The highly-anticipated, exhilarating and hardcore yacht racing event, the Standard Insurance Subic Bay to Boracay Race (SBBR), will held on February 23 to March 2. This race was nominated as the Best Asian Regatta by the Asia Boating Awards for 2016 and 2017. Sailors from all over the world considered this as one of the most challenging races they have been. “I’ve done about 450 races around asia in the last seven years, I think i’ve seen pretty much everything that asia has to offer and without question the Subic Bay to Boracay Race is one of the most challenging and difficult races to win” said Anthony Root co-owner of the purpose built Ker 42 Black Baza, over-all winner of the IRC2. “The Philippine has extra-ordinary Eastern trade winds that come in and blow very reliably and give you fun sailing all-over the island” he added.
This regatta has been attracting top-notch sailors from around asia for some serious close and competitive racing specially with the IRC classes. “It was a pretty diverse fleet over-all. We went from boat in the size of the thirties all the way to Scallywag which more than a hundred footer.” said Sean Mitchell crew of the Beneteau First 36.7 Selma Star. The Subic Sailing Club, co-organizer of the event, is also making significant moves to improve the numbers of the cruising class boats that would surf the waves down Tablas Straits and conquer the boat-breaking winds to Boracay.
The Philippine Sailing Association continues to work with organizations in the development of sailing in the Philippines. It's chairman, Ernesto “Judes” Echauz, also owner of the TP52 Standard Insurance Centennial III, over-all winner of the IRC1 Racing Class, has donated six FarEast 28R to the PSA that will form a one design class in the Philippines and made available for charter to foreign teams. Filipino sailors continue to improve and has shown great competitiveness in the last few years thanks to all those who has continued to support and promote sailing in the country like the Subic Sailing Club. The Subic Bay to Boracay Race will once again put our local sailors to the test and battle it out with the best sailors in and around Asia. For more information, you may visit www.subicsailing.com