3rd Wonderful Indonesia Nongsa Regatta 2018

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AY Race Report 3 & Summary

Waka Tere clings on for victory
By AY MultiMedia
January 28th, Batam, Indonesia: Drifting conditions on the first race, followed by a complete turn around in breeze, once again favoured the light weather Platu 25 and J24's. Zaheera Hashim's J24 Balqis won the drift-a-thon first race and Bernice Foo Ling Li's Platu 25 SMUVE the second race, to dramatically close in on overall leader Kurt Metzger's Nelson 10 Waka Tere, that could only manage 7th and 6th places. As the drop race came into play and the wind stabilised and increased, the conditions swung in Waka Tere's favour, as they romped home to win the final race and triumph in the overall stakes by a mere 2 points.

The dueling Platu 25's Bernice Foo Ling Li's Platu 25 SMUVE and Koh Ling Ying's Platu 25 SMUMAD traded places and were only separated by an OCS, that SMUMAD didn't respond to and finished 2nd and 3rd overall respectively.

Consistently scoring three 3rd places, elevated Christian Mark Chang Kah Fai's J24 Shengli into 4th overall and reduced Gordon Maxted's luckless Young 88 Shoon Fung Too to 5th place. This is a credit to Singapore Management University (SMU) sailing program to inspire their students to take up sailing as a sport and encourage them to compete at other events outside of Singapore with creditable results.

Zaheera Hashim's J24 Balqis did well on their first outing in anger, to become the second best J24 and finish 6th overall, in front of bigger boats. Rebecca Goh Su Min's J24 Quarterdeck rounded out the J24's in 7th overall and will gain from the experience at future events.

As conditions didn't suit, Justin Lean's Mumm 30 Invictus and Simon Piff's Lauranus L34 Rainbow Dream became the back markers and vowed to come again next year for another shot at the title.

The Optimist, Laser dinghy's and Radio Controlled boats finished their series before the rain came down and washed out play.

The Terengganu Sailing Association from Malaysia came out on top in both the Laser and Optimist classes. Umar Al Farouk and Asmawi Bin Azman took the honours in the Laser 4.7 from Ramadhan Tito representing the local KEPRI Club.

Also in the Optimist Class Muh Faizuddin, Muh Luqman and Muh Afiq Hakim from Terengganu cleaned up the podium places.

In a bid to increase marine tourism, the Indonesian government is encouraging visiting yachts to cruise through the extensive archipelago. The advisor to the Minister for Tourism Indroyono Soesilo chaired a meeting and together with Raymond T. Lesmana from the development team, outlined the 5 Rally's that criss cross the 15,000 islands and highlighted 2 new rally's in the Riau island group. Opening up new frontiers should expand the horizons for International and regional boat owners and crew to enjoy.

Indroyono Soesilo in conjunction with Colin Bransgrove also had the pleasure to award Nongsa Point Marina & Resort with the Marina Industries Association Gold Anchor award and become the first marina in Indonesia to receive this prestigious award.

Although this doesn't do much for the racing fraternity, that has been on the decline for the past few years, the increased awareness in the region, is aimed to renew interest in the long term. Many thanks must go to Focus Adventure, Raffles and Keppel Marinas for supplying and manning the start and support boats for the regatta. This combined effort between Singapore and Indonesia is designed to create an area acceptable for racing pursuits and hopefully increase the attendance levels at future events.

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