With the prize presentation and closing ceremony taking place at 4pm, the starting signal for the first race was scheduled an hour earlier, at 11am. The 6th race of the series commenced on time, accompanied by a fresh NE wind blowing through the course.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for SMUve this regatta, but they managed to sail an excellent race to secure a second bullet in Race 6. finishing just 5 seconds behind Waka Tere, they won comfortably on handicap. Careless mistakes and little errors continue to haunt SMUmad, as they struggle to find the form they had on day 1. With no bullets and a best result of 2nd on the final day, she ties points with SMUve and surrenders the overall 2nd position due to the lack of firsts. Waka Tere‘s performance throughout this regatta was good, but was well tested by the SMU Sailing Teams, resulting in some very close racing. She scored 5 bullets out of 7 races to successfully defend her title in the IRC Division.
A similar story played out in the PY Division, as Minx and Shengli took the battle for 2nd place down to the final race. A good start from Shengli paved the way for a good performance all round in the final race, keeping close to both Quarterdeck and Minx throughout the course – eventually finishing just under 45 seconds behind them! With Minx‘s and Quarterdeck‘s handicaps brought down significantly from their good performances over the first 2 days, Shengli managed to steal her first bullet in Race 7. The victory gave her the win over Minx for 2nd place overall. Despite scoring 4th for the final race, Quarterdeck had done enough to claim the PY title for 2020 with 9 points. Although they were not in the running for podium, it was heartening to see Olmeto push their boat hard to earn a well-deserved 2nd-place finish in the final race – a sweet end to the regatta and the weekend!
Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you Sailors for participating in the 5th Nongsa Regatta! Special thanks to the Riau Island Governor and Riau Island Tourism Office for gracing the prize giving and closing ceremony. In addition, big thank you to the Jury Panel chaired by Mr Leonard Chin (MAS) for keeping the sailors disciplined both on water and on land.
The phenomenal conditions at Nongsa, Batam during the NE Monsoon, paired alongside the great hospitality and facilities from Nongsa Point Marina & Resort resulted in a fantastic regatta enjoyed by all, and we hope to return in 2021 with an even bigger fleet from Singapore!