Newnham reclaims top spot in AYGP
Changing skipper roles on Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns Sydney GTS 43 Otonomos Mandrake III, on 4 events this season, has resulted in posting separate Skipper scores but places Otonomos Mandrake III on top of the AYGP Yacht Rankings, with an 11 point advantage over Twin Sharks. Ray Roberts takes over 2nd place in the Skipper rankings after competing on two different yachts, while former leader Fred Kinmonth drops to 3rd place by 2 points and well within striking distance of the leaders.
By winning 10 of 11 races, Henry Kaye's Seacart 30 Thor becomes the highest scorer this season (20 points) at the King's Cup, to dramatically jump up into 5th place in the Skipper Rankings. Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly continues to rack up the points from the Cruising Class, on three events this season, to hold onto 4th place. Chinese skipper Yan Yuye, comes in tied for 5th place, after skippering the Ker 42 Seawolf at China Coast Regatta and A40 RC Shenzhen Seawolf at China Cup and King's Cup.
Always in with a chance at any regatta and used to taking the accolades, Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes moves from 11th place into 7th place, while David Fuller and the chartered Beneteau 44.7 Fujin climb the rankings from 10th place into 8th place.
While clinching their triple Raja Muda Selangor Int. Regatta victory, helped Sarab Singh's Welbourn 52 Windsikher II to round out the top ten, going into the New Year.
A three way tie between Bob Howison, Tiffany Koo and Duncan Hine, has sprung up over 11th place and will be sorted at coming regattas, they choose to contest.
At the half way point in the 2017-18 Season, 248 Skippers and 241 Yachts have scored points by contesting at least one of the 6 pointscoring events already held, that make up the family of 13 AYGP five star regattas/races each season.
As racing now moves on with the Royal Langkawi Int. Regatta (Jan 8th - 13th) ringing in the New Year with style and Neptune Regatta (Feb 10th - 17th) to the equator and back, in Indonesia, completes the Western Circuit.
Then onto the Philippines for the classic Subic to Boracay Race & Boracay Cup (Feb 23rd - March 2nd) and back to Hong Kong for the Rolex China Sea blue water classic, which is quickly followed by the Commodores' Cup (April 3rd - 7th) in Subic Bay, to complete the Eastern Circuit.
New initiative in the Philippines to bolster the fleet, Chairman of the Philippine Sailing Association, Ernesto Echauz has donated six FarEast 28R keel boats and announced a regatta program, starting with the Punta Fuego Yacht Club Regatta (January 20th - 21st) then the Boracay Cup and Commodores' Cup, where the boats will be available for International charter and sail as a one design fleet. Contact Jerry Rollin for more details – email@example.com
Happy festive season and see you in Langkawi for the sailors New Year celebrations.
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