Beating around 1,500 sailors from all over the world, Standard Insurance Centennial captured the overall championship in the IRC A Class, the top premier division, at the recent 11th China Cup International Regatta (CCIR) held in Shenzhen, China.
The TP 52 Davidson yatch, skippered by Standard Insurance Group chairman Judes Echauz, nosed out Ker 46, Alpha+ helmed by Sean Kang, veteran of eight China Cups
The Filipino sailors from the Philippine Sailing Association helmed by Asia’s top match racing skipper Allan Balladares and managed by Standard Insurance IT computer engineer Steve Tan defeated the other well-equipped yachts crewed by foreign professional sailors through superb tactics.
The CCIR 2017 took place over four days from 26th October to 29th October on the waters off Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
There were around 1,500 sailors representing 40 countries. It is the largest China-initiated international sailing regatta, and the biggest First 40.7 regatta in the Asian-Pacific region.
“Like the popularity of President Duterte in China, our team has become one of the regatta’s favorite, luckily we won,” said Echauz.
Last September, Centennial sailing team won its third straight championship in the DBS Marina Bay International Match Racing Cup held in Singapore during the F1 week.
The 16-man crew Filipino team defeated top teams from seven other countries with Finland and Hungary placing second and third, respectively.
It also won the line honors in this year’s Hong Kong to San Fernando Race in the IRC Class Zero.
The all-Filipino crew also topped the 8th Standard Insurance Subic Bay to Boracay Race early this year, beating perennial rival Hong Kong’s Jelik.