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Already we are Halfway through the year and have achieved more

milestones with the magazine. Now over 100 pages and still growing

it has been an exciting time for ABW staff , and talking about exciting

our destination as referred to by Department of Tourism Regional

Director of Region V Mr. Benjamin Santiago is Exciting Bicol, which is

aptly named. This is the last part of Bicol we have to cover and again

was exciting for us and we know when you visit the different places in

Bicol you will also find this exciting.

We also had the pleasure of being guests at the amazing Misibis Bay

Resort, an experience everyone should enjoy at some time in your

holiday plans. Daet tourism officer Bong Palma and his staff were

also instrumental in making the feature exciting and invited us to be

part of the 99th Camarines Norte Founding Anniversary with the 15th

Bantayog Festival, which also was an exciting and amazing event.

In our next edition we will be featuring Taytay in Palawan, a new and

exciting place to visit, exposing all the great things on offer they have

to entice you to their shores. We are also excited to be part of the

growth of Sailing in the Philippines and look forward to Featuring the

South East Asian Sea Games this coming November-December.


Chairman”s Cup 2019 6

Catana Bali 4.3 MY #1 Power Catamaran 8

Subic to Verde Island 14

Seafront Residences Hobie Nationals 22

Championship 2019

The Evolution of Fish 28

Puerto Galera Yacht Club PRA 34

Easter Regatta

Maritime Philippines

The People, the Preservation and


the Profit

Ocean Marina Top of the Gulf Regatta 44

47th Iloilo Paraw Regatta 52

Destination - EXCITING BICOL Misibis Bay 58

Making Sailors that Sail 76

Aqua Planet Waterpark 82

Sailing Tips - Berthing 86

8th Zambales Lifeguard Challenge 88

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Destination - EXCITING BICOL / Misibis Bay

Bali 4.3 MY #1 Power Catamaran

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Subic Bay - an excellent harbour to its geographical

location serves as the premier yacht racing

destination in the Philippines. Regular regattas

are being held in Subic Bay not just to enhance

yachtsman-ship for international

competitions and foster

camaraderie among sailors but also

to promote its tourism in one of the

best Freeport destination in the

country. It has become a playground

for Grand Prix keelboats from

various countries as they compete

in the prestigious international regattas hosted here in our


The last week of April 2019 was the inaugural iteration of

the Chairman’s Cup Regatta. Organized by Subic Sailing, the

organization home-base can be found in the Lighthouse

Several foreign participants

in the Optimist Class as well

as the keelboat crews had to

drop out of the competitions.

Marina and Resort and it was the main venue for the weeklong

event. The Lighthouse’s Marina and beach area is a

great place for watersports events, a nice sandy beach facing

south means small sailing craft can sail on and off the beach

regardless of the monsoon season.

Commodore’s Cup Regatta that has

been attracting hundreds of topnotch

sailors from all over the globe

has been rebranded as “Chairman’s

Cup Regatta” to commemorate the

leadership that is at the helm of the

agency that has played a significant role in the development

of the Subic Bay Freeport and the Special Economic Zone.

This event is organized by the Subic Sailing Club headed

by Mr. Jun Avecilla and Congressman Ricky Sandoval, cochairmen

of the organizing committee. The Chairman’s

Cup is more than just about high-end yachting; it brought





together people from all walks of life; from seasoned sailors

to merchant marines to ordinary folks looking to have good

time on the water. A Maritime Forum on several relevant

marine topics was also conducted in function rooms of the

venue. While those looking to get into watersports could

learn from sessions in the Maritime Forum or have sailing

lessons using Subic Sailing’s sail training boats.

Jun Avecillia of Subic sailing said that they are encouraged

to get more people in the water enjoying what nature has to

offer. “New sailors from Subic Sailing’s training program and

the grassroots sailing initiative with the Oz Goose is creating

a new breed of sailors ensuring that this environment

friendly sport grows well into the future” Mr. Avecilla said.

The event was a watersports extravaganza, featuring several

sorts of watercraft. Dinghies and windsurfers opened the

sailing competitions; there were 8-foot optimist dinghies

for kids and lighter weight sailors, streaker dinghies that

Subic Sailing use for sail training and racing as well as an Oz

Goose fleet was brought up from Batangas with assistance

from the Philippine Sports Commission and PAGCOR. For

windsurf, competitive surfers on competition boards like the

RS-X and the RS-One were on hand ripping through the

race course.

On the third day of racing, the larger sailboats were out racing;

there were IRC Keelboats, Far East 28 (FE28R) competition

racing yachts and a cruising class. For human powered

watercraft there were stand up paddle board and kayak races.

Several foreign participants in the Optimist Class as well as

the keelboat crews had to drop out of the competitions and

because of damage to the Clark airport and concerns from

the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that hit Zambales the week

before. (Story continues on page 10)






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Despite last week’s ground-shaker the organizers and the

locals pushed on, the original plan was to have thirteen

boats and skippers participating in the Optimist class,

however the Singapore contingent had to drop out because

of last week’s earthquake. A total of 5 Optimists were sailed

by young skippers ages 11 to 15 provided by the Philippine

Sailing Association (PSA) and the Puerto Galera Yacht Club


For the streaker class, there were a total of five boats, two

boats were sailed by PSA sailors and three

by Subic Sailing’s own young sailors.

Eight plywood Oz Goose sailboats were

brought up from the Taal Lake Yacht Club

(TLYC), however, it being a weekday, only

four Taal based skippers were able to go

to Subic, three other skippers from PSA

and one from Subic Sailing completed the

Oz Goose skipper roster.

Sailing conditions

were shiftier than

what the Taal lake

sailors were used to.

In the windsurf class four RS-X and seven RS-One windsurfers

competed in a trapezoid course along with the Oz Geese,

while the Optimists and the Streakers used a windward -

leeward course.

A total of seven races were planned for the series. Sailing

conditions were shiftier than what the Taal lake sailors were

used to, locals and the PSA athletes who’ve had experience

in the area clearly had an edge. PSA sailors Gerard Boyano

and Rhegielyn Boyano won the Optimist and Streaker class

respectively, while DJ Carabiles of Subic

Sailing prevailed the Oz Goose Class.

Windsurfers Yanoy Kaibigan and Joaquin

Geminez dominated in the RS-X and RS-

One classes.

On the third day of activities Broadwater

Marine and Red Paddle sponsored a Stand

up Paddle (SUP) Board fun race for the


event’s visitors and participants. All the boards were fitted with

Fusion Marine speakers which made for a delightful musical

show and participants had great fun in the sun. There was 21

contestants that entered the event with 12 men, 5 women

and 3 juniors. Winning place-getters in the women’s division

of the SUP fun race

were; Jewel Napa in

1st place, Isabelle

Kitell in 2nd place with

Lolita Carmen coming

into 3rd spot. In the

men’s division Jaylord

Coveta took out the

winning honors while

Leo Samante secured

All the boards were

fitted with Fusion

Marine speakers which

made for a delightful

musical show.

second spot and Jeric Ejanda Placing 3rd. For the Juniors

Charles Napa with a fast finish topped the list with a 1st place,

while Zedley Sumayang was 2nd and Joaquin Jimenez was

third. There was also an early bird award for both men and

women with Lolita Carmen and Junard Bertulfo taking home

the prizes.

Roger Bound from Surf Life Saving Zambales Gave a practical

lifesaving demonstration on the final day, again emphasizing

the great importance of water safety.

The main section of the regatta got under way in earnest on

the Friday evening, with a skippers meeting and welcome

party at the Subic Bay Yacht Club. With the first races of the

yachts, and Far East 28’s kicking off at 11am on Saturday.


World renown racing officer Jerry Rollin was there to

make sure things went smoothly overseeing the race and

race committee from the desks of Lost in Asia generously

supplied by Peter Baird and Broadwater Marine. The wind

gods were being kind and it was off to a brisk start for all

concerned. After the day’s events the traditional bottles of

Rum were awarded to the winners in each class.

Days two, three and four were all excellent contests,

with mostly good winds each day. The week long regatta

culminated with the awards dinner followed by the M1

Freedom Party that went on into the wee small hours with

all thoroughly enjoying what would have to be one of the

best regattas ABW has seen.

The overall winners were;

For the Far East 28’s, PSA Standard Insurance Hull 8 skippered

by Emerson Villena was 1st, PSA Standard Insurance Hull 4

skippered by Ridgley Balladares came second, while in third

sport was the Turquoise Sailing Team from China in Hull 6

and was skippered by Yukie Ikawa.

For the cruising class; George Hackett and his team took

first place honors on Misty Mountain, while Noel Chan and

his team secured second place and the ever popular Jun

Avecilla and crew came third on Selma Star.

As Subic Sailing increase the popularity of Sailing in Subic

Bay and the Philippines we can look forward to more sailing

events like this.


When the Subic Boracay Race was cancelled last

year because of environmental problems on

Boracay, the organizers kept in step with the

long passage racing and inshore regatta format,

replacing the Subic Boracay race with the Subic Bay around

Verde Island Passage Race and the Subic Bay Cup Regatta.

This year it was renamed under the Standard Insurance Subic

Bay International Regatta, the Subic Bay Verde Island is the

main race, followed by the highly contested Subic Bay Cup

organized by Subic Sailing. This event will also include fleet

and match racing for the speedy new comers. The FarEast

28 class, and are to be racing at the 30th SEA Games in late


The racing starts off with the tough

200NM race from Subic Bay, down the

coast past the entrance to Manila Bay,

to the Verde Island Passage between

Luzon and Mindoro, then rounding

Verde Island and back to finish line in

Subic Bay.

The racing starts off with the tough 200NM race from Subic

Bay, down the coast past the entrance to Manila Bay, to the

Verde Island Passage between Luzon and Mindoro, then


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ounding Verde Island and back to finish line in Subic Bay.

The course which includes many obstacles is very challenging

for the competitors, with obstacles that include navigating

through the winds of the Bataan and Batangas Mountain

Ranges plus strong tidal currents on both the outward and

return legs of the race.

This race is not all

about the big yachts

battling over line

honours; glory comes with

victory in the Overall IRC

handicap stakes.

Active Boating and

Watersports were

invited aboard the

luxurious Catana

Bali 4.3 Catamaran

from Sustainable

Charters to witness

and photograph

the event. We

have been invited

aboard many

catamarans in the past but never one of this class and opulence.

To say the design and appointments of this Catamaran would

have to be first class would be a total understatement. It is

luxury plus at an affordable price.

Nine yachts divided into two classes will be lining up on

Saturdays high noon showdown. Philippine big hitters, In this


year’s regatta event, the racing classes I and II (IRC I and II)

will be competing together in the 200 nautical-mile, led by

veteran campaigner 75-footer and powerhouse Centennial

III, skippered by Judes Echauz, Centennial III will again

encounter last year’s inaugural race champion Geoff Hill’s

Smith 72 Antipodes. Centennial came second over the line

two minutes later in corrected time, while Ray Ordeveza’s

Excel 53 Karakoa placed third.

Other Centennial III challengers include Albert Altura’s

Hurricane Hunter, Mills 43 Custom Misty Mountain of George

Hacket, veteran local campaigner Selma Star of Jun Avecilla,

Germany’s Emocean I helmed by Michael Raueber, another

local entry Sabad of Bobby Benares, and Karakoa.

For two consecutive years, Centennial III’s perennial rival in

the Subic Bay to Boracay Regatta Race, Hong Kong’s Jelik

of steel magnate Frank Pong, failed again to participate this

year for unknown reasons. This race is not all about the big

yachts battling over line honours; glory comes with victory in

the Overall IRC handicap stakes.

The wind forecast for Subic Bay this weekend is very light

basically from the North East, picking up during the morning,

but fading overnight and at first glance Antipodes inaugural


ace record of 22:54:09 looks safe. Later in the week, the

East North Easterly returns in the mid-teens, and expected to

produce a lively Subic Bay Cup Regatta.

Also hunting down and capable of overall IRC victory, are

George Hackett’s Mills 43 custom

Misty Mountain, Bobby Benares

Beneteau 44.7 Sabad and Jun

Avecilla’s Beneteau First 36.7 Selma

Star. New boats for Michael Raueber’s

Swan 65.1 Emocean 1 and Albert

Altura’s Beneteau First 40 Hurricane

Hunter are relatively unknown but

judging by their pedigree, also have

a chance in the handicap stakes. Final

results for the event was, In IRC 1 first

The wind forecast for

Subic Bay this weekend

is very light basically

from the North East,

picking up during the

morning, but fading


place went to Centennial III, second place was Antipodes

while in third we seen Karakoa. In ITC 2 first place went

to Mandrake, second Sabad and third Selma Star. In

the Cruising Class first place went to Asia Pacific Sailing

while in second place was Apsaras. Overall winners for

the event was in first place Mandrake,

second place went to Centennial II while

Antipodes secured third spot.

The fun continues for all classes after the

race and into next week for the Subic Bay

Cup. Three teams from the Philippine Sailing

Association (PSA) are taking on the Subic

Sailing Team, in the one design FarEast 28

class and like nothing better than battling it

out for the bragging rights.



Seafront Residences

Hobie National



This made for crazy

racing on the course,

the veteran racers had

the edge moving with

shifts and maintaining



Light winds of the

first day of the Hobie

Nationals 2019

Photo by Carla Kramer


Photographs by CARLA KRAMER


he Hobie National Championships is one of the

most anticipated regattas in the sailing calendar.

This year, the Hobie Nationals was hosted

by Seafront Residences, a promising seaside

residential development currently under construction by

Aboitiz Land in San Juan, Batangas, an area well known for

its lovely beaches. The first day of the regatta coincided with

the developer’s Summerfest, wherein potential homeowners

were invited to view the development and participate in

various activities including watching a concert of notable


This year’s Hobie nationals is also the 4th and final leg of

the PHINSAF traveller’s series, which started with the Tali

Regatta, followed by the Round the Volcano Race, then

the Punta Fuego Regatta and concluded with the Seafront

Residences Hobie Nationals.

A total of 7 teams participated this year, a little thin

compared to the fleet that participated in Punta Fuego but

the weather and the conditions were forecasted to be good

for sailing. The beginning of the month May usually signals

the start of the transition from the North East monsoon

(Amihan) to the South West monsoon (Habagat), this years

Nationals were on the weekend of 4 May 2019, it falls at

about the end of Amihan. Sailors in Luzon are generally

preferential to Amihan because forecasts are generally more

reliable during that period (October to April).

The original plan for the two-day Hobie Nationals was

to have five races on the first day and two races on the

second, and have awards during lunch of the final day to

allow the participants time to get home early. However,

the weather had other plans, not only did the racers have

a challenging time, the race committee did too. There was

wind alright, but it was light, and it was really shifty, making

the mark laying process a real challenge for the Philippine

Sailing Association (PSA), the ones tasked to handle race

management for this event. The wind shifts were all over

the place, they were incremental but frequent, with several

points of 360 degrees of direction being touched on the

first day. Only two races were completed on the first day.

It took quite some time before the marks were laid for the first

race because of the shifty conditions, the race committee

decided to lay two windward marks around 40 degrees apart

relative to the leeward mark in case the winds shifted, and

sure enough it did. This made for crazy racing on the course,

the veteran racers had the edge moving with shifts and

maintaining speed. Upon getting to the leeward mark, a course

change was signalled and the racers went to round the second

windward mark.


Capotosto and Hagedorn

racing to leeward mark –

photo by Carla Kramer

Husband and wife team Glenn and Jana find their groove on the second day

Hobie Nationals 2019 Participants - Photo by Carla Kramer

A 180 degree wind shift after the first race meant a long pause

in racing, so the marks can be moved and the course reset

Wind was lighter on the second race and the race committee

raised the “s” flag to indicate a shortened course. Veteran

skippers Peter Capotosto and Maria

Hagedorn came in first and second in

both races respectively of the first day.

On the second day, hoping to get more

races in, the organizer decided for an

early start. Before the warning signal,

the weather looked bleak, changing

direction three times in less than an

hour. But thirty minutes before the start a steady moderate

southeasterly started to blow. Marks were laid to match the

wind direction and they were racing.

The highlight of the

second day was the

heated competition

between the top two

racers from the first day.

husband and wife team of Glenn and Jana Everett to put in

two race wins and the brother and sister team of Diego and

Bianca Garcia pulled off a race win as well. The conditions

were just right to allow the committee to have five races

of the seven race series to compensate for

the flukey conditions of the first day of


Racing finished at around noon, however,

lunch was delayed from some of the racers

because of protests filed by Peter and

Maria against each other and a protest from

Jose Gonzales against the race committee.

The other racers had to stay for the hearing and several were

asked to testify as witnesses. It was a national championships

after all and racing doesn’t get more serious than this.

The highlight of the second day was the heated competition

between the top two racers from the first day, both racers

managed one race win each on the second day. In several

instances Peter and Maria found themselves match racing

when they should have been fleet racing, allowing the


It was good thing that the Organizer brought in Ms. Medy Fidel

formerly a coach of the Philippine Sailing Association (PSA)

to adjudicate any protests. At the end of it all, the protests

were dismissed on technicalities and all parties learned how to

correctly file their protests.

Hobie Nationals Champions

Maria Hagedorn with Sean

Mitchell zipping by – Photo

by Carla Kramer

Siblings Bianca and Diego

Garcia win the Traveller’s

Series – Photo by Carla


Protesting parties at the protest hearing, spoons and bottle caps as boats and buoys

A moderate breeze on the second day of the Hobie Nationals 2019 made for

faster racing – Photo by Carla Kramer


Winners of the 2019 Hobie Nationals from left to right: Glenn and Jana Everett

(3rd), Sean Mitchell and Maria Hagedorn (1st), Peter Capotosto and Mikee

Vinzon (2nd)

Several podium finishers for the PHINSAF Traveller Series

were relatively new competitive Hobie sailors; in third

place was the team of Jose Gonzales and Tristan De Belloy;

The team of Roman Azanza and Boyet Magsanay came in

second; while the young team of Bianca Garcia and Diego

Garcia took first. Of the three teams only Roman and Boyet

were in the Open masters category.

Glenn and Jana Everett found their groove on the second

day and won third place in this year’s Hobie Nationals, while

the battle for first was fought well after the racing was over,

Several podium finishers

for the PHINSAF Traveller

Series were relatively new

competitive Hobie sailors.

and the end

of the day the

team of Peter

Capotosto and

Mikee Vinzon

got second

place; while

Maria Hagedorn and Sean Mitchell became the 2019

Philippine Hobie National Champions.



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The Evoluti

So, without fish, there

would never have been

dinosaurs, mammoths or

saber toothed tigers.


Photographs as credited

Scientists of today have developed amazing skills

and knowledge in the tracking of human evolution.

With the emergence of an in-depth understanding

of DNA and radiocarbon dating along with the

discovery of fossils and artifacts, the human family tree can

be tract back for hundreds of thousand years.

A developing knowledge of DNA sequencing, diagnostic

tools and the biological processes behind genetic changes

have made molecular clocks so much more erudite allowing

geneticists to build a refined timeline of human evolution

through a massive database of DNA from diverse populations

both ancient and present day.

The same processes are used to track the evolution of land

animals such as dinosaurs and while not as interesting


or fascinating in fact, the evolution of fish is much more

important. Fish where the very first vertebrates on this planet

earth, postulating the basic “body plan” of all evolution over

the ensuing millions of years. So, without fish, there would

never have been dinosaurs, mammoths or saber toothed tigers.

The term metazoan phyla is a complicated genealogical term

but broadly translates into laymen’s perceptive as species or


An event some 541 million years ago known as the Cambrian

Explosion brought about the manifestation of most animal

phyla in fossil records bringing about a major branching

out of other organisms. Before this event organisms where

simple, single cells entities but as the rate of modification

augmented the variety of life began to resemble that of

ion of

today. Almost all present day animal phyla appeared during

this period and were marine based.

At this time vertebrate life on earth was subjugated by

prehistoric fish which formed the prototype for vertebrate

evolution. A surprising innovation that arose during the

Cambrian period was that these creatures’ heads became

quite distinct from their tails.

As recent as 1938 scientist studied a fish (a Coelacanth,

thought to be extinct 80 million years ago) with fleshy fins

resembling limbs. They had examined fish like this before

but only those preserved as fossils in prehistoric rocks.

Figure lobed Figure fin fishes lobed fin fishes

The ensuing evolutionary period is known as the “Devonian

Period”, a critical evolution period, during which Tetrapod’s


Laccognathus is an extinct

genus of amphibious

lobe-finned fish from

Europe and North

America. They

existed from the

Middle Devonian

to the Late


During the

next couple of

hundred million

years these fish

lizards evolved

into full time

land dwelling


became the first

vertebrate animals to

ascend from the sea

and colonize dry land.

These creatures had

characteristic structure

that mutated into

fingers, claws and paws

of future vertebrates.

Megazostrodon, one of the earliest true mammals

Devonian stem-tetrapods

The next evolutionary period was the “Carboniferous Period”,

often referred to as a way-station between tetrapod’s and

land living reptiles during which terrestrial vertebrate life

on earth was dominated by prehistoric amphibians. During

this time, reptiles still had to lay their eggs in water which

limited their ability to populate the interior of the world’s

continents. A prime modern example is the frog that still, it

seems, live in the “Carboniferous Period”. They lay their eggs

in the water, hatching as tadpoles that can’t survive out of

water and metamorphosing into the amphibious frog.

Over a number of periods during the next couple of hundred

million years these fish lizards evolved into full time land




A coelacanth

dwelling reptiles until the dinosaur population of the Jurassic

Age. The small, feathered theropod dinosaurs where to be

the forbearers of the bird species.

Following the extinction of dinosaurs and marine reptile 65

million years ago the evolution of vertebrate was a rapid

progression of mammals from small, timid creatures to

much larger fauna such as prehistoric cats, dogs, elephants

and many other species. The first such vertebrates where

creatures like the Megazostrodon which still had a distinct

lizard like appearance.

Fossil records and DNA testing provide no good reason to

separate prehistoric primates from other mammalian fauna

that succeeded the dinosaur era, although our egos may

find a need to distinguish out human descendants from the

mainstream of vertebrate evolution.

So, if all life on earth evolved from ancient species of

fish we should ponder this thought next time we savor a

scrumptious seafood meal. Are we consuming a far, distant


Lobe fin



Puerto Galera

Yacht Club





Photographs by TERRY DUCKHAM



ompetitors in the PGYC Philippine Retirement

Authority Easter Regatta 2019 Regatta enjoyed

three full days of racing with 10 to 15-knot easterly

winds under almost clear skies and not a drop of rain.

In its 28th year the Easter Regatta

at the Puerto Galera Yacht Club

is arguably the longest running

yachting event in the Philippines.

Puerto Galera has hosted a regatta

for racing yachts, cruising yachts

and multihulls every year since

the Easter of 1991. Originally

envisaged as some on-the-water

fun for cruising yachts visiting the

Philippines at Easter the PGYC

Easter Regatta has grown into an international yachting

event with yachts and crews arriving from nations bordering

the West Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, and even

hailing from across the Pacific and from “Down Under”. In

terms of continuity, at least two of the entries, Rags and

Aragorn (or their skippers - Alan Burrell and Gundolf

Ahrens) have taken part in every Easter Regatta

since 1991.

A three-day event, the 2019 Easter Regatta

ran from Good Friday, 19th April, to Easter

Sunday 21st April, and attracted over 20

entrants. Easter being late this year the

Regatta Organizing Committee was

concerned that winds might be fickle

and made various contingency plans

for windless days. Happily their

concern proved to be groundless

with the forecast for each day

being 10 to 15-knot winds

from a little south of east:

close to ideal for these


The yachts and their skippers included a remarkable crosssection

of the local sailing scene.

MAGAYON a home built 26’ Wharram, was skippered by

Miriam Gummert who had recently sailed the boat solo

from Pandan Island to Puerto

Galera. SAVAGE: (Peter Waa)

- formerly Red Shift, has been

heavily modified and painted

black. “We’ve done 27 knots and

now we’re looking to do 30”.

PAPAYA II - formerly Raparee

XXX and now owned by Renie

Ticzon and Papaya Cove Haul

Out, was skippered by Garry an

ex-staff-member of the PGYC.

EMOCEAN I: the graceful Swan owned by Michael Raeuber

and Gundolf Ahrens brought an extra touch of class to

the Muelle Bay moorings. MAKANI LOA (Mike and Jam)

was back in Puerto Galera after an absence of a few years.

GUINEVERE II: PGYC’s club yacht crewed by local kids from

the Small Boat Program. FREEWHEELER with a doyen of

the Philippines sailing scene David Wheeler at the helm.

AMIHAN (Brian Richardson): last year’s All Souls Regatta

winner. PRINCESS ARIETA: (Dale Godkin) with her crew of

colorful and renowned party animals. EMOCEAN: skippered

by Chris Pooley the Commodore of the Aberdeen Boat Club.

ANTHEA (John Quirk): the 8 Meter grand dame of the local

racing fleet - 90 years old this year. IRRESISTABLE (Kevin

Moylan): back with a new owner and skippered by PGYC

Vice-Commodore Peter Stevens. SANTORINI: a visiting

cruising yacht, with Jason and Lee as joint skippers, joined

the regatta for the final day. SONIYA (Kareem Magill),

ZENITY (Darius Garcia). DANY II (Mel Smit): making a

welcome return to the PGYC racing scene. Sadly KERIDA

(Garry Kingshot) had to withdraw her entry before the

regatta due to problems with a leaking sail-drive.

In terms of continuity, at least

two of the entries, Rags and

Aragorn (or their skippers - Alan

Burrell and Gundolf Ahrens)

have taken part in every Easter

Regatta since 1991.

The location of the PGYC, whilst beautiful and wellsheltered,

imposes certain constraints on the organization


In the racing division

Irresistable took the gun

followed by Anthea, while

Rags and Emocean both

suffered gear failure.

of races. Restricted room for maneuvering, depth of water for

placing marks, and commercial traffic being just three. As a

result PGYC regatta organizing committees have experimented

with different race formats from time to time. These have

ranged from conventional all-together starts, through “turnon-first


pursuit races, to

time trials and

treasure hunts

involving multiple


resorts and much

beer drinking.

However over the

years a straightforward pursuit race with staggered starts has

proved the most successful and popular format and this year

it was decided that the races would again be run on this basis.

Day One

On the first day it has become almost traditional for all three

divisions (Cruising, Multihull and Racing) to race courses

round the islet of Chicken Feather and back to the finish line

off Haligi Beach. In the cruising division Aragorn romped

home followed by Princess Arieta and Neptunus III. Magayon

II came first in the multihull division followed by Soniya (who

would go on to dominate her class in the next two days).

In the racing division Irresistable took the gun followed by

Anthea, while Rags and Emocean both suffered gear failure.

This resulted in Rags failing to finish (she would acquit herself

on the following two days) and Emocean loosing places while

her crew fixed a problem with her steering gear.


Day Two

On the second day the race committee set two separate

courses. Cruisers and multihulls were to round a mark off

Verde Island and sail to the finish line, while the racing

division would round a mark off Small Tabinay and then

round the Verde Island mark and finish of Haligi Beach. Since

only racers would be rounding the mark at Small Tabinay


the course could be set with port hand rounding giving a

slightly shorter distance overall (multihulls find themselves

uncomfortably close to the beach if they have to leave ST

mark to port).

Again Aragorn came first in the cruising division with Soniya

leading the multihulls and Emocean I

winning the racing division.

Day Three

The third day being a Sunday, a

shorter course and earlier start times

were required to allow people to travel

to Manila ready to return to work on

Monday. A single short course was

set for all three divisions using the mark at Little Tabinay

with a starboard rounding. Freewheeler took the gun in the

cruising division, Soniya again won the multihull division

and Rags was first in the racing division.

Final Results

First place Cruising Division: Aragorn

First place Multihull Division: Soniya

Rather than a

traditional silver cup

the regatta prizes were

Mangyan basket-ware.

First place Racing Division: Anthea

Overall regatta winner: Soniya

Rather than a traditional silver cup the regatta prizes were

Mangyan basket-ware. Made locally by Mindoro’s indigenous

peoples, these offer a useful memento of the event and

benefit the local community.

As always PGYC’s F&B staff did a

splendid job catering to the hungry

and thirsty crews and Coco Band

provided easy listening until late on

Saturday evening.

The PGYC Easter Regatta 2019

was sponsored by the Philippine Retirement Authority.

Supporting sponsors were: Broadwater Marine, Chetz

Marine Supplies, Lane Records Management, Asian Tigers

Additional excitement was provided by the Royal Hong Kong

Yacht Club who, for the first time, made Puerto Galera the

finish for their bi-annual race to the Philippines. This year the

overall winner of the Hong Kong to Philippines race was Subic

Centennial 5, taking both line honors and first place in IRC.



Maritime P

There are 15 sea-based groups with their own culture

along the shorelines of the Philippines. In the far

north, the harsh environment around the rocky

Batanes islands sustains a fishing and seafaring

community. In the far south, the placid coral seas around

Sibutu islands at the southern tip of the Sulu archipelago

support another very different group dependent on the

sea for their livelihood and welfare - these are the Badjao,

which means ‘people of the sea’. The

128 Calamian Islands in the north

of Palawan, the Cuyo islands in the

north Sulu Sea, the Balabac islands

at Palawan’s base, and the remote

islands within the Sulu Sea are all areas

where vibrant maritime people eke out

a living and live their maritime lives.

At regular intervals within the 1.780

islands of Palawan, dotted around

the south coast of Mindanao and

throughout the Sulu archipelago with its 500 islands are

many more communities that are dependent on the marine

environment of this archipelagic state.

The pristine nature of

the marine environment

in this archipelago is

a jewel in the crown

of marine life, and

therefore a critical link

in its sustainability.

The marine bio-diversity within the waters of the

Philippines is quite remarkable. The southern half of these

islands have become known as part of the Sulu-Sulawesi

Marine Eco-region, which the World Wildlife Organization

has declared the most marine bio-diverse region on our

planet. It is quite clear that it is to the nursery status of

the coral carpet within these waters that the Philippines

owes its thousands of species of fish and other forms of

marine life. It is the connectivity of

these coral areas that allows nature

to reproduce and spread out into the

vastness of the Pacific Ocean and out

into the South China Sea. The pristine

nature of the marine environment in

this archipelago is a jewel in the crown

of marine life, and therefore a critical

link in its sustainability.

The declaration by the UN of the

Philippines as an Archipelagic State makes these islands a

definitive water country by essentially adding 48,000,000

hectares of waters to its jurisdiction. This gives a critical


Photographs as credited

View from Saluag Port

The The People, the the Preserv

Batanes fishermen

Donsol whale shark


ole to the Maritime and Ocean Affairs Centre (MOAC) of

the Department of Foreign Affairs. This office has a pivotal

role in managing, controlling and nurturing the marine

environment. After all this is a country where, for each one

part of land there are seven parts of water.

The coral carpet in these islands has been estimated to have

as many as 421 identified hard coral species in a worldwide

declared total of 577 coral species in an area of 26,000 square

kilometres. The Caribbean Sea by contrast has a total of only

65 hard coral species. Behind the coral in many areas are

the marine breeding grounds within the mangrove forests

and fringing mangrove corridors. The marine life amid this

remarkable environment is quite extraordinary, with some

2,700 fish species thriving in Philippine waters. 11 toothed

whales feed off the fish stock, while 5 baleen whales sift

plankton from these rich waters. Humpback whales frolic in

the waters around the Batanes islands, while whale sharks

cruise along the coast off Donsol in SW Luzon, off Bohol

and the SE coast of Cebu, as well as off the SE tip of Samar.

The many seagrass in certain areas sustain the dugongs

(seacows) that live around Palawan, along the southern

coastline of Mindanao and even seen as far north as Polillo

island off the east coast of Luzon. A combined number of

29 species of whales and dolphins have been spotted in

Philippine waters. Even an endemic one-toed otter lives in

Palawan adding uniqueness to this particular environment.

There is no doubt that the Philippines has inherited a

bountiful legacy of marine life and maritime wealth.

The protection of this diversity is in the hands of the future.

Nature has great powers of regeneration and adaptation,

but ultimately it is Mankind and population behaviour that

will determine the protection, the preservation and the

blossoming of these seas. The six dolphin species that thrive

around these islands will increase in numbers as mankind

enriches his understanding of the marine environment,

instigates sustainable systems, controls and methods, and

enforces them far and wide.

The eradication of destructive fishing methods is quite

obviously one of the keys in the struggle to harmonize

population livelihood with environmental preservation. The

trick is to substitute these methods with alternatives so


rvation and and the the Profit


Tubbataha reef in Sulu


Cuyo aerial view

Fish at Sulu Echo Marine Park

people can still gain a livelihood and are not forced into

further depredation. An intensive study has revealed

some critical statistics. In coral reef areas it is estimated

that non-tourism occupations can produce between

US$20,000 to US$150,000 per year from a single square

kilometre. However, when you bring

in the tourism-factor the spread

noticeably increases from between

US$23,000 to US$270,000 from

each accessible square kilometre.

The potential therefore to substitute

destructive fishing methods with

non-destructive methods, and to

supplement community incomes

by controlled tourist activities is

surely astronomical. Somewhere in

the middle of all this is the birth of a ‘water tourism’


There are two keys that will create this industry, without

which it will never happen. They are both critical and

basic requirements, and they will form the foundation of

the success of this venture. Only then will ‘water tourism’

flourish and coastal communities benefit from fresh

activities. These keys are security and infrastructure.

The perception of current insecurity in these magnificent

islands is the death knoll for many a great adventure.

The traveller has a fickle mind, and at the slightest hint

of danger this animal will divert plans and run away and

hide in another place. Rather like choosing a property,

where they say the key to purchasing is ‘location, location,

‘Water Tourism’ has the

possibilities of a very

bright future, and it is

already growing bit by

bit, but has never been

promoted as an industry in

its own right till recently.

location!’, when it comes to the traveller it is very much

‘security, security, security!’

Infrastructure is the other issue, although this is a

more ambiguous subject. The adventure traveller is

not necessarily in search of lavish

facilities, but every now and then

good roads, good communication,

good accommodation and good food

are reassuring attributes which nurture

peace of mind and the willingness to

stay longer and venture further. The

tourist however, as opposed to the

adventurer, is usually a beast that

depends on pristine infrastructure in

order to stand up to the perceived

rigours of a new and unfamiliar place. It is a dictating

factor, rather like the quandary between the chicken

and the egg (which came first?), without infrastructure

the traveller will not come, but without the traveller the

infrastructure will not materialise. But neither will take

place without security. These are prickly issues.

‘Water Tourism’ has the possibilities of a very bright future,

and it is already growing bit by bit, but has never been

promoted as an industry in its own right till recently. Only

as it gains recognition and only if the vitality of the coral

carpet is maintained and valued as a vital resource will it be

possible for the people to profit from sustainable progress.

It is exciting and enriching to know that conservation of the

maritime environment indeed has a future worth pursuing for

the progress of the people, the preservation and the profit.

Badjao Housing, Brgy. Buli-Buli, Sumisip. Basilan

Batanes Fisherman



Ocean Marina

Top of the Gulf



Founded in 2005, the 2019 Top of the Gulf Regatta

Presented by Ocean Marina will took place on 30th

April to 5th May 2019. Owned and organized by

Ocean Property, the regatta is hosted by Ocean

Marina Yacht Club with support from the Yacht Racing

Association of Thailand, Royal Thai Navy, Royal Varuna

Yacht Club and Pattaya City.

Words by


Photographs by GUY NOWELL

One slip early on

could cost a team a

place on the podium

and past winner Easy

Tiger V (AUS) know

this well.

The Top of the Gulf

Regatta Presented

by Ocean Marina is

unique: it is the largest

multi-class sailing

event of its kind in

Asia, incorporating

the Thailand Optimist

Open Championship,

the inaugural Thailand

S\V14 Para Sailing

Championship and is the only regatta in Thailand hosted at

a marina.

In recognition of the regatta’s success, Top of the Gulf

Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina claimed Silver for “Best

Amateur Sports Event of the Year in Thailand” at the 2016

Asian Sports Industry Awards, and was voted ‘Asian Regatta

of the Year’ at the 2014 Asian Marine & Boating Awards.

Australian sailors dominate on Day 1

PATTAYA, Thailand – The 15th Top of the Gulf Regatta

presented by Ocean Marina got off to a good start with a

solid 10 knots on the first day. This gave the Race Officer

confidence to set the fleet on a long distance race. But first

up was a windward/leeward for all the keelboat classes.

It was a lonely start for Team Hollywood (AUS) in IRC Racing

1 with fellow TP52, THA72, not making the start of the first

race. Not to be distracted from the task ahead, Ray Roberts

and crew zeroed in on the second race and get the better of

THA72 over distance, finishing the day with two bullets and

an early lead in the standings.

In what is often the most competitive class of the regatta,

for the one-design Platus every race counts. One slip early

on could cost a team a place on the podium and past winner

Easy Tiger V (AUS) know this well. A good start to their

campaign, but as Chris Way and his crew know only too

well there is a long way to go. Thai entries Pine Pacific and

YRAT rounded out the top three Edenko (FRA) got the

better of the multihulls today with a win in their single, long

distance race of the day, Dominique today, placing second

and third overall. Demachy and his crew are looking to go

one better this year. However, the ever-green Sonic (THA)

will be looking to make it as difficult as possible and defend

their title, despite a slow start today finishing third overall

behind Blade Runner IX (UK) in second.

The dinghy and Optimist fleets will join the fray tomorrow

and compete over four day series, and for the first time

Para Sailing will be part of the regatta with 14 Para Sailors


competing in seven of the new and exciting double-handed


Following a marathon day on-the-water yesterday for the

keelboats and multihulls, today’s 10 knots of breeze at start

time dropped off early on. Race Officer Jerry Rollin had

to settle with a single race, though managed to squeeze

in two races for the Platus which takes their series tally

to five after two days. Meanwhile the dinghy classes,

Optimists and Thailand S\V14 Para

Sailing Championship joined in, kicking

off their four-day series today, turning

the waters off Ocean Marina Yacht Club

into a festival of sail.

Keelboats and Multihulls

Ray Roberts and his crew on Team

Hollywood continued where they left

off in IRC Racing 1 yesterday with good

boat speed and slick crew work, leading

defending champions THA72 around the course and adding

a third bullet to their series tally in the process.

In IRC Racing 2 Fujin scored the daily double and at the same

time put their first win on the board. Hugh Halliburton’s

Tenacious weren’t far behind and placed second overall to

retain a slim one point margin in the overall standings. Thai

entry Lawana finished third on the day.

The Japanese team on Team Spray, led by Hiroshi Kurokawa,

found their groove today and beat all-comers in IRC Racing 3,

claiming their first win in the series so far. SailQuest Hi Jinks and

MoonShadow2 had to settle for second and third respectively.

In the Multihulls class, Blade Runner IX added their first

bullet and in the process they jump to the top of the

standings. Sonic (DNF) and Edenko (DSQ) had a tough day

in the office and look to re-group tomorrow.

Thailand S\V14 Para Sailing Championship

The introduction of Para Sailing to the regatta this year is

a Thailand first and fleet racing of the new two-handed S\

V14 dinghy is a world first. Seven teams hit the water today

and in the 10 knots of breeze at start

All the weather apps

forecasted light winds

dropping off in the

early afternoon for the

third and thankfully,

all were wrong.

time the fleet performed well. As the

wind softened towards the end of the

second race, the Race Officer had to

call it a day and send the fleet back

to shore.

Thai Para Sailors scored the early

wins with Paisol Pateh/ Mahseedi

Hadumor claiming two wins ahead

of fellow Thai sailors, Kasempon

Hondee/ Suraphong Chitkong who place second overall.

Thailand Optimist Open Championship

Split into Gold and Silver fleets, defending his 2018 regatta

crown is Thai youngster Panwa Boonak who got his series

off to the best of starts winning the only race of the day

in the Gold fleet. Fellow Thai National Team Sailor, Patihan

Vorrasart, was hot his heels placing second while Malaysian

youngster Wong Xiang scored third.

Thai sailors dominated the podium in the Silver fleet as Pitipoom

Jaroenpon finished 1st ahead of Amonwan Aphiwatudomkun

in 2nd and Klorkwan Visuttiprapanont in 3rd.

Easy Tiger V are building up a healthy lead at the top of the

Platu class with two more wins today. Meanwhile defending

champion Team View Point have recovered from a slowerthan-wanted

start on Day 1 and added two second places to

their score-line today. With that they improve their position

in the overall standings. Pine-Pacific placed third in the first

race while YRAT claimed third in the second race.

Dinghy Classes

Four dinghy classes started their series today: Class 8 (Single-

Handed Monohulls with RVYC rating 1110 or less), Class 9

(Single-Handed Monohulls with RVYC rating between 1111

and 1200), Class 10 (Single-Handed Monohulls with RVYC

rating greater than 1200), and Class 11, Double-Handed

Monohull Dinghies).


Two races were completed before the wind dropped. In Class 9,

Malaysian sailors performed best over today’s two races. All the

weather apps forecasted light winds dropping off in the early

afternoon for the third and thankfully, all were wrong. A solid

10-15 knots saw all 12 classes catching up on their respective

series and the Race Officers and their teams working double

time. Four races for the dinghy classes and the S\V14’s while

two or three for most of the others made for a busy day in

the Gulf of Thailand. Top that off with a sausage sizzle back

onshore and Day 3 was chalked up as a winner all round.

Keelboats and Multihulls

Two races for IRC Racing 1 and two more wins for Ray Roberts

and his crew on Team Hollywood (ex Provezza). The TP52 is

getting the better of defending champion THA72 (another

ex Provezza) which is being helmed by 2010 World Optimist

Champion, Noppakao Poonpat. However, on-the-water the

racing is close with THA72 getting the better of the start in

today’s first race and leading to the first kite drop. After which,

Team Hollywood managed to find extra boat speed and passed

them, holding on to claim the win. The racing is also getting

closer and closer in IRC Racing 2 with just seconds separating

Fujin and Tenacious in the second race today – 13 seconds on

corrected time to be precise. Fujin’s two wins today moves them

to the top of the standings, one point ahead of Tenacious with

Lawana sitting third overall. Team Spray and MoonShadow2

traded places in IRC 3 Racing, each claiming a first and second,

meanwhile SailQuest Hi Jinks is getting the better of Twilight

Sparkle and holding onto third overall. It was all change in the

Platu class today as places were shuffled at the top. After one

long race each day for the Multihulls so far, the Race Officer

decided it was time to double the effort and had the multihull

trio on a 2-hour-plus race followed by a quick 30-minute

round-the-cans. It was Bob Garner’s BladeRunnerIX who went

to the party with the bragging rights after claiming the win in

both races. Two second places for Sonic and two third places for

Edenko leaves the multihull overall standing in that order.

Four fast and furious races was the order of the day for the

Para Sailors and with the wind up, there was a shuffling of

places as five of the seven teams made the podium today.

An AP on shore delayed this morning’s start but the wait

wasn’t too long and just over an hour later the AP was down

and the sailors headed out to their rides for the final day of

racing. The delay was a good call, as come start time the

wind had picked up and was blowing a respectable 8-10

knots. It lasted through the afternoon and ensured all classes

got in a number of races on the final day and wrapped up a

successful series for all the classes.

Keelboats and Multihulls

IRC Racing 1 was already a foregone conclusion comes today

but it was great to see the two TP52s, Team Hollywood (AUS)

and THA72, out on-the-water and racing hard. Having been

a long-time supporter of the Top of the Gulf Regatta, Ray

Roberts brought his ‘new’ TP52 this year to take on Kevin

and Tom Whitcraft’s Thailand-based THA72. They finished

the series undefeated and in the process stopped THA72

from securing a third win in four years.

With a number of Thai ex national team sailors onboard

and 2010 World Optimist Champion Noppakao Poonpat at

the helm, THA72 have taken it upon themselves to support

local talent and are providing a much needed bridge from

dinghies to big boat racing for Thai sailors.


As the winds softened and the races got shorter in IRC Racing

2, Fujin (AUS) came into their own. They put together a

string of seven wins from the last seven races and with that,

won the class. Tenacious (AUS) performed better in the long

races at the beginning of the series, but

kept Fujin honest throughout, finishing

second overall ahead of Lawana (THA)

who claimed third on count back from

Ink Zone (AUS).

After a slow start to the series, Team

Spray (JPN) found their sweet spot

and strung together a series of firsts

and seconds, finishing today with a

1,2 scoreline and top the standings.

MoonShadow2 (GBR) enjoyed the stronger breeze earlier

on in the regatta and had to settle for second overall with

SailQuest Hi Jinks (USA) in third.

The Platu class traditionally delivers some of the closet

racing in the regatta, and this year did not disappoint with

just seconds the deciding factor in many of the races. Of

the 12 Platus competing this year six made the podium but

it was Chris Way’s Easy Tiger V who put in a dominating

performance finishing with six firsts and three second places

in the 12-race series to win by a whopping eight points.

They put together a

string of seven wins

from the last seven

races and with that,

won the class.

Last year’s winner, Team ViewPoint, placed second just two

points ahead of top Thai boat, Pine Pacific, skippered by

Ithinai Yingsiri.

A single race for the Multihulls and

another bullet for Bob Garner’s

BladeRunnerIX (GBR) saw them finish

their series with five wins from six races

and a comfortable class victory. Sonic

(THA) placed second overall with a

string of second places beating out the

French entry, Edenko.

Thailand S\V14 Para Sailing


Two races wrapped up a fun, and competitive four-day series

for the Para Sailing class and inaugural Thailand S\V14 Para

Sailing Championship. Paisol Pateh/ Mahseedi Hadumor

(THA) have barely put a foot wrong all regatta dropping their

final race score (a six) to finish top of the standings and 11

points clear of Kasempon Hondee/ Suraphong Chitkong

(THA) with Kristo Priks/ Peep Krusberg (EST) in 3rd. Finishing

strongly with a win in the final race of the series, Russel Vollmer

(RSA)/ Cherrie Pinpin (PHI) settled for 4th overall.

Thailand Optimist Open Championship

Known for the Optimist class and support of youth sailing in

Thailand, the 15th Top of the Gulf Regatta saw more than

80 youngsters split into Gold and Silver fleets, compete in

the new Thailand Optimist Open Championship. Four races

for both fleets turned the final day into a marathon and

resulted with all competing a 10-race series.


Losing his way a little in the middle of the regatta, Panwa

Boonak (THA) bounced back today with a 9 (his drop),

2,1,1 to win comfortably. Second place went to Bowonnan

Chanram (THA) who edged out M.L. Weka Bhanubandh by

a point, who had to settle for third overall.

In the Silver fleet, Pitipoom Jaroenpon (THA) dominated

with a 23 point winning margin from Supakan Kerdsakul

(THA) in second and Amonwan Aphiwatudomkun (THA)

just three points further back in third.

Dinghy Classes

Three races for all the dinghy classes (8, 9, 10, 11) today

wrapped up their series and in Class 8 a 1,3,2 on the final day

was enough for Albert Nazarov (RUS) to claim the title ahead

of Ralf Donner in second and Apichart Tongmak in third.

Ahmad Latif Khan B.Ali Sabri Khan (MAS) finished strong

in Class 9 with a 2,1,1 to take the title ahead of fellow

Malaysians Nur Shazrin Mohamad Latif in second and Israr

Hazim B.Ismail in third.

In Class 10, Patcharee Sringam (THA) carved out a three point

lead to claim class honours ahead of Mohammad Shahieran

Rin Raiman (MAS) in second and Eric Owen Tan Chang Fook

in third. Meanwhile in the double-handed dinghies (Class

11), the Thai duo of Jedtavee Yongyuennarn/ Chakkaphat

Wiriyakitti finished their series with a 2,1,2 which wasn’t

enough to overhaul the consistency of Muhammad Syafie

Bin Ali/ Ikrami Hakimin Bin Markham (MAS) who held

on for the class win. Fellow Malaysians, Muhammad Fauzi

Kaman Shah/ Omar Ac Faroue placed third.


Three races today completed the four-day series for the

windsurfers and Ahmad Danish Abdul Hadi Kame (MAS)

dominated RS:X, their only second place becoming their

drop race. Geh Cheow Lin (MAS) secured second ahead of

Nuur Fatin Solehah Binti Abdul Rahman (MAS) in third.

The RS:One class was similarly dominated by Ilham Bin

Wahab (MAS) who win seven of the eight races. Muhammad

Izzudin Bin Abdul Rani (MAS) finished his series in style

with a win in the final race to secure second place ahead of

Darron Chin Hui Jie (MAS) in third.

IOM RC Yachts

Twelve radio controlled yachts competed in the IOM

RC Yachts class at this year’s regatta and completed an

impressive 27 races over two days. With four discards

allowed, Dean Martin had the edge and finished with 73

points to top the standings and claim the winners prize.

Second place went to Kosit Kanithadis who won on count

back, tied on points with Waranan Yusanon who had to

settle for third place overall!




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But the annual regatta is more than a

race, according to Mayor Jose Espinosa

III before the competition started at the

shores of Arevalo district.

LOILO City – The 47th edition of the Paraw Regatta

attracted over 40 wind-propelled native sailboats

called paraw.

“We do this to enhance public awareness

on the importance of our seas. We

have to protect our marine

resources,” he stressed.

Participating paraws

raced against one

another on the Iloilo

Strait between this city

and the island province

of Guimaras.

Participating paraws raced against one

another on the Iloilo Strait between

this city and the island province

of Guimaras.

Espinosa said he wanted to make the city’s coastline

swimmable again with the support of the Department of

Environment and Natural Resources and other stakeholders.

Lawyer-environmentalist Antonio Oposa,

meanwhile, lauded the Ilonggos’ “culture

of the sea.”

Everyone gets involved with the Regatta

held at this time each year with some very

hefty cash prizes to be won. The Demetillo

family from Leganes dominated the A Class

sailing taking first and second in the main race as well as the

Slalom race the Wednesday before. Arguably the toughest

class, small boats in gusty and choppy conditions. I have

known the Demetillo family for some time. Ramon (Winnie’s

son) as a young lad, used to sail with Iloilo Sailing Club in

Optimists. He also did a stint of training with the Philippine


Jun Famur

Sea&Sail Iloilo Sailing

Champion (LD) of

Winnie Demetillo Sr.

Sailing Team at Subic and in Manila. Winnie Demetillo and his

family have cooperated with Iloilo Sailing and Iloilo’s Rotary

West for several years to provide a one day sailing experience,

dubbed ‘Sea and Sail, to children from remote mountain

areas of Panay. The Demetillo family bring the children sailing

in one of their paraws.

Paraw Regatta is

considered the oldest

“traditional craft event”

in Asia and the largest

sailing event in the


Dr. Ronald Raymond

Sebastian, president

of the Iloilo Paraw

Regatta Foundation

Inc. (IPRFI), said the

regatta could grow

even bigger.

The Regatta started on

the shores of Arevalo

district. Sailboats

negotiated the Iloilo Strait toward the Bundolan Point in Jordan,

Guimaras then back again to Arevalo.

Twelve entries were from Boracay Island in, Malay, Aklan,

according to Dr. Roberto Somosa, race director. The rest

were from the municipalities of Leganes and Oton in the

province of Iloilo; from Arevalo district of Iloilo City and

from Guimaras. Fifteen paraws joined Category A; 14 in

Category B; and 12 in Category C.


Paraw Regatta is considered the oldest “traditional craft

event” in Asia and the largest sailing event in the Philippines.

It was established more than four decades ago primarily to


preserve the paraw as a significant link to the earliest period

of Ilonggo history.

The paraw is a small boat with two stabilizers and was widely

used for travel and trade in the 1200s. Up to this day, it is

still being used as a means of transport as well a source of


The paraw is a strikingly fast boat, travelling at 10-15 knots

through the waves. It was the prototype that inspired

Westerners to develop the trimaran, the fastest sailboats

now on the planet. And of course one of the major highlights

of the regatta is the crowning of Miss Paraw Regatta, with

22 candidates vying for the crown this year it was won by 19

year old Gheneza Marie Mueller.

Winners of this year’s events received their awards at the

final ceremony and they were;


* 1st (P45,000 ) – LD owned by Wennie Demetillo Sr.

of Leganes, Iloilo

* 2nd (P27,000) – KD owned by Kiven De Asis

* 3rd (P16,200) – RD owned by Rogelio Gareza

* 4th (P9,000) – Ninia and Issiah owned by Hector Espinosa

* 5th (P8,100) – Ave Divine owned by Efren Aguirre

* 6th (P4,500) – Jen-Jen Owned by Cezar Espinosa

* 7th (P4,500) – Nes and Tats owned by Nestor Espinosa

* 8th (P4,500) – Kokoy Apo owned by Ariel Gad

* 9th (P4,500) – Aiya owned by Rogelio Gareza

* 10th (P3,600) – Wenwen owned by Winnie Salcedo


* 1st (P67,500) – Jolina owned by Reuven Tajanlangit of

Tigbauan, Iloilo

* 2nd (P45,000) – Kiss owned by Ricardo Gabales

* 3rd (P18,000) – Kristine and Kassie owned by Oscar


* 4th (P13,500) – Justine owned by Danny Diomon

* 5th (P10,800) – Discover owned by Paul Rembirt

* 6th (P7,2000 – Cutty Shark owned by Sinel Mike

* 7th (P6,300) – Jonelyn2 owned by Nelson Guzman

* 8th (P5,400) – Apo Tats owned by Cezar Espinosa

* 9th (P4,500) – Jofman V3-2 owned by Nicanor Gad

* 10th (P4,500) – owned by Alehandro Elemento


* 1st (P90,000) – Kim Aron owned by Efren Aguirre

of Boracay Island

* 2nd (P67,500) – Goodshot Baby owned by Rona Casidsid

* 3rd (P45,000) – Happy Hour owned by Ronel Cahilig

* 4th (P13,500) – Ashley owned by Teddy Belejerdo

* 5th (P11,700) – Consejo owned by Hector Espinosa

* 6th (P9,000) – Marjhonec owned by Hector Espinosa

* 7th (P8,100) – Cheryl owned by Fedrico Tantiado Jr.

* 8th (P7,100) – Happy Camper owned by Jeffe Magno

* 9th (P6,300) – Kudah owned by Alex Ascno

* 10th (P6,300) – RC Lourence owned by Reman Balidiong

Sea&Sail Iloilo Sailing

The Ms Paraw

Regatta 2019

Queen and


Jun Famur

Ms Paraw Regatta 2018 Keziah Bartolome

crowns Ms. Paraw Regatta 2019

Gheneza Marie M. Mueller as

1st Runner Up Ms. Elmarie

Dewara looks on


The Ms Paraw Regatta 2019

with Ms. Paraw Regatta 2018

Keziah Bartolome




6 - 8 Sep 2019

• New Product Showcase • Scuba Diving Seminar • Freediving Seminar

• Technical Diving Seminar • Underwater Photography Seminar

• Marine Conservation Seminar • Diving Destination Seminar

• 100 Star Underwater Photo Gallery • Underwater Vlog Competition

• Ocean Culture Fair • Kids Zone • Be an Ocean Saver Challenge

• Lucky Draw • Ocean Carnival



xciting Bicol is the slogan adopted by the Department

of Tourism Officer, Mr. Benjamin Santiago, Regional

Director of Region V and his staff. And after exposing

different parts of Bicol in past editions, one can

easily see why this is the case. Because every place you visit

in Bicol has another or different element of excitement!

The Bicol region known for its iconic sights such as the

Mayon volcano, pristine beaches and unspoilt landscapes

is one of best tourist destinations in driving distance from

Manila. Legazpi City the regional

capital and the provincial capital of

the province of Albay is a 10 to 12

hour drive from Manila. The road trip

though long is scenic if done by bus or

by car; the traveler can enjoy the sights

and the treats along the way. One can

also get there by airline. There used to

be a train service from Manila to Bicol

but it is no longer operation, in fact,

the famous Bicolano dish called the

“Bicolanos are very

much aware of value

of taking care the

environment, they are

very much aware of

the big picture.

“Bicol Express” gets its name from that locomotive service.

There has been news of reviving this rail service and have

it reach all the way to Sorsogon, the southernmost tip of

Luzon Island. The rehabilitation is expected to start this year

and will be complete by 2022. When complete it is expected

to significantly increase the tourism and improve the flow of

goods to and from the region.

Bicolanos are known for their environmental consciousness,

and this shows through in their surroundings, the streets

are clean and even a visit to a fish market

demonstrates this. Department of Tourism

Regional Director for the Bicol Region

Benjamin Santiago mentioned that

“Bicolanos are very much aware of value

of taking care the environment, they are

very much aware of the big picture. Clean

surroundings are not only aesthetically

pleasing and healthy it also attracts tourists

and investments into the area” Mr. Santiago


Words by


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with spicy food make sure to confirm if the food is not spicy

before partaking of the local delicacies.

Pili nuts sourced from the Pili tree grown abundantly in the

area and are endemic to the region, its a good source of

protein and fat and can be found in other countries in the

South Pacific, but Bicol is famous for it. Make sure to try

out the various delicacies derived from this unique tasting

nut. If you get them still in a shell, do not even try to crack

it using a door jamb. Its shell is so dense that it will most

probably break the door.

Sights in Albay


To get the most of the Bicol experience Tourists and first

time visitors to Legazpi and other areas in Region five. It is

recommended that they drop by the local government tourism

office or the department of tourism regional offices. Drop

by these places to get contact numbers of essential helpful

personnel, as well as brochures, guide books and assorted

literature on assorted destinations in the area. One such

booklet is the Albay Visa, prepared by the

Albay Provincial Tourism Culture and Arts

Office (PTCAO). The Visa is packed with

essential information for visitors to enjoy

the most of their visit to this fine province.

Bicol is famous for their spicy food, the

locals love it, so much so that even their

ice cream is has heat built in through chili

peppers. If your palate is not compatible

The locals love

spicy food, so much

so that even their

ice cream has heat

built in through

chili peppers.

Legazpi is a tourist friendly town and the locals appreciate

the extra business that tourism provides their province. Local

visitors need not worry about learning to speak the local

dialect as Bicolanos generally understand and speak Tagalog

and English. Legazpi city is a place of historical significance

and is generally well preserved relative to the capital of

Manila and many historical buildings have been around for

decades several even before the second world war.

The Cagsawa ruins is always a popular first stop for tourists in

Legazpi, not only does it provide a great view of the Mayon

volcano, it is also one of the best places

for a photo opportunity. One word that

describes the site is “iconic” when the sun

is out and the volcano is not obscured by

cloud cover, tourists can be found taking

turns striking a pose with the old bell tower

and Mayon volcano in the background. The

ruins have stood for almost two centuries

as a symbol of the Bicol landscape, rich

history and the Bicolano’s strength and




resiliency to face and rise from the ravages of Mother Nature.

Folklore states that Kagsaw was derived from the word “KAG”

meaning owner and “SAWA£ meaning python. Kagsawa can

also mean excesses or too much. The Eruption on February 1st

1814 was seen as a divine justice for overindulgence. Recorded

as the worst eruption of Mt. Mayon it’s flowing lava killing

over 1,200 people who took refuge in the church which was

engulfed with lava. Today only the Church Belfry remains as a

grim reminder of these past events, standing

among the giant stones spewed out by Mt.

Mayon. Now called Cagsawa, it is managed

by the Daraga Municipal Government , and

now boasts a swimming pool where visitors

can laze around and gaze at the majestic

vista of Mt Mayon.

Mayon skyline view deck

Relaxing with the awesome and the undoubtedly breathtaking

view of Mayon Volcano in front of you and a cool

breeze blowing in your face is one of the most relaxing

things to do in exciting Bicol. No one ever gets tired of

viewing the Mayon volcano. Being so majestically beautiful!

Albay is so fortunate to have such attraction that’s why it is

visited by so many tourists. So if you are planning to have

a vacation in this province, there’s one spot that will let you

do this kind of experience.

The Eruption on

February 1st 1814

was seen as a

divine justice for


Mayon Skyline View Deck, formerly known as Mayon Rest

house, is a recreational area and is one of the prime tourist

attractions in Albay. It is located at the east of Mayon Volcano

halfway from its peak. To get into the view deck, tourists


have to pass through the intestine-like road upward. It has

a lot of curves which is the typical of Philippine mountain

roads. But along these curves, you can see that Mayon is

already peeping! It’s the ideal location for visitors to get a

closer look of the perfect cone of this awesome volcano. Try

not to arrive at the view deck when the cone of Mayon is

hiding behind the clouds. The best times are usually about

6am or 6pm where she is usually at her majestic best. But in

the situation when the volcano is not in the

mood to meet its fans, the Mayon Skyline

still ensures that its guests will still have a

great time with other majestic scenery that

can be seen and photographed. On the

other side of the area, there are panoramic

views of the Pacific Ocean, the mountains

of Masaraga and Malinao and some towns

of Albay. There are numerous gazebos

where tourist can stay for a while, relaxing

and enjoying a drink and a snack.

Legazpi Boulevard /Boardwalk

One of the newly developed scenic destinations in Legazpi

City is the Legazpi Boulevard on the eastern side of the city.

It provides a great sunrise view especially for those who go

for their morning jog and bicycle rides. Restaurants and bars

and landscaping in the area is currently being developed in

the area, the sites holds a lot of promise and is the venue for

athletic events such as triathlons and regattas.

Ligñon Hill is another tourist destination that gives a

breathtaking view of Mt. Mayon and the city of Legazpi,

the location is popular with Television crews covering the

occasional seismic activity of the volcano. Ligñon Hill is located

beside the Legazpi Airport and it provides a nice view of the

runway and airliners coming in to land and take off. The hill is

also a location of a World War-2 tunnel made by the Japanese

to store supplies and hide out from American forces who were

liberating the Philippines from Japanese occupation. Near

the WW2 Tunnel is a Japanese Zero Fighter memorial newly

developed by the City Government of Legazpi.

Vera Falls

Located in the Municipality of Malinao in Tabaco City, Albay,

Vera Falls is a refreshing place to visit. Water from several

tributaries on Mt. Malinao and natural springs provide Vera

falls with cool, clean water that visitors can enjoy to cool off

from sweltering summer sun. From the falls, visitors can even

enjoy a guided inner tube ride down the rapids emanating

from the falls.

Mount Masaraga

Located in Ligao, Albay, together with Mt. Manilao and Mt.

Mayon are the triumvirate of mountains of Albay. With Mayon

being the tallest and most iconic. Mt. Masaraga has a nice

campsite for visitors who like to be one with nature, either

through bird watching, mountaineering, spelunking or just

enjoying the sights of Bicol. For those without a tent, there’s a

single cottage that 4 to 6 people can occupy.

Quituinan Hill

Located in the municipality of Camalig is Quituinan Hill, another

site in Albay where television crews set up their cameras during

potential eruptions. The hill gives a commanding view of Mt.

Mayon with little foot traffic and is located in an area with

good mobile data connectivity because of its proximity to

cellular towers. Horseback riding and All terrain vehicle rides

are offered here as well as a tour of caves that Japanese used

to store ammunition for artillery batteries during WW2.

Sumilang Lake

While in Camalig, Albay families and tour groups can drop by

Sumilang Lake for a quiet picnic on the water on large bamboo

rafts meals and refreshments such as pili and sili ice cream are

available at several restaurants and refreshment stands on the

lake shore.

All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) trails

For those looking for a powered way to enjoy the sites around

Mayon Volcano and Albay, there are three ATV trails recognized

by the local tourism office, the first one is located near the

Cagsawa Ruins in Daraga, the next one is Pawa, Legazpi and


it’s a 400 meter trek uphill to the top and it’s best to wear

rubber shoes. There are refreshment stands on route to

the top as well as the summit to quench the thirst of the

weary hiker. There are also a small selection of restaurants

waiting at the bottom of the hill for non trekkers to wait, or

for trekkers to fill themselves up with local delicacies after

their trek down from the hill. Located beside the Kawakawa

hill is the bamboo setum, where more than 20 species

of bamboo are planted for harvesting for use in making

furniture, handicrafts and useful items. Other attractions

by the bamboo setum is a bamboo bridge, lovers hill and a

sunflower garden.

On the Water

the third one is in Sto. Domingo. The three sites each have

different trails and offer unique perspectives of the scenery.

The trails have varied lengths and levels to suit beginner to

advanced trail riders.


Kawa-kawa Hill Park

Located in Ligao City, Albay, Kawakawa

Hill Park has several attractions

and is considered by Catholics as a

pilgrimage site. The Divine Mercy

Monastery Church is on the base of

the hill and provide parking for those

with vehicles. One such attraction is the life-sized last

supper statue on the base of Kawa-kawa hill, known as the

hill without a hill-top because of its cauldron shaped top.

The word “kawa” in Filipino means big kettle or cauldron.

Stations of the Cross are placed on the path to the top,

Kawa-kawa hill

is known as the

hill without a hilltop

because of its

cauldron shaped top.

The Albay gulf has several dive sites and marine sanctuaries

cared for and watched over by the Integrated Coastal Resource

Management office of Legazpi City, a group tasked with

safeguarding the city’s aquatic and coastal resources. Among

their initiatives are assisting locals in planting seaweed

and kelp as a livelihood and planting

mangroves select areas around the

Albay gulf. One such area we visited

was the Dawitan River. Several species

of mangroves were planted in the area

several years ago and are propagating

well. Mangroves area ideal places for

fish to spawn, helping ensure that

the marine resources in the area are

sustained for generations to come.

The Integrated Coastal Resource Management Office is

located on the Legazpi Boardwalk, Mr. Rhoneil Esteves a

marine eco-diver, gave us a tour of the river and told us



Although we know these places exist, most of us probably

haven’t set foot in one them or even seen them, but we

know what they are, where they are, and why they are wellknown.

The name is so powerful and established enough to

push the place to the top of our respective bucket lists.

One of the better ones that comes to mind is Misibis Bay.

Even local tourists who haven’t been to the Bicol region are

aware that this 5-hectare island resort exists. And for the

overseas visitor, looking to enjoy the best the Philippines

has to offer should be made aware of this resort, because

Misibis Bay has become an icon in Albay, not only just a

resort, but as a destination to be thoroughly enjoyed by

young and old alike. A tropical getaway sitting on Cagraray

Island in Albay, 500 meters from Cagraray Eco-Park and

forty km from Albay, Misibis Bay boasts of an outdoor pool,

a spa and wellness facility, and a private beach area.

of their efforts to protect the environment for future

generations. Being a diver, Mr. Esteves knows all the dive

sites in an around the Albay gulf.

Misibis Bay

You can count on one hand the

number of island resorts situated in

the Philippines that can lay claim to

being something out of the ordinary.

Where, the name of the resort is enough to trigger an endless

succession of images of a luxurious paradise in our minds.


The name of the resort

is enough to trigger an

endless succession of

images of a luxurious

paradise in our minds.

Combining traditional local designs with modern amenities,

each room at Misibis Bay has air conditioning and comes

with an LCD cable TV, a DVD player, and a safety deposit

box, as well as coffee making facilities. The ensuite bathroom

comes with a hairdryer and free toiletries and some of the

rooms are fitted with a bathtub. For

that special meal and Inspired by local

flavours, Spice Market offers a variety

of Asian and international favorites.

Sula serves a wide selection of wines

and spirits as well as snacks while inroom

dining and room service is also

available. There is also a gym to help

keep those fitness levels up. For an

early morning adrenaline rush, try out

Misibis Bay’s unique ATV adventure. Just before the break

of dawn, you get on an ATV and ride out of the resort where



Aniao Islets


your guide takes you up a hill so you can watch the sun rise

above Cagraray Island on one side and have a glimpse of the

Mayon Volcano on the other side, all while you enjoy a cup

of coffee and some freshly baked bread. This is just another

amazing way to start your day.

Just remember one thing, Misibis Bay

is not for budget minded traveller or

backpacker. Like many other exclusive

resorts in the Philippines, Misibis Bay

caters to those tourists who want to be

pampered in luxury. One thing that is very

noticeable at this resort is the pride the

staff takes in their caring and attentive service, along with

the well-appointed rooms, and secluded location, all these

Misibis Bay caters

to those tourists

who want to be

pampered in luxury.

come at a price. But one thing that doesn’t get highlighted

enough about Misibis Bay Resort is the range of activities

than guests can do during their stay at this magical place.

There are any number of watersports to be enjoyed by the

guests like sailing, Jet skiing, Banana Boat

Rides, Windsurfing, diving, swimming,

snorkelling, hiking, parasailing are just a

few of the fun activities in store for you.

Sailboats available are two Hobie Getaways

that can take up to 5 passengers, they also

have stand up paddle boards that guest

can use. Guests can also relax at one of

two pools while sipping your favourite

drink, forgetting the rest of the world exists while you take

time out away from the hustle and bustle of suburban life.

So if you’ve been dreaming of experiencing the luxury and

pampering that Misibis Bay has to offer, then now is the

time to do it.


Cagraray Echo Park

Misibis Bay lies in the shadow of Cagraray Eco-Park, which

makes it easily accessible from the resort. A van tour would

take you to the Amphitheatre, the chapel, a hanging bridge,

and zipline area. There are many vantage points along the

way that will give you an awesome view of the bay.

Another adrenaline rush that is quite exciting is riding the

luge down the eco-park paved way. They use the street

luge, which is like a wheeled sled that you can ride down a

slope. It’s a great and exciting way to spend time with family

and friends.



Places to Eat

The flavors of Bicol are unique to the Philippines; no other

province loves spicy food more than Bicolanos. One popular

dish from the area is a pork dish flavored with coconut

milk, fermented shrimp and lots of chilies, the dish is called

Bicol Express, named after the train service that used to run

through the province.

One of the most iconic places to eat in Bicol for tourists and

locals is the 1st Colonial Grill. It’s an iconic landmark known

for their Bicolano dishes and Sili (chili) ice scream. It has

a few branches in Legazpi, two in Naga, one in Sorsogon

and even in Metro Manila. One dish worth recommending

is Bahay Kubo a vegetable salad with all the vegetables in

the lyrics of the classic folk song. For desert you can try

their homemade ice cream made from local indigenous

ingredients such as pili nut, malunggay, kalamansi or if

you’re feeling adventurous try the level - 4 Sili ice cream.


Rizal st. in Legazpi runs to through the Central Business

District of Legazpi this means some of the best restaurants

in the City can be found here, one

favorite hangout of the locals is a

Bicolano fusion restaurant called the

Small Talk Cafe’ where the flavors of

Bicol merge with classic Italian staples

such as pasta and calzone. The simple

family owned operation ensures the

qualities of ingredients are put in

every dish.

Across Rizal street from Small Talk Cafe’

is Bob Marlin Restaurant it has its roots in Naga, Camarines

Sur where it’s practically an institution known for their tasty

crispy-pata and other classic Filipino and Bicolano dishes.

Camarines Norte, Daet and Mercedes Group of Islands

The Province of Camarines Norte is the northernmost

province of Region V or the Bicol region, unlike most

provinces of the Philippines; Camarines Norte does not

have any cities. Its provincial capital Daet is a first class

municipality with a population of a little over 100,000,.

Some of the areas of the province are Tagalog speaking while

the rest are Bicolano speaking. But domestic tourists visiting

Camarines Norte don’t need to brush up on the Bicolano as

all the locals speak Tagalog fairly well. Like most areas of the

Philippines, the province is fairly laid back and the people

hospitable and accommodating.

Bantayog Festival

The dish is called Bicol

Express, named after

the train service that

used to run through

the province.

Held each year in April has been running for 99 years with

the year 2020 it will celebrate 100 years.

Active Boating and Watersports

Magazine was invited to visit Camarines

Norte for the 99th Bantayog Festival

commemorating the establishment of

the first ever monument dedicated

to Jose Rizal the Philippines’ national

hero, it was erected in the Daet town

plaza in 1920, and the festival also

coincides with the foundation day of

the Province of Camarines Norte.

This year, as one of the events of the Bantayog Festival,

the provincial government inaugurated the Corazon C.

Aquino Boulevard, a 5 kilometer coastal road running from

Mercedes all the way to Bagasbas beach. The infrastructure


work is complete and all that is left to do is the landscaping

and once done, it will be one of the longest boulevards in

the country. Features that will not doubt attract visitors and

investors to the area

The provincial

and help bring about

the cityhood of Daet.


inaugurated the

To get the most of

the Daet experience,

Corazon C. Aquino

we recommend

Boulevard, a 5 km.

coordinating with the

coastal road.

Provincial Tourism

Office, just across

the street from the

hundred year old Rizal Monument. Bong Palma, the

provincial tourism officer and his staff will be happy to hook

you up with the right guides and transport operators to

maximize the experience.


Daet is known as a jump-off point to several island

destinations such as Calaguas Island and the Mercedes

group of Islands. Calaguas is known to be an island paradise

and one of the best places to for a tropical island jaunt.

Bagasbas beach a long strip of white sand beaches is a major

tourist attraction in Daet. Visitors can enjoy skim-boarding

as well as kitesurfing or just laying out on the beach’s

fine white sand or even having a good meal hotels and

restaurants in the area. Places like the Bagasbas Lighthouse

and Catherine’s.

The town of Mercedes is 4km away from Daet and is the

area’s main fish port, residents of Mercedes are very much

aware of maintaining the viability of the marine ecosystem

as the economy of Mercedes relies primarily on products

from it. If you’re a fan of seafood this is the place to go, you

can buy fresh seafood from the market and have one of the

nearby restaurants cook the dish in their special Bicolano

way. The Mercedes fish port is also the take off point

if going island hopping to the 7 islands in the Mercedes

group. A banka charter will set you back 2500 to 3000 for a

whole day tour of the Mercedes islands, one banca can carry

4 to 8 people.

Canimog Island is the biggest in the group but it’s generally

uninhabited. The northwest side of the Island has a

lighthouse the only man made-structure on the island,

erected in 1927 and is believed to be one of the first in the

area. It’s fairly easy to get to the lighthouse, there’s a paved

path and a stairs from the landing area on the western side

of the island all the way up to the site. The lighthouse is

primarily used by fishermen coming back to Mercedes from



the Pacific. On the southern end of the island is a stretch of

white sand beach that faces the other islands in the chain,

a short stroll to the south eastern side of the island will lead

you to some rock formations and if the tides are right you’ll

notice tidal pools form between them, with

crystal clear water.

The twin islands of Apuao, Apuao Grande

and Apuao Pequeña are linked by a sandbar

and each have their own attractions; the

bigger island has caves formed by the waves,

while the smaller Pequeña has pine trees and

is a fruit bat sanctuary and a view deck on

the north side of the island with an amazing view, the view

deck is accessible by a short 15 minute trek from the beach.

Quinapagian Island is one of the flatter islands in the

Mercedes chain is best visited during high tide as the it does

get fairly shallow and some of the bigger bancas can run

aground, there is one resort on the island for those who

wish to stay overnight, Mi Amor Resort is rustic and simple

and is managed by the Amores family.

The twin islands

of Apuao, Apuao

Grande and Apuao

Pequeña are linked

by a sandbar.

The Island of Caringo one of the few

populated islands in the Mercedes

group is a popular destination among

backpackers because of homestay

options on the island and the lovely

white sand beaches maintained by

the residents of the island. It is

recommended to put a day of Island

hopping at Mercedes on your bucket list of things to do.

How to get there

Flying; Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Cebco operate

a number of flights daily from Manila. By Bus, There

are a number of bus companies like Amihan, DLBT and

Philtranco, just to name a few that operate up to eight

regular daily services to Legazpi. Fares range from about

P800 and traveling time is 9 to 11 hours depending on

traffic conditions. By Car the trip usually takes approx. eight

to nine hours and the distance is 500 klm.

Places to stay


The City of Legazpi and the province of Albay offer many

options for accommodations for all sorts of travelers, from

hotel you’re staying in. The rooms are fairly comfortable

with all the comforts you can expect from a professionally

run hotel. While in Daet there are some very good budget

priced hotels like the Pineapple Resort Hotel, Caluguas

Gateway and Prime Suites, or if you wish to stay out at the

beach The Bagasbas Lighthouse Beach Resort would be the

pick in that area.

students, to backpackers to businessmen and even families

on holiday enjoying the sensual pleasures the province has

to offer. A simple internet search or query through the local

tourism office will get you all the options.

While we were in Legazpi we stayed at the Oriental Hotel

Legazpi, perched on top of hill in the heart of the city it

gives a commanding view of Legazpi all the way to Albay

gulf or Mayon volcano depending on which side of the

Active Boating and Watersports would like to thank DOT

Regional Director Mr. Benjamin Santiago, Tourism Officer

Joseph Trilles, Roel B Llarena from PTCAO, Mark Esplana

and Jay-r Garalde Legazpi Tourism Office, Agapita S Pacres

City Tourism Officer, Hon. Noel S Rojal City Mayor, Dorothy

F Colle PTCAO Department Head, Maryann Colle PTCAO,

Jed L Villanueva Camalig Tourism Officer, Rose Ann B

Mostaza Camalig Tourism Staff, Angela Pacres Tourism

Officer Daraga, Mr. Rhonel T. Esteves from the Integrated

Coastal Resource Management, Bong Palma and Myrna

Gobrin from Daet Provisional Tourism for their support and

assistance in preparing this feature.

Misibis Bay



Map of Albay



Making Sailors That


ROY ESPIRITU Photographs as Credited


Launching the Balangay Marina Sailing and Yacht Club


hat started as quick after church chats about

the Balangay boats between two friends Justin

Dominic Robles and Capt. Gilbert Maturan a year

ago has grown into a movement much greater

than themselves. Here is the background of their story on how

they established and launched the Balangay Marina Sailing and

Yacht Club and then some.

Being in an archipelago of 7107 islands,

it’s no surprise that early Filipinos were

truly a people of the sea. As most

settlements were in coastal villages or near

rivers, boats were linked to many aspects

of Filipino life such fishing, trade, warfare,

travel, communication and dwelling. The

Barangay, the smallest administrative

unit of government in the country today

is supposedly derived from the word

Balangay, our country’s national boat.

These lessons will

help them become

well rounded seafarers

and eventually

future leaders in the

shipping industry.

due to the shortage of experienced sailors, only seven made

it to the water. Despite that, the colorful sails and painted

hulls made for an amazing sailing extravaganza the region

hasn’t seen since the use of engines for boat propulsion.

Unlike previous FBWs where families and groups assemble

and finish boats in three days from prefabricated kits, this

time, majority of the work from prefabrication,assembly

and finishing were

done by SJIT-SMET cadets, with brunt

of the work done by Teekay scholars

supervised by PHBYC instructors. With

cadets having full participation in the build

of boats they will be using for sail training

and racing; should anything happen to the

boat while out sailing they would know

what they need to do to get it sailing again,

developing seamanship skills that will be

useful in their future maritime careers.

In 2010, Replicas of the Balangay boats embarked on a

17-month expedition which took the voyage team all over

Southeast Asia. They braved stormy seas and intense heat,

their only reward was seeing the excitement and smiles of the

children they have inspired, greeting them as they come in to

their ports of call. This rekindled a sense of pride for Filipino

maritime history that has otherwise been long forgotten. This is

the Revival of the Lost Sailing Culture.


Balangay Marina Sailing and Yacht Club (BMSYC)

The BMSYC started as an initiative to revive a lost sailing

culture and promote the maritime history and heritage from

the grassroots level up. The Balangay Marina Sailing and

Yacht Club (BMSYC) was launched with a Family Boatbuilding

Weekend (FBW) on May 23-26, 2019 at the Saint Joseph

Institute of Technology-Maritime Education and Training

(SJIT-SMET) Cubi Cubi Campus, a maritime academy in

Nasipit, a small town just outside of Butuan City. The event

was a collaboration with the Philippine Home Boatbuilders

Yacht Club (PHBYC) and SJIT-SMET, supported by Hyde

Sails, Pioneer Adhesives, Broadwater Marine, Polymer

Products, Duckworks Boat Builders’ Supply along with

the Teekay Foundation cadets under their Future Leaders

Program. Helping out are members from Taal Lake Yacht

Club, Subic Bay Yacht Club and SAGS Subic Sailing and the

Balangay Voyage/Philippine Mt. Everest Expedition Team

BMSYC’s boat building activity was planned to be the biggest

FBW ever. PHBYC organized five FBWs with the Oz Goose

before, but it has always been no more than 10 boats at a time.

For this event, parts for 20 boats were ordered by BMSYC’s

proponents,; however, due to unexpected manpower and

logistics issues during the 2-week pre-fabrication and

assembly period, only 10 of the boats were completed; and

Invited guests from around the country were amazed at the

energy and enthusiasm of the cadets who were enjoying the

fruits of their labor, PHBYC instructors were equally amazed

on the profound effect of the event on the cadets, “You

could feel the excitement in the air when the boats were

carried to the beach.” said Paulo Topacio an Oz Goose sailor

of PHBYC. Dr. Leticia Salas, President and CEO of SJIT was

equally enthused during the ceremonial drizzling of libation

on the fleet prior to their maiden sail. This coming school

year, SJIT-SMET Physical Education (PE) classes will involve

sailing, a first in the country.

The Oz Goose the simplest and most affordable one-design

sailing dinghy in frequent use in the Philippines. The choice of

the Oz Goose was because of inclusivity, removing the false

notion that sailing as a sport is limited to only the wealthy.

Sailing should be accessible and open to everyone. A popular

pitch among the sailing community is that the Oz Goose is a

boat you can own for less than the price of an iPhone.

The initial advocacy remains at the core of the project,

promoting sailing as a means of preserving the Philippines’

rich maritime culture, history and heritage. They hope to

achieve this by becoming a bridge linking our seafaring past

with our modern maritime industry. The group will be based

out of the SJIT-SMET Campus. The school is a modern, world

class maritime academy. Justin Dominic Robles is appreciative

of the partnership with SJIT, “We are privileged to be able

to work with them hand in hand to implement our vision of

reviving the lost sailing culture” Justin said.

As an educational tool, BMSYC wants to promote sailing

as a means of enhancing the skills and quality of maritime

students through experiential learning. According to Capt.

Maturan of BMSYC “Although sailing is currently not an

academic requirement in the maritime industry, it would be


of great benefit if students can learn to understand and take

advantage of the forces of nature, the wind, the waves, the

currents and how they can be harnessed to power a craft.

With this knowledge ingrained into them, they will become

better seafarers more attuned to their environment.”

“By gaining practical experience in

boatbuilding, maintenance and fleet

management, the students will become

more accustomed to tasks they will

eventually be doing anyway as professionals.

These lessons will help them become well

rounded seafarers and eventually future

leaders in the shipping industry except they

are now equipped with a deeper connection

and appreciation of their history, culture and heritage knowing

that being in the sea is in their blood, it is part of who they are

as a people.” Capt. Maturan added.

Sailing in the recreational or competitive yachting circle can even

become a viable career option not only for maritime graduates

but also for athletes. Demand for experienced crew members

is very high globally. In fact a common challenge among local

yacht racing teams constantly has to look for crews because

experienced sailors are often being pirated by teams from

abroad. The demand is also great for coaches and instructors

who teach sailing to students, some as young as 5 years old

to become competitive sailors when they get older. Also, by

teaching sailing to young children in the local community.

Relative to its neighbors, the Philippines has been lagging

behind as a recreational boating destination despite being a

tropical archipelago. It has some of the most beautiful islands

in the world and year round sailing conditions yet very low

Teaching sailing will

help students become

more sensitive to issues

and provide them an

avenue to implement

necessary actions.

representation in the industry. The lack of general knowledge,

interest and infrastructure has held it back immensely. Being

that Butuan is the historical home of the Balangay gives it a

special claim for becoming a hub for a cultural maritime revival.

BMSYC is blessed to be near Nasipit town’s deep water

harbour which can provide protected mooring for vessels

year round. In the near future, they hope to develop the

surrounding community to becoming an essential partner in

their long term vision by developing a marina in the harbour.

This has the potential to uplift the local community which

can provide skilled labour for boat maintenance and repair.

BMSYC hopes to promote the region as a hub for sailing and

recreational boating in the Northern corridor of Mindanao

which is currently devoid any organized sailing activities.

Environmentally, BMSYC aims to teach sailing to students

as a means of looking forward and preparing them for

a more sustainable and ecologically

friendly shipping industry. As it is the The

International Maritime Organization has

pledged to reduce carbon emissions from

shipping by at least 50% by 2050, in fact,

several companies have event pledged to

becoming carbon neutral by that time.

Sailing as an outdoor activity is centered on

the environment. It is an effective platform

for promoting environmental awareness in the fight against the

issues of climate change and plastic waste polluting our oceans.

Environmentalism is a global cause that unites everyone.

Teaching sailing will help students become more sensitive to

these issues and their future positions in the maritime industry

will provide them an avenue to implement necessary actions.

BMSYC hopes that this program can benefit the community as

a whole and encourages others to join, support, recommend

ways to improve and eventually even replicate elsewhere in

the country to spread the advocacy of sailing and the ancient

Filipino maritime culture of our forefathers allowing it to live

on in the hearts and mind of every Filipino.



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Aqua Planet Waterpark would have to be the

biggest waterpark in the Philippines and also one

the biggest in Asia. For one who loves having

fun in the water, I cannot think of better way

to beat the heat this summer than spending a day at the

Waterpark, and those who love water slides, rides and lots

of fun keeping cool, definitely would not want to miss this.

The Park is Located just two hours’ drive from Metro Manila,

making it a great day trip with the family!

With over 38 slides & attractions available spread over ten

hectares that are surrounded by lush tropical scenery; be ready

for a full day of relaxing yet satisfying experience this summer.

On Arrival at Aqua Planet you are fitted with an electronic

wrist band this is your entrance ticket, and as there is a

cashless policy at the waterpark you can load your wristband

with some cash to make purchases inside the park of


souvenirs, drinks and food, or you may prefer to use your

credit or ATM card. There are shaded tables and chairs or if

you prefer you can rent a cabana that will accommodate up

to 25 people; these are equipped with an electronic safe to

protect your valuables while you are thoroughly enjoying the

attractions on offer. If you have little ones then you should

opt for the Bubblies Cabanas E-H as these are nearest to the

kiddie area, allowing you to rest while still keeping an eye

on the little ones.

The experience at the waterpark is unbelievable and a body

should try everything possible while at the park. To whet

your appetite, here is some of what is on offer.

The Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is a four person ride that the whole family can

enjoy together! This unique ride is best described as being in

the spin cycle of a washing machine which comes pretty close


to describing this exhilarating experience. The spiral tubes

will have you swinging from side to side before splashing

down into the catch pool with excitement and style.

The Wave Pool

To enjoy the waves of the beach without the hot sand, head on

over to the Wave Pool for a splashing good time. Grab a life jacket

and head on in where you’ll be blown away by the 8 different

types of waves. There is even a huge LCD screen in front where

you’ll get to catch yourselves in action. You can also try boogie

boarding in the Boogie Bay. If you have always wanted to try this

but a mite cautious of the unpredictable ocean, then you can try

it here in complete safety to double you fun.

The Tornado

Voted as one of the most popular rides at the park, the

tornado, with its many twists and turns The ride takes four

people at a time so it can also be where the whole family

enjoys the experience as one. The tornado is a really intense

ride – arguably the most intense in the entire park! It’s a

long slide filled with twists and turns that make you feel as

if you’re in a tornado and then when you’re done slipping

down the slide, it shocks you with a sudden drop into the

pool. Remember there is a minimum of 4 people that can

ride on the tornado at one time, so you must be a group of 4

persons in order to do a round. If you’re less than that, then

you better hope another group comes around to join you – if

not then you’ll have to wait. If you’re only 3, then if available

one of the staff can accompany you.

The Spiral Slide

This is a great warm up ride to prepare you for the rest of

the bigger and more exciting rides. You can speed through

the loops encountering all the twists and turns that will slow

you down then almost instantaneously sped you up again

for another exhilarating experience.


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Wave Rider or Lazy Pool

Need to chill out for a while and just relax after all the stair

climbing to get to the top of some rides; the Wave Rider is

the best place to do that chilling out. Just grab a floating

ring sit back and relax as you are taken through the park

floating on one of the


It’s a long slide filled

with twists and turns

as if you’re in a tornado

and then it shocks you

with a sudden drop

into the pool.

Octopus Racer

Octopus Racers is best

ridden if you’re in a

group of to race but

solo riders are fine, just

no one to race against,

so you can slide alone.

There are six different coloured slides placed side by side

perfect for racing with friends. The slide starts off with a

circular curve then declines back down onto the slippery

ground. This is one of the prettiest attractions at the park,

great for taking a pre-race Instagram photo.

The Hurricane

Is a series of swirling slides that make you feel as if you’ve

been transported into a hurricane! Being a more exciting

version of the spiral slides, it is possibly better to go on that

first to get you acclimatised as it can get pretty fast. There

are four different slides here, the all requiring four riders at

a time so make sure to bring along your friends and family

for some of the most extreme twists, turns, and bends you

can find at a water park – you can ride on either the slow or

fast course rides depending on whether or not you want a

casual ride down, or a crave little more intense excitement.

The Aqua Loop

The Aqua Loop is the most exciting and thrilling ride in

Aqua Planet and is definitely not recommended for the faint

hearted. As you stand above the trapdoor, you can feel your

heart racing in anticipation before you free fall 100 metres

into a 360 degree loop. So if it a blood rushing dose of

excitement you crave to have that adrenalin really pumping

then this is the ride for you.


Kiddies Zone

At Aqua planet there is something for everyone, so for the

youngsters in your family that do not meet the height or age

criteria for some of the rides, there is the kiddie zone with

their own little wave pool, spray fountains and of course

what I refer to as the bucket dumpster. At the top of the

structure and play pens there is a huge bucket on a swivel

filling with water. The bucket is balanced in such a way that

when it is full it tips dumping its contents on the children

below to excited squeals of laughter and enjoyment.

So next time you want to cool off from the summer heat

head for Aqua Planet at Clark Pampanga

How to get there By Bus

There are buses aplenty operating between Manila and

North Luzon daily. Victory Liner is one of the favoured bus

companies for a number of North Luzon destinations. It has

bus terminals in Pasay and Cubao.

From Cubao or Pasay terminal, get on a Dagupan-bound bus

to Dau-Mabalacat Bus Terminal. Get off at Dau-Mabalacat

bus terminal in Pampanga.

Walk towards MacArthur Highway. From there, you can

take the jeepney, hire a tricycle to SM Clark or straight to

Bayanihan Terminal (if hiring a tricycle) or get a Grab to take

you straight to Aqua Planet. The total fare is P300-350 and

travel time is approximately three hours.

By Private Car

Drive along NLEX until you reach Dau Exit.

Pay the toll and make a left turn going to Angeles City.

Continue driving until you reach the point where you should

make a right turn going to Clark. Aqua Planet is located at

the north-western portion of Clark Freeport Zone (CFZ).

If you are coming from Subic Bay via SCTEX, You can get to

Clark in approximately 45 minutes. Other reference points

are Clark International Airport (10 minutes), SM Clark (15

minutes), and Angeles Heritage Plaza (20 minutes).

Spiral Slides


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Hurricane 1


Article excerpts reprinted from the book



Sailing Tips

You’ve always been interested to sail, but you know little about boat parts, the confusing techno-babble, and what

little you know is making your head spin in four different directions! Worry no more. This continuing series of

articles is for you: it covers tips regarding hardware present on most boats, as well as common sailing techniques,

terms and definitions, the names of the different pieces of hardware, and much more. This will keep you informed

about most things you will need before you begin your own sailing excursion. Be sure to consult with an experienced sailor

and someone knowledgeable about boats.

Marina Berth

Berthing Alongside - Preparation

Marinas and harbours are often congested and you will probably

find it impractical to try to sail in or out of harbour. Your boat

will be under better control if your use power instead.

You may still have to sail in our out of a berth from time to

time (possibly without much notice, if your engine fails) and

it is an essential part of your seamanship skills to know how

to do so. Practice in an uncrowded harbour or marina, where

there is plenty of room to manoeuvre and to compensate for

any errors you may make.

Never make the mistake, even if you are using power, of

having your mainsail cover on, the headsails bagged up below

decks and the anchor stowed. If anything does go wrong you

won’t be able to hoist a sail to get yourself out of trouble, and

you could drift into another boat or into a quay wall. Play safe

instead by having at least one sail rigged ready for hoisting

and the anchor ready to drop, just in case.


The warps used for berthing a boat serve different functions.

Two warps, which form the bow and stern lines, position the


boat correctly in the berth, and are used by the crew to control

the boat’s speed when coming alongside. The bow and stern

lines have to be strong enough to carry the main load of the

boat and long enough to allow for any rise and fall of the

tide (roughly three times the tidal range). Two other warps,

rigged as springs , prevent the boat from moving backwards

and forwards, and from rubbing against the side of the berth.

These don’t need to be as long as the bow and stern lines:

one and a half times the tidal range is normally sufficient.

The bow and stern lines and the springs need adjusting as

the tide rises and falls. The bow and stern lines, provided they

are long enough, need only to be adjusted at half tide; the

springs may need more frequent adjustment. If you are going

to leave your boat unattended for some time, you must make

sure that you have left enough length on the lines to allow for

the tidal range.

When lying alongside a quay or wall do not lead the springs

through or under the rails, but take them instead through the

fairleads and then outside all the rigging, to prevent chafe

on the deck edge or lifelines as the boat rises and falls with

the tide. You can use for and after breast ropes (at the bow

and stern) to keep the boat close alongside when loading for


Berthing on port side

example. There are not , however, essential when both bow

and stern lines, and springs , are used.

When lying alongside a floating pontoon, they can be used to

replace the bow and stern lines . When about to leave a berth,

you usually rig the lines ashore as slip lines, so that the crew

does not need to go ashore

Choosing a berth

Although you may not always be able to

exercise a great deal of choice in where

you berth your boat, there are important

considerations to be borne in mind when

you do. Wherever possible, pick a berth

which is sheltered from the wind (having

previously listened to the forecast in case

any change is likely). You will find a leeward

berth (with the pontoon between you and

the wind) much more comfortable than a

windward one.

The boat on the windward side of the pontoon meets the full

force of wind and waves, and can get buffeted against the

pontoon, The boat on the leeward side, however, is protected

by the pontoon from the full force of the elements.

Wind and tide effects

The force of the wind and the strength of the tide will have

a great impact as their direction. The design of your boat will

determine its reaction to wind effects and you will also have to

bear in mind the effects of propwalk on your progress. When

arriving the main requirement is to get the boat to stop in the

right place. If there is not tidal stream,

the simplest solutions is to approach

The good skipper

briefs his crew in

advance so that they

know precisely what

is required of them.

head to wind, using the wind to slow

you down. If there is a tidal stream

present, this will often have more effect

that the wind, and so you then need

to approach the berth head-to-tide if


The boat approaching the quay has anticlockwise

prop walk in reverse gear. It is

coming in head-to-tide, using the reverse

prop walk to bring the stern alongside the quay wall. If the boat

had clockwise prop walk, a shallow angle of approach would be

necessary, and the reverse gear would be avoided if possible.

Crew routine

If you stand on the a pontoon watching a boat berthing

up, you can quickly tell the experienced skipper from the

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8th Zambales Life

Words & Photos



eguard Challenge

Now on its 8th year, the Zambales Lifeguard

Challenge organized by Zambales Lifesaving Inc.

attracted 62 future lifeguards from around the

province to showcase their life saving skills honed

through lifeguard courses provided by various organizations.

This year’s Challenge was

sponsored by Standard Insurance,

Donaghys, Tees and Prints,

Broadwater Marine, RDH Marine,

Active Boating and Watersports

Magazine and the Municipal

Government of Iba, Zambales.

The event was held at the Palmera

Garden Hotel and Resort in Iba.

Participation in the event

practically doubled this

year, from 34 participants

last year, there were also

more female competitors

this year.

Participation in the event

practically doubled this year,

from 34 participants last year, there were also more female

competitors this year, and March being women’s month, this

fact highlighted the inclusivity of the sport.

The contestants were grouped into three divisions, the

senior division consisted of lifeguards ranging from 16

years and older, while the Junior division consisted of youth

aged 14 to 15, a third Novice division was made especially

for kids aged 13 and under all divisions. The Juniors and

Seniors were grouped into 2 person

teams and competed in eight

events on the 2nd of March, the

main requirement to participate

is that one of the team members

is required to have a Lifeguard or

Junior Lifeguard certification from

any authorized organization. The

novice division competed in six

events on the 3rd of March, and

swimming accreditation is the main

requirement to participate.

Participants and officials of the event wore colorful

jerseys designed and printed by Tees and Prints, the same


company that provided uniforms for the Philippine lifeguard

contingent that participated in the Lifeguard Challenge in


Local and international support has been growing for

Zambales Life Saving Inc.’s initiatives on drowning awareness

Having lifeguard skills

adds value to their

skill set should they

enter the tourism and

hospitality industry.”

said Coach Ramos.

and prevention, as well

as keeping kids off

the streets through

lifesaving sports. Not

all junior lifeguards will

go on to have careers

and life saving but

having the lifeguard

skills can be handy

especially in an island

nation like the Philippines. The event’s chief officiator Mr.

Vergel Ramos said that “Our trainees and participants can

look forward to careers as tour guides as well as instructors

in swimming, surfing and other watersports, not to mention

having lifeguard skills adds value to their skill set should

they enter the tourism and hospitality industry.” said Coach

Ramos, a surfing instructor himself.

To provide kids the opportunity to enhance their life saving

skills, Zambales Life Saving Inc. is working with parents and

local organizations to establish monthly events in at least three

locations, SBMA/Olongapo, San Narciso and Iba, Zambales.

The eight events were for the Junior and Senior divisions

were as follows; 1. Beach Flags; 2. Rescue Board and

Transfer relay; 3. Run-Swim-Run relay; 4. Rescue Tube and

Transfer relay; 5. Rescue and Resuscitation assessment

relay; 6. Lifeguard Challenge relay; 7. Ironman challenge;

and 8. Board Race. The Beach Flags and Ironman challenge

were individual events, while the rest were team events. For

more information on the details of these events you can

visit http://www.zambaleslifesaving.org.

Teams in the competition were named after various

sponsors, participants assigned to Zambales Lifesaving Inc.

garnered podium finishes in most events and won the Junior

and Senior divisions overall. The tandem of Mark Anthony

Jezera and Deofred Diag won overall in the Senior division

while, Ivy Bernal and Christian Vasquez bagged the Juniors

trophy. Individual winners in the Seniors divisions for Boys

went to John Jowie Bongon who won 3 gold and 2 silver,

while in the Girls Division Heather “Colleen Sanguyo won 5

gold and 1 silver.


The second day of competition was reserved for the

novice division the event is officially called the Nipper

Lifesaving Sports Carnival, primary sponsors on this day

were Broadwater Marine and RDH Marine. The Nipper

Lifesaving Sports Carnival had the same events as the Junior

and Senior division with the exception of the Rescue and

Resuscitation assessment relay and the Lifeguard Challenge

Relay. All other events had some changes to make them less

physically demanding on younger bodies but still kept the

challenge factor for the participants. Overall, the kids had

great fun along with their parents who were watching in the

sidelines and providing moral support.

The winners in the Nipper Lifesaving Sports Carnival are as follows;

In the Boys by age category:

7-8 - Adaoag, Xander Ezikiel - 4 Gold and 1 Silver

9-10 - Acuavera, Psalmer Amiel - 5 Gold

13-14 - Salinas Japhet - 3 Gold and 1 Silver

In the Girls by age Category:

7-8 - Canonizado, Sophia Venice - 4 Gold and 1 Silver

9-10 - Lacuna, Vierra Carmen - 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze

11-12 - Dela Cruz, jasmine Faye, 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze

For updates on Zabales Lifesaving’s initiatives and to pledge

support visit http://www.zambaleslifesaving.org or follow

their social media pages.


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Using a bow fender

How To Berth in

windy conditions

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inexperienced. The former accomplishes the manoeuvre in

virtual silence. Whereas the latter spends much of the time

shouting abuse at the crew.

The good skipper briefs his crew in advance. So that they

know precisely what is required of them. He also knows their

limitations, and does not demand the impossible from them.

It often helps to carry out a dummy run so that the skipper

can work out the effects of wind and tide on his approach,

and take a look at the mooring points available; the crew get

the chance to rig the lines in plenty of time on the appropriate

side of the boat, and to get the fenders ready.

Although the routine may vary according to the situation, there

is a standard procedure which can usually be followed when

coming alongside, with a crew of two in addition to the skipper.

The warps should be prepared with a bow line fixed to the

bow cleat, and a stern line to the stern, led through fairleads

and outside all the rigging. The fenders should be attached


to the bases of the stanchions using a round turn and two

half hitches, where required. The crew then each take a bow

and stern line, and stand outside the lifelines near the shrouds

holding the coiled lines. As soon as the boat closes with

the quay, the crew step ashore. The crew member with the

stern line makes it fast aft of the boat by either dropping a

bowline over a cleat or taking a turn around whatever fitting

is available. The skipper or any other crew member on board

takes up the slack and keeping a turn around the stern cleat,

lets out the line gradually to slow the boat down, if necessary.

The crew member with the bow line makes it fast ashore well

ahead of the boat. The two lines are then adjusted to get the

boat properly in position in the berth. Any excess line should

be coiled on board. Once the bow and stern lines have been

secured , you can rig the springs. The fore spring runs from a

stern cleat, through the appropriate fairlead, outside all the

rigging to a point on the quay or pontoon level with the bow.

The aft spring is led similarly from the bow to a point level

with the stern. On a short-handed boat it may help to rig an

aft spring first midway along the boat. The boat can be held

on this , parallel with the quay or pontoon, while the bow and

stern lines are taken ashore and secured.

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