Earlier today, February 16, 2018 held at the library of Manila Club - Standard Insurance Chairman, Mr. Ernesto “Judes” Echauz and Subic Sailing Organizing Committee Chairman, Mr. Jesus “Jun” Avecilla announced that the Subic Bay to Boracay Race (SBBR) and the Boracay Cup Regatta (BCR) that is presented annually by Standard Insurance and twice nominated by Asia Pacific Boating as the Best Asian Regatta will be replaced this year by the Subic Bay around Verde Island Passage Race (SBVIPR) and the Subic Bay Cup Regatta (SBCR). The move to forego Boracay is an expression of support to the alarming environmental concerns in Boracay Island recently raised by no other than the President of the Republic of the Philippines.
“We are a responsible insurance company in the business of protecting clients from accidents including health related risks. We apologize for the inconvenience of those who have made prior arrangements for flights and hotel bookings in Boracay but we adhere to strict environmental compliance and therefore are restraint in exposing the regatta, its organizers and participants to health risks to be sailing in an unhealthy environment. We hope to be back next year or when Boracay pull its acts together and do something with its serious environmental problems” Mr Echauz said.
The SBVIPR is a 200-mile race, the same distance as the Subic Bay to Boracay, will start from Subic Bay down to Verde Passage around the Island and back to Subic Bay. “This would be a more challenging race considering that on the way back to Subic this will be mostly a kite run” added Mr. Echauz.
"The race schedule remains the same from Feb 24 - Mar 2, 2018. While the sudden move has caught the participants of the SBBR and BCR surprise and made a few unhappy the majority understand and support the change,” Avecilla said.
Also, the Subic Bay Cup will launch the debut of the FarEast 28R boats that Standard Insurance recently acquired and donated to the Philippine Sailing Association (PSA) where six (6) local and foreign teams from Singapore, Taiwan and Japan will contest the title for the inaugural one design race. Fittingly the offshore race highlights Verde Island passage, the world center of marine biodiversity.
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