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Goto AY Race Report 2From Slimy Pollywogs to Trusty Shellback's
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09:02:2016 Neptune Island, Indonesia: The highlight of the regatta is crossing the equator. Starting at Neptune Island, the 7.7nm course takes the fleet directly South to the equator finish line. Each boat appoints their own King Neptune and trusty assistant Davy Jones. The Slimy Pollywogs (Never crossed the equator by boat) are thoroughly denounced for their crimes by Davy Jones and after a suitable penance chosen by King Neptune, are accepted by the court as Trusty Shellback's. Goto AY Photo Gallery

Some very novel fancy dress costumes replaced the usual sailing attire (Shorts and T-Shirt) and the frivolities were in full swing. Still plenty of wind to propel the fleet and the overcast conditions kept the racers cool. Then restart at the equator and finish back at Neptune Island. The elapsed times are combined and the class results make up a single race.

Although Sarab Singh's Welbourn 52 Windsikher II ran away with line honours, Mick Tilden's syndicated Beneteau 44.7 Fujin collected the handicap honours, for their first win of the regatta. Andrew Cocks and the crew of Starlight, may have won the best dressed at the equator but had to settle in third place.

The gang from the Royal Selangor Yacht Club on Jeff Harris' J 92S Nijinski notched up their second victory and take over the lead in the Cruising Class. Improving with every race, the Aussie's on Nigel Gribble's Beneteau 390 Hikaru II climbed into second place and the Race 1 winner Robert Lamoureux's Beneteau Sense 55 Grand Lux was relegated into third place.

Graham Horn's Jaza Too and Xavier Glenard / Damien Geoffray's Kaze have been pushing each other to the limit and sharing the spoils in the one design Corsair Dash 750 Multihull Racing class. This time it was Horn's Jaza Too that took the win in front of Geoffray's Kaze. Philip Brown's Madfish III again slotted into third place behind the dueling leaders.

In the running for the best dressed crew, Matt Lutter's Dean 440 Vectis also came good in the racing, leaving Gary & Karen Matthews Lagoon 46 Katrianne trailing in their wake for the Multihull Cruising Class title.


Layday at last...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
10:02:2016 Neptune Island, Indonesia: Three days of high speed racing in often wet conditions, is taking its toll and time for a lay day to re-energize, then press on for the rest of the week. A tour of the local fishing village on Pulau Blanding, that have helped organise facilities at Neptune Island and time for some local sampan racing, to keep everyone amused. Two foreign crew members and the local skipper steering the boat. The team from Nijinski won the final race and were presented with a fully inscribed coconut for their efforts. An exciting afternoon was had by all, in front of the whole village, turning out in their finery.

Oh my island in the sun...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
11:02:2016 Neptune Island, Indonesia: For the first time this trip the sun broke through the overcast sky and preventative sun block had to be applied. The plan was for two windward / leeward races for the IRC Racing Class and a combination of island passage races for the Multihull Racing and the Cruising Classes. Unfortunately the 6 to 10 knot North Easterly that the fleet started with, gradually faded away and only one race could be completed for the IRC Racers. The complete lack of breeze behind the islands forced the courses to be shortened for all the other classes. As the late night partying is starting to take its toll on the body and brain, its probably just as well the races were shortened, to get out of the blaring sun and back to the beach for the final rage, before we go home.

Sarab Singh's Welbourn 52 Windsikher II preformed better in the light breeze and spent less time in the tidal stream than the others, to secure another win and extend in the overall Racing Class stakes. Mick Tilden's syndicated Beneteau 44.7 Fujin is clinging onto second place and constantly correcting out in front of Andrew Cocks Simonis Voogd 56 Starlight, to hold onto second and third respectively.

Its Xavier Glenard / Damien Geoffray's Kaze turn on top of the one design Corsair Dash 750 Multihull Racing podium and leads the way in the overall stakes by 2 points. By trading first and second places, Graham Horn's Jaza Too maintains second place and still has a chance at the title. After a great start to the regatta Philip Brown's Madfish III is slightly off the pace and has consistently scored third place.

Jeff Harris' J 92S Nijinski has racked up three wins in a row, to take control of the Cruising Class. Robert Lamoureux's Beneteau Sense 55 Grand Lux came back on form to secure second place and in line to secure a podium finish. Nigel Gribble's Beneteau 390 Hikaru II suffered from the light weather blues for third place but cling onto second overall by one point and all to play for in the final races back to Batam.

Matt Lutter's Dean 440 Vectis finished in front of Gary & Karen Matthews Lagoon 46 Katrianne at the Pulau Blanding shortened finish line, to notch up another win and extend their overall lead in the Multihull Cruising Class.

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