Toneam Outoftown Blog Center (Outoftownblog.com) – Legazpi, home to the iconic Mayon Volcano, sizzled again as it hosted the inaugural race of the exciting Bicol Oz Goose National Championships on February 26-27. The event, the first of its kind in the region, is organised by the Albay Yacht Club (AYC) and the Philippine Home Boat Builders Yacht Club (PHBYC). Tourist Office District 5 and Legazpi City Hall.

Oz Goose sailboat in Albay Bay

The two-day sailing event, set in the Gulf of Albay, across Legazpi Boulevard, will introduce the newest sailing haven in the Bicol Islands.

Thirty-one Oz Goose sailboats from Subic, Batangas, Manila and Albay will compete for top honors and fun sailing.

“Bicol is growing in popularity among the country’s water sports enthusiasts, from water skiers, surfers, paddlers, scuba divers and now sailors. Its natural beauty is its main attraction, and people are attracted to the water. The sport’s hospitality adds to its overall appeal,” said DOT Regional Director Herbie Aguas.

Oz Goose sailboat in Albay
Oz Goose sailboat in Albay

He said potential sailing spots would be explored in nearby provinces to make it a community sport and help nurture a new generation of water sports athletes.

Meanwhile, the Mayor of Legazpi, Noel Rosal, welcomed the sporting event, saying sailing would be an additional recreation of the fun and adventurous city.

“The Oz Goose Sailing Sail is an ideal platform to teach people the basic skills of sailing, from weather awareness to fundamental physics. Regatta is the best way to improve sailing skills,” said Roy Espiritu, Executive Director of PHBYC and event organizer.

He noted that this type of boat is cheap and easy to assemble, and has great potential to bring recreational sailing to various parts of the archipelago. Launched in the Philippines in 2015, there are about 100 Oz Goose boats in the country, Taal Lake Yacht Club (TLYC) in Talisay Town, AYC in Legazpi and various boat clubs.

Bicol's Oz Goose Sailing
Bicol’s Oz Goose Sailing

The Oz Goose is a 12-foot wind-powered sailboat with a 14-foot mast and is piloted by two people.

Small sailboats have grown in popularity in Legazpi in recent years, largely thanks to the efforts of City Councillor Fernand Imperial, who is also a crew member of the Subic-based Team Windshear team.

Exciting Bicol Oz Goose Nationals also supported by Kress Philippines, Toyota Albay, Hyde Sails Cebu, Imperial Homes, Pacific Blue Dive Center; hotel partners Proxy by The Oriental, Legazpi Oceanfront Hostel, Hotel Sentro and RRCG Transport as official carrier.

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