The Asia’s premier “adventure” sailing events to start at the whale shark capital and will end its first leg at the pale pink sands of Matnog before cruising around the scenic islands of the Visayas Region.


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Legazpi City, [02.14.19] – A week-long inter-island sailing event which will be participated by 150 foreign sailing enthusiasts will start its initial race lap this Saturday in Donsol, Sorsogon and will be concluded in the pale pink sands of Barangay Calintaan Island in Matnog town.

Sorsogon Provincial Tourism officer Bobby Gigantone has disclosed in a statement that the opening leg of the 19th Philippine Hobie Challenge will begin on the shorelines of Dangcalan Beach this weekend.

From Subic beachfront in Calintaan Island the sailors will set sail southward along the San Bernardo Strait passing the western part of Samar Island and will stop their tour on Balingingue Island, at the tip of southern Masbate, from the third leg the participants will take another cruise towards the island of Carnasa, off the coast of Northern Leyte. On the 4th day, a cruise will be set towards Guintacan Island 12 kilometers northeast from Bantayan Island and final leg will finish at Sicogon island, on the northern part of Iloilo.

A Google photo grab from #PHC19

A Google photo grab from #PHC19

“This event was made possible through the vision of Governor Robert Lee Rodrigueza to promote Sorsogon as a tourist destination both for local and foreign market under his flagship tourism program, Gigantone explained.

The Philippine Hobie Challenge is a long distance race using the Hobie 16 sailing catamaran multihull sailing. The catamaran’s lightweight, asymmetrical fiberglass hulls provide lift and its dual-trapeze rig where the sailing crew member harness its sheer power

Aside from its inherent and exciting adrenaline filled adventure for all,  the Philippine Hobie Challenge is a unique way of gathering sailing enthusiasts and providing them a venue to test their sailing skills, gaining new and life-long friends – it also provides an opportunity to promote scenic beauty of the Philippine islands including Sorsogon,” Gigantone said.

The sport has given birth to the legions of speed-loving sailors which traces its roots in the beachfront of Southern California in 1970.