Lima Park Hotel Presents: 2016 Philippine Hobie National Championships | Batangas


The clear blue sky calls for all sorts of outdoor activity. With the calm Taal Lake spread out in front of us, one would think a Zen fishing trip is in order. Nope, its even better. Because other than the scenic lake, dozens of colorful Hobie Cat—small sailing catarman made by the Hobie Cat Company—were neatly docked on the shore fronting Taal Lake Yacht Club. These sails and its respective sailing crews were gathered for the Lima Park Hotel 2016 Philippine Hobie National Championships.

Sara Abdollahi

Before the participants set off for the race, Peter Capotosto, founder of Taal Yacht Club and an avid sailor, opened the race with a brief talk congratulating each participant for yet another successful event.

Sheena Mae Bihag

During our talk with Capotosto, we learned that other than the Philippine National Hobie Championship, there is also another race: The Philippine Hobie Challenge. "That one is a long distance hobie race consisting of the Inshore and Challenge Series" Capotosto tells us. "The Inshore consists of five short races while the Challenge Series takes almost 7-8 hours of sailing covering 200 nautical miles. Last year that race started in Laiya, Batangas and finished at Canyon Cove in Nasugbu" he adds.

Moha Barakat

As the race started, us media members boarded a yacht and sailed to the middle part of the lake to get a front row view of the race. From our position, I could clearly see the smooth movements of each catarman boats as it knifes through the waters of Taal Lake effortlessly.

Levy Amosin

Manned by a two-person crew, each hobie cat measures almost twelve feet in length. The longer models can be manned by up to four people. 

Cara Consunji

After witnessing the race, we circled Taal Lake passing by an island inhabited by a variety of bird fishes. From afar, I could only recognize flocks of Little Egrets, but our boatman told us that if we used a binocular we can also see other bird species such as: Barn Swallow, Little Heron, White-Collared Kingfisher, Yellow Vented Bulbul and more.

Sophie Gianan

We finished our cruise just in time for the awarding ceremonies. The tandem of Philippine Sailing Association Team members Richly Magsanay and Ridgley Balladares successfully defended the title they won last year.

Christian Sangoyo and Mujee Gonzales

Other winners include: Michael Ngu and Boyet Magsanay for the Master’s category and Maria Vidoeira-Hagedorn and Joe Hagedorn for third place.

Cheekie Albay

About the Philippine Hobie National Championships

Spearheaded by the host Taal Lake Yacht Club, in cooperation with the Philippine Sailing Association and PHINSAF, the national regatta is part of the Philippine Inter-Island Sailing Foundation (PHINSAF) – Potato Corner National Traveller’s series.

Taal Yacht Club held the Lima Park Hotel 2016 Philippine Hobie National Championships as part of their schedule of regular events here and in other locations in the country.