|3rd Wonderful Indonesia Nongsa Regatta 2018
AY Race Report 2
Playing the wind shifts & current…
By AY MultiMedia
January 27th, Batam, Indonesia: The shifty nature of the wind and being on the right side of the strong tidal current were paramount to success today. The day started looking very promising but faded half way through the first race, then picked up and changed direction for the second race and started to rain at the start of the third race. As the short choppy sea from yesterday has disappeared, the Platu’s and J24’s came into their own favourable conditions and showed up on the score sheet. Any mistakes were severely punished and a yacht could go from first to last in the space of a windward beat. Check out the action in the AY Photo Gallery
While World Sailing are making a push for more women participation in sailing, both the Singapore Management University (SMU) Platu and two J24 teams are skippered by girls and a lot of the crew are female sailors. Making up for scoring two OCS starts yesterday, Koh Ling Ying’s Platu 25 SMUMAD rebounded by winning the first two races and 2nd place today, to make their way up to 4th overall in the standings.
Despite being called over the start line, Bernice Foo Ling Li’s Platu 25 SMUVE returned to restart and worked their way into 2nd place and repeated with another 2nd and 3rd place to take over 2nd overall from Gordon Maxted’s Young 88 Shoon Fung Too.
Despite a change of fortune in the first two races for 4th and 6th places, Kurt Metzger’s Nelson 10 Waka Tere came back on form to win the third race and still holds onto top spot in the overall stakes by a slim two point margin.
Although Zaheera Hashim’s J24 Balqis clocked into 3rd place in the first race, it’s Christian Mark Chang Kah Fai’s J24 Shengli, with the 5, 3, 5 score line that scored the best of the J24’s but makes way for the fast advancing SMUMAD to end up tied for 4th overall.
Although Justin Lean’s Mumm 30 Invictus has the potential to lead the fleet, little mistakes are creeping in and find themselves down in 8th overall. Simon Piff’s Lauranus L34 Rainbow Dream are putting on a brave face, but the main aim of the crew is having a good time, proceeds their performance on the water.
Final day of racing tomorrow and we are giving up on the wind predictions and take it as it comes. The overall podium placing’s are still open for the taking and may the best team win.
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