Commodore’s Cup Regatta and ATRAM Philippine Sailing Championship

The final event in the 2016 / 17 Sailing Championship has completed in Subic Bay. The Championship consisted of 5 events with the best 4 to count. 1. November Puerto Galera All Souls Regatta 2. January Punta Fuego Yacht Club Regatta 3. February Standard Insurance Subic to Boracay Race and Boracay Cup 4. March PHINSAF Nasugbu to Busuanga Race 5. April Subic Sailing Commodore’s Cup Regatta Points are awarded for each event entered, for class results and for race wins. First Place Trophies are awarded to class winners and to the overall Champion. The Commodore’s Cup produced some very exciting racing with between 10 and 17 knots every day, with many changes in the overall Championship results. The Regatta finished on Sunday but the overall results of the ATRAM Championship will not change, so the awards were presented on Saturday night. A total of 54 boats took part in Championship events. IRC Racing Class 7 participating boats Racer Cruiser Class 16 participating boats Ocean Multihull Class 13 participating boats Cruising Class 18 participating boats In IRC Racing Class Martin Tanco’s Centennial 2 stormed up the standings to overtake the earlier class leader, Ray Ordovesa’s Karakoa, who was not able to enter the Regatta. In Ocean Multihull Class the points result saw a draw between Vincent Ruais, Myg 2 and Garry Kingshott’s Kerida. In countback based on the number of events entered the overall Class prize was awarded to Kerida. Racer Cruiser Class saw Selma Star of Jun Avecilla overtake Bella Uno of Michiel Brinkers in the standings during the Commodore’s Cup relegating them to second place. The Cruising Class was dominated by the eventual overall Championship Winner David Wheeler and his Cape Carib 33 Freewheeler. David has been a consistent class winner in addition to attending more of the Championship events than any other competitor. The Championship results overall: Position Class Overall Overall Position Points 1 Freewheeler David Wheeler Cruising 1 35 2 Centennial 2 Martin Tanco IRC Racing 1 23 3 Selmar Star Jun Avecilla Racer Cruiser 1 22 4 Bella Uno Michiel Brinkers Racer Cruiser 2 21 5 Karakoa Ray Ordovesa IRC Racing 2 20 6 S.I Centennial 3 Judes Echauz IRC Racing 3 18 7 Black Baza A. Root / S Manning IRC Racing 4 16 8= Aragon Gundolf Ahrens Cruising 2 15 8= Hanafe Victor Santos Racer Cruiser 3 15 10 = Kerida Garry Kingshott Ocean Multuhull 1 13 10= Myg 2 Vincent Ruais Ocean Multihull 2 13 10= Papaya Rennie Ticson Cruising 3 13 Overall points and results attached below. ATRAM Sailing Championship 2016 17 APSC 17 Top 3 in...

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ATRAM Philippine Sailing Championship 2016-17 Results

Please find the current results for the first ATRAM Philippine Sailing Championship in cooperation with...

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Inaugural PHINSAF Nasugbu to Busuanga Race

With plenty of encouragement from Busuanga Bay Lodge Resort GM Thomas Mayer, the Philippine Inter-Island Sailing Federation (PHINSAF) has added a new race to the Philippine sailing calendar. The aim was to provide an interesting new race to introduce yacht owners and crew to the extensive cruising grounds of Busuanga and Coron in the Calamianes group of islands located at the northern end of Palawan. This group of idyllic islands comprises nearly 25% of all the 7,107 islands of the Philippine archipelago. With the aim of having boats finish at the same time (or as close as possible) for a welcome lunch on the white sand beach of South Cay Island, RO Jerry Rollin decided to use a novel starting system: boats were allowed to choose their own start time between 0800 and 1800 on Friday 10 March, with results to be calculated on actual elapsed time – no, this was not a pursuit race. As light winds were forecast for the second part of the race, it was hardly surprising that all boats chose to start before 1000h. Free berthing and availability of provisions was provided, pre-start, at the Punta Fuego Yacht Club, and the event kicked off with a sumptuous dinner and briefing for all crew, and the enthusiastic support of their new General Manager, Edgar Krohn, who until recently had himself been managing a resort in Busuanga. PHINSAF Nasugbu-Busuanga Race 2017. Freewheeler off Fortune Island after the start. © Tina Garcia Promptly at 0800 Punta Fuego Yacht Club established the start line just outside the Marina entrance, in time for David Wheeler and his Cape Carib 33 Freewheeler to start at 08.10.58. After a start in 10-12kts, the breeze built to 15-20kts as the fleet approached Ambil Island, heading for the squeaky-narrow (0.6nm) Golo Pass. Crossing the entrance to the famous Calavite Passage the boats experienced a beam reach with gusts up to 30knots and 1.5m waves, a fantastic ride for any offshore sailor. ‘Personal best’ speed records of up to 12kts were reached as the Amihan wind blasted the boats through the Calavite funnel. Unfortunately, the conditions did not remain, with the sea flattening out and the wind dropping progressively as boats cleared past Mt. Calavite on the north west corner of Mindoro. Boats struggled with confused wind for hours – as evidenced by their pretzel-shaped GPS tracks! PHINSAF Nasugbu-Busuanga Race 2017. RC Boat Lost in Asia courtesy of Broadwater Marine. © Tina Garcia The Race Committee boat, Lost in Asia, skippered by Peter Baird of Broadwater Marine, accompanied the fleet and provided safety and comms. The finish was set at South Cay Island by Gunter Bernert, a well-known local dive master, early in the morning on Saturday 11th. South Cay is a gem of an island owned by Busuanga Bay Lodge Resort. It is a beautiful playground for guests, featuring a soft sandy beach, crystal clear water, exceptional snorkelling and a tranquil place to relax – and don’t forget the excellent good food and drink on tap (so to speak). PHINSAF Nasugbu-Busuanga Race 2017. Relaxing at South Cay after the race. © Tina Garcia As the boats and crew began arriving at the South Cay finish, the Busuanga Bay Lodge chefs fired up the grills for a classic beach BBQ lunch. War stories emerged...

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You Need to Know about the Philippine Hobie Challenge by Phil King (Nedlands Yacht Club)

You Need to Know about the Philippine Hobie Challenge                My School Report on the 2017 Philippines event  from Phil King with Love! Enjoy! Kerli, Ali, Tards, Worstie, Rowdy and Fiji Fish are among the many serial offenders who go to the Philippine Challenge nearly every year. Several have been there up to 11 times – even many of the race organisers have been involved many times; some since the beginning – that’s 17 times! I’d heard about this event and knew they must be onto something special; Jasmine, Barney and Natalie had done it and they had raved about it. Recently a few of us from Nedlands Yacht Club went up. Now we too know why everyone loves the event so much. The waters, islands, coral and colourful fish are spectacularly beautiful. The organisation is seriously professional and their hospitality is so good it flatters us into thinking we are finally getting the attention we always felt we deserved. First class live entertainment, beautiful exotic locations and a great spirit guaranteed success. I had assumed the event was just run by volunteers as we do at home; in fact it is run by PHINSAF, a professional organisation that runs several sailing events for different classes throughout the year. That explains the quality of the planning. There are volunteers, but the event director, beach marshal and a team of local guys are professional event organisers. They have considerable sponsorship behind them and importantly are sponsored by the Philippine Dept. of Tourism. PHINSAF won the award as the best tourism sports organizer/association in the entire Philippines for the 2015 Challenge. – Amazing, but you can see why. The sponsorship and the good value of the Aussie dollar meant that the trip was not expensive for us and we even got to hob nob above our station in breathtakingly beautiful luxury 5 star resort hotels for the first and last few days. The main event – the island-hopping, is a completely different sport from around-the-marks sailing. Different people rise to the top. The good round-the-marks sailor may struggle in this form of the sport because speed alone wont be enough to guarantee success. There’s no point in being fast if you can’t find the marks (way-points) – or if you go many km in the wrong direction. If you go the wrong way you could finish in the dark – as late as 12 midnight. Or you might arrive in the general vicinity of a mark well ahead of the pack but then spend 20 minutes looking for the mark, only to find that by locating it you have lead the slower boats straight to it. The organisers make it plain that this is an EXTREME sport and that only experienced sailors should attempt it with good reason. You can be exposed to extremes of weather. They had a safety officer who warned us of the risks and arranged a demonstration of CPR resuscitation etc. (Sarah Turnbull –another multiple entrant, added an impassioned safety speech of her own – but it came out really funny and probably backfired because she was so tipsy). Even knowing how greatly loved the event is I wouldn’t have gone without Rod and Lucy’s encouragement. You can always think of reasons why you...

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Nasugbu Busuanga Race 2017

NOR and Entry Form for the ATRAM Philippine Sailing Championship Nasugbu Busuanga Race 2017 are now available for download below: NOR (PDF, Word) Entry Form (PDF, Word)   Get in touch with the PHINSAF Secretariat for inquiries: Angelo Hicban T (63 2) 616 5760 M (63 917) 540 8571 E admin@phinsailing.ph...

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16th Philippine Hobie Challenge Results

The recently concluded 2016 Philippine Hobie Challenge sponsored by Cherry Mobile had Central Visayas, Philippines as its backdrop with sailors from all across the globe joining forces to make February 20 to February 27, 2016, a truly memorable date in the global sailing calendar. Below are the results of the challenge. Leg 1 : GoPro Mactan Island to Cabilao Island Leg – View Complete Results 1st Place – Team Fiji Samaki 2nd Place – Team Not Dead Yet 3rd Place – Team Bung Beatles Leg 2 : Cabilao Island to Sumilon Island Leg – View Complete Results 1st Place – Team Fiji Samaki 2nd Place – Team Not Dead Yet 3rd Place – Team Bung Beatles Leg 3 : Rayomarine Sumilon Island to Balicasag Island Leg – View Complete Results 1st Place – Team Not Dead Yet 2nd Place – Team Ancient Mariners 3rd Place – Team Thunder From Downunder Leg 4 : Potato Corner to Sumilon Island to San Juan, Siquijor Leg – View Complete Results 1st Place – Team Not Dead Yet 2nd Place – Team Fiji Samaki 3rd Place – Team Bung Beatles Leg 5 : Province of Siquijor Leg – View Complete Results 1st Place – Team Ancient Mariners 2nd Place – Team Not Dead Yet 3rd Place – Team Thunder From Downunder Inshores : Mactan Island, Balicasag Island to Panglao Island – View Complete Results 1st Place – Team Thunder From Downunder 2nd Place – Team Fiji Samaki 3rd Place – Team Ancient Mariners OVERALL WINNERS – View Complete Results 1st Place – Team Not Dead Yet 2nd Place – Team Ancient Mariners 3rd Place – Team Fiji...

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Balladares, Magsanay Defend Hobie Nationals Championship

Philippine Sailing Association’s Ridgely Balladares (helm) and Richly Magsanay (crew) zipped past all the other Hobie 16 teams in the Lighthouse Marina Resort Hobie Nationals in Subic last February 6-8, thus defending the championship they won last year. Balladares secured their spot by the sixth of the seven-race tilt, and afforded to retire the last race with a still clear seven-point lead over second-placer Mike Ngu (helm) and Boyet Magsanay (crew). Ten local teams competed in this year’s Hobie Nationals, which was a different kind of challenge given the light winds that prevailed during most of the races. Such challenge shook up the usual placing of teams that regularly compete with each other, even ending up with a four-way tie for third place after the first day of racing. Maria and Joe Hagedorn eventually got the third place after all the scores were computed on the second day. The Lighthouse Marina Resort Hobie Nationals is part of the AboitizPower Cleanergy Travelers Series that aims to bring sailing to different parts of the country.   Participants and guests were checked-in at the sailors’ favorite, Lighthouse Marina Resort in Subic Bay , a 34-room boutique hotel capped by a lighthouse. The Lighthouse was established back in 2007 to provide transient residence to executives of business locators of the Subic free port zone; and for tourists who frequent the port more for its sailing and eco-tourism than its business. The event was also supported by Regatta, the Subic sailing club SAGS, Bayfront Hotel and Terrace Hotel, Subic Bay Hats and Visitors Board, Subic Bay Freeport Chamber of Commerce,...

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Punta Fuego Regatta Gathers 45 Entries for 13th Edition

With northeast winds ranging from 20 to 35 knots and a record of 45 entries in six classes, the 13th Punta Fuego Regatta held at Club Punta Fuego, Nasugbu last January 24-25, proved challenging despite the omission of its traditional Fortune Island Race due to safety reasons. The Punta Fuego regatta is the first major regatta in the Philippine sailing calendar, and its points count for the AboitizPower Cleanergy Travelers Series. One of its much-awaited parts is the said 14 nm Fortune Island race. Due to the record number of 17 Hobie 16s and Getaways that signed up for the race alongside 17 Dinghies and 11 Keelboats and Multihulls, International Race Officer Jerry Rollin instead sent the fleet to race the same distance north and south along the picturesque Batangas coast rounding several islands for the morning race. A lunch prepared at Terrazas de Punta Fuego, a seaside beach destination 3 nautical miles away from the Punta Fuego Yacht Club, revitalised the sailors from the morning’s draining race. A windward leeward for some and a race back to PFYC completed the racing for the first day. Jude Echauz’s TP’52, Centennial 3 and Martin Tanco’s Sydney 46, Centennial 2 battled to take the top two positions respectively in the keel boat class, while Mike Ngu and Boyet Magsanay took the top position in the Hobie 16 class despite capsizing several times to win the gruelling first race. The second day of racing saw the winds drop 10 knots to a respectable 20 knots and after a difficult race the previous day, a combination of windward leewards and island passage races completed the perfect weekend of racing for all classes. Highlight of the regatta was the first time participation of 5 ocean catamarans between 40ft-50ft with most reaching record speeds for their skippers. Robin Wyatt’s Lagoon 500, Double Trouble, took home 3 bullets to win the multihull class. As is the first day, Ernesto Echauz continued with a perfect score to win the keel boat class with Mike Ngu and Boyet Magsanay taking the Hobie 16 class win, both adding their names on the perpetual trophy of the13th edition of the Punta Fuego Regatta. Honor Roll Keel Boat: 1. Ernesto Echauz- Centennial 3 2. Martin Tanco- Centennial 2 3. David Wheeler- Freewheeler Ocean Multihull: 1. Robin Wyatt- Double Trouble 2. Tony Ang- Mee Mee 3. Jack Po- Floy Hobie 16: 1. Mike Ngu / Boyet Magsanay 2. Maria Hagedorn / Joey Hagedorn 3. Denise Cruz / Arnel Ornales Hobie Getaway: 1. Eddie Legarda / Edwin Lucero 2. Jojo Silverio / Santi Picornell 3. Philip Hagedorn / Cons Castaneda Open Dinghy; 1. Harry Kim Lumapas- Laser 2. Roel Batlagan- Laser 3. Edgar Villapana / Jeanson Lumapas- 420 Optimist: 1. John Parales 2. Morris Madlos 3. Daven Balanque WRITTEN BY: SANTI PICORNELL, RAP GARCIA PHOTOS COURTESY OF CLUB PUNTA FUEGO/PUNTA FUEGO YACHT CLUB...

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Fantastic Racing at the Tali Regatta 2014

Blessed with blowing winds and flat water, the recently held Tali Regatta was an exciting finish for the AboitizPower Cleanergy Travelers Series 2014, organized by the Philippine Inter-Island Sailing Foundation and sponsored by Regatta to promote the eco-friendly sport of sailing all over the country. With excellent racing conditions, the Tali Regatta served as early Christmas gift, giving the local fleet up to seven races just on day one—a first in the recent history of the long-running regatta series, and followed by three more races on day two. Up to 14 Hobie cats in two classes competed, with top teams racing closely for podium finishes, and a couple focusing instead on the beautiful sailing weather than their score. But what really sets this particular event from the five or six others in the AboitizPower Cleanergy Travelers Series, is that, in the words of its chairman Monchu Garcia, “it is the friendliest regatta in the series!” That is because this sailing weekend brings together the Hobie 16 fleet from Taal Lake and the Hobie Getaway Squadron of Nasugbu, with their families and friends even joining in the fun. For the first time this year, the Tali Regatta was also held in cooperation with the Punta Fuego Yacht Club, which has its own PFYC Sailing Championships every last Saturday of the month. By merging the two events, sailors saw more action on the water and get-togethers in both Punta Fuego’s Barracuda Bar (on Saturday) and at Tali, catered by Edgy Veggy (on Sunday). See full Results here: Tali...

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Travelers Series ’14-’15 Starts Off at the Round Taal Volcano Regatta

Travelers Series ’14-’15 Starts Off at the Round Taal Volcano Regatta

PHINSAF and AboitizPower Cleanergy has officially launched this season’s Traveler Series through the Round Taal Volcano Regatta organized by the Taal Lake Yacht Club last weekend, 22nd to 23rd of November. Now on its 17th year, the RTV proved to still be a much-awaited favorite, with Hobie 16s, Bravos, homebuilts and other boats in the roster. This year’s RTV also had two firsts– the 1st Noel Lim Memorial Race, held in honor of Noel Lim who conceptualized the RTV and donated its first trophy; and the first time that the Philippine Topcat fleet (all the way from Romblon!)  joined the event. Racing went off with not much action on the first day due to light winds, and the Governor’s Cup was reformatted to round an island instead of the Taal Volcano. The second day made up for it though, with 15 knots of wind (gusting 20) to finally propel the fleet all the way around the volcano. The RTV is also much-awaited not only for the fantastic racing, but also because of its socials, which bring sailors and their families and friends together. There was a short awarding ceremony on Saturday night at Club Balai Isabel, the top resort in Taal Lake, followed by an after-party cocktails back at TLYC, complete with an impromptu bag-pipe performance from sailor Roy Espiritu. The sausage barbecue lunch the following day, sponsored by Broadwater Marine, also proved to be a hit. Prizes and freebies from Potato Corner, Regatta clothing, and TLYC made sure each sailor didn’t go empty-handed, no matter their rank in the scoresheets. A complete list of the standings and winners is posted below, led by Regatta over-all winner for the Hobie16 Class, Dennis Cruz. The AboitizPower Cleanergy Travelers Series is a six-regatta series that gives local sailors a chance to sail in different part of the Philippines. It is now on its fifth year, and AboitizPower has always been its major supporter. The next event is the Tali Regatta, scheduled for the 29th to 30th of November. The event series is sponsored by Regatta (www.regatta.com.ph). NOEL LIM MEMORIAL RACE 1ST PLACE – Mike Ngu/ Lindo Pahayahay 2nd PLACE – Eric Tomacruz/ Carl Pena 3rd PLACE – Eddie Legarda/ Edwin Lucero GOVERNORS CUP Hobie 16 1ST PLACE – Eric Tomacruz/ Carl Pena 2nd PLACE – Dennis Cruz/Arnel Ornales 3rd PLACE – Maria Vidoeira- Hagedorn/ Joe Hagedorn Hobie 16 Masters 1ST PLACE – Dennis Cruz/Arnel Ornales 2nd PLACE – Maria Vidoeira- Hagedorn/ Joe Hagedorn 3rd PLACE – Mike Ngu/ Lindo Pahayahay Hobie Bravo 1ST PLACE – Martin Marty 2nd PLACE – Karlo Panahon 3rd PLACE – Tommy Lim Topcat 1ST PLACE – Willie Ledesma 2nd PLACE – Dietze Reinhard 3rd PLACE – Dennis Sheppherd Open PY 1ST PLACE – Shinichi Masuda 2nd PLACE – Rich Pellicer 3rd PLACE – Louie Casambre REGATTA OVER-ALL Hobie 16 1ST PLACE – Dennis Cruz/ Arnel Ornales 2nd PLACE – Mike Ngu/ Lindo Pahayahay 3rd PLACE – Eric Tomacruz/ Carl Pena Hobie 16 Masters 1ST PLACE – Dennis Cruz/ Arnel Ornales 2nd PLACE – Mike Ngu/ Lindo Pahayahay 3rd PLACE – Maria Vidoeira-Hagedorn/ Joe Hagedorn Hobie Bravo 1ST PLACE – Martin Marty 2nd PLACE – Karlo Panahon 3rd PLACE – Tammy Lim Topcat 1ST PLACE – Willie Ledesma 2nd PLACE – Dietze Reinhard 3rd PLACE – Dennis Sheppherd...

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