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Subic Bay Yacht Club - Commodore's Cup 2011
Race Report 2
2010/11 AY Grand Prix Championship Event

Wind plays havoc on Day 2
by Jeremy Simpson

28 April 2011: It was a hot and sultry day out on the Bay. Ninety minutes into the racing the South Easterly wind softened and disappeared in a mess of eddies and indecision. The first windward leeward for the IRC Racing Class and IRC1, had fairly constant light airs, but shortly after the start of the second race, the wind played games, stranding PY boats and parking the second IRC1 race.

At the start of the IRC Racing class, two hours or so after the scheduled time, Ffreefire was away from Mui-Mui and Subic Centennial, but half way up the first leg Mui-Mui suffered a significant mast problem and retired from the day's racing. Ffreefire and Subic Centennial continued their lonely battle without incident keeping their relative positions to the finish and after handicap.

Race 3, saw major holes opening up with wind shifts of 10° - 30°, but the wind picked up to the top mark, only to die on the second windward leg. The race was shortened at the second top mark and Ffreefire crawled home ahead of Subic Centennial in the dying breeze giving enough away to let Subic Centennial take first place on handicap. Mui-Mui was not expected to recover in time so it looks as if Frank Pong will be sailing his "spare", Boracay, tomorrow.

In IRC1, Race 2, the order was Challenge, C! Calibre Selma Star, and Vivaldi across the start together, quickly followed by Vivaldi and Rags who took off to port with the leaders going to starboard. At the first windward mark, Klaas Huisjes in the chartered Sandoway took Selma Star. This wasn't enough for Sandoway to hold a podium slot on handicap giving it up to Vivaldi third, Selma Star second and Challenge first.

IRC1 Race 3 started in the dying wind and was shortened at the leeward mark, making it a single lap. Selma Star with Race Co-Chairman Ricky Sandoval helming pipped Challenge at the post with C! Calibre Selma Star first, Challenge second and Sandoway third on handicap.

The single race for PY saw Rapparee XXX closely tagged by the ably sailed Platu Luzviminda, away as usual and Shibumi and Serenity close behind. Shibumi, flying her kite as a pole-less reacher could not keep up with the big kite of Serenity and saw the leading boats vanish into the distance as the wind died after the far mark at #12 buoy, finishing more an hour after. Fortunately for Shibumi, Luzviminda defied the sailing instructions and avoided the windward mark and retired, leaving Shibumi to claim a third place that they worked hard for but didn't expect!

Not the best day's racing in Subic Bay, but still a demanding race, requiring more patience than bravado.

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