Foreign sailors join new class in Subic regatta
SUBIC, ZAMBALES--Six foreign and local sailing teams will be competing in the new class known as the FarEast 28R during the four-day Subic Bay Regatta Cup set Feb. 26, in this freeport zone, the organizing committee announced yesterday.
Event administrator Zed Avecilla said the new six FarEast 28R boats were recently acquired abroad by Standard Insurance Inc. and donated to the Philippine Sailing Association to promote keelboat sailing in the country and in preparation for coming international regatta competition.
Avecilla said FarEast 28R racing keelboat combines the experiences and accumulated techniques of European Design Office Simonis Voogo and Far East Boats. It is a well-designed, easy to handle and high performance uniform class racing sailboat.
FarEast 28R was shown in the Dusseldorf Boat Show, Helsinki Boat Show, Stockholm Boat Show and Amsterdam Boat Show, receiving praises from many sailboat enthusiasts.
“This is the first time that this sail boat will be introduced in the Philippines. With displacement of only 1200 kg. and lifted keel, the FarEast 28R is fit for various regattas,” said Avecilla.
For racing, a crew of 4-5 is ideal with a maximum weight of 47 kilograms, he said.
“If you like a fast but easy to manage and control boat, look no further, the Fareast 28R offers it all,” he added.
FarEast 28R’s hull is adapted from new fiberglass reinforced composite material, using foam sandwich structure and resin vacuum technology which ensure a light and rigid hull. The keel boat has only top of the range deck gear and spars for top-level racing.
Team Tortoise of Japan helmed by Yuki Ikawa was the first foreign team to arrive the country and enlist in the regatta races, according to Standard Insurance marketing head Jie Comablicer.
Next to register in the four-day regatta grand prix is the favorite Singapore Sailing/Singapore Maritime University, to be skippered by Bernice Foo. All participants will be recognized Friday night during a welcome party at the The Lighthouse Marina Resort.
The Keelboat Association of Taiwan captained by Richard Lin the first FAREAST 28R class presented by Standard Insurance Inc., and backed by Tanduay Rum, Pepsi Cola, Broadwater Marine, Nano Fixit and JC. This year’s regatta is organized by Subic Sailing Club.
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