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2014/15 AY Grand Prix Event

Jelik & Mandrake win Boracay Cup & Centennial lll the combined trophy
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
06:03:2015 Boracay, Philippines: With the overall stakes hanging in the balance, the final day of racing turned into a feisty affair. Sunny, blue sky and 20 to 24 knot North Easterly blowing, the stage was set for some close racing and the competitors did not disappoint. As the big boats crammed in at the boat end of the start line, Geoff Hill's Custom Smith 72 Antipodes, made a daring lunge in front of Ernesto Echauz's TP52 Standard Insurance Centennial III and nearly ended up in the back of the start boat. To leeward Frank Pong's Custom Dibley 75 Jelik was holding the lay line as Antipodes barged in above them and the situation ended with all boats, including Ray Ordoveza's Excel 53 Karakoa at the pin end, over the line as the horn sounded.

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 As Hill's Antipodes ended in fourth, the intended protests were withdrawn.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.

We keep harping on about the fantastic sailing conditions in Boracay and when David Witt the skipper on Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin 90 received the line honours trophy, for the record breaking Subic Bay to Boracay Race, he pointed out that the "Secret is out! Keep posting on social media and the world sailing community will get to know this regatta exists". For serious racers, all the ingredients both on and off the water, to make a great event is already here. The organisers have gone to great length to keep this International event going and with the support of provincial governments, would like to continue long into the future. So jot down late February early March next year, into your sailing diary and come join us for the thrills and spills.

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