PRLog - Feb. 22, 2013 - The Lighthouse Marina Resort is an active promoter of competitive yacht racing and has graciously hosted the welcome reception for the Subic Bay to Boracay Race last February 15, 2013 on its scenic beachfront. The beaming fire dancers and delightful musical entertainment enabled teams to unwind and mingle before facing the action packed sailing competition that awaited them the next day.
A Perfect Day to Sail Off from Subic Bay
The party was attended by key persons from both private and public sectors, such as Admiral Chen from the Philippine Coast Guard and SBMA Chairman Roberto Garcia to name a few. The Chairman shared a few words during the event. “Welcome to the most beautiful Freeport in the Philippines, Subic Bay!” he exclaimed. Furthermore, he expressed his support by saying, “This in keeping with our thrust to make Subic Bay the center for sports tourism, for which sailing is an integral part. We want to make Subic the sailing capital of the Philippines.”
Spectators along the shores of Subic Bay and the jetty of The Lighthouse witnessed the beginning of a noteworthy yachting competition on February 16, at 1200 hours with an Easterly breeze as sailors from different parts of the globe hoisted their sails and took off to face the challenging 210 nautical-mile ISAF Cat 3 Offshore race to Boracay.
IRC Racing Class is comprised of the following teams and their respective Skipper:
1. Karakoa – Ray Ordoveza
2. Zanzibar – Jonathan Mahony
3. Standard Insurance Centenial III – Ernesto Echauz
4. Jelik – Frank Pong
5. Antipodes – Geoff hill
6. Freefire – Sam Chan
IRC Cruiser Racing Class is comprised of the following teams and their respective Skipper:
1. Centennial II – Martin Tanco
2. Lethal Weapon – Bobby Benares
3. Lighthouse Selma Star R.O.X. C! Calibre – Jesus “Jun” Avecilla Jr.
PY Class is comprised of the following teams and their respective Skipper:
1. Giant Cod – Nigel Masuembo
2. China Rose – Michael Raeuber
3. NG 3 – Elmer Gualberto
Participating yachts for the prestigious Subic Bay to Boracay Race have been installed with a PLDT F.A.S.Track GPS live tracking device. Some teams were victorious while other boats such as Freefire faced misfortune by dismast and retired to Manila. The Lighthouse Selma Star R.O.X. C! Calibre team encountered sail handling difficulty and gracefully retired as well. Nevertheless, armchair sailors were able to take part of the race by tracking every move online.
The impressive hand crafted solid brass trophy replicas officially commissioned by the Provincial Government of Aklan and designed by the multi-awarded visual Filipino artist, FERDINAND R. CACNIO were brought home by overall winners in each class of the combined Subic Bay to Boracay Race and the Boracay Cup Regatta, which consisted of windward-leeward races and offshore races around the beautiful scenery was held from February18-February 22, 2013.
LIST OF OVERALL WINNERS (Team and Skipper):
Racing Class: Karakoa – Ray Ordoveza
Cruiser Racing Class: Centennial II – Martin Tanco
Cruising Class: Serenity I - Danilo Batac
Sailing in the Philippines, particularly in Subic and Boracay, has evolved with growing popularity and interest over the last several years. These have caught the attention of Grand Prix Yachts, and top-notch local and foreign sailors vying for the prestigious “Asian Yachtsman of the Year”and “Yacht of the Year” titles as part of the Asian Yachting Circuit.
It should be underscored that with these events, the Philippines is ranked high among the beautiful places to see in the world as well as a premier sailing destination. For more information on how to join and news about the upcoming regattas in Subic Bay, please visit www.facebook.com/
The Subic Bay to Boracay Race and Boracay Cup Regatta are organized by SAGS and Boracay Cup Organizing Committee in conjunction with The Lighthouse Marina Resort, The Municipal Government of Malay, The Philippine Coast Guard, The Provincial Government of Aklan, The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority and Watercraft Ventures Corp under the auspices of the Philippine Sailing Association.
The Subic Bay to Boracay Race is supported by Subic Bay International Terminal Corp (SBITC), Standard Insurance, Cebu Pacific , PLDT Subictel, PLDT Alpha Enterprise, PLDT SME Nation, San Miguel Corp, Tanduay, R.O.X., TIEZA, and SBFCC
The Boracay Cup Regatta is supported by Department of Tourism - It's More Fun in the Philippines, TIEZA, PCSO, Ibiza Beach Club, Movenpick Resort, Discovery Shores, Boracay Regency, The District Boracay, Boracay Beach Resort, 2GO, FILA and Ralph's Wines & Spirits
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