4th Nongsa Regatta 2019

AY Race Report 2

The rich get richer, while others gain valuable experience
By AY MultiMedia
January 26th, Batam, Indonesia: Although the NE'ly trade wind moderated a little today, the confused, choppy sea remains, which makes it extremely difficult to get into the grove on the downwind rides. Three windward/leeward races were conducted and the yachts that have come prepared to battle the elements, have risen to the top, while the lesser experienced crews are getting their teamwork together and controlling the boat better. For safety reasons, Ravipha Nilju's SMUVE has become the second casualty from the regatta, reducing the keelboat fleet to 7 and the crew have joined other yachts, to increase the weight on the rail. While the Optimist and Laser 4.7's continued racing within the confines of the marina. Check out the AY Photo Gallery

Although the start line is over 300 meters long, the Port tack remains the favoured and advantaged end. Kurt Metzger's Nelson 10 Waka Tere, and Gordon Maxted's Young 88 Shoon Fung Too have long been rivals in Singapore and Batam and only seconds usually separate them, at the end of the day. Today was no different and although Metzger's Waka Tere won all three races and are looking to make it a three-peat of the Nongsa title, Maxted's Shoon Fung Too was around one minute behind on corrected time and left to collect three 2nd places.

The 3rd places were shared between Justin Lean's Mumm 30 Invictus, Joe Lombardo's Dufour 34 Shardana and Clement Lim's SMUMAD only missed out on 2nd place by 6 seconds, which makes the battle for the 3rd podium place more interesting.

The two J24's continue to circulate and although Christian Mark's Quarterdeck managed to score a 5th place, Faith Koo's Shengli, remains the back marker with 7th places.

In the Optimist class, Indonesia's Rahmad Zhairy and Malaysia's Muhd Iman have traded blows for the lead, and are only separated by one point for the title, after 5 races. All the way from Papua Indonesia, Josua Warobai holds onto 3rd place and only one point behind the leaders.

Despite the disqualification yesterday in the Laser 4.7 class, Indonesian boy Ramadhan Tito has retained the lead by posting 3 wins today. With a string of 2nd places, Indonesian girl Dilla Adilya Safitri holds onto 2nd place from Ariel Maulana. All three are from the Indonesian National team PORLASI KEPRI are putting up a brave face, in front of a surprising challenge from two Papua Indonesia boys.

Final day of racing tomorrow and although the leaders have consolidated their positions, the remaining places are yet to be finalised. According to the Windguru weather forecast, is expecting up to 20 knots, which will further test the sailors skills and see if they have gained anything from this experience.

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