The Philippine Inter-Island Sailing Foundation (PHINSAF), a non-stock, non-profit organization composed of the amateur Philippine-based sailors, kicked-off on Saturday its 2011 Regatta Traveler’s series at the Pico de Loro Cove in Nasugbu Batangas.
Sailors getting ready to brave the winds in Hamilo Coast
The regatta, co-sponsored by Hamilo Coast, a leisure development of SM Land Inc, was participated by 12 teams representing top amateur sailors in the country. Pico de Loro was the first stop in what is envisioned to be a seven-stop regatta series, which will also include other top sailing destinations such as Subic, Anilao and Cebu among others.
PHINSAF Chairman Monchu Garcia said the organization continues to hold various sailing activities in the country to encourage more Filipinos to take up the sport.
Hamilo Coast Regatta 2011
“Sailing is something that’s picking up. We just want to re-introduce sailing to Filipinos because the Philippines can be considered as the “Caribbean of Asia”. We just have the perfect sailing conditions,” Garcia added.
Sailors playing with the untamed winds in Hamilo Coast
Rona Torres-Tan, Senior Vice President of Costa del Hamilo Inc. (CDHI) meanwhile expressed support for the growth of the sport in the country.
“This event is a means for us to show the world our support for the sport of sailing. Through the regatta, Hamilo Coast seeks to show how it will redefine the coastal lifestyle in the Philippines. Sailing is also an excellent sport for people to appreciate nature because it allows one to see the richness of our natural marine and wildlife resources and the sport does not use fuel but relies solely on wind power,” she said.