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AY Race Report 6 & Summary

2013/14 AYGP Event

Victory for Jelik, Selma Star and Liannet
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
07:03:2014 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 72 Antipodes finally 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 Ernesto Echauz's TP52 Standard Insurance Centennial.

This result also moves Frank Pong's Reichel/Pugh 76 Jelik from joint 8th place to 4th in the 2013-14 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) only 6.5 points behind the leader and well on the way to defending the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year title they won last season. The AYGP standings can be browsed by Skipper - Yacht - Regatta and will be upgraded next week.

Breakage onboard Martin Tanco's Sydney 46 Centennial II on the first upwind today, resulted in retirement and handed the Cruiser/Racer Class title over to Jun Avecilla's Beneteau 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.

Four 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. Danny Batac's Beneteau 12.7 Serenity 1 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.

Summary
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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