for Jelik, Selma Star and Liannet
Boracay, Philippines: Two
more races today and its a wrap for another year. Frank Pong showed no
remorse as he guided the
Reichel/Pugh 76 Jelik across
the finish line for another win and in doing so claimed the combined Subic
to Boracay Race and Boracay Cup in one foul swoop. There were high fives
and celebrations onboard before the last race started.
Despite being recalled at the start, Ray Ordoveza's Excel 53 Karakoa
managed to recover quickly and with a 3, 2 scoreline ends up in second
overall. After churning up the waves all week, Geoff Hill's Smith
came good in the handicap stakes on the last race to cling onto third
overall. Cranking Troy
Yaw's TP52 Ulumulu
up to 18knots on the downwind legs earned them second and third places
for fourth overall and win the Malaysian verses Philippine battle with
Echauz's TP52 Standard Insurance
result also moves Frank Pong's Reichel/Pugh
76 Jelik from
joint 8th place to 4th in the 2013-14
AsianYachting Grand Prix
6.5 points behind the leader and well on the way to defending the AYGP
and Yacht of the Year
title they won last season.
standings can be browsed by Skipper
Regatta and will be upgraded next week.
onboard Martin Tanco's Sydney
the first upwind today, resulted in retirement and handed the Cruiser/Racer
Class title over to Jun
First 36.7 Selma Star.
This gives Avecilla's
Selma Star a clean sweep by winning every race
and for the first time take home
the combined Subic to Boracay Race and Boracay Cup trophy's. Simon Carpenter's
Elan 310 Giant Cod had a luckless regatta
and did not start today but maintains third place in the three boat class.
wins in a row for Chui Shing Kin's Beneteau Oceanis 45 Liannet
gives them a clean score sheet and the PY Class title on their first attempt.
Batac's Beneteau 12.7
just couldn't match the pace of Liannet and ends up in second
overall. Although Juergen Kirstein's Caroff 40 Pongolana was
completely outclassed by the production boats they persevered and completed
the course each day for third place.
Although the North Easterly tradewind was a little late, when it did arrive
it didn't disappoint and caused a fair share of mayhem. The quality of
the Racing Class is very high and enjoyed close racing, that spurned the
crews into action and improved with every race. The
Cruiser/Racer and PY Classes could do with more participants to even the
playing field and improve the competitiveness of their fleets. Boracay
is a wonderful experience and well worth the effort to hone crew skills
in heavy weather. If
your a serious sailor or running a serious racing team and want to embark
on an Asian campaign, mark the combined Subic to Boracay Race and Boracay
Cup down in the diary.
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