Scenes in and around Subic Bay, Philippines

We start a new race out of Subic Bay tomorrow. It will be a sail up north passing the east side of Taiwan to round some remote Japanese islands before returning back here.

We are told by Clipper that our first race destination for Leg 6 will be sorted out by the time we return here. Current options are Qingdao China, South Korea, or Yokohama Japan. It all depends on the ever evolving coronavirus outbreak. Clipper HQ just wants to get all yachts raced to Seattle safely on the original arrival schedule there allowing the fleet to get back to the planned routes and timetables for Legs 7 and 8 which get us around North America and then back across the Atlantic to the UK and final London race destination.

In the meantime please enjoy these photos I captured here in the Philippines.
Halong Bay Vietnam – First Place

Qingdao – Second Place
Philippine reggae band, high school kids, entertained at the prize giving ceremony.
Clyde and Bruce, Clipper Yachts in the background.
Liz and Michelle
Richard helping me with kite sail repair.
Two dudes from another team. Must know how to sew!

The boys insisted on interrupting sail repair for some golfing so it was off to the links!

Dickey and caddy.
Richard and caddy
Rick and caddy

The boys golfed with their beautiful caddy’s while Michelle, Sue and I just sat on the veranda having a lovely lunch. We all ordered nachos. Sadly no picture to show for that.

Daytime in old town Olongapo – Jeepneys
Night time jeepneys which function as local busses – jump in the back and hang on for a ride!
Olongapo – City of love!
Dickey, Michelle and Carl love you all.
Texas Joe’s – very authentic!
Fantastic team dinner at Texas Joe’S
While on the hunt for a karaoke bar we found this curbside laundry.
Subic Bay beach panorama.
Tranquil to be relaxing on a mooring in the bay.
Docked power cats.
Some sort of military ship.

A random encounter while I was on a walkabout to the beach.

I am always on the hunt for a cruising sailboat. What is not to like about this beautiful Hans Christian 41 footer docked in the marina here? I still prefer the smaller and simpler Bristol Channel Cutter, a 28 footer, which I am sure can sail circles around this big heavy cruiser.

Bristol Channel Cutter, my current dream boat. None here in Subic Bay however.