This year’s All Souls Regatta coincided with the Puerto Galera Yacht Club’s 25th Anniversary, and thankfully the Regatta was one worthy of such an important occasion. A record twenty-eight boats joined this year’s three-day race event split between three divisions, the Racing Class (11 boats), the Multi-hull class (5 boats) and the Cruising class (12 boats).
All photos by Daniel de Mare / Asia at Sea
A number of out of town crews also joined the event, with a contingent from the Aberdeen Boat Club (Hong Kong) chartering cruiser / racer Rags, whilst our own team from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club chartering the beautiful 47 foot 8M Class yacht Anthea. Anthea, built by Camper & Nicholson in 1929, was built to meet the second version of the Olympic Class 8M boat rules. She was sailed over to the Philippines from Hawaii by her former owner proving herself to be not only fast but very sea worthy.
When we found out we could charter her, we were both surprised and delighted at the same time. On the other hand, we also heard Anthea had won a number of regattas in recent year, so we would have no excuses for poor performance!
Anthea…was sailed over to the Philippines from Hawaii
As usual, a single pursuit race was held on each day starting mid-morning with courses set taking the competitors to different parts of the stretch of water laying between Batangas and Puerto Galera. Aside from a few short lived light patches, the wind was fairly steady all weekend coming from an Easterly direction at around 10-15 knots – perfect!
The wind was fairly steady all weekend coming from an Easterly direction at around 10-15 knots
On the first day, competing against 10 other boats forming a class of 11, we were too precious with Anthea. The biggest boat in the class, the 70 foot Andrews Bella Uno won the race, whilst we managed a 7th place. Most of these positions were lost early in the race – we were slow off the start towards Maricaban Island, cautious on the gybes and low on the beat to Matoco. It was a good learning day though and we enjoyed every minute of the 27 NM course (our reach home to the finish line featured in the video clip below).
On Day 2, the course set was simple – a 23 NM rounding of Verde Island either to port or starboard and then back to the finish. We chose to round to port beating hard on the wind in a tight race with Emocean, the Beneteau 47. She gained on us at every tack until we finally lost her in the current – thanks to some good advice from Anthea Filipina crew member Ian.
As we completed our rounding of Verde Island, we found ourselves on a perfect reach for the finish. Rolling out the genniker Anthea healed over onto her starboard side thereby increasing her waterline by as much as 20%. On this course we steamed home for the win.
On Day 3, we again fought hard with Emocean, holding her off for the entire beat overtaking a number of smaller boats in the division as we went. The bigger boats in the division were hard to catch though, and Bella Uno flew by only 10 minutes or so into the return leg. Her lead at the finish would have been even greater had it not been for the relatively short course length of 17 NM. Emocean finally overtook us to their great delight about 10 minutes from the finish line whilst we slipped past Saipin moving from 5th into 4th place.
Bella Uno flew by only 10 minutes or so into the return leg
Emocean had a “moment” at the corner as she dropped her spinnaker slowly and we enjoyed giving her a good fright as we came up on her inside. She quickly recovered though and to add insult to injury, Saipin sailed wide of us and undertook us. 5th place on the day and another wonderful ride on the beautiful Anthea. We might have sailed her all the way home to Hong Kong if we’d had the provisions!
Another wonderful ride on the beautiful Anthea…we might have sailed her all the way home to Hong Kong if we’d had the provisions!
Video below by Kareem Magill
With thanks to the race organisers and staff of PGYC, as well as Anthea owner John Quirk for a wonderful long weekend.