Neptune Island, IndonesiaDay 2 - Neptune on the horizon

Saturday, 04 February 2017


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The breeze continued from the North West and the gybing angles were completely different from previous years. Everyone completed the traditional course and a passing rain squall helped most boats through the cauldron, with whirlpool tidal overflows and on the long stretch down to Neptune Island. Just as the starting sequence was completed Andrew Schleis 48ft Mazu became the first casualty, with a fire in the engine room and towed back to Fishead Island. No one was injured and arrangements are being made to return to Singapore.

Robert Lamoureux Beneteau Sense 55 Grand Lux pulled off another horizon job, on the three other competitors, to lead the Premier Cruising Class. Fintan McKiernan Beneteau 50 Sea Monster also broke away from the pack to slot into 2nd place. Held up in the light patch, Victor Nurcombe Bavaria 56 Sakkara motored for 86 minutes and multiplied by 1.5, leaves them n 3rd place.

Although Guy Scott's Stealth 11.8 Afterburner claimed Multihull line honours, trouble with the spinnaker halyard for half the race leaves them in 5th place. The defending champion Xavier Glenard / Damien Geoffray Dash 750 Kaze did it again to make it two wins, in two days. Seven minutes behind, Alice Lim's Dash 750 DebDash had to settle on second place again. A further 12 minutes adrift Graham Horn Corsair Dash Mk II Jaza Too slotted into 3rd place.

Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly made it two wins in two days to lead the Cruising Class. Graeme Hespe CS36 Jens Jaunt came good today for 2nd place. Patrick Lim Oceanis 37 Windhover slots into 3rd place and second overall.

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 04 February 2017 )