Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ forces postponement of windsurfing competition

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SUBIC — Windsurfing in SEA Games Philippines 2019 has been postponed due to typhoon “Tisoy.”

“It will be moved to a date when weather will be clear of typhoon,” said SEA Games Subic Cluster Chairman and lawyer Ramon Agregado Sunday. There is no decision yet on whether sailing competitions will also be re-scheduled.

Typhoon “Tisoy” is expected to make landfall in the Bicol region by late Monday or early Tuesday, bringing maximum sustained winds of 150 kph near the center and 185 kph gusts.

Because of this, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned of “frequent to continuous heavy rains” in Bicol, Metro Manila, Zambales, Pampanga, Calabarzon, Mindoro provinces, Marinduque, Romblon, Bataan, and Bulacan.

Windsurfing was originally scheduled at the Lighthouse Jetty Area and Subic Bay Yacht Club, respectively, from Nov. 28 to Dec. 9.

That original time frame included practices, weighing and measuring of equipment, and competition proper. Depending on the effects of typhoon Tisoy, the two events may have to be postponed to Dec. 5.

“We are anticipating December 5 as the start of the official competition,” said venue manager Julious Macam.