Race Victory For Karakoa, In SBC Showdown
At the end of Race 1, the times were quickly tabulated and announced with Antipodes winning the race by 41 seconds from Karakoa and Misty Mountain, 8 seconds further adrift in 3rd place. As the drop race came into play after five races, both Antipodes and Karakoa drop 4th places and Antipodes held a slender one point lead, coming into the final race. With the Easterly breeze fading to 10 knots, the course was reduced to 1.8 miles and the pressure was on.
Karakoa won the start with speed, as Misty Mountain was recalled for being over the line. Although the order was in place, the timings would determine the overall placing's. When they crossed the finish line, neither crew gave any sign of jubilation. The suspense was broken, when PRO Jerry Rollin announced Karakoa 1st, Misty Mountain 2nd and Antipodes 3rd, missing out on 2nd place by 2 seconds. Antipodes skipper Richard Hudson said 'They ran into a light patch on the first downwind and over stood the finish on the second downwind, that made all the difference.'
All is not lost, as Antipodes is the winner of the combined Verde Passage Race and Subic Bay Cup Regatta, with 10 points over Karakoa's 12 points. The combined results are the points awarded for the AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) Rankings and the score goes towards being crowned with the 2018-19 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year title, at the end of the season.
Stephen Wu Shifu's Oceanis 45 Asia Pacific Sailing had the pleasure of circulating alone as the only entry in the Cruising class.
The Far East 28R crews were itching to go and showed it. Ridgely Balladares PSA 1 dominated racing yesterday and slammed home two more wins, in the opening races and finished with another win on the fourth race, to claim the SBIR Far East 28R fleet racing title. With five wins under their belt, Balladares and PSA 1 are also the 'Highest AYGP Scorer' at the SBC regatta.
A mixed bag of results followed and despite being recalled at the start, Emerson Villena PSA 2 clawed back to win Race 3 and keeps a handle on 2nd overall. With three boats overlapped at the finish line, a video replay was used to confirm the placing's.
Maria Vidoeira Subic Sailing had moments at the front of the fleet, before being over run and by consistently scoring 3rd places and despite the jury one point penalty, for sailing with the bowsprit extended, end up in 3rd overall.
Jerene Durana PSA 3 scored a couple of 2nd places but a row of 4th places leaves them in 4th overall. They have all benefited from the experience and which ever team gets the gong, for the Philippines, at the 30th SEA Games, will be odds on favourite to win the Gold Medal.
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