Top guns reassert position on AYGP leaderboard…
Goto Subic Boracay Cup Race ReportsBy 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 Championship.
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 Jan AYGP NewsletterLast Month we raised a change to the scoring system for classes with only one boat competing. After some debate, it was decided that they will only receive 5 points for entering and no points for individual race wins and overall placing points, as its a forgone conclusion with only one boat. A further change will also be implemented based on a sliding scale for classes with only 2 to 4 entries. This will ultimately affect Simon Morris’ Staysail Schooner Sirius 1935 presently in third place and the IRC Racing Div 2, Premier Cruising and HKPN class winners on the Hong Kong to Hainan Race.
Goto AY Photo LibraryIf you have been away and want to keep abreast of all the action over the last two months, check out the AY Race Reports & Photo Galleries for the Singapore Straits Regatta and combined Subic to Boracay Race plus the windy Boracay Cup.
Goto Top of the Gulf RegattaMarch/April brings the Hong Kong to San Fernando Race (Starts March 27th) and is quickly followed by the Commodore’s Cup (April 2nd – 6th) in Subic Bay to round out the East Asian circuit.
For the last two events, Top of the Gulf Regatta (May 3rd – 7th) and Samui Regatta (May 24th – June 1st) the yachts will have to make their way up into the Gulf of Thailand and battle it out with South East Asian yachts aiming to complete the season on top of the podium.
Goto Samui RegattaAll these events are posted on the AY Calendar and have boats for charter, crew positions wanted or available posted on their website’s. No excuse then, for not getting your tropical sailing fix over the next few months.
Goto AYGP Annual Winners CircleAt the end of each five star regatta, points are awarded to all the competing skippers and yachts, then accumulatively displayed on the AYGP Microsite.
This pointscore can also be regarded as an annual Big Boat Ranking System for the East and South East Asian region with the eventual winner being crowned the 2012-13 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year at the gala season ending Samui Regatta