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AY Race Report 6, 7 & Summary

2017/18 AY Grand Prix Event

Another successful Neptune adventure comes to an end...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
18:02:2018 Nongsa Point Marina, Indonesia: The North Easterly arrived on cue for the early 0800 start and the fleet enjoyed a 25nm slog back up the Riau Strait and arrived back at Nongsa Point Marina by lunch time. Then the tedious tidying up exercise, personal ablutions, downloading 1000's of email messages and get ready for the gala prize presentation and dinner around the pool. While three of the four class winners were already decided, the podium places were open for the taking and all eyes were on the highly competitive multihull class for the final race showdown. Check out the action in the AY Photo Gallery

Robert van Paridon's 12.81m trimaran Tantrum Too and Xavier Glenard / Damien Geoffray Dash 750 Kaze have traded first and second places in the Multihull Class all week and coming into today's final showdown, Kaze held a one point lead, despite the size difference. Handling the short chop while going to windward made all the difference. Tantrum Too's longer waterline drives through the waves, while the smaller Dash 750's tend to hobbie horse and are consequently slowed by this action. This allowed Tantrum Too to cover the course in 2:43:32 and 50 minutes faster than Kaze. Giving them the daily double and ended up tied on points, with the same number of wins and second places. By winning the last race, the tie is broken in Tantrum Too's favour and Kaze relegated to 2nd overall. A similar situation for third place, with Graham Horn Corsair Dash Mk II Jaza Too and Alice Lim's Dash 750 Abracadeborah Too tied on 17 points and broken in favour of Jaza Too for third overall.

In the Premier Cruiser Class, Kevin Harris Jeanneau SO47 Temptress of Down outclassed the opposition and ended with a perfect score line of six wins, on their first outing in anger in Asian waters. Although Victor Nurcombe's Bavaria 56 Sakkara was on a comeback trail, scoring two second places on the last two races, it wasn't enough to overtake Anna Fourie's Beneteau Oceanis 41 Ma Ja Belle for second overall and have to settle on third place.

Apart from the first race penalty, Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly have built a five paling picket fence, out of the score line and defends the Cruising Class title with style. Graeme Hespe's CS36 Jens Jaunt returned to form to claim second overall and put an end to Glen O'Grady's Wauquiez 12.5 Windancer fast advancing run of second places and had to settle on third overall.

Although David and Lia McKeown's Stow 78 Rona retired from the regatta in the early stages and paved the way for Ashok Mani's S&S Yawl 48 Windrose to claim the Classic Class title. It was a magnificent sight to see the ole dames grace the regatta with their presence.

The Spirit of Neptune Award went to Phil Lenox and his sons on Kaylani for their support work with the race committee and the Seamanship Award went to Max Horowitz Burdick for his tireless work with the organising team both on the island and during the year.

Kudos must go to Alex “Ferret” Voss and Graham Lind for continuing to hold the regatta and the voluntary support from Guy Scott, Gary & Karen Matthews, Jerry Rollin (Principle Race Officer), Brent Oddson (King Neptune) Jules Morrissey and many others, plus the sponsors Fishhead Island, Muddy Murphy's, Fischer Panda, Simpson Marine and Puritas Water to run the event. It's a huge undertaking and a logistical nightmare, spending four nights on a deserted island, near the equator.

Everything has to be shipped in and temporary facilities built by the nearby Pulau Blanding fishing folk. The uniqueness of racing to the equator and celebrating with King Neptune remains vivid in the memories, of all that have participated over the eight editions. Although it is a novelty event, there are serious seamanship challenges along the way and the winners can stand proudly on the podium, alongside everyone that competed and with further support long may it continue.

Bye Bye and Thank you Neptune Island
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
17:02:2018 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. Then lineup for the 10:00 start and weave their way, 40nm back up through the Riau Islands and this time stopping, over half way at Mubut Island. Puffy North Easterly breeze to start with, to get through the passage and adverse current North of Neptune Island. Then faded for mid day siesta but returned as the tidal current turned in their favour, to get through the Pengalap cauldron and timing gate. Several skippers decided to use the iron spinnaker through the light patches and take the time penalty but had a smooth shy spinnaker ride in the afternoon, arriving at Mubut before sunset.

The hardened race crew, Guilty, Liz, Alfie, Lynda and Simon on Robert van Paridon's 12.81m trimaran Tantrum Too stuck to their guns and powered through regardless of the wind and tidal conditions, to claim line honours but a slow passage to the finish line slipped them down to third place, when the handicap calculations were made. When Xavier Glenard / Damien Geoffray Dash 750 Kaze came creaming across the bay and crossed the finish line only 26 minutes behind Tantrum Too to take the handicap honours and as the drop race comes into play, take the lead in the overall Multihull Class, with one race to go. Graham Horn Corsair Dash Mk II Jaza Too also took advantage of the brisk reaching conditions to close in on the leaders, to snatch second place and take over third overall from a luckless Alice Lim's Dash 750 Abracadeborah Too that had problems with their centerboard and had to retire.

By posting another win Kevin Harris Jeanneau SO47 Temptress of Down makes it five wins in a row and wraps up the Premier Cruiser Class with a day to go. Victor Nurcombe's Bavaria 56 Sakkara came good with second place and broke Anna Fourie's Beneteau Oceanis 41 Ma Ja Belle run of second places but they still hold onto second overall.

Another win for Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly puts them in an unbeatable position in the Cruising Class, with one day to go. Glen O'Grady's Wauquiez 12.5 Windancer continues their good form, to score second place two days in a row and climb onto the third step on the podium. Third place for Graeme Hespe's CS36 Jens Jaunt keeps them in second overall but cannot afford any slip ups on the final race, as the fast advancing Windancer are ready to pounce.

Although Ashok Mani's S&S Yawl 48 Windrose took the long way around and missed the timing gate to retire, plus David McKeown's Stow 78 Rona retiring from the regatta has handed them the Classic Class title.

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