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2011/12 AY Grand Prix Championship Event

And the winners are Hi Fi, Selma Star & Freewheeler
By AsianYachting MultiMedia

02:03:2012 Boracay, Philippines: After yesterdays howling gale, the wind mellowed down some what, to around 15-20 knots with a few higher spikes in the gusts. All five racing class yachts were out to improve their standing or recover some pride after various breakages and crew errors have impeded their progress during the regatta. In a rush to catch an afternoon flight, Neil Pryde and his professional crew on Hi Fi, went out and won the first race today, making it four wins in a row and a second place, enough to clinch the Boracay Cup with one race to spare. Their departure from the course did not deter the remaining yachts from having one last go at each other. Any sailing teams that like racing in strong winds and surfing conditions, should mark the dates firmly in their diary as a "Must Do Asian Regatta". As the news slowly filters out to the International sailing community, in future this event will be treasured in the crews sailing CV's for years to come.

Frank Pong had the foot down again on Jelik III whipping the yacht around the course in record time. In Neil Pryde's absence Ray Ordoveza's Excel 53 Karakoa got up and won the final race, which earned them second overall, much to the amusement of the senior rock stars and statesmen onboard. Back on the pace, Sam Chan's TP52 Freefire and Ernesto Echauz's TP52 Jelik V crewed by sailors from the Philippine Sailing Association, traded second and third places today but comes a little to late in proceedings to improve their standings. Despite committing to break neck speeds around the course, Frank Pong's Reichel/Pugh 76 Jelik III ends the series in third overall and very gracious for the spectacular sailing conditions, vowing to return again, again.

The three remaining yachts in the IRC Cruiser/Racer Class were also determined to get the better of Jesus Avecilla's Beneteau First 36.7 Selma Star C! Calibre ROX, that leads the overall pointscore but still could be toppled in the remaining races. Klaas Huisjes Sydney 36 Sandoway have sailed conservatively in the strong breeze and prefers to goose wing the headsail, instead of flying the spinnaker. Martin Tanco's X452 Challenge and Avecilla's Selma Star have experimented with both, resulting in different levels of performance. But today the superior upwind performance by Avecilla's Selma Star, kept them in close contact and won them two races plus romped away with the title. Klaas Huisjes Sandoway had to settle on second overall and in a gracious act of sportsmanship, let Selma Star sail through just before the finish to take line honours in the last race, Martin Tanco's breakage prone Challenge ended up in third overall.

David Wheeler's Cape Carib 31 Freewheeler is the last boat left standing in the PY Cruising Class. With David Mc Kenna's Sun Odyssey 42 Raparee XXX withdrawal yesterday, they left the door open for Wheeler's Freewheeler to go around the course alone and overtake Raparee XXX in the pointscore to claim the title.

In the combined Subic Boracay Race and Boracay Cup the winners are Ray Ordoveza's Excel 53 Karakoa in the Racing Class and Jesus Avecilla's Beneteau First 36.7 Selma Star C! Calibre ROX in the IRC Cruiser/Racer Class. In an effort to entice yachts to compete on both events, it was decided to use the combined results in the 2011-12 AYGP Championship and as soon as we get back will tabulate the results into the overall pointscore.

Summary
As we can categorically say that this regatta has consistently been the windiest regatta in Asian waters, we can highly recommend it to serious racing teams to take part in. If your looking for T-shirt, shorts and thongs sailing conditions, at the peak of the American winter, just ask popular yacht designer Alan Andrews why he keeps coming back for more. Boracay is such a unique tourist destination that it deserves an honourable recognition to be bestowed on it. Organizational tweaks are needed for the event to run more smoothly that the committee will be addressing over the coming weeks. Competing yachts should come here well prepared to take on the strong conditions, as this week a high rate of attrition has been experienced amongst competitors. No good being ready at the end of the regatta! Come prepared to race hard and party hard, Philippine style. Just the way we like it...

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