Singapore to Besar Race & Regatta 2015

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And the winners are Shardana & Cicak
By AY MultiMedia
June 25th, Pulau Besar, Malaysia: Despite a heavy overnight downpour, the South West'ly returned stronger than ever. The decision to reverse yesterdays course, meant a tricky downwind start was required. It was also a great opportunity to photograph the yachts with spinnakers flying, in front of the Aseania Beach Resort. Everyone made quick work of the downwind leg to Pulau Hujun and the two sail reach across to Pulau Rawa. Then harden up the sheets and slog into a rolling one meter swell, all the way back to the Southern tip of Besar and a short spinnaker run to the Besar jetty finish line.

In many parts of the world this would be described as Champagne sailing conditions, conducted in T-shirt and shorts. The sailors that have turned up here, are very thankful for the opportunity to sail here and stretch their legs on lengthy courses, without any ships in sight.

Hitting the start line with speed, Joe Lombardo's Dufour 34 Shardana extended on the downwind, but attempting to carry the spinnaker to Rawa and fouling the sail change, allowed the others to catch up and Tim Hill's trimaran Cicak, to take over the lead. The windward beat saw the monohulls come back into their own, with Lombardo's Shardana taking line honours, a little over six minutes in front of Edwin Low's Young 84 Dream On. But in a repeat of yesterdays results, Wendlin Wald's Jenneau 36 Melissa III snatched the handicap honours, relegating Low's Dream On into second place and Lombardo's Dufour 34 Shardana into third place.

When the overall results were calculated, Lombardo's Shardana takes the Monohull victory. Despite scoring two wins, Wald's Melissa III were let down by withdrawing from the first race and settled on second overall, with Low's Dream On ending in third. Wald's Melissa III also won the Singapore to Besar Race and considered a fair shuffle of the trophy's, in the circumstances. Improving every day Derek Sharples Jenneau 40 SDF slotted into fourth, and happy with the result.

Although a couple minutes late for the start and hugging the coast on the downwind, slowed Freddy Fam's M23 Phoenix, they made up ground on the two sail reach and long upwind, to sneak across the finish line, sixteen seconds in front of Tim Hill's Corsair Sprint 725 Cicak. The roles were reversed when the Texal Rating was applied and victory for Hill's Cicak with a clean sweep of victories. Remarkably, both wives and children were noticed to be steering the boats at some stage during the race.

Summary
This may seem like a small event but for promoting the Johor Islands and opening up the Marine Park to cruising yachts, it is a big deal and a step in the right direction. All credit must go to Jasbeer Khaira, the manager of Aseania Beach Resort and the staff for the tireless work to make it a reality. Also the Johor Tourism, Jabatan Laut, Marine Department and Immigration Departments. They have vowed to promote the regatta earlier next year and when the word gets around, expect more Singapore boats to participate. So if your into blue water cruising, friendly banter amongst crews and generally having a good time on your boat, mark down the middle of June next year, to get away from the city and open your horizons to something new and thoroughly enjoyable.

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