2nd Wonderful Indonesia Nongsa Regatta 2017

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Sailing festival at Nongsa Regatta
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January 19th, Batam, Indonesia: Stifling yacht racing restrictions, now in Singapore, has forced the big boats across the Straits boarder, to race in the open expanse, in front of Nongsa Point Marina & Resort on Batam Island, Indonesia. Following the inaugural Wonderful Indonesia Nongsa Regatta in January 2016, held at the peak of the NE monsoon season, is the best time and place, to hold fair sail boat racing in the region. Nine yachts, 30 dinghies (20 Optimist & 10 Lasers) plus 6 radio controlled boats, will be having a three day sailing festival over the weekend.

Chong Wei Yong's Ker 32 Discover Sailing Asia - Getaway Ichi has a long pedigree, both in UK and Asian waters, in the handicap stakes. They will be coming up against some stiff opposition in, Justin Lean's Mumm 30 Invictus and Paolo Nalin's Elan 350 Naya.

Always threatening the top podium places are, Kurt Metzger's Nelson 10 Waka Tere with the SMU youth crew onboard and Gordon Maxted's evergreen Young 88 Shoon Fung Too have battled it out, on many past occasions and ultimately shared the spoils.

Two SMU Platu 25's have dominated proceedings in Singapore for many years and expect to be in the running again. Alison Chia Lin Yen is skippering SMUVE and Alexi Lim Zongwei on SMUMAD.

Two J24's, Calvin Lim Zhi Yang's Quarterdeck and Bernice Foo Ling Li's Shengli are going head to head, in the one design class, for a winner takes all the bragging rights and trophy, back home to the SMU stable.

By contrast to recent regattas, the Windguru weather prediction over the three days, is from the North East, with gusts climbing to the high teens. This is normal for this time of the year and will produce some exciting sailing action.

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