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Welcome to the Philippine Home of Sailing
By AY MultiMedia
19th April 2017, Subic Bay, Philippines:
First it was the Saturday Afternoon Gentlemen Sailors (SAGS) to conduct monthly big boat races in Subic Bay, over 10 years ago and together with the Philippine Sailing Association, went on to create the Commodores' Cup. Eventually morphing into Subic Sailing, the bulk of the competitors usually come by inviting Hong Kong sailors, after the biannual San Fernando and China Sea Races, held last weekend over the Easter break. Further sailing pursuits came by establishing sailing classes, to train crew and encourage local participation on the recently introduced five event ATRAM Philippine Sailing Championship, run throughout the season. While the Hong Kong entries have tapered off, the Commodore's Cup now starts with two days of dinghy racing, followed by 9 locally based yachts divided into 2 classes, thrashing it out, at the Home of Sailing in the Philippines.

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.

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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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