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Having fun on the water is what PHBYC is all about, and we try to make sure we have a lot of that. Here are some events that we do on the water as well as out of the water. Keep watching this page for details of future events.

Messaboutsfrom “A messabout is an event where a group of people get together to discuss and "mess about" in boats”. Messabouts are fun events for the whole family where builders usually launch new boats and other builders share their works with other members and the public to enjoy and have fun in. For PHBYC There is usually one at the start and the end of the sailing season and sometimes it just happens.

PHBYC’s first messabout was held on 24 June 2006 with four homemade boats and one production boat and attended by the founding members of the club and their families. In 2007 the number of boats and participants more than doubled, ten homebuilts participated and members of the club even built a boat on the site adding one more home built to the list. The youtube video above is a compilation of videos taken from several Taal Lake messabouts.

Family Boatbuilding Weekends (FBW)– Family Boatbuilding Weekends were pioneered by WoodenBoat magazine in 1998 and it has become an international and grassroots endeavor to get people into building and having fun in their own homemade boats —events are held around the world every year.

PHBYC is spearheads the production of the Family Boat Building Weekends in the Philippines, to get more families exposed and involved in boat building, boating, and the indescribable joys of working together on a worthwhile and rewarding project: building their own boat!

Recent FBW - On 21 and 21 April 2007, the PHBYC held the country's first ever Family Boatbuilding Weekend at Taal Lake Yacht Club, Talisay, Batangas. Over a single weekend, 10 families built 10 boats and enjoyed a wonderful two days of learning, building and boating. Click here for more information on how to be a participant in future Family BoatBuilding Weekends.

Upcoming FBW!: 15-17 March 2013, One Esplanade (near MOA). click here for more information.

In-School Programs - PHBYC is also working with local schools and their practical arts and athletic departments to develop programs centered around boat building and boating that will:

  • Teach practical woodworking skills
  • Illustrate the application of school learned knowledge; geometry, physics, chemistry, mechanics, meteorology etc.
  • Promote sailing and rowing as viable varsity sports.
  • Develop good a work ethic.
  • Develop teamwork in work and sporting environment.

Raids – Adventure is main objective with raids, expedition sailing to any of the country’s 7100 islands. Usually done on a pre-plotted course, over several days, at the most scenic places, and usually with very few creature comforts. It is Open to all non-motor propelled craft, yes, kayaks too. Enjoy nature at its best, and remember with raids its never just about the destination but the trip. Having fun with great company, camping out, and long conversations around the campfire.



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