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2015/16 AY Grand Prix Event

Subic Bay turns on a real treat...
By AY MultiMedia
29th March 2016, Subic Bay, Philippines:
The North Easterly arrived with a vengeance, bringing gusts above 20 knots, on a relatively flat sea and turned into a real treat, especially on the long reaching legs. PRO Medy Fidel, selected the 26nm Point to Point course for the Racing Class and a shorter 17nm course for the Cruising Class. This took them around and across the bay twice and kept the enjoyment level on high. Two more no shows, has whittled the fleet down to eight yachts but does not diminish the quality nor the desire to compete. The Streaker and Optimist classes also began their quest to conquer the elements and several nose dives and over powered situations, produced a day to treasure.

By nature of size and performance, the racing class circulated in a two by two formation. Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Custom Antipodes and Ernesto Echauz's TP 52 Standard Insurance Centennial III, fighting it out at the front. Not far behind, Steve Manning/Anthony Root's Ker 42 Black Baza and Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns Sydney GTS 43 EFG Mandrake have the pedal flat on the floor. Leaving Martin Tanco's Sydney 46 Centennial II, keeping the pressure on from the back.

Several big wind gusts produced some out of control broaches on the downwind and unintentional round ups to windward. Hill's Antipodes claimed line honours in 2hrs 43mins 12sec's with Echauz's Standard Insurance Centennial III, a little over two minutes behind. But when the IRC ratings are applied, it's EFG Mandrake that claims the handicap stakes by a mere 15 seconds, from Black Baza and relegated Standard Insurance Centennial III down to third place, Antipodes in fourth and Centennial II fifth. At the evening awards party, everyone agreed that it was a great race to open the regatta with.

Despite the hangover from last nights welcome party, Jun Avecilla and the crew on his Beneteau First 36.7 Selma Star put in a sterling effort, to claim the daily double in the Cruising Class. Still getting familiar with the boat, Viggo Lisson and the Philippine crew on the Beneteau First 31.7 Selma had to settle on second place. Late to start, Garry Kingshott's Fusion 40 catamaran Kerida, made up ground around the course but fell short of making an impression for third place.

Racing continues tomorrow with two windward/ leeward races for the Racing Class and another point to point race for the Cruising Class. If the wind is still blowing the birds out of the trees, Medy Fidel has already decided to lengthen the courses for both classes.

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