By AY MultiMedia
January 21st, Batam, Indonesia: The 15 to 18 knot North Easterly, generated a one meter swell, that provided sailors with lots of fun and games, to finish the regatta. Scattered showers didn't deter them, from surfing their way downwind and leaping forward upwind. Several broaches, broken equipment and a collision were recorded but most were repaired and continued on to complete four races. The dinghy's were at it again and the radio controlled boats completed a series of races from the beach, in front of Nongsa Point Marina & Resort. Also a well attended seminar by government officials, regatta organisers and marina developers 'Developing Yachting Tourism in Asean' was held in conjunction with the regatta in the Sapura Room. Check out the action in the AY Photo Gallery
After dominating most the races, Chong Wei Yong's Ker 32 Discover Sailing Asia - Getaway Ichi didn't have it all their own way today. Gordon Maxted's Young 88 Shoon Fung Too returned to form to clinch Race 8 and Calvin Lim Zhi Yang's well sailed J24 Quarterdeck solidified their Class B lead by winning Race 9. Back on the pace for Race 10, Yong's Discover Sailing Asia - Getaway Ichi claimed overall Class A victory on their first outing in anger, on the new ride. After pushing hard all regatta and scoring several 2nd places, Kurt Metzger's Nelson 10 Waka Tere finally overcame the hurdle and won the final Race 11. This juggling of results, bought Yang's J24 Quarterdeck back into contention with second overall and elevates Metzger's Waka Tere into third overall in the combined Class A.
Top performance by Kurt Metzger's Nelson 10 Waka Tere managed to tie them on 18 points with, Calvin Lim Zhi Yang's J24 Quarterdeck but broken in favour of Quarterdeck, as they have more wins on the scoreboard and ultimately claim overall victory in Class B. Today's windy conditions also promotes Gordon Maxted's Young 88 Shoon Fung Too into third overall on the comeback trail.
Trophies were also presented to the Optimist, Laser and Radio Controlled boats by the Batam Tourism Minister and other government officials.
The Indonesian government is making an all out effort to promote yachting tourism and develop the infrastructure required to succeed. Nongsa Point Marina is the gateway for SE Asia and were the first to introduce the new visa free entry and online sailing system.
The Nongsa Regatta is part of this new drive forward and although small by comparison to other regional regattas, they expect to grow the participation over the coming years and are very welcoming to all participants. The open expanse of water on their doorstep and the fresh NE breeze at this time of the year, makes an excellent racing area and with top quality race management, catering for all classes, should not be missed. So mark down mid January in your sailing diary and help grow the sailing festival and enjoy some remarkable Indonesian hospitality.