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2016/17 AY Grand Prix Event

Change in order after W/L races
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
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:02:2017 Boracay, Philippines: To cool things down a bit, during the hectic rounds of windward/leeward racing, scattered showers blew across the course and on occasions may have helped the mid to rear order, to improve their placing's. It's still blowing 18 to 20 knots from the North East and some crews were keen to get away and were recalled, but by responding quickly didn't loose to much ground. The crews were severely tested, especially with late spinnaker drops and retrieval at the bottom mark, forcing wide rounding's and making it hard to recover from.

Nailing the start line in the windward berth, Ernesto Echauz's TP 52 Standard Insurance Centennial III helmed by Ridgely Allan Balladares have been off to a clear start, with everyone playing catch up, before establishing their rightful positions in the pecking order. This gave them another win to open Day 2. Making a great sight blasting around the course, Frank Pong's Custom Dibley 75 Jelik are up against it, as the other yachts are performing to their IRC ratings and have leap frog them, in the handicap stakes. The big mover and shaker today, is Ray Ordoveza's Excel 53 Karakoa helmed by the yachts designer Alan Andrews. After a disappointing day yesterday, second place in the first race today, followed by victory in the second race, despite being recalled at the start, has them bounding headlong up the IRC 1 leaderboard. Two third places for Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Custom Antipodes keeps them steady in third place.

In these conditions Steve Manning and Anthony Root's Ker 42 Black Baza is proving unstoppable and the professional team have notched up two more wins, to take a commanding lead in IRC 2. Additional crew on Martin Tranco's Sydney 46 Centennial II has improved performance to secure two 2nd places and second overall. In a surprise move and without a spinnaker pole, Jun & Marcus Avecilla's Beneteau First 36.7 Selma Star claimed 3rd place and completed the second race, with a broach when the spinnaker crossed the line. Third place for Bobby Benares Beneteau 44.7 Sabad keeps them in third overall.

One point to point race for the Cruising Class, saw Michiel Brinkers Andrews 70 Bella Uno, leave the Chinese Xiong Ting's Oceanis 45 Mermaid trailing in their wake and finish in the respective positions.

Racing continues tomorrow with a mixture of passage races around neighbouring islands and passing between the narrow Boracay Passage, heading for the finish line to the South West of Boracay.

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