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By AsianYachting MultiMedia
21:02:2015
A fresh North Easterly returned for the final leg from Karas Besar back to Nongsa Point Marina on Batam Island. Close hauled all the way, with a couple of tacks across the Riau Strait, before freeing off to round the Northern tip of Batam leading to the finish line. The racing classes made quick work of the leg and were safely berthed in the marina by mid afternoon and ready for the final presentation party and dinner.

Although Mick Tilden's Beneteau 44.7 Fujin returned a day early and opted out from racing the final race, they wrapped up the Premier Cruising Class with four bullets. In Fujin's absence, Jerry Chase's Beneteau 53 F5 Baby Tonga claimed their first victory and celebrated with his farther and Aussie friends aboard for second overall. Carrying a dinghy, foiling board and fully stocked up with food and marine toys, Stuart Birbeck's Beneteau 47 The Black Rose slotted into third overall and deserves an honorary mention for contesting the Racing Class.

With the increase in pressure, Alan Hodges Grainger 30 Kaze 3 pulled off a horizon job and in doing so, sealed the Racing Multihull class title in fine style. After two wins, Xavier Glenard's Dash 750 Kaze became their closest rival and although second place tied them on points for the lead, they have to settle on second overall. Graham Horn's Corsair Dash Mk II Jaza Too has pushed all week and third place in the last race, is enough to claim the final podium place.

Triumph in the last race, leaves Leonid Kovlakov Leopard 39 Nirvana 8 with the Multihull Cruising Class title on their second attempt. Second place for Matt Lutter's Dean 440 Vectis breaks the tie with John Smith's Fountain Pajot 46 Asha and opens the door for second and third overall respectively. Third place for Gary & Karen Matthews Lagoon 46 Katrianne leaves the defending champion in fourth overall.

There is no holding Glen O'Grady's Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 40 Windancer back, when they have the bit between the teeth and last race victory, earns them the Cruising Class title. Second place for Daniel Whittington's Ericson 28 WYSIWYG secures the smallest yacht in the fleet second overall, in front of Ian Dunderdale's Jeanneau 44 Vesper 7 that has endured some difficulties throughout the week.

This year the Motor Yachts were given some navigational exercises by RYA Instructor George McCready, to perform along the way. All four boats participated and points were awarded at the end of each day. The winning boat is Robin Enlund's Alfa Nero with wife and family of three onboard for the inaugural award. Of special interest is the kids prospective on the regatta, that they entered in the logbook and read out at the presentation ceremony.

The 2015 Neptune Award went to Guy Scott on MV Ratu Henry for camaraderie and tireless assistance and advice to vessels having difficulties and requiring repairs.

Summary
The change in courses were necessitated by the structure of the classes this year. The inclusion of Fishhead Island proved very popular and an added attraction to the program. Todd Keeler added the facilities will be bigger and better next year. Although the equator crossing is the novelty part of the regatta, there is some great racing to be had in NE tradewinds, this time of the year and sailors seriously treat it as any other yacht race.

Daily navigational exercises for the Motor Yachts devised by RYA Yachtmaster Instructor, George McCready proved to be a very popular inclusion and enjoyed by all the crew and family members. In future years, this could be an added bonus to attracting more motor boat competitors that lack organised activities in Asian waters.

Some doubt existed that the regatta would run this year and to quell any thoughts that the regatta may not continue, both Alex “Ferret” Voss and Graham Lind announced that the 6th Neptune Regatta is definitely on next year and asked more boat owners to commit early and firmly mark it in their sailing diary.

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Heave ho and away we go...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
20:02:2015 A light North Easterly breeze and adverse current made progress to windward very slow on the return journey, up the Eastern Channel of Pulau Buaya. The cruisers engaged their engines and by the time they got to the Selat Pengelap chicane the decision was made to shorten the course for all classes at the gate. The wind did pick up in the afternoon, allowing everyone to score a finish time and safely anchored behind Karas Besar for the overnight stopover.

Racing in light weather mode, Mick Tilden's Beneteau 44.7 Fujin sailed away from the fleet and clocked in with their fourth victory, then continued onto Nongsa Point Marina, in order for the entire crew to have a bed for the night. Although they sacrificed the final race Fujin wrapped up the Premier Cruising Class with four bullets. Half an hour latter, Jerry Chase's Beneteau 53 F5 Baby Tonga claimed another second place, in front of Stuart Birbeck's Beneteau 47 The Black Rose following suite with four third places.

The smaller Dash 750 trimaran's are clawing their way back into contention. Xavier Glenard Dash 750 Kaze recorded their second victory in as many days, to close within one point of the leader Kaze 3. Second place for Graham Horn's Corsair Dash Mk II Jaza Too keeps them inline for a podium place. Alan Hodges Grainger 30 Kaze 3 settled on third place and remains in the overall lead by one point, but will have to win the final race before the drop race comes into effect.

After scoring three 4th places, Gary & Karen Matthews defending champion Lagoon 46 Katrianne bounced back to win Race 4 but to late to make a difference. Second place for Leonid Kovlakov Leopard 39 Nirvana 8 keeps them on top of the Cruising Multihull leaderboard. Third place for Matt Lutter's Dean 440 Vectis has them tied on points for second overall with John Smith's Fountain Pajot 46 Asha and a last race shootout to determine the final podium places.

A slight setback on the Race to the Equator, Glen O'Grady's Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 40 Windancer returns with victory and continues to lead the Cruising Class. Second place for Daniel Whittington's Ericson 28 WYSIWYG secures them second overall in front of Ian Dunderdale's Jeanneau 44 Vesper 7 in third.

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