III survives protest and wins on count back
As the Racing Class 1 fleet, stretched the full length of the downwind leg, it was hard to judge who was the winner, so PRO Jerry Rollin had the shore crew, calculate the results. Ray Ordoveza's Karakoa came from behind again and corrected out in first place, by a mere 4 seconds, in front of Chan's Freefire and Echauz's Standard Insurance Centennial III in third. This result elevated Karakoa to the top of the leader board by one point from Standard Insurance Centennial III. Freefire came back into contention after the drop race was included and the last race would determine the overall winner.
A little argey bargey, then pull the trigger and they're away. Another incident between Ernesto Echauz's Standard Insurance Centennial III and Sam Chan's Freefire, resulted in Freefire judged to be over the line and returned to restart, protest flags flying and an angry exchange of words. This did not stop them flooring the pedal and chasing each other around the course. Although the big boats cross the line in front, they have not featured in the podium places. Provisional results showed Standard Insurance Centennial III winning the final race, by 36 seconds from Karakoa, with Freefire a minute latter in third place. Then it turned into a scurry back to race control and file protest forms, to determine the overall winner.
After a lengthy protest hearing, including inspecting the boats damage, the International Jury ruled that Freefire was in the wrong and disqualified them for their actions. Karakoa and Standard Insurance Centennial III ended up tied on points, which was broken in favour of Standard Insurance Centennial III, as they have won more races than Karakoa. They also win the combined Subic Boracay Race and Cup to improve their standing in the AYGP Rankings.
In Racing Class 2, it came down to the asymmetric versus symmetric spinnakers argument. In the stronger breeze Steve Manning / Anthony Root's fully powered up Ker 42 Black Baza, was no match for the other contenders. Today in the lighter wind, Martin Tanco's Sydney 46 Centennial II sailed square downwind, while the others zigzaged in front of them, but when the IRC ratings were applied, Tanco's Centennial II won both races, by 46 and 54 seconds. Two second places for Black Baza, is enough to win the Boracay Cup and added onto their victory on the Subic to Boracay Race, proudly take home the combined title, on their first attempt. Tanco's Centennial II ended up in second overall, leaving the defending champion, Fred Kinmonth / Nick Burns Sydney GTS 43 EFG Mandrake, in third place and evaluating what went wrong.
The two Cruising Class yachts embarked on an anti clockwise circumnavigation of Boracay Island and despite the size difference are evenly matched in performance. Racing in close company around the course, Helmuth Hennig's Marten 49 Vineta eventually created a two boat length lead, as they crossed the finish line, to win the race and Boracay Cup. Despite competing in Racing Class 2 during the Subic to Boracay Race, they have won all four races in the Cruising Class and accumulated enough points to win the combined Subic to Boaray Race and Cup this year. Xiong Ting's Oceanis 45 Mermaid comes in a distant third overall and vowed to return next year better prepared and a bigger boat.
Unfortunately the final result was settled in the protest room, instead of on the water. This happens in close racing situations and has upset the disqualified crew but must be accepted and move on, without prejudice to the organisers or other competitors. Much has been said about the combined Subic to Boracay Race and Cup, the only way to have the full experience, is to bring your boat and see for yourself. Go to the Asian Calendar to sign on for next year and mark it as "Must Do" in your racing diary.
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