Lima Park Hotel 2016 Philippine Hobie National Championships
The first day race of the Lima Park Hotel 2016 Philippine Hobie National Championships started slowly as the Amihan winds at the Taal Lake didn’t blow enough to excite the participants.
As the race was going on, our boat sailed towards the middle of the lake to observe the game. Even though the winds were not strong enough, the participants seemed to enjoy the race as much as we did.
After watching the race, we had lunch at the Taal Yacht Club then had a relaxing Taal Lake Cruise while enroute to Balete Batangas – our jump off point to Lima Park Hotel (hotel info) where we stayed overnight. The next day, we went back to Taal Yacht Club for the announcement of winners and a short blogcon with Peter Peter Capotosto of Taal Lake Yacht Club.
Lima Park Hotel 2016 Philippine Hobie National Championships List of Winners
At the end of the Hobie race, only one team triumphed. It was the Philippine Sailing Association National Team with members Richly Magsanay and Ridgley Balladares who made a great defense of their title.
Michael Ngu and Boyet Magsanay took the second place, but dominated the masters category.
Third in the race were the team up of Maria Vidoeira-Hagedorn and Joe Hagedorn. The Hagedorns did, however, win second place in the masters.
About the Philippine Hobie National Championships
Spearheaded by the host Taal Lake Yacht Club, in cooperation with the Philippine Sailing Association and PHINSAF, the national regatta is part of the Philippine Inter-Island Sailing Foundation (PHINSAF) – Potato Corner National Traveller’s series.
Taal Yacht Club held the Lima Park Hotel 2016 Philippine Hobie National Championships as part of their schedule of regular events here and in other locations in the country.
Situated in Malvar, Batangas, Lima Park Hotel (check rates) is a 4-star hotel that lobbies for increased tourism activity in the province in the form of cultural, historical, and sporting events like the Hobile 16 National regatta.
The Hobie 16 Philippine Hobie National Championships is one of the most significant events of Philippine Hobie Fleet. It is organized by the Taal Lake Yacht Club and supported by the Philippine Inter-Island Sailing Foundation (PHINSAF) in cooperation with the Philippine Sailing Association. The regatta is conducted very early in the year so that sailing enthusiasts can enjoy the challenging Amihan or easterly winds which move hobies at speeds of 12 to 25 knots in a fair weather — sometimes sunny or cloudy.
History of Hobie Racing in PH
Hobie racing started gaining popularity in the 80’s when around 100 Hobie 14’s were manufactured here. Perhaps it reached maximum popularity in 1984 when Puerto Azul served as the venue for the World Hobie 14 Championship. In 1985, however, a fire engulfed all the molds and, in an unfortunate turn of events, destroyed many of the boats used in the competition. This brought financial collapse to Hobie Philippines.
In 1971, Hobie 16 then entered the scene. Interest, however, waned from 1985 to 1996.
Taal Lake Yacht Club (TLYC) was then created in 1996. It made efforts to form a fleet of Hobie 16. In TLYC, around 60 Hobie 16’s are in its fleet; these are the center of several events done all throughout the year. To date, Hobie 16’s come in a fleet of over 135,000 boats that now stands as the second largest in the world.
1996 is also a special year for TLYC as it was on this year that the first Hobie 16 Philippine Hobie National Championships was held. Seven (7) years after, the championship was held outside the Hobie Fleet base for the first time. This was the time when Subic Bay Yacht Club (SBYC) took the challenge of hosting the event together with co-organizers, TLYC and the Philippine Hobie Challenge Foundation.
Since then, PHINSAF and TLYC have changed turns in conducting the event. Odd years meant that it was PHINSAF’s turn to organize it, but outside TLYC. Even years meant TLYC gets to bring the Philippine Hobie National Championships to Taal Lake.