Sailing returns to Punta Fuego

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The LA Punta Fuego Regatta, one of the nation’s longest-running yachting tournaments, has returned after a two-year pandemic hiatus and a postponement of its original January schedule. The 19and The regatta edition was won by Subic Sailing Club-based Selma Star, a 37ft Beneteau yacht of veteran Jun Avecilla who was leading the IRC class. Belatrix, an Ice 52 sailboat helmed by Jun Villanueva and Sean Mitchell, finished second. Both yachts took top honors at the 2022 BPI Busuanga Cup held in February. Meanwhile, Albert Altura’s Hurricane Hunter and international award-winning Ray Ordoveza’s Karakoa placed third and fourth, respectively. James Villareal’s Wild Honey, Pablo Lobregat’s Plus Ultra and Tere Marcial’s Isabelle took home the top three prizes in the Cruising class. To complete the circle of winners, Twin Popsies, co-helmed by Dylan Tantuico and Gordon Luk, and Vincent Ruais’ MYG2 who shone in the Ocean Multihull category. “The successful return of the regatta despite the many challenges is a clear sign that sailing events are back to normal due to the improved health situation in the country,” said Club Punta Fuego general manager Edgar. Krohn, in a statement. The regatta is run by the Philippine Inter-Island Sailing Foundation, co-presented by Landco Pacific and organized by Club Punta Fuego.

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