the winners are Hi Fi, Selma Star & Freewheeler
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.
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
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,
Selma Star sail through
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.
More details and results on the Subic Sailing Website http://www.subicsailing.com/index.html
The races are organized by the Saturday Afternoon Gentleman’s Sailing (SAGS) club of Subic Bay, under the auspices of the Philippine Sailing Association in coordination with the Subic Bay Yacht Club, Watercraft Ventures, Inc., the Lighthouse Marina Resort, the provincial government of Aklan, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), Philippine Coast Guard and the Subic Freeport Chamber of Commerce (SBFCC).
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