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6TH STANDARD INSURANCE SUBIC BAY TO BORACAY RACE 2015

SUBIC BAY TO BORACAY RACE 2015

Subic Bay, Philippines: As the high noon starting signal sounded, Ray Ordoveza’s Excel 53 Karakoa expertly driven by Steve Benjamin, nailed the downwind start with speed, at the boat end of the line

. Aided along by North Easterly gusts in the 20 knot range, Jun Avecilla’s Beneteau First 36.7 Selma Star, followed close behind. The flurry of activity to launch spinnakers and time the lead in, produced a colorful spectacle on Subic Bay. Frank Pong’s RP 75 Jelik, led the big boats away, with Troy Yaw’s all Malaysian team on Ulumulu skippered by Jeremy Koo, in hot pursuit, riding their wake almost overtaking them. Within minutes they reached Zanbales and exited Subic Bay in a cloud of spray and well and truly on their way to Boracay.6TH STANDARD INSURANCE SUBIC BAY TO BORACAY RACE 2015

Discussion at the breakfast table, centered around Predict Wind routing and weather conditions over the next 24 hours. Indications are that there will be headwinds in the Verde Passage and adverse current, requiring several tacks in light air. This prompted Jun Avecilla to consider taking the alternative route, South of Mindoro in favourable reaching conditions, all the way to Boracay. This route has never been tried before and will be interesting to see if they can pull it off.

Decision time comes in 40 nautical miles and arm chair sailors can track their progress at PLDT Asset Trackinghttp://pldtfastrackonline.com.ph/regatta by logging in with

User Name: pldt_regatta 

Password: asset_tracker

By the 1600 role call, as they passed the entrance to Manila Bay, Syd Fischer’s Dubois 90 Ragamuffin 90 has taken over the lead, closely followed by Frank Pong’s RP 75 Jelik in the race for line honours. Ray Ordoveza’s Karakoa and Michael Raeuber’s Beneteau 47 Emocean are tussling over the handicap stakes.

Results will be posted at http://www.subicsailing.com
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Tracking is available from PLDT Asset Tracking during the race at:http://pldtfastrackonline.com.ph/regatta
User Name: pldt_regatta
Password: asset_tracker

by AsianYachting MultiMedia

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