Jelik claims overall IRC stakes in Subic to Boracay Race
All the skippers and navigators have stories to tell about the parking lots, their course selection and some breakages incurred. Alan “Guilty” Tillyer navigator on third placed Geoff Hill’s Smith 72 Custom Antipodes has competed on all Subic to Boracay races and is a wealth of experience stated ‘It all started when we exited Subic Bay, a small pressure zone extended to seaward and if you ventured out there you were bound to find some trouble. Hugging the shore down the coast and through the Verde Island Passage paid off handsomely. Also where you were positioned along the course, when the rain clouds crossed their path and disturbed the 20 knot NE flow, played a big part in the overall order”.
Similar snakes and ladder movements, hampered the Racing Class 2 and ultimately determined the class placing’s and could only finish mid fleet in the overall IRC order. After a spirited night out in Subic, on the eve of the race, the crew on Fred Kinmonth / Nick Burns Sydney GTS 43 EFG Mandrake, got down to work and tip toed through the wind minefield, to claim the class handicap honours. Meeting a very happy Bobby Benares at race control this morning, after guiding his Beneteau 44.7 Sabad into second place, exclaimed “It’s a big surprise, in front of the favoured yachts”. Steve Manning / Anthony Root’s Ker 42 Black Baza claimed class line honours but their high IRC rating, reduced them to third place, in front of Jonathan Mahony’s defending champion Zanzibar.
Michiel Brinkers Andrews 70 Bella Uno claimed the daily double in the Cruising Class. Finishing seven hours behind Bella Uno, Elmer Gualberto’s much smaller X119 NG 3, made a great effort to close within 37 minutes on corrected time and slot into second place. Finishing only seven minutes behind NG 3, Xiong Ting’s Oceanis 45 Mermaid, had to settle on third place.
Overnight the race officials, jury, regatta organisers and media have descended on Boracay and are busy setting out their stalls, checking the race equipment, pumping up the race buoys and ratifying the sailing instructions for the practice race today and the Boracay Cup starting in earnest tomorrow.
The Subic to Boracay Race prize presentation and welcoming ceremony will be held at the Sea Wind Resort tonight and favoured Race HQ in Boracay for many years.
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