Battle for Subic to Boracay Race line honours
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
27:02:2015 Subic Bay, Philippines: When the high noon starting signal sounds on Saturday, a formidable lineup of maxi yachts, Frank Pong’s RP 75 Jelik, Geoff Hill’s Smith 72 Custom Antipodes and Syd Fischer’s Dubois 90 Ragamuffin 90 will be fighting over line honours on the 200nm, Subic Bay to Boracay Race. If weather conditions are suitable, they will also be trying to break Jelik’s record (20 hrs, 52 mins, 32 secs) set back in 2011. In all, 15 yachts divided into 3 classes will brace themselves for a challenging and tactical race. First up, is getting out of Subic Bay, then through the Verde Island Passage, round the tricky Dumali Point and then a downwind sleigh ride all the way to Boracay. Renown for its windy conditions, top Asian racing yachts enjoy testing the crew skills, in pursuit of an elusive victory. The tropical destination of Boracay is also the lure for sailors, where action on and off the water is guaranteed.
While the big boats battle over line honours, the overall glory comes in the IRC handicap stakes. Two TP 52’s, Ernesto Echauz’s Standard Insurance Centennial III and Troy Yaw’s Ulumulu skippered by Jeremy Koo have a chance at the top spot on the podium. Ray Ordoveza’s forever faithful Excel 53 Karakoa has won this race twice before and thrives when the going gets tough, are gunning for victory again.
The IRC 2 Class, also have a chance at overall IRC victory, as well as their own class title. Last year Jun Avecilla’s Beneteau First 36.7 Selma Star tasted victory and the previous year, Martin Tanco’s Sydney 46 Centennial II handled the tough conditions the best and scored the class daily double for their efforts. Bobby Benares Beneteau 44.7 Sabad put in a good showing last year and with better luck may spring a surprize. Joining for the first time, Fred Kinmonth / Nick Burns Sydney GTS 43 EFG Mandrake, Helmuth Hennig’s Marten 49 Vineta and Michael Raeuber’s Beneteau 47 Emocean are the dark horses. Jonathan Mahony’s well travelled Humphries 42 Zanzibar returns for another tilt at the title and have come all the way from Singapore, as the crew enjoy long distance racing.
Down on numbers, China’s Chui Shing Kin’s Beneteau Oceanis 45 H-Trip is the only serious contender in the PY Class. Dirk Van Straalen will be guiding the 111ft custom built Massimo Paperini designed Ocean Runner, that is accompanying the fleet to Boracay.
Most of Asia’s top racing teams consider windy Boracay as the holly grail of racing venues and we are proud that the combined Subic Boracay Race and Boracay Cup is the 8th Five Star point scoring event on the annual AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP). Where all the skippers and yachts are awarded points based on their overall placing’s at the end of the regatta. The score goes towards being crowned the 2014-15 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year. The complete 2014-15 AYGP Rankings, can be viewed by Skipper – Yacht – Regatta – Race Dates and Scoring System.
The Regatta Organising Authority is the Saturday Afternoon Gentleman’s Sailing (SAGS) of Subic Bay, under the auspices of the Philippine Sailing Association and in conjunction with Watercraft Ventures, Inc., the Lighthouse Marina Resort, the provincial government of Aklan, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), Philippine Coast Guard and the Municipal Government of Malay.
Spectators are expected to line the Boardwalk beach in Subic Bay to watch the starting spectacle, and the finish from the main beach in Boracay.
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