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Hobie enthusiasts see action in 1st Anhawan int'l regatta

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ILOILO -- Hobie sports enthusiasts found the water and wind speed in Guimaras and Panay Gulf ideal for sailing as Hobie-16 sailors from all over the country and neighboring Southeast Asian countries recently gathered in Tigbauan, Iloilo for the 1st Anhawan International Regatta highlighted by the staging of the 14th Philippine Hobie Nationals and fun race.

This year’s staging was able to entice sailors from Portugal and Spain who called the venue a “sailing paradise” because of its good wind and nice beach.

The Philippine Hobie Nationals gathered 11 teams of best sailors for the nine-race competition covering a one-mile distance that culminated on Sunday.

The nationals category was won by Ridgely Balladares with crew Richly Magsanay of the Philippine Sailing Team while Mike Ngu and crew Lindon Pahayahay bagged the crown for the masters category.

Prior, a fun race saw teams composed of sailors and non-sailors combined race on board their Hobie -16 boats from Anhawan Beach Resort to Raymen Beach Resort in Brgy. Alubihod, Jordan in Guimaras.

Rex Puentespina, chairman of Traveler Series of the Philippine Inter-island Sailing Foundation said they “promote tourism by way of sailing” and they look forward to going back next year for the same event.

He also disclosed the plan of his group to join the Iloilo Paraw Regatta Festival next year.

This year's highlights of the Paraw Regatta, dubbed as the oldest and longest sailing competition, is slated from February 16 to 17. (PNA)