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Defying the odds at the Commodores' Cup...
By AY MultiMedia
22nd April 2017, Subic Bay, Philippines:
For the third day in succession. the mirror like water surface, was slowly replaced with wind ripples by the incoming sea breeze and by start time, 5 to 6 knots blessed the fleet. Point to point courses 12, 13 and 14, crisscrossed Subic Bay and as the breeze increased to 16 knots, the three classes made quick time of the courses and were all finished by 1400hrs. Can PRO Jerry Rollin continue to defy the weather forecast and finish the regatta tomorrow, to score four out of four? Some crews found out the hard way, when tuning up for the day, not to stray to far from the start line in light air, as a consequence they maybe late for the start.

Despite being late for the start Ernesto Echauz's all Philippine crew on TP 52 Standard Insurance Centennial III quickly made up for lost time and were determined to make up for yesterdays couple of defeats. The Hackett family's Mills 43 Custom Misty Mountain were quick off the start line but by the top mark Martin Tanco's Sydney 46 Centennial II had overtaken them and for the rest of the race engaged in a match race, never more than 50 meters apart. At the finish SI Centennial III had regained their composure to take the daily double and although Misty Mountain did manage to overtake Centennial II the places were reversed in the handicap stakes. This result leaves Centennial II at the top of the IRC A table but are now tied on 7 points with SI Centennial III and all to play for in tomorrows final races.

In the light conditions Jun Avecilla's Beneteau First 36.7 Selma Star took the lead but as the breeze increased Michael Ashbrook's Jeanneau 479 Sikta closed in and overhauled them to finish over six minutes in front. When the IRC handicaps were applied in favour of Selma Star by over one minute and secured top spot on the IRC B pointscore. Third spot for Ricky Sandoval's Beneteau First 31.7 Selma keeps them in second overall but tied on nine points with Sikta and will fight over the podium places tomorrow.

Engine failure forced David Wheeler's Cape Carib 31 Freewheeler to be late for the start and could only watch on as Eric Jurado's Ultimate 20 Alexa and Garry Kingshott's Fusion 40 Kerida made their way up the windward beat. Alexa blitzed the course finishing 30 minutes in front of Kerida, with Freewheeler another 25 minutes adrift. The case of a missing harbour mark was resolved amicably between the three skippers and Alexa takes the overall lead from Freewheeler by two points and barring a mishap tomorrow, the Cruising Class title.

Tomorrow is the final day of racing, with the IRC Classes contesting two windward/leeward races and another point to point race for the Cruising Class. The final prize presentation and dinner will be held at the Lighthouse Resort in the evening.

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