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Class 1 Sailing Destination

Subic Bay has a long history of sailing because it is one of the safest places to learn to sail and one of the three most suitable places in the Philippines for competitive sailing.

The expanse of Subic Bay makes it ideal for competitive sailing because course legs of up to five miles can be laid, oriented to almost any wind direction. Additionally, the well documented location of the channel marker buoys make for excellent round-the-cans sailing events.

Finally, Subic Bay is a first class sailing destination because even if there is no gradient breeze, the Bay enjoys a micro-climate that almost always results in useful local breezes being generated around midday that typically last all afternoon.

Sailing Opportunities In Subic Bay

The Saturday Afternoon Gentlemen Sailors (SAGS) is the active sailing group in Subic Bay with their spiritual home at The Lighthouse Marina Resort Hotel - along the waterfront at Moonbay Marina. SAGS organize bay races on alternate Saturdays throughout the year; SAGS organize weekend regattas during the week following Easter and also in June, August, September and November. Everyone is invited to join in the fun, whether you own a boat or not.

SAGS is also the facilitator for the maintenance of a fleet of six Flying Fifteen sailing yachts, donated by the Flying Fifteen Association in Hong Kong.

The yacht club marina in Subic Bay is a good place to berth a yacht of almost any size up to 50-foot LOA. Unfortunately, the yacht club is less interested in organizing sailing events.

You cannot anchor anywhere in the Southern and Eastern portions of Subic Bay except in an emergency. Anchoring is acceptable in the Northern extremities of the Bay. Mooring buoys may be found off Magellan’s Landing, the Lighthouse Marina Resort Hotel and off some beach resorts in Barrio Barretto.

Competitive Sailing Regattas

Commodores’ Cup Regatta

The 5-day Commodores’ Regatta, takes place every year during the week following the Easter holiday week. Attracting anywhere between ten and twenty-five sailing yachts the event follows the finish of the annual Hong Kong to Philippines race (to either Subic Bay or San Fernando, La Union), Wich means that some of the serious Asian competitors will frequently add their names to the list of racers.


Independence Day Regatta

The 2-day Independence Day Regatta is held every year to coincide with the June 12 Philippine Independence Day vacation.


Subic Boracay Race

The Subic Bay to Boracay Island race usually occurs in February each year and, at 200+ nautical mile, is the longest race in the Philippine racing calendar.

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Rent Sailing Equipment In Subic Bay

Renting Sailing equipment in Subic Bay is not as easy as you might imagine. There are a few yachts for rent with skipper, but smaller yachts and dinghies are hard to find to rent. The Lighthouse Marina Resort Hotel can arrange rental of sailing yachts and dinghies given prior notice or you can take a look at yachts available on the Philippine Yacht Charter website.

If you want to learn to sail then Subic Bay offers a superb location for sailing courses organized by the local sailing club (not the yacht club). Check out Sailing Courses on the Philippine Yacht Charter website for more information.

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