After a tacking duel, out of the Changi Sailing Club and through the Eastern anchorage, the prevailing South-Westerly trade wind provided enough grunt, for everyone to round the Southern tip of Johor by sunset and enjoy an overnight spinnaker run up, the East Coast of Malaysia.
Joe Lombardo’s Dufour 34 Shardana was first to finish at the Aseania Resort, Besar Island at 0709 with Freddy Fam’s M23 trimaran Phoenix, 25 minutes further adrift. A late rash of withdrawals reduced the fleet to 6, for the stand-alone race to Besar, and a couple extra yachts are joining the 3-day regatta starting on Tuesday.
When PY handicaps were applied to the keelboats, Wendlin Wald’s Jenneau 36 Melissa III came flying home on the building breeze, to snatch handicap victory, away from Joe Lombardo’s Dufour 34 Shardana, that finished two hours earlier. Derek Sharples’ Jenneau 40 SDF settled on third over the line and third on handicap. Newcomer Adam Chuang’s Cheoy Lee 35 Innisfree was last to finish, taking almost 23 hours to complete the 90nm course to secure fourth place and round up the Keelboat Class.
In the Multihull Class, Freddy Fam’s M23 Phoenix claimed both Line honours and the handicap daily double, from Tim Hill’s family crewed Corsair Sprint 725 Cicak. Despite being different size trimaran’s, they have the same Texel Rating, so first over the line is the winner. Late work commitments forced Commodore of the Changi Sailing Club, Anthony Lim to withdraw his Leopard 40 Annette from the original line-up.
All crews agreed that during the ride along the coast, through the Johor Islands, there were plenty of scenic sights to take in and the welcoming blue water marine life, with breath taking island backdrops, is a superb way to arrive in paradise.
Today is a rest day for exploring the islands and racing resumes on Tuesday with the Besar Regatta series. The SW breeze is still in and predicted to last for the week, so expect some exciting racing and looking forward to the fun filled beach side scene.
By AY MultiMedia