Subic Bay to Boracay race kicks off sailing grand prix
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.
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.