Europa Yachts Philippines Runs its First Lagoon Escapade
Report by Bianca Jison
Europa Yachts Philippines celebrates the success of its first Lagoon Escapade event and looks forward to sharing more of the amazing experience with the growing Lagoon family in the years to come.
Called “Mina de Oro” (meaning “mine of gold”) by the Spaniards, what is now known as Mindoro, the seventh largest island in the Philippines, it is only fitting that the chosen rally point for the first Lagoon Escapade in the country is found within a remote and privately owned cove hidden on one of the smaller isles surrounding the western half of the island; a treasure waiting to be found.
Spearheaded by the Philippine dealer Europa Yachts’ Managing Director Thomas Cachera and the Director for Marketing and Business Development Richard Sarinas, together with their amazing team, the adventure began at the Barracuda Bar of the Punta Fuego Yacht Club on Friday, April 6. Numbering close to 60 strong in attendance, the owners and their guests were treated to free-flowing Stella Artois, Johnnie Walker signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for the pre-event briefing. After the welcome remarks, the rally briefing was facilitated in a fun quiz night set-up by PHINSAF, the premier sailing authority in the Philippines. The evening ended with each participant buzzing with excitement and carrying their Lagoon loot bag filled with everything they needed for the rally.
The following morning, eight majestic Lagoons, with the Seventy7 in attendance, quietly and almost dreamily left the yacht club to embark on a journey to discover a different kind of freedom. After four and a half hours of cruising across the Verde Island Passage in steady winds, the fleet entered the clear turquoise blue waters of the beautiful private cove they called theirs for a day.
Arriving to acoustic reggae beats, floral leis and served fresh coconut juice; everyone was definitely feeling like they were on top of the world. With their spirits refreshed and nourished from a big lunch and winning raffle prizes, participants were treated to helicopter rides around the island onboard PhilJets’ Airbus EC130, the only one of its kind available for charter in the Philippines.
The golden hour brought in beach side barbeques, sangrias and more Johnnie Walker Gold Label signature cocktails with names like “Lagoon” and “Johnnie Rally.” If anyone wanted to know what that afternoon and the lovely sunset could be described as, it would be captured perfectly in two words – breathtaking and delicious!
The evening was capped off with an exclusive whisky tasting event facilitated by the Scotland-trained whisky expert, Rian Asiddao, an amazing dinner buffet with pork lechon, more raffle prizes, which included a pair of Sperry shoes and helicopter charter gift certificates all the while the owners were serenaded by a talented local band.
It is the truest celebration of the Lagoon lifestyle coupled with a growing anticipation for the next adventure to come, the first Lagoon Escapade ended with family and friends sharing the greatest treasure they discovered on a remote island…each other.
For more information about Europa Yachts Philippines, visit: www.europayachts.net or e-mail: email@example.com