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Sawadee.com Regatta AY Race Reports2007 - 08 AYGP Resultd & NewsPoints are awarded based on the Skipper and Yacht's performance over nine selected 5-star AY Grand Prix racing class events (Malaysia 2, Hong Kong 2, Thailand 3 plus Singapore and the Philippines with 1 a piece) held each year that fairly grades the competing Skippers ability to successfully run a racing campaign in Asian waters over the 2008 - 09 Season.

At the final AY GP event in Koh Samui the Champion Skipper and Yacht of the Year will don the tailored Armani Koh Samui Blue Blazer and receive the Perpetual AY Cup traditionally filled with chilled champagne at a magnificent prize giving party on the lawns of the Centara Grand Beach Resort at Chewang Beach

2008-09 Skipper and Yacht of the Year - Neil Pryde & Hi Fi
By winning the Sawadee.com Regatta, Neil Pryde and Hi Fi have scored a record 20 points in the 2008-09 AsianYachting Grand Prix Championships. They have dominated the racing class this season and scored podium places in all eight regattas that they have contested this season. Five wins, two second places and one third place is worthy of being crowned the 2008-09 Skipper and Yacht of the Year. This is also the third time Neil has won the prestigious award over the eight years it has been contested. He has shown a remarkable ability to successfully run a racing campaign in Asian waters over the last 20 years and long may it continue.

Skipper Rankings
Yacht Rankings
How the points are awarded?


Neil Pryde - 20 pts

Ray Roberts - 11 pts
Paul Winkelmann - 6 pts
Frank Pong - 4 pts
Matt Allen - 3 pts
Fred Kinmonth / Nick Burns
- 3 pts
Ray Ordoveza - 2 pts
Pascal Leray - 2 pts
Sam Chan - 1 pt

Bill Bremner / Andy Cocks 1 pt
Gary Baguely - 1 pt

China Coast Regatta  Race reports

 

Phuket King's Cup Race Reports

 

15th Singapore Straits Regatta


Hi Fi
Welbourne 52 Custom - 20 pts

Quantum Racing DK46 - 11 pts
Island Fling
TP52 - 6 pts
Jelik Reichel-Pugh 75ft - 4 pts
Ichi Ban Beneteau 44.7 - 3 pts
Fortis Mandrake
Farr-Mills 51
- 3 pts
Karakoa Excel 53 - 2 pts
Breakaway Jarkan 38 - 2 pts
FfreeFire 52
TP52 - 1 pt

Foxy Lady IV TP52 1 pt
El Coyote Holman & Pye - 1 pt

HK to Vietnam Race Reports

 

Raja Muda Selangor Int Regatta Race Reports

 

17th President's Cup Regatta

2008/09 AY GP Championships (9 Events)

China Coast Regatta
1st Paul Winkelmann TP52 Island Fling - 3 pts
2nd Fred Kinmonth / Nick Burns Farr-Mills 51 Fortis Mandrake - 2 pts
3rd Neil Pryde Welbourne 52 Custom Hi Fi - 1 pt

HK to Vietnam Race
1st Neil Pryde Welbourne 52 Hi Fi - 3 pts
2nd Paul Winkelmann TP52 Island Fling - 2 pts
3rd Sam Chan TP52
FfreeFire 52 - 1 pt

19th Raja Muda Selangor Int Regatta
1st Neil Pryde Welbourne 52 Hi Fi - 3 pts
2nd Frank Pong 75ft R/P Jelik - 2 pts
3rd Ray Roberts DK46 Quantum Racing - 1 pt

22nd Phuket Kings Cup Regatta
1st Ray Roberts DK46 Quantum Racing - 3 pts
2nd Neil Pryde Welbourne 52 Hi Fi - 2 pts
3rd Paul Winkelmann TP52 Island Fling - 1 pt

7th Royal Langkawi Int Regatta
1st Ray Roberts DK46 Quantum Racing - 3 pts
2nd Neil Pryde Welbourne 52 Hi Fi - 2 pts
3rd Frank Pong 75ft R/P Jelik - 1 pt

15th Singapore Straits Regatta
1st Neil Pryde Welbourne 52 Hi Fi - 3 pts
2nd Ray Roberts DK46 Quantum Racing - 2 pts
3rd Bill Bremner / Andy Cocks TP52 Foxy Lady IV 1 pt

17th President's Cup Regatta
1st Neil Pryde Welbourne 52 Hi Fi - 3 pts
2nd
Ray Ordoveza Excel 53 Karakoa - 2 pts
3rd Frank Pong 75ft R/P Jelik - 1 pt

5th Top of The Gulf Regatta
1st Matt Allen Beneteau 44.7 Ichi Ban - 3 pts
2nd Pascal Leray Jarkan 38 Breakaway - 2 pts
Gary Baguely Holman & Pye El Coyote
- 1 pt

8th Koh Samui Regatta
1st Neil Pryde Welbourne 52 Hi Fi - 3 pts
2nd Ray Roberts DK46 Quantum Racing - 2 pts
3rd Fred Kinmonth / Nick Burns Farr-Mills 51 Fortis Mandrake - 1 pt

And they are Racing....

Sawadee.com Regatta AY Race ReportsSawadee.com Regatta 2009, Samui - The winners are grinners...
Having dominated the racing class Neil Pryde's Welbourne 52 Hi Fi run of five wins in a row was broken when the Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns owned Mills 51 Fortis Mandrake claimed first place in Race 7 by a mere six seconds. Second place for Hi Fi gave them a run away overall win and they did not have to compete on the final race. Always lurking in the wings Ray Roberts DK46 Quantum Racing claimed Race 8 to deliver them second overall from a tightly knit bunch of boats vying for the remaining podium places. Second place in Race 8 for the Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns owned Fortis Mandrake elevated them to third place overall and a just reward for pushing on during the regatta despite some mid fleet finishes. Matt Allen's Beneteau First 44.7 Ichi Ban ended up fourth and the Bill Bremner/Andy Cocks owned TP52 Foxy Lady IV eventually got the better of Sam Chan's TP52 Ffreefire 52.
AY Race Reports Here...

5th Top of The Gulf Regatta  AY Race Reports5th Top of The Gulf Regatta - 3 newcomers join the fray...
Although Matt Allen's Beneteau 44.7 Ichi Ban have rapped up the TOTGR with five wins out of five races the pressure was on to break the run of wins. Perhaps they were suffering from over indulgence at last nights Ocean Marina sponsored party as Pascal Leray's Jarkan 38 Breakaway finally broke through on Race 6 to claim handicap victory by one second. This also secured Breakaway second overall and two fourth places for Gary Baguely's Holman & Pye El Coyote gives them third overall. The strengthening breeze saw Espen Sanderberg's Phuket 8 Vino and Kipsan Beck's Shaw 6.5 Pornstar get up and do some planning around the course to score fourth and fifth respectively. Goto TOTGR 09 Race Reports... AY Photo Gallery

After the TOTGR three newcomers join eight other skippers and yachts that have scored points in the AYGP this season. Also for the first time the TOTGR has been added to the Championships which determines the annual Racing Class Skipper and Boat of the Year. The win for Matt Allen's Beneteau 44.7 Ichi Ban puts them in fifth overall, Pascal Leray's Jarkan 38 Breakaway in 8th and Gary Baguely's Holman & Pye El Coyote in 11th spot. Welcome aboard... Although Neil Pryde's Welbourne 52 Hi Fi with 17 points has scored a run away win this season several teams are looking at regrouping for next season and bragging rights still remain at the final regattas remaining this season.

Neil Pryde raps up the 2008-09 AYGP Championship with 2 events left to run.
By winning the President's Cup and scoring podium places at all major regattas included in the AYGP Championship this season Neil Pryde and his Welbourne 52 Hi Fi have rapped up the 2008-09 Skipper and Yacht of the Year award with two regattas left to run. Coming into the President's Cup Ray Roberts and his DK46 Quantum Racing were the only team mathematically within reach of Hi Fi but Pryde's sheer tenacity and Hi Fi's dominance at events this season have made them worthy winners. Eight skippers and yachts have scored points so far in the Championships, that fairly grades competing boat owners ability to successfully run a racing campaign in Asian waters over the 2008 - 09 Season.

17th President's Cup - Neil Pryde is crowned 2009 Champion...
All eyes were on the battle between Ray Ordoveza's Excel 53 Karakoa and Neil Pryde's Welbourne 52 Hi Fi for first overall in the Racing Class. Both enjoy a good blow and the crew work has been exceptional to date. A bit of covering before the start then they were off. Ernesto Echauz's Sydney 46 Centennial helmed by Aussie Jamie Wilmot entered the fray and more than ever determined to defend the title. After three laps the boats had established there handicap spacing's and it was hard to determine a winner so the race committee were asked for results before the final race got underway. These were not forthcoming until the boats were half way around the final race. Neil Pryde stayed away from the pin end fracas and crossed the start line on port tack in clear air with pace to go on and score two wins on the final day to be crowned the 2009 overall winner.
AY Race Reports Here...

AYGP Championships score2008/09 AY GP Championships - Only three events left...
Neil Pryde's convincing win on Hi Fi at the Singapore Straits extends there lead to 14 points, thereby turning the 2008-09 AYGP Championships into a two horse race. A close battle is taking shape at the top of the pointscore. Second place for Ray Roberts and Quantum Racing slows down there meteoric rise up the order but with five points separating first and second places overall they are the only boat within striking distance with three regattas left to run this season. Third place for Bill Brenner / Andy Cocks
TP52 Foxy Lady gives them one point on there first outing and makes them the seventh boat to score this season after six events. This could well go down to the wire and is dependant on who turns up at the remaining three events - Presidents Cup in Boracay, the newly included Top of the Gulf Regatta in Pattaya and the season ending Koh Samui Regatta at the beginning of June. Points are awarded and updated after each event as the championships unfolds.

Singapore Straits Regatta Race ReportsSingapore Straits Regatta - Glorious end to a fine regatta...
With 15 knots of breeze the twenty odd mile passage race from Batam, Indonesia to Changi Sailing Club in Singapore was completed in record time despite over ten miles of slogging to windward. The bigger boats had a chance to stretch there legs on the reaching legs that made up the rest of the race.
In the Racing Class Neil Pryde's Welbourne 52 Hi Fi capped of a brilliant regatta with another win, thereby keeping a clean score sheet with seven wins out of seven races. After plugging away all regatta Fred Kinmonth / Nick Burns Farr-Mills 51 Fortis Mandrake finally jumped up into second place today which will no doubt please the crew after all there hard work. Third place for Ray Roberts DK46 Quantum Racing has them holding onto second overall but wondering what they have to do to beat a revitalized Hi Fi at the rest of the Asian regattas. Fourth place for Bill Bremner / Andy Cocks TP52 Foxy Lady IV earns them third overall and the crew have gained valuable experience on racing a TP52 in medium to strong winds. AY Race Reports Here... SSR 09 Photo Gallery Here

RLIR 09 Photo GalleryRay Roberts closes in on leaders
A close battle is taking shape at the top of the pointscore. Ray Roberts and Quantum Racing are rising up the order in leaps and bounds after winning the King's Cup and the Royal Langkawi Int. Regatta. Two second places for Neil Pryde and Hi Fi has them firmly planted on top of the leaderboard, four points in front of Ray Roberts. Paul Winkelmann's TP52 Island Fling holds onto third place but it is unknown which other Asian regatta's they are likely to contest this season. Fred Kinmonth / Nick Burns Farr-Mills 51 Fortis Mandrake rejoins the fold at the Singapore Straits Regatta next week and Bill Bremner's TP52 Foxy Lady will be making there first appearance in home waters after being foiled by engine problems on the way to the King's Cup

Royal Langkawi Int Regatta  Race Reports7th Royal Langkawi Int Regatta - Ray Roberts makes it 4 in a row
Race nine saw Neil Pryde's Hi-Fi slam home the advantage and take victory with the boss back on the helm. Peter Ahern's YO!2 has been plugging away all regatta and apart from the Race 2 win is not suited to the heavy going on the outside courses but reveled in the Bass Harbour flatter water to score two second places today. This left overall leader Ray Roberts Quantum Racing in third place and getting more worried by the minute. A huge gust came through minutes before the Race 10 start which had the skippers going each and every way but with only seconds left to start the breeze returned back to normal. At the same time Ray Roberts made his move to nail the line in front of his competitors. After the start line melee Neil Pryde was first to the top mark only for Hi Fi's keel to snag the anchor line and sail away with the buoy. This laid the way open for Quantum Racing to capitalise and go on to win the last race and rap up the series. AY Race Reports Here... Goto RLIR09 Photo Gallery Here...

AY Race Reports22nd Phuket King's Cup Regatta - Ray Roberts climbs the leader board
Quantum Racing's meteoric comeback at the King's Cup has earned Ray Roberts and Quantum Racing three valuable points in the annual AYGP Championships. Just in a nick of time if the defending champions are to give themselves any chance of retaining the Asian Racing Class Skipper and Yacht of the Year title. Second place for Neil Pryde's Hi Fi sees them take a commanding lead with nine points (Five points in front of Ray Roberts after 4 regattas) as we near the halfway point of the 2008-09 Season. Despite dropping to third at the KC, Paul Winkelmann's TP52 Island Fling still holds onto second place in the AYGP with six points (Three points of the pace) after winning the China Coast Regatta and placing second on the HK to Vietnam Race earlier in the season. Racing continues early January with the Royal Langkawi Int. Regatta and followed in quick succession by the Singapore Straits Regatta which has the added spectacle of starting just five minutes after the eight Volvo Ocean Race yachts get away on Leg 4 Singapore to Qingdao. AY Race Reports Here... Goto the KC08 Photo Gallery

Raja Muda Selangor Int. Regatta - Hi-Fi makes it four wins for Neil Pryde
After clinging on to win the Raja Muda Regatta Neil Pryde's
Welbourne 52 Hi Fi catapults to the top of the AYGP championship table with seven points. Thereby over taking Paul Winkelmann's TP52 Island Fling (5 pts) and establishing a two point lead over them after three regattas have been completed. Second place for Frank Pong's 75ft Reichel-Pugh Jelik and third place for Ray Roberts defending champion DK46 Quantum Racing sees them enter the fray for the first time this season. They will have some catching up to do as the modifications carried out on Hi Fi during the off season has them on fire during the opening rounds. Next up is the Phuket King's Cup where a formidable line up of racing boats are expected to contest Asia's most popular regatta. Who ever scores the points in this enlarged fleet of top class boats can consider them well deserved and worthy championship contenders. Goto RMSIR 08 - AY Race Reports Goto: Photo Gallery

2008/09 AY GP Championships - After round 2
After the two opening events
in which Paul Winkelmann's TP52, Island Fling have scored first and second places, they stay on the top of the pointscore and advance with a narrow one point lead in the overall standings. Victory for Neil Pryde's Welbourne 52 Hi Fi in the Vietnam Race places them in second spot and in familiar territory having won the AYGP twice before. Despite having to withdraw from the Vietnam Race the Burns / Kinmonth Farr-Mills 51 Fortis Mandrake hold onto third place and Sam Chan's TP52 FfreeFire 52 rounds out the scorers to date. The action now swings over to SE Asia with the Raja Muda Regatta in November when they will be joined by defending champion Ray Roberts on Quantum Racing. Frank Pong is also expected to rejoin the fold in Malaysia and could go on to the winning ways that won him the 2006/07 title.

Hi Fi wins VinaCapital Hong Kong to Vietnam Race
The second event on the AYGP Championships is the Biennial 656nm HK to Vietnam Race started on 15th October and is being included for the first time.
Early position reports, suggested that this was going to be one of the fastest Hong Kong to Vietnam races on record. However by day two it was apparent that the wind gods had declined to cooperate. Chasing a record of 42h 45m 41s, Neil Pryde's Welbourne 52 Hi Fi took Line Honours with an elapsed time of 56h 06m 37s. Hi Fi eased across the line under the cover of darkness, just 40 minutes ahead of Paul Winkelmann's TP52, Island Fling. There was a further four hour wait before Sam Chan's TP52 FfreeFire 52 came into sight, finishing just after the witching hour on Saturday morning. The corrected time positions followed the on-the-water order to give Neil Pryde and Hi Fi the daily double. Goto RHKYC Race Reports

China Coast Regatta Race Reports2008/09 AY GP Championships is underway
Six formidable racing teams opened their accounts on the 2008-09 AY Grand Prix Championships. The China Coast Regatta heralds the start of the 2008-09 Season and the gusty 25 knot wind certainly sorted the crew work out and provided a severe test on the boats equipment. Start line incidents and broken gear severely hampered some racers and those that survived with least consequence went on to secure victory. Paul Winkelmann's TP52 Island Fling
(back for another bash at Asian events) strung together five wins in a row to triumph in the opening regatta. Points have been awarded for the podium places and updated after each event as the series unfold.

Total Lubmarine China Coast Regatta 2008 - Finishes on a high note...
Six formidable racing teams lined up for the Total Lubmarine China Coast Regatta that form a nucleus of boats that go on and contest the annual AYGP Championships. Three days of windy and wet conditions rounded off a fantastic (not to say exhausting) racing program in Hong Kong waters.
The hardened sailors, relished the conditions and Paul Winkelmann's TP52 Island Fling (back for another bash at Asian events) added two more wins to their tally to go on and claim the Racing Class title. The Burns / Kinmonth owned Farr-Mills 51 Fortis Mandrake slotted into 2nd place and Neil Pryde's Welbourne 52 Hi Fi held on for 3rd overall. On the final day Sam Chan's FfreeFire 52 had two of her best races of the series and ended up in 4th place. A fine three day's racing, which featured plenty of wind, plenty of fun and plenty of rum. What more could a yachtie want? Goto RHKYC Race Reports

Historical data - previous winners
Photo Gallery 2006-07 AYGP ChampionshipsThe AYGP first came together during the 2002-03 season when Peter Ahern and YO! became the inaugural Asian champion skipper and yacht. He then followed it up during the 2003-04 season and Sam Chan's Freefire took out the Yacht of the year with higher points but as he shared the skippers role with his sailing master did not score enough points to become the Skipper of the year. Neil Pryde completed the double during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons with Hi-Fidelity and Hi-Fi Team Pryde respectively. In 2006-07 Frank Pong's Jelik clinched victory as it came down to the last race at the final event at Koh Samui. Ray Roberts DK46 Quantum Racing became the winner of the sixth running last season after pushing the envelope on several occasions only to just miss out by a few points each time.

This season there are nine selected 5-star AY Grand Prix racing class events, so its anybodies guess who will don the tailored Armani Koh Samui Blue Blazer and receive the Perpetual AY Cup traditionally filled with chilled champagne at the magnificent prize giving party on the lawns of the Centara Grand Beach Resort at the Koh Samui Regatta in June 2009

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