A cold and rainy weekend for all the sailors who participated the Independence Day Regatta held last June 9-10, 2018.
The month of June is normally the start of the typhoon season but this is not a hindrance to the Subic Sailing Club members as they were ready to get wet and was able to push through with the race!
There were only three (3) boats who are brave enough to go out and sail at the first day of the race all the way from Punta Fuego Yacht Club, skipper/owner Jun Villanueva of the Ice52 “Belatrix”, was the biggest in the fleet. Then a new comer in the racing scene coming from Manila Yacht Club, a Beneteau Oceanis 41.1 “Wild Honey” with its skipper/owner James Villareal together with his brother Victor. Last but definitely not the least is the Beneteau First 31.7 “Selma” skippered by Peter Wa with other veteran sailors Maria and Jo Hagedorn who had their foulies ready to take on rain and strong winds.
“And squalls we did get! From no wind to gusts hitting 30 knots on the average. And at one point, we were beating to the first mark buoy #3, the wind blew to 40 knots with swells at least three meters high!” said Marcus Avecilla on board with Belatrix.
After getting battered with gusts blowing at 30 knots “Selma”, having no reefing lines on their racing mainsail, they were forced to retire to avoid any damage on the boat. While “Wild Honey” on the other hand, later on decided to retire just before getting to the first mark. It was only “Belatrix” who finished the race on the first day.
The next day, the weather got worse. Since safety is paramount, the race committee headed by Troi Amaba from Philippine Sailing Association, decided to cancel the race. But then to push through with the awarding that took place at El Filos (Event venue sponsor), one of the newest restaurant in town serving Filipino, Mexican, and Western Cuisine.
The 1st place went to Belatrix, the only boat that officially finished the race. While plaques of participation were given to Selma and Wild Honey.
“They said that ‘A Smooth Sea Never Made a Skillful Sailor’, We hope everyone had fun despite the bad weather.” said Commodore Jun Avecilla, Co-Founder of the Club. “The typhoon season has begun. A season for wet and wild racing!” he added.
Subic Sailing Club would like to thank the following sponsors:
Lighthouse Marina Resort
Subic Bay’s unique terrain makes it ideal for sailing with its useful local breezes that can last all day. It’s no doubt why it is considered as one of the best sailing destination in Asia.
This June 1 the Subic Sailing Club in partnership with the Lighthouse Legacy Foundation and the Subic Bay Indigenous People Assistance Group (SIPAG) will be launching its latest sailing program with its newly refurbished Paraw boats.
This program will not only provide livelihood to the local indigenous people and the sailors from Boracay who lost their jobs due to the recent Boracay closure, thus it will also provide new and exciting water activities to the tourists visiting Subic Bay and at the same time promote Filipino traditional sailing.
To commemorate our Independence Day in honour of our rich maritime heritage, the SSC is launching their Summer Sailing Experience promo where guests can choose to sail either a modern cruising fiberglass sailboat or a traditional wooden outrigger sailboat at very affordable rates. Aside from the summer sailing experience promo, a two day regatta will be held on June 9-10, 2018 in celebration of the Independence Day.
These activities are in line with the Maritime Archipelagic Nation Awareness Month (MANA Mo) campaign which was launched last year under presidential proclamation no. 316 which calls for maritime stakeholders to advocate for awareness of our marine wealth and endowments as well as the distinctly sea-based heritage of our proud nation.
Come visit Subic Bay and try the captivating sailing experience! For inquiries or reservations you contact (0927) 028 7527 or you may visit www.subicsailing.com.
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Modern Sailboat (Fiberglass)
Rate: P790/head (Regular price 990)
Schedule 1: 4:00-5:00pm
Schedule 2: 5:30-6:30pm
Maximum Capacity: 8 persons
Traditional Sailboat (Wood)
Rate: P490/head (regular price 690)
Schedule 1: 4:00-5:00pm
Schedule 2: 5:30-6:30pm
Maximum Capacity: 8 persons
February this year, the SSC cancelled their annual Subic Bay to Boracay Race as an expression of support to the alarming environmental concerns in Boracay Island that was then raised by no other than the President of the Republic of the Philippines. “Our heart goes out to all the Paraw sailors in Boracay. We hope that these people will soon be able to cope up with this unfortunate event.” said Zed Avecilla, Executive Director of the SSC. In the meantime, the Subic Sailing Club has decided to provide work to Dino and his relatives. “Dino is one of our crew when we compete in the Subic Bay to Boracay Race. We are very happy to have him here in Subic Bay together with his team who has been helping us expedite the repairs of the two Paraw boats. The visitors and local community will be able to enjoy sailing in these boats in Subic Bay, very soon.” Avecilla added.
According to Dino, on a regular day in Boracay, he used to go out 5-7 times on his Paraw and goes further up during holidays or when cruise ships visits the island. In relation, the Subic Bay Freeport has recently been hosting regular visits of international cruise ships this year and will continue until the end of the year bringing in thousands of tourists in each visit. “The Paraw will surely accord tourists visitors in Subic Bay a joyful and different sailing experience in a renowned native boat and at the same time give Subic Bay another unique attraction and the distinction to be the first province in Luzon to bring the iconic sailboat in this part of the country.” said Zed Avecilla who is also the Executive Director of the LMRLF and organizer of the International Coastal Cleanup Zambales. “Also as advocates for the preservation of our coastal areas and environment, we hope that these Paraw will not only be a great attraction but also a means to raise environmental awareness and appreciation to our oceans.” Avecilla added.
Moreover, the SSC sees this Paraw program as an opportunity to provide jobs and livelihood to the surrounding community particularly with the Aytas through its partnership with the Subic Indigenous People Assistance Group (SIPAG). “We are still positive that we will be able to encourage our Ayta community to use these paraw not only for tourists but also for fishing. However, we are also opening doors to any local person who is interested to learn. Part of the plan is also see if we can locally produce these boats. We can do some modification and combine it with the modern fibreglass technology.” said Avecilla.
The SSC is indeed keeping true to their word in promoting sailing and maritime heritage in our beloved country. “We believe its high time that we bring these traditional boats here in this region. Zambales and Bataan are coastal provinces that can benefit from these boats. Come and try out the Paraw boats here in Subic Bay and feel the adrenaline of sailing in these traditional Filipino boats.” said Avecilla. Portions of the proceeds will be donated to LMRLF for projects helping the indigenous people in the area and also the Paraw operators who have lost their jobs in the recent Boracay closure. The Paraw is available at the Lighthouse Marina Resort jetty area. You may also call (047) 252-5000 for more details.
TRIAL RUN PHOTOS
The Paraw Boracay Crew doing a sea trial in one of the Paraw Boats.
The Commodore’s Cup Regatta (CCR) has been attracting hundreds of top-notch sailors from all over the globe as they converge in the premier yacht racing destination of the Philippines, Subic Bay. “This year we welcome the participants of the biennial regatta, the Rolex China Sea Race (RCSR), a 565 nautical mile race which starts in Hong Kong Harbour and finishing in Subic Bay, Philippines. Some of the boats of the RCSR joined the CCR including the 1st and 2nd overall winners namely Mandrake III and Sea Wolf II respectively.” said Jun Avecilla, Chairman of the Subic Sailing Club, the main organizer of the CCR.
The event starts with a Dinghy Regatta, a competition for young sailors (ages 7 to 18) from the Philippine Sailing Association (PSA). It is truly remarkable to watch these young sailors work their way on the water. “When you are driving the boat you feel happy. It is just like playing.” said Princess Angara, a 10 year old sailor described how she feels when she is on the boat.
The Commodore’s Cup Regatta (CCR) aims to raise the standards of competitive yacht racing in the country by providing a platform that provides professional and highly-competitive regattas that will attract foreign teams to compete with our Filipino sailors. “Subic Bay is the ideal place to hold the competition and a word of warning to other competing nations - better bring your best sailors, as the Philippine sailors are ready to take you on, in their home waters.” said Captain Martin Rijkuris.
“The whole exercise of riding the Balangay was to steer the maritime consciousness of our people. It is a reflection of us, Filipinos, a link to our maritime tradition. Sailing is in our DNA.” said Art Valdez, Expedition leader of the Balangay during the Maritime Forum.
Another new attraction to the CCR, as part of the continuous improvement of the occasion, is the Sail Village where visitors get to learn and even experience how it is to go sailing or just be on a boat. Free sailing lessons and kayak rides were offered during the week-long event. Moreover, the Sail Village allowed people to mingle with the sailors at the same time learn and see the development of sailing through an audio visual presentations presented by the Subic Sailing Club played back at a 9x12ft LED screen all throughout the day.
In addition, the Sail Village also featured special performances from Networx Jetsports with their Flyboarding exhibition as well as the PNP Maritime Group Dragon Boat team doing a mock race with the Philippine Canoe Kayak Dragon Boat Federation National Team. “The organisers must be congratulated for making a Sailing Festival out of the regatta and encouraging the general public to get involved and give them a rare opportunity to get out on the water.” said Captain Martin Rijkuris, Director of Asian Yachting.
The final night awarding was held at the beachfront of the Lighthouse Marina Resort. Overall winners are Nick Burns and Fred Kinmonth’s GTS 43 Mandrake III for IRC 1, George Hackett's J35 Jo De Ros for IRC 2, Emerson Villena’s Standard Insurance - PSA for the FarEast 28R One -Design Class, and Li Jian's Advance 80 Apsaras for the Cruising Class. “I’ve been joining this regatta for the last 11 years and every time i’ve been here it just keeps better and better and is not one of the best regatta in Asia.” said Nick Burns skipper of the Mandrake III, one of the few boats who completes the entire circuit of the Asian Yachting Grand Prix. “We are honored to be part of the CCR. Activities like this should be sustained. It is a way of maintaining our maritime consciousness” said Art Valdez. He also ended his speech with a quote from Jose Rizal “Only when the Philippines can rediscover its maritime roots can we be totally free and prosper as nation.
This event is organized by the Subic Sailing Clum and co-presented by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority and Department of Tourism in Partnership with the National Coast Watch Council Secretariat, the Philippine Coast Guard, Lighthouse Marina Resort, Watercraft Ventures and Standard Insurance.
This event is also supported by following organizations: Philippine National Police Maritime Group (PNP MG), Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA), Subic Bay Hotels, Attractions, And Tourism Stakeholders Visitors Board (SBHATSVB), Subic Bay Freeport Chamber Of Commerce (SBFCC), Province Of Zambales, Municipality Of Olongapo, Tourism Infrastructure And Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), Tourism Promotions Board Philippines (TPB), Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA), Puerto Galera Yacht Club (PGYC), Philippine Inter-Island Sailing Federation (PHINSAF), Taal Yacht Club (TYC), Reef Check Philippines and Oceana Philippines.
Sponsors include Pldt Subictel, Nanofixit, Air Juan, Tanduay Rum, Jellychip, Broadwater Marine, Bangka Pro, Ayala Harbor Point Mall, Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary, Anvaya Cove Environmental Foundation, Le Charme Suites Subic, Best Western Plus Hotel Subic, Networx Jetsports Sti Education Systems Holdings, and Go Pro.
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