a winner on the Neptune Regatta...
With a serious racing attitude and superior horsepower, when it mattered most, Jonathan Mahony HYD 42 Zanzibar sailed up to their IRC rating and consistently out preformed Max Palleschi's IOR Farr 40 Prime Factor, to take the IRC Racing title on their first attempt. Only 18 seconds separated them on the final race, but that's the difference between victory and 2nd place.
Although Robert Lamoureux Sense 54 Grand Lux powerful sail plan goes up wind better than the two Beneteau 50's and won the race today, Genevieve & Jeremy Chase's Oceanis 50 Sea Monster have racked up three wins and two 2nd places, to take the overall Premier Cruising title, on their first attempt. The win elevated Grand Lux into 2nd overall, and leap frog over Troy Williams early model (1998) Beneteau 50 Shelby that lacks horsepower, with in mast furling mainsail and small inner forestay jib.
With four wins and a second place, John Inglis Boers Ron Holland 44 Sangaree dominated the Cruising Class, with good boat speed in all conditions and a determined crew with iron resolutions. By posting second place today, Kevin Harris Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 47 Temptress of Down bumped themselves up into 2nd overall, after a couple mid fleet finishes. After missing a race with starter motor problems, Alfie Rowson and Liz Schoch's Fraser 41 Astraeus, have rebounded and 4th place today, brings them into 3rd overall and awarded the Neptune Seamanship Award for their efforts. Anna Fourie and the gang on her Beneteau Oceanis 41 Ma Ja Belle ended with a third place but well down the order, and won the Spirit of Neptune Award for their fancy dress watermelon outfits and her role as Queen Neptune and inducting all the Slimy Pollywogs into Trusty Shellback's.
Unfortunately for the leading Multihull, Alice Lim's Corsair 750 Abracadeborah Too, suffered mast damage and returned to Nongsa Marina overnight. As all races count for the overall title, they were reduced to 2nd place and rue the tangled spinnaker gybe, on the Equator race, that cost them the win. In their absence, Xavier Glenard / Damien Geoffray's Corsair 750 Kaze, and Graham Horn's Corsair Dash Mk II Jaza Too both had chances to win the Multihull title, but Kaze prevailed, onto the top step of the podium, as Jaza Too found the sandbar on the way out from Mubut and had to settle on 3rd overall.
Although David MxKeown's magnificent Stow 78 Rona built in 1895, was the only Classic Class entrant this year, they gracefully sailed with the family and Indonesian crew onboard, when they could and thoroughly entertained and enjoyed all the social activities onshore.
The Indonesian government is promoting tourism in a big way and opening up their waters, to marine tourism growth and activities, even in the remotest of areas. For the past nine years, we have been greeted with open arms by the local islanders and hordes of friendly children, who are always happy to have foreigners wandering through the village, share their culture and exchange good will.
Nongsa Point Marina taking over the running of the regatta has improved communications and relationships with local authorities and it's time to get rid of the notion, that "Cruising Indonesian waters is unsafe and dangerous".
They are looking forward to organising the 10th edition and urge all boat owners, near and far, to come and join the fun, on this auspicious occasion.
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