4th Nongsa Regatta 2019

AY Race Report 3 & Summary

Waka Tere claims their 3rd Nongsa Regatta title...
By AY MultiMedia
January 27th, Batam, Indonesia: What a way to finish a regatta. Pumping 20 knot North Easterly, blue sky and warm sunny conditions, often described as T-Shirt and shorts sailing weather. Although there have been many equipment failures over the three days of racing, these have been sent to test the sailors resilience and sailing gear. That is precisely why they cross the Strait to experience these conditions, as they are not available in Singapore. Although Kurt Metzger's Nelson 10 Waka Tere, was sitting in the box seat, three more windward/ leeward races to finish the regatta, were scheduled and judging by the earlier races, anything could happen and usually does. Check out the AY Photo Gallery

The wish for planing conditions by Gordon Maxted's Young 88 Shoon Fung Too were answered, but being recalled at the start of the first race and flying a shredded headsail on the next two races, saw their chances of toppling Waka Tere, wash away in the strong current.

Justin Lean's Mumm 30 Invictus, looked to have a long enough lead, that could earn them the daily double but when IRC calculations were applied, missed out by 30 seconds and ended the day with two 2nd and one 3rd place, for 3rd overall.

Huff and puff and sail as fast as they could, Gordon Maxted's Shoon Fung Too challenge on the leader was over and by scoring three 4th places, keeps them in 2nd overall and sharpening the knives for the next time they meet.

By taking two extra crew from the crippled Rainbow Dream and SMUVE made all the difference, for Kurt Metzger's Nelson 10 Waka Tere and by posting three more wins today and adding onto their 5 win tally, plus dropping a 2nd place, have convincingly won this 4th edition. That makes it their 3rd Nongsa Regatta victory and clearly like the conditions over here and by keeping to a tight maintenance plan, has paid dividends.

Clement Lim's SMUMAD came good in the three races today, with a 3, 3, 2 score line to secure 4th overall and reduce the luckless Joe Lombardo's Dufour 34 Shardana to 5th overall.

The battle between the two J24's ended with Christian Mark's Quarterdeck outscoring Faith Koo's Shengli, in the overall stakes, although Koo's Shengli beat them in the races today.

The Optimists were divided into boys and girls classes. Selangor's Aina Zulaikha clean sweeped the girls Optimists with 6 wins, form Indonesian Papua's Emma Ledis Julia Yawan in 2nd place. PORLASI KEPRI's Sintya Bella Putri slotted into 3rd place, out of the 5 sailors competing.

After dropping a 13th place for being OCS, Indonesia's Rahmad Zhairy racked up a row of wins to claim the boys Optimist title, with a flourish. Malaysia's Muhd Iman was close behind but couldn't climb the mountain and finished in 2nd place. Although Josua Warobai from Papua Indonesia, could only muster 4th places today, he holds onto 3rd overall, in the 12 strong fleet.

The Laser 4.7 class was also divided into boys and girls. By clean sweeping the fleet, Indonesian Dilla Adilya Safitri claims the title, with a 7 pailing picket fence. Papua's Aurora Angel Gayatri Waromi followed suite with second places for 2nd overall. Siti Zulaikha rounded of the podium places with 3rd overall.

Despite the second race disqualification on opening day, Indonesian Ramadhan Tito has won 6 of the 7 races and the clear winner of the boys Laser 4.7 title. Indonesia's Ariel Maulana never finished worse than 3rd and secured 2nd place in the process. All the way from Papua Aldo Rizki Zulkarnain claimed 3rd overall and the efforts by the Papuan sailors were greeted with a standing ovation.

Also six Radio Controlled boats completed an afternoons sailing with 12 races, in the confines of the marina and enjoyed the puffy conditions immensely, to finish off the regatta. The winner was Bart Ouwerling from the Netherlands, followed by Mark Biggs from the UK and Willem Edelenbos also from the Netherlands.

Although sailing development in South East Asian National Authorities, ebbs and flows like the tide, Nongsa Point Marina & Resort are prepared to go it alone, by running the Nongsa Regatta and organise a variety of races and cruises in the 3,000 island Riau archipelago. This is a remarkable feat and should be supported by the National Association PORLASI by recognizing at least the dinghy classes and including it on the national championship calendar. As it is predominantly a small boat regatta and the Navy have several Platu 25's scattered around the country and sitting idle in the Marina, they should be encouraged to join in with the Singapore crowd, for some stiff competition, in their own waters. This could only be good for sailing and produce some future Indonesian champions. Many thanks must go to the Singapore teams for joining the regatta and the support boats plus the race committee for running the event. See you next year and hopefully some improvements from the above suggestions, that have been discussed at length, do come into fruition.

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