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Centennial III bags Boracay Cup crown

Centennial III bags Boracay Cup crown
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Ernesto Echauz’s TP52 Standard Insurance Centennial III emerged as the overall champion of the Standard Insurance Subic Bay to Boracay Race 2015 held last week.

With the overall stakes hanging in the balance, the final day of racing turned into a feisty affair. Sunny blue sky and 20 to 24 knot North Easterly blowing, the stage was set for some close racing and the competitors did not disappoint. As the big boats crammed in at the boat end of the start line, Geoff Hill’s Custom Smith 72 Antipodes, made a daring lunge in front of Ernesto Echauz’s TP52 Standard Insurance Centennial III and nearly ended up in the back of the start boat. To leeward Frank Pong’s Custom Dibley 75 Jelik was holding the lay line as Antipodes barged in above them and the situation ended with all boats, including Ray Ordoveza’s Excel 53 Karakoa at the pin end, over the line as the horn sounded.

A mad scurry followed, maneuvering these big boats back to the line and restarting. That heart-rendering account set the precedent for the rest of the day, as with each race result the overall positions moved up and down the table.

Making a quick spin around the pin, Karakoa was the first boat to get back on track and narrowly avoided Jelik in its path before cranking on and leading off the line. It took the others half the windward beat to catch them and as they rotated, Karakoa held their time to win the race. Only one second separated the dueling leaders, with Echauz’s Centennial III edging out Pong’s Jelik and closing the overall gap to one point. As Hill’s Antipodes ended in fourth, the intended protests were withdrawn.

The final race start was a little more subdued, with yachts evenly spread along the line. Echauz’s Centennial III over stood the lead into the downwind mark and it looked as if their chances were blown away with the wind. Until the spinnaker on Pong’s Jelik shredded on the final leg to the finish, losing valuable time as they retrieved the pieces and launched a replacement. All the time, Hill’s Antipodes made up valuable ground and by crossing the finish line 3 ½ minutes behind Jelik, slotted into the winner’s berth. All eyes were on Ordoveza’s Karakoa, the smallest boat in the IRC 1 class, as it closed in on the finish. As they claimed second place, they relegated Jelik to 3rd and Centennial lll to 4th.

With Centennial lll dropping the 4th place and Jelik worst result being 3rd, they ended up tied at 9 points. As Jelik won the first three races, the tie was broken in their favor. By winning the Subic to Boracay Race, Echauz’s Centennial III became the winner of the combined events and was awarded the handcrafted solid brass trophy.

In the IRC 2 class, Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns Sydney GTS 43 EFG Mandrake completely dominated with six wins in the Boracay Cup and class victory in the combined Subic Bay to Boracay Race.

Martin Tanco’s Sydney 46 Centennial II pushed hard all week and settled in second place, while Jun Avecilla’s Beneteau First 36.7 Selma Star ended up in third place on the podium.

By AsianYachting MultiMedia


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Winners of the Boracay Cup Regatta 2015

Overall – Racing Class 1

  1. Jelik – Frank Pong
  2. Standard Insurance Centennial III – Ernesto Echauz
  3. Antipodes – Geoff Hill

Overall – Racing Class 2

  1. EFG Mandrake – Fred Kinmonth / Nick Burns
  2. Centennial II – Martin Tanco
  3. Selma Star – Jesus Avecilla, Jr.

Winners of the Combined Standard Insurance Subic Bay to Boracay Race and Boracay Cup Regatta 2015

Overall – Racing Class 1

  1. Standard Insurance Centennial III – Judes Echauz
  2. Jelik – Frank Pong
  3. Antipodes – Geoff Hill

Overall – Racing Class 2

  1. EFG Mandrake – Fred Kinmonth / Nick Burns
  2. Centennial II – Martin Tanco
  3. Vineta – Helmuth Hennig

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