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CHAIRMAN’S CUP REGATTA <strong>2019</strong><br />


HOBIE NATIONALS CHAMPIONSHIP <strong>2019</strong><br />






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Already we are Halfway through the year and have achieved more<br />

milestones with the magazine. Now over 100 pages and still growing<br />

it has been an exciting time for <strong>ABW</strong> staff , and talking about exciting<br />

our destination as referred to by Department of Tourism Regional<br />

Director of Region V Mr. Benjamin Santiago is Exciting Bicol, which is<br />

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

was exciting for us and we know when you visit the different places in<br />

Bicol you will also find this exciting.<br />

We also had the pleasure of being guests at the amazing Misibis Bay<br />

Resort, an experience everyone should enjoy at some time in your<br />

holiday plans. Daet tourism officer Bong Palma and his staff were<br />

also instrumental in making the feature exciting and invited us to be<br />

part of the 99th Camarines Norte Founding Anniversary with the 15th<br />

Bantayog Festival, which also was an exciting and amazing event.<br />

In our next edition we will be featuring Taytay in Palawan, a new and<br />

exciting place to visit, exposing all the great things on offer they have<br />

to entice you to their shores. We are also excited to be part of the<br />

growth of Sailing in the Philippines and look forward to Featuring the<br />

South East Asian Sea Games this coming November-December.<br />


Chairman”s Cup <strong>2019</strong> 6<br />

Catana Bali 4.3 MY #1 Power Catamaran 8<br />

Subic to Verde Island 14<br />

Seafront Residences Hobie Nationals 22<br />

Championship <strong>2019</strong><br />

The Evolution of Fish 28<br />

Puerto Galera Yacht Club PRA 34<br />

Easter Regatta<br />

Maritime Philippines<br />

The People, the Preservation and<br />

40<br />

the Profit<br />

Ocean Marina Top of the Gulf Regatta 44<br />

47th Iloilo Paraw Regatta 52<br />

Destination - EXCITING BICOL Misibis Bay 58<br />

Making Sailors that Sail 76<br />

Aqua Planet Waterpark 82<br />

Sailing Tips - Berthing 86<br />

8th Zambales Lifeguard Challenge 88<br />

Barry Dawson Editor<br />

Destination - EXCITING BICOL / Misibis Bay<br />

Bali 4.3 MY #1 Power Catamaran<br />

Cover photo by Christophe Breschi<br />

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Subic Bay - an excellent harbour to its geographical<br />

location serves as the premier yacht racing<br />

destination in the Philippines. Regular regattas<br />

are being held in Subic Bay not just to enhance<br />

yachtsman-ship for international<br />

competitions and foster<br />

camaraderie among sailors but also<br />

to promote its tourism in one of the<br />

best Freeport destination in the<br />

country. It has become a playground<br />

for Grand Prix keelboats from<br />

various countries as they compete<br />

in the prestigious international regattas hosted here in our<br />

country.<br />

The last week of April <strong>2019</strong> was the inaugural iteration of<br />

the Chairman’s Cup Regatta. Organized by Subic Sailing, the<br />

organization home-base can be found in the Lighthouse<br />

Several foreign participants<br />

in the Optimist Class as well<br />

as the keelboat crews had to<br />

drop out of the competitions.<br />

Marina and Resort and it was the main venue for the weeklong<br />

event. The Lighthouse’s Marina and beach area is a<br />

great place for watersports events, a nice sandy beach facing<br />

south means small sailing craft can sail on and off the beach<br />

regardless of the monsoon season.<br />

Commodore’s Cup Regatta that has<br />

been attracting hundreds of topnotch<br />

sailors from all over the globe<br />

has been rebranded as “Chairman’s<br />

Cup Regatta” to commemorate the<br />

leadership that is at the helm of the<br />

agency that has played a significant role in the development<br />

of the Subic Bay Freeport and the Special Economic Zone.<br />

This event is organized by the Subic Sailing Club headed<br />

by Mr. Jun Avecilla and Congressman Ricky Sandoval, cochairmen<br />

of the organizing committee. The Chairman’s<br />

Cup is more than just about high-end yachting; it brought<br />


Photographs by RICH PELLICER & BARRY DAWSON<br />

Chairman’s<br />


together people from all walks of life; from seasoned sailors<br />

to merchant marines to ordinary folks looking to have good<br />

time on the water. A Maritime Forum on several relevant<br />

marine topics was also conducted in function rooms of the<br />

venue. While those looking to get into watersports could<br />

learn from sessions in the Maritime Forum or have sailing<br />

lessons using Subic Sailing’s sail training boats.<br />

Jun Avecillia of Subic sailing said that they are encouraged<br />

to get more people in the water enjoying what nature has to<br />

offer. “New sailors from Subic Sailing’s training program and<br />

the grassroots sailing initiative with the Oz Goose is creating<br />

a new breed of sailors ensuring that this environment<br />

friendly sport grows well into the future” Mr. Avecilla said.<br />

The event was a watersports extravaganza, featuring several<br />

sorts of watercraft. Dinghies and windsurfers opened the<br />

sailing competitions; there were 8-foot optimist dinghies<br />

for kids and lighter weight sailors, streaker dinghies that<br />

Subic Sailing use for sail training and racing as well as an Oz<br />

Goose fleet was brought up from Batangas with assistance<br />

from the Philippine Sports Commission and PAGCOR. For<br />

windsurf, competitive surfers on competition boards like the<br />

RS-X and the RS-One were on hand ripping through the<br />

race course.<br />

On the third day of racing, the larger sailboats were out racing;<br />

there were IRC Keelboats, Far East 28 (FE28R) competition<br />

racing yachts and a cruising class. For human powered<br />

watercraft there were stand up paddle board and kayak races.<br />

Several foreign participants in the Optimist Class as well as<br />

the keelboat crews had to drop out of the competitions and<br />

because of damage to the Clark airport and concerns from<br />

the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that hit Zambales the week<br />

before. (Story continues on page 10)<br />

Cup<br />





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( ... Story continued from page 7)<br />

Despite last week’s ground-shaker the organizers and the<br />

locals pushed on, the original plan was to have thirteen<br />

boats and skippers participating in the Optimist class,<br />

however the Singapore contingent had to drop out because<br />

of last week’s earthquake. A total of 5 Optimists were sailed<br />

by young skippers ages 11 to 15 provided by the Philippine<br />

Sailing Association (PSA) and the Puerto Galera Yacht Club<br />

(PGYC).<br />

For the streaker class, there were a total of five boats, two<br />

boats were sailed by PSA sailors and three<br />

by Subic Sailing’s own young sailors.<br />

Eight plywood Oz Goose sailboats were<br />

brought up from the Taal Lake Yacht Club<br />

(TLYC), however, it being a weekday, only<br />

four Taal based skippers were able to go<br />

to Subic, three other skippers from PSA<br />

and one from Subic Sailing completed the<br />

Oz Goose skipper roster.<br />

Sailing conditions<br />

were shiftier than<br />

what the Taal lake<br />

sailors were used to.<br />

In the windsurf class four RS-X and seven RS-One windsurfers<br />

competed in a trapezoid course along with the Oz Geese,<br />

while the Optimists and the Streakers used a windward -<br />

leeward course.<br />

A total of seven races were planned for the series. Sailing<br />

conditions were shiftier than what the Taal lake sailors were<br />

used to, locals and the PSA athletes who’ve had experience<br />

in the area clearly had an edge. PSA sailors Gerard Boyano<br />

and Rhegielyn Boyano won the Optimist and Streaker class<br />

respectively, while DJ Carabiles of Subic<br />

Sailing prevailed the Oz Goose Class.<br />

Windsurfers Yanoy Kaibigan and Joaquin<br />

Geminez dominated in the RS-X and RS-<br />

One classes.<br />

On the third day of activities Broadwater<br />

Marine and Red Paddle sponsored a Stand<br />

up Paddle (SUP) Board fun race for the<br />


event’s visitors and participants. All the boards were fitted with<br />

Fusion Marine speakers which made for a delightful musical<br />

show and participants had great fun in the sun. There was 21<br />

contestants that entered the event with 12 men, 5 women<br />

and 3 juniors. Winning place-getters in the women’s division<br />

of the SUP fun race<br />

were; Jewel Napa in<br />

1st place, Isabelle<br />

Kitell in 2nd place with<br />

Lolita Carmen coming<br />

into 3rd spot. In the<br />

men’s division Jaylord<br />

Coveta took out the<br />

winning honors while<br />

Leo Samante secured<br />

All the boards were<br />

fitted with Fusion<br />

Marine speakers which<br />

made for a delightful<br />

musical show.<br />

second spot and Jeric Ejanda Placing 3rd. For the Juniors<br />

Charles Napa with a fast finish topped the list with a 1st place,<br />

while Zedley Sumayang was 2nd and Joaquin Jimenez was<br />

third. There was also an early bird award for both men and<br />

women with Lolita Carmen and Junard Bertulfo taking home<br />

the prizes.<br />

Roger Bound from Surf Life Saving Zambales Gave a practical<br />

lifesaving demonstration on the final day, again emphasizing<br />

the great importance of water safety.<br />

The main section of the regatta got under way in earnest on<br />

the Friday evening, with a skippers meeting and welcome<br />

party at the Subic Bay Yacht Club. With the first races of the<br />

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


World renown racing officer Jerry Rollin was there to<br />

make sure things went smoothly overseeing the race and<br />

race committee from the desks of Lost in Asia generously<br />

supplied by Peter Baird and Broadwater Marine. The wind<br />

gods were being kind and it was off to a brisk start for all<br />

concerned. After the day’s events the traditional bottles of<br />

Rum were awarded to the winners in each class.<br />

Days two, three and four were all excellent contests,<br />

with mostly good winds each day. The week long regatta<br />

culminated with the awards dinner followed by the M1<br />

Freedom Party that went on into the wee small hours with<br />

all thoroughly enjoying what would have to be one of the<br />

best regattas <strong>ABW</strong> has seen.<br />

The overall winners were;<br />

For the Far East 28’s, PSA Standard Insurance Hull 8 skippered<br />

by Emerson Villena was 1st, PSA Standard Insurance Hull 4<br />

skippered by Ridgley Balladares came second, while in third<br />

sport was the Turquoise Sailing Team from China in Hull 6<br />

and was skippered by Yukie Ikawa.<br />

For the cruising class; George Hackett and his team took<br />

first place honors on Misty Mountain, while Noel Chan and<br />

his team secured second place and the ever popular Jun<br />

Avecilla and crew came third on Selma Star.<br />

As Subic Sailing increase the popularity of Sailing in Subic<br />

Bay and the Philippines we can look forward to more sailing<br />

events like this.<br />


When the Subic Boracay Race was cancelled last<br />

year because of environmental problems on<br />

Boracay, the organizers kept in step with the<br />

long passage racing and inshore regatta format,<br />

replacing the Subic Boracay race with the Subic Bay around<br />

Verde Island Passage Race and the Subic Bay Cup Regatta.<br />

This year it was renamed under the Standard Insurance Subic<br />

Bay International Regatta, the Subic Bay Verde Island is the<br />

main race, followed by the highly contested Subic Bay Cup<br />

organized by Subic Sailing. This event will also include fleet<br />

and match racing for the speedy new comers. The FarEast<br />

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

November.<br />

The racing starts off with the tough<br />

200NM race from Subic Bay, down the<br />

coast past the entrance to Manila Bay,<br />

to the Verde Island Passage between<br />

Luzon and Mindoro, then rounding<br />

Verde Island and back to finish line in<br />

Subic Bay.<br />

The racing starts off with the tough 200NM race from Subic<br />

Bay, down the coast past the entrance to Manila Bay, to the<br />

Verde Island Passage between Luzon and Mindoro, then<br />

Words by BARRY DAWSON<br />

Photographs as credited<br />



ounding Verde Island and back to finish line in Subic Bay.<br />

The course which includes many obstacles is very challenging<br />

for the competitors, with obstacles that include navigating<br />

through the winds of the Bataan and Batangas Mountain<br />

Ranges plus strong tidal currents on both the outward and<br />

return legs of the race.<br />

This race is not all<br />

about the big yachts<br />

battling over line<br />

honours; glory comes with<br />

victory in the Overall IRC<br />

handicap stakes.<br />

Active Boating and<br />

Watersports were<br />

invited aboard the<br />

luxurious Catana<br />

Bali 4.3 Catamaran<br />

from Sustainable<br />

Charters to witness<br />

and photograph<br />

the event. We<br />

have been invited<br />

aboard many<br />

catamarans in the past but never one of this class and opulence.<br />

To say the design and appointments of this Catamaran would<br />

have to be first class would be a total understatement. It is<br />

luxury plus at an affordable price.<br />

Nine yachts divided into two classes will be lining up on<br />

Saturdays high noon showdown. Philippine big hitters, In this<br />


year’s regatta event, the racing classes I and II (IRC I and II)<br />

will be competing together in the 200 nautical-mile, led by<br />

veteran campaigner 75-footer and powerhouse Centennial<br />

III, skippered by Judes Echauz, Centennial III will again<br />

encounter last year’s inaugural race champion Geoff Hill’s<br />

Smith 72 Antipodes. Centennial came second over the line<br />

two minutes later in corrected time, while Ray Ordeveza’s<br />

Excel 53 Karakoa placed third.<br />

Other Centennial III challengers include Albert Altura’s<br />

Hurricane Hunter, Mills 43 Custom Misty Mountain of George<br />

Hacket, veteran local campaigner Selma Star of Jun Avecilla,<br />

Germany’s Emocean I helmed by Michael Raueber, another<br />

local entry Sabad of Bobby Benares, and Karakoa.<br />

For two consecutive years, Centennial III’s perennial rival in<br />

the Subic Bay to Boracay Regatta Race, Hong Kong’s Jelik<br />

of steel magnate Frank Pong, failed again to participate this<br />

year for unknown reasons. This race is not all about the big<br />

yachts battling over line honours; glory comes with victory in<br />

the Overall IRC handicap stakes.<br />

The wind forecast for Subic Bay this weekend is very light<br />

basically from the North East, picking up during the morning,<br />

but fading overnight and at first glance Antipodes inaugural


ace record of 22:54:09 looks safe. Later in the week, the<br />

East North Easterly returns in the mid-teens, and expected to<br />

produce a lively Subic Bay Cup Regatta.<br />

Also hunting down and capable of overall IRC victory, are<br />

George Hackett’s Mills 43 custom<br />

Misty Mountain, Bobby Benares<br />

Beneteau 44.7 Sabad and Jun<br />

Avecilla’s Beneteau First 36.7 Selma<br />

Star. New boats for Michael Raueber’s<br />

Swan 65.1 Emocean 1 and Albert<br />

Altura’s Beneteau First 40 Hurricane<br />

Hunter are relatively unknown but<br />

judging by their pedigree, also have<br />

a chance in the handicap stakes. Final<br />

results for the event was, In IRC 1 first<br />

The wind forecast for<br />

Subic Bay this weekend<br />

is very light basically<br />

from the North East,<br />

picking up during the<br />

morning, but fading<br />

overnight.<br />

place went to Centennial III, second place was Antipodes<br />

while in third we seen Karakoa. In ITC 2 first place went<br />

to Mandrake, second Sabad and third Selma Star. In<br />

the Cruising Class first place went to Asia Pacific Sailing<br />

while in second place was Apsaras. Overall winners for<br />

the event was in first place Mandrake,<br />

second place went to Centennial II while<br />

Antipodes secured third spot.<br />

The fun continues for all classes after the<br />

race and into next week for the Subic Bay<br />

Cup. Three teams from the Philippine Sailing<br />

Association (PSA) are taking on the Subic<br />

Sailing Team, in the one design FarEast 28<br />

class and like nothing better than battling it<br />

out for the bragging rights.<br />



Seafront Residences<br />

Hobie National<br />

Championships<br />

<strong>2019</strong><br />

This made for crazy<br />

racing on the course,<br />

the veteran racers had<br />

the edge moving with<br />

shifts and maintaining<br />

speed.<br />


Light winds of the<br />

first day of the Hobie<br />

Nationals <strong>2019</strong> –<br />

Photo by Carla Kramer<br />

Words by ROY ESPIRITU<br />

Photographs by CARLA KRAMER<br />

T<br />

he Hobie National Championships is one of the<br />

most anticipated regattas in the sailing calendar.<br />

This year, the Hobie Nationals was hosted<br />

by Seafront Residences, a promising seaside<br />

residential development currently under construction by<br />

Aboitiz Land in San Juan, Batangas, an area well known for<br />

its lovely beaches. The first day of the regatta coincided with<br />

the developer’s Summerfest, wherein potential homeowners<br />

were invited to view the development and participate in<br />

various activities including watching a concert of notable<br />

performers.<br />

This year’s Hobie nationals is also the 4th and final leg of<br />

the PHINSAF traveller’s series, which started with the Tali<br />

Regatta, followed by the Round the Volcano Race, then<br />

the Punta Fuego Regatta and concluded with the Seafront<br />

Residences Hobie Nationals.<br />

A total of 7 teams participated this year, a little thin<br />

compared to the fleet that participated in Punta Fuego but<br />

the weather and the conditions were forecasted to be good<br />

for sailing. The beginning of the month May usually signals<br />

the start of the transition from the North East monsoon<br />

(Amihan) to the South West monsoon (Habagat), this years<br />

Nationals were on the weekend of 4 May <strong>2019</strong>, it falls at<br />

about the end of Amihan. Sailors in Luzon are generally<br />

preferential to Amihan because forecasts are generally more<br />

reliable during that period (October to April).<br />

The original plan for the two-day Hobie Nationals was<br />

to have five races on the first day and two races on the<br />

second, and have awards during lunch of the final day to<br />

allow the participants time to get home early. However,<br />

the weather had other plans, not only did the racers have<br />

a challenging time, the race committee did too. There was<br />

wind alright, but it was light, and it was really shifty, making<br />

the mark laying process a real challenge for the Philippine<br />

Sailing Association (PSA), the ones tasked to handle race<br />

management for this event. The wind shifts were all over<br />

the place, they were incremental but frequent, with several<br />

points of 360 degrees of direction being touched on the<br />

first day. Only two races were completed on the first day.<br />

It took quite some time before the marks were laid for the first<br />

race because of the shifty conditions, the race committee<br />

decided to lay two windward marks around 40 degrees apart<br />

relative to the leeward mark in case the winds shifted, and<br />

sure enough it did. This made for crazy racing on the course,<br />

the veteran racers had the edge moving with shifts and<br />

maintaining speed. Upon getting to the leeward mark, a course<br />

change was signalled and the racers went to round the second<br />

windward mark.<br />


Capotosto and Hagedorn<br />

racing to leeward mark –<br />

photo by Carla Kramer<br />

Husband and wife team Glenn and Jana find their groove on the second day<br />

Hobie Nationals <strong>2019</strong> Participants - Photo by Carla Kramer<br />

A 180 degree wind shift after the first race meant a long pause<br />

in racing, so the marks can be moved and the course reset<br />

Wind was lighter on the second race and the race committee<br />

raised the “s” flag to indicate a shortened course. Veteran<br />

skippers Peter Capotosto and Maria<br />

Hagedorn came in first and second in<br />

both races respectively of the first day.<br />

On the second day, hoping to get more<br />

races in, the organizer decided for an<br />

early start. Before the warning signal,<br />

the weather looked bleak, changing<br />

direction three times in less than an<br />

hour. But thirty minutes before the start a steady moderate<br />

southeasterly started to blow. Marks were laid to match the<br />

wind direction and they were racing.<br />

The highlight of the<br />

second day was the<br />

heated competition<br />

between the top two<br />

racers from the first day.<br />

husband and wife team of Glenn and Jana Everett to put in<br />

two race wins and the brother and sister team of Diego and<br />

Bianca Garcia pulled off a race win as well. The conditions<br />

were just right to allow the committee to have five races<br />

of the seven race series to compensate for<br />

the flukey conditions of the first day of<br />

racing.<br />

Racing finished at around noon, however,<br />

lunch was delayed from some of the racers<br />

because of protests filed by Peter and<br />

Maria against each other and a protest from<br />

Jose Gonzales against the race committee.<br />

The other racers had to stay for the hearing and several were<br />

asked to testify as witnesses. It was a national championships<br />

after all and racing doesn’t get more serious than this.<br />

The highlight of the second day was the heated competition<br />

between the top two racers from the first day, both racers<br />

managed one race win each on the second day. In several<br />

instances Peter and Maria found themselves match racing<br />

when they should have been fleet racing, allowing the<br />

24<br />

It was good thing that the Organizer brought in Ms. Medy Fidel<br />

formerly a coach of the Philippine Sailing Association (PSA)<br />

to adjudicate any protests. At the end of it all, the protests<br />

were dismissed on technicalities and all parties learned how to<br />

correctly file their protests.

Hobie Nationals Champions<br />

Maria Hagedorn with Sean<br />

Mitchell zipping by – Photo<br />

by Carla Kramer<br />

Siblings Bianca and Diego<br />

Garcia win the Traveller’s<br />

Series – Photo by Carla<br />

Kramer<br />

Protesting parties at the protest hearing, spoons and bottle caps as boats and buoys<br />

A moderate breeze on the second day of the Hobie Nationals <strong>2019</strong> made for<br />

faster racing – Photo by Carla Kramer<br />


Winners of the <strong>2019</strong> Hobie Nationals from left to right: Glenn and Jana Everett<br />

(3rd), Sean Mitchell and Maria Hagedorn (1st), Peter Capotosto and Mikee<br />

Vinzon (2nd)<br />

Several podium finishers for the PHINSAF Traveller Series<br />

were relatively new competitive Hobie sailors; in third<br />

place was the team of Jose Gonzales and Tristan De Belloy;<br />

The team of Roman Azanza and Boyet Magsanay came in<br />

second; while the young team of Bianca Garcia and Diego<br />

Garcia took first. Of the three teams only Roman and Boyet<br />

were in the Open masters category.<br />

Glenn and Jana Everett found their groove on the second<br />

day and won third place in this year’s Hobie Nationals, while<br />

the battle for first was fought well after the racing was over,<br />

Several podium finishers<br />

for the PHINSAF Traveller<br />

Series were relatively new<br />

competitive Hobie sailors.<br />

and the end<br />

of the day the<br />

team of Peter<br />

Capotosto and<br />

Mikee Vinzon<br />

got second<br />

place; while<br />

Maria Hagedorn and Sean Mitchell became the <strong>2019</strong><br />

Philippine Hobie National Champions.<br />


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The Evoluti<br />

So, without fish, there<br />

would never have been<br />

dinosaurs, mammoths or<br />

saber toothed tigers.<br />

Words by JAMES WEBSTER<br />

Photographs as credited<br />

Scientists of today have developed amazing skills<br />

and knowledge in the tracking of human evolution.<br />

With the emergence of an in-depth understanding<br />

of DNA and radiocarbon dating along with the<br />

discovery of fossils and artifacts, the human family tree can<br />

be tract back for hundreds of thousand years.<br />

A developing knowledge of DNA sequencing, diagnostic<br />

tools and the biological processes behind genetic changes<br />

have made molecular clocks so much more erudite allowing<br />

geneticists to build a refined timeline of human evolution<br />

through a massive database of DNA from diverse populations<br />

both ancient and present day.<br />

The same processes are used to track the evolution of land<br />

animals such as dinosaurs and while not as interesting<br />

28<br />

or fascinating in fact, the evolution of fish is much more<br />

important. Fish where the very first vertebrates on this planet<br />

earth, postulating the basic “body plan” of all evolution over<br />

the ensuing millions of years. So, without fish, there would<br />

never have been dinosaurs, mammoths or saber toothed tigers.<br />

The term metazoan phyla is a complicated genealogical term<br />

but broadly translates into laymen’s perceptive as species or<br />

division.<br />

An event some 541 million years ago known as the Cambrian<br />

Explosion brought about the manifestation of most animal<br />

phyla in fossil records bringing about a major branching<br />

out of other organisms. Before this event organisms where<br />

simple, single cells entities but as the rate of modification<br />

augmented the variety of life began to resemble that of

ion of<br />

today. Almost all present day animal phyla appeared during<br />

this period and were marine based.<br />

At this time vertebrate life on earth was subjugated by<br />

prehistoric fish which formed the prototype for vertebrate<br />

evolution. A surprising innovation that arose during the<br />

Cambrian period was that these creatures’ heads became<br />

quite distinct from their tails.<br />

As recent as 1938 scientist studied a fish (a Coelacanth,<br />

thought to be extinct 80 million years ago) with fleshy fins<br />

resembling limbs. They had examined fish like this before<br />

but only those preserved as fossils in prehistoric rocks.<br />

Figure lobed Figure fin fishes lobed fin fishes<br />

The ensuing evolutionary period is known as the “Devonian<br />

Period”, a critical evolution period, during which Tetrapod’s<br />


Laccognathus is an extinct<br />

genus of amphibious<br />

lobe-finned fish from<br />

Europe and North<br />

America. They<br />

existed from the<br />

Middle Devonian<br />

to the Late<br />

Devonian.<br />

During the<br />

next couple of<br />

hundred million<br />

years these fish<br />

lizards evolved<br />

into full time<br />

land dwelling<br />

reptiles.<br />

became the first<br />

vertebrate animals to<br />

ascend from the sea<br />

and colonize dry land.<br />

These creatures had<br />

characteristic structure<br />

that mutated into<br />

fingers, claws and paws<br />

of future vertebrates.<br />

Megazostrodon, one of the earliest true mammals<br />

Devonian stem-tetrapods<br />

The next evolutionary period was the “Carboniferous Period”,<br />

often referred to as a way-station between tetrapod’s and<br />

land living reptiles during which terrestrial vertebrate life<br />

on earth was dominated by prehistoric amphibians. During<br />

this time, reptiles still had to lay their eggs in water which<br />

limited their ability to populate the interior of the world’s<br />

continents. A prime modern example is the frog that still, it<br />

seems, live in the “Carboniferous Period”. They lay their eggs<br />

in the water, hatching as tadpoles that can’t survive out of<br />

water and metamorphosing into the amphibious frog.<br />

Over a number of periods during the next couple of hundred<br />

million years these fish lizards evolved into full time land<br />

Sturgeon<br />



A coelacanth<br />

dwelling reptiles until the dinosaur population of the Jurassic<br />

Age. The small, feathered theropod dinosaurs where to be<br />

the forbearers of the bird species.<br />

Following the extinction of dinosaurs and marine reptile 65<br />

million years ago the evolution of vertebrate was a rapid<br />

progression of mammals from small, timid creatures to<br />

much larger fauna such as prehistoric cats, dogs, elephants<br />

and many other species. The first such vertebrates where<br />

creatures like the Megazostrodon which still had a distinct<br />

lizard like appearance.<br />

Fossil records and DNA testing provide no good reason to<br />

separate prehistoric primates from other mammalian fauna<br />

that succeeded the dinosaur era, although our egos may<br />

find a need to distinguish out human descendants from the<br />

mainstream of vertebrate evolution.<br />

So, if all life on earth evolved from ancient species of<br />

fish we should ponder this thought next time we savor a<br />

scrumptious seafood meal. Are we consuming a far, distant<br />

relative?<br />

Lobe fin<br />



Puerto Galera<br />

Yacht Club<br />

PRA<br />

Easter<br />

Regatta<br />

Words by TERENCE McMANUS<br />

Photographs by TERRY DUCKHAM<br />


C<br />

ompetitors in the PGYC Philippine Retirement<br />

Authority Easter Regatta <strong>2019</strong> Regatta enjoyed<br />

three full days of racing with 10 to 15-knot easterly<br />

winds under almost clear skies and not a drop of rain.<br />

In its 28th year the Easter Regatta<br />

at the Puerto Galera Yacht Club<br />

is arguably the longest running<br />

yachting event in the Philippines.<br />

Puerto Galera has hosted a regatta<br />

for racing yachts, cruising yachts<br />

and multihulls every year since<br />

the Easter of 1991. Originally<br />

envisaged as some on-the-water<br />

fun for cruising yachts visiting the<br />

Philippines at Easter the PGYC<br />

Easter Regatta has grown into an international yachting<br />

event with yachts and crews arriving from nations bordering<br />

the West Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, and even<br />

hailing from across the Pacific and from “Down Under”. In<br />

terms of continuity, at least two of the entries, Rags and<br />

Aragorn (or their skippers - Alan Burrell and Gundolf<br />

Ahrens) have taken part in every Easter Regatta<br />

since 1991.<br />

A three-day event, the <strong>2019</strong> Easter Regatta<br />

ran from Good Friday, 19th April, to Easter<br />

Sunday 21st April, and attracted over 20<br />

entrants. Easter being late this year the<br />

Regatta Organizing Committee was<br />

concerned that winds might be fickle<br />

and made various contingency plans<br />

for windless days. Happily their<br />

concern proved to be groundless<br />

with the forecast for each day<br />

being 10 to 15-knot winds<br />

from a little south of east:<br />

close to ideal for these<br />

waters.<br />

The yachts and their skippers included a remarkable crosssection<br />

of the local sailing scene.<br />

MAGAYON a home built 26’ Wharram, was skippered by<br />

Miriam Gummert who had recently sailed the boat solo<br />

from Pandan Island to Puerto<br />

Galera. SAVAGE: (Peter Waa)<br />

- formerly Red Shift, has been<br />

heavily modified and painted<br />

black. “We’ve done 27 knots and<br />

now we’re looking to do 30”.<br />

PAPAYA II - formerly Raparee<br />

XXX and now owned by Renie<br />

Ticzon and Papaya Cove Haul<br />

Out, was skippered by Garry an<br />

ex-staff-member of the PGYC.<br />

EMOCEAN I: the graceful Swan owned by Michael Raeuber<br />

and Gundolf Ahrens brought an extra touch of class to<br />

the Muelle Bay moorings. MAKANI LOA (Mike and Jam)<br />

was back in Puerto Galera after an absence of a few years.<br />

GUINEVERE II: PGYC’s club yacht crewed by local kids from<br />

the Small Boat Program. FREEWHEELER with a doyen of<br />

the Philippines sailing scene David Wheeler at the helm.<br />

AMIHAN (Brian Richardson): last year’s All Souls Regatta<br />

winner. PRINCESS ARIETA: (Dale Godkin) with her crew of<br />

colorful and renowned party animals. EMOCEAN: skippered<br />

by Chris Pooley the Commodore of the Aberdeen Boat Club.<br />

ANTHEA (John Quirk): the 8 Meter grand dame of the local<br />

racing fleet - 90 years old this year. IRRESISTABLE (Kevin<br />

Moylan): back with a new owner and skippered by PGYC<br />

Vice-Commodore Peter Stevens. SANTORINI: a visiting<br />

cruising yacht, with Jason and Lee as joint skippers, joined<br />

the regatta for the final day. SONIYA (Kareem Magill),<br />

ZENITY (Darius Garcia). DANY II (Mel Smit): making a<br />

welcome return to the PGYC racing scene. Sadly KERIDA<br />

(Garry Kingshot) had to withdraw her entry before the<br />

regatta due to problems with a leaking sail-drive.<br />

In terms of continuity, at least<br />

two of the entries, Rags and<br />

Aragorn (or their skippers - Alan<br />

Burrell and Gundolf Ahrens)<br />

have taken part in every Easter<br />

Regatta since 1991.<br />

The location of the PGYC, whilst beautiful and wellsheltered,<br />

imposes certain constraints on the organization<br />


In the racing division<br />

Irresistable took the gun<br />

followed by Anthea, while<br />

Rags and Emocean both<br />

suffered gear failure.<br />

of races. Restricted room for maneuvering, depth of water for<br />

placing marks, and commercial traffic being just three. As a<br />

result PGYC regatta organizing committees have experimented<br />

with different race formats from time to time. These have<br />

ranged from conventional all-together starts, through “turnon-first<br />

turn”<br />

pursuit races, to<br />

time trials and<br />

treasure hunts<br />

involving multiple<br />

beach-side<br />

resorts and much<br />

beer drinking.<br />

However over the<br />

years a straightforward pursuit race with staggered starts has<br />

proved the most successful and popular format and this year<br />

it was decided that the races would again be run on this basis.<br />

Day One<br />

On the first day it has become almost traditional for all three<br />

divisions (Cruising, Multihull and Racing) to race courses<br />

round the islet of Chicken Feather and back to the finish line<br />

off Haligi Beach. In the cruising division Aragorn romped<br />

home followed by Princess Arieta and Neptunus III. Magayon<br />

II came first in the multihull division followed by Soniya (who<br />

would go on to dominate her class in the next two days).<br />

In the racing division Irresistable took the gun followed by<br />

Anthea, while Rags and Emocean both suffered gear failure.<br />

This resulted in Rags failing to finish (she would acquit herself<br />

on the following two days) and Emocean loosing places while<br />

her crew fixed a problem with her steering gear.<br />

36<br />

Day Two<br />

On the second day the race committee set two separate<br />

courses. Cruisers and multihulls were to round a mark off<br />

Verde Island and sail to the finish line, while the racing<br />

division would round a mark off Small Tabinay and then<br />

round the Verde Island mark and finish of Haligi Beach. Since<br />

only racers would be rounding the mark at Small Tabinay


the course could be set with port hand rounding giving a<br />

slightly shorter distance overall (multihulls find themselves<br />

uncomfortably close to the beach if they have to leave ST<br />

mark to port).<br />

Again Aragorn came first in the cruising division with Soniya<br />

leading the multihulls and Emocean I<br />

winning the racing division.<br />

Day Three<br />

The third day being a Sunday, a<br />

shorter course and earlier start times<br />

were required to allow people to travel<br />

to Manila ready to return to work on<br />

Monday. A single short course was<br />

set for all three divisions using the mark at Little Tabinay<br />

with a starboard rounding. Freewheeler took the gun in the<br />

cruising division, Soniya again won the multihull division<br />

and Rags was first in the racing division.<br />

Final Results<br />

First place Cruising Division: Aragorn<br />

First place Multihull Division: Soniya<br />

Rather than a<br />

traditional silver cup<br />

the regatta prizes were<br />

Mangyan basket-ware.<br />

First place Racing Division: Anthea<br />

Overall regatta winner: Soniya<br />

Rather than a traditional silver cup the regatta prizes were<br />

Mangyan basket-ware. Made locally by Mindoro’s indigenous<br />

peoples, these offer a useful memento of the event and<br />

benefit the local community.<br />

As always PGYC’s F&B staff did a<br />

splendid job catering to the hungry<br />

and thirsty crews and Coco Band<br />

provided easy listening until late on<br />

Saturday evening.<br />

The PGYC Easter Regatta <strong>2019</strong><br />

was sponsored by the Philippine Retirement Authority.<br />

Supporting sponsors were: Broadwater Marine, Chetz<br />

Marine Supplies, Lane Records Management, Asian Tigers<br />

Additional excitement was provided by the Royal Hong Kong<br />

Yacht Club who, for the first time, made Puerto Galera the<br />

finish for their bi-annual race to the Philippines. This year the<br />

overall winner of the Hong Kong to Philippines race was Subic<br />

Centennial 5, taking both line honors and first place in IRC.<br />



Maritime P<br />

There are 15 sea-based groups with their own culture<br />

along the shorelines of the Philippines. In the far<br />

north, the harsh environment around the rocky<br />

Batanes islands sustains a fishing and seafaring<br />

community. In the far south, the placid coral seas around<br />

Sibutu islands at the southern tip of the Sulu archipelago<br />

support another very different group dependent on the<br />

sea for their livelihood and welfare - these are the Badjao,<br />

which means ‘people of the sea’. The<br />

128 Calamian Islands in the north<br />

of Palawan, the Cuyo islands in the<br />

north Sulu Sea, the Balabac islands<br />

at Palawan’s base, and the remote<br />

islands within the Sulu Sea are all areas<br />

where vibrant maritime people eke out<br />

a living and live their maritime lives.<br />

At regular intervals within the 1.780<br />

islands of Palawan, dotted around<br />

the south coast of Mindanao and<br />

throughout the Sulu archipelago with its 500 islands are<br />

many more communities that are dependent on the marine<br />

environment of this archipelagic state.<br />

The pristine nature of<br />

the marine environment<br />

in this archipelago is<br />

a jewel in the crown<br />

of marine life, and<br />

therefore a critical link<br />

in its sustainability.<br />

The marine bio-diversity within the waters of the<br />

Philippines is quite remarkable. The southern half of these<br />

islands have become known as part of the Sulu-Sulawesi<br />

Marine Eco-region, which the World Wildlife Organization<br />

has declared the most marine bio-diverse region on our<br />

planet. It is quite clear that it is to the nursery status of<br />

the coral carpet within these waters that the Philippines<br />

owes its thousands of species of fish and other forms of<br />

marine life. It is the connectivity of<br />

these coral areas that allows nature<br />

to reproduce and spread out into the<br />

vastness of the Pacific Ocean and out<br />

into the South China Sea. The pristine<br />

nature of the marine environment in<br />

this archipelago is a jewel in the crown<br />

of marine life, and therefore a critical<br />

link in its sustainability.<br />

The declaration by the UN of the<br />

Philippines as an Archipelagic State makes these islands a<br />

definitive water country by essentially adding 48,000,000<br />

hectares of waters to its jurisdiction. This gives a critical<br />

Words by BRUCE CURRAN<br />

Photographs as credited<br />

View from Saluag Port<br />

The The People, the the Preserv<br />

Batanes fishermen<br />

Donsol whale shark<br />


ole to the Maritime and Ocean Affairs Centre (MOAC) of<br />

the Department of Foreign Affairs. This office has a pivotal<br />

role in managing, controlling and nurturing the marine<br />

environment. After all this is a country where, for each one<br />

part of land there are seven parts of water.<br />

The coral carpet in these islands has been estimated to have<br />

as many as 421 identified hard coral species in a worldwide<br />

declared total of 577 coral species in an area of 26,000 square<br />

kilometres. The Caribbean Sea by contrast has a total of only<br />

65 hard coral species. Behind the coral in many areas are<br />

the marine breeding grounds within the mangrove forests<br />

and fringing mangrove corridors. The marine life amid this<br />

remarkable environment is quite extraordinary, with some<br />

2,700 fish species thriving in Philippine waters. 11 toothed<br />

whales feed off the fish stock, while 5 baleen whales sift<br />

plankton from these rich waters. Humpback whales frolic in<br />

the waters around the Batanes islands, while whale sharks<br />

cruise along the coast off Donsol in SW Luzon, off Bohol<br />

and the SE coast of Cebu, as well as off the SE tip of Samar.<br />

The many seagrass in certain areas sustain the dugongs<br />

(seacows) that live around Palawan, along the southern<br />

coastline of Mindanao and even seen as far north as Polillo<br />

island off the east coast of Luzon. A combined number of<br />

29 species of whales and dolphins have been spotted in<br />

Philippine waters. Even an endemic one-toed otter lives in<br />

Palawan adding uniqueness to this particular environment.<br />

There is no doubt that the Philippines has inherited a<br />

bountiful legacy of marine life and maritime wealth.<br />

The protection of this diversity is in the hands of the future.<br />

Nature has great powers of regeneration and adaptation,<br />

but ultimately it is Mankind and population behaviour that<br />

will determine the protection, the preservation and the<br />

blossoming of these seas. The six dolphin species that thrive<br />

around these islands will increase in numbers as mankind<br />

enriches his understanding of the marine environment,<br />

instigates sustainable systems, controls and methods, and<br />

enforces them far and wide.<br />

The eradication of destructive fishing methods is quite<br />

obviously one of the keys in the struggle to harmonize<br />

population livelihood with environmental preservation. The<br />

trick is to substitute these methods with alternatives so<br />

hilippines<br />

rvation and and the the Profit<br />

Tawi-Tawi<br />

Tubbataha reef in Sulu<br />


Cuyo aerial view<br />

Fish at Sulu Echo Marine Park<br />

people can still gain a livelihood and are not forced into<br />

further depredation. An intensive study has revealed<br />

some critical statistics. In coral reef areas it is estimated<br />

that non-tourism occupations can produce between<br />

US$20,000 to US$150,000 per year from a single square<br />

kilometre. However, when you bring<br />

in the tourism-factor the spread<br />

noticeably increases from between<br />

US$23,000 to US$270,000 from<br />

each accessible square kilometre.<br />

The potential therefore to substitute<br />

destructive fishing methods with<br />

non-destructive methods, and to<br />

supplement community incomes<br />

by controlled tourist activities is<br />

surely astronomical. Somewhere in<br />

the middle of all this is the birth of a ‘water tourism’<br />

industry.<br />

There are two keys that will create this industry, without<br />

which it will never happen. They are both critical and<br />

basic requirements, and they will form the foundation of<br />

the success of this venture. Only then will ‘water tourism’<br />

flourish and coastal communities benefit from fresh<br />

activities. These keys are security and infrastructure.<br />

The perception of current insecurity in these magnificent<br />

islands is the death knoll for many a great adventure.<br />

The traveller has a fickle mind, and at the slightest hint<br />

of danger this animal will divert plans and run away and<br />

hide in another place. Rather like choosing a property,<br />

where they say the key to purchasing is ‘location, location,<br />

‘Water Tourism’ has the<br />

possibilities of a very<br />

bright future, and it is<br />

already growing bit by<br />

bit, but has never been<br />

promoted as an industry in<br />

its own right till recently.<br />

location!’, when it comes to the traveller it is very much<br />

‘security, security, security!’<br />

Infrastructure is the other issue, although this is a<br />

more ambiguous subject. The adventure traveller is<br />

not necessarily in search of lavish<br />

facilities, but every now and then<br />

good roads, good communication,<br />

good accommodation and good food<br />

are reassuring attributes which nurture<br />

peace of mind and the willingness to<br />

stay longer and venture further. The<br />

tourist however, as opposed to the<br />

adventurer, is usually a beast that<br />

depends on pristine infrastructure in<br />

order to stand up to the perceived<br />

rigours of a new and unfamiliar place. It is a dictating<br />

factor, rather like the quandary between the chicken<br />

and the egg (which came first?), without infrastructure<br />

the traveller will not come, but without the traveller the<br />

infrastructure will not materialise. But neither will take<br />

place without security. These are prickly issues.<br />

‘Water Tourism’ has the possibilities of a very bright future,<br />

and it is already growing bit by bit, but has never been<br />

promoted as an industry in its own right till recently. Only<br />

as it gains recognition and only if the vitality of the coral<br />

carpet is maintained and valued as a vital resource will it be<br />

possible for the people to profit from sustainable progress.<br />

It is exciting and enriching to know that conservation of the<br />

maritime environment indeed has a future worth pursuing for<br />

the progress of the people, the preservation and the profit.<br />

Badjao Housing, Brgy. Buli-Buli, Sumisip. Basilan<br />

Batanes Fisherman<br />



Ocean Marina<br />

Top of the Gulf<br />

Regatta<br />


Founded in 2005, the <strong>2019</strong> Top of the Gulf Regatta<br />

Presented by Ocean Marina will took place on 30th<br />

April to 5th May <strong>2019</strong>. Owned and organized by<br />

Ocean Property, the regatta is hosted by Ocean<br />

Marina Yacht Club with support from the Yacht Racing<br />

Association of Thailand, Royal Thai Navy, Royal Varuna<br />

Yacht Club and Pattaya City.<br />

Words by<br />


Photographs by GUY NOWELL<br />

One slip early on<br />

could cost a team a<br />

place on the podium<br />

and past winner Easy<br />

Tiger V (AUS) know<br />

this well.<br />

The Top of the Gulf<br />

Regatta Presented<br />

by Ocean Marina is<br />

unique: it is the largest<br />

multi-class sailing<br />

event of its kind in<br />

Asia, incorporating<br />

the Thailand Optimist<br />

Open Championship,<br />

the inaugural Thailand<br />

S\V14 Para Sailing<br />

Championship and is the only regatta in Thailand hosted at<br />

a marina.<br />

In recognition of the regatta’s success, Top of the Gulf<br />

Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina claimed Silver for “Best<br />

Amateur Sports Event of the Year in Thailand” at the 2016<br />

Asian Sports Industry Awards, and was voted ‘Asian Regatta<br />

of the Year’ at the 2014 Asian Marine & Boating Awards.<br />

Australian sailors dominate on Day 1<br />

PATTAYA, Thailand – The 15th Top of the Gulf Regatta<br />

presented by Ocean Marina got off to a good start with a<br />

solid 10 knots on the first day. This gave the Race Officer<br />

confidence to set the fleet on a long distance race. But first<br />

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

It was a lonely start for Team Hollywood (AUS) in IRC Racing<br />

1 with fellow TP52, THA72, not making the start of the first<br />

race. Not to be distracted from the task ahead, Ray Roberts<br />

and crew zeroed in on the second race and get the better of<br />

THA72 over distance, finishing the day with two bullets and<br />

an early lead in the standings.<br />

In what is often the most competitive class of the regatta,<br />

for the one-design Platus every race counts. One slip early<br />

on could cost a team a place on the podium and past winner<br />

Easy Tiger V (AUS) know this well. A good start to their<br />

campaign, but as Chris Way and his crew know only too<br />

well there is a long way to go. Thai entries Pine Pacific and<br />

YRAT rounded out the top three Edenko (FRA) got the<br />

better of the multihulls today with a win in their single, long<br />

distance race of the day, Dominique today, placing second<br />

and third overall. Demachy and his crew are looking to go<br />

one better this year. However, the ever-green Sonic (THA)<br />

will be looking to make it as difficult as possible and defend<br />

their title, despite a slow start today finishing third overall<br />

behind Blade Runner IX (UK) in second.<br />

The dinghy and Optimist fleets will join the fray tomorrow<br />

and compete over four day series, and for the first time<br />

Para Sailing will be part of the regatta with 14 Para Sailors<br />


competing in seven of the new and exciting double-handed<br />

S\V14s.<br />

Following a marathon day on-the-water yesterday for the<br />

keelboats and multihulls, today’s 10 knots of breeze at start<br />

time dropped off early on. Race Officer Jerry Rollin had<br />

to settle with a single race, though managed to squeeze<br />

in two races for the Platus which takes their series tally<br />

to five after two days. Meanwhile the dinghy classes,<br />

Optimists and Thailand S\V14 Para<br />

Sailing Championship joined in, kicking<br />

off their four-day series today, turning<br />

the waters off Ocean Marina Yacht Club<br />

into a festival of sail.<br />

Keelboats and Multihulls<br />

Ray Roberts and his crew on Team<br />

Hollywood continued where they left<br />

off in IRC Racing 1 yesterday with good<br />

boat speed and slick crew work, leading<br />

defending champions THA72 around the course and adding<br />

a third bullet to their series tally in the process.<br />

In IRC Racing 2 Fujin scored the daily double and at the same<br />

time put their first win on the board. Hugh Halliburton’s<br />

Tenacious weren’t far behind and placed second overall to<br />

retain a slim one point margin in the overall standings. Thai<br />

entry Lawana finished third on the day.<br />

The Japanese team on Team Spray, led by Hiroshi Kurokawa,<br />

found their groove today and beat all-comers in IRC Racing 3,<br />

claiming their first win in the series so far. SailQuest Hi Jinks and<br />

MoonShadow2 had to settle for second and third respectively.<br />

In the Multihulls class, Blade Runner IX added their first<br />

bullet and in the process they jump to the top of the<br />

standings. Sonic (DNF) and Edenko (DSQ) had a tough day<br />

in the office and look to re-group tomorrow.<br />

Thailand S\V14 Para Sailing Championship<br />

The introduction of Para Sailing to the regatta this year is<br />

a Thailand first and fleet racing of the new two-handed S\<br />

V14 dinghy is a world first. Seven teams hit the water today<br />

and in the 10 knots of breeze at start<br />

All the weather apps<br />

forecasted light winds<br />

dropping off in the<br />

early afternoon for the<br />

third and thankfully,<br />

all were wrong.<br />

time the fleet performed well. As the<br />

wind softened towards the end of the<br />

second race, the Race Officer had to<br />

call it a day and send the fleet back<br />

to shore.<br />

Thai Para Sailors scored the early<br />

wins with Paisol Pateh/ Mahseedi<br />

Hadumor claiming two wins ahead<br />

of fellow Thai sailors, Kasempon<br />

Hondee/ Suraphong Chitkong who place second overall.<br />

Thailand Optimist Open Championship<br />

Split into Gold and Silver fleets, defending his 2018 regatta<br />

crown is Thai youngster Panwa Boonak who got his series<br />

off to the best of starts winning the only race of the day<br />

in the Gold fleet. Fellow Thai National Team Sailor, Patihan<br />

Vorrasart, was hot his heels placing second while Malaysian<br />

youngster Wong Xiang scored third.<br />

Thai sailors dominated the podium in the Silver fleet as Pitipoom<br />

Jaroenpon finished 1st ahead of Amonwan Aphiwatudomkun<br />

in 2nd and Klorkwan Visuttiprapanont in 3rd.<br />

Easy Tiger V are building up a healthy lead at the top of the<br />

Platu class with two more wins today. Meanwhile defending<br />

champion Team View Point have recovered from a slowerthan-wanted<br />

start on Day 1 and added two second places to<br />

their score-line today. With that they improve their position<br />

in the overall standings. Pine-Pacific placed third in the first<br />

race while YRAT claimed third in the second race.<br />

Dinghy Classes<br />

Four dinghy classes started their series today: Class 8 (Single-<br />

Handed Monohulls with RVYC rating 1110 or less), Class 9<br />

(Single-Handed Monohulls with RVYC rating between 1111<br />

and 1200), Class 10 (Single-Handed Monohulls with RVYC<br />

rating greater than 1200), and Class 11, Double-Handed<br />

Monohull Dinghies).<br />


Two races were completed before the wind dropped. In Class 9,<br />

Malaysian sailors performed best over today’s two races. All the<br />

weather apps forecasted light winds dropping off in the early<br />

afternoon for the third and thankfully, all were wrong. A solid<br />

10-15 knots saw all 12 classes catching up on their respective<br />

series and the Race Officers and their teams working double<br />

time. Four races for the dinghy classes and the S\V14’s while<br />

two or three for most of the others made for a busy day in<br />

the Gulf of Thailand. Top that off with a sausage sizzle back<br />

onshore and Day 3 was chalked up as a winner all round.<br />

Keelboats and Multihulls<br />

Two races for IRC Racing 1 and two more wins for Ray Roberts<br />

and his crew on Team Hollywood (ex Provezza). The TP52 is<br />

getting the better of defending champion THA72 (another<br />

ex Provezza) which is being helmed by 2010 World Optimist<br />

Champion, Noppakao Poonpat. However, on-the-water the<br />

racing is close with THA72 getting the better of the start in<br />

today’s first race and leading to the first kite drop. After which,<br />

Team Hollywood managed to find extra boat speed and passed<br />

them, holding on to claim the win. The racing is also getting<br />

closer and closer in IRC Racing 2 with just seconds separating<br />

Fujin and Tenacious in the second race today – 13 seconds on<br />

corrected time to be precise. Fujin’s two wins today moves them<br />

to the top of the standings, one point ahead of Tenacious with<br />

Lawana sitting third overall. Team Spray and MoonShadow2<br />

traded places in IRC 3 Racing, each claiming a first and second,<br />

meanwhile SailQuest Hi Jinks is getting the better of Twilight<br />

Sparkle and holding onto third overall. It was all change in the<br />

Platu class today as places were shuffled at the top. After one<br />

long race each day for the Multihulls so far, the Race Officer<br />

decided it was time to double the effort and had the multihull<br />

trio on a 2-hour-plus race followed by a quick 30-minute<br />

round-the-cans. It was Bob Garner’s BladeRunnerIX who went<br />

to the party with the bragging rights after claiming the win in<br />

both races. Two second places for Sonic and two third places for<br />

Edenko leaves the multihull overall standing in that order.<br />

Four fast and furious races was the order of the day for the<br />

Para Sailors and with the wind up, there was a shuffling of<br />

places as five of the seven teams made the podium today.<br />

An AP on shore delayed this morning’s start but the wait<br />

wasn’t too long and just over an hour later the AP was down<br />

and the sailors headed out to their rides for the final day of<br />

racing. The delay was a good call, as come start time the<br />

wind had picked up and was blowing a respectable 8-10<br />

knots. It lasted through the afternoon and ensured all classes<br />

got in a number of races on the final day and wrapped up a<br />

successful series for all the classes.<br />

Keelboats and Multihulls<br />

IRC Racing 1 was already a foregone conclusion comes today<br />

but it was great to see the two TP52s, Team Hollywood (AUS)<br />

and THA72, out on-the-water and racing hard. Having been<br />

a long-time supporter of the Top of the Gulf Regatta, Ray<br />

Roberts brought his ‘new’ TP52 this year to take on Kevin<br />

and Tom Whitcraft’s Thailand-based THA72. They finished<br />

the series undefeated and in the process stopped THA72<br />

from securing a third win in four years.<br />

With a number of Thai ex national team sailors onboard<br />

and 2010 World Optimist Champion Noppakao Poonpat at<br />

the helm, THA72 have taken it upon themselves to support<br />

local talent and are providing a much needed bridge from<br />

dinghies to big boat racing for Thai sailors.<br />


As the winds softened and the races got shorter in IRC Racing<br />

2, Fujin (AUS) came into their own. They put together a<br />

string of seven wins from the last seven races and with that,<br />

won the class. Tenacious (AUS) performed better in the long<br />

races at the beginning of the series, but<br />

kept Fujin honest throughout, finishing<br />

second overall ahead of Lawana (THA)<br />

who claimed third on count back from<br />

Ink Zone (AUS).<br />

After a slow start to the series, Team<br />

Spray (JPN) found their sweet spot<br />

and strung together a series of firsts<br />

and seconds, finishing today with a<br />

1,2 scoreline and top the standings.<br />

MoonShadow2 (GBR) enjoyed the stronger breeze earlier<br />

on in the regatta and had to settle for second overall with<br />

SailQuest Hi Jinks (USA) in third.<br />

The Platu class traditionally delivers some of the closet<br />

racing in the regatta, and this year did not disappoint with<br />

just seconds the deciding factor in many of the races. Of<br />

the 12 Platus competing this year six made the podium but<br />

it was Chris Way’s Easy Tiger V who put in a dominating<br />

performance finishing with six firsts and three second places<br />

in the 12-race series to win by a whopping eight points.<br />

They put together a<br />

string of seven wins<br />

from the last seven<br />

races and with that,<br />

won the class.<br />

Last year’s winner, Team ViewPoint, placed second just two<br />

points ahead of top Thai boat, Pine Pacific, skippered by<br />

Ithinai Yingsiri.<br />

A single race for the Multihulls and<br />

another bullet for Bob Garner’s<br />

BladeRunnerIX (GBR) saw them finish<br />

their series with five wins from six races<br />

and a comfortable class victory. Sonic<br />

(THA) placed second overall with a<br />

string of second places beating out the<br />

French entry, Edenko.<br />

Thailand S\V14 Para Sailing<br />

Championship<br />

Two races wrapped up a fun, and competitive four-day series<br />

for the Para Sailing class and inaugural Thailand S\V14 Para<br />

Sailing Championship. Paisol Pateh/ Mahseedi Hadumor<br />

(THA) have barely put a foot wrong all regatta dropping their<br />

final race score (a six) to finish top of the standings and 11<br />

points clear of Kasempon Hondee/ Suraphong Chitkong<br />

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

strongly with a win in the final race of the series, Russel Vollmer<br />

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

Thailand Optimist Open Championship<br />

Known for the Optimist class and support of youth sailing in<br />

Thailand, the 15th Top of the Gulf Regatta saw more than<br />

80 youngsters split into Gold and Silver fleets, compete in<br />

the new Thailand Optimist Open Championship. Four races<br />

for both fleets turned the final day into a marathon and<br />

resulted with all competing a 10-race series.<br />

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Losing his way a little in the middle of the regatta, Panwa<br />

Boonak (THA) bounced back today with a 9 (his drop),<br />

2,1,1 to win comfortably. Second place went to Bowonnan<br />

Chanram (THA) who edged out M.L. Weka Bhanubandh by<br />

a point, who had to settle for third overall.

In the Silver fleet, Pitipoom Jaroenpon (THA) dominated<br />

with a 23 point winning margin from Supakan Kerdsakul<br />

(THA) in second and Amonwan Aphiwatudomkun (THA)<br />

just three points further back in third.<br />

Dinghy Classes<br />

Three races for all the dinghy classes (8, 9, 10, 11) today<br />

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

was enough for Albert Nazarov (RUS) to claim the title ahead<br />

of Ralf Donner in second and Apichart Tongmak in third.<br />

Ahmad Latif Khan B.Ali Sabri Khan (MAS) finished strong<br />

in Class 9 with a 2,1,1 to take the title ahead of fellow<br />

Malaysians Nur Shazrin Mohamad Latif in second and Israr<br />

Hazim B.Ismail in third.<br />

In Class 10, Patcharee Sringam (THA) carved out a three point<br />

lead to claim class honours ahead of Mohammad Shahieran<br />

Rin Raiman (MAS) in second and Eric Owen Tan Chang Fook<br />

in third. Meanwhile in the double-handed dinghies (Class<br />

11), the Thai duo of Jedtavee Yongyuennarn/ Chakkaphat<br />

Wiriyakitti finished their series with a 2,1,2 which wasn’t<br />

enough to overhaul the consistency of Muhammad Syafie<br />

Bin Ali/ Ikrami Hakimin Bin Markham (MAS) who held<br />

on for the class win. Fellow Malaysians, Muhammad Fauzi<br />

Kaman Shah/ Omar Ac Faroue placed third.<br />

Windsurfs<br />

Three races today completed the four-day series for the<br />

windsurfers and Ahmad Danish Abdul Hadi Kame (MAS)<br />

dominated RS:X, their only second place becoming their<br />

drop race. Geh Cheow Lin (MAS) secured second ahead of<br />

Nuur Fatin Solehah Binti Abdul Rahman (MAS) in third.<br />

The RS:One class was similarly dominated by Ilham Bin<br />

Wahab (MAS) who win seven of the eight races. Muhammad<br />

Izzudin Bin Abdul Rani (MAS) finished his series in style<br />

with a win in the final race to secure second place ahead of<br />

Darron Chin Hui Jie (MAS) in third.<br />

IOM RC Yachts<br />

Twelve radio controlled yachts competed in the IOM<br />

RC Yachts class at this year’s regatta and completed an<br />

impressive 27 races over two days. With four discards<br />

allowed, Dean Martin had the edge and finished with 73<br />

points to top the standings and claim the winners prize.<br />

Second place went to Kosit Kanithadis who won on count<br />

back, tied on points with Waranan Yusanon who had to<br />

settle for third place overall!<br />




47 th<br />

ILOILO<br />

PARAW<br />


Words by BARRY DAWSON<br />

Photographs as credited<br />


I<br />

But the annual regatta is more than a<br />

race, according to Mayor Jose Espinosa<br />

III before the competition started at the<br />

shores of Arevalo district.<br />

LOILO City – The 47th edition of the Paraw Regatta<br />

attracted over 40 wind-propelled native sailboats<br />

called paraw.<br />

“We do this to enhance public awareness<br />

on the importance of our seas. We<br />

have to protect our marine<br />

resources,” he stressed.<br />

Participating paraws<br />

raced against one<br />

another on the Iloilo<br />

Strait between this city<br />

and the island province<br />

of Guimaras.<br />

Participating paraws raced against one<br />

another on the Iloilo Strait between<br />

this city and the island province<br />

of Guimaras.<br />

Espinosa said he wanted to make the city’s coastline<br />

swimmable again with the support of the Department of<br />

Environment and Natural Resources and other stakeholders.<br />

Lawyer-environmentalist Antonio Oposa,<br />

meanwhile, lauded the Ilonggos’ “culture<br />

of the sea.”<br />

Everyone gets involved with the Regatta<br />

held at this time each year with some very<br />

hefty cash prizes to be won. The Demetillo<br />

family from Leganes dominated the A Class<br />

sailing taking first and second in the main race as well as the<br />

Slalom race the Wednesday before. Arguably the toughest<br />

class, small boats in gusty and choppy conditions. I have<br />

known the Demetillo family for some time. Ramon (Winnie’s<br />

son) as a young lad, used to sail with Iloilo Sailing Club in<br />

Optimists. He also did a stint of training with the Philippine<br />

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Jun Famur

Sea&Sail Iloilo Sailing<br />

Champion (LD) of<br />

Winnie Demetillo Sr.<br />

Sailing Team at Subic and in Manila. Winnie Demetillo and his<br />

family have cooperated with Iloilo Sailing and Iloilo’s Rotary<br />

West for several years to provide a one day sailing experience,<br />

dubbed ‘Sea and Sail, to children from remote mountain<br />

areas of Panay. The Demetillo family bring the children sailing<br />

in one of their paraws.<br />

Paraw Regatta is<br />

considered the oldest<br />

“traditional craft event”<br />

in Asia and the largest<br />

sailing event in the<br />

Philippines.<br />

Dr. Ronald Raymond<br />

Sebastian, president<br />

of the Iloilo Paraw<br />

Regatta Foundation<br />

Inc. (IPRFI), said the<br />

regatta could grow<br />

even bigger.<br />

The Regatta started on<br />

the shores of Arevalo<br />

district. Sailboats<br />

negotiated the Iloilo Strait toward the Bundolan Point in Jordan,<br />

Guimaras then back again to Arevalo.<br />

Twelve entries were from Boracay Island in, Malay, Aklan,<br />

according to Dr. Roberto Somosa, race director. The rest<br />

were from the municipalities of Leganes and Oton in the<br />

province of Iloilo; from Arevalo district of Iloilo City and<br />

from Guimaras. Fifteen paraws joined Category A; 14 in<br />

Category B; and 12 in Category C.<br />

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Paraw Regatta is considered the oldest “traditional craft<br />

event” in Asia and the largest sailing event in the Philippines.<br />

It was established more than four decades ago primarily to


preserve the paraw as a significant link to the earliest period<br />

of Ilonggo history.<br />

The paraw is a small boat with two stabilizers and was widely<br />

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

still being used as a means of transport as well a source of<br />

livelihood.<br />

The paraw is a strikingly fast boat, travelling at 10-15 knots<br />

through the waves. It was the prototype that inspired<br />

Westerners to develop the trimaran, the fastest sailboats<br />

now on the planet. And of course one of the major highlights<br />

of the regatta is the crowning of Miss Paraw Regatta, with<br />

22 candidates vying for the crown this year it was won by 19<br />

year old Gheneza Marie Mueller.<br />

Winners of this year’s events received their awards at the<br />

final ceremony and they were;<br />


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

of Leganes, Iloilo<br />

* 2nd (P27,000) – KD owned by Kiven De Asis<br />

* 3rd (P16,200) – RD owned by Rogelio Gareza<br />

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

* 5th (P8,100) – Ave Divine owned by Efren Aguirre<br />

* 6th (P4,500) – Jen-Jen Owned by Cezar Espinosa<br />

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

* 8th (P4,500) – Kokoy Apo owned by Ariel Gad<br />

* 9th (P4,500) – Aiya owned by Rogelio Gareza<br />

* 10th (P3,600) – Wenwen owned by Winnie Salcedo<br />


* 1st (P67,500) – Jolina owned by Reuven Tajanlangit of<br />

Tigbauan, Iloilo<br />

* 2nd (P45,000) – Kiss owned by Ricardo Gabales<br />

* 3rd (P18,000) – Kristine and Kassie owned by Oscar<br />

Espinosa<br />

* 4th (P13,500) – Justine owned by Danny Diomon<br />

* 5th (P10,800) – Discover owned by Paul Rembirt<br />

* 6th (P7,2000 – Cutty Shark owned by Sinel Mike<br />

* 7th (P6,300) – Jonelyn2 owned by Nelson Guzman<br />

* 8th (P5,400) – Apo Tats owned by Cezar Espinosa<br />

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

* 10th (P4,500) – owned by Alehandro Elemento<br />


* 1st (P90,000) – Kim Aron owned by Efren Aguirre<br />

of Boracay Island<br />

* 2nd (P67,500) – Goodshot Baby owned by Rona Casidsid<br />

* 3rd (P45,000) – Happy Hour owned by Ronel Cahilig<br />

* 4th (P13,500) – Ashley owned by Teddy Belejerdo<br />

* 5th (P11,700) – Consejo owned by Hector Espinosa<br />

* 6th (P9,000) – Marjhonec owned by Hector Espinosa<br />

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E<br />

xciting Bicol is the slogan adopted by the Department<br />

of Tourism Officer, Mr. Benjamin Santiago, Regional<br />

Director of Region V and his staff. And after exposing<br />

different parts of Bicol in past editions, one can<br />

easily see why this is the case. Because every place you visit<br />

in Bicol has another or different element of excitement!<br />

The Bicol region known for its iconic sights such as the<br />

Mayon volcano, pristine beaches and unspoilt landscapes<br />

is one of best tourist destinations in driving distance from<br />

Manila. Legazpi City the regional<br />

capital and the provincial capital of<br />

the province of Albay is a 10 to 12<br />

hour drive from Manila. The road trip<br />

though long is scenic if done by bus or<br />

by car; the traveler can enjoy the sights<br />

and the treats along the way. One can<br />

also get there by airline. There used to<br />

be a train service from Manila to Bicol<br />

but it is no longer operation, in fact,<br />

the famous Bicolano dish called the<br />

“Bicolanos are very<br />

much aware of value<br />

of taking care the<br />

environment, they are<br />

very much aware of<br />

the big picture.<br />

“Bicol Express” gets its name from that locomotive service.<br />

There has been news of reviving this rail service and have<br />

it reach all the way to Sorsogon, the southernmost tip of<br />

Luzon Island. The rehabilitation is expected to start this year<br />

and will be complete by 2022. When complete it is expected<br />

to significantly increase the tourism and improve the flow of<br />

goods to and from the region.<br />

Bicolanos are known for their environmental consciousness,<br />

and this shows through in their surroundings, the streets<br />

are clean and even a visit to a fish market<br />

demonstrates this. Department of Tourism<br />

Regional Director for the Bicol Region<br />

Benjamin Santiago mentioned that<br />

“Bicolanos are very much aware of value<br />

of taking care the environment, they are<br />

very much aware of the big picture. Clean<br />

surroundings are not only aesthetically<br />

pleasing and healthy it also attracts tourists<br />

and investments into the area” Mr. Santiago<br />

said.<br />

Words by<br />


Photos as credited<br />



with spicy food make sure to confirm if the food is not spicy<br />

before partaking of the local delicacies.<br />

Pili nuts sourced from the Pili tree grown abundantly in the<br />

area and are endemic to the region, its a good source of<br />

protein and fat and can be found in other countries in the<br />

South Pacific, but Bicol is famous for it. Make sure to try<br />

out the various delicacies derived from this unique tasting<br />

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

it using a door jamb. Its shell is so dense that it will most<br />

probably break the door.<br />

Sights in Albay<br />

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To get the most of the Bicol experience Tourists and first<br />

time visitors to Legazpi and other areas in Region five. It is<br />

recommended that they drop by the local government tourism<br />

office or the department of tourism regional offices. Drop<br />

by these places to get contact numbers of essential helpful<br />

personnel, as well as brochures, guide books and assorted<br />

literature on assorted destinations in the area. One such<br />

booklet is the Albay Visa, prepared by the<br />

Albay Provincial Tourism Culture and Arts<br />

Office (PTCAO). The Visa is packed with<br />

essential information for visitors to enjoy<br />

the most of their visit to this fine province.<br />

Bicol is famous for their spicy food, the<br />

locals love it, so much so that even their<br />

ice cream is has heat built in through chili<br />

peppers. If your palate is not compatible<br />

The locals love<br />

spicy food, so much<br />

so that even their<br />

ice cream has heat<br />

built in through<br />

chili peppers.<br />

Legazpi is a tourist friendly town and the locals appreciate<br />

the extra business that tourism provides their province. Local<br />

visitors need not worry about learning to speak the local<br />

dialect as Bicolanos generally understand and speak Tagalog<br />

and English. Legazpi city is a place of historical significance<br />

and is generally well preserved relative to the capital of<br />

Manila and many historical buildings have been around for<br />

decades several even before the second world war.<br />

The Cagsawa ruins is always a popular first stop for tourists in<br />

Legazpi, not only does it provide a great view of the Mayon<br />

volcano, it is also one of the best places<br />

for a photo opportunity. One word that<br />

describes the site is “iconic” when the sun<br />

is out and the volcano is not obscured by<br />

cloud cover, tourists can be found taking<br />

turns striking a pose with the old bell tower<br />

and Mayon volcano in the background. The<br />

ruins have stood for almost two centuries<br />

as a symbol of the Bicol landscape, rich<br />

history and the Bicolano’s strength and<br />



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resiliency to face and rise from the ravages of Mother Nature.<br />

Folklore states that Kagsaw was derived from the word “KAG”<br />

meaning owner and “SAWA£ meaning python. Kagsawa can<br />

also mean excesses or too much. The Eruption on February 1st<br />

1814 was seen as a divine justice for overindulgence. Recorded<br />

as the worst eruption of Mt. Mayon it’s flowing lava killing<br />

over 1,200 people who took refuge in the church which was<br />

engulfed with lava. Today only the Church Belfry remains as a<br />

grim reminder of these past events, standing<br />

among the giant stones spewed out by Mt.<br />

Mayon. Now called Cagsawa, it is managed<br />

by the Daraga Municipal Government , and<br />

now boasts a swimming pool where visitors<br />

can laze around and gaze at the majestic<br />

vista of Mt Mayon.<br />

Mayon skyline view deck<br />

Relaxing with the awesome and the undoubtedly breathtaking<br />

view of Mayon Volcano in front of you and a cool<br />

breeze blowing in your face is one of the most relaxing<br />

things to do in exciting Bicol. No one ever gets tired of<br />

viewing the Mayon volcano. Being so majestically beautiful!<br />

Albay is so fortunate to have such attraction that’s why it is<br />

visited by so many tourists. So if you are planning to have<br />

a vacation in this province, there’s one spot that will let you<br />

do this kind of experience.<br />

The Eruption on<br />

February 1st 1814<br />

was seen as a<br />

divine justice for<br />

overindulgence.<br />

Mayon Skyline View Deck, formerly known as Mayon Rest<br />

house, is a recreational area and is one of the prime tourist<br />

attractions in Albay. It is located at the east of Mayon Volcano<br />

halfway from its peak. To get into the view deck, tourists<br />

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have to pass through the intestine-like road upward. It has<br />

a lot of curves which is the typical of Philippine mountain<br />

roads. But along these curves, you can see that Mayon is<br />

already peeping! It’s the ideal location for visitors to get a<br />

closer look of the perfect cone of this awesome volcano. Try<br />

not to arrive at the view deck when the cone of Mayon is<br />

hiding behind the clouds. The best times are usually about<br />

6am or 6pm where she is usually at her majestic best. But in<br />

the situation when the volcano is not in the<br />

mood to meet its fans, the Mayon Skyline<br />

still ensures that its guests will still have a<br />

great time with other majestic scenery that<br />

can be seen and photographed. On the<br />

other side of the area, there are panoramic<br />

views of the Pacific Ocean, the mountains<br />

of Masaraga and Malinao and some towns<br />

of Albay. There are numerous gazebos<br />

where tourist can stay for a while, relaxing<br />

and enjoying a drink and a snack.<br />

Legazpi Boulevard /Boardwalk<br />

One of the newly developed scenic destinations in Legazpi<br />

City is the Legazpi Boulevard on the eastern side of the city.<br />

It provides a great sunrise view especially for those who go<br />

for their morning jog and bicycle rides. Restaurants and bars<br />

and landscaping in the area is currently being developed in<br />

the area, the sites holds a lot of promise and is the venue for<br />

athletic events such as triathlons and regattas.<br />

Ligñon Hill is another tourist destination that gives a<br />

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

the location is popular with Television crews covering the<br />

occasional seismic activity of the volcano. Ligñon Hill is located<br />

beside the Legazpi Airport and it provides a nice view of the<br />

runway and airliners coming in to land and take off. The hill is<br />

also a location of a World War-2 tunnel made by the Japanese<br />

to store supplies and hide out from American forces who were<br />

liberating the Philippines from Japanese occupation. Near<br />

the WW2 Tunnel is a Japanese Zero Fighter memorial newly<br />

developed by the City Government of Legazpi.<br />

Vera Falls<br />

Located in the Municipality of Malinao in Tabaco City, Albay,<br />

Vera Falls is a refreshing place to visit. Water from several<br />

tributaries on Mt. Malinao and natural springs provide Vera<br />

falls with cool, clean water that visitors can enjoy to cool off<br />

from sweltering summer sun. From the falls, visitors can even<br />

enjoy a guided inner tube ride down the rapids emanating<br />

from the falls.<br />

Mount Masaraga<br />

Located in Ligao, Albay, together with Mt. Manilao and Mt.<br />

Mayon are the triumvirate of mountains of Albay. With Mayon<br />

being the tallest and most iconic. Mt. Masaraga has a nice<br />

campsite for visitors who like to be one with nature, either<br />

through bird watching, mountaineering, spelunking or just<br />

enjoying the sights of Bicol. For those without a tent, there’s a<br />

single cottage that 4 to 6 people can occupy.<br />

Quituinan Hill<br />

Located in the municipality of Camalig is Quituinan Hill, another<br />

site in Albay where television crews set up their cameras during<br />

potential eruptions. The hill gives a commanding view of Mt.<br />

Mayon with little foot traffic and is located in an area with<br />

good mobile data connectivity because of its proximity to<br />

cellular towers. Horseback riding and All terrain vehicle rides<br />

are offered here as well as a tour of caves that Japanese used<br />

to store ammunition for artillery batteries during WW2.<br />

Sumilang Lake<br />

While in Camalig, Albay families and tour groups can drop by<br />

Sumilang Lake for a quiet picnic on the water on large bamboo<br />

rafts meals and refreshments such as pili and sili ice cream are<br />

available at several restaurants and refreshment stands on the<br />

lake shore.<br />

All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) trails<br />

For those looking for a powered way to enjoy the sites around<br />

Mayon Volcano and Albay, there are three ATV trails recognized<br />

by the local tourism office, the first one is located near the<br />

Cagsawa Ruins in Daraga, the next one is Pawa, Legazpi and<br />


it’s a 400 meter trek uphill to the top and it’s best to wear<br />

rubber shoes. There are refreshment stands on route to<br />

the top as well as the summit to quench the thirst of the<br />

weary hiker. There are also a small selection of restaurants<br />

waiting at the bottom of the hill for non trekkers to wait, or<br />

for trekkers to fill themselves up with local delicacies after<br />

their trek down from the hill. Located beside the Kawakawa<br />

hill is the bamboo setum, where more than 20 species<br />

of bamboo are planted for harvesting for use in making<br />

furniture, handicrafts and useful items. Other attractions<br />

by the bamboo setum is a bamboo bridge, lovers hill and a<br />

sunflower garden.<br />

On the Water<br />

the third one is in Sto. Domingo. The three sites each have<br />

different trails and offer unique perspectives of the scenery.<br />

The trails have varied lengths and levels to suit beginner to<br />

advanced trail riders.<br />

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Kawa-kawa Hill Park<br />

Located in Ligao City, Albay, Kawakawa<br />

Hill Park has several attractions<br />

and is considered by Catholics as a<br />

pilgrimage site. The Divine Mercy<br />

Monastery Church is on the base of<br />

the hill and provide parking for those<br />

with vehicles. One such attraction is the life-sized last<br />

supper statue on the base of Kawa-kawa hill, known as the<br />

hill without a hill-top because of its cauldron shaped top.<br />

The word “kawa” in Filipino means big kettle or cauldron.<br />

Stations of the Cross are placed on the path to the top,<br />

Kawa-kawa hill<br />

is known as the<br />

hill without a hilltop<br />

because of its<br />

cauldron shaped top.<br />

The Albay gulf has several dive sites and marine sanctuaries<br />

cared for and watched over by the Integrated Coastal Resource<br />

Management office of Legazpi City, a group tasked with<br />

safeguarding the city’s aquatic and coastal resources. Among<br />

their initiatives are assisting locals in planting seaweed<br />

and kelp as a livelihood and planting<br />

mangroves select areas around the<br />

Albay gulf. One such area we visited<br />

was the Dawitan River. Several species<br />

of mangroves were planted in the area<br />

several years ago and are propagating<br />

well. Mangroves area ideal places for<br />

fish to spawn, helping ensure that<br />

the marine resources in the area are<br />

sustained for generations to come.<br />

The Integrated Coastal Resource Management Office is<br />

located on the Legazpi Boardwalk, Mr. Rhoneil Esteves a<br />

marine eco-diver, gave us a tour of the river and told us<br />



Although we know these places exist, most of us probably<br />

haven’t set foot in one them or even seen them, but we<br />

know what they are, where they are, and why they are wellknown.<br />

The name is so powerful and established enough to<br />

push the place to the top of our respective bucket lists.<br />

One of the better ones that comes to mind is Misibis Bay.<br />

Even local tourists who haven’t been to the Bicol region are<br />

aware that this 5-hectare island resort exists. And for the<br />

overseas visitor, looking to enjoy the best the Philippines<br />

has to offer should be made aware of this resort, because<br />

Misibis Bay has become an icon in Albay, not only just a<br />

resort, but as a destination to be thoroughly enjoyed by<br />

young and old alike. A tropical getaway sitting on Cagraray<br />

Island in Albay, 500 meters from Cagraray Eco-Park and<br />

forty km from Albay, Misibis Bay boasts of an outdoor pool,<br />

a spa and wellness facility, and a private beach area.<br />

of their efforts to protect the environment for future<br />

generations. Being a diver, Mr. Esteves knows all the dive<br />

sites in an around the Albay gulf.<br />

Misibis Bay<br />

You can count on one hand the<br />

number of island resorts situated in<br />

the Philippines that can lay claim to<br />

being something out of the ordinary.<br />

Where, the name of the resort is enough to trigger an endless<br />

succession of images of a luxurious paradise in our minds.<br />

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The name of the resort<br />

is enough to trigger an<br />

endless succession of<br />

images of a luxurious<br />

paradise in our minds.<br />

Combining traditional local designs with modern amenities,<br />

each room at Misibis Bay has air conditioning and comes<br />

with an LCD cable TV, a DVD player, and a safety deposit<br />

box, as well as coffee making facilities. The ensuite bathroom<br />

comes with a hairdryer and free toiletries and some of the<br />

rooms are fitted with a bathtub. For<br />

that special meal and Inspired by local<br />

flavours, Spice Market offers a variety<br />

of Asian and international favorites.<br />

Sula serves a wide selection of wines<br />

and spirits as well as snacks while inroom<br />

dining and room service is also<br />

available. There is also a gym to help<br />

keep those fitness levels up. For an<br />

early morning adrenaline rush, try out<br />

Misibis Bay’s unique ATV adventure. Just before the break<br />

of dawn, you get on an ATV and ride out of the resort where<br />



Aniao Islets<br />

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your guide takes you up a hill so you can watch the sun rise<br />

above Cagraray Island on one side and have a glimpse of the<br />

Mayon Volcano on the other side, all while you enjoy a cup<br />

of coffee and some freshly baked bread. This is just another<br />

amazing way to start your day.<br />

Just remember one thing, Misibis Bay<br />

is not for budget minded traveller or<br />

backpacker. Like many other exclusive<br />

resorts in the Philippines, Misibis Bay<br />

caters to those tourists who want to be<br />

pampered in luxury. One thing that is very<br />

noticeable at this resort is the pride the<br />

staff takes in their caring and attentive service, along with<br />

the well-appointed rooms, and secluded location, all these<br />

Misibis Bay caters<br />

to those tourists<br />

who want to be<br />

pampered in luxury.<br />

come at a price. But one thing that doesn’t get highlighted<br />

enough about Misibis Bay Resort is the range of activities<br />

than guests can do during their stay at this magical place.<br />

There are any number of watersports to be enjoyed by the<br />

guests like sailing, Jet skiing, Banana Boat<br />

Rides, Windsurfing, diving, swimming,<br />

snorkelling, hiking, parasailing are just a<br />

few of the fun activities in store for you.<br />

Sailboats available are two Hobie Getaways<br />

that can take up to 5 passengers, they also<br />

have stand up paddle boards that guest<br />

can use. Guests can also relax at one of<br />

two pools while sipping your favourite<br />

drink, forgetting the rest of the world exists while you take<br />

time out away from the hustle and bustle of suburban life.<br />

So if you’ve been dreaming of experiencing the luxury and<br />

pampering that Misibis Bay has to offer, then now is the<br />

time to do it.<br />

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Cagraray Echo Park<br />

Misibis Bay lies in the shadow of Cagraray Eco-Park, which<br />

makes it easily accessible from the resort. A van tour would<br />

take you to the Amphitheatre, the chapel, a hanging bridge,<br />

and zipline area. There are many vantage points along the<br />

way that will give you an awesome view of the bay.<br />

Another adrenaline rush that is quite exciting is riding the<br />

luge down the eco-park paved way. They use the street<br />

luge, which is like a wheeled sled that you can ride down a<br />

slope. It’s a great and exciting way to spend time with family<br />

and friends.


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Places to Eat<br />

The flavors of Bicol are unique to the Philippines; no other<br />

province loves spicy food more than Bicolanos. One popular<br />

dish from the area is a pork dish flavored with coconut<br />

milk, fermented shrimp and lots of chilies, the dish is called<br />

Bicol Express, named after the train service that used to run<br />

through the province.<br />

One of the most iconic places to eat in Bicol for tourists and<br />

locals is the 1st Colonial Grill. It’s an iconic landmark known<br />

for their Bicolano dishes and Sili (chili) ice scream. It has<br />

a few branches in Legazpi, two in Naga, one in Sorsogon<br />

and even in Metro Manila. One dish worth recommending<br />

is Bahay Kubo a vegetable salad with all the vegetables in<br />

the lyrics of the classic folk song. For desert you can try<br />

their homemade ice cream made from local indigenous<br />

ingredients such as pili nut, malunggay, kalamansi or if<br />

you’re feeling adventurous try the level - 4 Sili ice cream.<br />


Rizal st. in Legazpi runs to through the Central Business<br />

District of Legazpi this means some of the best restaurants<br />

in the City can be found here, one<br />

favorite hangout of the locals is a<br />

Bicolano fusion restaurant called the<br />

Small Talk Cafe’ where the flavors of<br />

Bicol merge with classic Italian staples<br />

such as pasta and calzone. The simple<br />

family owned operation ensures the<br />

qualities of ingredients are put in<br />

every dish.<br />

Across Rizal street from Small Talk Cafe’<br />

is Bob Marlin Restaurant it has its roots in Naga, Camarines<br />

Sur where it’s practically an institution known for their tasty<br />

crispy-pata and other classic Filipino and Bicolano dishes.<br />

Camarines Norte, Daet and Mercedes Group of Islands<br />

The Province of Camarines Norte is the northernmost<br />

province of Region V or the Bicol region, unlike most<br />

provinces of the Philippines; Camarines Norte does not<br />

have any cities. Its provincial capital Daet is a first class<br />

municipality with a population of a little over 100,000,.<br />

Some of the areas of the province are Tagalog speaking while<br />

the rest are Bicolano speaking. But domestic tourists visiting<br />

Camarines Norte don’t need to brush up on the Bicolano as<br />

all the locals speak Tagalog fairly well. Like most areas of the<br />

Philippines, the province is fairly laid back and the people<br />

hospitable and accommodating.<br />

Bantayog Festival<br />

The dish is called Bicol<br />

Express, named after<br />

the train service that<br />

used to run through<br />

the province.<br />

Held each year in April has been running for 99 years with<br />

the year 2020 it will celebrate 100 years.<br />

Active Boating and Watersports<br />

Magazine was invited to visit Camarines<br />

Norte for the 99th Bantayog Festival<br />

commemorating the establishment of<br />

the first ever monument dedicated<br />

to Jose Rizal the Philippines’ national<br />

hero, it was erected in the Daet town<br />

plaza in 1920, and the festival also<br />

coincides with the foundation day of<br />

the Province of Camarines Norte.<br />

This year, as one of the events of the Bantayog Festival,<br />

the provincial government inaugurated the Corazon C.<br />

Aquino Boulevard, a 5 kilometer coastal road running from<br />

Mercedes all the way to Bagasbas beach. The infrastructure<br />


work is complete and all that is left to do is the landscaping<br />

and once done, it will be one of the longest boulevards in<br />

the country. Features that will not doubt attract visitors and<br />

investors to the area<br />

The provincial<br />

and help bring about<br />

the cityhood of Daet.<br />

government<br />

inaugurated the<br />

To get the most of<br />

the Daet experience,<br />

Corazon C. Aquino<br />

we recommend<br />

Boulevard, a 5 km.<br />

coordinating with the<br />

coastal road.<br />

Provincial Tourism<br />

Office, just across<br />

the street from the<br />

hundred year old Rizal Monument. Bong Palma, the<br />

provincial tourism officer and his staff will be happy to hook<br />

you up with the right guides and transport operators to<br />

maximize the experience.<br />

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Daet is known as a jump-off point to several island<br />

destinations such as Calaguas Island and the Mercedes<br />

group of Islands. Calaguas is known to be an island paradise<br />

and one of the best places to for a tropical island jaunt.<br />

Bagasbas beach a long strip of white sand beaches is a major<br />

tourist attraction in Daet. Visitors can enjoy skim-boarding<br />

as well as kitesurfing or just laying out on the beach’s<br />

fine white sand or even having a good meal hotels and<br />

restaurants in the area. Places like the Bagasbas Lighthouse<br />

and Catherine’s.<br />

The town of Mercedes is 4km away from Daet and is the<br />

area’s main fish port, residents of Mercedes are very much<br />

aware of maintaining the viability of the marine ecosystem<br />

as the economy of Mercedes relies primarily on products<br />

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

can buy fresh seafood from the market and have one of the<br />

nearby restaurants cook the dish in their special Bicolano<br />

way. The Mercedes fish port is also the take off point<br />

if going island hopping to the 7 islands in the Mercedes<br />

group. A banka charter will set you back 2500 to 3000 for a<br />

whole day tour of the Mercedes islands, one banca can carry<br />

4 to 8 people.<br />

Canimog Island is the biggest in the group but it’s generally<br />

uninhabited. The northwest side of the Island has a<br />

lighthouse the only man made-structure on the island,<br />

erected in 1927 and is believed to be one of the first in the<br />

area. It’s fairly easy to get to the lighthouse, there’s a paved<br />

path and a stairs from the landing area on the western side<br />

of the island all the way up to the site. The lighthouse is<br />

primarily used by fishermen coming back to Mercedes from


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the Pacific. On the southern end of the island is a stretch of<br />

white sand beach that faces the other islands in the chain,<br />

a short stroll to the south eastern side of the island will lead<br />

you to some rock formations and if the tides are right you’ll<br />

notice tidal pools form between them, with<br />

crystal clear water.<br />

The twin islands of Apuao, Apuao Grande<br />

and Apuao Pequeña are linked by a sandbar<br />

and each have their own attractions; the<br />

bigger island has caves formed by the waves,<br />

while the smaller Pequeña has pine trees and<br />

is a fruit bat sanctuary and a view deck on<br />

the north side of the island with an amazing view, the view<br />

deck is accessible by a short 15 minute trek from the beach.<br />

Quinapagian Island is one of the flatter islands in the<br />

Mercedes chain is best visited during high tide as the it does<br />

get fairly shallow and some of the bigger bancas can run<br />

aground, there is one resort on the island for those who<br />

wish to stay overnight, Mi Amor Resort is rustic and simple<br />

and is managed by the Amores family.<br />

The twin islands<br />

of Apuao, Apuao<br />

Grande and Apuao<br />

Pequeña are linked<br />

by a sandbar.<br />

The Island of Caringo one of the few<br />

populated islands in the Mercedes<br />

group is a popular destination among<br />

backpackers because of homestay<br />

options on the island and the lovely<br />

white sand beaches maintained by<br />

the residents of the island. It is<br />

recommended to put a day of Island<br />

hopping at Mercedes on your bucket list of things to do.<br />

How to get there<br />

Flying; Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Cebco operate<br />

a number of flights daily from Manila. By Bus, There<br />

are a number of bus companies like Amihan, DLBT and<br />

Philtranco, just to name a few that operate up to eight<br />

regular daily services to Legazpi. Fares range from about<br />

P800 and traveling time is 9 to 11 hours depending on<br />

traffic conditions. By Car the trip usually takes approx. eight<br />

to nine hours and the distance is 500 klm.<br />

Places to stay<br />

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The City of Legazpi and the province of Albay offer many<br />

options for accommodations for all sorts of travelers, from

hotel you’re staying in. The rooms are fairly comfortable<br />

with all the comforts you can expect from a professionally<br />

run hotel. While in Daet there are some very good budget<br />

priced hotels like the Pineapple Resort Hotel, Caluguas<br />

Gateway and Prime Suites, or if you wish to stay out at the<br />

beach The Bagasbas Lighthouse Beach Resort would be the<br />

pick in that area.<br />

students, to backpackers to businessmen and even families<br />

on holiday enjoying the sensual pleasures the province has<br />

to offer. A simple internet search or query through the local<br />

tourism office will get you all the options.<br />

While we were in Legazpi we stayed at the Oriental Hotel<br />

Legazpi, perched on top of hill in the heart of the city it<br />

gives a commanding view of Legazpi all the way to Albay<br />

gulf or Mayon volcano depending on which side of the<br />

Active Boating and Watersports would like to thank DOT<br />

Regional Director Mr. Benjamin Santiago, Tourism Officer<br />

Joseph Trilles, Roel B Llarena from PTCAO, Mark Esplana<br />

and Jay-r Garalde Legazpi Tourism Office, Agapita S Pacres<br />

City Tourism Officer, Hon. Noel S Rojal City Mayor, Dorothy<br />

F Colle PTCAO Department Head, Maryann Colle PTCAO,<br />

Jed L Villanueva Camalig Tourism Officer, Rose Ann B<br />

Mostaza Camalig Tourism Staff, Angela Pacres Tourism<br />

Officer Daraga, Mr. Rhonel T. Esteves from the Integrated<br />

Coastal Resource Management, Bong Palma and Myrna<br />

Gobrin from Daet Provisional Tourism for their support and<br />

assistance in preparing this feature.<br />

Misibis Bay<br />

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A L B A Y<br />

Map of Albay<br />


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Making Sailors That<br />


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Launching the Balangay Marina Sailing and Yacht Club<br />

W<br />

hat started as quick after church chats about<br />

the Balangay boats between two friends Justin<br />

Dominic Robles and Capt. Gilbert Maturan a year<br />

ago has grown into a movement much greater<br />

than themselves. Here is the background of their story on how<br />

they established and launched the Balangay Marina Sailing and<br />

Yacht Club and then some.<br />

Being in an archipelago of 7107 islands,<br />

it’s no surprise that early Filipinos were<br />

truly a people of the sea. As most<br />

settlements were in coastal villages or near<br />

rivers, boats were linked to many aspects<br />

of Filipino life such fishing, trade, warfare,<br />

travel, communication and dwelling. The<br />

Barangay, the smallest administrative<br />

unit of government in the country today<br />

is supposedly derived from the word<br />

Balangay, our country’s national boat.<br />

These lessons will<br />

help them become<br />

well rounded seafarers<br />

and eventually<br />

future leaders in the<br />

shipping industry.<br />

due to the shortage of experienced sailors, only seven made<br />

it to the water. Despite that, the colorful sails and painted<br />

hulls made for an amazing sailing extravaganza the region<br />

hasn’t seen since the use of engines for boat propulsion.<br />

Unlike previous FBWs where families and groups assemble<br />

and finish boats in three days from prefabricated kits, this<br />

time, majority of the work from prefabrication,assembly<br />

and finishing were<br />

done by SJIT-SMET cadets, with brunt<br />

of the work done by Teekay scholars<br />

supervised by PHBYC instructors. With<br />

cadets having full participation in the build<br />

of boats they will be using for sail training<br />

and racing; should anything happen to the<br />

boat while out sailing they would know<br />

what they need to do to get it sailing again,<br />

developing seamanship skills that will be<br />

useful in their future maritime careers.<br />

In 2010, Replicas of the Balangay boats embarked on a<br />

17-month expedition which took the voyage team all over<br />

Southeast Asia. They braved stormy seas and intense heat,<br />

their only reward was seeing the excitement and smiles of the<br />

children they have inspired, greeting them as they come in to<br />

their ports of call. This rekindled a sense of pride for Filipino<br />

maritime history that has otherwise been long forgotten. This is<br />

the Revival of the Lost Sailing Culture.<br />


Balangay Marina Sailing and Yacht Club (BMSYC)<br />

The BMSYC started as an initiative to revive a lost sailing<br />

culture and promote the maritime history and heritage from<br />

the grassroots level up. The Balangay Marina Sailing and<br />

Yacht Club (BMSYC) was launched with a Family Boatbuilding<br />

Weekend (FBW) on May 23-26, <strong>2019</strong> at the Saint Joseph<br />

Institute of Technology-Maritime Education and Training<br />

(SJIT-SMET) Cubi Cubi Campus, a maritime academy in<br />

Nasipit, a small town just outside of Butuan City. The event<br />

was a collaboration with the Philippine Home Boatbuilders<br />

Yacht Club (PHBYC) and SJIT-SMET, supported by Hyde<br />

Sails, Pioneer Adhesives, Broadwater Marine, Polymer<br />

Products, Duckworks Boat Builders’ Supply along with<br />

the Teekay Foundation cadets under their Future Leaders<br />

Program. Helping out are members from Taal Lake Yacht<br />

Club, Subic Bay Yacht Club and SAGS Subic Sailing and the<br />

Balangay Voyage/Philippine Mt. Everest Expedition Team<br />

BMSYC’s boat building activity was planned to be the biggest<br />

FBW ever. PHBYC organized five FBWs with the Oz Goose<br />

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

For this event, parts for 20 boats were ordered by BMSYC’s<br />

proponents,; however, due to unexpected manpower and<br />

logistics issues during the 2-week pre-fabrication and<br />

assembly period, only 10 of the boats were completed; and<br />

Invited guests from around the country were amazed at the<br />

energy and enthusiasm of the cadets who were enjoying the<br />

fruits of their labor, PHBYC instructors were equally amazed<br />

on the profound effect of the event on the cadets, “You<br />

could feel the excitement in the air when the boats were<br />

carried to the beach.” said Paulo Topacio an Oz Goose sailor<br />

of PHBYC. Dr. Leticia Salas, President and CEO of SJIT was<br />

equally enthused during the ceremonial drizzling of libation<br />

on the fleet prior to their maiden sail. This coming school<br />

year, SJIT-SMET Physical Education (PE) classes will involve<br />

sailing, a first in the country.<br />

The Oz Goose the simplest and most affordable one-design<br />

sailing dinghy in frequent use in the Philippines. The choice of<br />

the Oz Goose was because of inclusivity, removing the false<br />

notion that sailing as a sport is limited to only the wealthy.<br />

Sailing should be accessible and open to everyone. A popular<br />

pitch among the sailing community is that the Oz Goose is a<br />

boat you can own for less than the price of an iPhone.<br />

The initial advocacy remains at the core of the project,<br />

promoting sailing as a means of preserving the Philippines’<br />

rich maritime culture, history and heritage. They hope to<br />

achieve this by becoming a bridge linking our seafaring past<br />

with our modern maritime industry. The group will be based<br />

out of the SJIT-SMET Campus. The school is a modern, world<br />

class maritime academy. Justin Dominic Robles is appreciative<br />

of the partnership with SJIT, “We are privileged to be able<br />

to work with them hand in hand to implement our vision of<br />

reviving the lost sailing culture” Justin said.<br />

As an educational tool, BMSYC wants to promote sailing<br />

as a means of enhancing the skills and quality of maritime<br />

students through experiential learning. According to Capt.<br />

Maturan of BMSYC “Although sailing is currently not an<br />

academic requirement in the maritime industry, it would be<br />


of great benefit if students can learn to understand and take<br />

advantage of the forces of nature, the wind, the waves, the<br />

currents and how they can be harnessed to power a craft.<br />

With this knowledge ingrained into them, they will become<br />

better seafarers more attuned to their environment.”<br />

“By gaining practical experience in<br />

boatbuilding, maintenance and fleet<br />

management, the students will become<br />

more accustomed to tasks they will<br />

eventually be doing anyway as professionals.<br />

These lessons will help them become well<br />

rounded seafarers and eventually future<br />

leaders in the shipping industry except they<br />

are now equipped with a deeper connection<br />

and appreciation of their history, culture and heritage knowing<br />

that being in the sea is in their blood, it is part of who they are<br />

as a people.” Capt. Maturan added.<br />

Sailing in the recreational or competitive yachting circle can even<br />

become a viable career option not only for maritime graduates<br />

but also for athletes. Demand for experienced crew members<br />

is very high globally. In fact a common challenge among local<br />

yacht racing teams constantly has to look for crews because<br />

experienced sailors are often being pirated by teams from<br />

abroad. The demand is also great for coaches and instructors<br />

who teach sailing to students, some as young as 5 years old<br />

to become competitive sailors when they get older. Also, by<br />

teaching sailing to young children in the local community.<br />

Relative to its neighbors, the Philippines has been lagging<br />

behind as a recreational boating destination despite being a<br />

tropical archipelago. It has some of the most beautiful islands<br />

in the world and year round sailing conditions yet very low<br />

Teaching sailing will<br />

help students become<br />

more sensitive to issues<br />

and provide them an<br />

avenue to implement<br />

necessary actions.<br />

representation in the industry. The lack of general knowledge,<br />

interest and infrastructure has held it back immensely. Being<br />

that Butuan is the historical home of the Balangay gives it a<br />

special claim for becoming a hub for a cultural maritime revival.<br />

BMSYC is blessed to be near Nasipit town’s deep water<br />

harbour which can provide protected mooring for vessels<br />

year round. In the near future, they hope to develop the<br />

surrounding community to becoming an essential partner in<br />

their long term vision by developing a marina in the harbour.<br />

This has the potential to uplift the local community which<br />

can provide skilled labour for boat maintenance and repair.<br />

BMSYC hopes to promote the region as a hub for sailing and<br />

recreational boating in the Northern corridor of Mindanao<br />

which is currently devoid any organized sailing activities.<br />

Environmentally, BMSYC aims to teach sailing to students<br />

as a means of looking forward and preparing them for<br />

a more sustainable and ecologically<br />

friendly shipping industry. As it is the The<br />

International Maritime Organization has<br />

pledged to reduce carbon emissions from<br />

shipping by at least 50% by 2050, in fact,<br />

several companies have event pledged to<br />

becoming carbon neutral by that time.<br />

Sailing as an outdoor activity is centered on<br />

the environment. It is an effective platform<br />

for promoting environmental awareness in the fight against the<br />

issues of climate change and plastic waste polluting our oceans.<br />

Environmentalism is a global cause that unites everyone.<br />

Teaching sailing will help students become more sensitive to<br />

these issues and their future positions in the maritime industry<br />

will provide them an avenue to implement necessary actions.<br />

BMSYC hopes that this program can benefit the community as<br />

a whole and encourages others to join, support, recommend<br />

ways to improve and eventually even replicate elsewhere in<br />

the country to spread the advocacy of sailing and the ancient<br />

Filipino maritime culture of our forefathers allowing it to live<br />

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With over 38 slides &<br />

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over ten hectares that are<br />

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scenery; be ready for a full<br />

day of relaxing yet satisfying<br />

experience this summer.<br />

Super Bowl<br />

Words by ROY ESPIRITU<br />

Photographs as credited<br />

Aqua Planet Waterpark would have to be the<br />

biggest waterpark in the Philippines and also one<br />

the biggest in Asia. For one who loves having<br />

fun in the water, I cannot think of better way<br />

to beat the heat this summer than spending a day at the<br />

Waterpark, and those who love water slides, rides and lots<br />

of fun keeping cool, definitely would not want to miss this.<br />

The Park is Located just two hours’ drive from Metro Manila,<br />

making it a great day trip with the family!<br />

With over 38 slides & attractions available spread over ten<br />

hectares that are surrounded by lush tropical scenery; be ready<br />

for a full day of relaxing yet satisfying experience this summer.<br />

On Arrival at Aqua Planet you are fitted with an electronic<br />

wrist band this is your entrance ticket, and as there is a<br />

cashless policy at the waterpark you can load your wristband<br />

with some cash to make purchases inside the park of<br />

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souvenirs, drinks and food, or you may prefer to use your<br />

credit or ATM card. There are shaded tables and chairs or if<br />

you prefer you can rent a cabana that will accommodate up<br />

to 25 people; these are equipped with an electronic safe to<br />

protect your valuables while you are thoroughly enjoying the<br />

attractions on offer. If you have little ones then you should<br />

opt for the Bubblies Cabanas E-H as these are nearest to the<br />

kiddie area, allowing you to rest while still keeping an eye<br />

on the little ones.<br />

The experience at the waterpark is unbelievable and a body<br />

should try everything possible while at the park. To whet<br />

your appetite, here is some of what is on offer.<br />

The Super Bowl<br />

The Super Bowl is a four person ride that the whole family can<br />

enjoy together! This unique ride is best described as being in<br />

the spin cycle of a washing machine which comes pretty close


to describing this exhilarating experience. The spiral tubes<br />

will have you swinging from side to side before splashing<br />

down into the catch pool with excitement and style.<br />

The Wave Pool<br />

To enjoy the waves of the beach without the hot sand, head on<br />

over to the Wave Pool for a splashing good time. Grab a life jacket<br />

and head on in where you’ll be blown away by the 8 different<br />

types of waves. There is even a huge LCD screen in front where<br />

you’ll get to catch yourselves in action. You can also try boogie<br />

boarding in the Boogie Bay. If you have always wanted to try this<br />

but a mite cautious of the unpredictable ocean, then you can try<br />

it here in complete safety to double you fun.<br />

The Tornado<br />

Voted as one of the most popular rides at the park, the<br />

tornado, with its many twists and turns The ride takes four<br />

people at a time so it can also be where the whole family<br />

enjoys the experience as one. The tornado is a really intense<br />

ride – arguably the most intense in the entire park! It’s a<br />

long slide filled with twists and turns that make you feel as<br />

if you’re in a tornado and then when you’re done slipping<br />

down the slide, it shocks you with a sudden drop into the<br />

pool. Remember there is a minimum of 4 people that can<br />

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

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

you better hope another group comes around to join you – if<br />

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

one of the staff can accompany you.<br />

The Spiral Slide<br />

This is a great warm up ride to prepare you for the rest of<br />

the bigger and more exciting rides. You can speed through<br />

the loops encountering all the twists and turns that will slow<br />

you down then almost instantaneously sped you up again<br />

for another exhilarating experience.<br />


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Wave Rider or Lazy Pool<br />

Need to chill out for a while and just relax after all the stair<br />

climbing to get to the top of some rides; the Wave Rider is<br />

the best place to do that chilling out. Just grab a floating<br />

ring sit back and relax as you are taken through the park<br />

floating on one of the<br />

tubes.<br />

It’s a long slide filled<br />

with twists and turns<br />

as if you’re in a tornado<br />

and then it shocks you<br />

with a sudden drop<br />

into the pool.<br />

Octopus Racer<br />

Octopus Racers is best<br />

ridden if you’re in a<br />

group of to race but<br />

solo riders are fine, just<br />

no one to race against,<br />

so you can slide alone.<br />

There are six different coloured slides placed side by side<br />

perfect for racing with friends. The slide starts off with a<br />

circular curve then declines back down onto the slippery<br />

ground. This is one of the prettiest attractions at the park,<br />

great for taking a pre-race Instagram photo.<br />

The Hurricane<br />

Is a series of swirling slides that make you feel as if you’ve<br />

been transported into a hurricane! Being a more exciting<br />

version of the spiral slides, it is possibly better to go on that<br />

first to get you acclimatised as it can get pretty fast. There<br />

are four different slides here, the all requiring four riders at<br />

a time so make sure to bring along your friends and family<br />

for some of the most extreme twists, turns, and bends you<br />

can find at a water park – you can ride on either the slow or<br />

fast course rides depending on whether or not you want a<br />

casual ride down, or a crave little more intense excitement.<br />

The Aqua Loop<br />

The Aqua Loop is the most exciting and thrilling ride in<br />

Aqua Planet and is definitely not recommended for the faint<br />

hearted. As you stand above the trapdoor, you can feel your<br />

heart racing in anticipation before you free fall 100 metres<br />

into a 360 degree loop. So if it a blood rushing dose of<br />

excitement you crave to have that adrenalin really pumping<br />

then this is the ride for you.<br />

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Kiddies Zone<br />

At Aqua planet there is something for everyone, so for the<br />

youngsters in your family that do not meet the height or age<br />

criteria for some of the rides, there is the kiddie zone with<br />

their own little wave pool, spray fountains and of course<br />

what I refer to as the bucket dumpster. At the top of the<br />

structure and play pens there is a huge bucket on a swivel<br />

filling with water. The bucket is balanced in such a way that<br />

when it is full it tips dumping its contents on the children<br />

below to excited squeals of laughter and enjoyment.<br />

So next time you want to cool off from the summer heat<br />

head for Aqua Planet at Clark Pampanga<br />

How to get there By Bus<br />

There are buses aplenty operating between Manila and<br />

North Luzon daily. Victory Liner is one of the favoured bus<br />

companies for a number of North Luzon destinations. It has<br />

bus terminals in Pasay and Cubao.<br />

From Cubao or Pasay terminal, get on a Dagupan-bound bus<br />

to Dau-Mabalacat Bus Terminal. Get off at Dau-Mabalacat<br />

bus terminal in Pampanga.<br />

Walk towards MacArthur Highway. From there, you can<br />

take the jeepney, hire a tricycle to SM Clark or straight to<br />

Bayanihan Terminal (if hiring a tricycle) or get a Grab to take<br />

you straight to Aqua Planet. The total fare is P300-350 and<br />

travel time is approximately three hours.<br />

By Private Car<br />

Drive along NLEX until you reach Dau Exit.<br />

Pay the toll and make a left turn going to Angeles City.<br />

Continue driving until you reach the point where you should<br />

make a right turn going to Clark. Aqua Planet is located at<br />

the north-western portion of Clark Freeport Zone (CFZ).<br />

If you are coming from Subic Bay via SCTEX, You can get to<br />

Clark in approximately 45 minutes. Other reference points<br />

are Clark International Airport (10 minutes), SM Clark (15<br />

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

Spiral Slides<br />

Savanah<br />

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Hurricane 1<br />


Article excerpts reprinted from the book<br />



Sailing Tips<br />

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

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

and someone knowledgeable about boats.<br />

Marina Berth<br />

Berthing Alongside - Preparation<br />

Marinas and harbours are often congested and you will probably<br />

find it impractical to try to sail in or out of harbour. Your boat<br />

will be under better control if your use power instead.<br />

You may still have to sail in our out of a berth from time to<br />

time (possibly without much notice, if your engine fails) and<br />

it is an essential part of your seamanship skills to know how<br />

to do so. Practice in an uncrowded harbour or marina, where<br />

there is plenty of room to manoeuvre and to compensate for<br />

any errors you may make.<br />

Never make the mistake, even if you are using power, of<br />

having your mainsail cover on, the headsails bagged up below<br />

decks and the anchor stowed. If anything does go wrong you<br />

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

you could drift into another boat or into a quay wall. Play safe<br />

instead by having at least one sail rigged ready for hoisting<br />

and the anchor ready to drop, just in case.<br />

Warps<br />

The warps used for berthing a boat serve different functions.<br />

Two warps, which form the bow and stern lines, position the<br />

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boat correctly in the berth, and are used by the crew to control<br />

the boat’s speed when coming alongside. The bow and stern<br />

lines have to be strong enough to carry the main load of the<br />

boat and long enough to allow for any rise and fall of the<br />

tide (roughly three times the tidal range). Two other warps,<br />

rigged as springs , prevent the boat from moving backwards<br />

and forwards, and from rubbing against the side of the berth.<br />

These don’t need to be as long as the bow and stern lines:<br />

one and a half times the tidal range is normally sufficient.<br />

The bow and stern lines and the springs need adjusting as<br />

the tide rises and falls. The bow and stern lines, provided they<br />

are long enough, need only to be adjusted at half tide; the<br />

springs may need more frequent adjustment. If you are going<br />

to leave your boat unattended for some time, you must make<br />

sure that you have left enough length on the lines to allow for<br />

the tidal range.<br />

When lying alongside a quay or wall do not lead the springs<br />

through or under the rails, but take them instead through the<br />

fairleads and then outside all the rigging, to prevent chafe<br />

on the deck edge or lifelines as the boat rises and falls with<br />

the tide. You can use for and after breast ropes (at the bow<br />

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

Berthing<br />

Berthing on port side<br />

example. There are not , however, essential when both bow<br />

and stern lines, and springs , are used.<br />

When lying alongside a floating pontoon, they can be used to<br />

replace the bow and stern lines . When about to leave a berth,<br />

you usually rig the lines ashore as slip lines, so that the crew<br />

does not need to go ashore<br />

Choosing a berth<br />

Although you may not always be able to<br />

exercise a great deal of choice in where<br />

you berth your boat, there are important<br />

considerations to be borne in mind when<br />

you do. Wherever possible, pick a berth<br />

which is sheltered from the wind (having<br />

previously listened to the forecast in case<br />

any change is likely). You will find a leeward<br />

berth (with the pontoon between you and<br />

the wind) much more comfortable than a<br />

windward one.<br />

The boat on the windward side of the pontoon meets the full<br />

force of wind and waves, and can get buffeted against the<br />

pontoon, The boat on the leeward side, however, is protected<br />

by the pontoon from the full force of the elements.<br />

Wind and tide effects<br />

The force of the wind and the strength of the tide will have<br />

a great impact as their direction. The design of your boat will<br />

determine its reaction to wind effects and you will also have to<br />

bear in mind the effects of propwalk on your progress. When<br />

arriving the main requirement is to get the boat to stop in the<br />

right place. If there is not tidal stream,<br />

the simplest solutions is to approach<br />

The good skipper<br />

briefs his crew in<br />

advance so that they<br />

know precisely what<br />

is required of them.<br />

head to wind, using the wind to slow<br />

you down. If there is a tidal stream<br />

present, this will often have more effect<br />

that the wind, and so you then need<br />

to approach the berth head-to-tide if<br />

possible.<br />

The boat approaching the quay has anticlockwise<br />

prop walk in reverse gear. It is<br />

coming in head-to-tide, using the reverse<br />

prop walk to bring the stern alongside the quay wall. If the boat<br />

had clockwise prop walk, a shallow angle of approach would be<br />

necessary, and the reverse gear would be avoided if possible.<br />

Crew routine<br />

If you stand on the a pontoon watching a boat berthing<br />

up, you can quickly tell the experienced skipper from the<br />

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How To Berth in windy conditions<br />

How To Berth in windy conditions bow in<br />

How To Berth in windy conditions stern in<br />


8th Zambales Life<br />

Words & Photos<br />



eguard Challenge<br />

Now on its 8th year, the Zambales Lifeguard<br />

Challenge organized by Zambales Lifesaving Inc.<br />

attracted 62 future lifeguards from around the<br />

province to showcase their life saving skills honed<br />

through lifeguard courses provided by various organizations.<br />

This year’s Challenge was<br />

sponsored by Standard Insurance,<br />

Donaghys, Tees and Prints,<br />

Broadwater Marine, RDH Marine,<br />

Active Boating and Watersports<br />

Magazine and the Municipal<br />

Government of Iba, Zambales.<br />

The event was held at the Palmera<br />

Garden Hotel and Resort in Iba.<br />

Participation in the event<br />

practically doubled this<br />

year, from 34 participants<br />

last year, there were also<br />

more female competitors<br />

this year.<br />

Participation in the event<br />

practically doubled this year,<br />

from 34 participants last year, there were also more female<br />

competitors this year, and March being women’s month, this<br />

fact highlighted the inclusivity of the sport.<br />

The contestants were grouped into three divisions, the<br />

senior division consisted of lifeguards ranging from 16<br />

years and older, while the Junior division consisted of youth<br />

aged 14 to 15, a third Novice division was made especially<br />

for kids aged 13 and under all divisions. The Juniors and<br />

Seniors were grouped into 2 person<br />

teams and competed in eight<br />

events on the 2nd of March, the<br />

main requirement to participate<br />

is that one of the team members<br />

is required to have a Lifeguard or<br />

Junior Lifeguard certification from<br />

any authorized organization. The<br />

novice division competed in six<br />

events on the 3rd of March, and<br />

swimming accreditation is the main<br />

requirement to participate.<br />

Participants and officials of the event wore colorful<br />

jerseys designed and printed by Tees and Prints, the same<br />


company that provided uniforms for the Philippine lifeguard<br />

contingent that participated in the Lifeguard Challenge in<br />

Thailand.<br />

Local and international support has been growing for<br />

Zambales Life Saving Inc.’s initiatives on drowning awareness<br />

Having lifeguard skills<br />

adds value to their<br />

skill set should they<br />

enter the tourism and<br />

hospitality industry.”<br />

said Coach Ramos.<br />

and prevention, as well<br />

as keeping kids off<br />

the streets through<br />

lifesaving sports. Not<br />

all junior lifeguards will<br />

go on to have careers<br />

and life saving but<br />

having the lifeguard<br />

skills can be handy<br />

especially in an island<br />

nation like the Philippines. The event’s chief officiator Mr.<br />

Vergel Ramos said that “Our trainees and participants can<br />

look forward to careers as tour guides as well as instructors<br />

in swimming, surfing and other watersports, not to mention<br />

having lifeguard skills adds value to their skill set should<br />

they enter the tourism and hospitality industry.” said Coach<br />

Ramos, a surfing instructor himself.<br />

To provide kids the opportunity to enhance their life saving<br />

skills, Zambales Life Saving Inc. is working with parents and<br />

local organizations to establish monthly events in at least three<br />

locations, SBMA/Olongapo, San Narciso and Iba, Zambales.<br />

The eight events were for the Junior and Senior divisions<br />

were as follows; 1. Beach Flags; 2. Rescue Board and<br />

Transfer relay; 3. Run-Swim-Run relay; 4. Rescue Tube and<br />

Transfer relay; 5. Rescue and Resuscitation assessment<br />

relay; 6. Lifeguard Challenge relay; 7. Ironman challenge;<br />

and 8. Board Race. The Beach Flags and Ironman challenge<br />

were individual events, while the rest were team events. For<br />

more information on the details of these events you can<br />

visit http://www.zambaleslifesaving.org.<br />

Teams in the competition were named after various<br />

sponsors, participants assigned to Zambales Lifesaving Inc.<br />

garnered podium finishes in most events and won the Junior<br />

and Senior divisions overall. The tandem of Mark Anthony<br />

Jezera and Deofred Diag won overall in the Senior division<br />

while, Ivy Bernal and Christian Vasquez bagged the Juniors<br />

trophy. Individual winners in the Seniors divisions for Boys<br />

went to John Jowie Bongon who won 3 gold and 2 silver,<br />

while in the Girls Division Heather “Colleen Sanguyo won 5<br />

gold and 1 silver.<br />

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The second day of competition was reserved for the<br />

novice division the event is officially called the Nipper<br />

Lifesaving Sports Carnival, primary sponsors on this day<br />

were Broadwater Marine and RDH Marine. The Nipper<br />

Lifesaving Sports Carnival had the same events as the Junior<br />

and Senior division with the exception of the Rescue and<br />

Resuscitation assessment relay and the Lifeguard Challenge<br />

Relay. All other events had some changes to make them less<br />

physically demanding on younger bodies but still kept the

challenge factor for the participants. Overall, the kids had<br />

great fun along with their parents who were watching in the<br />

sidelines and providing moral support.<br />

The winners in the Nipper Lifesaving Sports Carnival are as follows;<br />

In the Boys by age category:<br />

7-8 - Adaoag, Xander Ezikiel - 4 Gold and 1 Silver<br />

9-10 - Acuavera, Psalmer Amiel - 5 Gold<br />

13-14 - Salinas Japhet - 3 Gold and 1 Silver<br />

In the Girls by age Category:<br />

7-8 - Canonizado, Sophia Venice - 4 Gold and 1 Silver<br />

9-10 - Lacuna, Vierra Carmen - 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze<br />

11-12 - Dela Cruz, jasmine Faye, 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze<br />

For updates on Zabales Lifesaving’s initiatives and to pledge<br />

support visit http://www.zambaleslifesaving.org or follow<br />

their social media pages.<br />


How To Berth in windy conditions bow in<br />

Using a bow fender<br />

How To Berth in<br />

windy conditions<br />

(Sailing Tips ...story continues from page 87)<br />

inexperienced. The former accomplishes the manoeuvre in<br />

virtual silence. Whereas the latter spends much of the time<br />

shouting abuse at the crew.<br />

The good skipper briefs his crew in advance. So that they<br />

know precisely what is required of them. He also knows their<br />

limitations, and does not demand the impossible from them.<br />

It often helps to carry out a dummy run so that the skipper<br />

can work out the effects of wind and tide on his approach,<br />

and take a look at the mooring points available; the crew get<br />

the chance to rig the lines in plenty of time on the appropriate<br />

side of the boat, and to get the fenders ready.<br />

Although the routine may vary according to the situation, there<br />

is a standard procedure which can usually be followed when<br />

coming alongside, with a crew of two in addition to the skipper.<br />

The warps should be prepared with a bow line fixed to the<br />

bow cleat, and a stern line to the stern, led through fairleads<br />

and outside all the rigging. The fenders should be attached<br />

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to the bases of the stanchions using a round turn and two<br />

half hitches, where required. The crew then each take a bow<br />

and stern line, and stand outside the lifelines near the shrouds<br />

holding the coiled lines. As soon as the boat closes with<br />

the quay, the crew step ashore. The crew member with the<br />

stern line makes it fast aft of the boat by either dropping a<br />

bowline over a cleat or taking a turn around whatever fitting<br />

is available. The skipper or any other crew member on board<br />

takes up the slack and keeping a turn around the stern cleat,<br />

lets out the line gradually to slow the boat down, if necessary.<br />

The crew member with the bow line makes it fast ashore well<br />

ahead of the boat. The two lines are then adjusted to get the<br />

boat properly in position in the berth. Any excess line should<br />

be coiled on board. Once the bow and stern lines have been<br />

secured , you can rig the springs. The fore spring runs from a<br />

stern cleat, through the appropriate fairlead, outside all the<br />

rigging to a point on the quay or pontoon level with the bow.<br />

The aft spring is led similarly from the bow to a point level<br />

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

aft spring first midway along the boat. The boat can be held<br />

on this , parallel with the quay or pontoon, while the bow and<br />

stern lines are taken ashore and secured.

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