05th April 2018, Subic Bay, Philippines: As the breeze backed by 10 degrees on the first upwind leg, PRO Jerry Rollin instructed the mark layers (as per sailing instructions) to move the windward marks and replace with different colour change marks. It soon became evident that some confusion reigned, as YY Yan's Seawolf raised the spinnaker and had broken free from the pack. They were half way down the downwind leg, before the next spinnaker appeared. Similarly in the IRC 2 class, when Gordon Liu's Kingsman made a big gain on the second upwind leg. Realising their mistake Seawolf retired and questions were asked by radio on Kingsman's status. Doubt existed on Jun Avecilla's Beneteau First 36.7 Selma Star and they returned upwind for a third time and rounded all the marks. Initially a protest was lodged with the International Jury but after some discussions was withdrawn, as the concerned party had missed the radio call, to relay the marks. Although the sky was overcast and some rain clouds appeared on the Eastern mountain range, 12 to 14 knot North Easterly greeted the sailors at the start and varied in gust strength throughout the two races. Until the end, when it swung to the North and turned the final IRC 1 downwind, into follow the leader and the delayed IRC 2 race, into a soldiers course and shortened after one lap.
After starting over five minutes late and finishing down the order yesterday, Martin Tanco's Sydney 46 Centennial II carrying a symmetrical spinnaker, made up for it today and rebounded with two victories, to put themselves back in the game in 2nd overall. Two second places for Nick Burns and Fred Kinmonth’s GTS 43 Mandrake III keeps them at the top of the table, by one point from Centennial II. Two 3rd places for Victor Kuk and David Ho's Mills 40 Phoenix and by consistently scoring 3rd places, moves them into 3rd overall.
Although the six FarEast 28 one-design yachts are traveling in close company, it's Emerson Villena skippering Standard Insurance - PSA, getting the better of his sensai, Ridgely Balladares on Standard Insurance - PSA1 at the finish line. Two more wins for Villena puts them at the top of the table and two points in front of Balladares. Fourth and third places for Sean Mitchell's Subic Sailing Team keeps them in 3rd overall and some work to do if they can match the leaders. Yukie Ikawa's Japanese Turquoise Sailing Team romped home in 2nd place, but fell back to 4th in the next race, to hold onto 4th overall.
In the IRC 2 Class, George Hackett's J35 Jo De Ros and Gordon Liu/Cowen Chiu's Sydney 38 Kingsman shared the race wins and traded 2nd places, to hold 1st and 2nd overall respectively. Two 3rd places for Jun Avecilla's Beneteau First 36.7 Selma Star reduces them to 3rd overall and work to do to stay up with the leaders.
What do you do, when Li Jian's Advance 80 Apsaras comes charging in at full speed, at the boat end of the start line? Get out of the way! Despite calls to get up, being lost in the wind, they came through with speed and carried on around the course, to claim their second win in as many days. This time it was Peters Sharman's Beneteau First 31.7 Selma that slotted into 2nd place and reversed yesterdays placing's with Philippe Grelon's Pogo 10.5 TBS Aya, to be tied for 2nd overall. Despite leading the local ATRAM Philippine Sailing Championship, Garry Kingshott's Fusion 40 Kerida, has struggled and swallowed up by the fading breeze, to trail the Cruising Class fleet, in 4th place.
Racing continues tomorrow with single passage races for the IRC and Cruising Classes. The FarEast 28 class will continue with windward/leeward races and if conditions are right, a passage race to finish Day 3.