Scenic passage courses favour big boats
Thursday, 23 February 2017
23:02:2017 Boracay, Philippines: PRO Jerry Rollin selected Course 4, a figure of 8 course around Boracay and neighbouring Carabao Islands for the IRC classes and a circumnavigation of Boracay for the Cruisers. The sun was out, sky is blue and the wind still in the 20 knot range. What could possibly go wrong on a day like today? Three clear starts and batten down for a short windward slog, then a long reach to the West of Boracay, through multiple parasail operators, before hardening up to get round the top of Carabao.
Centennial III and Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Custom Antipodes have had a close quarters battle all regatta, that Centennial III has managed to win so far. As they crossed in the lee of Boracay, Antipodes longer waterline length came into play and they edged past Centennial III. Gradually extending as they rounded Carabao and completed the loop. With an elapsed time of 3hrs 7mins, Frank Pong's Custom Dibley 75 Jelik claimed line honours but with Antipodes only 16 minutes behind, they snatched the handicap honours from Centennial III and Jelik had to settle in third. In the overall stakes, this leaves Centennial III on top of IRC 1 with Antipodes climbing up into second place after displacing Ray Cordova's Excel 53 Karakoa down to third and could only manage 4th place today.
Rounding in the lee of Carabao became the major obstacle today. Usually going wide to avoid the wind hole is the solution, but the back markers have the privilege of seeing where the boats are becalmed and take avoiding action. Although Steve Manning and Anthony Root's Ker 42 Black Baza claimed line honours again, Bobby Benares Beneteau 44.7 Sabad was able to cut the corner of the parking lot and come within reach of Black Baza to take the handicap victory. Still coming to grips with the new ride Peter Sorensen's Farr 40 Ramrod, also managed to find a passing lane and slot into 3rd place, the best to date.
Michiel Brinkers Andrews 70 Bella Uno, has completely outclassed the Chinese Xiong Ting's Oceanis 45 Mermaid on their circumnavigation of Boracay and have won the Cruising Class with a day to spare.
On the final day tomorrow two windward/leeward races are scheduled for the IRC classes and one point to pont race for the Cruising Class. The gala dinner and prize presentation will take place at Sea Wind Resort in the evening.
Results will be posted at http://www.subicsailing.com
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