Singapore to Besar Race & Regatta 2014

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AY Race Report 4 & Summary

Inaugural Besar Regatta ends on high note
By AY MultiMedia
June 26th, Pulau Besar, Malaysia: The day dawned seemingly unaware that the final day racing was about to take place at the Besar Regatta. No wind and glassy sea, set all the crews wondering if racing would take place. Thankfully a few zephyrs appeared to revive some faith and by the 11:00 start time, the Southerly had filled in and the fleet were away on a 22 nm passage race. South around Besar, across to Pulau Rawa to stage a sail past for the Sultan of Johore and round Harimau before returning via Tengah and Hujong to the Besar finish line.

After the short windward beat the pecking order had been established and on the long run to Harimau, boat speed and gybing angles played a major role in determining the outcome. Even the heavy displacement yachts fared well under spinnakers that have not seen daylight for many years. The final leg was a fine reach and for the first time the Multihull's took line honours.

Once again Glen O'Grady's Young 88 O'Blueyes jumped into the lead and despite advances by Edwin Low's Young 840 Dream On and Ashley Barnes Curran 42 Defiance, they were never headed. Having found a spare halyard to raise the spinnaker has lifted James Sharpe's Moody 376SP Southern Light performance and after PY Handicaps were applied they managed to win the final race and take third place overall. Second place for O'Grady's O'Blueyes is enough to win the inaugural Club Racer Class. A spirited effort on their first outing in anger by Low's Dream On earned them third place today and second overall plus issues a stern warning to the Singapore fleet at future events.

For the first time this regatta Freddy Fam's M23 Phoenix managed to take line honours away from Clive van Onselen's Corsair 725 Das Boot but the roles drastically changed when the Texel ratings were applied. Onselen's Das Boot takes their fourth win in a row to claim the Multihull title and Fam's Phoenix ends up in fourth place. Second place for Tim Hill's Corsair 725 Cicak earns them second overall and the impressive performance by Nigel Signal's Wharram 30 Huorua slots them into third overall.

Summary
If you enjoy passage racing around scenic tropical islands then this regatta is for you. It is anticipated that future events will have IRC and PY Monohull
classes plus Racing and Cruising Multihull's. The passage racing format won't change as its pointless having all these nearby islands and not using them to their fullest. Get away from the concrete jungle in the city and return to nature, to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and slower pace of island life for a while.

We have always promoted cruising in the South China Sea and encourage yachts that tend to get hung up in Phuket and Langkawi, to make the effort and venture around the peninsula for new experiences. You won't regret it! Moorings are now available at Aseania Beach Resort on Pulau Besar and cruisers will always be welcome ashore. Some of the best cocktail bars can be found at these island resorts with friendly service and prices to suite. Check out the splendour and beauty of tropical island sailing in the AY Photo Gallery

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