to the Philippine Home of Sailing
This doesn't deter them from having fun on the water and friendly prize presentation parties onshore each evening. Top billing goes to Ernesto Echauz's all Philippine crewed TP 52 Standard Insurance Centennial III, that cleaned up on the Subic to Boracay Race & Regatta last month and has represented the Philippines with distinction in the racing class, at four International events this season. Stiff competition comes in the form of Martin Tanco's Sydney 46 Centennial II, has won here before and Rainbow Hackett's newbie Mills 43 Custom Misty Mountain having the potential to out gun them in the handicap stakes.
The Commodore's Cup is also the 10th regatta on the AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) and an excellent opportunity for Philippine and Hong Kong skippers to improve their 2016-17 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year ranking, before the season ends. With three regattas to go, the present 2016-17 AYGP Rankings, can be browsed by clicking on Skipper - Yacht - Regatta and Scoring System
In the Cruising Class the stalwart of racing in Subic Bay, Jun Avecilla's Beneteau First 36.7 Selma Star is leading the charge with the latest batch of trainees/ coaches and are likely to be challenged by his on stage partner, Ricky Sandoval on the smaller Beneteau First 31.7 Selma.
Eric Jurado Ultimate 20 Alexa should have a good outing, with the Philippine Navy J24 Louie II and David Wheeler's Cape Carib 31 Freewheeler is expected to be in the thick of things. Garry Kingshott's Fusion 40 Kerida is the only multihull competing and will be lumbered in with 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 an uncharacteristic gusty 12 to 14 knots, blowing in from the South, South West in the morning, which defied all weather forecasts.
For now, everyone is looking forward to the Welcoming Party tonight, held on the beachfront, in front of The Lighthouse Marina Resort.
The 10th Commodore’s Cup is organized by Subic Sailing Club, under the auspices of the Philippine Sailing Association, in cooperation with The Lighthouse Marina Resort, Watercraft Ventures and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.
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