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AY Race Report 4 & Summary

2016/17 AY Grand Prix Event

Last push on the final day...
Victory for Centennial II, Selma Star & Alexa
By AY MultiMedia
23rd April 2017, Subic Bay, Philippines:
The sea breeze arrived early and by start time, 8 to 10 knots sent the yachts briskly on their way and for the fourth day, defied the weather forecast, as if PRO Jerry Rollin had a direct link to the wind gods. The two windward/leeward races were crucial to the overall IRC A class results, so a lot of start line urging and blocking took place under the watchful eye of the International jury. The breeze topped out at 16 knots and faded towards the end of Race 2, which heavily influenced the results. The battle of symmetric verses asymmetric spinnakers on the relatively flat water in Subic Bay, came out in favour of the symmetric spinnakers in both IRC classes, running down the center of the course. For all the action goto
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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.

Summary
A lot of work goes into organising the regatta and low entries are a little disappointing to the organisers. This did not diminish the quality and performance of mostly Philippine competitors. They are making improvements by introducing the
ATRAM Philippine Sailing Championship (See final results below) and Philippine Sailing purchasing six FarEast 28 yachts, that will form a one design class and made available for charter to foreign teams during the regattas. Other SEA regattas have suffered the same problems, as work commitments are blamed for restricting participation at foreign events. Each regatta is coming up with their own solutions and encouraging crew training will increase local participation. So if your in for some fun warm weather racing, mark down April 3rd to 7th next year, straight after the Rolex China Sea Race blue water classic, in your sailing calendar.

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ATRAM Philippine Sailing Championship
The Commodore's Cup is also the final regatta of the 5 event 2016 / 17 ATRAM Philippine Sailing Championship, with the best 4 regattas to count and the first place trophies were awarded to class winners and the Overall Champion on Saturday night. The Commodore’s Cup produced some very exciting racing with between 10 and 17 knots every day and many changes in the overall Championship results.

The Championship consists of 5 events:
November Puerto Galera All Souls Regatta
January Punta Fuego Yacht Club Regatta
February Standard Insurance Subic to Boracay Race and Boracay Cup
March PHINSAF Nasugbu to Busuanga Race
April Subic Sailing Commodore’s Cup Regatta

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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