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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...

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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...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

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...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

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...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

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...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

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
By AY MultiMedia
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...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

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...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
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...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
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
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
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...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
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...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
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
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
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...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
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...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
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
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
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
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
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...
Goto AY Race Report 3By AsianYachting MultiMedia
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...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
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...
Goto AY Race Report 1By AsianYachting MultiMedia
18 Nov 2012: A huge tropical downpour engulfed Port Klang, just as the yachts were leaving the yacht club pontoons and making their way out to the start line. Despite the mad rush for suitable wet weather gear, there was enough wind to stem the strong out going current, for PRO Jerry Rollin's race management team to get the early 11.00am Cruising Class 5 & 6 starts underway, plus the IRC Racing fleet at 1300hrs cleanly away. The whole day remained heavily overcast with storm clouds building over the mainland and out to sea, causing wild swings in wind direction and speed throughout the night and next morning. Goto AY Race Report 1

Raja Muda Regatta - Crews are ready to rock & roll...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report16 Nov 2012: The Royal Selangor Yacht Club is again welcoming competitors to their clubhouse in Port Klang for the 23rd running of Malaysia's premier sailing event. Although the big Racing Class yachts have dwindled in number, the growing 40ft class have taken over the role and receiving top billing. In total, 35 yachts and over 300 International crew have fronted this year for the unique Island hopping and renown social events along the West coast of the Malay peninsula. Over the years there have been a few tweaks but the basic 240nm program remains the same. Three overnight passage races from Port Klang, Pangkor, Penang and Langkawi, plus three days of harbour racing in Penang and Langkawi. This event is also the fourth point scoring regatta on the annual AYGP Championship, where all the skippers and yachts are awarded points based on their overall placing's at the end of the regatta, that goes toward crowning the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year. Go to AY Pre-Regatta Report

Goto AY Race Report 3 & SummaryOverall winners are the PGYC Youth Team
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
4th Nov 2012: The whole fleet raced together on the same course for the final race shootout. Exiting the Manila Channel, then a beat up to Pt Lacarceo and South to the Bulabod Beach turning mark and back via the small La Laguna Beach mark and finishing of Haligi Beach. In total 16nm and half of it to windward to sort the men from the boys or vice versa. The breeze remained with 12 to 16 knots offshore and tricky under the headlands to cause some concern for yachts trying to sail the direct route to the finish. At the end of the day "Bill the Brave" came up with the class results and devised a pointscoring system to produce an overall winner and placing's for the entire fleet. Goto AY Race Report 3 & Summary and the AY Photo Gallery

AY Race Report 2All Souls Regatta - Ironing out the bugs...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
3rd Nov 2012: Several crews came ashore yesterday complaining about their performance and made plans to rectify the situation. Some sore heads after last nights barbeque and reverberating social reception were noticed at the morning briefing. "Bill the Brave" made some final changes to the starting order based on the Race 1 results and everyone was looking forward to another spectacular day of racing. The 16nm Course 7 out to Verde Island and back was chosen for the Cruiser and Multihull Classes and the 21nm Course 8 for the Racing and Cruiser/Racer Classes contained an extra leg down to Talipanan and a windward beat back to the finish line. The breeze seemed to have moderated a little from yesterday but once out in the Verde Channel, the wind against tide whipped up a short chop on the outward leg and made the colorful spinnaker run back a wonderful backdrop to an already picturesque scenery. Goto AY Race Report 2

All Souls Regatta - Goodbye SW monsoon, Hello NE tradewind...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 12nd Nov 2012: What a difference a week makes. Typhoon Son-Tinh caused havoc over the Philippines, South China Sea and Vietnam last week and now the NE tradewind has settled in with 15 to 20 knots, clear blue sky and 27 yacht crews looking forward to a great regatta. The relaxed nature and genuine Philippine hospitality at the Puerto Galera Yacht Club sets the tone of the event. Bill Moore has the difficult task of determining the staggered start times for the fleet based on performance, which has been divided into four classes Racing, Cruiser/Racer, Cruiser and Multihull. Three different courses were set on Day 1 to suite the classes and timed to finish around the same time. Goto AY Race Report 1


Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportRegatta for All Souls
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
31st Oct 2012: Every time I go to the Philippines, someone takes time out to describe just how beautiful Puerto Galera really is. As the setting is in an old volcano crater, it is the safest anchorage from the many typhoons experienced each year. In November 2004 Puerto Galera was accepted as a member of The Club Of The Most Beautiful Bays In The World and remains the only member from the Philippines. Finally an invitation arrived to explore the region and cover the relaxed and unique nature of the event. Organised by the Puerto Galera Yacht Club, (Home of the Cruising Yacht Club of the Philippines) the All Souls Regatta was first held in 2004 and has quickly become the most popular regatta in the Philippines. One of the unique features of the event is that racing is based on a pursuit race format, which adds a change of perspective for most crews as everyone arrives home about the same time and knows who has won, so the party can start early. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Sam Chan's Freefire on a roll, to lead AYGP Championship...
By AY MultiMedia
Goto Oct AYGP News23 October 2012: Sam Chan's TP52 Freefire and Anthony Root's Archambault 35 Red Kite II, made a clean sweep in their class at the China Coast Regatta and also during the Hong Kong to Hainan Race, to be tied on top of the 2012-13 AYGP Championship. Other class winners Peter Forsythe & Jing Lee's X-55 Xena, Greg Kearns / Tristan Stewart's modified Farr 36 Wicked and Fred Kinmonth/ Nick Burns Mills 40EFG Bank Mandrake have slotted in behind the leaders. By completing two regattas, has given the yachts on the East Asian seaboard a slight advantage, but David Roberts Andaman Cabriolet Da Vinci skippered by Mark Pescott, scored the maximum 19 points at Phuket Raceweek to be trailing by only 11 points. Racing now swings over to SE Asian waters and regional yachts are expected to catch up quickly. Goto full summary in the October AYGP Newsletter and Search the 2012-13 AYGP Pointscore by Skippers - Yachts - Regatta Results - Scoring System

Goto complete set of Race ReportsHong Kong to Hainan Race - Freefire takes the trifecta...
By RHKYC Media
Oct 20th 0700hrs: It has been a busy couple of hours at the finish line in Sanya, with EFG Bank Mandrake coming in at 04 51 25, ahead of Ambush on the water (05 15 15) and on IRC corrected. Xena made it to Serenity Marina just after 0530hrs for Premier Cruising, with Red Kite II putting in a gutsy performance to finish just after 0660hrs. Wicked proved to be the dark horse in Racing Div 1 though, with her finish at 06 07 12 correcting out to first place in division - congratulations to Tristan and team! Sell Side Dream finished soon after at 07 14 12, leaving Koon Woon on the water with a predicted finish of 1600hrs today. By setting an incredible pace at the front of the fleet, Sam Chan's TP52 Freefire broke the long standing race record, they already held (FfreeFire 71) by 51m 14s and managed to claim the trifecta - Line Honours and Racing Class 0 Handicap honours plus hang on to win the Overall IRC stakes. Talk about being on a roll, added to the all race victory at the China Coast Regatta, Sam Chan and Freefire, jump to the top of the 2012-13 AYGP Championship and if they continue on in this vein for the rest of the season, are well on the way to winning the 2012-13 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards. Go to Provisional Results and a complete set of RHKYC Media compiled Race Reports with photos. Here...

Freefire slashes Hong Kong to Hainan Race Record
By RHKYC Media
Goto RHKYC Media - Race ReportsOct 19th 1720hrs: Congratulations Sam Chan and crew on Freefire on setting a new record for the Hong Kong to Hainan Race! With an average VMG of 13.4kts, Sam Chan’s TP52, Freefire, arrived in Hainan at 17 03 54hrs today to claim line honours in the 2012 Hong Kong to Hainan Race and better her predecessor’s record (FfreeFire 71) by 51m 14s with an elapsed time of 28h 43m 54s. Freshly arrived on the dock at Serenity Marina and still to clear CIQ, owner Sam Chan was clearly delighted, not only with the boat and the team’s performance, but also with the prevailing conditions. “We had great wind and a great wind angle all the way, giving us another new record and beating our old one. It’s great to be back in Hainan and without a single breakage on the boat, which topped out at 23kts boatspeed. Champagne sailing!” Keep updated with the RHKYC Media - Race Reports

Goto RHKYC Media - Race ReportsFreefire set to break Hong Kong to Hainan Race Record
By RHKYC Media
Oct 19th 1400hrs: At the 1400hrs tracking update, Freefire's ETA is 1649hrs ... nailbiting stuff! Jelik V and Antipodes are bow to bow at present, with the Aussies showing slightly better VMG for the last hour. Red Kite II now lies second to Freefire (by just over half an hour) in the predicted IRC Overall results, followed by Wicked then Ambush. Touch and go for Freefire - 4 hrs to do 35.5nm - Presently doing 13kts gybing downwind along coast to Sanya. Hopefully afternoon seabreeze picks up for another rendition of "Play it again Sam..." long into the night. Goto RHKYC Media - Race Reports

Hong Kong to Hainan Race gets underway...
By RHKYC Media
Goto RHKYC Media - Race ReportsOct 18: After frantic weeks of training, scrutineering and boat prep, the twelve competitors entered in this year’s Hong Kong to Hainan Race gathered early in the typhoon shelter at Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s Kellett Island headquarters for final preparations, radio checks, and to await Race Officer Simon Boyde’s decision on whether there was sufficient breeze to start in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. All was good with 12kts north easterly at Shek O Rock and a reasonably solid 6kts through Lei Yue Mun, with 9kts and building at the start line in front of the Club, so a harbour start was on the cards. To avoid any confusion with Hong Kong’s ‘Noonday Gun’, the warning signal was sounded at 1210hrs with the start at 1220hrs. In a good spread along the line, Jelik V from the Philippines was first away, followed by Singaporean offshore fan Jonathan Mahony on Zanzibar. Ambush got a good start at the committee boat end, while Freefire was forced outside the committee boat by Wicked. Goto RHKYC Media - Race Reports

Goto RHKYC Media - Race ReportsAfter a hiatus of 5 years the HK to Hainan Race is back!
By RHKYC Media
Oct 16: This Offshore Category 1 race from Hong Kong to Sanya, Hainan Island was first contested in 1997 and was a biennial alternative to the Hong Kong to Vietnam Race until 2009, when logistical issues made the race unviable. The Club is grateful to the Chinese Yachting Association, Sanya Cultural and Sports Bureau and also Serenity Marina, Sanya, for helping orchestrate the revival of this wonderful 360nm downhill race. Twelve boats will set off from Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour at 1220hrs on Thursday. The conditions being bandied around by those with access to weather services are 15 to 20kts of north / north east breeze – just perfect for this race. The race record of 29h 25m 08s is held by Sam Chan’s Ffree Fire, a 71’ ULDB sled, and Chan will be chasing his own record on his latest incarnation, TP52 Freefire as well as looking for a first on corrected time to add to his perfect score at the St. Regis International China Coast Regatta. Goto RHKYC Media - Race Reports

CCR - Freefire, EFG Bank Mandrake, Red Kite II, Xena, Authority & Goodwill are victorious
Goto CCR Daily Reports With the breeze starting to soften out after the first lap, the decision was made to shorten course for Racing Division 1 and Racing Division 2, while the other fleets were allowed to sail their full course. Line honours were taken by the usual suspects, with Jelik later disqualified for not keeping clear of Freefire at the leeward mark, but on corrected time the final results showed picket fences for Freefire, Red Kite II, Xena and Authority while EFG Bank Mandrake emerged victorious in her ongoing Racing Division 1 battle with Peninsula Signal 8. In HKPN, Will Swigart’s Goodwill recorded a convincing win in her first China Coast Regatta, with only one second place spoiling a perfect record. Goto RHKYC Media - China Coast Regatta Daily Reports

Emperor - Tioman taking shape...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto Oct 12 Empreor - Tioman NewsOctober 2012: When we last visited Abdul Ghafar's (Afai) in March 2011, he was well on the way to building a boutique resort Emperor - Tioman on seven acres of prime rainforest, fronting onto Pasir Cina beach on the SW corner of Tioman Island. Ten individually crafted and spacious solid timber chalets were built on top of the sandstone outcrops and nestled under a huge canopy of tropical rainforest towering above. Afai's long term dream has been to build the best natural Asian style island resort in the world and scoured the Johor and Pahang Islands for 20 years before coming to an agreement with local land owners. Many developers have claimed that the Pasir Cina site, which spans the entire length of the beach is the "Cream of the Crop" but didn't know how to build on top of the steep slopped boulder formations that rise up from the beach. Standing anywhere on the property, you forget your on a big island as the boundary lines extend from headland to headland making it the only resort with its own private beach on the island. As Pulau Tioman ranks amongst the "10 Best Islands and Dive Sites in the World", this alone speaks volumes for the location and after personally overcoming all the challenges of building, Afai has come a long way towards for filling his dreams. Follow the progress in the October 2012 Emperor - Tioman News


Day 3 MMRC Johor - Masyuri (RMNMRT 1) triumphs in the face of adversity...
Goto AY Race Report 3 & SummaryBy AsianYachting MultiMedia
Sept 30th - Tg Leman, Johor: Jeremy Koo's exit at the semi final stage, left the door open for Masyuri (RMNMRT 1) and Hazwan (Permai Hotel MR Team) to score more points than Koo's (KFC Malaysia/KRT) and come within striking distance of the overall leader with one regatta to go. Also at stake is the elusive spot to represent Malaysia at the season ending Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) - Monsoon Cup in Terengganu from December 3rd - 8th. The fourth and final stage of the Malaysian Match Racing Circuit (MMRC) is also at Pulau Duyong, Terengganu on 28-30 November, four days before the Monsoon Cup gets underway. The main aim of the MMRC is to hone the tactical match 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. This maybe a big ask, but more on the water experience under full racing conditions is considered the best way forward. Goto full roundup in AY Race Report 3 & Summary...

Goto AY Race Report 2Day 2 MMRC Johor - No 'Give Me' races as top teams progress...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Sept 29th - Tg Leman, Johor: Teams participating in match racing are ready to fight it out till the bitter end. Every race starts with a head to head battle and continues until one emerges triumphant. The round robin format is structured for teams to make their way up the pecking order and finish on top of the pile. Each race is a constant challenge and like any competitive sport, the aim at the end of the day is to finish number one. Those just starting out will be encouraged to achieve their dreams and do the best they can to gain experience. These qualities have made match racing exciting to watch and the often fast and furious action over short courses continues to attract interest and participation to survive as a discipline within the sport. With all this cut throat determination there are no 'Give Me' races in this field. Goto AY Race Report 2


MMRC Stage 3 Johor - Time to get down and dirty...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Sept 28th - Tanjung Leman, Johor: After scouring the countryside, T-Best have assembled a team of Race Officers, Umpires, Management, Promotion and Media Circus together at Felda Residence, only five minutes drive from the jetty, where four Foundation 36 yachts are moored. The keels were removed and boats completely de-rigged, then transported with a small armada of jury/media boats and equipment, down from Terengganu, only to be reassembled again at Tanjung Leman before being launched and made race ready. This formidable task over the last two weeks, has been accomplished by Aussie Dave Mills and his boat preparation and maintenance crew, that have looked after these boats since they arrived in Malaysia for the first Monsoon Cup.back in 2005. Goto AY Race Report 1

Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report Stage 3 MMRC - Go forth and multiply...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Sept 27th - Tanjung Leman, Johor: An overwhelming response by local sailors to pursue match racing careers, has produced new interest in the sport, so another round of the MMRC has been added to this years schedule. This time it is held in conjunction with the KFC – Felda Johor Open this weekend at Pantai Tanjung Leman, Johor. T-Best Events, the organisers behind the highly successful Monsoon Cup are partnering with the Malaysian Yachting Association (MYA) and aiming to further encourage sailing sports in Malaysia through the Malaysian Match Racing Circuit (MMRC). Goto full AY Pre-Regatta Report Here...

Goto Sept AYGP NewsAnnual AYGP awards celebrating 10 year anniversary
By AY MultiMedia
21st September 2012: From what started as a discussion amongst yachting journalists and photographers in the King's Cup media center, has turned into honouring the best skipper and yacht each year on the Asian Circuit. To celebrate this coming of age, MarineScene.Asia have featured the AYGP in their Go Yachting Episode 12 and we have produced a Photo Gallery of the past winners circle. Full roundup goto the September AYGP News...

London 2012 daily highlightsRelive the Olympic Sailing competition
If you want to relive all the excitement of the London 2012 Olympics Sailing Competition,
we have summarised the Asian sailors performance and posted daily highlights along with photos plus generated an AY Olympic Photo Gallery of the images collected during the magnificent spectacle in Weymouth. The Paralympic Games are in full swing and all the news, results, photos can be accessed Here...

Western Circuit - Sailing bonanza ends with last day shootout...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryAugust 11th: After contesting three races, crews came ashore a little weary but with grins bigger than the Olympic synchronized swimmers. Racing got underway on time in seven knots of South Westerly breeze, which slowly increased throughout the afternoon, allowing race officers on both courses to fire of three races in quick succession. The Neil Pryde Racing Series on Windsurfers also joined for the day, running their races within the precinct of the marina. Despite the full afternoon of racing it didn't take long to recuperate and crews were in fine form at the prize giving and gala dinner in the Raffles Marina ballroom, where over S$8000 was generously donated to Sailability. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary

Western Circuit - Last chance before the curtain comes down...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 10th: After two days of racing, competitors have one day left to improve their standing this year. In some classes the leaders have edged out a healthy lead, while in others only a couple points separate the podium places. The race is on for overall glory and we can expect the skippers that dropped off the pace last weekend, to regain their composure and make a final thrust to recapture their best performance by the end of day. Whilst the battle continues, the biggest winners in the long run are the Singaporean sailors. Most of the top boats have recruited young local crew members and the SMU fielding several yachts has raised the level of competency and confidence to compete on the International stage. Recent Singapore Sailing successes include a complete rout at the Optimist Worlds last month, Rachel Lee and Cecilia Low crowned Women's World 420 Champions this week, plus Colin Cheng and Elizabeth Yen remarkable performance at the London Olympics in the Laser and Laser Radial classes. This gives them something to celebrate on their National Day and bodes well for the future. Goto AY Race Report 3

Goto AY Race Report 2Western Circuit - Foxy Lady 6 runs away with the SMU President's Cup
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 5th: The big draw card today, was the combined IRC classes competing for the prestigious SMU President's Cup. PRO Richard Cai chose the 20 nautical mile Course 4, out of the Johor Strait and down past the Tuas reclamation zone to Mark 23, then pick their way through the wall of ships in the anchorage to P19, before returning to Raffles Marina. At start time there was barely enough wind to stem the strong incoming tide but right on cue just at the first start, the direction changed and picked up to 12 knots, which stayed throughout the day. The Multihull and Club Class were sent on the 12nm Course 6, which they made quick work off and in enough time for the Corsair and Catamarans to have a second race. The J24's and SB20's continued with four more windward/ leeward races in front of the marina. Goto AY Race Report 2

Western Circuit turns into a festival of sail...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 1August 4th: Despite the heavy overcast conditions, Raffles Marina was a hive of activity, with the Red Bull chilling tent taking center stage and today's sponsor Barclay's Bank bringing groups of handicapped kids and orphans on a guided tour and providing sailing joy rides, creating a vibrant festival atmosphere onshore while the sailors battled it out offshore. This year the increase in entries and the diverse class line-up called for two separate racing areas, which inevitably caused some confusion and a number of late starters in the IRC A and B classes that was laid further West, almost at the entrance to the Johor Strait. Maybe more attention should be paid at the skippers briefing and an earlier departure from the marina to allow for the strong incoming tide. Remnants of yesterdays stormy conditions lingered around with isolated rain clouds on both sides of the Strait producing 8 to 12 knots of SSW wind, which varied with every passing cloud system and faded away towards the end of the day. Goto AY Race Report 1

Western Circuit - The stage is set and sailing action starts tomorrow...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportAugust 3rd: On Saturday the best regatta in Singapore, the 15th SMU-RM Western Circuit gets underway, over two weekends (Aug 4, 5 & 11) at Raffles Marina. 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, has turned this regatta into the premier sailing event on the Singapore calendar. 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 racing and a versatile fleet plus thoroughly entertaining at the prize giving dinners. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report...


Sailing @ London 2012 - How to capture the action from afar...
By AY MultiMedia

Stay Connected Sailing @ London 2012 NewsWith the London Olympics in full swing and every available sailing news source worth their salt, focused on the action in Weymouth, AY have scoured the internet and providing our worthy Online Subscribers in remote areas of the world, with quick links to the official London 2012 - Sailing site and found the best way to view the games online. First log onto the ISAF Microsite for the Racing Schedule, News, Results and access to the onEdition Image Gallery. Then at the scheduled times, go to the ISAF and Sailing World Blogs for live reporting and photos from the courses during the racing..All sports are broadcast LIVE on satellite TV and on the Official Olympic YouTube Channel (accessible outside the UK) can view selected daily races (Slightly delayed) from the scheduled start time. As we are monitoring all the sites, watching TV coverage and receive numerous daily newsletters, after sorting our way through the overload we will continue to post updates and interesting snippets we come across on Twitter and Facebook Stay connected with easy links at Sailing @ London 2012 - AY News


Goto Sailing @ London 2012 - AY Opening NewsLondon 2012 - The starting hooter asks if its your time?

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Goto Sailing @ London 2012 - AY Opening NewsJuly 29th: After recovering from the magnificent London 2012 Opening Ceremony hangover, which started at 03:45am East Asian Time, we searched for interesting and off-beat stories away from all the media hype to keep our readers amused. The highlights for TV viewers, amongst all the glitz and glammer was the Queen Elizabeth look alike pushing her way past James Bond and jumping out of the helicopter in front of him, the athletes Team arrival, a new and unique way of lighting the Olympic Cauldron and to finish off the spectacle, with a heart rendering edition of "Hey Jude" by Paul McCartney that inspired everyone to sing along and perhaps draw out a tear or two in anticipation of whats to come. While all the shenanigans was taking place, the sailors that could not make it to London enjoyed some celebrations of there own on Weymouth beach (Watch RYA Video) and more notably the Cove Inn, the pub adopted by the Australian team, who exuded an air of quiet confidence and seem relaxed and content that their preparation is on track. Goto Sailing @ London 2012 - AY Opening News


Goto Sailing News @ London 2012 Olympic GamesLondon 2012 - Finally here and getting into the swing of things...
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By AY MultiMedia
July 27th: While most Olympic sports enjoy unrivaled live action on TV and in a world where every athletes move is broadcast across several hundred Satellite Channels. Sailing coverage at past Olympic's has virtually been nonexistent and live action is generally reserved for the Medal Races towards the end of the event. This time the venue is Weymouth and Portland, which is five hours by train from the epicenter in London. Unless we see or hear anything to the contrary, sailing enthusiasts will have to revert to the Internet for any decent coverage during the event. Goto the AY Pre-Regatta edition of Sailing News @ London 2012 Olympic Games

Goto July 2012 AYGP News...The race is on for the 2012/13 AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year awards...
By AY MultiMedia
25th July 2012: The resounding success at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweeek, not only heralds in a new era but also sends skippers and boat owners on an annual quest to score valuable points towards being crowned the 2012-13 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year. Regatta organisers IMAGE Asia ran the gauntlet and proudly announced on the front page story of the regatta program published in the Phuket Gazette "Asian Yachting Grand Prix kicks off in Phuket". At the end of each five star regatta, points are awarded to all the competing skippers and yachts, based on the final results and are accumulatively displayed on the AYGP Microsite. By notching up eight wins in a row, David Roberts Andaman Cabriolet Da Vinci skippered by Mark Pescott, scaled new heights by scoring the maximum number of nineteen points for an eight race regatta, which has never been achieved before and consequently take poll position after the first event. Seven bullets for Hans Rahmann's Firefly Sports 850 Voodoo and six wins for Rick Pointon's J130 Jingjing ended up close behind holding onto second and third places. This pointscore can also be regarded as an annual Big Boat Ranking System for the East and South East Asian region. Search the 2012-13 AYGP Pointscore by Skippers - Yachts - Regatta Results - Scoring System or Goto July 2012 AYGP News...


Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Picture perfect conditions to finish the regatta...
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By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 22nd: Blue sky, bright sunshine, sparkling sea and a steady 10 to 14 knot South Westerly tradewind greeted sailors for the final rounds of racing. In some classes the overall result was a foregone conclusion but for others the crucial results today would determine their fate and the final outcome. Henry Kaye's Seacart 26 Sweet Chariot was out early and up flying the hulls, while the big boat crews rejoiced as they could finally unleash their full potential and stretch their legs which showed up in the results. Always ready to please sailors, PRO Simon James fired off a quick windward/leeward race for the racing classes, who then joined the Cruising Classes on an islands course out to Koh Maiton and finished up in front of the Cape Panwa Hotel. Enabling house quests to see some of the final day action and what all the fuss has been about for the last four days. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary or catch all the action in the AY Photo Gallery


Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Changes in the wind...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 20th: Although the SW tradewind never climbed above 10 knots, the Cruising Classes completed another round the islands course and the Racing Classes joined them for the first race, then followed it with a quick two lap windward/leeward race. Clear blue sky and sunny conditions are perfect for the photographers but don't suite hardened sailors looking for thrill seeking rides. Light wind tactics and boatspeed to stem the incoming tide played a big part on the first windward beat. Some boats hot off the start line, found themselves severely punished for taking the wrong line by the time they rounded the first mark and never recovered. By popular demand an IRC 1 subdivision has been added to the combined IRC Racing Class and the Sportsboats have decided to use their IRC rating instead of the Sportsboat IRC ratings to calculate their results. This has changed the standings and a new leader emerges in the Sportsboat Class. Go to AY Race Report 3


Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Crews with stamina and patience rewarded on Day 2
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By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 20th: Racing all day and getting through the extensive social program requires crew with an iron resolution. PRO Simon James sent the fleet away on time, in a light 5 - 8 knot South Westerly. An approaching rain storm spiced things up for a while, then miraculously the sun appeared and revived the scenery with sparkling colours. Once again the cruisers were sent on a islands course into Ao Chalong and the racing classes continued with two more windward/leeward races. Stemming the strong incoming tide saw many yachts misjudge their approach and well back from the start line for the first race and several boats recalled for being over the line on the second start. The patchy nature of the breeze saw big gains and losses during both races and crews that patiently worked their way around the course were rewarded with podium places. Boats optimised for light weather and planning hulls seem to have trouble stopping and starting when the conditions don't suit them. Taking all these alternatives into consideration the crews that kept their nose clean, made the right choices and worked hard on boat speed, are the ones making their way up the leaderboard. Goto AY Race Report 2


Goto AY Race Report 1Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Mixed emotions as racing gets underway...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 19th: Initially the staff at Cape Panwa Hotel were a little nervous about entertaining the yachting crowd, but they soon overcome their fears and served up a spectacular opening dinner, helped launch the new Mount Gay Extra Old Rum and despite a passing rain shower kept the free flow of drinks going well into the night. This service is bound to please any sailors and has set the tone for the rest of the week. Despite a heavy morning rain squall, by the time the yachts ventured onto the race course it was cloudy and overcast, with 8 knots coming from the South West and a rolly seaway left over from the storm. After a short delay, racing got underway and the cruisers were sent on an islands course and as the breeze picked up to 12kts the Racing classes completed two windward/leeward races. Overnight the race committee added a few more entries and juggled the class lists to even up the boats based on performance. Goto AY Race Report 1


Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - First off the rank for the 2012-13 season...
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportBy AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 18th: Although entries are a little down on past years, a quality fleet is lining up for the ninth running of "Phuket Raceweek". An exciting new venue - Cape Panwa Hotel have taken on the Title Sponsor role and hosting the entire event from their luxurious premises overlooking the Andaman Sea, Several changes have been incorporated into the onshore activities and on the water racing format to suite the new location. The regatta’s new home is a hive of activity getting ready for the gala first night party, sponsored by Mount Gay Rum, followed on Thursday morning by the first day of four intense days of yacht racing on Phuket’s southeast coast. This regatta has a reputation for catering for all comers. The serious racers are ready for some high-octane racing and the less serious racers on fun filled courses around the nearby islands. Goto AY Pre-Regatta Report

Goto AYGP micrositeHow to win the AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year awards
Goto AYGP micrositeBy AY MultiMedia
After the overwhelming success of the expanded 2011-12 AYGP scoring system, all skippers and yachts competing at any of the selected five star AYGP Championship point scoring events have a chance of winning the prestigious AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards. The main aim of the pointscore system is to fairly grade competing Boat owners and Skippers ability to successfully run full-on racing campaigns through Asian waters over the 2012-13 Season. All classes are included and the pointscore is based on the overall results at each of the 12 selected events on the 2012 - 13 Asian Sailing Calendar. By popular demand this season the biennial Hong Kong to Hainan Island Race and the Hong Kong to San Fernando Race make a return to the program. Check out the changes to the 2012-13 AYGP Championship, regatta line-up, point scoring and Sponsorship Proposal on the AYGP microsite Here...

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