Chris Mitchell rises to the top of AsianYachting Grand Prix Rankings
16 January, 2018
Despite scoring only six points at the 2018 Royal Langkawi International Regatta, Chris Mitchell, skippering his Naut 40 Lady Bubbly, has contested four AYGP scoring regattas so far this season and takes over the lead in the AYGP Skipper Rankings, bumping John Newnham down to second place and Ray Roberts to third.
In the AYGP Yacht Rankings, Lady Bubbly moves up to second place trailing Otonomos Mandrake III who has an eight point lead, after contesting four point-scoring events.
By winning all seven races at the Royal Langkawi International Regatta, Niels Degenkolw’s Phoenix becomes the big mover and shaker, from 25th to 10th in the Skipper Rankings, and that’s after having only competed in two events. Six wins for the Whitcraft’s TP52 THA 72 sees THA 72 make a huge leap from 39th to fifth in the Yacht Rankings and if they continue on their winning ways they pose the biggest threat to the leaders at coming regattas.
Philip Turner’s Reichel-Pugh 66 Alive skippered by Duncan Hine have steadily climbed the rankings, and Hine now sits in eigth place in the Skipper rankings while Alive holds seventh in the Yacht rankings, but repairs to the hydraulic keel ram might force them to miss the Subic to Boracay Race & Boracay Cup next month. When the Eastern Circuit resumes, watch out for Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns Sydney GTS 43 and Geoff Hill’s Smith 72 Antipodes as they make their moves up the rankings.
Although no Racing Class yachts have entered the Neptune Regatta (Feb 10th – 17th) yet, 27 Cruising and Multihull craft have entered and more are expected for the run to the equator and a meeting with King Neptune. It will be Chris Mitchell and his Naut 40 Lady Bubbly’s fifth regatta this season and they look set to extend their overall lead.
To clarify the scoring system, individual skippers are scored separately and the yacht scoring is attributed to the boat owners. Already two trophies have been ordered and if different winners emerge at the end of the season, two presentations will take place.
At this point in the 2017/18 Season, 264 Skippers and 253 Yachts have scored points by contesting at least one of the seven point-scoring events already held in what will be a 13 regatta/race AYGP season.
Racing now moves onto the Neptune Regatta (Feb 10th – 17th) from Nongsa Point Marina, Indonesia, to complete the Western Circuit, then it’s 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.
The final two events – Top of the Gulf Regatta (27th April – 1st May) and Samui Regatta (26th May – June 2nd) – are centrally located in the Gulf of Thailand and are accessible to yachts from both the Eastern and Western Circuits, with the the final showdown and presentation of the prestigious 2017/18 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards to take place at Samui Regatta.
Story by AY MultiMedia with additions by MarineScene.Asia.