Mid February AYGP News – Changes in the wind

 

Goto Subic Verde Race & CupDespite last minute air ticket and accommodation cancellations, most the original entries have adapted to the change and good to see International teams launching into the inaugural one design FarEast 28 class. This new event will replace Boracay as the 2017-18 Asian Yachting Grand Prix point scoring event this season.

Goto AYGP Skipper RankingsAlso cracking a smile on the dial, is Chris Mitchell and his Naut 40 Lady Bubbly, after winning 5 of the 6 races at the Neptune Regatta, have extended their lead in the AYGP Skipper Rankings and take over the lead in the AYGP Yacht Rankings from Otonomos Mandrake III by 7 points. It has taken 5 regattas to accumulate 52 points and as they aren’t planning on contesting any more events, set the benchmark for the others to beat.

Presently holding onto 2nd place, John Newnham has competed with distinction on two events and the uncertainty of 3rd placed Ray Roberts racing plans, are capable of overhauling Chris Mitchell if they contest some of the remaining five point scoring events.

Goto AYGP Yacht RankingsBy participating on the Subic Bay Around Verde Is Race & Subic Cup, Fred Kinmonth, Geoff Hill and Ernesto Echauz all have a chance to leave their mark and close in on the leaders.

Goto AYGP Skipper RankingsAt this point in the 2017-18 Season, 281 Skippers and 270 Yachts have scored points by contesting at least one of the 8 point scoring events already held, that make up the family of 13 AYGP five star regattas/races each season.

Racing now moves over to the Philippines for the Subic Bay Around Verde Is Race & Subic 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.

Goto Neptune Regatta Photo GalleryThe final two regattas Top of the Gulf (27th April – 1st May) held at the 2017 Best Marina award winning Ocean Marina and Samui Regatta (26th May – June 2nd) are centrally located in the Gulf of Thailand and are accessible to yachts from the both the Eastern and Western Circuits, for the final showdown and presentation of the prestigious 2017-18 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards.

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U.K. sells Royal Navy’s flagship to Brazil for $118 million; E-certificates already a big hit with DNV GL customers

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U.K. sells Royal Navy’s flagship to Brazil for $118 million
February 20, 2018 — According to the U.K. Ministry of Defence, the HMS Ocean has been sold for around £84 million (about $118 million) and the profit generated from the sale “will be reinvested in defense at a time when the Royal Navy is being strengthened with two types of brand new frigates and two huge aircraft carriers.” The first of these new carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth, will eventually take on the role as the nation’s new flagship.

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Wärtsilä and Maersk Drilling create a joint 25-year strategy for thruster services to increase uptime and reduce costs

The technology group Wärtsilä and the global drilling contractor Maersk Drilling have joined forces in a unique co-operation to create a 25-year thruster maintenance strategy for Maersk’s three semi-submersible rigs and four drillships. The parties have already completed the strategy work on the D-rigs and commenced the strategy work related to V-Drillships.

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Neptune Regatta – AY Race Report 6, 7 & Summary

 

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8th Neptune Regatta
2018

AY Race Report 6, 7 & Summary

2017/18 AY Grand Prix Event

Another 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. Check out the action in the AY Photo Gallery

 

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Neptune Regatta – AY Race Report 4 & 5

 

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8th Neptune Regatta
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2017/18 AY Grand Prix Event

Round Neptune Island race
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16:02:2018 Neptune Is, Indonesia: Fully recovered after the lay-day, all the crews were back out on the water and ready to go. PRO Jerry Rollin devised a new course, starting from West to East and basically twice around Neptune Island, in a wide arc, to the extremities of the surrounding islands. Although the North Easterly breeze has been decreasing throughout the week, 8 to 10 knot gusts sent the fleet briskly on their way. Overcoming the incoming current was the next obstacle and as the breeze turned patchy on the return leg in the lee of Neptune Island, the decision to shorten the course was met with resounding applause.

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French team Beijaflore crowned new champions of EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour

SUR, OMAN – FEBUARY 17: EFG Sailing Arabia The Tour on February 17th, 2018 in the city of Muscat, Oman.Photo by Lloyd Images

French team Beijaflore were today crowned the new champions of EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour ending a four-year winning streak for rivals EFG Bank Monaco as the regatta came to a climax in Muscat, Oman.

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Neptune Regatta – AY Race Report 2 & 3

 

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8th Neptune Regatta
2018

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2017/18 AY Grand Prix Event

Calling on King Neptune
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14:02:2018 Neptune Is, Indonesia: On a warm sunny day, with cool NE wind in our hair, 24 yachts upped anchor at Neptune Island and headed 7 miles South to the equator, to meet King Neptune and induct the crew from Slimy Pollywogs into Trusty Shellback’s. A finish/start line was laid at 00’00’00 and times recorded. While in the Southern hemisphere each yacht performs there own ceremony and before they start pontificating in Australian, return to restart and back up to Neptune Island.

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Philly Shipyard: lay-offs and delays follow year of record revenues; Rynd named new President & CEO of Tidewater

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United Steelworkers not impressed by Huntington Ingalls bonus
February 16, 2018 —The United Steelworkers (USW) union seems less than impressed with news that Huntington-Ingalls Industries is to pay a employees a $500 bonus in recognition of a reduction in the corporate tax rate.

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Zodiac Nautic Introduces Brand Tagline: “Keep Exploring”

Zodiac Nautic, the world leader in inflatable products and services for boating with more than a million customers, unveils its brand tagline today at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show: “Keep Exploring”. This tagline is supported by a film that celebrates adventure and boaters worldwide.

“Keep Exploring” builds on Zodiac’s 120-years heritage and its mission to make every moment on the water an unforgettable adventure. “Keep Exploring” reflects our commitment to this mission and supports Zodiac Nautic’s ambition to reinvent boating, in terms of both products and services” said Zodiac Nautic CEO Dominique Heber-Suffrin.

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