Subic Boracay Race – AY Race Report 2

Jelik claims overall IRC stakes in Subic to Boracay Race
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
29:02:2016 Boracay, Philippines: After winning the start by a bow length, Frank Pong’s Custom Dibley 75 Jelik, navigated through the transitional zones to leeward of Mount Mariveles and Palay with care and cleared the notoriously tricky Verde Island Passage relatively unobstructed, to claim the handicap honours by over two hours, from Ernesto Echauz’s defending champion TP52 Standard Insurance Centennial III. The race turned into a go/stop affair and the yachts taking the inshore line benefited, while the yachts offshore found their own parking lots and lost valuable time in the process. Last years record setting, Syd Fischer’s Dubois 90 Ragamuffin 90 skippered by David Witt, saw their chances of repeating the exercise disappear, as they sat motionless and most the fleet overtook them. From then on, they played catch up, in time to claim line honours but well outside the record time and conceded several handicap places to finish fifth overall.

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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