Commodores' Cup up and away...
It didn't take long for Ernesto Echauz's all Philippine crew on TP 52 Standard Insurance Centennial III to take the lead and extend in a race against the clock. The Hackett family's Mills 43 Custom Misty Mountain and Martin Tanco's Sydney 46 Centennial II had a close battle in the early stages, until Misty Mountain edged out a small lead. Although the distances looked insurmountable, when the IRC ratings were applied Standard Insurance Centennial III takes the daily double by a little over four minutes from Misty Mountain, with Centennial II less than two minutes in arrears.
In IRC B Jun Avecilla's Beneteau First 36.7 Selma Star took a handy lead over late entry Michael Ashbrook's Jeanneau 479 Sikta, after they were recalled at the start and took time to recover. Congressman Ricky Sandoval taking time off from his busy schedule, to skipper the smaller Beneteau First 31.7 Selma trailed the leading duo and was possibly within reach in the handicap stakes. On the return spinnaker leg Selma Star sailed on right past the #13 turning mark and Sikta followed them. It was only when Selma rounded the mark and headed back out to sea, that they realised their mistake and had about a mile beat back to undo their mistake. By taking advantage of the sequence of events that unfolded in front of them, Sandoval's Selma clung on for the rest of the race to claim the handicap stakes, followed by Ashbrook's Sikta and a very embarrassed Avecilla's Selma Star in 3rd place.
Eric Jurado's Ultimate 20 Alexa and David Wheeler's Cape Carib 31 Freewheeler had a close battle on the first lap and as the wind increased to 12 - 14 knots, Alexa planned off into the distance, to claim the daily double by four minutes from Freewheeler. Garry Kingshott's Fusion 40 Kerida is the only multihull competing and rotated in their wake, to thoroughly enjoy the outing when the wind increased.
Throughout the sailing season, the Philippine Sailing Association has introduced the five event Atram Philippine Sailing Championship, to encourage more participation and the Commodores' Cup is the last event. By competing on most events David Wheeler's Cape Carib 31 Freewheeler is the Overall and Cruising Class winner. Several computations exist to decide the IRC Racing, Ocean Multihull and Cruiser/Racer classes and will be determined at the end of this event.
Racing continues tomorrow with windward/ leeward races for the IRC Classes and another point to point race for the Cruising Class.
This 2017 Commodore's Cup - Race Reports are kindly bought to you by the following supporters