sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Mt Gay Rum 2012 Neptune Regatta – day2. Patience needed for cruisers

Mt Gay Rum 2012 Neptune Regatta – day2. Patience needed for cruisers

'Mount Gay Rum 2012 Neptune Regatta. A great view to wake up to. Tent Camp, Neptune Island.'    © Guy Nowell/ Mt Gay Rum Neptune Regatta

If it was a gallop from Nongsa to Karas Besar for the first half of the trip south to Neptune Island, it was never more than a trot for the second half of the trip. And for many it was even slower, and occasion to fire up the iron headsail. Neptune Rules allow Cruising and Classic classes to motor, but the penalty is severe – 1.5x the motoring time added to total elapsed time. Rules also state that a boat that sails all the way cannot be beaten by a boat that has motored, regardless of how the maths work out. On this occasion dying breeze on the approach to the Pengelap ‘gate’ prompted the Race Officer very wisely to prepare for a shortened finish. With the tide turning against the fleet, and some of the boats hovering almost on the finish line, it was a prudent move.

So some motored, and some didn’t. O’ Blu Eyes must have chewed up a whole box of bullets as they hung on, and then hung on some more, for a win. 15nm in six hours is mostly about persistence (and those Volvo people think they had it tough in the Malacca Strait? Huh!). Others who stayed the distance were Sapphire Star (Cruising), Aeolus XC (Cruising), Kay Sira (Classic).

Mount Gay Rum 2012 Neptune Regatta. KukuKERchu, Neptune Island. -  © Guy Nowell/ Mt Gay Rum Neptune Regatta  


Meanwhile, back at the ranch down on Neptune Island, the IRC division and Multihull sailors crawled out of their 5-star accommodation to find 5-star bacon sarnies, 5-star corned beef hash and 3-star (ie 3-in-1) coffee waiting for them – and 10kts of breeze. Time for windward-leewards. RO Jerry Rollin moved the windward mark went just a bit east to get out of the wind shadow of the island, and off they went. Flat water, blue sky and sunshine look pretty good in the pictures. The photographer liked the conditions, and so did KukuKERchu (Ker 40), scoring line/handicap honours in both races. Actually, it must have been ‘simplified scoring’ day, with KKK recording 1, 1, Men at Work on 2, 2 and Rikki Tikki Tavi returning 3, 3.

More variety in the Multihulls as the Long Race winner, Siren, fell to the bottom of the order for both races (who had an extra rum punch last evening?) and The Dash (Alice Lim) and Singa’loc (Nicholas Gillier) duked it out 1,2, and 2, 1.

Mount Gay Rum 2012 Neptune Regatta. IRC racing in front of Neptune Island. -  © Guy Nowell/ Mt Gay Rum Neptune Regatta  


With the Cruising and Classic divisions arriving rather later than expected after their slow race and long motoring section, both rum punch and sausages were under strict rationing by the time the sun went down. One lady sailor was heard to remark that she was 'the only girl on a boat full of boys, and couldn’t get a sausage.' Shame on you, boys! But eventually everyone trickled in, and Neptune Island came to (night) life. A couple of high tech kerosene torches in Harry’s Bar made it look just like the welcoming hostelry that it is (was) and the beer and the stories flowed. One well-known Asian sailing journalist was heard to remark the next day that the walk from the bar to the tents (about 200m) that night ‘involved a great of deal of tacking and gybing’, and he probably wasn’t the only one. The last thing this writer remembers is the sea breeze in the doorway of the tent, and the waves breaking on the beach behind the camp. Magic stuff.




Mount Gay Rum 2012 Neptune Regatta. Ready to go racing. -  © Guy Nowell/ Mt Gay Rum Neptune Regatta   Click Here to view large photo


Mount Gay Rum 2012 Neptune Regatta. Who needs moorings? Not the multihulls! -  © Guy Nowell/ Mt Gay Rum Neptune Regatta  


Mount Gay Rum 2012 Neptune Regatta. Neptune Island. -  © Guy Nowell/ Mt Gay Rum Neptune Regatta  


Mount Gay Rum 2012 Neptune Regatta. Multihull division. -  © Guy Nowell/ Mt Gay Rum Neptune Regatta  


Mount Gay Rum 2012 Neptune Regatta. Plenty of custom for Harry’s @ The Equator -  © Guy Nowell/ Mt Gay Rum Neptune Regatta  


Mount Gay Rum 2012 Neptune Regatta. That’s right, perfect end to another great day. -  © Guy Nowell/ Mt Gay Rum Neptune Regatta  


Mount Gay Rum 2012 Neptune Regatta. More blue that you can shake a stick at. -  © Guy Nowell/ Mt Gay Rum Neptune Regatta   Click Here to view large photo


Mount Gay Rum 2012 Neptune Regatta. Multihull division racing in front of P Blanding. -  © Guy Nowell/ Mt Gay Rum Neptune Regatta  


Mount Gay Rum 2012 Neptune Regatta. Cooling off after a long day’s sailing. -  © Guy Nowell/ Mt Gay Rum Neptune Regatta  




by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=93915

7:46 AM Wed 15 Feb 2012 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

15 Feb 2012  Mt Gay Rum 2012 Neptune Regatta - Go south, you can’t miss it.
11 Feb 2012  Mt Gay Rum 2012 Neptune Regatta – the fleet heads south
06 Feb 2012  Mt Gay Rum 2012 Neptune Regatta -The Riau Islands have moved
04 Feb 2012  Mt Gay Rum 2012 Neptune Regatta - under starter's orders
29 Jan 2012  Mt Gay Rum 2012 Neptune Regatta - ready for an adventure

News - USA and the World





Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,


Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
























Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,




























Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!
J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins   
Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016   
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing   
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes   
Shark World Championships underway in Toronto   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi second o'all - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 3   
Formula Kite World Championships - Nocher and Bridge crowned Champions   
Emirates Team NZ: Frustrating Day 3 in Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff   
Extreme Sailing Series: Light winds help The Wave Muscat - Day 3   
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act five - Absent without leave – the wind   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Images: Race day five   
Herreshoff Classic Regatta 2014 - Images by Ingrid Abery   
Youth Olympics - Gold to Argentinean and Chinese Techno 293 racers   
Youth Olympics Games Nanjing - Double Youth Olympic Gold for Singapore   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 - Two Handers celebrate   
Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship 2014 - Brazilian dance party   
IFDS Disabled Sailing Worlds Day 5 - USA fighting for Rio 2016 Berths   
J/111 World Championship 2014 - Day 4: Shmokin Joe consolidates lead   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL VIR US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT