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2012/13 AYGP Event

Victory for Karakoa, Selma Star & Irresistible
By AY MultiMedia
06 April 2012: Once again the seabreeze arrived early and saved the day. The IRC Classes completed two windward/leeward races and the PY Cruisers, their fourth passage race in as many days to successfully conclude the regatta schedule. Although the class leaders looked safe, there was an outside chance that second placed yachts could topple them if they win both races. Some very aggressive covering tactics were employed to sandwich Ray Ordoveza's Karakoa between the two Centennial's, but a fully hiked out Karakoa crew allowed them to break free from the stranglehold and sail on to victory. By winning the first race today both Karakoa and June Avecilla's Selma Star wrapped up the IRC titles with one race to go.

With three wins and two second places, the Blues Brothers on Ray Ordoveza's Excel 53 Karakoa completed their mission to win the IRC Racing title. As always, Frank Pong's Reichel/Pugh 75 Jelik were on the pace at the front off the fleet and claimed the daily double in the last race. Two victories plus two second places earns Jelik second overall and a welcome return to the podium. The battle between the Centennials ended with Martin Tanco's Sydney 46 Centennial II taking a two point advantage over Ernesto Echauz's TP52 Standard Insurance Centennial III. Although their placing's don't show it, the times were very close and could have gone either way.

Apart from a few hiccups, June Avecilla's Beneteau First 36.7 Selma Star C! Calibre ROX, has dominated the IRC Racer Cruising Class. Both Rags and Selma saw their chances disappear when they were called over the line at the start of the first race today. After a tacking duel along the shore, Klaas Huisjes Farr 1104 Rags finally broke through to win the final race today and secure second overall. Taiwan's Joser Hsieh Chun-Yion's Beneteau First 31.7 Selma has improved as the regatta wore on, to end up in third place and threatening to bring their own yacht next year.

Although Danny Batac's Beneteau Oceanis 411 Serenity 1 was closing in on Harry Taylor's S&S 36 Irresistible, they just could not perform the overtaking maneuver, which grants Taylor's Irresistible the PY Cruising Class title. Garry Kingshott's brand new catamaran Fusion 40 Kerida joined in for the day and showed a turn of speed as it reached across the bay.

The two Flying Fifteens made a welcome debut on Subic Bay. Joseph Jayson Villena managed to turn the tables on his brother Mark Elison Villena today but two wins for Mark Villena gives him the inaugural title. The organisers are planning on getting the big boat owners to sponsor and maintain a boat each, so at future events we can expect a fleet of five Flying Fifteens competing.

Summary
A trouble free regatta is just how we like it. The change in the guard of the race management has also been successful. Although slightly down on competitors, the quality of racing at the front of the fleet has not been compromised. It has also been a steep learning curve for the newcomers and tail enders. Over the last few years there has been some upheaval in the yacht clubs and race organisers, that has slowed the growth of the sport in the Philippines. The keenness and willingness shown amongst the competitors here, will always prevail over the negatives shown in some board rooms. The 7000 plus islands that make up the Philippines is one of the best cruising grounds in the world and the warm tropical climate with good tradewinds make it a great location for racing. So lets not spoil it and stop the petty bickering to open up and start working for all to enjoy.

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