2nd Wonderful Indonesia Nongsa Regatta 2017

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Goto AY Race Report 1Nongsa Regatta underway despite wet weather...
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January 20th, Batam, Indonesia: Heavy morning rain, did not deter the sailors and it eased up, as the 1200hrs starting time approached, it was all hands on deck and off to race we go. The SMU youth sailors don't mind being wet and bedraggled, unlike their city slicker counterparts. The forecasted NE'ly never arrived and PRO Choy Yi Hong fired off four races in succession, into a unprecedented 8 to 10 knot Westerly. The nine competing yachts are divided into Class A for everyone and Class B for the yachts with IRC ratings below 1.000. The outstanding performance for the day, belongs to Chong Wei Yong's Ker 32 Discover Sailing Asia - Getaway Ichi reeling off three line and handicap wins, to top Class A, before succumbing to Alexi Lim Zongwei's Platu 25 SMUMAD in the fading breeze on Race 4.

Hitting the start line with speed, as the horn sounded, set Chong Wei Yong's Ker 32 Discover Sailing Asia - Getaway Ichi on their way and managed to extend at every turning mark, to clinch 3 bullets. They were inline for a fouth victory, till the wind faded away, allowing the smaller, lighter boats to close in and relegated them to fifth in Race 4. Although they didn't have it all their own way on the time sheets, as second place was less than a minute on corrected time behind and shared between Gordon Maxted's Young 88 Shoon Fung Too, Calvin Lim Zhi Yang's J24 Quarterdeck and Bernice Foo Ling Li's J24 Shengli. At the end of the day, the exchange of places, has resulted in Discover Sailing Asia - Getaway Ichi leading the way in Class A, with Quarterdeck in second and SMUMAD in third overall.

With a scoreline of 4th, two wins and 3rd place, Calvin Lim Zhi Yang's J24 Quarterdeck leads the way in Class B, from the favoured yachts. By winning the fourth race, Alexi Lim Zongwei's Platu 25 SMUMAD sneaks into second overall by 2 points, from Gordon Maxted's Young 88 Shoon Fung Too. Speaking to the skippers, the common complaint is that they need to more wind to overcome the lighter boats.

Racing continues tomorrow and another four races are scheduled. As the North East tradewind is forecast to return, the heavier boats might have their way, but should be carefull how much wind they wish for.

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