Subic Bay never disappoints sailors
While Geoff Hill’s Smith 72 Antipodes and Ernesto Echauz’s TP 52 Standard Insurance Centennial III continued on in close company and shared the line honours role today, Ray Ordoveza’s Excel 53 Karakoa took advantage of the duel going on in front of them, to claim the first race handicap victory. Reducing Antipodes to 2nd and Centennial III to 3rd. This ruffled the feathers on the big boats and they responded with better speed in the lighter afternoon breeze, with Centennial III taking top step of the podium, Antipodes in 2nd and Karakoa reduced to 3rd, to be in the respective order in the overall stakes.
The game of asymmetric versus symmetric spinnakers is playing out in the IRC 2 class. While Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns Sydney GTS 43 Otonomos Mandrake III are faster upwind, George Hackett’s Mills 43 custom Misty Mountain are sailing directly downwind with a symmetric spinnaker and making gains on Mandrake III‘s gybing angles with a asymmetric spinnaker. At the end of the day the upwind speed paid off for Mandrake III to clinch two first and fastest’s and keep a clean score sheet. Only one and two minutes behind on corrected time, Misty Mountain settled on two second places and work to do on their upwind speed. Two third places for Jun Avecilla’s Beneteau First 36.7 Selma Star keeps them in third overall and need to iron out some little mistakes creeping in.
Although Stephen Wu Shifu’s Oceanis 45 Asia Pacific Sailing were not far behind Li Jian’s Advance 80 Apsaras on the passage race, they still missed out by two and a half minutes on corrected time, from claiming a big scalp. This gives Apsaras the overall lead in the Cruising Class.
At times the six nippy FarEast 28 teams seem to be playing dodgem cars, but are under the watchful eyes of the International jury to keep them in line. Former 470 dinghy champion Emerson Villena skippering Standard Insurance – PSA have the most experience and by adding two more wins to their tally, have a firm grip on proceedings at this stage. Alan Chua’s Centennial 1 and Bernice Foo’s SMU Sailing Singapore scored the same points and are still tied on 11 points for second place. The Subic Sailing Team co-skippered by Marcus Avecilla and Sean Mitchell have broken free of their tie with Yukie Ikawa’s Team Japan and sit in 4th and 5th places respectively. Although Joser Hsieh Taiwan TIDC are the back markers, they are gaining every race from the experience.
Racing continues tomorrow with a long passage race for the IRC and Cruising classes, while the FarEast 28 class complete a windward/leeward race before departing on a passage race. Nightly prize presentations have been taking place at the Subic Bay Yacht Club and Marina.
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