Neptune Regatta – AY Race Report 1

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AY Race Report 1

2017/18 AY Grand Prix Event

Record breaking run to Fishhead Island…
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
12:02:2018 Fishhead Is, Indonesia: After setting a new record for the Round Bintan course at 10 hours 28 minutes last weekend, Robert van Paridon’s 12.81m trimaran Tantrum Too is on a roll and set a new record for Leg 1 Batam to Fishhead in 3:23:43, taking 29mins 15secs from the inaugural record set by Alan Hodges Kaze 3 in 2015. The prevailing North Easterly pumping in at 18 to 23 knots provided quick times for everyone and also a few incidents with over powering and sail choices. This is the 4th year that Todd Keeler and the gang have hosted a stopover at Fishhead Is and each year significant improvements have been made and this year the finish line has a swimming pool with reclining lounge chairs and wi fi connection, a far cry from the original building site.

All the multihull’s disappeared into a cloud of spray and when the handicaps were applied Xavier Glenard / Damien Geoffray Dash 750 Kaze come out on top and relegate Tantrum Too to 2nd place by 4 minutes. When the provisional results were announced, the Queen of the Multihull scene in Singapore, Alice Lim on Dash 750 Abracadeborah Too slotted into 3rd place but after some confusion in sail numbers, Graham Horn’s Corsair Dash Mk II Jaza Too moved into 3rd place and thoroughly enjoyed the downwind ride, weaving through the Riau islands at high speed.

New to the Asian racing scene, Kevin Harris Jeanneau SO47 Temptress of Down didn’t waste any time on familiarisation trials and claimed the daily double in the Premier Cruising class. Despite a monstrous broach under spinnaker Anna Fourie’s Beneteau Oceanis 41 Ma Ja Belle continued on under headsail and slotted into 2nd place. After stopping to retrieve the spinnaker from under the keel, Victor Nurcombe’s Bavaria 56 Sakkara ended up in 3rd place.

Both Chris Mitchell’s Naut 40 Lady Bubbly and Glen O’Grady’s Wauquiez 12.5 Windancer made the fatal error of starting with the Premier Cruising class and incurred a 20% penalty on their finishing times, to end up 3rd and 5th respectively in the Cruising Class. As Gary & Karen Matthews Lagoon 46 Katrianne were the only entry in the Cruising Multihull class they were lumbered in with the Cruising Class and managed to kick up their heels to claim 1st place. Although slow down the Riau Strait, Graeme Hespe’s CS36 Jens Jaunt capitalised on the mistakes to slot into 2nd place.

Two classic yachts with history as long as your arm are gracing the Classic Class. David McKeown’s Stow 78 Rona built in 1895 and Ashok Mani’s S&S Yawl 48 Windrose won the Admiral’s Cup in 1961 for the USA team. Although Rona were still hoisting sails well after the start, they made up for it on the long reaching legs, to sail through most of the fleet, but as Windrose got off to a flying start and kept up the pace, they score 1st place and Rona 2nd.

Racing continues tomorrow from Fishhead to Neptune Island and as we will definitely be out of telephone and internet range, the next exciting installment will be next weekend.

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