Please select your home edition
Edition
Fever-Tree 728x90

Commodore's Cup 2012 - Hi Fi opens the batting

by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia on 11 Apr 2012
Philippines Commodore’s Cup 2012 - Free Fire, and the famous Subic scenery Guy Nowell © http://www.guynowell.com
Yesterday, Opening Night at the Commodore’s Cup, Subic Bay, Philippines. Skippers’ Briefing followed by a party with fire dancing, live bands and and singing in the gardens in front of The Lighthouse. All afternoon the breeze had been blowing a pleasant 8-10 kts out in the Bay, although Hi Fi managed to find some stronger puffs that put paid to one of their spinnakers during the practice race, and necessitated a phone call and a last minute courier dash from Hong Kong to bring in a replacement kite!

What is now called the Commodore’s Cup, and is run out of the rather grandiose Subic Bay Yacht Club, has been around for a while in different guises. First of all there was the Philippines’ Easter Regatta (1993), run by the Philippines Keelboat Association out of the Manila Yacht Club and stopping – one year at least - at historic Corregidor Island before continuing on to Subic Bay and the venue of some of the most epic regatta parties we have ever seen. In 1996 the Easter Regatta was re-named the President’s Cup, with the blessing of then-President of the Philippines, Fidel Ramos.

Well-supported by local sailors, the event also flourished with the arrival on alternate years of the China Sea Race fleet from Hong Kong, with the finish line for the 565nm blue water classic in Subic Bay. Fast forward another couple of years, and the Manila Yacht Club became more of a motor boat club and then a social club, and the remaining MYC sailors de-camped to Subic Bay. The MYC still laid claim to the event title, ‘President’s Cup,’ and so the Subic sailors inaugurated the Commodore’s Cup.

Entry numbers are down these days, but this is a regatta that well deserves to appear firmly on the map – or chart, if you prefer. The Asian regatta circuit was described to us very recently – by an Australian grand prix sailor – as 'collectively better than anything currently happening in Australia.' Strong words and high praise! Add together the China Coast, Raja Muda, Phuket King’s Cup, Neptune, Top of the Gulf and Koh Samui Regattas, and it’s a pretty full calendar in this part of the world, with all the events attracting 30+ boat fleets, and some of them running races for 100 or more entries.

The attractions are obvious – sunshine, blue water, warm weather, top quality race management, lavish hospitality and favourable exchange rates for visitors all add up to hugely attractive events. To that list we should really be adding three Philippine events – the Commodore’s Cup, the Subic-Boracay Race and Boracay Cup, the best-kept secrets of the Asian regatta circuit.


And so to today. Eleven starters in three divisions (IRC Racing, IRC Racing/Cruising, PY Cruising), and courses designed to take the boats the full length and breadth of what must rate as one of the best inshore race courses anywhere. Not for nothing did the US Government build and maintain an enormous naval base here – Subic Bay is huge and deep, the water is flat, and the surrounding mountains make for a great backdrop whilst occasionally throwing some powerful and interesting wind ‘bombs’ at the racing fleet.

Today there were no bombs. Just a good solid 10kt sailing breeze that sent the Racing fleet round a 24nm course, and the other divisions on 19nm and 14nm tracks. Hi Fi and Free Fire went at it hammer and tongs, with the lead on the water changing more than once, and Free Fire rolling through the finish line just outside the marina at 1340h after 3h 10m of racing. Hi Fi were 1m 10s behind, and took the handicap honours. 'It was a tough race,' said Neil Pryde, 'mostly because it was hot… but it was also trick on account of some severely shifty breeze, and that kept us on our toes.' Pryde agreed that the Commodore’s Cup deserves a better entry list, and added that 'seeing some more of the local boats out on the water would be a good start.'


In the Racing/Cruising class, Ridgely Balladares on a Platu, Frantic, beat Jesus Avecilla Jr’s Selma Star to the top spot, and in the two-boat PY class the honours went to Selma (Viggo Lisson).

At tonight’s prize-giving it was announced that (starting tomorrow) the IRC racing division will be split into two sub divisions – 50-footers and 40-footers.



Day 1 Results:
IRC Racing
1 Hi Fi
2 Free Fire
3 EFG Bank Mandrake
4 Sell Side Dream
5 Subic Centennial (RTD)

IRC Racing/Cruising
1 Frantic
2 Selma Star
3 Body Shot
4 Alexa

PY Cruising
1 Selma
2 Rapparee XXX













PredictWind.com 2014NaiadBarz Optics - Melanin Lenses

Related Articles

The Atlantic Cup returns
Longest offshore race in the Western Atlantic dedicated to the Class40 will start from Charleston, one year from today. The race was created in 2011 to showcase short-handed, offshore racing with hard fought competition and exciting shore based events, while also being the most environmentally sustainable sailing race in the United States. The Atlantic Cup has been carbon neutral since 2012 and was the first and is the only sports event in the U.S. to be ISO 20121 compliant.
Posted today at 2:07 pm
Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac set sail from Chicago on July 15th
More than 300 boats have registered for the 109th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust More than 300 boats have registered for the 109th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust, one of the world’s longest-running freshwater distance races. “The Mac”, which takes most competitors well over 24 hours to complete, is a 333-mile sprint from the Chicago Lighthouse, just east of Navy Pier, to the Round Island Channel near Mackinac Island, Michigan.
Posted today at 5:57 am
Key West Race Week 2018 - Cancelled
After extensive discussion/deliberation Storm Trysail Club decided not to organize Key West Race Week in January 2018. After extensive discussion and deliberation the Storm Trysail Club has decided not to organize and hold Key West Race Week in January 2018. Many factors led to this difficult decision. The bottom line is that with declining participation, the event has become heavily dependent upon sponsorship making the event unsustainable in its current format.
Posted today at 5:19 am
Registration in full swing for 2017 Rolex Big Boat Series
When it comes to determining fastest guns in west, Rolex Big Boat Series served as left coast’s pivotal proving ground. When it comes to determining the fastest guns in the west, Rolex Big Boat Series, hosted by the venerable St. Francis Yacht Club, has long served as the left coast’s pivotal proving ground. Of the 40 regattas StFYC hosts each year, Rolex Big Boat Series is the signature event and enjoys a proud 52-year history of testing competitors’ skills in demanding, rewarding conditions of San Francisco Bay.
Posted today at 4:29 am
Celebrations for 15 years of C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Regatta
Sailors from US and Canada will arrive in Newport to take part in a regatta that has become synonymous with achievement. This year the 2.4mR and Sonar classes will be racing at The Clagett and the competitors will benefit from coaches, Betsy Alison (Newport, RI), Mike Ingham (Rochester, NY) and Brian Todd (Glen Haven, Nova Scotia, Canada), being on hand to provide coaching on and off water.
Posted on 25 May
Newport MetreFest celebrates International Rule sailing yachts
MetreFest has the distinction of being the first North American regatta of the ITMA Road to the Worlds Waypoints Series From the sprightly single-handed 2.4mRs at just over 13 feet long to the majestic 12mRs ranging from 64-70 feet in length raced by crews of 17 sailors—these former and present-day Olympic and America’s Cup development classes will hold center stage at New York Yacht Club’s 163rd Annual Regatta
Posted on 25 May
Argentario Sailing Week and Panerai Classic Challenge – 4 weeks to go
In 2017, yachts will be racing for one day more than compared to past editions, for a total of four days. In 2017, yachts will be racing for one day more than compared to past editions, for a total of four days. A novelty that will allow crews to enjoy the hospitality of the Argentario and Porto Santo Stefano to the fullest and offer sailing enthusiasts the opportunity of retracing 115 years of sailing history while strolling down the docks.
Posted on 25 May
See how your smart phone can help save your life
OLAS, the man overboard location alert app from Exposure Lights is available on Android as well as through App Store. OLAS, the man overboard location alert app from Exposure Lights is now available on Android as well as through the App Store.
Posted on 25 May
Setsail Back Sea Int Regatta – Two intense days of competition
Excellent wind conditions powered three inshore races demanding both sailing skills and the challenging offshore race. Excellent wind conditions, 10-25 knots, powered the three inshore races demanding both strategy and sailing skills and the challenging offshore race.
Posted on 25 May
RORC Myth of Malham Race – Rambler 88 joins 140 yacht fleet
In essence the first 130 miles of the race mirrors the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race. In essence the first 130 miles of the race mirrors the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race, with tactical and strategic decisions to be made along the tidal headlands of the south coast of England.
Posted on 25 May