The Philippine Hobie Challenge was first conceived in 1999 when a small group of international sailors envisioned an extreme sailing event that would take them to the many beautiful islands dotting the Philippine archipelago. They planned a 5 day rally in which teams would sail a Hobie16 beach catamaran accross the open sea by day and camp in rustic, often uninhabited islands by nightfall. Thus the Challenge had its modest start in March 2000 with only 5 regional teams making the 200nautical mile (400km) passage from Lucena, Quezon to Boracay. Michael Scantlebury, one of the conceptualizers of the event took the honors of winning the very first Philippine Hobie Challenge. The successful inaugural event proved the notion that the Hobie16 was rugged enough to survive long distance racing through long straights and passages that are normally traversed only by bigger boats.

Now on its 15th year, the Philippine Hobie Challenge has seen action all around Luzon, Palawan, the Visayas and Mindanao. It has traversed the San Bernardino Straight, Calavite Passage, the Bohol Sea and the Sulu Sea. Take a look at where it has taken the bravest and toughest sailors who have dared to take THE Challenge:

PHC1   : Lucena to Boracay (2000)

PHC2   : Batangas to Palawan (2001)

PHC3   : Ilocos Sur to Subic Bay (2002)

PHC4   : Sorsogon to Cebu (2003)

PHC5   : Boracay to Palawan via Amanpulo (2004)

PHC6   : Cebu to Bohol (2005)

PHC7   : Bicol to Boracay (2006)

PHC8   : Zambales to Palawan (2007)

PHC9   : Sorsogon to Siargao (2008)

PHCX   : Batangas to Boracay (2009)

PHC11 : Lucena to Boracay (2011)

Blackberry 12th Philippine Hobie Challenge: Coron to El Nido (2012)

Anvaya Cove 13th Philippine Hobie Challenge: Zambales to Bataan (2013)

PHC14 : Malapascua to Anhawan, Iloilo (2014)

See the Honor Roll here. 


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