Nongsa Neptune Regatta – AY Race Report 4 & 5

 

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9th Nongsa Neptune Regatta
2019

AY Race Report 4 & 5
2018/19 AY Grand Prix Event

So long, farewell Neptune for another year…
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
08:02:2019 Mubut Is, Indonesia: Early start and full on effort to decamp the island and leave it as we found it. Bye Bye for another year and thanks for another memorable stay. The start was moved North, to avoid bucking the current between the neighbouring islands. An ambitious 50nm Passage Race to windward, back up through the Riau Islands, to Pulau Mubut, started with a puffy North Easterly and short, choppy sea. Once again decision time, whether to take the long tack out into clear water or play the short tacking, coastal island hopping route. Either way, the breeze faded making it a slow passage, stemming the adverse current, through the Pengalap cauldron and as the afternoon wore on, it was decided to shorten the race at the Pengalap timing gate. Some skippers decided to use the iron sail through the light patches and take the reintroduced time penalty and everyone arrived at Mubut by sunset for dinner and an overnight stay. Goto AY Photo Gallery

 

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As the breeze was expected to fade away, the big boats planned to go hard for the gate and see what happens after that. The gate is an imaginary line at N 0° 30′ 00″, and yachts can choose any passage between the islands to cross the line. Genevieve & Jeremy Chase’s Oceanis 50 Sea Monster went on a flyer and passed to the East of the Pengalap Strait in shallower water and less current, to claim line honours. Jonathan Mahony HYD 42 Zanzibar stayed in the familiar Pengalap Strait and struggled with the current, at times slowed to a standstill and finished a little over 4 minutes behind in a different channel.

Max Palleschi’s IOR Farr 40 Prime Factor trailed Zanzibar by 54 minutes and ended up in second place and set for 2nd place overall, with one race to go.

After Genevieve & Jeremy Chase’s Oceanis 50 Sea Monster cunning plan to secure the overall Premier Cruising Class lead, Troy Williams early model (1998) Beneteau 50 Shelby finished one hour 21 minutes latter for second place and Robert Lamoureux Sense 54 Grand Lux, 12 minutes further behind in 3rd place.

John Inglis Boers Ron Holland 44 Sangaree continues to dominate the Cruising Class by posting another win, and lead in the overall stakes. made the most of it, to correct out with the fastest time and claim their third win, to confirm the lead in the overall Cruising Class stakes. Second place for Nicky Marsh’s Beneteau Oceanis 34 Marsh Mellow, is steadily climbing the rankings and now looking for a podium finish. Kevin Harris Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 47 Temptress of Down slotted into 3rd place, as the remaining three yachts have registered motoring time and finish down the order.

The four leading Multihull’s finished within nine minutes of each other. Alice Lim’s Corsair 750 Abracadeborah Too, returned to form and managed to stay one minute and 12 seconds in front of Graham Horn’s Corsair Dash Mk II Jaza Too in 2nd place. Seven minutes further astern Xavier Glenard / Damien Geoffray’s Corsair 750 Kaze, settled on 3rd place with Gary Curtis Corsair 28 Miss Visayan 26 seconds further adrift in 4th. With one race to go the fight is over the podium places behind Abracadeborah Too.

Official welcome by Lingga Regency
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07:02:2019 Neptune Is, Indonesia: The lay day arrived and the hierarchy from the Lingga Ministry of Tourism, invited the sailors and a large group of Indonesian media, over to Pulau Blanding and welcomed them with traditional dancers, gift packages and arranged a tasty mixed fish lunch for everyone present. Then some islander versus sailors volleyball matches, to burn off the calories. Very enjoyable and paved the way for a relaxing afternoon, after the hectic three day race schedule to date.

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