April AYGP News – Closing in, on the end of the 2011-12 Season

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Closing in, on the end of the 2011-12 Season
By AY MultiMedia

Goto Skipper of the Year pointscore25 April 2012: With only two pointscoring regatta’s to go, Top of the Gulf (May 4-8) & Samui Regatta (May 29 – June 3) an interesting scenario has developed and after the Rolex China Sea Race and the Commodore’s Cup have been run and done, a couple of new possibilities come into the equation. This now makes it 234 skippers and 221 yachts that have scored points after ten events have been completed. Although Neil Pryde has contested all but one of the regattas held this season and Hi Fi has contested eight events, only the best six results count towards the prestigious AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards, so their increment has been reduced to bettering earlier regatta scores. Two good results for the Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns EFG Bank Mandrake brings their regatta tally to six and close in to only eleven points behind Pryde. They are entering the Samui Regatta in the hotly contested 40 foot class and exceptional results will be their last chance to topple Pryde at the final event.

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A similar situation has developed between them in the Yacht of the Year pointscore, although a lot closer. This time EFG Bank Mandrake are only six points behind Hi Fi and with the all conquering Team Premier/Hooligan returning for the Samui Regatta, could help swing the balance in Mandrake’s favour. Sam Chan’s Freefire is the only other boat to complete six regattas to date but being slightly of the pace has left them down the order. Two more regattas for Rick Pointon’s Jing Jing and Andrew Stransky’s Fantasia could lift them to within striking distance but they will have to go like a bat out of hell to make up the difference. Presently Alan Carwardine’s Stealth 12.6 Sidewinder holds on to fourth place after winning three regattas but as they are not contesting anymore events can only dream what could of been. As both pointscore’s are to close to call, we are holding of engraving the new trophies until a natural conclusion has been reached.

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