push on the final day...
Coming into the final day, Martin Tanco's Sydney 46 Centennial II was tied on 7 points with Ernesto Echauz's TP 52 Standard Insurance Centennial III and all to play for. A three way cat and mouse game developed in the prestart, with George Hackett's Mills 43 Custom Misty Mountain nailing the start line and Centennial II blocking SI Centennial III's way. They soon settled into the respective places and both Misty Mountain and Centennial II taking the central symmetric spinnaker path down the center of the course, paid off to eclipse SI Centennial III by a few seconds in the handicap stakes. It was all on again in the second race and although visually SI Centennial III seemed to be far enough in front as the breeze faded, it wasn't to be as Tanco's Centennial II corrected out in front and claimed the IRC A title.
Apart from the first race navigational error, Jun Avecilla's Beneteau First 36.7 Selma Star has won every race on corrected time, to seal the IRC B title. Ricky Sandoval's Beneteau First 31.7 Selma kept them honest with the first race of the regatta win, then trading 2nd and 3rd places with Michael Ashbrook's Jeanneau 479 Sikta, resulted in ending up tied on 11 points and broken in favour of Sandoval's Selma. Ashbrook's Sikta needs consistent stronger breeze for their asymmetric spinnaker to pay dividends but as the only Hong Kong entry put in a good showing on their first attempt at a Philippine regatta and vowed to be back again next year.
David Wheeler's Cape Carib 31 Freewheeler engine problems are terminal and retired from racing, ended their challenge on the Cruising Class title. This left the door open for Eric Jurado's Ultimate 20 Alexa to race away with the title, with a day to spare. The only multihull competing, Garry Kingshott's Fusion 40 Kerida lacks speed upwind but makes up for it on the downwind legs and on the onshore social scene.
Philippine Sailing Championship
The Championship consists
of 5 events:
In IRC Racing Class Martin Tanco’s Centennial 2 stormed up the standings to overtake the earlier class leader, Ray Ordovesa’s Karakoa, who was not able to enter the regatta.
In the Ocean Multihull Class the points result saw a draw between Vincent Ruais, Myg 2 and Garry Kingshott’s Kerida. On count back based on the number of events entered, the overall Class prize was awarded to Kerida.
Racer Cruiser Class saw Jun Avecilla's Selma Star overtake Michiel Brinkers Bella Uno in the standings during the Commodore’s Cup relegating them to second place.
The Cruising Class was dominated by the eventual Overall Championship Winner David Wheeler and his Cape Carib 33 Freewheeler.
David has been a consistent class winner in addition to attending more of the Championship events than any other competitor.
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