26:02:2019 Subic Bay, Philippines: History in the making, with the first Match Racing event, ever to be held in the Philippines. PRO Inge Stromph Jepsen from Hong Kong, has assembled a team of umpires under Chief Umpire Ewan McEwan (Singapore), are training the local race committee to conduct Match Racing on Far East 28R keelboats, in preparation for the 30th SEA Games, in late November. Three Teams from the Philippine Sailing Association (PSA) and one representing the Subic Sailing Team, completed two Round Robins today, in consistent 8 to 12, gusting to 20 knot Easterly breeze. Keeping in line with World Sailing equal gender opportunity, two men skippers Ridgely Balladares and Emerson Villena are taking on two women, Jerene Durana and Maria Vidoeira. Check out the action in the AY Photo Gallery
Having won three international Match Racing events in Singapore, Ridgely Balladares is the most experienced and it showed, by winning all six flights and end the day on top of the leader board.
Arch rival Emerson Villena lost both flights against Balladares but beat the others to secure 2nd place.
Best of the women is Jerene Durana by twice beating Maria Vidoeira but yielding to the men on all flights. An incident with Jerene Durana during flight 3, saw Vidoeira deducted a point and ends up with -1 point and 4th on the table.
Two more Round Robins tomorrow before the grand final on Thursday. Then they will join the other keelboats for a bout of fleet racing to finish off the Subic Bay Cup.
Many thanks must go to the President of the Philippine Sailing Association, Ernesto Echauz for seizing the opportunity and introducing Far East 28R keelboat Match Racing and his Standard Insurance for sponsoring the event and continuing efforts to develop sailing in the Philippines.
The prize presentations for the Subic Bay to Verde Island Race took place this evening, with Ernesto Echauz's TP 52Standard Insurance Centennial III taking the Overall IRC and Racing 1 Class titles, George Hackett's Mills 43 custom Misty Mountain 1st place in the Racing 2 Class and Jun Avecilla's Beneteau First 36.7 Selma Star the Cruising Class title.
While the Match Racing continues tomorrow, the keelboats go into action for the Subic Bay Cup, through to Saturday 2nd March.
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