With an infinite shoreline of high-quality sand, scores of adjoining islets, a scenic tranquil bay, and best winds for crusing the whole-year spherical, Busuanga Island in northern Palawan is without doubt one of the top-of-mind locations of seaside lovers.
Unknown to many, this enchanting archipelago is already a hub of crusing native and overseas yachtsmen who’ve discovered its waters a fascinating pure playground value coming again to.
It just lately hosted as soon as extra the seventh BPI Busuanga Cup, one of many nation’s prime yachting tournaments, which returned in its championship format after going low-key over the previous two years because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Organized by the Philippine Inter-Island Crusing Basis (Phinsaf), the Cup is offered by BPI Wealth, the Financial institution of the Philippine Islands’s asset administration and belief arm, the nation’s largest standalone belief company which administers over P 850 billion in property.
Based on BPI Wealth president and CEO Maria Theresa Marcial, the agency forayed into the tourney as a result of it aligns with its company philosophy.
“According to our 2023 marketing campaign #LiveYourBestLife, we’re encouraging people to embrace the life experiences they deserve whereas participating in actions that promote appreciation and preservation of our marine sources. We’re completely happy to help Phinsaf and the crusing neighborhood of their efforts to develop yacht racing within the nation,” the woman sailor enthuses.
The sporting occasion can also be supported by Membership Punta Fuego, Marina Del Sol Resort, Broadwater Marine, Rayomarine, and Daylight Air as official provider.
The 2-part regatta consists of the 144-nautical mile Busuanga Race from Punta Fuego in Nasugbu, Batangas to Black Island in Busuanga; and the Commodore Doni Altura Memorial Race consisting of inshore and round-island races.
Subic-based Selma Star of veteran sailor Jun Avecilla, bested the IRC class to recapture this yr’s prime honors. Hurricane Hunter helmed by Albert Altura completed second, whereas the Porcelanosa-sponsored Belatrix of Jun Villanueva settled for third.
Monchu Garcia’s Carino and David Sutton’s Poco Loco, each Leopard catamarans, took the highest two spots within the ocean multihull class.
The Cruiser Class was gained by Papaya 2 of veteran Hobie sailor Rene Ticzon, with Captain Napoleon of Greek helmsman Napoleon Paterakis, and Puerto Galera-based Neptunus III of Richard McGonegal as runners-up.
For the Cup’s touristic element, the organizers has put in place the Busuanga Rallye & Safari, a chill three-day cruise across the famed Calauit Safari Park, resort-hopping at Rio Y Mar and Marina Del Sol Yacht Membership, and a foray into the world of the “dugong” or seacow, northern Palawan’s uncommon marine mammal.
Final yr’s Rallye cruised into the secluded islets of Linapacan, whereas subsequent yr’s post-race cruise is being eyed on the historic island town of Culion.
Occasion members and households immersed within the communities and paid it ahead by donating money to the Busuanga Well being Middle for the acquisition of medical provides and gear for the far-flung barangays.
With the merry mixture of aggressive yachting and enjoyable cruises afterward, northern Palawan will undoubtedly be the subsequent crusing mecca and sports activities tourism hub in Asia.