Last February 20-27, 2016, 17 teams have sailed their way to different islands of the Visayas Region for the 16th Philippine Hobie Challenge. The teams were composed of sailors from different countries including Australia, Tanzania, Belgium, Taiwan and the Philippines.
The race started in Mactan Island, Cebu where they had their first in-shore race from Cebu Yacht Club to Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu. The white sand beach of the resort has served as a perfect docking spot for hobie cats. The colorful sails of the hobie cats also decorated the shore of Mövenpick Hotel which delighted guests. The teams then had a luncheon at The Forum before they sailed back to Cebu Yacht Club to prepare for the main leg.
The main leg of the race happened the following day. Teams sailed their way to Cabilao Island, Bohol on February 22, Sumilon Island, Cebu on February 23 and Balicasag Island, Bohol on February 24. The teams and crew members stayed for few days in Balicasag Island to do some charity work. The Philippine Hobie Challenge is not all about the race, part of their mission is also to giveback to the local community during their stopovers.
On February 26, the teams sailed to San Juan, Siquijor. The final leg of the challenge was a race around island where Team Ancient Mariners won 1st followed by Team Not Dead Yet and Team Thunder From Downunder.
The Philippine Hobie Challenge is the country’s premier extreme regatta event participated by seasoned sailing competitors from around the globe. The event is organized by Philippine Inter-Island Sailing Foundation, Inc. (PHINSAF).