Not too long ago, Changi Sailing Club decided to organize a Regatta off the Lagoi Bay, Bintan, partnering with Bintan Resort Cakrawala and Grand Lagoi Hotel to bring sailors to a new racing destination. Alas, the weather on the weekend of 27-30 January was a little too rough for the participating boats, resulting in the reluctant decision to postpone the race to a later date.
Read all about the event in Bintan here:
The rerun of this event took place over the last weekend of April, in the humble East Johor Straits. It was a great opportunity to give the event and its organizers more exposure, as sailors which originally could not take part in January were also invited to participate, totaling 9 Keelboats and 1 Multihull. The wind while unpredictable was sufficient for the race committee conjure 5 races over 2 days, an incredible feat despite the challenges that come with the inter-monsoon season.
In the IRC Class, both Silhouette and Waka Tere raced all 5 races available, keeping the racing close and exciting on the circuit. The former managed to cross the line in 3 out of the 5 races, but did not put enough distance in front of the Nelson 10 for 2 of them, resulting in only a single bullet from 5 races. Nevertheless, the silhouette crew were in high spirits, content with their improved performance over Day 2. Waka Tere were clinical in their technical maneuvers, but squandered the opportunity for a clean sheet having to escape an outbound commercial vessel in race 5 and subsequently incurring a 47 second time penalty. She completes the series with 4 points, winning the Bintan Regatta Challenge Trophy for the IRC Class. Special thanks to old hand Jong Dee, for joining the fray on Day 2 and supporting the event in the IRC Class!
The light breeze were to the little boats’ advantage, as Marut and Brio excelled over the weekend, taking 1st and 3rd place respectively in the Keelboat PY Class. The former survived a late surge from her rivals, securing a much needed win in race 5 to claim 1st position overall on 5 points. Shardana was sandwiched in between on 2nd place, scoring 2 bullets (races 3 and 4) to complete the series on 8 points. Brio was arguably the most consistent of the fleet, scoring podium finishes in 4 out of 5 races, cutting a comfortable figure in 3rd. The Bintan Regatta Challenge Trophy however went to the best performer which participated in the original event in Bintan – Olmeto! The Beneteau Oceanis 320 struggled in the light air, and had a down-down moment in race 1, hoisting the spinnaker upside-down, Despite the hiccups, Olmeto completed the series in a respectable 4th with a total of 17 points.
Last but not least, we greatly appreciate Bula’s continued support for our events despite being the only Multihull in attendance. She takes home the Multihull Challenge Trophy, and we hope she is joined by her multihull friends in subsequent events.
Back on shore, Changi Sailing Club had the honour of hosting key officials from Bintan Resorts Cakrawala, namely:
- Prakash (GM, Operations)
- Azmi (Head of Business Development & Operations)
- Rinto (Marketing / Social Media)
Thank you everyone for joining us over the weekend for the rerun of this event, we look forward to planning the 2nd edition of this event together with Bintan Resorts Cakrawala next year.