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24 January 2005, 09:29 am
Racing Kicks Off With A Big Splash
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Philippine Hobie 16 Challenge 6

Team PNG, made up of helm Andrew LOCKE and local sailor David LEVINGE are sharing a lead with Kev's Bob ENGWIRDA and Jerome BINDER after the first two races of the Nivea Inshore series.
After frantic work in the morning building four brand new boats from Hobie Cat Australasia that had been cleared through Manila customs only 36 hours earlier, a large Hobie 16 fleet assembled in the Philippines sailed two fast paced inshore races over the coral beds south of Malapascua Island.

With winds of 15 gusting 20 knots plus choppy waves, a lot of Challenge newcomers got a taste for what they were in for in the coming week. Several retired due to gear failure and trouble familiarizing with the Hobie 16, while the French Kiss team of JC and Thierry BROYELLE decided they would spend the afternoon in bed and miss the start completely (Thierry can blame it on jet lag but JC, coming from HK, has to blame it on last night's Tequila)

Another tie, this time for third place between the Thai-based father and son duo of Gary and Adrian BAGULEY Same Same But Different and Team Saipan's Tony STEARNS and Janet McCULLOUGH.

First amongst the locals at fifth place was the tastefully colour coordinated Bilis Biik, made up of helm Mark HASWELL and crew Andrea LEVINGE. Haswell fell off the back off his boat and narrowly avoided a backwards capsize on the beat.

First Pinoy team were the newly engaged couple Eric TOMACRUZ and Shelli MANUEL on HobieOne, just two points behind Italia's Luigi MANZI and Martin BROOK.

The Nivea Inshores will culminate in six days time at Panglao Island's Bohol Beach Club after the Challengers have traversed the 215 nautical mile course through the Camote and Bohol Seas.

Early tomorrow morning the hobie sailors will leave their hotel rooms on Malapascua behind and set off on an estimated 36 nautical mile leg to the Calangaman Islands.

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