End of April AYGP News – Its never over, till its over…

 

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2016/2017 AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year
“Hardest sports trophy to win in Asia”

Goto 2016-17 AYGP MicrositeThe AYGP is never over, till its over…
By AY MultiMedia
April 26th 2017: One of the biggest yachting achievements in Asian waters for many years, came during the recent Hong Kong to San Fernando Race. Seng Huang Lee’s 100’ super maxi Scallywag, skippered by David Witt, took the treble, winning Division IRC 0, the coveted IRC Overall and set a new race record, at an impressive 34h 27m 17s; slashing an incredible 15h 27m 55s faster than Sam Chan’s 70’ ULDB Sled, FfreeFire, 16 year old record set in 2001. It wasn’t easy or a problem free race, as they cracked the back deck behind the helmsman, pounding into rough seas, coming out of Hong Kong and then survived an unreported protest against them, was dismissed for not notifying them of a protest during the race. If no further action is taken by the RHKYC, (See Protest Committee Report) this record will stand for many years to come, unless they compete again or some other super maxi, turns up in two years time.

 

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Experience is key as Team Oman Air prepare for Extreme Sailing Series round two

The Extreme Sailing Series 2017. Pictures of the Oman Air race team in action during practise racing. Skipper Phil Robertson (NZL) Peter Greenhalgh (GBR), Nasser Al Mashari (OMA), Ed Smyth (NZL) and James Wierzbowski (AUS)
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Team Oman Air skipper Phil Robertson says his crew’s unrivalled experience could prove vital to victory in the second round of the Extreme Sailing Series as the fleet heads to the famously tricky waters of Qingdao, China.

 

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Commodores’ Cup – AY Race Report 4 & Summary

 

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AY Race Report 4 & Summary

2016/17 AY Grand Prix Event

Last push on the final day…
Victory for Centennial II, Selma Star & Alexa
By AY MultiMedia
23rd April 2017, Subic Bay, Philippines:
The sea breeze arrived early and by start time, 8 to 10 knots sent the yachts briskly on their way and for the fourth day, defied the weather forecast, as if PRO Jerry Rollin had a direct link to the wind gods. The two windward/leeward races were crucial to the overall IRC A class results, so a lot of start line urging and blocking took place under the watchful eye of the International jury. The breeze topped out at 16 knots and faded towards the end of Race 2, which heavily influenced the results. The battle of symmetric verses asymmetric spinnakers on the relatively flat water in Subic Bay, came out in favour of the symmetric spinnakers in both IRC classes, running down the center of the course. For all the action goto
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2017 Melges 24 European Sailing Series in Portoroz – And the Winners are Altea and Team Kesbeke/SIKA/Gill

2017 Melges 24 European Sailing Series – Portoroz, Slovenia – Final Day
And the Winners are Altea and Team Kesbeke/SIKA/Gill
Remarkable thirty three boats from fifteen countries from all over the Europe and even one U.S. team chartering a boat from Croatia, were sailing in Portoroz at the season opener of the 2017 Melges 24 European Sailing Series.
Day 3 highlights edited by Zerogradinord / Simona Bellobuono
April 23, 2017 – Portoroz, Slovenia –  Maximum number of races sailed in almost perfect conditions was a result of three-day Portoroz Melges 24 Regatta – the season opener both for the 2017 Melges 24 European Sailing Series and Melges 24 Italian Sailing Series. Andrea Racchelli and his team on Altea ITA722, the winner of the 2016 Melges 24 European Sailing Series, were showing their superiority since the beginning of the regatta and are the overwhelming regatta winners with a race to spare. Eelco Blok’s Team Kesbeke/SIKA/Gill NED827 with Ronald Veraar helming, the winner of the same regatta last year, has been sailing a consistent series climbing to the highest podium place in the Corinthian division.

 

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2017 Melges 24 European Sailing Series in Portoroz – Altea and Gill Race Team Extend Their Lead

2017 Melges 24 European Sailing Series – Portoroz, Slovenia – Day 2
Altea and Gill Race Team Extend Their Lead
On the second day ot the 2017 Melges 24 European Sailing Series’ first event in Portoroz four races were sailed in tricky conditions, but the leaders remain the same.
Day 2 highlights edited by Zerogradinord / Simona Bellobuono
April 22, 2017 – Portoroz, Slovenia –  Who would wish more than sunshine and the blue sky from the nice spring morning? Here in Portoroz, Slovenia on the second day of the 2017 Melges 24 European Sailing Series first regatta the sailors would have wished some wind to go to sailing, but instead AP was hoisted by PRO Bojan Gale until breeze came around midday. Southwester of 5 knots was picking up to 8-10 knots and the Race Committee was lucky to manage four fair races even the wind was getting weaker and weaker closer to the evening making the conditions very tricky.

 

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Commodores’ Cup – AY Race Report 3

 

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AY Race Report 3

2016/17 AY Grand Prix Event

Defying the odds at the Commodores’ Cup…
By AY MultiMedia
22nd April 2017, Subic Bay, Philippines:
For the third day in succession. the mirror like water surface, was slowly replaced by wind ripples by the incoming sea breeze and by start time, 5 to 6 knots blessed the fleet. Point to point courses 12, 13 and 14, crisscrossed Subic Bay and as the breeze increased to 16 knots, the three classes made quick time of the courses and all were finished by 1400hrs. Can PRO Jerry Rollin continue to defy the weather forecast and finish the regatta tomorrow, to score four out of four? Some crews found out the hard way, when tuning up for the day, not to stray to far from the start line in light air, as a consequence they maybe late for the start.

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