the fun and games begin...
22:02:2011 The wind is up, the sun is shining and the inviting blue sea is calling all water sports enthusiasts - What more would the sailors need for the perfect day on the water? Boracay has it all. Five top boats in the Racing Class and three in the IRC 1 Class have signed on for the inaugural Boracay Cup. PRO Jerry Rollin choose Course 3, the 30 nautical mile, figure of 8 track that goes around neighboring Caraboa Island and Boracay on the return leg for both classes. With wind gusts reaching 20 knots Frank Pong's 75ft Reichel/Pugh Jelik II whipped around the course in 2 hours 42 minutes at an average speed over 10 knots. The exciting spinnaker run, gybing down the narrow Caticlan Passage that separates Boracay and Panay was the icing on the cake and produced calls of joy as the yachts crossed the finish line.
Despite Frank Pong's fired up 75ft Reichel/Pugh Jelik II claiming line honours, Sam Chan's TP 52 Ffreefire stayed on the pace and by finishing eleven minutes behind, once again snatched the handicap honours from Jelik II for the second race in succession. Although Ernesto Echauz's Sydney 46 Centennial is the smallest boat in the racing class, the all Philippine crew battled on at the back of the pack and were rewarded with second place. This result relegated Pong's Jelik II down into third place and as only 22 seconds separated the Tiffany Koo skippered Jelik V they also nearly overtook the boss. Ray Ordoveza's Excel 53 Karakoa returns to the frey helmed by designer Alan Andrews will have to shake of the cobwebs to improve on fifth place.
Although the IRC 1 Class is reduced to three boats this did not stop them from fighting it out for bragging rights. Once again Martin Tanco's X452 Challenge claimed line honours but they were not far enough in front to secure the handicap honours. After winning the Subic Boracay Race, Claudio Altura's J35 Vivaldi is on a roll and first place today puts them on a winning streak. Martin Tanco's Challenge slotted into second place. Only a few minutes behind Jesus Avecilla guided his Beneteau First 36.7 Selma Star into third place and expects the young fit crew to excel on the windward/leeward courses.
The trophy presentation this evening, takes place at Cafe Del Mar were race central is located on the famous Boracay beach front. Not only do they serve a wonderful array of cocktails but it is a great place to watch the passing parade of pretty women walk by.
Tomorrow both classes will race two windward/leeward races and as Wind Guru has 15 knots average wind speed for the rest of the week we can expect more thrilling rides and fun in the sun.
More details on the Subic Sailing Website http://www.subicsailing.com/index.html
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