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Fred Kinmonth & Nick Burns, crowned AYGP Skippers of the Year
That's a wrap for 2017-18 AYGP Season

By AY MultiMedia
Goto June AYGP NewsJune 07th 2018: Another outstanding AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) season came to a thrilling conclusion. For the first time in the 16 AYGP year history, 335 Skippers and 320 Yachts have scored points, in at least one of the 13 point scoring events, that make up the family of AYGP five star regattas/races each season. We were honoured to crown Fred Kinmonth and Nick Burns, plus their mostly corinthian crew, on Mandrake III, with the 2017-18 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year titles and go down i n history, in the all inclusive class era, for winning six point scoring regattas in one season. Goto June AYGP News...

Goto AY Race Report 5 & SummarySamui Regatta - Fighting it out till the very end...
By AY MultiMedia
June 2nd, Koh Samui, Thailand: Despite being the final day of racing and most the class winners decided, everyone was back out on the water and very determined to make the most of the last races for the 2017-18 Season. Another short wait while the Easterly increased in strength and PRO Ross Chisholm and the race team, set up for two windward/leeward races, for all four classes. Talk about keen to get going, there were individual recalls on the first IRC 0 start, followed by a general recall in Race 2 and more individual recalls on the restart. In this highly charged atmosphere, there is no coming back after being recalled and the fight for the podium places, received some last minute adjustments. Although Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns GTS 43 Mandrake III have already won the 2017-18 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year titles, they were gunning for the IRC 1 title and held a slim 2 point lead coming into today's final and expecting to have a double celebration at the prize presentation. Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary and follow the action in the AY Photo Gallery.

TOTGR - Persistence pays off in the long game...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary01st May 2018: Becalmed between two storm cells for 90 minutes, before the breeze filtered in from the East, was the first order off the day. A windward/leeward course for all classes was quickly laid and the final days racing got underway. As the breeze increased and veered to the South, a 10nm passage race out to Ko Klet Kaeo and back for the IRC and Multihull classes, while the Platu's completed another W/L race and having completed their four race program, the Cruising Class went home. Similar story for the Optimist and dinghy classes, two races to complete their program and everyone back in time for the gala dinner and final presentation dinner. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary and AY Photo Gallery

Victory for Mandrake III, SI-PSA, Jo De Ros & Apsaras
By AY MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary 07th April 2018, Subic Bay, Philippines:
The IRC 1 skippers arrived at the final day full of anticipation, with only a couple of points separating the podium places. Eager to get going, they came in early and crowded the extremely bias boat end, until they overflowed onto the course side of the start line. As the horn sounded Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth’s GTS 43 Mandrake III and YY Yan/YF Liu's Ker 42 Custom Seawolf were recalled and took a few minutes to clear the pack and return to start again. In most cases this would have sounded the death knell, but when the spinnakers went up at the top mark, Mandrake III had recovered and led the way around the course. As they circulated it was hard to judge if they were far enough in front, to secure the handicap win and the series. Goto
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RCSR - Overall Win to Mandrake III
By RHKYC Media
Goto AY Race Report 51800, 31st March 2018: With half of the fleet finished and the other half of the fleet succumbing to light breeze off Subic Bay, the Rolex China Sea Race leaders have been decided. For long time participant Fred Kinmonth and Nick Burns’ GTS 43 Mandrake III, persistence has paid off taking the Overall Rolex China Sea Race win! “It's been a big build up over a number of years actually. We've got a nice boat, we've got a crew that we've been sailing with for years, and this year we have a very good navigator which we haven't [in the past] and I don't want to be rude to any of our previous navigators, but this guy was something special. What can I say?” said Kinmonth of their success. Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary

Beau Geste smashes RCSR Multihull race record
By RHKYC Media
Goto AY Race Report 330th March 2018: Karl Kwok's MOD Beau Geste crossed the finish line early this morning, 30 March, at 01h 50m 07s in Subic Bay, Philippines - smashing the 18 year old multihull record set by Benoit Lesaffre's Crowther 50 Catamaran, Atmosphere, by an incredible 9h 31m 40s. The new multihull record now stands at an awesome 38h 30m 07s. MOD Beau Geste had an epic run for the first 23 hours of the Race averaging around 20kts. On Thursday morning however, with around 100nm left to the finish, the breeze died and the crew had a painful few hours as they tip-toed towards Subic Bay. "We had seven hours sitting, just drifting, doing 1 to 3kts. We got through it, it was not called for but it happens. It was a bit of a low after we gained everything overnight" said Kwok of the final leg into Subic Bay. Goto
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Goto AY SBC Race Report 4 & SummarySBC - Top teams survive tricky wind changes...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

02:03:2018 Subic Bay, Philippines: The final day started with the North Easterly trades peaking at 11 knots, then faded during the race to 4 knots and returned towards the end, in time to start another windward/leeward race. Murphy's Law was then enacted and dwindled away again, veered heavily to the East and eventually the advancing sea breeze took over. Depending on the yachts position on the course, this severely hindered or aided the teams and mixed up the race placing's. The top teams in each class seemed to be able to power through and cement their position, while down the order significant changes occurred and some shuffling of the overall order took place. Goto AY SBC Race Report 4 & Summary and complete AY Photo Gallery

Goto AY Race Report 6, 7 & SummaryAnother successful Neptune adventure comes to an end...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

18:02:2018 Nongsa Point Marina, Indonesia: The North Easterly arrived on cue for the early 0800 start and the fleet enjoyed a 25nm slog back up the Riau Strait and arrived back at Nongsa Point Marina by lunch time. Then the tedious tidying up exercise, personal ablutions, downloading 1000's of email messages and get ready for the gala prize presentation and dinner around the pool. While three of the four class winners were already decided, the podium places were open for the taking and all eyes were on the highly competitive multihull class for the final race showdown. Goto AY Photo Gallery and AY Race Report 6, 7 & Summary

RLIR - Class winners overcome the odds...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary13:01:2018 Langkawi, Malaysia: Although there were a few little ripples on Kua Harbour, PRO Simon James and his race team found 9 knots on the coastal course area to the East of Langkawi and it was full steam ahead to finish the regatta. Two windward/leeward races and it was all over. Then back to the marina to pack up the yachts and the closing dinner and prize presentation party. In some classes the overall result was already decided but they were all out on the water, in an act of sportsmanship to enjoy the final races. With only a couple of points separating the leaders, all eyes were on the IRC 1, Multihull, Club and Ocean Rover classes to see who would come out on top. Although struggling with the wind strength all week, racing was held each day on a variety of courses and everyone is happy with how it has turned out. Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary and AY Photo Gallery

King's Cup - The winners are in the fast lane...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 5 & Summary9th December 2017: After blowing the birds out of the trees all week, the North Easterly finally gave up the ghost and left the fleet floating around on a glassy seaway, with Race Officers scanning the horizon for wind ripples to appear. Two hours went by before PRO Ross Chisholm found some consistency from the ESE breeze on the Southern Course A and went into the starting sequence. No such luck on the Northern Course B and after four hours waiting around, PRO Simon James sent the cruising fleet home without a start. The leaders of various cruising classes rejoiced without even lifting a finger, while the racing classes battled it out on one short windward/leeward course, with some detrimental effects on the overall results. Goto AY Photo Gallery and AY Race Report 5 & Summary

Goto AY Race Report 6 & SummaryRMSIR - Windsikker II records historic three-peat...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
25th Nov 2017: An early morning downpour put a dampener on proceedings but stopped in time for the crucial deciding races to take place. If your wondering how to cause mass evacuation from a bar full of seasoned sailors, just sound the horn and lower the AP flag and it's deserted within minutes. As it turned out, only 45 minutes delay for the starting sequence and the fleet were underway with an 8-10 knot North Easterly pumping down Bass Harbour. The Cruising Classes and IRC 4 were dispatched on an island course, while IRC 1 and Premier Cruising on two windward/leeward races, to decide their fate. Uncharacteristically the racing till today, has been held in dry conditions and good breeze, all the way from Port Klang and with four of the five classes open for the taking, it would have been a shame to finish the regatta sitting in the yacht club. Goto AY Race Report 6 & Summary and stunning AY Photo Gallery...

Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryKiwis add China Cup to trophy cabinet...
By CCIR Media - Andy Rice
Sunday 29th October 2017, Shenzhen, China: Yiihua Pocket Emirates Team New Zealand has won the China Cup after sailing a strong final day in the Beneteau 40.7 one-design division. The breeze blew in at around 10 knots this morning, setting up the perfect scenario for a big battle between the defending champion Vanhang Longcheer and the America’s Cup winners, along with some other hot contenders that included My Side from South Africa and Team Hollywood from Australia. Goto AY Photo Gallery & Race Report 4 & Summary

Vietnam Race - Victory for Mascalzone Latino with 30kts top speed
By RHKYC Media
Image credits to RHKYC / Guy Nowell / Halo Studio / Naomi Rebecca

Goto RHKYC Race Reports...21st Oct 1800hrs: Vincenzo Onorato’s Cookson 50 Mascalzone Latino sailed into Nha Trang last night at 18h 46m 31s to take the win in IRC Racer 0 and IRC Racer Overall! The Italian boat was a cool 2h 49m 55s ahead of Joachim Isler and Drew Taylor’s Ambush who are 2nd place in IRC Racer Overall. Mascalzone Latino owner Vincenzo Onorato commented on the Race on arrival, “It's the very first time we have joined the Volvo Hong Kong to Vietnam Race. It was amazing because we did the Race in 53h 26m 31s and we did around 770nm actual distance sailed - unbelievable! The only 'low' of the race was to just keep drinking water, there was no beer on board. The biggest high - we had a top speed of 30kts; unbelievable.” Goto RHKYC Race Reports...

Goto RHKYC Race Reports2017 VCCR - Cut short but still sweet...
By RHKYC Media
Image credits to RHKYC / Guy Nowell

14:10:2017: Day 2 turned into the final day of the Volvo China Coast Regatta due to Tropical Storm Khanun approaching Hong Kong. Racing carried on as planned for the day but as the last boats crossed the line in their final race it was announced that due to the likelihood of a Typhoon 3 signal being issued and still being in force tomorrow, all racing would be cancelled for the final day of the regatta. A northerly breeze of 15 to 22kts greeted the racers as they reached the race track south east of Lamma Island this morning. IRC 0, 1, 2 and 3 were sent on two windward/leewards and an island course with IRC Premier sailing one island course. The HKPN division sailed one windward/leeward and an island course. All the leaders from Day 1 of the regatta were able to maintain their lead in their divisions. Goto RHKYC Race Reports...

The winners are Team Hollywood, Phoenix, Lady Bubbly, Hurricane, Twin Sharks, Java Racing & Davinci
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Race Report 4 & SummaryJuly 23rd Cape Panwa: A small clockwise pressure system to the South of Phuket, in the Northern reaches of the Malacca Strait, is pushing the SW'ly monsoon flow, out into the Bay of Bengal, to the West of Phuket and replacing it with its own light South Westerly breeze. This disturbed air flow has confused weather forecasters over the last few days and despite the grim predictions, local conditions have prevailed and defied the forecast, with four days of racing in 5 to 12 knots and managed to complete 8 races for the racing class and 6 for the cruisers. In these conditions the racing becomes very tactical and choosing the right lanes is the formula to success. Goto AY Race Report 4 & Summary and follow all the action in the AY Photo Gallery


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7th Borneo International Yachting Challenge

July 13th - 21st - 11th Borneo International Yachting Challenge
The BIYC makes a return this year and is organised by three East Malaysian States - Sarawak, the Federal Territory (F.T.) of Labuan and Sabah, under the auspices of the MSA, Sarawak Yachting Association (SYA) and Kinabalu Yacht Club (KYC). Free marina berthing will be made available and as in past years there is no entrance fee and several parties are planned along the way. The yachts taking part will start with the Miri Bay Regatta, Passage Race from Miri to Labuan, the Labuan Harbour Regatta, the Passage Race from Labuan to Kota Kinabalu and finishing with the KK Bay Regatta. More info & NOR available on Facebook and by phoning: Office +60142730186 and Serbillah +60198055338 and Emailing: and Goto Inaugural 2003 AY Regatta Reports or the 2005 2006 2007 2014 events, plus browse the slideshow in the AY Photo Library


July 12th - 15th - Multihull Solutions Regatta
Multihull aficionados will love this one! Phuket Yacht Club's Multihull Challenge – the biggest "multihull-only" event in Asian waters, attracted 20 entries last year and is a perfect feeder event for Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek to be contested on the very same waters, the following week. The event is hosted by the Phuket Yacht Club and comprises 3 days of racing. Registration on Thursday evening with race briefing Friday morning and followed by six races - Friday (2), Saturday (2) and Sunday (2) with evening parties at the yacht club, overlooking Ao Chalong bay. General Enquiries and further details at PYC Website Browse the 2010 2011 2014 2015 2017 AY Race Reports and action packed 2017 Photo Gallery
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Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek

***** July 18th - 22nd - 15th Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
This event takes place off Phuket’s south east coast during the 'Green Season' and is one of the challenging regattas of the season. The Title Sponsor and Host Venue, Cape Panwa Hotel and Kantary Bay Hotel continue on with the signature ‘one regatta, one venue’ format. During four days of racing, competitors can experience anything from dead calms to sailing straight into the blustery teeth of the SW monsoon. Combine this with four nights of grand waterside parties, free-flow of drinks and sumptuous food, crews can expect action on and off the water. Local sailors always look forward to this event, as it wipes away last years results and kick starts the 2018-19 AsianYachting Grand Prix with a clean sheet. Amongst the IRC racers there will also be classes for charter yachts, out and out cruisers plus corporate boats can be arranged to entertain sponsors. Check them out at: Goto AY Regatta Reports & Photo Galleries 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 events.


Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race & Rally

August 4th Start - Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race & Rally
Expressions of interest for the historic Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race/Rally organised by the Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Association are now open, so get in early as entries close in July. The 600 nm sleigh ride to the capital of the famous spice islands is destined again to become one of the classic blue water events in Asia. Numbers reached 100 before the race was suspended in 1999. C.A.I.T cruising permit has been abolished and replaced with easy online port clearances. After Ambon participants then have the option to continue with the rally to Makassar and Bali or tailor their own sailing holiday through Indonesia and beyond. More info and NOR at or email them at:


Western Circuit Sailing Regatta August 11th, 12th & 18th - 21st Western Circuit Sailing Regatta
All aboard for 3 days of sailing action over 2 weekends in front of Raffles Marina on Singapore's west coast. This event is co-organised by Raffles Marina and Singapore Management University (SMU) and is the premier big boat regatta on the Singapore racing scene. This edition features six classes: IRC A & B, One Design J-24 & SB20, Club Racer, Windsurfers including the ever popular
Singapore Sailability Access 2.3 dinghy's. Racing gets underway with three windward/leeward races (weather permitting). The IRC fleet will again be contesting for the SMU President's Cup. More at: or contact PH +65 68280328 Fax:+65 68280323 Goto AY Regatta Reports & Photo Galleries 2017 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2007 - 2006 - 2005 - 2001


China Coast Regatta***** October 12th - 14th - China Coast Regatta
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's China Coast Regatta offers three days of Big Boat racing in the best conditions Hong Kong has to offer. A combination of windward/ leewards and inshore courses are set South of Hong Kong. Usually 15 to 20 knots North Easterly breeze provides challenging conditions for five IRC divisions. In 2013 the wind strewn event with lumpy sea's was described as classic CCR sailing conditions - Fast and furious. This year after the CCR the biennial Hong Kong to Hainan Race makes a welcome return to the calendar. The NOR, SI's and entries are Here or contact by E-mail or Call +852 2239 0395. Goto past years 2001 2002 2003 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Race Reports

Hong Kong to Hainan Race***** October 18th start - Biennial Hainan Race
Biennial HK to Hainan RaceBy popular demand the Hong Kong to Hainan Island Race conducted by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club is back on the racing calendar. This 355nm course has been described as "A fantastic downhill slide, full of gybes" to Sanya on Hainan Island, renowned as a playground for China’s jet set. The target time for the racing fleet is to break 23hrs 31mins 52secs, set in 2016 by  Seng Huang Lee's 100ft Scallywag, as the benchmark.

These events are proving to be a great jumping-off point for HK boats intending to continue onto other seasonal sailing events in, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. For further details contact, RHKYC Sailing Manager, Ailsa Angus at or (t) +852 2239 0395 The NoR and SI's are available from Goto  2012 2014 2016 Race Reports


China Cup International Regatta***** November 8th - 12th - 12th China Cup International Regatta
After the success of the inaugural China Cup International Regatta in 2007 organisers rapidly expanded the One Design Class to 30 Beneteau First 40.7 yachts. More classes have been included so expect intense competition this year in Daya Bay off Shenzhen, China. An extravaganza of social and cultural events are held during the event. The regatta kicks off with a passage race from Hong Kong to Shenzhen and increased to four days this year, inshore racing (including long race) in and around the territorial waters in Shenzhen's Daya Bay. Sponsorship of boats/teams in the Beneteau 40.7 one-design division is permitted and organisers expect stronger challengers and more countries represented. For enquires concerning boat charter, costs, entry and advertising please contact: Telephone: 86 755 8835 3518 Fax: 86 755 8832 3928 Website: Email: Goto 2011 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Race Reports & Photo Gallery


Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta ***** November 16th - 24th - 29th Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta
This annual island hoping regatta for racing class, cruisers, multihull's and classics is held along the west coast of peninsula Malaya starting from the Royal Selangor Yacht Club in Port Klang and finishing up in the legendary and Duty-Free Islands of Langkawi. Check them out at:
or contact the RMSIR Organising Committee by Emailing Come on and enjoy a bit of friendly Malaysian hospitality over 3 coastal passages combined with 4 inshore races at the stopovers. Initially designed to improve Malaysian sailors coastal navigation and develop their offshore seamanship skills further. Visiting cruisers are no strangers to overnight passage making in all conditions is expected to attract more entries to ship into Port Klang. Phone: +603 3168 6964 Fax: +603 3168 8650 View past AY Race Reports and Summary 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016  2017 


Phuket Kings Cup Regatta

***** December 1st - 8th - 32nd Phuket Kings Cup Regatta
Since its inception in 1987, the Phuket King's Cup Regatta has grown to become Asia's premier yachting event. Traditionally held in early December, the Regatta was first conceived to honour His Majesty the King of Thailand's 60th birthday. Now 32 years on the event has grown from strength to strength, in both size and reputation, boasting the largest gathering of keel boats, multi-hulls and traditional sailing craft annually in SE Asia. Website: or contact the Regatta Secretary by E-mailing:
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