Please select your home edition
Edition
Mariners Museum 728x90

Mt Gay Rum 2013 Neptune Regatta – sunny, black, white

by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia on 17 Feb 2013
Mt Gay Rum 2013 Neptune Regatta, P. Sikeling Guy Nowell © http://www.guynowell.com
While the Cruising divisions were making their way south from an overnight stopover at P. Karas Besar, the Racing divisions were on the water for a day of windward-leeward races, after a relaxed start to the morning. Arriving at the island late last night, and taking the opportunity to unwind at the Equator Bar over a few Bintangs and maybe a rum or two, a 1200h start time was definitely in order.

One boat failed to arrive at the island yesterday. Via the inReach tracking system carried on all boats, Kaze reported an electrical problem that caused her to stop racing and return to Nongsa. (The inReach system is a rather cool little unit that ‘answers back’. It works like an REPIRB, but will also reply with confirmation that an emergency signal has been received and help is on the way. And, when hooked up to an iPhone or Android device, it can be used for SMS messaging absolutely anywhere in the world).



After a breakfast of bacon sandwiches and mugs of coffee, crews went aboard in sensational equatorial sunshine. First race, two sausages at 030 degrees, and the weather looked set to provide picture postcards all day. Kukukerchu and Walawala raced one race, and Sea Bass and Rikki Tikki Tavi raced another, slightly slower, one. This time the back markers didn’t have the benefit of a filling breeze to give them the advantage – so it was 1, 2 to Walawala and Kukukerchu respectively and devil take the hindmost. In 12+ knots of breeze, the multihulls made short work of the course, with The Dash finishing after only 45m 16s.





Black clouds were amassing to the north, and the wind backed to 000 degrees and strengthened. It was starting to look thoroughly unpromising with buckets of rain promised, but a good soaking never stopped a yacht race. Off they went again against a black backdrop of cloud, brightly coloured spinnakers looking brave against the dark. It was looking pretty feisty for the small multihulls – plenty of spray and attitude – and at the end of the first sausage the wind was still building and squall was getting closer and closer. At this point the photographer abandoned the open camera boat in favour of the Committee Boat. A good call as it turned out, as the wind piped up to 28kts, the heavens opened, the water turned white and visibility dropped to a couple of hundred metres.



The monohulls were now on their run down to the finish line, storming through the whiteout, with Kukukerchu leading the way in a flying spray charge that looked very impressive from the (dry) safety of the wheelhouse of the Committee Boat, Oceantalk.

The multis followed along, but with Dash Boot retiring on account of a broken dagger board which has now been replaced by a planed teak copy run up in mere moments at the village boatyard on nearby Pulau Blanding.

Weather is fast-changing stuff in this part of the world. Take a look at the three - there’s less than two hours from first to last of the racing pictures.

The Racing classes came home in the tail end of the blow to find the anchorage a great deal more populated than when they had left it at 1130h – the Cruisers had arrived from Karas Besar.

Dinner at the Neptune Canteen was a little delayed because the downpour had extinguished the charcoal barbeques, but slick work behind the bar meant that there were lots of happy sailors on P. Sikeling when the sun went down. And the Irish stew that appeared later was almost as good as the previous night’s chilli (although some say it was the other way around).




Short Results
IRC Racing
1. Walawala 3, 1, 2 (6)
2. Kukukerchu 4, 2, 1 (7)
3. Sea Bass 1, 3, 4 (8)
4. Rikki Tikki Tavi 2, 4, 3 (9)

Multihull Racing
1. The Dash 1, 1, 1 (3)
2. Manao Express 2, 3, 2 (7)
3. Tri To Fly 4, 2, 3 (9)
4. Dash Boot 3, 4, DNF-6 (13)

Protector - 660 x 82C-TechPredictWind.com

Related Articles

Pulling G’s with Beneteau – Pt I
In a car, just the one G will have you straining at your seatbelt. In a car, just the one G will have you straining at your seatbelt. Over nine (+ve) in an aircraft, and without a G-suit, you will be unconscious. So at three G’s, and pulling no punches with them either, we not only enjoyed our opportunity to sit with Gianguido Girotti (G3), we got to learn a lot as well!
Posted on 23 Aug
JATO ignited as SuperFoiler prepares for take off (Pt I)
When small military transports have to take off from impossibly short runways with a belly full of cargo When small military transports have to take off from impossibly short runways with a belly full of cargo akin to Mr. Creosote, they reach for the JATO bottles. Aircraft like C-7 Caribous and LC130 Hercules strap rockets, yes rockets, to the underside of their wings to gain valuable extra thrust, which surely helps keep the pilots' heart rates below the red line.
Posted on 22 Aug
Discussing the Storm Trysail Club’s Ted Hood Regatta with Clarke Smith
I chatted with Clarke Smith, chairman for the 2017 Ted Hood Regatta, via email, to learn more about this exciting event. Given the late, great Ted Hood’s sterling reputation as both a sailor and innovator, it makes a lot of sense that the Storm Trysail Club’s Marblehead Station would create their inaugural Ted Hood Regatta (August 25-27), which will be held on the waters off of Marblehead, Massachusetts, in his honor. I corresponded with Clarke Smith, chairman for the 2017 Ted Hood Regatta, via email, to learn more.
Posted on 21 Aug
An interview with Patrick Kennedy about the Ida Lewis Distance Race
I interviewed Patrick Kennedy, chair of the 2017 ILDR, via email to learn more about the race’s history and evolution. With this year’s Ida Lewis Distance Race set to unfurl the weekend of August 18-20, I caught up with Patrick Kennedy, chair of the 2017 ILDR, via email to learn more about the race’s history and evolution, its challenges, and the event’s new partnership with the 2017 J/Fest New England.
Posted on 14 Aug
An interview with Marianne Davis about the CORK International Regatta
I interviewed Marianne Davis, co-chair of the CORK International Regatta, to learn about the regatta’s state of affairs. While the various CORK regattas' registration lists include international sailors, these events are some of the gemstones in Sail Canada’s yearly championship calendar, making them of extra importance to Canadian sailors. I recently caught up with Marianne Davis, co-chair of the 2017 event, via email, to learn more about the CORK International Regatta’s evolution and its current state of affairs.
Posted on 7 Aug
A Q&A with the RORC’s Nick Elliott about the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race
I caught up with Nick Elliott, RORC Racing Manager, via email, to learn more about the world-famous Rolex Fastnet Race. When one stops to consider the world’s best ocean races, the Royal Offshore Racing Club’s Rolex Fastnet Race, which starts on Sunday, August 6, 2017, is never far from mind. I caught up with Nick Elliott, RORC Racing Manager, via email to learn more about the race’s history and evolution, its challenges, and the amount of work that goes into pulling off this world-famous regatta.
Posted on 1 Aug
Ian Walker - Musto Ambassador on the Volvo Ocean Race, America's Cup
Ian Walker on his Volvo Ocean Race win, why food and clothing are so important offshore, his views on the America's Cup We speak to Musto ambassador Ian Walker about his Volvo Ocean Race win, why food and clothing are so important offshore, his views on the America's Cup, his new desk job, sailing for fun, and 20 years of the John Merricks Sailing Trust.
Posted on 23 Jul
Black Jack Yachting. Bigger boat. Bigger team. Even bigger performance
Throughout the iterations of maxis called Black Jack, a strong, consistent and talented team has been their focus Throughout the iterations of maxis called Black Jack, a strong, consistent and talented team has been their focus. Some were sail makers, like Skipper Mark Bradford and also Vaughan Prentice from North Sails’ Brisbane loft. Others were riggers, such as Bruce Clarke, and there are even boat builders, like Gary van Lunteren, as well as Ash Deeks.
Posted on 20 Jul
A Q&A with Tom Trujillo about the Transpacific Race’s 49th running
Sail-World interviewed Tom Trujillo, the Transpac Race’s PRO, via email to learn more about this classic bluewater race. The Transpac Race (est 1906) is in a rarefied group of four races that are considered sailing’s greatest bluewater Corinthian challenges, and it welcomes a wildly diverse fleet of bluewater-worthy boats. The 49th running of this classic race is currently underway, so Sail-World caught up with Tom Trujillo, the race’s principal race officer, via email to learn more.
Posted on 7 Jul
Gladwell's Line - America's Cup returns to its new home and thinking
Emirates Team New Zealand's win in the 35th America's Cup ends 17-years of wandering in the AC wilderness Emirates Team New Zealand's win in the 35th America's Cup ends 17-years of wandering in the AC wilderness and will open a new era of America's Cup, New Zealand and World Sailing. A rookie crew won the most prestigious trophy in sailing, and one of the most difficult to win in any sport.
Posted on 29 Jun