& Mandrake win Boracay Cup & Centennial lll the combined trophy
A mad scurry followed, maneuvering these big boats back to the line and restarting. That heart rendering account set the precedent for the rest of the day, as with each race result the overall positions moved up and down the the table.
Making a quick spin around the pin, Karakoa was the first boat to get back on track and narrowly avoided Jelik in its path before cranking on and leading off the line. It took the others half the windward beat to catch them and as they rotated, Karakoa held their time to win the race. Only one second separated the dueling leaders, with Echauz's Centennial III edging out Pong's Jelik and closing the overall gap to one point. As Hill's Antipodes ended in fourth, the intended protests were withdrawn.
The final race start was a little more subdued, with yachts evenly spread along the line. Echauz's Centennial III over stood the lead into the downwind mark and it looked as if their chances were blown away with the wind. Until the spinnaker on Pong's Jelik shredded on the final leg to the finish, losing valuable time as they retrieved the pieces and launched a replacement. All the time, Hill's Antipodes made up valuable ground and by crossing the finish line 3 1/2 minutes behind Jelik, slotted into the winners berth. All eyes were on Ordoveza's Karakoa the smallest boat in the IRC 1 class, as it closed in on the finish. As they claimed second place, they relegated Jelik to 3rd and Centennial lll to 4th.
With Centennial lll dropping the 4th place and Jelik worst result being 3rd, they ended up tied on 9 points. As Jelik won the first three races, the tie was broken in their favour and celebrate victory in the Boracay Cup. By winning the Subic to Boracay Race (See AY Race Report 2) Echauz's Centennial III becomes the winner of the combined events and was awarded the impressive, hand crafted, solid brass, perpetual trophy for their efforts.
In the IRC 2 class, Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns Sydney GTS 43 EFG Mandrake have completely dominated proceedings with 6 wins in the Boracay Cup and class victory in the combined Subic Bay to Boracay Race. Although the results don't show the competitiveness of the other boats, they have raced in close company with often only seconds separating the placing's. Martin Tanco's Sydney 46 Centennial II pushed hard all week but settled in second place on the podium.
Helmuth Hennig's Marten 49 Vineta and Jun Avecilla's Beneteau First 36.7 Selma Star ended up tied on 16 points and the same number of placing's throughout the week. So it comes down to the last race and as Avecilla's Selma Star corrected out in 3rd place, they claim third spot on the podium and relegate Hennig's Vineta to fourth place.
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