Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Neptune Regatta report by Marty Rijurkis of Asian Yachting

From the following article on the Neptune Regatta by Marty Rijurkis of Asian Yachting:

Everyone's a winner at Neptune Regatta

By AsianYachting Multimedia 08:02:2014     

Crews were feverishly getting ready for the final showdown as several overall results lay in the balance. The Cruising Classes had an early start from Karas Besar back to Batam, while the Racing Classes prepared for two more windward/leewards at Nongsa Point Marina. The jury decided that David Ross' Ker 40 KukuKERchu would receive average points for the missed races due to the irreparable damage incurred and Simon Piff's Ker 32 Rekering Dream would receive 25% penalty for not carrying sufficient anchoring equipment. In effect this handed the Racing Class title to Ross' KukuKERchu for the third year in a row, but didn't deter the others from going out and fighting over the remaining podium places.

The unrelenting North Easterly and sloppy seaway made it all the more challenging for crews and their machines. Jon Cray's Swan 42 Sea BASS and Simon Piff's Ker 32 Rekering Dream traded first and second places, to end up tied on 13 points but Piff's Rekering Dream 25% penalty reduced them to third place and handed Cray's Sea BASS the silver medal. Chris Furness\Guz Wilkinson Elan 410 Rikki Tikki Tavi kept them honest but sail handling issues kept them from advancing beyond fourth place.

The leading Racing Multihulls were tied on points coming into the final showdown. The expected battle between Scott McCook's Grainger 30 RAW and Richard Eyre's Corsair C37 Zhuka, fell by the wayside as Zhuka's centerboard was broken after hitting the reef last night. This left the door open for McCook's RAW to capitalise, notching up two wins and race away with the title. Eyre's Zhuka did their best and the three early victories kept them in second place. Jean Proust Corsair C28 Manao Express and Alan Hodges Dash 750 Kaze 3 traded second and third places to be tied on 20 points only to be broken in Manao Express favour for third overall.
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