Boracay never fails to turn it on...

Tuesday, 21 February 2017



Boracay, Philippines: At the 0930 start time, an 18 to 20 knot North Easterly greeted the sailors, as they tested smaller headsail's and adjusted the rig to suit the conditions. Ever since we have been coming to Boracay, this has been the situation and yachts that thrive in these conditions are likely to prevail. Anticipation grew as start time arrived and then it was on, trimming the sails for a short windward work, before setting off on a 28nm island course, to the neighboring Tablas Mark and then running and reaching back to Boracay for the IRC Racing Classes. The Cruisers embarked on a 19nm race to the Carabao Mark and completed the course in relative quick time.

The biggest yacht in the fleet, Frank Pong's Custom Dibley 75 Jelik, did a horizon job on the other IRC 1 yachts, to take line honours but missed out by four minutes to convert to handicap honours. After scoring overall victory on the Subic to Boracay Race. Ernesto Echauz's TP 52 Standard Insurance Centennial III stayed on the pace, to claim the opening race and relegate Jelik to second place. Also thriving in the fresh conditions, Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Custom Antipodes slots into third place and good at keeping everyone honest.

When the wind angle moves back to the magical 120 degrees, Steve Manning and Anthony Root's Ker 42 Black Baza lights up and gets up on the plane, leaving the displacement yachts in their wake. This earned them the IRC 2 daily double by 12 minutes and big threat in these conditions. After a disappointing Subic to Boracay Race Martin Tranco's Sydney 46 Centennial II jumped back into contention with second place, to bring smiles back to their normally jovial faces. A well earnedthird place for Bobby Benares Beneteau 44.7 Sabad against the purpose built racing yachts.

In the Cruising Class, the Chinese Xiong Ting's Oceanis 45 Mermaid sailing school is no match for Michiel Brinkers well sailed Andrews 70 Bella Uno and are over exuberant just to finish the race. This gives Bella Uno the daily double and continue on their winning ways.

Racing continues tomorrow with tight windward/leeward races to the South West of Boracay, tha should test the crew skills rather than favour the waterline length or boat design.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 February 2017 )