Su­bic Bay to Bo­ra­cay race kicks off sail­ing grand prix

Business Mirror - - SPORTS - Ra­mon Rafael Bonilla

THE 2016 Philip­pine Sail­ing Grand Prix sailed off on Fri­day with three equally ex­cit­ing races from Su­bic Bay to the shores of Bo­ra­cay Is­land.

The Su­bic Sail­ing Club, cochaired by Light­house Ma­rina Re­sort Pres­i­dent Jun Ave­cilla, launched the three-leg se­ries to be high­lited anew by the Stan­dard In­sur­ance Sev­enth Su­bic Bay to Bo­ra­cay Race that started on Fri­day.

The Bo­ra­cay Cup Re­gatta sails on from March 1 to 4 off the shores of the world-fa­mous Malay mu­nic­i­pal­ity and the Ninth Com­modore’s Cup Re­gatta gets go­ing from March 29 to April 2 off Su­bic.

The two re­gat­tas are part of the pres­ti­gious Asian Yacht­ing Grand Prix Cir­cuit that also stages races in Malaysia, Viet­nam, In­done­sia, Sin­ga­pore, Thai­land and Hong Kong.

“Over the years, we work tire­lessly with our sail­ing part­ners to­ward open­ing more doors and spread [ing] the spark of sail­ing and en­liven [ing] big boat-rac­ing pur­suits in the Philip­pines,” Ave­cilla said.

Eigh­teen yachts are sail­ing in three cat­e­gories—Rac­ing Class 1, Rac­ing Class 2 and Cruis­ing Class.

STEPHANIE TU­MAM­POS

THE or­ga­niz­ers seal their part­ner­ship dur­ing the event’s press launch on Thurs­day night at the Cen­tury City Mall in Makati City. Shown above are (seat­ing, from left) Su­bic Bay Metropoli­tan Au­thor­ity Di­rec­tor Raul Marcelo, Light­house Ma­rina Re­sort Pres­i­dent Jun Ave­cilla, Stan­dard In­sur­ance Mar­ket­ing Head Jie Sal­davia, Or­ga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee Chair­man Ricky San­doval, Philip­pine Coast Guard Deputy Com­man­der Commo. Ath­elo Ybañez and PLDT-Smart Lu­zon Area Sales Head Mar­lon Al­berto. They are joined by (stand­ing, from left) Pa­paya Char­ter and Ser­vices Di­rec­tor Renato Tic­zon and Sperry Philip­pines Mar­ket­ing Of­fi­cer Carmela Castillo.

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