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2015/16 AY Grand Prix Event

Neptune unleashes its fury on the fleet...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
07:02:2016 Fishead Island, Indonesia: As the sailors faced thirty knots gusting to 35, with up to 2m swells and tumultuous rain squalls, the start was delayed and the program reorganised. Eventually the conditions had to be dealt with and the journey to Fishead Island went ahead. With respect to the weather conditions, the race committee decided that the course around Bintan would be scrapped in favour of the traditional route down the Riau Strait between Batam and Bintan for the IRC and Multihull Racing classes. The Multihull and Cruising Classes would make their way down to Pulau Loban and a start would be set up there.

Most of the day was spent wet as a shag, with constant rain squalls and rapid increases in wind speed as the storm cells passed over. Just as Sarab Singh's Welbourn 52 Windsikher II were hoisting the spinnaker, an almighty squall hit them and they struggled to take control in the broach, which set the precedent for the rest of the journey.

Heavily reefed sails and throwing caution to the wind, saw everyone arrive safely at Fishead Island before sunset. With the new deluxe long house completed, the island partners welcomed the sailors and a superb party and dinner was enjoyed by all. Despite the huge broach Sarab Singh's Windsikher II managed to claim the daily double in the racing class. Although much smaller, Mick Tilden's syndicated Beneteau 44.7 Fujin wasn't far behind and finished 8 minutes off the pace in second spot. Andrew Cocks said it was the most fun he has ever had on his Simonis Voogd 56 Starlight, roaring along at 20knots with spray along the entire length of the boat.

In the Cruising Class Robert Lamoureux's Beneteau Sense 55 Grand Lux powered on through to notch up their first win in competitive sailing. Only a minute and twenty two seconds separated Nigel Gribble's Beneteau 390 Hikaru II and the Royal Selangor Yacht Club gang on Jeff Harris' J 92S Nijinski for second and third respectively. Guy Scott's Beneteau 50 Confluence tried to take a shortcut to the bar and ended up on the reef, in full view of assembled drinkers.

In the clash of the one design Corsair Dash 750's, Xavier Glenard / Damien Geoffray's Kaze came out on top, with Graham Horn Jaza Too in second place and Philip Brown on Madfish III slotting into third. Tim Hill with the family onboard Cicak including 11 and 13 year old children joined from the cruising class to give the big catamarans a class of their own. Clive van Onselen's Dash Boot had rudder damage to sort out and made it just in time for the start but finished down the order.

As Matt Lutter's Dean 440 Vectis decided to delay leaving Nongsa Marina till the weather eased, gave Gary & Karen Matthews Lagoon 46 Katrianne the chance to claim victory, as they were the only competitor in the Multihull Cruising Class.

Downwind sleigh ride in 20 knots to Neptune Island
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
08:02:2016 Neptune Island, Indonesia: After yesterdays fierce conditions, crews had a sigh of relief that it moderated and the rain squalls ceased. Although heavily overcast this made for some fast downwind sailing, in cool conditions and a quick trip to Neptune Island. Overnight the race committee decided to scrap the new zigzag course for the IRC and Multihull classes and everyone did the traditional course through the cauldron and beyond.

Averaging 15-16 knots boat speed in 20 knots of breeze, Sarab Singh's Welbourn 52 Windsikher II streaked away into the distance to post their second daily double. Andrew Cocks Simonis Voogd 56 Starlight, enjoyed a flawless ride and clocked into second place. A couple of shredded spinnakers latter, Mick Tilden's syndicated Beneteau 44.7 Fujin slotted into third place and asked race officials to use the spare spinnaker for the rest of the regatta.

It was Graham Horn's Jaza Too turn for victory in the Racing Multihull one design Corsair Dash 750 class. Xavier Glenard / Damien Geoffray's Kaze took second and the damaged Clive van Onselen's Dash Boot came good with third place, despite the shortened rudder blade.

Doing one better than yesterdays storm strewn race, Jeff Harris' J 92S Nijinski triumphed despite numerous broaches in the wind against tide passage, between the islands leading into Neptune. The Aussie's on Nigel Gribble's Beneteau 390 Hikaru II picked up the pace for second place and Guy Scott's Beneteau 50 Confluence overcame the problems from the day before and ended in third place.

Matt Lutter's Dean 440 Vectis joined in the action and gave Gary & Karen Matthews Lagoon 46 Katrianne a run for their money and finished first and second respectively in the Multihull Cruising Class.

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