Subic Bay, Philippines. Setting the course to another season of the Philippine Sailing Grand Prix, the “Chairman’s Cup Regatta” debuts in 2019 in honor of the leaders or helms of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) who have played a significant role in the development of the Subic Bay Freeport and the Special Economic Zone. The present Chairperson and Administrator of SBMA who is also the 1st woman to hold the distinguished position is none other than Atty. Wilma “Amy” T. Eisma
The Chairman’s Cup Regatta 2019 will take the place of the Commodores’ Cup Regatta (CCR) scheduled on April 26-30, 2019, after the inaugural Hong Kong to Puerto Galera Yacht Race 2019. The passage race that will start in Hong Kong on April 16 and 17 ends on Easter Sunday, April 21. The 1st edition of the Hong Kong to Puerto Galera Yacht Race is classic 650nm Category 1 passage race. Currently, the Subic Sailing Club is considering a feeder race that will encourage participating boats from Hong Kong to another round of racing in Subic Bay before heading back to Hong Kong.
The Chairman’s Cup Regatta also in its 1st Edition will continue what the Commodores” Cup has started and is envisioned to be the paragon of the development of sailing in the country as well as a reminder to every Filipino of our maritime wealth and culture. “We hope that this event will not only produce a new generation of Filipino sailors but also give honor to our rich maritime heritage,” said Zed Avecilla, Executive Director of the Subic Sailing Club.
The CCR was a mere Subic Sailing Club event way back ten years ago but has become an international sailing event for a decade as part of the Asian Yachting Circuit when then Commo. Ricky Sandoval of the Subic Bay Yacht Club and Subic Sailing Founder Jun Avecilla moved the event after the China Sea Race from Hong kong to Subic Bay to give the participants of that regatta an inshore race competition as there has been no scheduled event during that time. It has then filled the Asian Yachting Calendar up to this year.
The highlight of the Chairman’s Cup Regatta (CCR) is the FarEast 28R One-Design Race with eight boats in the division. Other Keel Boat divisions will include IRC Class 1, IRC Class 2 and Cruising Class. There will also be a Dinghy Division composed of the Optimist Class, Mirror Class, Flying Fifteen Class, and Streaker Class which will take place on April 25-26, 2018.
Subic Bay is an excellent harbor and geographical location serves as the premier yacht racing destination in the Philippines. As a sailing haven, regular regattas are held in Subic Bay to enhance yachtsman-ship for international competitions and foster camaraderie among sailors. It has become a playground for Grand Prix keelboats from various countries as they compete in the prestigious international regattas hosted here in our country.
Subic Bay Freeport plays an important role in our country which drives maritime heritage, environmental protection and economic growth aside from the continuous development of sailing here in the Philippines.
The projection of this 5-day event will attract many Filipino and foreign amateur and professional sailing enthusiasts as well as non-sailors alike to the most exciting and competitive world of yacht racing in the country with among the top-notch sailors around the globe. It also aims to encourage the general public to know more information about the sport as well as the Philippine’s maritime industry and hopefully encourage more people to explore our maritime roots.
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