Last week, five young sailors from Changi Sailing Club visited Subic Bay, Philippines to attend a sail training camp in preparation for the upcoming Hong Kong Open and National next month. It was fascinating how these kids connected so quickly with each other and enjoy the friendship that they have created with one another in a different environment. Every sailing trip is a learning experience; from understanding new cultures to communications within the team.
Despite the prevailing monsoon season, we were blessed with good weather upon arrival at Subic Bay. Sailors had great fun and intense training with Philippine’s top Optimist National sailors. Despite the difference in experience and training advantage of being in the national team, our sailors held their own to keep up with the country’s best sailors. “Our kids very much enjoyed their time in Subic Bay. They also enjoyed competing with Filipino sailors. We believe that in order to get better, you need to sail and compete in different places,” said one of the parents. The sailors were able to experience and adapt to a variety of weather changes which is essential in learning sailing.
We look forward to seeing these kids back in Subic Bay for the Chairman’s Cup Regatta next year. Hopefully we will have our own sets of optimist sailors from Subic Bay,” said Marcus Avecilla, head coach of the Subic Sailing Club. “We need to create more interest with the younger kids. It’s a very fun sport not just for kids but for the entire family as well, “he added.
“We are just amazed by how dedicated the parents and sailors from Singapore are. Then we realized that it’s the coach, Coach Jhing is doing an amazing work,” said Zed Avecilla, Executive Director at SAGS Subic Sailing.
Thank you very much to Subic Sailing Club for allowing us to use their facilities during our stay and the hospitality extended to us. To the parents and your consistent support for these young aspiring sailors, to Philippine Sailing Association, for the good training and friendships, to Lighthouse Marina & Resort for the comfortable accommodations and good service and not forgetting to Changi Sailing Club for supporting this opportunity for me to help organize and accompany our young sailors on this sailing camp.
Thank you Subic Sailing – we hope to be able to return for the Chairman’s Cup Regatta next year and more importantly, welcome your sailors to Changi Sailing Club for our events in the near future!