The third and final day of racing around the beautiful islands of Mersing brought sailors around Rawa and back, but not without putting the participants through a lull for the first hour after the start.
Flying a pennant 4 was a risky decision which eventually paid off for race organizers, with a consistent Southerly breeze filling in after 1pm. Rainbow Dream took an early lead to arrive at Rawa first, with Shardana hot on her heels. Upon rounding Rawa, yachts were taken on close-haul, giving Shardana the advantage. She sailed a strong upwind to close the gap and overtake Rainbow Dream and secured line honours for the final race. Despite Shardana‘s valiant efforts, Rainbow Dream made it 3 wins from 3 races after corrected time.
Windancer bounced back from 4th place in Day 2 – to unleash her kite for the downwind legs, not allowing the fleet ahead to extend their lead. She danced her way to victory after corrected time, scoring a total of 7 points over 3 days to finish 2nd overall in the PY Class. Southern Light sailed their best race of the series, taking full advantage of her enormous kite to take the lead on the downwind and secure 3rd overall. Despite scoring her worst result of the series, Minx managed to survive the late onslaught from close rivals Windancer and Southern Light to take overall 1st for the Pulau Besar Series.
Upon return to shore, sailors proceeded to do their Port Clearance, Customs and Immigrations on-site. made possible by the government officials from Mersing. Later in the evening, surprise guest Peter Diaz got the party started, lifting everyone from their seats and onto the dance floor.
Thank you all for participating in the 6th edition of the [email protected] Regatta, may the 7th return to Besar with a bigger fleet!