Cup kicks off in Philippine Home of Sailing
The local yachts are led by Ernesto Echauz's TP 52 Standard Insurance Centennial III, that won Racing Class 1 in Boracay and Martin Tanco's Sydney 46 Centennial II, won two races on the final day in Boracay, to snatch 2nd place in Racing Class 2. The low entry list, sees them bundled together in Racing Class 1.
The formidable line up of visiting teams are all from Hong Kong. Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Custom Antipodes leads the charge in sheer size, recent victories on the Rolex China Sea Race, Boracay Cup and present leader on the AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP), makes Steve Manning and Anthony Root's Ker 42 Black Baza, hands on favourite, if the conditions suit them.
Regular competitors on the Asian circuit, Fred Kinmonth / Nick Burns Sydney GTS 43 EFG Mandrake, are always on the hunt for more silverware in their trophy cabinet and new kid on the block, Andrian Bell's Azuree 46 Outlaw is relatively unknown and considered the dark horse at this stage.
The Commodore's Cup is honoured to be the 10th regatta on the AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) and an excellent chance for Philippine and Hong Kong skippers to improve their ranking, in the race for the 2015-16 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year. Although Steve Manning/Anthony Root's Ker 42 Black Baza presently holds onto top spot in the AYGP rankings, they have contested six events this season and can only improve in small increments, are aiming to better their lowest scoring event to date. The 2015-16 AYGP Rankings, can be viewed by clicking on Skipper - Yacht - Regatta and Scoring System.
The Cruising Class is an all Philippine affair, with stalwart of racing in Subic Bay, Jun Avecilla's Beneteau First 36.7 Selma Star leading the charge. Viggo Lisson is helming the Beneteau First 31.7 Selma and Boyet Lucas Beneteau First 27.7 Marikit, makes it a clash of the Beneteau designs. Garry Kingshott's Fusion 40 Kerida is the only multihull competing this year and will be lumbered into the Cruising Class, to have some company around the course, that takes them to all corners of sun drenched Subic Bay.
Being ringed by hilly terrain, Subic Bay is large enough to develop its own microclimate, that cycles between local land and sea breezes. This can be very tricky and could have a bearing on the overall outcome. Today there was a gusty 14 to 16 knots, blowing in from the North East during the practice session.
The secret to successful race management in Subic Bay, is choosing the timing of the first start, to coincide with the building breeze. An art well practiced by Principle Race Officer, Medy Fidel and her all Philippine Sailing Association race team.
For now, everyone is looking forward to the Welcoming Party tonight, held on the beachfront, in front of The Lighthouse Marina Resort.
The 9th Commodore’s Cup is organized by Subic Sailing and Philippine Sailing Association, in cooperation with The Lighthouse Marina Resort, Watercraft Ventures and The Boatyard Inn
The regatta is made possible by the supported of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Subic Bay Hotels, Attractions and Tourism Stakeholders Visitors Board, Department of Tourism, Philippines Coast Guard and 1Subicbay
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