Beau Geste in the handicap stakes..
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Goto Race ReportsHainan Race - Gybe Ho! and rush to the finish line
By RHKYC Media
17 October 1100hrs: Both Team Beau Geste and FreeFire have gybed towards the finish with Team Beau Geste still making 13kts VMG and forecast to finish around the 26 hour mark at 1530hrs-ish this afternoon. Island Fling may be the last boat to finish today, with EFG Bank Mandrake and Krampus due in the small hours and Sell Side Dream, Tipsy Frenz and Surfdude finishing midday-ish tomorrow. The battle for IRC Overall is still very much in the balance, with Island Fling currently projected to do well - it will all depend on what happens to the breeze as the boats approach Sanya. Goto Race Reports

Hong Kong to Hainan Race - Off to a flying start...
By RHKYC Media

Goto Race Reports16-October-2014: The warning signal for the 2014 Audi Hong Kong to Hainan Race sounded on schedule today and with 15kts of easterly breeze available throughout the harbour, Race Officer Simon Boyde had no qualms about setting a Club start. The start was relatively sedate – with 380nm to their destination, a few seconds here or there was not going to win the race, but in 18-20kts of breeze the TP52’s set off like scalded cats, making it through traditional pinch point, Lei Yue Mun Gap without slowing down. Once round Waglan Island, their VMG increased to around 18kts and, given the forecast, it is entirely possible that they might make it to Hainan in less than 24hrs. Goto Race Reports Here...

Game on, for the 2014-15 AYGP title race...
Goto October AYGP NewsBy AY MultiMedia
October 14th: When Karl Kwok’s all-conquering TP52 Team Beau Geste arrived in Hong Kong and announced they were planning an assault on the 2014-15 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP), competing crews predicted Trend Fashion could start making the navy blue blazer in advance. After almost a year absence from the Asian circuit, Ray Roberts TP52 OneSails Racing had a few cobwebs to iron out on the first couple of races at the Audi China Coast Regatta, (Second AYGP point scoring event) but came good with four wins and second place to seal their third title win. Goto October AYGP News Here...

Goto Daily Race ReportsAudi China Coast Regatta - Final Day 3
By RHKYC Media

12 October 2014: The wind gods resumed normal service this morning with a 10-12kt north easterly across the Lamma patch, allowing RO Inge Strompf-Jepsen to set a three lap 1.3nm windward leeward for the Racer 0 boats and a two lap 1nm course for all other divisions. After an extremely close race, using both sides of the course, the first boat to cross the line was Signal 8, only five seconds ahead of Island Fling, however it was Elektra which corrected out to first in Racer 1. In Racer 2, Mojito took the gun with Whiskey Jack taking the IRC honours, and Jelik took another bullet for Racer 0, but had to settle for third on IRC behind OneSails Racing and Team Beau Geste. The next race the committee boat could only watch as Jelik stalled and then slowly picked up speed to finish with a bullet, followed closely by Team Beau Geste and OneSails Racing. Ray Roberts sealed his third China Coast Regatta title with another win on handicap. Goto Daily Race Reports Here...

Masyuri triumphs in PD, Koo is overall Liga Layar Malaysia champion
Goto Daily Race ReportsPort Dickson (October 12): Mohd Masyuri Rahmat, skipper of RMNMRT/151(ONESAILS) Racing Team had emerged victorious at the sixth edition of Liga Layar Malaysia (LLM) here today, finally beating close rival Jeremy Koo of Sime Darby Foundation – Koo Racing Team. “Finally we managed to beat Jeremy, I was really happy with the way my team performed today,” said Masyuri after the races ended. However, Koo and his team emerged as the overall LLM champions with a total of 46 points, pipping Masyuri by five points for the title. As overall champions, Koo received a medal, a car sponsored by KIA as well as a trophy. He was also announced as the skipper of the 1Malaysia Match Racing Team A which will represent the country at the Monsoon Cup. Along with a second team – 1Malaysia Match Racing Team B – Koo and his crew will be trained by Graeme Spence, the newly-appointed coach for match racing. Goto Daily Race Reports & 1Malaysia Match Racing Team announcement Here...

Audi China Coast Regatta - Day 2
By RHKYC Media

Goto Daily Race Reports11 October 2014: It was a long and trying day for the Race Officer at today’s Audi China Coast Regatta, with a dearth of breeze in the Lamma patch forcing Inge Strompf-Jepsen to seek out a course in Tai Tam Bay, where 8-10kts of northerly was on offer. With a limited race area available, Strompf-Jepsen set a geometric course with a windward mark at 1nm for Racer 0 and IRC Premier and 0.7nm for Racer 1 and 2, IRC Cruiser and HKPN. Not many boats have ever beaten Karl Kwok's TP52 Beau Geste! Ray Roberts TP52 One Sails Racing did just that and took 2 races off them today with a 1,2,1 scoreline and sit 1 point behind them in the overall stakes. Goto Daily Race Reports Here... & Results Here...

Goto Daily Race Reports LLM - Top match racers continue battle in Port Dickson
Port Dickson (October 11): The second day of the sixth edition of Liga Layar Malaysia 2014 saw the top teams continue their battle for the top spot in Port Dickson. Good wind condition in the morning helped teams to finish the first stage of round-robin races before lunch time. Races resumed in the afternoon and teams battled in the second stage of qualifiers where four out of the seven flights scheduled were completed. Hazwan Hazim Dermawan, skipper of Perak Match Racing Team, ended the first round on top with six wins out of seven races. Nik Ashraf Qaedi Nik Azizan and his KFC/MYA Racing Team was second and Jeremy Koo of Sime Darby Foundation – Koo Racing Team was third in the first round of qualifiers. Goto Daily Race Reports Here...

Goto Race Report Liga Layar Malaysia - Hazwan Hazim blazing through round-robin
By Innovatige Sdn Bhd

Port Dickson (October 10): Hazwan Hazim Dermawan marked his comeback as skipper in the local match racing circuit with the most wins from the round-robin races today. Helming the Perak Match Racing Team, Hazim notched five consecutive wins before losing to Jeremy Koo of Sime Darby Foundation – Koo Racing Team in the last race of the day. “Our teamwork quality was quite superb, we managed to minimise our mistakes and stuck to our tactical plan throughout the races,” Hazim commented on his performance. Koo meanwhile started his campaign in Port Dickson with a couple of changes in his team lineup and but managed to adapt and won all three races he had for the day. Goto Race Report Here...

Audi China Coast Regatta - Day 1
By RHKYC Media

Goto RHKYC Race Reports10 October 2014: Race Officer Inge Strompf-Jepsen was out on the water early this morning to check out conditions for the first day of Audi China Coast Regatta. With the IRC Racer divisions looking forward to a windward/ leeward course followed by an islands course and IRC Premier, Cruising and HKPN scheduled to venture around a long islands course, Strompf-Jepsen elected to get racing underway on schedule, starting the Premier, Cruiser and HKPN fleets ahead of the racers to avoid any late afternoon softening of the wind. Meanwhile, the IRC Racers completed their first windward/leeward of the competition with IRC 0 completing three laps of a 1.2nm course and the other divisions completing two laps of a shorter 0.9nm course. In Racer 0, Team Beau Geste took the gun just half a minute ahead of FreeFire, with Sam Chan’s boat taking first on corrected time, while in Racer 1, Island Fling took the bullet and first on corrected time ahead of Electra. In Racer 2, Mojito took the gun, only for Talking Head to take first on IRC. Goto RHKYC Race Reports Here...

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Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummarySevere test on final races at Western Circuit
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 23rd: Dark storm clouds, wind shear half way up the course causing first race to be blown off, heavy rain and constant changes in wind direction and speed, kept the Race Officers on their toes and competitors playing snakes and ladders. Combined with some premature starters, crowded mark rounding's, late spinnaker drops in 15 knot gusts and the drop race coming into play for the IRC classes, saw some big gains and losses on the overall rankings. By persevering with the conditions, a full bout of races were completed and another Western Circuit comes to a successful conclusion, Goto Race Results, AY Photo Gallery and Race Report 4 & Summary

Form guide to remaining Western Circuit races
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 3 - Form Guide
August 21st: With the IRC and PY Classes having completed four races and the One-Design and Multihull classes, a massive eight races last weekend, a full bout of racing is scheduled for the final day showdown on Saturday at Raffles Marina, Singapore. Some classes maybe a forgone conclusion for the leaders, but there is still a lot of sting in the tail of the chasing pack, to settle podium places and bragging rights at stake for winning the final races. The weather conditions and navigating strong tidal currents in confined waterways, will determine the outcome and ultimately all crews will be celebrating long into the night at the gala presentation dinner in the Raffles Marina ballroom. But before we get to carried away, lets look at the current standings and make some bold predictions based on performance and expectations into a Form Guide. Goto Race Results - AY Race Report 3 and AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 2Western Circuit chipping away at a steady beat...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 18th: Although gray sky and a muggy horizon greeted sailors in the morning, the South Westerly arrived early and by start time, 10 knots sent all the classes away on time and looked very promising for the rest of the day. The combined IRC A and B classes set off on a 20nm passage race, through the Western ship anchorage and the overall winner presented with the prestigious SMU President’s Cup. Meanwhile back at Raffles Marina the SB 20's continued with vigor for the SMU International Cup (A regatta within a regatta) and the IOM remote-controlled boats and Access 2.3's for disabled sailors wrapped up their series. The One Design and Multihull classes continued with four more races and along with the IRC classes, will carry over to next weekend for the final showdown. Like cream rising to the top, the best sailors have distinguished themselves which shows in the progressive overall results. Goto AY Race Report 2

Goto AY Race Report 1Gods are smiling on Day 1 of Western Circuit
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 16th: After a week of stormy weather, the gods produced blue sky, sunshine and 6 to 12 knot South Westerly breeze, for the race committee to conduct 3 races for the IRC Classes and 4 for the one-design and Multihull classes. A strong incoming tidal current, saw some boats starting well back from the line and several boats hooking up the top mark, which lacked enough chain to keep the rope down at suitable depth. The 20 strong SB20 class were keen to get away and two general recalls plus crowded mark rounding's, didn't blight their enthusiasm and are a sight to behold with multiple spinnaker colours on the downwind. Tired crews assembled in the restaurant for the presentation party to celebrate the spoils, discuss the days activities or drown their sorrows with nightly down downs for their troubles. Goto Results and AY Race Report 1

Western Circuit ready for action...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportAugust 15th: A formidable line-up of local and International sailors are contesting the 17th SMU-RM Western Circuit, over the next two weekends (Aug 16, 17 & 23) at Raffles Marina in Singapore. This event is Singapore's premier sailing event, where anything goes from large keelboats, multihull's, to beach catamarans, SB20's, Access 2.3's for disabled sailors, right down to the IOM remote-controlled boats. The youthful enthusiasm and vigor of the Singapore Management University (SMU) students, combined with the full on facilities at Raffles Marina, is like a marriage made in heaven. Both on and off the water, the Western Circuit has developed a reputation for lively fleet racing plus fun filled post race parties. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

2014-15 AsianYachting Grand Prix off to a solid start...
By AY MultiMedia
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23rd July 2014: A lot of discussion at the season opening Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek (Goto AY Photo Gallery), revolved around further participation at the twelve events, that make up the 2014-15 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP). Quite a few of the top racing yacht owners and skippers, are planning their movements based on competing in at least six events during the season, to put themselves in the running for the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards. Although Bill Bremner's Foxy Lady 6, won the IRC Racing Class title in fine style and kicked off their assault on the 2014-15 AYGP title, it's Roland Dane's Corby 36 Jessandra II, with five wins in a row and a run away victory in the IRC 2 Class, that opens at the top of the AYGP leaderboard. All the class winners and podium places followed suite in the 2014-15 Rankings, which can be viewed by Skipper - Yacht - Regatta - Race Dates and Scoring System. Goto July AYGP News...


CPHPR - Barmy tropics interrupts racing but persistence pays off
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryJuly 20th: After a two days of superb sailing conditions, the South Westerly flow deserted us yesterday and racing was completely abandoned. It didn't look any better this morning and after another lengthy wait, miraculously a light South Easterly appeared on the horizon, which was just enough for PRO Simon James to get racing underway. The Multihull, Cruiser and Classics started first and were dispatched to seaward on a two island passage race. Then the IRC Racers on a short windward/ leeward course. No racing yesterday, virtually ensured the run away class leaders overall victory. It didn't have the excitement of a final race showdown but none the less everyone was keen to get going again and make the most of the last day of racing. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary and AY Photo Gallery


Goto AY Race Report 3CPHPR - South Westerly gives up the ghost and racing abandoned
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 19th: After a couple days of superb sailing conditions the inevitable happened. The South Westerly that has served us well, for the last two weeks, failed to arrive. After 3 and half hours waiting, PRO Simon James finally called it a day and officially abandoned racing for the entire fleet. Crews had time for a swim, take lunch and observe mother natures creation of a halo around the sun, while waiting for the wind to increase. All in vain and hopefully live to fight on the final day tomorrow. The standings and results from yesterday will carry over to tomorrow. Go directly to results at: http://phuketraceweek.com/results/ Racing concludes tomorrow and the final prize presentation and gala dinner held at the Cape Panwa Hotel in the evening. Goto AY Race Report 3


Goto AY Race Report 2CPHPR - Another challenging day in paradise
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 18th: Although the South Westerly has dropped a little to 8-12 knots, the sun is out, the sky is blue and the fleet completed up to two races by 1500hrs and back at the Cape Panwa Hotel beach bar, for refreshing cold drinks, to finish another challenging day in paradise. PRO Simon James, chose a quick windward/leeward race for the racing classes and a single passage race around the islands for the Bareboat/Charter and Classic Classes. Then it was the racers turn for an islands passage race and the number of islands is determined by the average boat speed in the class. Goto AY Race Report 2


CPHPR - Picture perfect conditions to start off with
Goto AY Race Report 1By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 17th: All speculation about the weather conditions over the last couple of days, were put to rest, when 12 to 14 knot South Westerly and clear blue sky, graced the course for the opening races. The fleet were eager to get away and the smart racers were checking out the windward beat and spinnaker handling techniques before the start. On paper the IRC Racing Class seemed a bit lopsided, with four forty footers taking on the might of Ahern/ Wilmer & Bailey's TP 52 Oi!, but when Race 1 results were broadcast, it was Bill Bremner's AYGP award winning Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 in the box seat and Oi! down in 4th place, Goto AY Race Report 1


CPHPR - Ready to blast off amongst the islands
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportJuly 16th: After the wind swept Multihull Solutions Regatta last week, everyone is getting ready and looking forward to more of the same. Although it has been raining in Phuket the last few days, Windguru predicts that the SW flow will increase by the start of the regatta. The races usually start and finish, amongst the islands off the SE coast of Phuket, where last week 2 to 3 meter swells were rolling through. The Cape Panwa Hotel staff have been busy preparing the race village for four nights of entertainment and along with free-flow of Mount Gay Rum Golden Mojito's and Mont Clair wines, are aiming for a regatta party worth remembering. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report


Goto AY Race Report 3 & SummaryMSR - Final day showdown did not disappoint
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 13th: In stark contrast to the last two days, the South Westerly moderated to 15-18 knots, with a clear sky and boat damage limited to minor breakages. In all three classes the podium places were open for the taking and most the fleet completed hurried repairs and were back out on the water, to fight on the final day. For the first race, PRO Simon James decided to send the fleet out of Chalong Bay, to the Phuket Harbour clear water mark and back, followed by a windward/leeward race to finish with. There was still plenty of excitement as the boats rotated and changed places on each leg of the course. Goto AY Race Report 3 & Summary and action packed Photo Gallery


More carnage reshuffles the overall order
Goto AY Race Report 2By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 12th: The old cliche "One day a rooster, the next day a feather duster" applies today. Some yachts that came through with relative little damage and looking good on the score sheets yesterday, suffered damage and their overall order reshuffled today. Despite the public holidays, the camaraderie amongst the crews have miraculously conducted repairs overnight and most boats were back out to fight another day. Just as the starting sequence was completed, the dark clouds building up over Rawai, swept across the course and gave the crews a thorough dousing. The South Westerly topped out at 40 knots as the storm descended on the fleet, then dramatically dropped during the rain, but as soon as the storm passed over, returned with a vengeance. Goto AY Race Report 2


Goto AY Race Report 1 Strong wind, severely tests the Multihull's
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 11th: Under an overcast sky and the watchful eyes of the big Buddha statue, racing got underway in 15 to 25 knots from the South West. Yesterday John Newnham's Twin Sharks nose dived and capsized during practice, sending a message to other skippers to beware. A pressure system in the Bay of Bengal has generated a strong South Westerly flow for the last week and is predicted to increase for the weekend. As the crews made their way out to the start line, the mainsails were being reefed and all precautions were being taken. The radio crackled and Henry Kaye's Seacart 26 Sweet Chariot became the first casualty when the rotating mast unstepped itself and the spreader speared through the mainsail. Goto AY Race Report 1

Multihull's getting ready to fly...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportJuly 10th: During the 2011 Multihull Championship, we wisely predicted that "Multihull's are the flavour of the decade" and haven't been proved wrong yet. With boat designers, builders and composite experts, relocating to Phuket and surrounding SE Asian countries, the growth has been phenomenal and some very functional and sleek racing machines have emerged. For the Ao Chalong Yacht Club this is the 7th running of the 'Multihull Only' event and since Multihull Solutions have opened branches in Asia, sponsoring the regatta is a natural move and immediately raised the profile of the event to its former glory days. With WindGuru predicting South Westerlies in the stormy high teens and building to over 20 knots by the weekend, rest assured there will be plenty of action, in and around the islands on Phuket's South East Coast, for the next 3 days. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report


Frenz Emperor News - Round Tioman Challenge is born...
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04 July 2014: After covering the inaugural Besar Regatta and while amongst the Malaysian East Coast Islands, it would be a shame not to pay a visit to Abdul Ghafar (Afai's) family, who are building the Frenz Emperor Resort & Spa on Pulau Tioman. A quick speedboat ride to Mersing on the mainland, then all aboard for the Fast Ferry to Genteng on Pulau Tioman, 25nm out into the South China Sea. Connecting with resort pickup and short speedboat ride to secluded Pasir Cina, tucked away on the South West Coast of Tioman and your firmly planted at the gateway to Frenz Emperor - Tioman Go to July 2014 News.and AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryInaugural Besar Regatta ends on high note
By AY MultiMedia
June 26th, Pulau Besar, Malaysia: The day dawned seemingly unaware that the final day racing was about to take place at the Besar Regatta. No wind and glassy sea, set all the crews wondering if racing would take place. Thankfully a few zephyrs appeared to revive some faith and by the 11:00 start time, the Southerly had filled in and the fleet were away on a 22 nm passage race. South around Besar, across to Pulau Rawa to stage a sail past for the Sultan of Johore and round Harimau before returning via Tengah and Hujong to the Besar finish line. After the short windward beat the pecking order had been established and on the long run to Harimau, boat speed and gybing angles played a major role in determining the outcome. Even the heavy displacement yachts fared well under spinnakers that have not seen daylight for many years. The final leg was a fine reach and for the first time the Multihull's took line honours. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary and AY Photo Gallery

Besar Regatta - Fantastic racing in tropical paradise
By AY MultiMedia
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June 25th, Pulau Besar, Malaysia: Although the fresh Westerly had moderated and backed into a Southerly by start time, turning what was supposed to be a short reaching race into a windward/leeward course, all yachts finished within an hour and half. Then it was on for a long passage race, that would take them South of Besar and over to Pulau Rawa, then return via Tengah and Hujong Islands. The top yachts in each class continue to dominate proceedings with the occasional error juggling the placing's. Several sailors have been in touch with friends in Australia and New Zealand who are full of envy of them sailing in t-shirt, shorts and downing copious quantities of cold beer. Goto AY Race Report 3

Goto AY Race Report 2Another historic race around Pulau Besar
By AY MultiMedia
June 24th, Pulau Besar, Malaysia: Once again history was being made when the starting horn sounded for the anticlockwise circumnavigation of Pulau Besar, Tengah and Hujong Islands. The morning saw the welcome return of the South Westerly and by the midday start time, 6 to 8 knots sent the fleet on its way. The 18nm course comprised of a short windward beat to the South of Besar, followed by a long spinnaker run on the back strait and returning on a windward beat to the finish. Goto AY Race Report 2

All's well on the inaugural Singapore to Besar Race
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 1June 23rd, Pulau Besar, Malaysia: A light Southerly was enough to start the twelve entrants, in front of Changi Sailing Club on the inaugural Singapore to Pulau Besar Race. Initially close hauled, until freeing up as they rounded the Johor coast and spinnaker run all the way North to Besar. Although the breeze never got above eight knots, the yachts raced through the night, with a tactical twist of picking the right path through the tidal currents, that would eventually determine the winner. Also for some the last few miles to the Aseania Beach Resort finish line was a bit tricky as the wind turned back to close hauled as crews struggled in the light air. Goto AY Race Report 1

Goto AY Race Report 6 & Summary BIYC - Victory for Uranus
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June 21st, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia: Despite Troy Yaw's TP52 Team Ulumulu, being very determined to improve their round the cans performance and clinch the cup, the Malaysian Armed Forces DK47 Uranus skippered by Norhafisam Bin Ahmed stayed on the pace to win both races today and claimed overall victory in front of their home crowd. A start line incident rattled Team Ulumulu in the first race and a tactical error on the second race deprived them from advancing beyond second overall. On the provisional results, Lt Mohd Hani"s Runnalls 8 Miri Magic 2 leap frogged Leonard Chin's Custom 46 Ulumulu (Team Sabah) into third place but a start line barging protest has over turned the result and awarded the third podium place to Chin's Ulumulu. Goto AY Race Report 6 & Summary and AY Photo Gallery

History being made at Pulau Besar
By AY MultiMedia
June 20th, Pulau Besar, Malaysia: On Saturday 21st June, twelve yachts will start on the inaugural Singapore to Palau Besar Race and Regatta. Jointly organised by Changi Sailing Club and Aseania Beach Resort on Pulau Besar, the CSC@Besar Regatta from June 21 - 27, is the newest regatta on the block. It starts with an 100nm passage race from CSC to Pulau Besar on the East coast of West Malaysia. Customs and Immigration will be at Pulau Besar upon arrival and departure. One day to rest, then three days from 24th - 27th June for Inshore Windward/ Leeward races and a Passage races, round neighbouring Johor Islands before returning to Singapore on 28th June. Goto Entry List & AY Pre-Regatta Report

Goto AY Race Report 5BIYC - Team Ulumulu back on the pace to KK
By AY MultiMedia
June 20th, Labuan, Malaysia: With the wind pitching in at 12 to 18 knots and a spinnaker run all the way, Troy Yaw's TP52 Team Ulumulu, averaged slightly over 12 knots for the 86 mile Labuan to Kota Kinabalu Passage Race. In doing so, they scored the daily double, but it took half the race before they could shake off the Malaysian Armed Forces DK47 Uranus skippered by Norhafisam Bin Ahmed from their tail. In the end, it was a little over 8 minutes that separated them on corrected time and Team Ulumulu is rapidly closing in on the pointscore, but Uranus still holds the overall lead. Goto AY Race Report 5

BIYC - Vanishing breeze hampers Labuan Harbour Race
Goto AY Race Report 4By AY MultiMedia
June 18th, Labuan, Malaysia: A late start due to the flag off by YB Datuk Lee Kim Shin, meant the yachts arrived an hour late at the starting area, just as the morning breeze started to wane. No cruising boats bothered to race which left the four racing class yachts and two of the eight Multihull's preparing to go through the motions. As the race progressed it turned into a drift-a-thon and after one and a half laps the racing class were shortened and as the two multihull's were showing all zero's on the dials they retired back to the marina. Goto AY Race Report 4

Goto AY Race Report 3BIYC - Team Ulumulu breaks Miri to Labuan record
By AY MultiMedia
June 17th, Labuan, Malaysia: Despite persistent trouble with the spinnaker tack, Troy Yaw's TP52 Team Ulumulu skippered by Jeremy Koo, averaged 10 knots over the 105 nautical mile course, to finish in 10 hours 10 minutes and slash 4 hours off the previous fastest time between the two ports, set by Ray Roberts on the old Ulumulu in 2005. Clocking up to 15 knots boat speed from the Miri start to the Brunei border, then 2 sail reaching with a consistent 10 to 15 knot North Easterly, gave them the perfect conditions to set the fastest elapsed time. One and half hours latter the Malaysian Armed Forces DK47 Uranus skippered by Norhafisam Bin Ahmed, crossed the finish line and were forced to settle on second place. A further one hour and forty two minutes passed before Leonard Chin's Custom 46 Ulumulu (Team Sabah) breasted the line to claim third place. Goto AY Race Report 3

BIYC - SW monsoon sends yachts quickly to Labuan
Goto AY Race Report 2By AY MultiMedia
June 16th, Miri, Sarawak: Heavy rain overnight, spurred on by a strong South Westerly flow, produced a two meter swell and some concern amongst the cruising skippers, to go or not to go. By start time conditions had moderated leaving an uncomfortable seaway, with 8 to 10 knots tending to veer to the East. Undeterred, PRO Prakash Reddy and the race committee set the start line and went into sequence, as the sky cleared it was on in earnest - Labuan or bust. The four IRC racers carefully hoisted spinnakers with varying degrees of success and never looked back. The cruisers held back and we weren't sure whether the starters were late for Class A or early for Class B. Finally the Multihull's turn and another subdued approach, as most boats are sailing two handed and the two meter swell making it difficult to set sails and stay onboard. Goto AY Race Report 2

Goto AY Race Report 1 Slow start to Borneo Int. Yachting Challenge
By AY MultiMedia
June 15th, Miri, Sarawak: After a short delay for the wind to reach five knots, PRO Prakash Reddy fired off the starting sequence to get the 2014 regatta underway. The four racing class yachts, were joined by another 8m Miri Magic 1, skippered by measurer Dave Richards for the Miri Bay Race. They went on to win the only race held today, in front of the bigger yachts. While there was enough wind for the racers, the cruisers and multihull's struggled and most retired to the comfort of the marina to fight another day. Goto AY Race Report 1

Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportBIYC - Promotes yachting tourism in East Malaysia
By AY MultiMedia
June 14th, Miri, Sarawak: First held in 2003 to promote regional marine and sporting tourism in the East Malaysian states and open up the South China Sea as a cruising destination, the Borneo International Yachting Challenge has grown in stature and fostered the growth of marinas to serve these communities. Twenty six yachts have gathered at Miri Marina in Sarawak and after harbour races in Miri, will race to duty-free Labuan and then onto Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. This year the start coincides with Sail Malaysia - Passage to the East Rally, so the bulk of the entries are cruising yachts joining for some friendly racing. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

The AsianYachting Grand Prix is coming of age...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto Final June AYGP News...
5th June 2014: A lot has been said about the pride and glory of winning the 2013-14 AsianYachting Grand Prix - AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards, so we showcase in this season ending AYGP Newsletter, just what it takes to be a top contender and ultimately win the title against some very stiff competition. As shown this season, nothing is guaranteed, Bill Bremner's Foxy Lady Racing team achieved the impossible, by winning eight out of nine IRC 1 races and the last race by a mere 2 seconds, to earn them the 2013-14 AYGP Title, by half a point from Anthony Root's Archambault 35 Red Kite II. This is the closest and most exciting ending we have ever experienced in 12 years the AYGP has been running. Coming into the final showdown, Anthony Root's Red Kite II had built up a formidable 18 point lead and Bremner's Foxy Lady 6 was their only threat, but had to win the IRC 1 Class and 8 races at the season ending Samui Regatta, before donning the Trend Fashion navy blue blazer at the awards ceremony. Goto Final June AYGP News...

Samui Regatta - Foxy Lady win by 2 seconds, couldn't write a better script...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 5 & SummaryMay 31st, Koh Samui, Thailand: Wow! What a fantastic ending to the Samui Regatta and the 2013-14 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP). The regatta started with 2 days of weather interrupted racing, then the North Easterly flow arrived and got the regatta back on track, plus the race committee was game enough to run passage races and finish up in grand style. It's amazing how it all comes down to the last race at the last regatta. All the crews were out early and full of anticipation for the final showdown. While IRC 0 was still open for the taking, Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 wrapped up IRC 1 yesterday, with 7 wins in a row and gunning for their 8th win to claim the 2013-14 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year title from Anthony Root's Archambault 35 Red Kite II, that has held the box seat for most of the season. PRO Ross Chisholm decided on trapezoid shape courses, to even out the difference between flying symmetric and asymmetric spinnakers. Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary and Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 4All hands back on deck at Samui Regatta
By AY MultiMedia
May 30th, Koh Samui, Thailand: After the lay day to relax and regroup, all the crews were back out on the water for the penultimate day of racing. As the North Westerly breeze is still hanging in, PRO Ross Chisholm decided on a short windward/leeward race for crews to reacclimatize themselves, before embarking on a 32nm passage race, across to Ko Phangan, then around Ko Tae Nok before returning through the Samui Strait and back to the finish line. The boats that enjoy long asymmetric spinnaker rides finally got enough wind to answer their prayers. They certainly aren't here to play games or make up the numbers, its serious business out there, with 20 teams including four highly fancied 52 footers that every regatta would like to have competing plus eight evenly matched "Flying 40's" battling it out around the course. Today is make or break day and the leading contenders want to drive home their advantage. AY Race Report 4

Goto AY Race Report 3Samui Regatta - Improved conditions return on Day 3
By AY MultiMedia
May 28th, Koh Samui, Thailand: The sun is out, the sky is blue and a steady 10 knot North Westerly breeze, allowed PRO Ross Chisholm and his race team, to fire off three races in quick succession and catch up with the race schedule before the lay day. Quite a lot of aggression was being directed at the race organisers at yesterdays beach party but with the improved conditions and by returning to a level playing field, most crew will forget the stormy and unpredictable start to the regatta. An orderly pecking order based on size and performance has replaced the lottery like results, as normal service is resumed on the race course for all to enjoy. Goto AY Race Report 3

Samui Regatta - Steady as she goes on Day 2
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 2May 27th, Koh Samui, Thailand: Although the wind produced from a passing storm cell to seaward of the race course was enough to get the fleet away, it soon dissipated and turned the race into a drifting match. The big decision after the start was either to go right or left, which could easily turn the crews into hero's or zero's. As the boats clawed their way into the adverse current, with crews huddled together on the leeward side, it was like watching slow motion in real time. With fresh breeze the right hand side paid huge dividends, as they closed in on the top mark, the yachts on the left disappeared down the gurgle. The IRC 2 race was blown off as they failed to make headway and the course was shortened at the bottom mark for IRC 0 and 1. Then the long wait and as no improvement was in sight, PRO Ross Chisholm had no alternative, other than to call it a day and return to the comforts onshore. Goto AY Race Report 2

Goto AY Race Report 1Samui Regatta - A game of snakes and ladders on Day 1
By AY MultiMedia
May 26th, Koh Samui, Thailand: The day started with dead flat calm conditions but the saving grace came in the form of passing rain storms overland and at sea, that produced enough wind for PRO Ross Chisholm to complete two windward/leeward races for the three classes. As the breeze changed direction and fluctuated in strength, the windward mark was constantly changed and eventually Class 1 had to be shortened on the second upwind leg and call an end to the days proceedings. Bill Bremner and crew on his Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 came out on fire, to pick every wind shift and seemed to be in the right place at the right time to notch up two wins. Only six more wins and they will be crowned the 2013-14 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year. It's a big ask but there have been many surprises over the years in "Amazing Thailand". Goto AY Race Report 1

Samui Regatta - And the show must go on...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportMay 25th, Koh Samui: Despite military intervention and the Thai economy reaching an all time low, some of the top skippers competing on the Asian circuit have made their way to Samui for the final showdown. To cap it all off, the runaway leader in the 2013-14 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) Anthony Root's Archambault 35 Red Kite II (See Campaign Video) had a change of heart and sent the boat on a 3000nm round trip from Hong Kong, as he feels strongly, that if your inline for the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year title, its only fitting to make an appearance at the season ending regatta. Although Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 is the only boat that can threaten Red Kite II, they are pitted in the same class and expecting the showdown to go down to the wire. While these skippers fight over the IRC 1 title, four 52-footers will be lining up with reigning champion Frank Pong's Dibley custom 76 Jelik showing the way in IRC 0. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...

Goto May AYGP NewsLast hurrah, for AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year awards
By AY MultiMedia
13th May 2014: Although Anthony Root's Archambault 35 Red Kite II has built up a formidable lead in the 2013-14 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP), there is still one competitor that can wrestle the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year award away, at the season ending Samui Regatta from May 24th - 31st. Victory for Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 at the Top of the Gulf Regatta kept their chances alive in the race for the AYGP Title. But they will have to win the highly competitive "Flying 40 Class" and 8 races in the process. This makes their task very difficult but last year there was 10 races held in Samui, and we must remember that Bremner's Foxy Lady Racing Team are on a six regatta winning streak, so anything is possible. As we go down to the wire, two plaques have been manufactured and ready to be added to the trophy. Search the AYGP pointscore by Skipper - Yacht and goto the May AYGP News

TOTGR - Last day perseverance pays dividends
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
5th May 2014: The final day dawned with blue sky and a building seabreeze, that soon put to bed the disappointment of yesterdays abandoned racing. PRO Denis Thompson was keen to get racing away while the sun was shining. All classes got away on time and a huge sigh of relief was heard when the first boats crossed the finish line. All the time dark clouds were brewing over Pattaya and half way through the second race descended over the race course. The race was shortened after one lap and everyone bar the Platu fleet, that were under general recall completed the second race. A lengthy wait through the storm and due to sheer persistence by the race committee a third race got underway. As the seventh race of the scheduled Coronation Cup program was completed, the drop race could be introduced that constitutes a series and successfully brings an end to racing this year. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary

TOTGR - Down came the rain and spoiled all the fun...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
4th May 2014: As the yachts waited in the starting area for some wind to appear, a storm cell descended over the race course and sent the sailors scurrying for shelter. When the sky cleared, there was just enough wind to send the Multihull and Cruising Classes on a passage race, up to Pattaya and out to some nearby islands. The rest of the IRC racing classes had to endure another lengthy wait, as the breeze oscillated and struggled to reach three knots. When it seemed to settle, PRO Denis Thompson bravely called the starting sequence and sent the fleet on a short windward/leeward course. After the first round, the breeze once again played havoc and faded away. Leaving no option, other than abandon the race, as it no longer was a level playing field. It wasn't much better on the dinghy, catamaran and windsurf classes on the inshore courses. Goto AY Race Report 3

Top of the Gulf Regatta - Mixed fortunes on Day 2
Goto AY Race Report 2 By AsianYachting MultiMedia
3rd May 2014: At breakfast the sea was like a sheet of glass and thankfully patches of wind from the South appeared as the 11:00 start time approached. PRO Denis Thompson decided on a long passage race for the Multihull's and IRC racers. The one design Platu 25's contesting the Coronation Cup, would continue with windward/leeward races. A storm cell developed overland and eventually influenced the coastal stretch which extended onto the race course. The second Platu race turned into a lottery and the big boats returning to finish the passage race had to contend with 180 degree windshifts which turned into a drift-a-thon. This had a dramatic effect on the results but its amazing how the top sailors always manage to overcome these difficulties. Goto AY Race Report 2

Goto AY Race Report 1Top of Gulf Regatta - Slow & tricky start on Day 1
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
2nd May 2014: The promising breeze from an early morning offshore storm, petered out as the start time approached. There was enough wind for PRO Dennis Thompson to get the fleet away on a windward/leeward race, but faded as the race went on and swung to the right, turning it into a soldiers course. Yachts that were slow to get away, could not make up lost ground and forced to play follow the leader. Although heavily overcast the seabreeze arrived, so the Multihull's and Cruisers were sent on a passage race and the IRC Racers another windward/leeward race. The Platu one design class completed two more races. After the first race lottery, the fleet settled down and the usual suspects regained composure and made their presence known at the top of the score sheets. Goto AY Race Report 1

10th Top of the Gulf Regatta ready for action...
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By AsianYachting MultiMedia
1st May 2014: Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Bill Gasson and the Ocean Marina Yacht Club, organising committee have achieved their aim of building an International standard regatta, that top sailors from around the world can take part in. The Top of the Gulf Regatta is the only regatta in Thailand conducted from a marina and Ocean Marina on Jomtien Beach, is Southeast Asia’s largest marina and provides an ideal in-water and onshore base for the regatta. With over 250 boats and 600 sailors taking part from more than 30 countries, in 12 Classes, organisers have planed for one of the biggest and best regattas yet – a fitting tribute for the 10th year... No wonder, this multi-class regatta has been labeled "One of the most diverse regattas in the region". Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Commodore's Cup - Top teams take advantage on final day...
By AY MultiMedia
26 April 2014: Heavy rain overnight produced overcast conditions in the morning, but the seabreeze still managed to arrive on time, although very light and slow to build at the beginning. Once again this helped PRO Jerry Rollin get the IRC Racers away on the first of two windward/leeward races and the Cruising and Multihull classes on their fourth passage race in as many days. The atmosphere was tense as these races would determine the overall champions in three classes. Consequently some starting line anti barging tactics were employed, which caught a few boats offside. After each race the calculators worked overtime to produce the results and relay them to the competitors. Two boats came out with exactly the same corrected time and countbacks were required to determine the final results. All in all, a wonderful conclusion to a great regatta. Goto AY Photo Gallery & AY Race Report 4 & Summary

Goto AY Race Report 3Commodore's Cup - Closing in on the class titles
By AY MultiMedia
25 April 2014: As Easter arrived in late April this year, the usual NE tradewind is no where to be found. Thankfully the seabreeze has appeared like clockwork and quickly increased to the mid-teens, for PRO Jerry Rollin and the race committee to successfully conduct three days of racing. The Racing Class embarked on a 27nm course that started with two six mile windward/leeward legs, then some long reaching legs across the enormous bay. Giving the big boats an opportunity to stretch their legs and the smaller boats a chance to take the handicap honours. It took Frank Pong's custom Dibley 76 Jelik less than three hours to whip around the course and claim line honours. Goto AY Race Report 3

Commodore's Cup - Change in the order after windward/leeward races
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 224 April 2014: Another lengthy wait for the seabreeze to settle down, then it was on for young and old. Two windward/leeward races for the IRC classes and a passage race for the Cruising and Multihull classes. As Ernesto Echauz's TP52 Standard Insurance Centennial and Sam Chan's TP52 Freefire closed in on the bottom mark on different gybes, a loud bang could be heard on the start boat and the subsequent protest hearing has ruled that Freefire was in the wrong and disqualified them. In the IRC Cruiser Racer A class, Marcel Liedts Sydney GTS 43 Elektra and Anthony Root's Archambault 35 Red Kite II were over the start line and recalled, which left the door open for the other boats to capitalise on their mistake. Goto AY Race Report 2

Goto AY Race Report 1Commodore's Cup - Vagaries of the wind determines race results...
By AY MultiMedia
23 April 2014: As the yachts approached the starting area the entire bay was like a millpond. After an hours wait, small wind patches appeared and within 15 minutes, the seabreeze established itself and 14 to 17 knots sent the yachts away on a flying start. Everyone was keen to get going and several close encounters were noticed on the approaches to the startline. One long passage race for all classes, that crisscrossed the bay and timed so all classes would finish about the same time. That was the plan, but as the afternoon wore on the breeze faded, leaving the back markers struggling to finish. Consequently the big boats in all classes claimed the daily double of line and handicap honours. Goto AY Race Report 1

Commodore's Cup - It's on again tonight in dear ole Subic Bay...
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportBy AY MultiMedia
22 April 2014: As Asia’s blue-water classic, the Rolex China Sea Race whines down, the next big AYGP Pointscoring event comes alive, on Subic Bay’s magnificent sun-drenched harbour. This year, for the first time, the 7th Commodore’s Cup program has already kicked off with Flying Fifteen, Optimist, Mirror and Streaker's racing on the bay. The crew training program started by the Saturday Afternoon Gentleman’s Sailing (SAGS) Club of Subic Bay, is beginning to produce young sailors prepared to battle it out and get in amongst the strong Hong Kong contingent. The Keelboat and Ocean Multihull classes have attracted 19 entries and after a few years in decline has produced a good flow on effect for Hong Kong crews, wisely stringing out the Easter holidays, in favour of some good racing amongst an International cast of sailing legends and enjoying the superb Philippine hospitality, instead of hurrying home. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Goto RCSR Day 5 Race ReportsRCSR Day 5 Race Reports - PRYDE AND JOY FOR HI FI
By regattanews.com

20th April 1800hrs: For the second time in four years, Neil Pryde’s Welbourne 52 Hi Fi from Hong Kong has won the Rolex China Sea Race, Asia’s principal offshore event. After this resounding victory,
Neil Pryde returns to form on hs Welbourn 52 Hi Fi and sailing team eager to show they still have what it takes to win regattas. With only three regattas left in the 2013-14 AYGP Season the stakes are getting higher in the race for the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year title. Neil Pryde's RCSR victory lifts them up to 7th best racing team in Asia for the time being. Goto Day 5 Race Reports & photos

RCSR Day 5 Race Reports - Juggling the handicap placing's
Goto Day 5 Race ReportsBy RHKYC Media
20th April 0800hrs: Racer 1 - with EFG Bank Mandrake finishing at 7:30:41 and Zanzibar at 7:38:46, provisional results show Signal 8 taking third, behind Ramrod and KuKuKERchu, all three boats taking part in the race for the first time. Kuku also leaps up into 2nd place in the AYGP Pointscore, 0.75 in front off Bill Bremner's Foxy Lady 6 coming into the final rounds. Only Orient Express and Surfdude to go to complete the division. Krampus is first on the water in Racer 2 at 7:39:02, with 16 boats still to finish in all. Goto Day 5 Race Reports

Goto Day 4 Race ReportsRCSR Day 4 Race Reports - Pryde's Hi Fi is IRC Overall champion all over again
By RHKYC Media
19th April 1900hrs:
The second major prize of the 2014 Rolex China Sea Race was decided in Subic Bay this morning, as Hi Fi held Bryon Ehrhart’s TP52 Lucky to a two minute lead on the water to ensure that Neil Pryde’s Welbourne 52 collects the coveted IRC Overall title for the second time in four years. Unaware of his triumph, as there were boats still racing which could have potentially beaten his handicap corrected time, Pryde was delighted with their race, saying that it was a “fantastic race, probably the best we’ve ever had. We were in pressure most of the way apart from a couple of very light hours this morning, other than that, we kept moving all the time.” Goto Day 4 Race Reports

RCSR Day 4 Race Reports - Close finish puts Neil Pryde's Hi Fi in the box seat
Goto RCSR Day 4 Race ReportsBy RHKYC media
19th April 1200hrs: What a close finish on the water for the Racer 0 Class - Lucky finished at 11:05:22 in the company of dolphins, under 2 minutes ahead of Hi Fi, so losing out to Hi Fi on handicap. Antipodes came in 8 minutes later, with FreeFire that has led the TP52 trio for most the race bringing up the rear at 11:17:25. Hi Fi is the boat to beat on IRC Overall .. but KuKuKERchu, Signal 8 and Explorer that have 70nm to go are still very much in the hunt for the China Sea Race Trophy. Goto RCSR Day 4 Race Reports


Goto RCSR Day 3 Race ReportsRCSR Day 3 Race Reports - RAGAMUFFIN 90 SEALS LINE HONOURS
By regattanews.com
April 18th 2300:
Ragamuffin 90 has sealed line honours at the 2014 Rolex China Sea Race having led the entire 565-nm race from the start in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong to the finish in Subic Bay, The Philippines. Syd Fischer’s 90-ft Maxi finished the race at 22:51.18 local time, completing the course in 57 hours, 31 minutes and 18 seconds. The course record remains the 47 hours, 43 minutes and 7 seconds set by Karl Kwok and Beau Geste in 2000. With line honours having been decided the focus is now on who can beat the corrected time set by Ragamuffin 90 in the quest to win overall. The next arrivals in Subic Bay are expected early on Saturday morning. TP52 Freefire is currently second on the water some 99-nm from the finish, closely followed by Neil Pryde's Welbourne 52 Hi-Fi. Goto Day 3 Race Reports

RCSR Day 3 Race ReportsRCSR Day 3 Race Reports - Fischer's Ragamuffin 90 on course for line honours...
By RHKYC media
18th April 1700hrs: The 27th edition of this Category 1 blue water classic looks certain to feature yachting legend Syd Fischer on the silverware, with Ragamuffin 90 sailing consistently to extend an unassailable lead on the water over her closest rivals and expected to finish just before midnight tonight.
At 1500hrs HKT, after 49 hours of racing the Maxi was over 100nm ahead of nearest rival, Freefire who is locked in her own battle with Hi Fi, Antipodes and fellow TP52, Lucky. Philippine entry, Standard Insurance Centennial, is nearly 30nm behind that group, having gambled by going far below the rhumb line in an attempt to catch better breeze, however this race is renowned for a tricky finish and with the projected IRC leaderboard changing constantly, nothing is certain in the battle for IRC supremacy until the boats have crossed the line at Subic Bay. Goto Day 3 Race Reports

RCSR Day 3 Race Reports - Advantage Ragamuffin 90
By regattanews.com
Syd Fischer’s 90-ft Maxi Ragamuffin has a commanding lead some 42 hours into the 27th edition of the Rolex China Sea Race. At 09:30 local time, Fischer’s Ragamuffin 90 was 134-nm from the finish line in Subic Bay, The Philippines and closing in on line honours. Ragamuffin 90 has averaged a steady 10 knots since the start of the race, steadily increasing her lead over the chasing pack. She is expected to complete the 565-nm race in the early hours of Saturday morning. A clutch of 52-ft boats are enjoying an intriguing battle some 100-nm behind Ragamuffin 90. TP52 Freefire (HKG) is currently second on the water followed closely by Neil Pryde’s Welbourne 52 Hi Fi (HKG) and Brian Ehrhart’s Lucky (USA), another TP52. The third TP52 - Ernesto Echauz’s Standard Insurance Centennial, the only Philippines entry - opted for a different tactical approach, sailing much further south of the rhumb line, a strategic manoeuvre yet to pay off. Geoff Hill’s 72-ft Antipodes (GBR) is fifth on the water. Goto Day 3 Race Reports

Got Day 2 Race ReportRCSR Day 2 Race Reports - The Luzon wind shadow is looming...
By RHKYC Media / Koko Mueller
17th April 2014, 2000hrs:
After over 30 hours of racing, Ragamuffin has averaged just over 10kts VMG since the start of the race and, having suffered a slower patch as she reached the latitude of the Philippines, she's now achieving over 9kts again. Standard Insurance Centennial has moved back towards the rhumb line to join the other 52 footers and Antipodes, with Lucky, Hi Fi and FreeFire sticking very close together. The predictions for IRC Overall make interesting viewing, with FreeFire slightly ahead if calculated from the start - Hi Fi if calculated on the last five Yellowbrick reports. Lucky is still in the mix though, with both methods showing her lying second. Goto Day 2 Race Report

Goto RCSR Race Report 2RCSR - Slow progress as leading yachts close in on Luzon
By RHKYC media
17th April 2014: With almost 24 hours under their belts, the race fleet are making the best of the 9 to 10kts of generally easterly breeze to make good progress down the track. As expected, Ragamuffin 90 has gradually extended her lead over the chasing pack, but all eyes will be focused on her progress as she leads the fleet into the forecasted band of light and variable winds off the cost of Luzon. We can expect to see boat speeds dropping and for the fleet top concertina as the breeze fades from the South. Goto Race Report 2

Ragamuffin 90 leads off the Hong Kong start line
Goto RCSR Race Report 1By RHKYC media
16th April 2014: At 1320hrs (HKT) the 2014 edition of the Rolex China Sea Race started in Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbour, in front of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s Kellett Island clubhouse. With a consistent 7kts from the start line through the harbour and Lei Yue Mun, Race Officer Simon Boyde felt there was no choice, the 34-strong fleet requiring a line which stretched northwards from in front of the Club, almost to Kowloon. On an offshore start line for the first time, Sea Wolf was perhaps a tad aggressive, pushing Ramrod over early, and taking herself half a boat length over in the process. Both Ragamuffin90 and Antipodes chose to stay out of trouble at the pin end and, as expected, it was ‘Rags which quickly put distance between herself and the rest of the fleet. Goto Race Report 1

Goto April AYGP NewsAYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year going down to the wire...
By AY MultiMedia
8th April 2014: The hand crafted AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) trophy is receiving the finishing touches, champagne has been acquired but the Skipper and Yacht to be engraved on the trophy and size of the Trend Fashion navy blue blazer, are yet to be determined. Over the next three weeks, the Rolex China Sea Race starts on Wednesday 16th April, followed by the Commodore's Cup in Subic Bay from April 22nd - 26th and the Top of the Gulf Regatta (May 1st - 5th) will run consecutively. All of the top skippers stand a chance of clinching the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards, depending on which regattas they contest from here on in. Search the 2013-14 AYGP Pointscore by Skipper - Yacht - Regatta Results - Scoring System or Goto the full preview in the April AYGP News...

Frank Pong & Jelik aim to defend the AYGP title
By AY MultiMedia
Goto March AYGP News27th March 2014: As reported in the Boracay AY Race Reports, Frank Pong's, Dibley customised Reichel/Pugh 76 Jelik, becomes the big mover and shaker in the 2013-14 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) rankings. By scoring a massive 15 points at Royal Langkawi, moved them into joint 8th place and another 15 points for winning the combined Subic to Boracay Race & Cup, elevates Pong's Jelik to 4th place in the overall stakes and only 6.5 points behind the present leader, Anthony Root's Archambault 35 Red Kite II. This rapid rise up the order and finding form with only four regattas to go this season, they could become the first team to win the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards in consecutive years. Despite another dismal performance in Boracay and only contesting three events this season, Sam Chan's TP52 Freefire has scored enough points to make an appearance on the front page in 19th place. Goto March AYGP News and check out the AYGP standings by Skipper - Yacht - Regatta

Boracay Cup - Victory for Jelik, Selma Star and Liannet
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 6 & Summary07:03:2014 Boracay, Philippines: Two more races today and its a wrap for another year. Frank Pong showed no remorse as he guided the Reichel/Pugh 76 Jelik across the finish line for another win and in doing so claimed the combined Subic to Boracay Race and Boracay Cup in one foul swoop. There were high fives and celebrations onboard before the last race started. Despite being recalled at the start, Ray Ordoveza's Excel 53 Karakoa managed to recover quickly and with a 3, 2 scoreline ends up in second overall. After churning up the waves all week, Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes finally came good in the handicap stakes on the last race to cling onto third overall. Cranking Troy Yaw's TP52 Ulumulu up to 18knots on the downwind legs earned them second and third places for fourth overall and win the Malaysian verses Philippine battle with Ernesto Echauz's TP52 Standard Insurance Centennial. Goto AY Race Report 6 & Summary or check out the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 5Classic conditions return at Boracay Cup
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

06:03:2014 Boracay, Philippines: Although the North Easterly arrived yesterday, its taken till today to build in strength. A clear blue sky and 14 to 18 knots whipping up the seaway, are the classic conditions that everyone comes here for have returned. We left off yesterday with the crew on Ray Ordoveza's Karakoa franticly looking to replace their broken backstay. In a gracious act of sportsmanship, Frank Pong offered up a spare 12mm spectra halyard carried onboard his mother ship and the technicians amongst the crews worked late into the night to fabricate a replacement backstay and get them back on the water today. Goto AY Race Report 5

Down to serious business at Boracay Cup
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 405:03:2014 Boracay, Philippines: After yesterdays passage race it was down to the all important windward/leeward races today, for crews to notch up good scores, that can be carried through to the end of the regatta. Once the heavy cloud cover passed overhead, the North Easterly breeze increased in strength, allowing PRO Jerry Rollin to run two races for the IRC Classes and one passage race for the PY Cruisers. The results would also be a good indication of who could be in the running at the end of the day. After winning yesterday and claiming second place in the first race today, Ray Ordoveza's Excel 53 Karakoa became the first casualty when the backstay parted company. Desperate measures are being taken so they can continue in the regatta but as replacement parts will have to come from abroad, it is highly unlikely that they will arrive in time. Goto AY Race Report 4

Goto AY Race Report 3NE tradewind returns for Boracay Cup
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

04:03:2014 Boracay, Philippines: As crews made their way to the beach this morning, a huge sigh of relief was heard as the North East tradewind has returned and was already gracing the race course. PRO Jerry Rollin decided on passage races to suite the classes became the order of the day. All 12 boats were out early to familiarize with the conditions and by start time they were ready go. All clear for the Racing Class but Martin Tanco's Sydney 46 Centennial II was called over the line in the Cruiser/Racer Class. Troy Yaw's TP52 Ulumulu was denied the chance to change mainsail, as all skippers had to agree and remains an issue the committee will have to look into next year. Goto AY Race Report 3

Subic Boracay Race - Pong's Jelik takes out the treble...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 203:03:2014 Subic Bay, Philippines: Unusually light wind produced the slowest times in the four years the race has been run. After nailing the start line, Frank Pong's Reichel/Pugh 76 Jelik reached all the crucial points at the right time and extended their lead to take line honours at 1309hrs yesterday, with an elapsed time of 25:09:57, four hours outside the record time they set last year. The three TP52's Ernesto Echauz Standard Insurance Centennial skippered by Ridgely Allan Balladares, Troy Yaw's newly acquired Ulumulu skippered by Jeremy Koo and Sam Chan's Freefire skippered on this occasion by sailing master Russ Parker, were always within sight of each other and after several lead changes finished within 40 minutes of each other. At breakfast this morning, skippers and crew complained about the parking lots they found and claimed they were robbed of the downwind sleigh ride they usually endure. Goto AY Race Report 2

Subic Boracay Race - And there off like a drovers dog...
Goto AY Race Report 1 By AsianYachting MultiMedia

01:03:2014 Subic Bay, Philippines: As the last gust of the morning land breeze descended on Subic Bay, PRO Jerry Rollin sounded the high noon starting horn and 12 yachts crossed the line bound for Boracay. Frank Pong's Reichel/Pugh 76 Jelik nailed it near the committee boat and was followed closely by Ernesto Echauz's TP52 Standard Insurance Centennial up at the pin end. They didn't have to go far before being greeted by the incoming seabreeze to get them on their way. Although the gaggle of boats starting at the pin end, were initially disadvantaged by the fading land breeze, when the seabreeze arrived, they quickly recovered to hold the windward advantage and made their way towards the entrance to Subic Bay. Goto AY Race Report 1

Goto AY Pre-ReportQuality verses Quantity in Subic Boracay Race
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

28:02:2014 Subic Bay, Philippines: When the high noon starting signal sounds for the 200 nautical mile, Subic Bay to Boracay Race, 14 yachts in 3 classes will brace themselves for a challenging and tactical race, out of Subic Bay, through the Verde Island Passage, round the notorious tricky Dumali Point and then a downwind sleigh ride all the way to Boracay. Renown for the windy conditions, most the dedicated top Asian racing yachts have come together and enjoy testing the crew skills, in pursuit of an elusive victory. This also has its downside where a lot of racer/cruisers would rather sit this one out for fear of major breakages. Never the less the tropical destination of Boracay remains the lure for sailors where action on and off the water is guaranteed. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report


Alinghi wins action-packed EX40 opening round in Singapore
Goto Final Race Report23 Feb 2014: The opening Act of the Extreme Sailing Series more than lived up to all the pre-season hype and expectation, where the new teams got stuck in on the Singapore stadium racecourse – but couldn’t quite topple the old order – with three returning teams from 2013 taking honours. An estimated 30,000 spectators watched over four days, as Ernesto Bertarelli’s Swiss team Alinghi sailed a near perfect regatta, with Morgan Larson, Stuart Pollard, Pierre Yves Jorand, Nils Frei and Yves Detrey, finishing more than 50% of the 29 races in the top three. The team had the Act wrapped up before the final double-points race – a feat rarely seen on the circuit. “We couldn’t have dreamed for a better start,” commented an ecstatic Larson after racing. “It was challenging here and with the level of competition a couple of notches higher this season, I think we just carried on from last year and we’re the only team that hasn’t changed any of our crew. We will try and build on from last year and enjoy this victory!” Goto Final Race Report with photo sequence of 3rd day collision Here...

Goto February AYGP NewsMid-order AYGP contenders make solid gains...
By AY MultiMedia
20th February 2014: Although the leading contenders in the AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP), did not contest the Neptune Regatta, there's been some significant moves in the rankings by the mid-order runners. Victory for David Ross' Ker 40 KukuKERchu lifts them from 17th up to 6th place in the overall standings. As they intend contesting at least two more regattas and complete the six regatta quota, this result firmly places them in the running for the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards. Goto February AYGP News or search the 2013-14 pointscore by Skipper - Yacht - Regatta Results - Scoring System

Everyone's a winner at Neptune Regatta
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary08:02:2014 Crews were feverishly getting ready for the final showdown as several overall results lay in the balance. The Cruising Classes had an early start from Karas Besar back to Batam, while the Racing Classes prepared for two more windward/leewards at Nongsa Point Marina. The jury decided that David Ross' Ker 40 KukuKERchu would receive average points for the missed races due to the irreparable damage incurred and Simon Piff's Ker 32 Rekering Dream would receive 25% penalty for not carrying sufficient anchoring equipment. In effect this handed the Racing Class title to Ross' KukuKERchu for the third year in a row, but didn't deter the others from going out and fighting over the remaining podium places. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary and AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 4Checked out of Neptune Island but memories remain...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

08:02:2014 The lay day was spent relaxing and an afternoon tour of the local fishing village on Pulau Blanding that have helped organise facilities at the Neptune Island camp site. Unfortunately last night's dinner was interrupted when Simon Piff's Ker 32 Rekering Dream went walkabout in the anchorage and rubbed up against David Ross' Ker 40 KukuKERchu, causing irreparable side stay damage to KukuKERchu, that's forced them to withdraw from any further racing. Goto AY Race Report 4

Who dares enter King Neptune's domain...
Goto AY Race Report 2 & 3 By AsianYachting MultiMedia

05:02:2014 All classes set off together for a meeting with King Neptune on the Garmin Race to Zero. Clear blue sky, 12 knot North Easterly gusting to 16, made a prefect scenario for meeting with HM King Neptune. David Ross Ker 40 Kukuerchu crossed the equator first, closely followed by Peter Cremers Warwick 75 Shahtoosh. Each yacht was greeted with resounding applause and King Neptune mysteriously appeared and began ceremoniously transforming uninitiated crew from Slimy Pollywogs to Trusty Shellback's. Goto AY Race Report 2 & 3

Severe test for crews before entering Neptune's realm..
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 103:02:2014 Although light North Easterly wind and a strong adverse current hampered the early Cruising boat starts, they all managed to head down the Riau Straits and arrived at the Karas Besar stopover before 1600hrs. Three hours latter the wind picked up into the mid-teens, as the racing classes started the first of two windward/leeward races in front of Turi Beach Resort. The crews had to quickly adapt or face getting into trouble. Late spinnaker drops were the first sign of boats out of control at the bottom mark and Clive van Onselen's Corsair Dash 750 Dash Boot became the first casualty retiring from the race. After a cracking start and leading the Multihull fleet around the first lap, a loud bang on Stewart McLaren's Corsair F31 Tri to Fly saw the mast come tumbling down and put an end to their regatta. Goto AY Race Report 1

Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportKing Neptune comes calling again...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

02:02:2014 With the Chinese New Year festivities in full swing, the expat sailing community are extending the holiday to participate on the Neptune Regatta. An entertaining Mount Gay Rum Launch Party was held on Friday night at Lime House, a newly opened Caribbean Bar in Singapore, set the crews in the right mood for an island hopping adventure to the equator and ceremonially inducted into King Neptune's Court. Once again a tremendous effort has gone into bringing all the logistics together to make the regatta happen. Due to ill health, Tudor John the Regatta Architect and driving force behind the event, is in the process of handing over the reigns to his trusted generals. This year, 24 sailing yachts in five classes (IRC Racing, PY Cruising, Premier Cruising, Racing and Cruising Multihull) and one Motor Yacht participating in the Rally with four official support craft. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Pressure mounts on leading AYGP contenders...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto January AYGP News.27th January 2014: After the Royal Langkawi Int Regatta, and 6th point scoring event on the AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP), we now turn the corner into the second half, of what's already been a thrilling 2013-14 Season. By extending to a five regatta winning streak, Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 becomes the big mover and shaker in the AYGP pointscore. Although Anthony Root's Archambault 35 Red Kite II put up a good fight and still holds the overall lead, Bremner and Foxy Lady 6 have closed to within 2.5 points behind them and have only competed in 3 regattas as opposed to Root's four. The Sorensen/Ketelbey/Brown Beneteau 44.7 Fujin have dropped to third place in the rankings and Ahern/Wilmer & Bailey's TP 52 Oi! big performance in Langkawi has them level pegging with Ray Roberts TP52 One Sails Racing for fourth place in the rankings. Search the 2013-14 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year pointscore by Skipper - Yacht - Regatta Results - Scoring System or read all about it in the January AYGP News...

Goto AY Race Report 5 & SummaryRLIR - And the winner is Aussie Oi! Oi! Oi!
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

18:01:2014 Langkawi, Malaysia: Once again mother nature provided more wind than most crews and their boats could handle. Gusting to 30 knots, the casualty rate soared on the spinnaker run which resembled a demolition derby. Even seasoned professionals struggled to keep control of their yachts and as the retirement list rolled in, it included some big names on the Asian circuit. Second place on the first race today, for Ahern/Wilmer & Bailey's TP 52 Oi! was enough to seal the deal in the Racing Class and hold aloft the Prime Minister's Challenge Trophy for a fourth time. Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary & Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 4RLIR - White caps on Bass Harbour test crews to the limit
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

17:01:2014 Langkawi, Malaysia: No let up from mother nature, as uncharacteristically the 20 knot North Easterly tradewind whipped up white caps, on top of the waves in Bass Harbour. This created all sorts of carnage, as it overpowered some boats into huge broaches, stretched the rigging to breaking point, shredded some sails and caused minor injuries to unsuspecting crew members. This must consistently be the windiest regatta in the 12 years it has been running. To stem the monotony of windward/leeward courses, PRO Simon James sent the IRC classes on a passage race with long reaching legs to the South of Langkawi, nearby Telaga Harbour and back. Goto AY Race Report 4

RLIR - Jelik breaks the Round the Island Race record
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 316:01:2014 Langkawi, Malaysia: After missing last year due to light weather, the Round the Island Race returned with a vengeance today. The strong North Easterly gusting to 20 knots made a perfect setting and the yachts made quick work of it, to be back at the marina by one o'clock in time for lunch. All crews enjoyed a long exhilarating spinnaker ride down the East coast, with Frank Pong's 75ft Jelik reaching over 20 knots across the southern section. "We never stopped even in the light patches in the lee of the island" said Pong afterwards. His previous time of 02:41:19 set in 2012, to complete the 28 nautical mile course, compared to today's 02:14:53, takes a whopping 27 minutes and 26 seconds of the record with an average speed of 12.47 knots. Goto AY Race Report 3

Goto AY Race Report 2RLIR - Offshore conditions produce mixed results
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

15:01:2014 Langkawi, Malaysia: As the brisk North Easterly was holding up, PRO Simon James made the decision for the entire fleet to venture out and race on the offshore courses. Hurried repairs were conducted overnight on damaged sails and everyone returned to fight another day. The IRC Classes completed one windward/leeward race, then joined the cruising classes on a passage race around the cans, set to the East of Langkawi. The choppy sea and long reaching legs gave the big boats an opportunity to stretch their legs and produced a mixed bag of results. Goto AY Race Report 2.

RLIR - Day 1 - Perfect start to the regatta
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

14:01:2014 Langkawi, Malaysia: Around here sailors usually like to ease their way into the first regatta after the christmas festivities but mother nature had other plans for them today. Fourteen to sixteen knots from the North East barrelling down Bass Harbour, was enough for PRO Simon James to fire off three windward/leeward races in succession for the IRC Classes and two passage races for the Cruising Classes. A few boats experienced equipment failure, while misfiring crew work let some others down and forced them to retire to conduct repairs. All in all, a great start to the regatta which has gone through the doldrums for the last couple of years. Goto AY Race Report 1

Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportRLIR - Ringing in the New Year
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

13:01:2014 Langkawi, Malaysia: Into its 12th year, this regatta has the pleasure of ringing in the sailing new year in grand style. Since its inception, the underlying aim has always been to provide competitive and enjoyable racing for all crews, irrespective of the design or vintage of yacht. Many top racing crews have arrived early and been out training and conducting new sail measurements as part of their ongoing optimisation program plus shaking off the excesses of the festive season. Forty four boats divided into seven classes continue the tradition of attracting sailors from all over the world, will go under the starters orders tomorrow. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...

Happy New Year and a stunning 2014
T
he race for the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards, resumes with the Royal Langkawi Int Regatta (Jan 13th -18th) always kicks off the New Year celebrations in fine style and the Neptune Regatta (Feb 3nd - 8th) strategically placed over the Chinese New Year break, will bring the SE Asian Circuit to a natural conclusion. Full roundup of the Hobart Race, Up & Coming regatta previews, the rapid rise in Chinese sailing pursuits, ISAF Rule Changes, Interviews with Russell Coutts on AC34 and AC35, Bouwe Bekking & Brunel back in Volvo Race plus the usual array of World Record breakers and a variety of 'Unluckiest Sailors of the Month' can be found in the New Year Jan AY News & Views. Enjoy!

2013 Rolex Syd-Hobart RaceRolex Sydney Hobart Race Reporting...
From start to finish, Capt Marty has covered the race on AsianYachting
Facebook sites. There is a great Photo Gallery, Onboard Video, Skipper Interviews, several interesting side stories and any other material shared on the web. The 94 yacht fleet made their way down the NSW coast in light variable wind, then conditions took a turn for the worse. Wild Oats XI won the Line Honours battle for a 7th time. Overall IRC Victory went to Darryl Hodgkinson's Cookson built/ Farr 50 Victoire on their first attempt. Also featuring local Asian sailing identies and our very own Jonno & the Zanzibar boys celebrating at the finish. So what ya waiting for? Full coverage is only a Click Away - While it lasts...

Seasons Greetings from AsianYachting

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Once again the Longtail sets sail...
By Patrick Cusick in 1995 & reproduced in Dec 13 SEA Yachting
Goto full story Here...What started as a dream in 1995 become a reality on Phuket. The traditional wooden 'rueua hang yao', or longtail boat, was restored to sail in southern Thailand. After years of mostly idle talk by the local yachting fraternity, an Australian sailing stalwart, Captain Marty Rijkuris has proved, probably for the first time since World War II, that the hang yao can cruise with speed under sail. It has been Captain Marty's long ambition to experiment with traditional sailing craft and building techniques in Asian waters. His love for Thailand and fascination with the country's boating history, inspired him to take a closer look at restoring the sturdy longtail, the workhorse of the Andaman to the glorious days of sail. Under a hot February sun in 1995, the former captain of both the famous Darwin speedster Australian Maid and New Zealand's Wave Nine, decided to interview the hang yao drivers on Patong Beach. 'A good idea, but it can't be done' was the reply to my question of whether the longtail would take sail, says Marty. But I asked myself, why not? Goto full story Here...

AYGP standings reshuffled after King's Cup
By AY MultiMedia
Goto December AYGP News...
09th December 2013: After five AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) point scoring events, Anthony Root's Archambault 35 Red Kite II retakes the lead, 2.5 points in front of the Sorensen/Ketelbey/Brown Beneteau 44.7 Fujin that were outgunned by Japan's Yasuo Nanamori Karasu at the King's Cup. Could this be the year when a Class 1, 2 or Multihull skipper wins the 2013-14 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards? Not if Ray Roberts TP52 OneSails Racing has anything to do with it, as he trails the leader by 3.75 points and has excelled since returning to the circuit. The battle is heating up and the skippers going on to compete at the Royal Langkawi Int Regatta and Neptune Regatta's have a chance to improve their standings before the SE Asian Circuit comes to a natural conclusion. Search the 2013-14 AYGP Pointscore by Skipper - Yacht - Regatta Results - Scoring System Goto December AYGP News...

Classic King's Cup conditions to finish up with...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary05 Dec 2013: The sun was out, parts of the sky were blue, a 12 to 15 knot North Easterly blowing and the sea returned to a darker shade of blue, are conditions we have grown to expect at the Phuket King's Cup in early December. After experiencing heavy overcast skies and scattered showers for most of the week, it was great to get rid of the many shades of gray and bring back some natural colours into the picture frame. The racing classes lined up for two windward/leeward races and the cruisers point to point races to finish of the series. A little nervousness amongst the class leaders was noticed on the beach but by the time they reached the racing area, with the fresh prevailing conditions, they were ready to pounce and put the series to bed as soon as possible. In most classes the results from the first race would determine the winner and leave it to the second race for the overall finishing order to be calculated. Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary

Goto AY Race Report 4King's Cup - Happy 86th birthday HM, and so say all of us...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
05 Dec 2013: The days proceedings started with a sail past the Royal Thai Navy vessels from the Third Naval Area Command at Cape Promthep, to honour HM the King of Thailand's 86th birthday. Crews lined up on their yachts chanting three cheers, doffing their caps and some even singing Happy Birthday. A parade of sail is an appropriate way for International sailors to pay homage to Thailand's royal sailing family, that have supported yachting events all these years. Right on cue at 10am as Thai Navy 1 started the procession, it began raining and drizzled on and off throughout the day. After the sail past the boats continued out to sea to begin Race Day 4. Despite the overcast sky and drizzle, a 10 to 12 knot East North Easterly enabled the race officers to send the Cruisers on an island course and the racing classes got stuck into windward/leeward races. Goto AY Race Report 4

Goto AY Race Report 3King's Cup - Time to consolidate the scores...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
04 Dec 2013: As the regatta passes the half way mark, the race committee decided to run as many windward /leeward races as possible for the IRC classes. It was time to either make an upward move and consolidate on the score already posted to date. The overcast gray sky doesn't do much for the photography but at least there was wind and the predicted rain held off for another day. Picking the wind shifts and choosing the correct side of the course has paid dividends all week in the tricky conditions. Ray Roberts outlined in the press conference that "His recent success can be attributed to the new Onesails technology and consistency in the crew and boats performance has produced top results". Goto AY Race Report 3

King's Cup - Andaman Sea Race returns to the race program
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
03 Dec 2013: After a few years in the wilderness the classic Andaman Sea Race made a comeback today. All classes set off on variations to a course that featured a gate laid at Ko Racha Yai, approximately 12 nm to the South of Phuket and back. With a 10 to 15 knot North Easterly they made quick work of the short windward beat, then set spinnakers for the close reach along the coast to Gate 1 near Ko Kaeo Noi. While the hardened racers had an extra windward beat around Ko Hi thrown in to make their course length 31 miles, the Cruisers and Classics carried on straight to the island with a beam reach and returned on a fine reach, which turned into a drag race for the quickest boats. With all sails flying, the two classic schooners fully powered up is a sight to behold and make good photography despite the hazy gray sky as a backdrop. Goto AY Race Report 2

Goto AY Race Report 1 King's Cup - Up and running with mixed results
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
02 Dec 2013: Although a heavy downpour put a dampener on the opening party last night, all 105 crews were out early this morning for last minute rig tuning and checking out the respective racing areas. The light North Easterly gradually picked up through the morning but fluctuated in direction causing delays on the racing courses. Eventually they got away and completed two windward/leewards before calling it a day. The cruising classes completed a short passage race that took them up towards Patong Bay and were on the beach and sinking cold Singha's by the middle of the afternoon. A slow but steady start to the regatta is good for new crews getting familiar with Phuket conditions and ready for the stronger breeze predicted for the end of the week. Goto AY Race Report 1

King's Cup - Ready for action at Asia's Premier Regatta
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportBy AsianYachting MultiMedia
01 Dec 2013: After months of extensive planning, Asia's premier regatta comes alive for another week of fast and furious sailing action. Yachts from all over the world have been converging on Phuket and dropping anchor off Kata Beach Resort, with crews full of anticipation on how the racing will unfold. Windguru predicts the wind to be in the mid to high teens during the week as another pressure system descends across the peninsula from the South China Sea. The layday has been dropped making it five exciting racing days in a row and the highlight will be the sailpast and 21 Gun Salute on the King's birthday (Thursday 5th) off Cape Prom Thep, on the South West coast of Phuket will be the place to be. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Vote 1  for Capt Marty photo of the yearVote for Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2013
Seventy of the world's best yacht racing photographers, representing seventeen nations, have submitted a picture for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award 2013. The public is now invited to vote online which closes on Nov 30th. The best yacht racing picture of the year will be celebrated during the World Yacht Racing Forum, in Gothenburg (SWE), on December 10-11. The goal is to pay tribute to their work, to provide them with a promotional platform and to help promote the sport of sailing to a wider audience. Capt Marty has entered with the “Luffing Duel at Samui Regatta” and urges readers to vote for the AsianYachting image at: http://www.yachtracingimage.com/gallery/contest-2013/marty-rijkuris/

AYGP is in full flight...
Goto Post RM AYGP NewsBy AY MultiMedia
27th November 2013: After four AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) point scoring events, the Sorensen/Ketelbey/Brown owned Beneteau 44.7 rebranded as Fujin have skyrocketed up the charts, to take over the lead in the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year pointscore. Scoring maximum points at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek and winning IRC Class 3 at the Raja Muda Selangor Int Regatta last week is enough to topple some yachts that have contested three events. Goto Post Raja Muda AYGP News...

Goto AY Race Report 6 & Summary Bremner's Foxy Lady 6 are the 2013 RMSIR champions
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
23rd Nov 2013: As the tropical disturbance passed by, it unleashed heavy rain squalls and whipped up a confused seaway. By morning scattered storms, variable wind and a two metre swell kept the skippers and race committee guessing if racing was possible. Lets go out and see was the call. While the Cruising Classes had enough wind to start their passage race, the IRC Racing Classes were delayed by the lack of wind and swinging through 60 degrees. PRO Jerry Rollin went in search of wind and eventually found a patch as the sky cleared and the sun shone through. Then it was on for young and old to determine the class winners and secure podium places. Goto AY Race Report 6 & Summary

Goto AY Race Report 5RMSIR - A day in a life of the race officer...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
22nd Nov 2013: What happens when the plans of the race officials are not the same as the Maritim Malaysia crew manning the start/finish and mark boats? Confusion reigns and plans are hastily changed. When the officials arrived at the Cruising Class starting area the boat with the marks, signaling flags and associated equipment had abandoned the post and returned to base for repairs to the air conditioning. Another boat was dispatched to pick up the marks, flags and horn which delayed the start for well over an hour and relied on radio communication for the starting instructions. Meanwhile on the IRC racing course, the starting sequence got away on time but the breeze played havoc, coming from all points of the compass and turned the run into a beat and back again in a matter of minutes. They continued on till the finish with the lottery like conditions but abandoned any attempt to run the second race. Heavy overcast sky with dark storm clouds out to sea, is a strange setting for Langkawi with some fair weather sailors complaining it was the coldest they have ever experienced in tropical SE Asian waters. Goto AY Race Report 5

Goto AY Race Report 4RMSIR - Drag race to Langkawi...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
22nd Nov 2013: The fleet set off in 10 knots which built to 16 knots throughout the afternoon, on one long close hauled starboard tack and occasionally freeing up a little or short tacking for clear air and dodging fishing nets. Fundamentally a drag race and a good test in keeping the average boat speed as high as possible. The big boats revel in these conditions and although Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes took line honours, Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi with Neil back on the helm, covered the 58 nautical miles the quickest in 7hrs 42min 10secs and set a new record from Pinang to Langkawi. For the first five years of the RMSIR, the finish line was South of Pulau Rebak and Jon Wardill's Cassidy 55 Australian Maid held the record at around 9 hours and its taken all these years to return to the original finish. After that, they came in quick succession and the smaller boats sailed up to their IRC ratings and juggled the handicap results in their favour. Goto AY Race Report 4

RMSIR - Eventful Penang Harbour races
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 320th Nov 2013: The outer rain bands of a tropical disturbance developing in the South China Sea. produced overcast conditions with drizzling rain throughout the day. Despite all this, an 8 to 10 knot North Easterly enabled the race management on two courses to get the fleet away on time. As the course was set across the harbour, adjustments had to be made for the strong cross flowing tidal current. Sarab Singh's Windsikher collected the bottom mark, while several boats were caught in a bottle neck to windward, with Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth's EFG Bank Mandrake sandwiched in between as they all completely misjudged the current. As Windsikher dragged the mark away, some quick thinking resulted in putting a boat on station, which also was dragged away minutes latter, by Peter Wilcox Mojo. For the second race the wind decided to fade, change direction, pick up and change direction again, causing rapid windward mark relaying and shortening course for some classes. All in all, an eventful day which kept the race committee on their toes and competitors unusually clad in wet weather gear. Goto AY Race Report 3

Goto AY Race Report 2 RMSIR - Light wind makes hard work of Leg 2...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
19th Nov 2013: Leg 2 Pangkor to Pinang started in 5 to 6 knots, right on the nose and a building incoming tide. The early starting Cruising and Classic Classes were under "Follow Me" orders and motored a few miles along the course before finding enough breeze to get the start sequence underway. Meanwhile back at the original start line, the wind filled in and racing got away on schedule. The yachts either short tacked, hugging the coast of Pangkor to stem the current, or chased the breeze lines further out to sea, which made hard work in the light, patchy conditions. Total concentration on boat speed and trimming the sails was required for the next 50+ miles mostly into the wind. Most boats were becalmed in the classic "South of Penang hole" and the big boats that escaped early, went on to win the race, as some back markers clawed back into position ghosting along for over 2.5 hours - much of it with barely 1.2m of water under the keel. Goto AY Race Report 2

Goto AY Race Report 1 24th RMSIR is underway in earnest...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
17th Nov 2013: After being wowed the night before by the belly dancers at the opening party, the sailors woke to find the weather forecast for Race 1 from Port Klang to Pulau Pangkor looking very grim. No sooner had PRO Jerry Rollin and the race makers laid the startline, as if by magic, 6 to 8 knots sprung up from the South South West, producing a close hauled leg to the first mark, then crack away to a fine reach and head for Pangkor. Just as well, because the outgoing current was running at 2 1/2 knots and every ounce of boat speed was needed to stem the flow of the current and keep the yachts behind the startline. The 'i' flag was raised which meant the yachts must stay behind the line and cannot approach the line from the course side. Well seasoned skippers did practice runs to test the angles and timing, then it was on for young and old. Goto AY Race Report 1

New start and finish for 24th running of the RMSIR
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report15th Nov 2013: As next year is the 25th year, the Royal Selangor Yacht Club committee are experimenting with new courses and destinations this year in preparation for the milestone anniversary. International competitors are berthing their yachts at the Pulau Indah Marina, where the RSYC have set up an annex to process the entries and service the hungry crews. The 110nm Leg 1 start will be near the Southern entrance to Port Klang and leaves the Angsa Bank to Starboard, which extends well into the night and for some ends in Palau Pangkor the next day. The final finish in Langkawi has also been changed to South of Pulau Rebak and the yachts will berth for the first time in Telaga Harbour. In between there will be 8 days of racing, including three passage races, up to four inshore races and prize presentations/parties in Pt Klang, Pangkor, Penang and Langkawi. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

AYGP swings over to the progressive SE Asian Circuit...
Goto Nov AYGP News.By AY MultiMedia
07th November 2013: Last month all the racing action was on the East Asian Circuit, with the St. Regis China Coast Regatta and the biennial downhill sleigh-ride on the Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race. This month, the action swings over to the South East Asian (SEA) Circuit for the Raja Muda Selangor Int Regatta (Nov 15 - 23) which is quickly followed a week latter by the Phuket King's Cup (Dec 1st - 6th). The Royal Langkawi Int Regatta (Jan 13 - 18) rings in the New Year and making its debut on the AYGP this season, is the Neptune Regatta (Feb 2 - 8) held over Chinese New Year. Regatta organisers have been working hard devising new courses, preparing Notice of Race (NOR), Sailing Instructions (SI), an exciting social program and hunting for sponsors to support these events. All the details including charter boats, crewing positions available and much much more can be found on their website's. We have also been busy promoting the AYGP at the China Cup Int Regatta sailing forum, keeping the AYGP pointscore up to date and making a few changes of our own. Goto Nov AYGP News...

Vanke Longcheer are the 2013 CCIR champions...
Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryBy AsianYachting MultiMedia
October 28th, Shenzhen, China: An eight to twelve knot Southerly presented a new challenge on the final day showdown. Some yachts held a commanding lead while others still had a fight on their hands. A little controversy raised its head in the form of the Zeng Haitao’s leading Beneteau 40.7 Vanke Longcheer using new membrane sails, despite a jury ruling that yachts use the original panel sails. This goes against the wishes of one-design racing plus leaves a sour taste with other competitors and something the organisers have to address next year to maintain the integrity and the spirit of the event. One island race for the big boats followed by a windward/leeward race for the one-design classes, sealed the deal and celebrations were in order at the final presentation at the Sheraton Hotel Dameisha. Goto CCIR Photo Gallery and
AY Race Report 4 & Summary

Goto AY Race Report 3Two Bullets propel Vanke Longcheer to a big lead
By CCIR Media - Sailing Intelligence
October 27th, Shenzhen, China:
Day 3 of the China Cup International Regatta saw a clear leader emerge in the competitive 35-boat Beneteau 40.7 fleet, as Zeng Haitao’s Vanke Longcheer won both races in light winds on a very lumpy and bumpy sea. Top Aussie match racing professional Jordan Reece is steering the boat. “In the first race we were over early on the start line but we battled back,” he said. “We’ve had good speed all week, the communications on board is good, and it was great to win that race. The next one we took an early lead and held it from there.” Last year’s winners of the Beneteau 40.7 division, Vatti Sailing skippered by Jono Rankine, certainly have a lot to do if they’re to catch Zeng Haitao’s runaway boat. With Vanke on 6 points and Vatti on 15, the Kiwis really need the Aussies to slip up tomorrow. Goto
AY Race Report 3

China Cup - AYGP on stage at Sailing Forum
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 226th October: Taking a break from the racing activities today, the roving AY Editor, Capt Marty delivered a keynote AsianYachting Grand Prix presentation at the 5th Asia Sailing Culture Development Forum, to an assembled audience of Chinese media and several International yachting organisations. The AYGP promotional video produced by our media partners, MarineScene.Asia woke the audience up before the coffee break and even the Chinese said they understood the translated speech and liked the presentation that covered all the point scoring events on the 2013-14 Calendar.
The Kiwi's are here in strength and the big feature was the signing ceremony between the CCIR Organising Committee and the Auckland Tourism Events & Economic Development. The main thrust seems to be how to develop a sailing culture and the pursuit of excellence by youth in all disciplines of racing. Hopefully the lessons learnt from the developed sailing nations are quickly implemented and fast track the development of sailing in all coastal provinces in China. More news go to AY Race Report 2

China Cup - Off to a flying start...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 1Up to 20knots from the NNE greeted the sailors at the Clearwater Bay start line and PRO Simon James sent the fleet briskly away on a 20nm close hauled beat up to Daya Bay. Twenty nine Beneteau First 40.7s bearing down on the start boat is a sight to behold and a lot of shouting could be heard as they crowded into the start line. Surprisingly Rick Pointons' Beijing Sailing Center was the only yacht called over the line and promptly returned to restart. The other two starts were very mild by comparison. After a couple of long port tacks and a few hooks to windward, Frank Pong's Custom 75 Jelik crossed the finish line for line honours, leaving the smaller boats trailing in their wake. A close tacking duel between Jono Rankine's Team Vatti and Haitao Zang's Vanke Longcheer, resulted in the defending one design champions Team Vatti taking the honours by a whisker after three hours of racing. Goto AY Race Report 1

Goto CCIR Pre-Regatta ReportInternational fleet lining up for 7th China Cup
By CCIR Media - Sailing Intelligence
Some of the world’s most famous and accomplished sailors have flown in from around the world and ready for the start of the 7th edition of the China Cup International Regatta. The four-day regatta starts with a passage race from Hong Kong to Shenzhen on 25 October 2013, and concludes on 28 October after three days of short-course racing. With 100 boats representing 35 different nations and regions, entered across four divisions, the international fleet sees everyone from virtual beginners to Olympic Champions racing alongside each other. Goto CCIR Pre-Regatta Report


Bryon Ehrhart’s TP52 Lucky strikes gold in HK Vietnam Race
Goto complete Race Reports with Photos.By RHKYC Media
19th Oct 1800hrs: The TP52 Lucky which travelled all the way from America to take part in the Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race has ensured she leaves with at least one piece of silverware, having won IRC Racing 0 Division on IRC handicap, pushing fellow TP52, OneSails Racing (which finished 1h 12m behind Bryon Ehrhart’s boat) into second place on corrected time.
FreeFire finished just under an hour behind Ray Roberts team, however with a much higher IRC rating has had to settle for third place in Racer 0. This completes the finishes for IRC Racer 0 and as time ticks by, they have ended up in the sme order in the Overall IRC handicap stakes. Goto HKV Race Results and complete Race Reports with Photos...


New record & line honours to Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin 90
Goto Race Reports...By Di Pearson
19th Oct 0900hrs:
Eighty six year-old Syd Fischer and his Team Ragamuffin broke the Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam race record this morning, beating Skandia's (Grant Wharington, AUS) 2004 time of 42h 45m 41s by just over 4 minutes, arriving at the Nha Trang finish line at 08:1120 this morning local time (11:11:20 Sydney time). Revelling in the ideal downwind conditions, the Sydney yachtsman skippered his 90 foot Dubois Ragamuffin 90 to line honours and a new record for the 656 nautical mile race. It is not every day an 86 year-old is out racing at the top level, let alone breaking records. In doing so, he not only beat Skandia’s record, but did so from an eight foot smaller yacht. Goto Race Reports...


HK Vietnam Race - 24 hours in and 13 of 17 boats still racing
By RHKYC Media
18th Oct 1500hrs:
Late yesterday Avant Garde was the first casualty, retiring after three fruitless hours spent trying to fix a steering problem. Then, in the early hours of Friday, the drama surrounding Walawala 2’s lost rudder unfolded, and then in another unrelated incident, EFG Bank Mandrake turned back for Hong Kong with steering problems.Krampus, who retired after responding to Walawala 2’s distress flares and picking up the crew, is also on the way back - both Krampus, an Anteros 36 and EFG Bank Mandrake, a Mills 40 Custom, are making good progress and are expected in Hong Kong tomorrow, Saturday at around 1100hrs local time. Conditions have eased up slightly, with the Hong Kong Observatory predicting force 6 to 7 for the first 500nm to Vietnam, softening to force 5 to 6 for the final stretch into Nha Trang. Ragamuffin 90 has been the first to suffer, dropping from a VMG of 20kts to around 13kts, with just over 60% of the race completed. Goto RHKYC Race Reports


Goto RHKYC Race Reports... HK Vietnam Race - Walawala 2 Crew Abandon Ship – All Safe
By RHKYC Media
18th Oct: At 0135hrs local hours on Friday 18 October, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) Sailing Manager, Alex Johnston, received a distress call via satellite phone from the skipper of Walawala 2, Steven Manning, reporting that the yacht had lost its rudder and was taking on water. Manning also advised that there were no injuries to the 10 crew.
At this time the crew activated the yacht’s EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon). RHKYC immediately confirmed the yacht’s position with the MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) who activated a rescue plan involving Hong Kong Government Flying Services. Goto RHKYC Race Reports...

HK Vietnam Race - Change of course as they blast out off Hong Kong...
By RHKYC Media
Goto RHKYC Race Reports,,,17 Oct 2013: Weeks of preparation came to a head this morning, as the 17 entrants in the Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race carried out their radio checks and made their way to the start line of the longest offshore race in Asia. Race Officer Simon Boyde had been out on the water early and, finding 8 to 10kts at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club start line with stronger breeze through Victoria Harbour to the east, had no hesitation in confirming that the race would start in front of the Club at Kellett Island. At 1330hrs, the start gun was fired by Rita Lee, General Marketing Manager for Audi Hong Kong and the race was underway. Ragamuffin 90 got a great start, along with Lucky and Red Kite II who was closest to the favoured committee boat end of the line. Chivas contrived to be around four minutes late for the start, but quickly clawed back the difference on the way out of the harbour. Ragamuffin 90 led through Lei Yue Mun gap on the north shore, with Chivas breaking a main sheet as she endeavoured to catch them. FreeFire and Lucky stuck to the south shore, seeming to catch more consistent breeze. Goto RHKYC Race Reports,,,

Goto RHKYC - China Coast Regatta Reports...China Coast Regatta – back to its best!
14 Oct: The third and final day of the St. Regis China Coast Regatta was a full on, 20-24kt, two-stugeron day with white horses, tidal swell and everything else that makes this one of the region’s top three-day sailing regattas. All divisions were scheduled to complete a windward/leeward followed by an islands course, and Race Officer Inge Strompf-Jepsen got matters underway bang on schedule with IRC Racer 0 at 1030hrs. In the absence of Ragamuffin90 it was left to Jelik to take line honours, but the battle royal was between the two TP52’s – Ray Roberts’ OneSails Racing (on 6 points going in to today) and Sam Chan’s FreeFire (on 8). Meanwhile in Racer 1, Paul Winkelmann’s new HH42, Island Fling, took the gun 8 seconds ahead of Marcel Liedts’ Elektra, but had to concede first place on IRC and A40 Seawolf took the gun for Racer 2, only to be nudged into second by Red Kite II on corrected time. Goto RHKYC - China Coast Regatta Reports...

China Coast Regatta - It’s only rock’n’roll but we like it!
Goto RHKYC CCR Race Reports13 Oct: Day 2 of the St. Regis China Coast Regatta was scheduled to offer two windward/leeward races and an islands course for the IRC Racers, and one race around the cans followed by an islands course for Premier, Cruiser and HKPN. With a steady 15 knot north easterly from early in the day, Race Officer Inge Strompf-Jepsen decided to set three laps for Racer 0 and two laps for the other divisions, with Racer 1 and Premier also going to the outer windward mark, 1.3nm from the start. With the wind gusting to 20kts and a strong tide running, the fleet was circumspect about their starts, with not one X-flag raised all day. The stonger breeze took its toll, with Ragamuffin 90, Hua An and Avant Garde retiring and Cave Canem heading back in to Middle Island with a broken forestay. The sailmakers will be busy tonight, with several very large shredded spinnakers in evidence in Racer 0, and boatyards will be working an all-nighter with broken steering, damaged hulls and rigging problems. Goto RHKYC CCR Race Reports...

Goto October AYGP News...AYGP is back with a vengeance...
From RHKYC Media & modified by AY MultiMedia
10th October 2013: After a lengthy break since the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek kicked off the 2013-14 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) in July, this month the Asian regatta scene returns with a vengeance. The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club fires off their flagship Big Boat regatta, St. Regis China Coast Regatta (Oct 12th - 14th) with 42 competitors in 5 classes, are looking forward to three days of racing in the lumpy Lamma waters to the south of Hong Kong. This is followed straight after by the biennial Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race (Oct 17th start) and a formidable lineup is looking forward to the 656nm downwind sleigh ride. Goto October AYGP News...

Everyone's a winner at AC34
Relive the action goto AC34...Despite some skepticism during the Louis Vuitton Cup, the 34th America's Cup lived up to expectations, with close racing between two immensely talented teams, the riveting performance of the AC72, and the phenomenal broadcast and spectator experience. Best described as a regatta of two halves, Emirates Team New Zealand initially ran away with an 8 - 1 advantage and poised on match point, kept TV viewers on the edge of their seats. Oracle Team USA staged the biggest comeback of all time and did what most punters believed impossible – coming back from 1 - 8 down, to a winner-take-all 19th race and lift the Cup in a series that stretched out to become the longest running series in history. At AY we have always thought the AC should be for the fastest boats and top racing crews and finally it has proved worthy of its lofty billing. Despite ETNZ loss, everyone is a winner here, especially sailing as a sport and long may it continue into the future. More in the Oct 2013 AY News & Views

Stepping up the pace @ Frenz Emperor
13 Sept 13: Ever since Tuan Hj. Ismail's offshore piling rig and Sinar Tioman's 350 ton landing barge, laden with jetty piles and 150 tons of construction material arrived at Cina Beach, there has been a significant increase in building activity at Frenz Emperor Resort & Spa. Its the first time Afai has allowed a barge to land on the beach and unload the precious cargo, using a front end loader. Its amazing when working with the tides and at the mercy of the weather, on a remote island out in the South China Sea, how mother nature can take over proceedings. She will determine the progress of the project and its not until the methodology and equipment being used, are all working in harmony, that she will allow the job to flow. Follow Capt Marty's journey to Pulau Tioman in his annual progress report Sept 2013 - Frenz Emperor News

Gone Fishing! @ Frenz Emperor - Pulau Tioman
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto ET Photo Gallery03 Sept 2013: When we last visited Emperor - Tioman in Oct 2012, Abdul Ghafar (Afai) was well on the way to completing his 5-Star boutique resort, on seven acres of prime rainforest, fronting onto Pasir Cina beach on the SW corner of Tioman Island. Since then, he has taken on a new partner, Rashid Maidin (Executive Chairman - WSJ International) and they decided on upgrading to 7-Star and renaming it Frenz Emperor Resort & Spa, without ever opening or serving any guests. The Balinese lalang roof, on 10 carefully hand crafted chalets was being replaced with ceramic tiles, wall panels making way for opening doors, small private swimming pools added to complement the existing double jacuzzi's and massage beds, were being incorporated into the interior makeover. Follow Capt Marty's journey to Pulau Tioman in his annual progress report Sept 2013 - Frenz Emperor News

Western Circuit - Superb conditions to end the regatta
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 24th: By the high noon showdown, the wind had already reached the 10 knot prediction and continued on with puffy gusts throughout the afternoon. On occasions, it swung from South West to South, which kept the race committee busy relaying courses and start lines to suit the changes. This made the course configuration, diagonally across the Johor Strait and the changing tidal current came into play, especially at the crowded SB20 start line. Full of great expectations, most the boats and crews were back out on the water to improve their standings or win the series. The superb conditions allowed the race committee to complete three races for all classes and finish the regatta in grand style. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary

Western Circuit - The end is in sight...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 23rd: Although the IOM remote-controlled boats and Sailability Singapore Access 2.3's completed their series last weekend, there is still a lot of racing to come at Raffles Marina this weekend. The IRC A & B Classes, Multihull's, Beach Catamarans, J24 One Design and Moth's are yet to complete their series. The SB20's finished their "series within a series" and awarded the SMU SB20 International Cup last week, so the remaining local boats will continue on with as many races the race committee can run this Saturday. Several classes have a clear front runner, while others still have a chance to improve their overall placing and possibly go on and win their class. Goto AY Race Report 3

Western Circuit - Sun is out, sky is blue and fair wind to go...
Goto AY Race Report 2By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 18th: Yesterdays overcast conditions were replaced with blue sky and by the high noon start time, the breeze had switched to the South West and gradually built throughout the afternoon. IRC A & B Classes were duly dispatched on a lengthy 20nm passage race to the West of Singapore, while the rest of the classes continued with windward/leeward courses in the Johore Strait in front of Raffles Marina. While the IOM remote-controlled boats and Sailability Singapore Access 2.3's completed their series, the SB20's finalised their "series within a series" for the inaugural SMU SB20 International Cup and the combined IRC A & B classes were awarded the SMU President’s Cup for the passage race. Goto AY Race Report 2

Goto AY Race Report 1Western Circuit - Record fleet sets sail...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 17th: Although the wind struggled to reach 10 knots throughout the day and veered around from SW to South, the race officers on both courses managed to complete 3 races for all classes in variable conditions. Eventually succumbing to a lingering storm which bought an end to play, in time to return to the marina and reflect on individual performances. At the morning briefing Regatta Chairman Ray Parry, welcomed all competitors, especially the strong International presence in the 20 boat SB20 fleet. Some were a little keen to get going and recalled at the start but in general racing etiquette prevailed as the yachts circulated and most sailors agreed it was a good opening day to the regatta. Goto AY Race Report 1

Western Circuit - Sailing festival at Raffles Marina...
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportBy AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 16th: The 16th SMU-RM Western Circuit gets underway at Raffles Marina this Saturday. Run over two weekends (Aug 17, 18 & 24) this event has grown into Singapore's premier sailing event and more akin to a festival of sail. Anything goes from large keelboats and multihull's, to beach catamarans, Laser SB3's and Access 2.3's for disabled sailors, right down to the IOM remote-controlled boats, The youthful enthusiasm and vigor of the Singapore Management University (SMU) sailing fraternity combined with the splendid facilities at Raffles Marina, is like a marriage made in heaven. Both on and off the water, the Western Circuit has developed a reputation for lively and versatile fleet racing plus thoroughly entertaining and fun filled post race parties. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report


CPHP Raceweek - Last rush to secure podium places...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary
July 21st: Despite the sky turning gray, the wind was back in the high teens for the final day showdown. Several class leaders have stringed together a line of wins and can secure victory by completing one more race. However a ding dong battle raged on down the order, as the rest of the podium places were still open for the taking. A quick windward/ leeward race followed by a long passage race, round the furthermost offshore islands and finishing back in front of the Cape Panwa Hotel was the order for the day. Once again the crews familiar with sailing in strong conditions came to the fore. Several yachts that started slowly have progressively worked their way back into podium contention and have left their best till the last races.  Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary... and Photo Gallery


GOto AY Race Report 3CPHP Raceweek - Conditions continue to impress...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 20th: So far, we have been blessed with glorious sunshine, blue sky and wind ranging from 10 to 20 knots, producing a wonderful showcase of tropical sailing at its best. Making PRO Simon James job, that much easier and opening up many options when selecting courses. The IRC Racing Classes and Multihull's started the day with a windward / leeward course and then joined the Cruising Classes on passage races around nearby islands.Today's casualty, was Mike Crisp's Hanse 400 Sail in Asia Venture going aground on the reef at the entrance to Ao Chalong Bay. A quick response by two media boats, saved them from further damage and being beached for the day. While back on the race course, battles raged up and down the order. Some crews trying to extract an extra knot of boat speed, while tacticians placed their boats in favourable positions. One bad gybe or choosing the wrong side of the course could loose valuable time and several placing's. Goto AY Race Report 3...


CPH Phuket Raceweek - And the beat goes on...
Goto AY Race Report 2By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 19th: Although the breeze has moderated to 10-15 knots after yesterdays blast, there was still enough for the Racing Classes to complete two races and the Cruisers a lengthy five island passage race. Some were a little to keen to get going and recalled for being over the start line at the off. Today's casualty, is John Vause's Young 11 Ruby Tuesday when the mainsail parted company and put an end to their chances of defending the IRC 2 class title. The remaining sea swell provided some exciting downwind rides and juggled the placing's for those on a roll. Goto AY Race Report 2...


Goto AY Race Report 1CPH Phuket Raceweek - Up and at it, in 20 knots...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 18th: After another wonderful Mount Gay Rum Opening Party, with a splendid array of Cape Panwa Hotel culinary delights and free-flowing Mojitos, the sailors were up early busily preparing their yachts for the first day of racing. Goto AY Race Report 1Most the conversation centered around the Windguru prediction that the breeze would be in the 15-20 knot range. By the 10:00 start time, most boats carried reefed mainsails and small jibs to counteract the lumpy one meter swell being whipped up the building breeze. Peter Wilcox Gforce 1500 Mojo became the first casualty of the day, when the main halyard snapped, forcing them to sit out the entire days racing, making repairs and possibly put an end to their chances of winning the Multihull class title. The nippy Firefly cats recorded speeds in the high teens and provided the best photos, flying a hull and leaping of the waves. Goto AY Race Report 1


CPH Phuket Raceweek - Celebrating the 10th Anniversary
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportJuly 17th: My how time flies, as it seems like only yesterday we were hailing the introduction of a new regatta during the "Green Season" in Phuket. Over the years competitors have experienced anything from dead flat calms to sailing straight into the blustery teeth of the SW monsoon. Last year Cape Panwa Hotel took over the Title Sponsor role and hosted the entire event from their luxurious premises overlooking the Andaman Sea. The friendly staff have again been busy preparing the waterside race village for five nights of entertainment and along with free-flow of Mount Gay Rum and Mont Clair wines, are aiming to be bigger than last year and make it a regatta party worth remembering. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...


2013-14 AYGP - 270 Yachts,12 Regattas across 6 Countries...
Goto 2013-14 AYGP MicrositeBy AY MultiMedia
The main aim of the AYGP pointscore system, is to fairly grade Boat Owners and Skippers ability, in running racing campaigns through Asian waters during the 2013-14 Season. Ultimately the winning Skipper and Yacht will be crowned the 2013-14 Champion. All skippers and yachts competing at any of the 12 selected five star AYGP Championship point scoring events, have a chance of winning the prestigious AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards.and donning the Trend Fashions navy blue blazer at the gala Samui Regatta season ending prize presentation party. Goto 2013-14 AYGP Microsite...

Frank Pong & Jelik crowned AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year
By AY MultiMedia
 Goto AYGP June Roundup12th June 2013: After winning two regattas and scoring two 2nd places plus 3rd and 4th places at six events during the 2012-13 Season, Frank Pong and the crew on his Reichel/Pugh 75 Jelik, were crowned the 2012-13 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year. Ultimately it came down to Pong's Jelik and Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth's Mills 40 EFG Bank Mandrake, fighting it out at the final showdown in Ko Samui. EFG Bank Mandrake had to convincingly win the hotly contested 40 foot IRC 1 class to have a chance of toppling Pong's heavily optimized Jelik, contesting the big boat IRC 0 class. However, it was not to be for Burns and Kinmonth, as Pong skippered his boat to an outstanding showing at the Samui Regatta, winning 8 out of 10 races, to wrap up the IRC 0 title and the AYGP Championship in fine style. Goto AYGP June Roundup...

Triumph for Jelik, Foxy Lady 6, IchiBan, Freewind & Miss Saigon in Samui
By AY MultiMedia
June 1st, Koh Samui: Although the winner in most classes was already determined, all the boats were back out on the water, for one final thrust to improve their placing's and bring the curtain down on this years event in grand style. The sun was back and the scenic colours restored after yesterdays shades of gray. Once again PRO Ross Chisholm favoured the North East coast of Samui and found an 8 to 10 knot Westerly breeze to conduct the final showdown. All eyes were focused on the IRC 1 class, where Steve Manning's GTS 43 Walawala 2 ended up tied on points with Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 and all to play for in the final two races. Five time winning tactician, Steve McConaghy replaced Bill Bremner on the helm of Foxy Lady 6 and the pressure was on the crew to win the class in Bremner's absence. See how they fared in the AY Race Report 5 & Summary

Goto AY Race Report 4Samui Regatta - Closing in on the finish line...
By AY MultiMedia
May 31st, Koh Samui: After 3 days of sunny, picture perfect conditions, this morning dawned heavily overcast and the aqua sea turned into a darker shade of gray. Once again PRO Ross Chisholm got lucky and found a patch of breeze to the North East of Samui, with 5 to 6 knots coming from the North West. Enough to swing into sequence for a windward/leeward race and as the breeze picked up a little, it was followed by a quadrangular shaped course. Crews returned refreshed from the lay-day and eager to get back into it, to improve their standings on the penultimate day of racing. Goto AY Race Report 4

Samui Regatta - Close racing produces great photos...
By AY MultiMedia
May 29th, Koh Samui: Although WindGURU weather predictions have been very bleak each day, PRO Ross Chisholm has managed to defy the odds and found excellent wind to keep the racing exciting and the schedule on track. Today it was offshore from Chaweng Beach for a quick windward/leeward race, followed by a passage race to the South East regions of Samui and back. The first race was reasonably routine but right at the start of the second race, the wind completely deserted us, leaving some boats floundering while others managed to sail away. After reassessing their positions on the pointscore, crews knew what was expected from them and how to go about improving their standings. Goto AY Race Report 3

Samui Regatta - Another fantastic day in paradise...
Goto AY Race Report 2By AY MultiMedia
May 28th, Koh Samui: Once again the fleet headed round to the North East of Samui and found a 12 to 15 knot North Westerly breeze to set up a windward/leeward course for the IRC 1 & 2 and Multihull classes. After completing the short course, they joined the Bareboat / Cruising class on a passage race, in the Strait between Ko Samui and Ko Phangan. The stakes are getting higher, so all crews were keen to get on with it and overcome any problems they had on Day 1, to improve their standing. As the breeze increased to 18 knots it whipped up a lumpy sea, which resulted in a long slog upwind causing a few casualties and some good surfing opportunities on the way back to the finish. Goto AY Race Report 2

Goto AY Race Report 1Picture perfect start to Samui Regatta
By AY MultiMedia
May 27th, Koh Samui: Sunny, warm, clear blue sky and a building North Westerly breeze greeted sailors on Day 1, which allowed PRO Ross Chisholm to fire off three windward/leeward races for IRC 0 and two for the rest of the classes. There was a sense of urgency amongst the troops and the top contenders made their intentions known right from the very start, by nailing the startline with clear air and speed. By Race 3 the battle lines were drawn, with Frank Pong having to bail out his Reichel Pugh 75 Jelik on the approaches to the boat end of the start line, as Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes was not going to give them any room and Sam Chan's TP52 Freefire had to restart as they were called over the line when the horn sounded. Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth's Mills 40 EFG Bank Mandrake notified the race committee that they were going to protest Sarab Jeet Singh's Sydney 40MOD Windsikher for an incident during Race 2. Goto AY Race Report 1...

Samui Regatta - All coiled up like a spring and ready to pounce...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report
May 25th, Koh Samui: For the past few weeks, professional delivery crews have been busy crossing the South China Sea and sailing up into the Gulf of Thailand, for what initially was billed the "Tropical Island Regatta". This event is unique, as sailing yachts based in Samui are mainly charter boats, yet over its twelve-year history, this regatta continues to attract a quality racing fleet of multihull and keelboats from Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Phuket and Pattaya. Right from the very start, this regatta set very high standards and quickly established a reputation as the trendiest Five-Star party scene on the Asian Circuit. Making it a "Must Do" on the bucket list of things to do before you die. This occasion is also very close to our hearts at AsianYachting, as its turned into the final showdown on the annual Asian Yachting Grand Prix Championship (AYGP). We also take the limelight for a moment, to present the annual "AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year" awards. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Final showdown looming in the AYGP
By AY MultiMedia
Goto Goto May AYGP News16th May 2013: The results from the Top of the Gulf Regatta has improved the middle order of the AYGP Championship but did not alter the rankings at the top of the leaderboard. Frank Pong's Reichel/Pugh 75 Jelik still holds a 5.5 point lead over Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth's Mills 40 EFG Bank Mandrake, with Peter Wilcox's Schionning Gforce 1500 Mojo trailing by 10.75 points and Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes a further 12 points off the pace. With the 2012-13 Season ending Samui Regatta (May 24th - June 1st) looming on the horizon and based on the provisional entry list, the battle is between Jelik and EFG Bank Mandrake for the title, with Antipodes considered an outside chance, on donning the Armani Samui Blue Blazer at the joint gala Centara Grand Beach Resort prize presentation. Goto May AYGP News,,,

TOTGR - All over red rover and its time to celebrate...
Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryBy AsianYachting MultiMedia
7th May 2013: Despite the scores already on the board, all the boats were back out on the water for the final reckoning. They were just as determined to strike out, as they were three days ago for Race 1. Although the light Southerly breeze proved to be a bit shifty, the big boats and multihull's completed one race for their series. While the feisty One-Design Platu fleet completed their second race, the breeze from a storm cell that was building over the land throughout the day, descended on them and completely reversed the course layout. However the cream of the crop always seem to be in the leading pack and invariably fighting it out for the podium places. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary

TOTGR - Superb day to consolidate the overall score
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 3 6th May 2013: After yesterdays wild swings in the weather, crews were looking for something a little more sedate today and were not disappointed. A 7 to 8 knot North Westerly sprung up by start time and gradually built to 10 - 12 knots throughout the day. Although the sailors had a few early wind shifts to deal with, PRO Denis Thompson and his race team were busy relaying the course during the racing, as the breeze veered round further to the west. The regatta is on schedule and with two races for the big boats and three for the hotly contested, 15 boat One-Design Platu 25 class, vying for the prestigious Coronation Cup were completed in fine fashion. If fact it turned into an excellent day to make an impression, if they haven't already done so and for the leaders to consolidate on their overall score with only one day to go. The "Off the beach" dinghy and catamaran classes concluded their series today and the 2013 Thailand Optimist National Champion is 14 year old boy, Pongsapat Pumyam from the Junior Sailing Squadron of Thailand. Goto AY Race Report 3

Goto AY Race Report 2From nothing to complete mayhem and back again...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
5th May 2013:
Day 2 started with a glassy sea and some concern about raising the postponement flag onshore, just as a light Northerly arrived and the sponsors banners began to flutter. By the time the boats got to the start line, the wind increased and proceeded to get awfully blustery from the passing storm to the North over Pattaya. The first round of the windward/leeward course was on the limit of control but then all mayhem broke loose with several broaches, shredded sails, gear breakages, man over board and inevitably a broken mast on Rod Berteaux's Platu 122. Goto AY Race Report 2

Perfect conditions to start TOTGR
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 1 3rd May 2013: Sunny, blue sky, with a building 12 to 15 knot South Westerly greeted sailors, in all 12 classes on the first day of racing. Keelboats and Multihull's completed a 2 lap windward/leeward race before heading out, on an 18nm passage race around nearby islands. The breeze started from the South but as it kept clocking around, the new Aussie PRO Denis Thompson and his team were busy moving marks to keep a true windward course in play. Several skippers got their time and distance wrong and were called over the start line, while other teams nailed it from the start and went on to claim glory. You can't win the regatta on the first day, but you sure can make it difficult for yourself or alternatively in good stead for the rest of the regatta. Goto AY Race Report 1

Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...All fired up for TOTGR 2013
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
3rd May 2013: Yachts and crews from all over the Austral-Asian region have converged on Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Jomtien Beach, for the 9th Top of the Gulf Regatta. This is where local sailors can test their sailing skills by taking pot shots at some top ranked International teams each year. Although big boat entries are a little down on last years bumper season, nearly 250 sailing craft, from 30 countries will compete in 12 Classes over four days of racing. 100 Optimist kids are contesting their 37th National Championship, along with beach catamarans, windsurfers, keelboats and multihull classes, Plus 15 One-Design Platu 25's are fighting it out for the prestigious Coronation Cup, No wonder, the multi-class TOG Regatta has been labeled "One of the most diverse regattas in the region". Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...

Getting down to the business end of the AYGP
By AY MultiMedia
Goto April AYGP News...
18th April 2013: After implementing changes to the AYGP pointscoring system and awarding points for the San Fernando Race and Commodore's Cup, resulted in significant movements up and down the order. Changes to the Overall and Bonus Points for race wins, are now based on the number of boats competing in each class. When there is less than five boats in a class, a sliding scale has been formulated, reducing the points scored and designed to reflect the degree of difficulty to achieve the final placing. Frank Pong's Reichel/Pugh 75 Jelik has steadily climbed the order and after contesting 5 events is now sitting on top of the leaderboard. With the Top of the Gulf and Samui Regatta completing the 2012-13 Season, the race is on between the top contenders, to don the Armani Samui Blue Blazer and celebrate one of the proudest moments of their sailing careers. Search the AYGP Pointscore by Skippers - Yachts - Regatta Results - Scoring System and goto April AYGP News...

Commodore's Cup - Victory for Karakoa, Selma Star & Irresistible
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary06 April 2012: Once again the seabreeze arrived early and saved the day. The IRC Classes completed two windward/leeward races and the PY Cruisers, their fourth passage race in as many days to successfully conclude the regatta schedule. Although the class leaders looked safe, there was an outside chance that second placed yachts could topple them if they win both races. Some very aggressive covering tactics were employed to sandwich Ray Ordoveza's Karakoa between the two Centennial's, but a fully hiked out Karakoa crew allowed them to break free from the stranglehold and sail on to victory. By winning the first race today both Karakoa and June Avecilla's Selma Star wrapped up the IRC titles with one race to go. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary

Goto AY Race Report 3Commodore's Cup - Leaders grab the headlines...
By AY MultiMedia
05 April 2012: At the breakfast muster, there wasn't a ripple of wind to be seen on Subic Bay. Fortunately by the 10:30 start time, the sea breeze arrived early and continued to build, allowing the Racing fleet to get away on a 27nm passage race, crisscrossing the harbour. By the time they reached the entrance mark, the order had been established from high to low IRC ratings and it was a matter of sailing the boat to the optimum speed and make the least mistakes to determine the placing's. It seemed like a daunting task, as Frank Pong's Reichel/Pugh 75 Jelik crossed the finish line, the smallest boat Martin Tanco's Sydney 46 Centennial II was exiting the bay for another lap of the course, but the IRC handicap is supposed to take all that into consideration. Goto AY Race Report 3

Commodore's Cup - Changing fortunes in Subic Bay lottery...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 204 April 2012: Two significant wind shifts during the first race played a huge role in determining the placing's today. PRO Medy Fidel waited for the sea breeze to settle before firing off the second race, which restored some semblance of order and sanity prevailed. Frank Pong's Reichel/Pugh 75 Jelik whipped up a frenzy in what turned into a three lap soldiers course and as they only had to contend with the incoming sea breeze for the last 1/4 of a mile, claimed the daily double by 28 seconds in the first race. Just like the Blues Brothers, Ray Ordoveza has shanghaied the likes of Alan “Guilty” Tillyer, Klaus Lienau, Joe Hagedorn and together with Stevo Comstock and Steve Benjamin's USA gang have put the band back together on a mission to reclaim former glory. That's just what they did and by scoring second and first places today, confirms their place at the top of the IRC Racing scoreboard. Goto AY Race Report 2

Goto AY Race Report 1Commodore's Cup - Shifty and gusty conditions to start off with...
By AY MultiMedia
03 April 2012: To ease the sailors into the first day of racing, PRO Medy Fidel chose the 24nm passage race, which effectively took the Racing Class twice around Subic Bay, out to the entrance marks and finishing back at the marina. A huge wind shift, right at the start of the combined IRC classes allowed Ernesto Echauz's TP52 Standard Insurance Centennial III to nail the start line on port tack, close to the committee boat end, as the starboard tackers were caught off guard behind the start boat. The shifty and gusty nature of the breeze remained for the entire race and depending where the boat was placed, developed into a game of snakes and ladders. As the race wore on, it turned into a procession with the spaces between boats gradually lengthening as the crews urged the yachts to sail both up and down wind to their maximum IRC speeds. Goto AY Race Report 1

Commodore's Cup - Ready and raring to go at Subic Bay...
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportBy AY MultiMedia
02 April 2012: When the starting signal sounds tomorrow, ten yachts divided into three classes will go under starters orders. All the boats, except Frank Pong's Reichel/Pugh 75 Jelik are from the Philippines and due to the late arrival of the San Fernando Race competitors, the flow on effect of entries from Hong Kong has not eventuated. This will not stop them fighting it out on the wide expanse of water that forms Subic Bay, as they like nothing better than jousting it out amongst themselves, to earn "bragging rights" for the next year. Frank Pong has also been very supportive of Philippine racing, even naming one of his many boats after Boracay, his favourite sailing destination. Four days of windward/leeward and passage races in a superb natural harbour that serves up brilliant sunshine, flat blue water and good wind conditions, can be a bit deceiving and demands close attention by skippers and their tacticians. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report.

Goto RHKYC Race ReportsSan Fernando Race 2013 - Antipodes Does the Double
30 March 2013: With eleven boats of the 24 boat San Fernando feet safely anchored off the beach and target finish times for the other boats now passed, Geoff Hill can relax in the knowledge that Antipodes will lift not only the silverware for Line Honours but also for IRC Overall at the formal prizegiving back in Hong Kong. The Philippine team of Standard Insurance Centennial, headed by Ernesto Echauz, finishes second overall, with the Ker 40, Peninsula Signal 8 coming in third, and 1st in IRC Racing Division 1. Goto results at: http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/sfrresults.aspx and the RHKYC Race Reports

Goto AY Race Report 8Curtain comes down on successful Round Hainan Regatta
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

29:03:2013 - An unprecedented heavy downpour severely affected both IRC fleets from racing down the East coast of Hainan on the final day. The IRC 1 Classes contesting Stage 2 of the Round Hainan Race from Haikou to Sanya was shortened and the IRC 2 Classes did not even get started, as the storm left a vacuum in its path at the Shimei Bay International Marina Club in Wanning. After the Haikou start the yachts had to beat their way around the top of the island and down the East coast which finally gave Wang Lei's Swan 82 You Bao a chance to stretch their legs and show their pedigree by taking the daily double at the third way point. The IRC 2 Racers were deprived of the chance to improve their standings and yesterdays tally will stand as the final overall results, as they faced a 100nm motor back to Sanya. Goto AY Race Report 8

Round Hainan Regatta - One class starts as the other finishes...
Goto AY Race Report 7By AsianYachting MultiMedia
28:03:2013 - After another early morning Starting Ceremony, the IRC 1 Classes headed out to sea to start Stage 2 of the Round Hainan Race - the 200nm leg from Haikou back to Sanya Race. Once again the race committee have shortened the course for the six Beneteau Oceanis 40's down to 110nm before making their own way to Sanya by Friday night. At about the same time down on the East coast, the IRC 2 Classes started on the short and sweet Wanning In-Port race. This is their fourth event of the series and has produced some mixed results, as some boats make a final thrust to secure a podium place. All that remains is for the IRC 2 racers to join the IRC 1 classes at sea during the Wanning to Sanya Race, culminating with the grand presentation and gala dinner on Saturday night. Goto AY Race Report 7

Goto AY Race Report 6Round Hainan Regatta - Grinding out the results
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

27:03:2013 - On a gray and misty day, with some chill in the air, the IRC 1 fleet faced the starters orders on the Haikou In-Port races. The 9 to 12 knot breeze has switched to the East North East and a 1 to 2 meter swell has been stirred up, on the race course just outside the harbour limits. The class leaders know its time to consolidate their positions while others down the order realise this is their last chance to make a move and have it stick. While the IRC 2 classes down in Wanning have a lay day, they also are doing some permutations to find out what it takes to improve their placing's before the In-Port races tomorrow. Under the scoring system, the two races today will be added together and treated as one result in the overall stakes. Goto AY Race Report 6

Sanya to Haikou finishes as Sanya to Wanning starts
Goto AY Race Report 5 By AsianYachting MultiMedia

26:03:2013 - The Round Hainan Race turned into a go stop affair, as the wind speed and direction rotated around the clock. After 38 hours of racing the IRC 1 Classes managed to reach their respective finishing lines on the 270nm Stage 1 Sanya to Haikou during the early hours of this morning. Just as the last boats reached Haikou, the IRC 2 Classes were starting their 100nm Sanya to Wanning Race this morning. Another few more beats by the women drummers and the IRC 2 racers were off, this time around the East coast with a fresh 10 to 12 knot South Easterly breeze to send them on their way. Adam Ng’s Judel Vrolijk 52 Team Shenzhen Apat claimed the daily double in the IRC 1-A Class and after a close tussle between the six Beneteau Oceanis 40's, Malaysia's Vincent Chan Siew Onn's Team Abdullah Chan (Sanya) with their new handicap adjustment managed to correct out in front of the IRC 1-B class. Goto AY Race Report 5

Goto AY Race Report 4Fleet split up for Round Hainan & Dongluo Races
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

25:03:2013 - After a resounding Starting Ceremony with women drummers bringing good fortune, held at Sanya Serenity Coast Marina yesterday, the IRC 1 Class set off on Stage 1, clockwise Round Hainan from Sanya in the South to Haikou in the North of the island. A revised shortened course was posted for the six Beneteau Oceanis 40's in IRC 1-B reducing their distance down to 150nm before making their way to Haikou under their own steam. In comparison the IRC 2 Class had a much shorter 60nm race to Dongluo Island to the west of Sanya and back, which finished during the early hours of this morning. The predominant South Easterly breeze had lightened up, as all yachts got away on a clean downwind start, that was forecasted to pick up as the day progressed. Once again the colorful sails and city skyline in the background made a wonderful spectacle on what normally would have been a sleepy Sunday morning. Goto AY Race Report 4.

Round Hainan Regatta - Winners decided for Sanya In-Port Races...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 323:03:2013 - For the last three days the South Easterly breeze has ranged between 6 to 15 knots, which enabled the Race Committee to run 8 IRC races and 10 Soto 27 One Design races in total and conclude the inaugural Soto 27 series on a high note. The Jury were out in force conducting on the water umpiring and successfully returned some boats to the start line for barging and inflicted penalty turns for top mark infringements. While most crews have got into the daily rhythm of yacht racing, others were a little to keen and recalled for being over the line at the start. Under the new scoring system the overall placing's for the six Sanya in-port races, held yesterday and today, will be regarded as one race result. This may seem a little confusing, considering the effort that goes into 8 races but it was explained to the media by the Chinese race committee as "This is how we do it in China". Perhaps its time to reevaluate the process and adopt Internationally accepted procedures that don't favour some boats over others. Goto AY Race Report 3

Goto AY Race Report 2Round Hainan Regatta - Getting it all sorted in Sanya...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

22:03:2013 - Overnight one prominent yacht changed its class and a new scoring system was devised by the race committee. (See Race Report) The breeze fluctuated between 10 and 15 knots and remained in the South East quadrant for the entire day. After a short delay waiting for the yachts to reach the start line, the race officers swung into action and fired off 3 races for the IRC Classes and 4 for the Soto 27 One - Design Class. Many sun burnt, thirsty and weary sailors came ashore and caught up with the news, results and preparations at other ports over the coming days. The International Jury have witnessed several breaches of the rules (especially barging at the startline) and issued a stern warning that in the interest of safety, they may introduce on-the-water umpiring and penalties to tighten up on procedures. Goto AY Race Report 2

Round Hainan Regatta - Yacht Racing Chinese style...
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Goto AY Race Report 1 21:03:2013 - More akin to the colorful Dongzhi Festival, the entire fleet started with decorated sails and sponsors logos emblazoned on the hulls, for two Sanya PRO-AM In-Port Races. The South Easterly flow built to 15 knots by midday, which eased the crews into the opening rounds and provided an exciting spectacle to get the regatta underway. Over 40 media have been invited from all over the country to cover the event and most boats had photographers onboard to capture the action and get an idea on how big boat racing is conducted. As this sport is relatively new in China and vast amounts of Yuan is being poured into the infrastructure, it is important that both sides get an understanding on what's needed for the sport to progress. Although several teams are content to just go around the course, an element of seriousness exists which can be found at the front of each class. Goto AY Race Report 1

Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportSanya rolls out the Round Hainan Regatta...
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19:03:2013 - Over the past 10 years, leisure boat ownership in China has dramatically increased and the pleasure yacht industry rapidly followed by building marina facilities and resorts at popular tourist destinations. During the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, Sanya the Capital City of Hainan Island hosted the Stopover, In-port races and launched their own multi million US$ boat campaign by the same name during the race. They have also just been awarded the VOR Stopover again for the 2014-15 race (See Promo Video). The General Administration of Sports in China, Hainan Municipal Governments and the Chinese Yachting Association (CYA) formed the Hainan Ocean Race Co Ltd to organise the 470 nautical mile offshore sailing race that goes clockwise round the island in two stages. The start and finish is from Sanya, which is the southernmost city, renown for its warm weather making it the Tourism Capital of China. Now Sanya Serenity Coast Marina is fast turning Sanya into one of the most popular sailing cities in the country. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Goto Feb AYGP NewsletterTop guns reassert position on AYGP leaderboard...
By AY MultiMedia
27th February 2013: The conclusion of the combined Subic Boracay Race & Cup, not only marks 70% completion of the 2012-13 Season, but is also when the long term campaigners come into their own. The AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards, are usually the domain of the Racing Class but at this stage, Peter Wilcox's Schionning Gforce 1500 Mojo, with 3 mid-season Multihull Class victories, still holds a slender 3 point lead in the AYGP Championships. After contesting four events, Frank Pong's Reichel/Pugh 75 Jelik is the big mover and shaker taking over second place in the rankings. Although last seasons champion, Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi has only contested two regattas, their exemplary performance brings them into 12th place, with four regattas left to run. The Skipper and Yacht which has the best score from six events during the season will be crowned the champion. From now on, the winner will depend entirely on which regattas are contested and could come from any of the top 25 in the rankings. Goto February AYGP Newsletter or check out the AYGP Pointscore by Skippers - Yachts - Regatta Results - Scoring System

Hi Fi wins Boracay Cup & Karakoa the combined trophy...
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Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary22:02:2013 Boracay, Philippines: Constant overnight and early morning rain, turned the race course into a millpond compared to yesterday and when suitable visibility returned, there were light wind ripples on the surface, so the waiting crew were dispatched to the anchorage and busily prepared themselves for the final day of racing. The entire fleet started with a windward/leeward race and as the day wore on, the sun broke through and breeze picked up, allowing PRO Jerry Rollin to select the Round Boracay course for IRC Racing and a shorter passage race for the IRC Cruising class. Despite a day cancelled due to interference from Tropical Depression Crising, the entire race program has been completed, be it in a different format to what was initially prescribed. A three way battle for the title between Ray Ordoveza's Excel 53 Karakoa, Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi and Frank Pong's Reichel/Pugh 75 Jelik was on the cards. Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary

Wet and wild as TD Crising moves on...
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Goto AY Race Report 4
21:02:2013 Boracay, Philippines: Despite the remnants of Tropical Depression Crising lingering around, the decision was made to go out and race. A heavy overcast sky delivered scattered horizontal rain squalls, constantly in the 25 to 30 knot range with bad visibility. This did not dampen the sailors spirits as they lined up to start and suddenly it was on for young and old, performing character building exercises. Several boats carried reefed mainsails and heavy weather headsail's, as the skippers searched for the right balance between boat speed and heeling angle. Although the going was tough and equipment breakage forced, Jonathan Mahony's Zanzibar to retire from the series with a broken boom and Geoff Hill's Antipodes to withdraw with mainsail problems, PRO Jerry Rollin fired off three windward/leeward races over a two mile course and was determined to get the regatta back on track. Finally as the day wore on, the sun came out and by late afternoon normal beach service was resumed on Boracay. Goto AY Race Report 4

TD Crising holts play in Boracay...
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Goto AY Race Report 3 20:02:2013 Boracay, Philippines: Sailors woke to a very blustery and wet Boracay, as Tropical Depression Crising (See map and warning below) made its way across the Philippine islands to the South of here. Coastguard officials issued a warning which made PRO Jerry Rollin's task that much easier. Everyone had a big sigh of relief as its plainly evident that there are boat breaking conditions on the race course. Interesting enough, no one can recall when a racing day in SE Asian waters was cancelled for having to much wind. As the system is rapidly moving off to the West it is hoped that racing will resume tomorrow with windward/leewards to the West of Caticlan. Meanwhile most crews retired to the bar and the early morning tourists were amazed that a crowd were consuming drinks so early in the day. Others are planning to hire cars to tour the island, booking massages and organising other activities to fill the day. Goto AY Race Report 3

Goto AY Race Report 2 Got any wind? Yeah still blowing in Boracay...
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19:02:2013 Boracay, Philippines: It often amazes sailors when they come to Boracay for the first time, just how much wind they get here. Even when its overcast with scattered showers like today, there is 20 to 25 knots and building 1.5 to 2 meter waves out on the race course. The action started early when a call came through from Jonathan Mahony's Zanzibar that a crew member has been injured and needs to be evacuated immediately. Easy to say but difficult to implement in a difficult seaway. Other crews prepared the mainsail reefing system and searched the wardrobe for small headsail's and chicken chutes in anticipation. Clear starts for both IRC classes and they headed out on passage races around nearby islands and ended up under spinnaker through the narrow passage between Boracay and Caticlan before spearing down to the finish line. Goto AY Race Report 2

Goto AY Race Report 1Frank Pong's Jelik breaks the Subic Boracay Race Record...
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Goto AY Race Report 118:02:2013 Boracay, Philippines: When Deputy Administrator Raul Marcelo from SBMA Tourism sounded the horn to start the 200 nautical mile, Subic Bay to Boracay Race last Saturday, 13 yachts in 3 classes took off in sunny conditions, and a 20-25 knot Easterly to deal with, latter gusting to 30-35 knots in pursuit of an elusive victory. Disaster struck only a few hours into the race when Sam Chan's TP52 Freefire was dismasted and retired to Manila. The rest of the fleet pushed on and as the usual parking lots in the Verde Island Passage and Dumali Point were short lived or nonexistent, the skippers had a chance to open up the throttle for a fantastic downwind slide all the way to Boracay. With speeds in excess of 20 knots, Frank Pong's Reichel/Pugh 75 Jelik shaved 2 hours 45 minutes 35 seconds of the previous race record, they set in the Inaugural Race back in 2011. Goto AY Race Report 1

Neptune Regatta - All over bar the shouting...
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Goto AY Race Report 4 - 5 & Summary16:02:2013 The Cruisers started early from the Karas Besar anchorage and made quick work of the Riau Strait to a shortened finish line near Bintan to complete their series. The Racing classes assembled offshore from Nongsa Point Marina expecting two more windward / leeward races. Half way through the first race the wind faded and they struggled with a strong cross current to complete the race. Thereafter the threatening rain cells descended over the course area and after several attempts to get Race 2 underway proved fruitless, PRO Jerry Rollin eventually called it a day. Back to the marina, calculate the results and award the prizes at the closing ceremony became the order for the rest of the day. Goto combined AY Race Report 4 - 5 & Summary

Goto AY Race Reports 1 - 3Neptune Regatta - From Slimy Pollywogs to Trusty Shellback's
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13:02:2013 All classes set off together for a meeting with King Neptune on the Garmin Race to Zero. An early morning storm and surrounding gray sky, full of precipitation set the precedent which continued to plague the competitors and race officers throughout the day. Halfway down on the spinnaker run, another wondering rain cell crossed the fleet, changing the wind direction several times, which hampered some and assisted others.
David Ross Ker 40 Kukuerchu helmed by Jonno Rankine slipped through the minefield and was first to cross the finish line. Each yacht was greeted with resounding applause and King Neptune mysteriously appeared and began ceremoniously transforming uninitiated crew from Slimy Pollywogs to Trusty Shellback's. Goto combined AY Race Reports 1 - 3

Its King Neptune time again...
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Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report10:02:2013 With the Chinese New Year festivities in full swing, the sailing community are using the extended holiday to participate on the Neptune Regatta. If Friday nights Mount Gay Rum Launch Party at Hannibal Bar & Grill in Singapore is anything to go by, the sailors are ready to embark on an adventure to the equator and ceremonially inducted into King Neptune's Court. A tremendous effort has gone into bringing all the logistics together and make the regatta happen. Tudor John the Regatta Architect is the driving force behind the event and the extensive publicity generated has ranked the regatta amongst the top 20 Facebook sailing sites in the world. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Sing Straits - Demolition derby to finish off with...
Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryBy AsianYachting MultiMedia

02:02:2013 - The NE tradewind did not disappoint the sailors, as it has remained in the high teens throughout the regatta. The casualty rate went up a notch when three multihull's returned to the marina early, with a broken forestay, torn mainsail and a dismasting. Winfrid Wong's Cork 1780 Xtra SMUve also returned with mast spreader problems. The race committee decided on two passage races along the East coast to finish up with. The first one mostly upwind followed by two sail reaching and downwind to complete the series. They both turned into soldiers courses with boatspeed determining the finish order. The yachts pointing ability and positioning when the gusts hit played a big part in the first race and when to fly the spinnaker and ability to hold onto it were the deciding factor in some classes in the second race. For Overall Placing's go to AY Race Report 4 & Summary

Goto AY Race Report 3Sing Straits - SB20 and Multihull's join the action...
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01:02:2013 - The SB 20 keelboats and Multihull classes opened their account today with a 2-day series in front of Singapore's East coast beaches. Meanwhile the majority of the fleet in Batam, completed a windward/leeward race before embarking on a passage race down the Indonesian side of the Strait, to finish near Buffalo Rock. They then crossed the Strait at their own leisure and returned to ONE°15 Marina Club. The 16 to 18 knot trade wind piping in from the North East made for an interesting day of power sailing on both sides of border. Several blistered hands and tall stories are being told back at the bar this afternoon. Goto AY Race Report 3

Sing Straits - Breeze is up, so lets go racing...
Goto AY Race Report 2By AsianYachting MultiMedia

31:01:2013 - A solid 14 to 16 knot North Easterly tradewind greeted the sailors as they made their way to the racing area in front of the Turi Beach Resort. The choppy seas and strong incoming current did not dampen their spirits. Despite PRO Richard Cai incurring a hand injury and taken back for treatment, the race committee went straight into sequence and "lets go racing" was the order of the day. Most crews are a bit rusty since the New Year holidays but in these conditions there is no room for error as it tends to multiply into an even bigger problem. The same goes for the new recruits as they quickly come to grips with sail handling in windy conditions. The well oiled crews are noticeable on the water and starting to dominate proceedings. Goto AY Race Report 2

MPA stifling the Straits Regatta...
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Goto AY Race Report 1 30:01:2013 - Despite all the efforts by the organising committee to revitalise the Straits Regatta, in a last minute decision, the Maritime & Port Authority (MPA) have once again deprived them from conducting the passage race across the Strait to Batam, Indonesia. Instead a short 11nm inshore course, up inside the East Coast anchorage had to suffice, before the yachts made their own way across the Strait. Not having the passage races could be the death knell to this regatta. The yachts have compulsory AIS tracking devices and very capable skippers in charge of the vessels plus in radio contact with the authorities. The regatta is struggling to hold its place in the regional racing scene and has trouble attracting International teams that expect challenging sailing courses, are boycotting the event due to the stifling restrictions placed on it by the MPA. It seems that unless its the Volvo Ocean Race or Clipper Round the World Race, they will not help their own home regatta to succeed, despite 18 years of crossing the Straits without any incidents. Goto AY Race Report 1

Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportRevitalised Straits Regatta ready to roll...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

29:01:2013 - During the mid 90's sailing enthusiasts at Changi Sailing Club decided to spruce up their racing program and came up with the Singapore Straits Regatta. They joined with Malaysia's Raja Muda and Thailand's King's Cup to become the "Big Three" events in South East Asian waters. Back in those days, Singapore was the sailing mecca in Asia but rapid development resulted in the yachting industry shifting North to Phuket and Langkawi seeking greener pastures. Over the years the organisation has grown to include all local yacht clubs and marinas in Singapore and Batam. Despite the dates and format being chopped and changed, the regatta still retains the only true International status by visiting two countries (Singapore & Indonesia) and provides an excellent stage for sailors to experience big boat racing in often trying conditions. This year is no different. Two passage races from Singapore across the Strait to Batam, Indonesia and back, plus short course racing in Batam and upon returning to Singapore, will test the sailors skills to the limit. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Mojo takes over lead in AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year
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Goto January AYGP Newsletter18th January 2013: After winning the Multihull Class at the top three scoring events, on the West coast of the Kra Peninsula, Peter Wilcox's Schionning Gforce 1500 Mojo takes over the lead in the race for the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year. It has not been an easy ride and they have scraped every inch of the way, against more fancied locally built boats. Since arriving in Asian waters late last year, the very sleek looking catamaran has lived up to its appearance. During the Royal Langkawi Int. Regatta, Wilcox expanded on their success "Keep your head out of the boat and always try to place the boat where the wind is. Don't go out on a flyer or gamble on the wind being somewhere else. It might be a conservative approach but it has paid dividends". They have got here by winning 2 out of 4 races at the Raja Muda Regatta, 5 out of 10 races at the Phuket King's Cup Regatta, and 5 out of 8 races at the Royal Langkawi Int. Regatta. If they continue on this path and successfully compete on three more events, to make up the six regatta count, they are in good shape to take the title home. Goto Jan AYGP Newsletter and check out the 2012-13 pointscore by Skippers - Yachts - Regatta Results

RLIR - Neil Pryde finally comes up trumps in Langkawi...
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12:01:2013 Langkawi, Malaysia: After ten attempts, Neil Pryde has finally broken the drought by winning the Prime Minister's Challenge Trophy. Having put together an insurmountable lead, they went out today knowing what they had to do and executed the plan to perfection by winning the first race. They did not have to compete in the final race as the trophy was already in the bag. This is the only major regatta that has eluded them all these years on the Asian circuit and the haunting ghost can finally be put to rest. Not to shabby after six months recovering from hip replacement surgery and being the first regatta for the team is a great way to open their account in this seasons AYGP Championship. Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary

Goto Day 4 Race ReportsRolex Sydney Hobart - Heavy going for 57 yachts still at sea...
By Danielle McKay, RSH Media team - Photo Credit ROLEX-Carlo Borlenghi-Daniel Forster
29th Dec 2012, 1530hrs: By 15:00 AEDT on 29 December, 13 yachts had finished the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart including two of the international entries: KLC Bengal from Japan and Ambersail from Lithuania. Last year’s winner, Loki, has so far come closest to unseating Wild Oats XI. Finishing last night at just before 21:00 even she was two hours adrift on corrected time. Black Jack, which arrived an hour before Loki, lies in third overall. Chris Bull’s Jazz holds fourth. In strong wind conditions 30 nautical miles off Tasmania’s east coast this afternoon, rigging damage forced the crew aboard the Tasmanian 11-metre yacht Dump Truck to retire from the race and to run for shelter. Five yachts have retired so far and, for the 57 yachts still racing, a difficult evening lies ahead. In the lee of northeastern Tasmania there is a substantial wind shadow. From midway down the eastern seaboard to Tasman Island. Spindrift is flying off 3 metre waves in a 26 – 36 knot west-southwesterly. These conditions are forecast to prevail through much of 30 December too. Goto Day 4 Race Reports Ckeck out the Race Tracker - Yahoo!7 News Video - Rolex News, Photo Gallery & Videos

Rolex Sydney Hobart - Wild Oats XI wins the treble...
By Danielle McKay, RSH Media team - Photo Credit ROLEX-Carlo Borlenghi-Daniel Forster
Goto Day 4 Race Reports29th Dec 2012, 1230hrs: At 12.00pm today, Wild Oats XI was officially confirmed the overall winner of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The win cements Wild Oats XI, owner Bob Oatley and skipper Mark Richards’ place in history as the first to claim the treble; line honours, first overall and the race record - twice. Richards steered the yacht to the treble in 2005, but it came in easier style than this time around, when the record was on, then off and on again in the closing stages. He said today that laying his hands on the Tattersall’s Cup (awarded to the overall winning yacht) was the ultimate achievement. “There’s only a couple of boats competing for line honours, but the Tattersall’s Cup – it’s nearly the whole fleet - it’s a big deal,” he said. Goto Day 4 Race Reports Ckeck out the Race Tracker - Yahoo!7 News Video - Rolex News, Photo Gallery & Videos

Rolex Sydney Hobart - Wild Oats XI still gunning for the treble
By AsianYachting MultiMedia - Photo Credit ROLEX-Carlo Borlenghi-Daniel Forster
Goto Day 3 Race Reports28th Dec 2012, 2330hrs: As Ricko gently glided Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI across the finish this morning, they staked their claim on Line Honours and with an elapsed time of one day, 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds, have beaten their 2005 record time by 16 minutes and 58 seconds. Since then, the crew have waited eagerly as other boats finished to see if they can hold onto Handicap Honours for the Tattersall’s Cup and complete the treble. Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin-Loyal finished nearly five hours after Wild Oats XI but down the order in seventh IRC overall. Over five hours latter Peter Millard & John Honan's Lahana crossed the line but to no avail. After surfing down the Tassie east coast yesterday, Peter Harburg's Black Jack and Stephen Ainsworth's Loki where in with a chance, but difficulties overcoming the unpredictable SW change today and only a little over a minute separated them at the finish line. On corrected time, last years winner Ainsworth's Loki could only manage second place to Wild Oats XI and provisionally holds second overall from the finished boats. Meanwhile, everyone's waiting for Jason Van der Slot's TP52 Calm that has until 0131 hours AEDT tomorrow to finish before claiming the Tattersall’s Cup. As time ticks by Wild Oats XI is within shouting distance of repeating her 2005 treble, when she claimed line honours, the race record and the handicap win.
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Wild Oats XI breaks record & Ragamuffin-Loyal 2nd home
By Danielle McKay, RSH Media team - Photo Credit ROLEX-Carlo Borlenghi-Daniel Forster
28th Dec 2012, 1330hrs: Ragamuffin-Loyal has finished second across the Rolex Sydney Hobart finish line, almost five hours behind the record breaking Wild Oats XI, after gear damage hampered the defending champion’s bid to win. The crew pumped their fists in the air and shared elated hugs as they passed the Rolex finish buoys at Hobart’s Castray Esplanade at 1208 AEDT, surrounded by thousands of fans. Speaking from Constitution Dock, skipper Syd Fischer said it was an “unfortunate” finish after the team so dramatically defeated Wild Oats XI by three minutes and eight seconds last year. “We had a bit of trouble,” the 85-year old said after finishing his 44th Rolex Sydney Hobart in one day, 23 hours and eight minutes and 44 seconds. Goto Day 3 Race Reports
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Goto Day 2 Race ReportsRolex Sydney Hobart - Wild Oats XI looking at treble again...
By Danielle McKay, RSH Media team - Photo Credit ROLEX-Carlo Borlenghi-Daniel Forster
27th DEC 2012 - 1130hrs: Wild Oats XI is chasing its own race record, with a chance of repeating its 2005 treble, as it leads the fleet of 76 yachts into Bass Strait on day two of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. In second place, Ragamuffin-Loyal is doing everything it can to close the 20 nautical mile gap on the race leader. The crew has reported that skipper Syd Fischer, 85, has been up on deck “cracking the whip”, in a bid to defend the boat's line honours title, having beaten Wild Oats XI by three minutes and eight seconds in 2011. Despite both suffering superficial damage overnight, the duelling super-maxis are powering at speeds of more than 20 knots in freshening 25 knots north-northeast winds. Goto Day 2 Race Reports
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Wild Oats XI On the Cusp - Living Doll retires - Ragamuffin Loyal redress request
By Rolex Media - Photo Credit ROLEX-Carlo Borlenghi-Daniel Forster
Goto Day 2 Race Reports27th DEC 2012 - Day 2 of the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart has so far played out as predicted. The largest yachts have profited hugely from the overnight swing in wind direction to the northeast; one yacht in particular. At 17:30AEDT five-time Rolex Sydney Hobart line honours winner, Wild Oats XI, lay about 40 nautical miles ahead of her own record pace as she closed on Tasmania. In the process, she has brutally exposed the shortcomings of her competitors in straight-line speed sailing, even drawing out a 50nm lead over fellow maxi Ragamuffin Loyal.
Wild Oats XI appears on the cusp of a remarkable repeat of her 2005 triple-crown success: first boat home, new course record and overall win. Well in front of her rivals and the record on the water, all day long she has been trading the top handicap position with Peter Harburg’s Black Jack, according to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s position tracker. Harburg has his own history making in mind: to become the first yacht from Queensland to lift the Tattersalls’ Cup. He will not be getting over-excited. This being a yacht race, the organizers are a long way from inscribing names onto silverware. Goto Day 2 Race Reports Ckeck out the Race Tracker - Yahoo!7 News Video - Rolex News, Photo Gallery & Videos.

Goto Day 2 Race ReportRolex Sydney Hobart - Wild Oats XI closes in on Bass Strait
By Jim Gale, RSH Media team - Photo Credit ROLEX-Carlo Borlenghi-Daniel Forster
27th DEC 2012 - 0700hrs:
Race leader Wild Oats XI is set to launch into Bass Strait in a freshening northerly breeze in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race this morning. A short time ago Wild Oats XI’s navigator, Adrienne Cahalan, reported that the crew had had a busy night, constantly changing sails as yesterday’s east-south-easterly breeze moved around to the east and softened to 4-5 knots at around midnight. It gradually shifted around to the north-north east, and gradually built in the early hours of the morning. “We are currently doing 15 knots in 15 knots of wind,” Cahalan reported this morning. “We’ve got a little bit of current too.” Cahalan expects the wind to build to around 20 knots this morning, making for a very fast ride across Bass Strait. “We’re now looking at how we approach Tasmania. The next big picture is the approaching front this evening or tomorrow morning. We are working out what our strategy should be,” she said. Cahalan reported that in the lighter breeze during the night, second placed Ragamuffin-Loyal was able to close in on the race leader, but as the northerly kicked in, Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI pulled away again in the near-perfect downwind conditions, opening a lead of 10 nautical miles. Goto Day 2 Race Report Ckeck out the Race Tracker - Yahoo!7 News Video - Rolex News, Photo Gallery & Videos

Rolex Sydney Hobart - Wild Oats XI flies out to sea
By Di Pearson, RSH Media team - Photo Credit ROLEX-Carlo Borlenghi-Daniel Forster
Goto Start Day 1 Race Report26 DEC 2012 - 1415hrs: The start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race did not disappoint today and in perfect gusty southerly 20-25 knot winds, under a sunny sky, the 76 yachts in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s annual race, popped kites and Code Zeros at the start, making for a spectacular sight. Wild Oats XI made for riveting viewing. It was almost impossible to drag one’s eyes away as Mark Richards assumed his usual position at the pin end of the line, the crew work again impeccable. It was like watching a Skud missile launch as Bob Oatley’s 100 foot super maxi shot off the line on cue and bolted, taking around six minutes to make the turning mark, leaving all in her wake. A little further up the line from Wild Oats XI, Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin-Loyal tried to keep pace with her nemesis, but could not keep up. Halfway down the Harbour, Peter Harburg’s Black Jack, with Mark Bradford at the helm, and Stephen Ainsworth’s Loki, steered by Gordon Maguire, nearly overtook Ragamuffin-Loyal, footer, with Black Jack having another go as they neared the sea mark. Goto Start Day 1 Race Report - Tracker - Yahoo!7 News Video

2012 Rolex Syd-Hobart RaceChristmas over, get ready for Sydney Hobart Race...
The Australia Network (Astro Channel 521 Malaysia) will broadcast the start of the 68th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 to 31 million homes across 45 countries in Asia-Pacific and the Indian sub-continent. Seventy seven yachts will start at 1pm AEST (10:00am East Asia) on Boxing Day, 26 Dec. Check out the start line action from 12:30pm AEST (09:30am East Asia) through its online affiliate Yahoo!7. Goto live tracking at the official CYCA - Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 website. CYCA TV is a dedicated You Tube TV station where you will find the films of past Sydney Hobart Yacht Races including a silent film of the very first race in 1945. http://www.youtube.com/user/CYCATV/videos
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Goto Dec AYGP NewsletterMixed bag of results changes AYGP leaderboard
By AY MultiMedia
19th December 2012: A mixed bag of results has produced a dramatic change in the order of the 2012-13 AYGP Championship. After the Phuket King's Cup Regatta, Peter Forsythe & Jing Lee's X-55 Xena takes over the lead after contesting only three regattas. Fred Kinmonth/ Nick Burns Mills 40EFG Bank Mandrake are tied on 38 points with Xena but as it has taken Mandrake four regattas to reach this point they slot into second place. A clean sweep during Phuket Raceweek and a great performance at the King's Cup has Hans Rahmann's Firefly 28 Voodoo working their way up into third place. Full roundup goto December AYGP Newsletter and Search the 2012-13 AYGP Pointscore by Skippers - Yachts - Regatta Results - Scoring System

Goto Full MC Report Here...Canfield Wins Monsoon Cup - Williams Crowned Tour Champion
By Monsoon Cup Media
Goto Full MC Report Here...Pulau Duyong, 8 December 2012: Wildcard entry Taylor Canfield from the US Virgin Islands has won the most coveted event on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, the Monsoon Cup, after defeating Kiwi Phil Robertson in a dramatic, sudden death final. Ian Williams, who claimed his record-equalling fourth ISAF Match Racing World Championship in the Quarter Final, had to settle for third place after defeating Peter Gilmour in the Petit Final. Canfield – skipper of USone, who also won the penultimate Tour event, the Argo Group Gold Cup, said: “This win is the best we have achieved in our careers so far and the guys I’m sailing with, Hayden Goodrick, Mike Rehe, Dan Morris and Rob Dawson did a fantastic job here today. “This is a great way to finish the season and sets the bar for next year.” Goto Full MC Report Here...

King's Cup - Best of the best crowned 2012 champions
By AsianYachting MultiMedia - Photo Credit Guy Nowell
08 Dec 2012: Ten to twelve knots from the East North East greeted sailors on the last day of racing. The IRC and Multihull's were sent on a long windward/leeward course and Premier Cruisers one windward/leeward before setting off with the Cruising Classes on a passage race around nearby islands. Some classes were already decided while others relied on the final race shootout to determine the overall class standings. Nerves were tense and while some buckled under the pressure, others found the resources going in their favour. Go to full round up in AY Race Report 5 & Summary

Goto AY Race Report 4King's Cup - Light wind brings a change in the order...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
07 Dec 2012: Going out to the left paid off big time earlier in the week but today the skippers that went right, picked up a favourable shift and gained over half a leg by the time they reached the bottom mark. As a result of the light wind, windward/leeward courses were set for all classes. While the IRC classes and multihull's completed multiple races, only a couple miles to the north, the cruisers struggled when it turned into a drift-a-thon before they could complete the first lap. This spin of the wheel of fortune has produced different winners and a change in the order in some classes and bolstered the standings in others. Goto full account in AY Race Report 4

Phuket King's Cup - King's blessing as crews consolidate the scores...
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Go to AY Race Report 305 Dec 2012: The days proceedings started with a sail past the Royal Thai Navy vessels from the Third Naval Area Command at Cape Promthep, to honour HM the King of Thailand's 85th birthday. Crews lined up on their yachts chanting three cheers, doffing their caps and some even singing Happy Birthday. A parade of sail is an appropriate way for International sailors to pay homage to Thailand's royal sailing family that have supported yachting events all these years. After the sail past the boats continued out to sea to begin Race Day 3. Blessed with 12-15 knots of East North Easterly breeze all the classes got stuck into windward/leeward races. Full roundup go to AY Race Report 3

Phuket King's Cup - Thar' she blows...
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04 Dec 2012: With the North Easterly gusting to 20-25 knots, many yachts reached their upper wind range, which caused a high rate of attrition today. Several mainsails blown out, spinnakers shredded and one dismasting were amongst the early retirements littering the anchorage at Kata Beach. The sail lofts will be busy long into the night. To make matters worse some confusion at the finishing line has resulted in many skippers requesting redress from the International jury. Despite all this, most crews relished the fresh conditions - IRC 0 & 1, Firefly and Multihull's completed a windward/leeward race before the fleet set off on a passage race around the islands to the South East of Phuket and a quick downwind slide back to the finish. Full roundup go to AY Race Report 2

Phuket King's Cup - Classic King's Cup conditions on Day 1
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03 Dec 2012: Despite overnight storms and surf rolling onto Kata Beach causing the start to be delayed, the North East tradewind arrived on queue, enabling multiple windward/leeward races to be run on both courses. Some crews seemed confused with which course they were supposed to be on and others appeared a little rusty but when the starting horn sounded it was all on in earnest for the young and old. The windsurfers and dinghy's continued with their series close to shore and produced a colorful backdrop for the numerous sun bathers and reclining deck chair crowd on the beach. Slick performances by the well prepared and drilled crews produced top results and got the opening rounds off to a good start. Full roundup go to AY Race Report 1

Phuket King's Cup - All set for the annual celebration of sailing...
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Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report02 Dec 2012: With 75 racing yachts, 40+ Windsurfers and 40+ Dinghies running their own series, the waters off Kata Beach Resort comes alive for another week of fast and furious sailing action. Throw in a sailpast and 21 Gun Salute on the King's birthday (Wed 5th) off Cape Prom Thep, the South West coast of Phuket is the place to be. Proclaimed the "Jewel in the Crown" of Asian Regattas and well known on the International sailing scene, this event is the fifth point scoring regatta on the annual AYGP Championship, that ultimately goes toward being crowned the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year. Most crews come for the racing and also to enjoy the Island, the tropical sailing conditions and the wonderful Thai hospitality at the nightly prize giving parties that are second to none. Check out the competitors race form in the AY Pre-Regatta Report


Goto AY Day 3 Race Report & SummaryMMRC Stage 4 - Victory for Koo on all fronts...
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Nov 30th - Pulau Duyong, Terengganu: A reinvigorated Hazwan Hazim Dermawan (Permai Hotel MR Team) have turned up in Terengganu. Spurred on by some new sponsors and a chance to pit their skills in Australia at the Warren Jones Memorial Regatta next January, has bought the original team that won in 2009 back together for the final Stage 4 of the MMRC. They went through the round robin undefeated and won their semi final 3 - zip. Although they missed out on the Monsoon Cup spot by mediocre performances in the early rounds, they attacked this final round with a vengeance and are more than ever determined to stamp their mark on the match racing circuit. Although Jeremy Koo's (KFC Malaysia/ KRT) claimed the Monsoon Cup spot and became the overall MMRC champion yesterday, this has not dampened the teams spirit to win this 4th stage and with RM15,000 prize money on offer, there was still a lot to play for. Goto AY Day 3 Race Report & Summary


MMRC Stage 4 - Tension mounts for final - Koo takes Monsoon Cup spot
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Goto AY Day 2 Race ReportNov 29th - Pulau Duyong, Terengganu: The seabreeze arrived early allowing the race managemnet team to complete the three flights remaining in the Round Robin. Despite their gallant efforts Nurul Ain Md. Isa (Ri-Yaz Heritage Sailing Team) and Mohd Saifullah's wild card entry (Terengganu Sailing Team) after picking up their first win on the circuit, have been eliminated and ended up in 5th and 6th place. The much anticipated duel between the championship leaders Jeremy Koo's (KFC Malaysia/ KRT) and Masyuri Rahmat's (RMNMRT 1) was left to the last flight and after a spirited pre-start they covered each other up the windward beat. Masyuri waited till they approached the boundary before calling for room to tack. Koo tacked early and laid the mark. Masyuri was slightly overlaid and that little error cost them the race. Continuing on their winning ways, Hazwan Hazim Dermawan (Permai Hotel MR Team) finished the round robin undefeated and the right to choose their semi final opponents. Catch up with all the semi final action in the AY Day 2 Race Report


MMRC Round 4 - Its all about winning...
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Goto AY Day 1 Race ReportNov 28th - Pulau Duyong, Terengganu: Match racing is a very tough game to play. Boat against boat they either win or loose, there is no second place. Experienced skippers take one race at a time and whether they win or loose don't let their emotions get the better of them and get the crew ready for the next race. These were Dato Peter Gilmour's words of advice to the six teams vying to become the Malaysian champions at this mornings skippers briefing. There are 3 teams that have won here before and despite only two teams in line for the championship and the enviable place at the Monsoon Cup, they are all starting on a new page and the pressure is on to perform. Goto AY Day 1 Race Report


Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report MMRC Round 4 - Malaysian battle for Monsoon Cup spot...
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Nov 27th - Pulau Duyong, Terengganu: After 3 rounds of the MMRC it all comes down to this final stage in Terengganu. The defending champion, Jeremy Koo's (KFC Malaysia/KRT) came out strong, winning the first two stages in Lumut and Pt Klang but dipped out at the semi final stage in Johor. This opened the door for Masyuri Rahmat's (RMNMRT 1) to come though and win the stage plus be within striking distance (3 points) of the overall leader with one round to go. At stake is the elusive spot to represent Malaysia at the season ending Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) - Monsoon Cup, starting in 7 days time. The fourth and final stage of the Malaysian Match Racing Circuit (MMRC) is held on the same boats and waters at the home of the Monsoon Cup. The main aim of the MMRC is to hone the tactical racing skills of Malaysian sailors and give them a chance to match the International lineup plus the confidence to win some races at the Monsoon Cup. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Raja Muda Regatta - Ichi Ban, Aussie Maid, Sea Bass, Rascal, Lady Bubbly & MoJo take the honours
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Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary24 Nov 2012: Drizzling rain and light shifty winds greeted sailors as they arrived for the last day of competition at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club. Some classes relied on these races to determine the overall results. Disconsolate crews made their way onto the water as the race officers went about setting the courses. Although a huge wind shift came through at start time the Premier Cruisers, Cruising 5 & 6 got away on their harbour passage race but the IRC racers were held back for the wind direction to steady and the windward/leeward course to be relayed several times. Once again a rain cell descended over the course reducing viability to less than 100 meters. Eventually the yachts appeared back through the mist and completed the race. As the miserable conditions persisted no further racing was signaled and everyone adjourned to the yacht club to pack up the boats and the final prize presentation and dinner. Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary and refresh the memories in the AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 4 Raja Muda Regatta - Slow and drawn out race to Langkawi
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23 Nov 2012: The lack of wind at the high noon start time, resulted in PRO Jerry Rollin raising the "Follow Me" signal and motoring off in the direction of Langkawi. After 1 3/4 hours and 10 miles from Penang, a consistent six knot North Westerly arrived, which allowed the race committee to go into sequence and fire the fleet away. With the breeze being right on the nose and likely to change further down the track, it turned into a gamble, which tack will favour in the long run. Although the shortened 40nm leg started out well, it soon turned light and required constant sail trimming to keep the boat footing along. No one ever stopped moving and as the night turned into early morning, the breeze increased a little and even the cruising classes came home with a rush. Goto AY Race Report 4

Raja Muda Regatta - Ichi Ban makes it four wins in a row...
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21 Nov 2012: The glassy sea during the morning made the outlook very bleak indeed. The high noon start time arrived and went with boats milling around trying to keep the crew amused. That is until a line of breeze was spotted on the horizon and gradually filled in for racing to get underway after a two hour delay. Although the wind never got above 8 knots the IRC Classes 1, 4 and Multihull's completed two windward/leeward races and the Premier Cruising and Cruising 5 & 6 completed a passage race around the harbour. The Cruising classes are getting very serious with several protests being herd by the International jury headed by Bryan Willis. The Multihull's are having their opening rounds and a combination of very new and sleek catamarans and trimaran's are going head to head this year. Goto AY Race Report 3

Raja Muda Regatta - Wind plays havoc with the fleet...
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20 Nov 2012: The lack of an established tradewind has forced sailors to rely on local conditions, which vary from meandering storms with some aggression, to little or no wind. The early morning breeze lasted long enough for PRO Jerry Rollin to get all the starts away on the 89nm Leg 2 Pangkor to Pinang. A building storm cell covered the course as they exited Pangkor and provided some exciting moments as the fleet passed through it. Unfortunately on the other side, the wind abated making progress through a sloppy sea very slow and frustrating for the rest of the course. The longer you stay out at sea the more tide cycles have to be endured and many skippers chose anchoring before watching their hopes wash away in the current. Goto AY Race Report 2

Raja Muda Regatta - Grueling Race 1 described as being very tactical...
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