350+ years of Hobie experience prevails in the 16th Cherry Mobile Philippine Hobie Challenge

written on March 30, 2016, under News and Updates

Photo courtesy of Sharon RaynerPHC 16 Top 3 during the Awarding Ceremony. L-R Bruce Tardrew, Sarah Turnbull, Ali & Kerli Corlett, Sharon Rayner & Grahame Southwick.

The recently concluded 2016 Philippine Hobie Challenge sponsored by Cherry Mobile saw another Aussie coming! For the last couple of years, the challenge has been dominated by Australian sailors showing their exemplary skills in the water. This year was no different.

With Central Visayas, Philippines as the backdrop, sailors from all across the globe joined forces to make February 20 to February 27, 2016, a truly memorable date in the sailing calendar. Starting off in Mactan, Cebu, 17 teams sailed and braved the southern waters of the Philippines heading down to Cabilao Island, Bohol for the GoPro Leg 1 race of the challenge on February 22, 2016. Leading the pack was Team Fiji Samaki with Grahame Southwick and Aussie Sharon Rayner as its members followed by challenge virgins Team Not Dead Yet comprised of Kerli and Ali Corlett. Rounding the top three are Tanzanian-native Andrew Boyd and Kim Troll of Team Bung Beatles.

Leg 2 of the race from Cabilao Island, Bohol back to Cebu via Sumilon Island on February 23, 2016 saw no change in the top three standing as Team Fiji Samaki, Team Not Dead Yet and Team Bung Beatles came in 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively once again.

The Rayomarine Leg 3 from Sumilon Island, Cebu to Balicasag Island, Bohol on February 24, 2016 is where it all got spicy as Team Not Dead Yet with Kerli and Ali Corlett bested all the teams in true champion fashion finishing the race in just a little over three hours followed by two other Aussie teams; Team Ancient Mariners led by challenge veteran Bruce Tardrew and Sarah Turnbull and Team Thunder From Downunder with Geoff Rowdon and Rosie Phelan.

Results shifted back to the same as the previous legs as the Potato Corner Leg 4 race from Balicasag Island, Bohol to San Juan, Siquijor on February 26, 2016 brought back Team Fiji Samaki and Team Bung Beatles in the top three standing in 2nd and 3rd respectively under Team Not Dead Yet who seemed to have enjoyed their place at the top.

The final leg of the challenge around the Province of Siquijor on February 27, 2016 ended with Team Ancient Mariners outracing Team Not Dead Yet to claim the 1st spot during that race. Completing the top three is Team Thunder From Downunder. It wasn’t enough though for Bruce Tardrew and Sarah Turnbull as Kerli and Ali Corlett with their consistency and skill won the entire challenge by at least 10 minutes against their closest competitor.

Below are the Overall Results of the challenge:

PHC 16 Overall Results

Winners for the In-shore races were Team Thunder From Downunder in 1st, Team Fiji Samaki in 2nd and Team Ancient Mariners in 3rd.

The challenge also had its annual Hobie Fossil Cup sponsored by Australian sailing vet Andrew “Fossil” Thompson recognizing the most improved sailors during the week-long regatta. This year’s recipients were two local teams – Team Rayomarine with Diego and Monchu Garcia in 1st place and Team What’s Up Doc comprised of Dennis Cruz and Arnel Ornales in 3rd. Coming at 2nd place is Aussie Team Optimum Height with members Will King and Jen O’Boyle.

It was a truly spectacular event and one for the books indeed! Everyone was happy to see that the rock stars of Australian sailing obliterated their competition forcing the local teams to sail at their level. It was a race and a master class in sailing all in all! All the winners, nay all the sailors are rock stars in their own right!

The 2016 Cherry Mobile Philippine Hobie Challenge is sponsored by Cherry Mobile, Rayomarine, Go Pro Philippines, Potato Corner, Hobie Cat Australasia and the Province of Siquijor. Special thanks to our partners, Cebu Yacht Club, Lifeline Rescue, WRU and Cebu Pacific. This event is made possible with the support of the Office of the Cebu Sports Commission, Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu, Hyde Sails, the Municipality of Loon Bohol, the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), Balicasag Island Dive Resort, Novellino Wines, Uni Ballpens, South Palms Resort Panglao, Coco Grove Beach Resort, Bluewater Sumilon, DOT Region 7, Blood Red, Active Boating and Watersports Magazine and our Outreach Partner, Waves for Water.



RESULTS (Updated)

written on March 30, 2016, under News and Updates

Check out the results of the 2016 Cherry Mobile Philippine Hobie Challenge here.

Track the Cherry Mobile Philippine Hobie Challenge 2016 with WRU

written on February 23, 2016, under News and Updates

Track CHERRY MOBILE 16th Philippine Hobie Challenge 2016 by logging on to www.wru.ph/hobiechallenge with username: hobie and password: challenge and follow our sailing expedition through the beautiful waters of Central Visayas!

To make sure we’re not lost, view us and the waypoints by logging on to www.wru.ph/hobiechallenge use username hobie and password challenge to see us online.


Username: hobie

Password: challenge

Special thanks to our GPS partner WRU for setting this up!


A sweet treat for the 2016 Philippine Hobie Challenge as CHERRY MOBILE becomes its OFFICIAL TITLE SPONSOR

written on January 17, 2016, under News and Updates


It was a truly delectable holiday for the sailors of the Philippine Inter-Island Sailing Foundation, Inc. (PHINSAF) or as our newest partner puts it, it was a #CHERRYCHRISTMAS as last December 2015, PHINSAF announced that the Filipino mobile phone and electronics company, CHERRY MOBILE is the OFFICIAL TITLE SPONSOR of the 2016 Philippine Hobie Challenge ushering the #HOBIENEWYEAR with a bang!

PHINSAF proudly brings you the CHERRY MOBILE PHILIPPINE HOBIE CHALLENGE 2016 on February 20 – 28, 2016 in Central Visayas!


Now on its 16th year, the Philippine Hobie Challenge, the country’s premier extreme regatta event organized by PHINSAF is set to take their seasoned sailing competitors from all over the world on a weeklong race quest to the wonderful islands of Central Visayas this coming February 2016!

Join us along with CHERRY MOBILE as we explore the many breathtaking and enchanting island destinations of the south! The challenge kicks off in majestic Cebu, the queen city of the south and heads down to peaceful and friendly Bohol, god’s little paradise. The week culminates with a grand finish in beautiful Siquijor, the island of fire!

Aside from being the ultimate competition, the Philippine Hobie Challenge has been raising awareness about the eco-friendly sports and sports tourism in the country. It also holds outreach activities together with its participants partaking in educational and medical efforts to in-need seaside communities in its pit stops – a tradition that started from simple donations in the past to becoming an integral part of the race. Something PHINSAF is proud to share with our official title sponsor, CHERRY MOBILE.

PHINSAF is thrilled to have the Filipino mobile phone and electronics giant be part of such a wonderful event. CHERRY MOBILE’s strong presence in the local tech community for their quality and affordable gadgets and services is something that PHINSAF is extremely proud to be associated with.

PHINSAF appreciates your support just as CHERRY MOBILE values your lifestyle!

Get to know more about our partner CHERRY MOBILE by visiting www.cherrymobile.com.ph! For more information on the challenge, you can check out www.hobiechallenge.ph.

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