MANILA, Philippines — With an archipelago of over 7,500 desirable islands and an roughly gigantic seashore of powdery beaches, one of a many sparkling ways to try a Philippines is by sailing around them in a fun and adventure-laden tournament.
The Philippine Inter-Island Sailing Federation (Phinsaf), a exponent of long-distance sailing in a country, did only that with a new entertainment of a 20th Philippine Hobie Challenge that ran from Laiya Beach in San Juan, Batangas to Boracay Island.
Regarded as a country’s premier general impassioned sailing event, a annual five-day regatta has been compelling earth-friendly sports by sailing for some-more than dual decades, and exploring dark islands along a way.
The event is a singular approach to whet sailing skills, emanate environmental awareness, foster sports tourism and support communities by overdo programs.
A target of a Philippine Sports Tourism Award in 2016, a Challenge has pioneered a use of a Hobie Cat 16, a 16-foot long, twin-hulled wind-powered sailboat able of negotiating open seas.
Supported by Seafront Residences by AboitizLand, Rayomarine, GoPro, Blood Red and a Taal Lake Yacht Club, this year’s book is a reversion to a strange track when a regatta was introduced in 1999.
In a recently-concluded race, a country’s sailing story was rewritten as Portuguese soldier Maria Videoira-Hagedorn emerged as a initial lady skipper to order a event. Along with compatriot Tomas Camelo, a tandem edged 10 other teams from a Philippines, Australia, a United States and Hong Kong.
An expat executive who hails from Lisbon, Videoira is married to Filipino soldier Joe Hagedorn and has been racing in a annual regatta for some-more than a decade.
The twin also surfaced Leg 1 from Laiya Beach in San Juan, Batangas to Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro and Leg 2 that finished in Concepcion, Romblon to settle a challenging lead.
Geoff Rowden and Rosie Phelan of Australia staid for a tighten second and surfaced a photo-finish Leg 3 from Concepcion to Bonbon Beach and Leg 4 that sailed to Sibuyan Island and returned to Bonbon, to slight a lead.
Rounding adult a winning round is Australian integrate Keli and Arli Corlett in third place. They have been sailing together for over 35 years and were once Hobie Grand Master World Champions.
Adding fun to a competition were yachts that cruised along leisurely, enjoying a sea, object and sand, a brotherhood nights in a islands and all in between.