Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars

Mt Gay Rum 2013 Neptune Regatta – cruising the Riau Archipelago

by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia on 17 Feb 2013
Mt Gay Rum 2013 Neptune Regatta, Nongsa to P. Sikeling Guy Nowell © http://www.guynowell.com
While the Racing divisions of the Mt Gay Rum 2013 Neptune Regatta were hurrying south from Nongsa to Pulau Sikeling, the Cruising divisions were doing it in a bit less of a rush.

Race day 1 ended at Pulau Karas Besar (Big Stiffy Island) where the 13-strong fleet parked for the night after a pleasant cruise and an uneventful sail down the Selat Riau. All boats were tucked up in the anchorage before 1630h, leaving plenty of time for dinner and social preparations. An impromptu driftwood bonfire on the beach was capped off by a spectacular fireworks display from a Baby Tonga crew member celebrating his 50th birthday for (at least) the fifth time. Reports include some confusion as to whether the display was to the east or the west of the boat, but in any case the show was thoroughly visible. '$200 of very best Indonesian fireworks,' said the birthday boy. 'That’s a lot.'



Next day, sailing from P. Karas Besar was a breeze, literally. After an 0805 start, most of the trip was in bright sunshine tourist weather, until a heavy rainstorm coming in from the north caught up with the fleet, bringing big gusts and causing broaches and consternation on at least one boat. Arriving at the P. Sikeling finish presented an interesting challenge in 50m visibility, but by the time the back markers arrived in front of the Neptune Island pier the sun was back on duty and it was time to go ashore for sundowners and Irish Stew.



Short Results

Premier Cruising
1. Baby Tonga 1,1 (2)
2. Defiance 2,2 (4)
3. Shahtoosh 3,3 (6)

Cruising
1. Mico Verde 1,1 (2)
2. Minx 2, 2 (4)
3. Naya 3, 3 (6)

Multihull Cruising
1. La Gaeta 1,1 (2)
2. Katrianne 2,2 (4)

Southern Spars - 100NaiadInSunSport - NZ

Related Articles

Queguiner-Leucémie Espoir suffers collision with UFO at NewYork–Vendée
Eliès explained that the impact caused a small rupture in the daggerboard’s case and damaged bottom of the board itself. After a first night spent in close contact with other competitors in the New York–Vendée (Les Sables d’Olonne) presented by Currency House and SpaceCode, Yann Eliès contacted his shore team this morning at 0840 UTC, reporting that his yacht Queguiner-Leucemie Espoir had just hit something in the water with her port daggerboard.
Posted today at 1:10 pm
My Best Olympic Race – Lijia Xu, London 2012 Laser Radial Medal Race
Each contender focused on their own efforts as whoever crossed the finish line first would be crowned Olympic champion. Imagination matters when growing up. Children pictures themselves as their heroes and heroines. From film stars, sporting heroes, astronauts and firemen, the list goes on.
Posted today at 12:54 pm
Franck Cammas steers Norauto to GC32 Riva Cup victory
At least the nine-boat fleet had a chance to enjoy one last blast around the lake in the only race that could take place At least the nine-boat fleet had a chance to enjoy one last blast around the lake in the only race that could take place, in a brief half-hour of 14-15 knot winds. Appropriately enough, the top two places went to the two stand-out teams of the week, Norauto leading Team Tilt across the finish line.
Posted today at 12:32 pm
GC32 Riva Cup finishes in grand style
The first edition featured Olympians, Skippers from the America's Cup and celebrities such as Pierre Casiraghi. The staff of Fraglia Vela Riva are pleased with the outcome of having organised an event with nine 32' foil boats with 19 races completed in perfect skiff conditions with winds of 8-10 knots which also added to the speed and performance of the boats in competition.
Posted today at 10:29 am
New York Vendee - Images of the IMOCA Currency House Charity Race
George Bekris provided this gallery of the IMOCA Currency House Charity Race prior to the start of the New York - Vendee Top US photographer George Bekris provided this gallery of the IMOCA Currency House Charity Race prior to the start of the New York - Vendee and a good chance to have a look at some of the entries before heading across the Atlantic for the start of the Vendee Globe Race around the world.
Posted today at 9:08 am
The Clipper Race - LMAX Exchange – Race of the Americas start
The Clipper Race teams will soon be back racing the in the Atlantic Ocean where their journey began nine months ago 2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The Clipper Race teams will soon be back racing the in the Atlantic Ocean where their journey began nine months ago, as the fleet prepares to start The LMAX Exchange – Race of The Americas from Panama to New York.
Posted today at 7:39 am
2016 Transat New York–Vendée - Race time for Morgan Lagravière
Morgan Lagravière will cross the starting line of the Transat New York-Vendée on Sunday at 21:30 2016 Transat New York–Vendée - Morgan Lagravière will cross the starting line of the Transat New York-Vendée, his first transatlantic race on Safran, on Sunday at 21:30 (French time), after a parade in front of the North Cove Marina that began at 17:00. The youngest skipper in the race has been looking forward to passing Ambrose Light, the mark for the start, for a long time.
Posted today at 5:48 am
Transat New York - Vendée – Sébastien Josse’s weather analysis
For safety reasons, the race itself will officially start at around 19:30 GMT outside New York harbour at Ambrose Light. At the helm of the Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild, Sébastien Josse is ready to go and has made no secret of his desire to get back on the racetrack and do battle with is rivals.
Posted today at 5:38 am
Franck Cammas and his team seal a first victory for Norauto
Lake Garda has been a glittering stage for GC32 Racing Tour competitors who battled it out in first event of 2016 season Lake Garda has been a glittering stage for the GC32 Racing Tour competitors, who battled it out in the first official event of the 2016 season at the GC32 Riva Cup, demonstrating the dramatic potential of their flying catamarans.
Posted today at 4:10 am
2016 Atlantic Cup - Tales hits top speeds of 19.6 knots in first leg
Just over 30 hours into the first leg of the Atlantic Cup and the fleet is through the worst of Tropical Storm Bonnie. 2016 Atlantic Cup - Just over 30 hours into the first leg of the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing and the fleet is through the worst of Tropical Storm Bonnie. Overnight last night the teams saw 35+ knots of wind and a very confused sea state, which made for extremely tough conditions and very little sleep.
Posted today at 3:26 am