Published: Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The dates for the Philippines’ All Souls Regatta, organised by the Puerto Galera Yacht Club, are set to be November 3-5.

Dates Set For Philippines All Souls Regatta

(Photo: All Souls Regatta)

The Regatta expects at least 35 participating yachts in this edition, based on the 32 entries last year.

Jurgen Langemeier, Club Commodore, said: “Initial indications are that we may have as many as 40 yachts this year but we are really just happy that the event grows every year.

“We have strived to provide simply the most fun yacht racing and the best parties on the planet around Halloween and as the news slowly filters through the yachting community more arrive each year from all corners of the World.

“It is good for Puerto Galera, good for the Philippines and good for the sport of sailing”.

The largest yacht in the fleet is expected to be the 70ft Andrews, Bella Uno, while the smallest is likely the 26-foot, Folkboat, Aniko.

A number of yachts are available each year for visiting crews to rent so the event attracts teams from Hong Kong, Japan and other nations.

The Regatta employs Pursuit Racing format, meaning the theoretically slowest boat starts first and the fastest boat starts last, following the theory all boats should finish simultaneously. The winner is the first boat to cross the finish line.

The All Souls Regatta was first organised in 2004. The Regatta usually enjoys 8-18 knots of easterly breeze along the Verde Island Passage around Halloween. The Regatta also features post-race parties, with cultural shows, dress parties, food and music.

Visitors without yachts can now fly daily direct from Manila to Puerto Galera by seaplane.

Currently, the major sponsors include Royal Cargo, Tricom Projects, Philippine Retirement Authority, Socolics and Broadwater Marine.