3rd Besar Regatta 2016

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AY Race Report 4 & Summary

Victory for Kaze & Shardana defends the title.
By AY MultiMedia
June 16th, Pulau Besar, Malaysia: After an hours delay waiting for the wind, the final race got underway around Pulau Besar, Tengah and Hujong to finish the three race series. The Monohull title was still undecided with Joe Lombardo's Dufour 34 Shardana and James & Hanna Sharpe's Moody 376 Southern Light tied on 4 points. While two wins for Damien Geoffray's Corsair Dash 750 Kaze earned them the Multihull title, with a day to spare. The Southerly breeze provided a short tacking duel, to the Southern tip of Besar and the favourites were in no mood to make any mistakes. The Multihull's led the way and despite the wind turning to the East on the leeward side, spinnakers were set and it was a matter of boat speed on the back straight and a lengthy slog to the windward finish line, that ultimately would determine the overall finishing order. Check out the AY Photo Gallery

Edwin Low's Dehler 34 Skybird, expertly helmed by Changi Sailing Club Commodore Anthony Lim and GM at Aseania Beach Resort, Jasbeer Singh Khaira bolstering the crew, nailed the start line and led up the first beat. Recovering from a pin end start, Joe Lombardo's Dufour 34 Shardana soon hit the straps and took over the lead, as they approached the Southern turning point and never looked back. James & Hanna Sharpe's Moody 376 Southern Light had good speed with the spinnaker, down the back strait and gained a few places plus closed on the leader. Eventually, the long beat back sorted out the placing's. Lombardo's Shardana went on to claim line and handicap honours, to defend the title in a closely fought battle. By dispatching Low's Skybird on the spinnaker leg, Sharpe's Southern Light held on the upwind leg, to slot into second place and second overall. Low's Skybird with the legends onboard had to settle on third place.

The Multihull duel started from the off and they were never out of hailing distance for the whole race. Having gained a one minute lead on the first windward beat, Damien Geoffray's Corsair Dash 750 Kaze couldn't shake off Tim Hill's Corsair Sprint 750 Cicak around the course. Ironically the winning margin was exactly one minute, as Geoffray's Kaze goes undefeated and claims the overall Multihull title on their first attempt. The family team on Hill's Cicak, helmed by 13 year old Lauren and assisted by 12 year old Sasha, with farther Tim doing the sail trimming and grunt work, must be commended for their efforts and gives them something to brag about, when they return from the school holidays.

In fairness to all concerned, it has been decided to split the IRC and PY competitors into two classes. Three wins for the smallest boat in the fleet, Jonathan Sykes Beneteau Oceanis 32 Olmeto earns them the PY title on their first attempt. Guy Scott's Beneteau Sense 50 Confluence followed suit with second places, as did Alex Koo's Sui Lynn with third places. This decision excludes the IRC yachts from winning both titles and give the smaller boats a chance to win some silverware.

After mostly reporting on full blown racing events with professional teams, it's like a breath of fresh air to attend a club event, with families sailing together and friendly banter amongst long time friends, over a few drinks at the end of the day. Many thanks must go to Jasbeer Khaira, the GM of Aseania Beach Resort and the friendly staff for their tireless work, tending to everyone's needs, on and off the water, plus keep the regatta alive. Also the Johor Tourism, Jabatan Laut, Marine Department and Immigration Departments for clearing eveyone in and out on the Island. In years to come, it will open up the Johor Islands and Marine Park to cruising yachts and as far as we are concerned, it's a step in the right direction. So if your into blue water cruising, friendly banter amongst crews and generally having a good time, mark down the middle of June next year, to get away from the concrete jungle and open your horizons to something new and enjoyable.

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