Philippine shows competitiveness with SBBR
Published: Wednesday, 06 December 2017
Nominated as the Best Asian Regatta by the Asia Boating Awards in both 2016 and 2017, the 2018 Standard Insurance Subic Bay to Boracay Race (SBBR) will be held on February 23-March 2.
(Photo: Standard Insurance Subic Bay to Boracay Race)
Sailors from all over the world considered this as one of the most challenging races they have been.
“I’ve done about 450 races around Asia in the last seven years, I think I’ve seen pretty much everything that Asia has to offer and without question the Subic Bay to Boracay Race is one of the most challenging and difficult races to win,” said Anthony Root, Co-Owner of the purposely built Ker 42 Black Baza and the overall winner of the IRC2.
“The Philippine has Eastern trade winds that come in and blow very reliably and give you fun sailing all over the island,” he added.
This regatta has attracted sailors from around Asia for some close and competitive racing especially with the IRC classes.
“It was a pretty diverse fleet overall. We went from a boat in the size of the 30s all the way to Scallywag, which is more than 100ft,” said Sean Mitchell, a crew of the Beneteau First 36.7 Selma Star.
The Subic Sailing Club, Co-Organiser of the event, is also making moves to improve the numbers of the cruising class boats that would surf the waves down Tablas Straits and conquer the boat-breaking winds to Boracay.
The Philippine Sailing Association continues to work with organisations in the development of sailing in the Philippines. Its chairman, Ernesto Echauz, also the owner of the TP52 Standard Insurance Centennial III and overall winner of the IRC1 Racing Class, has donated six FarEast 28R to the PSA that will form a one-design class in the Philippines and made available for charter to foreign teams.
Filipino sailors continue to improve and have shown competitiveness in the last few years thanks to all those who have continued to support and promote sailing in the country like the Subic Sailing Club.