2nd Bintan Regatta 2024 (Pre-Event Report)

Co-organised by Bintan Resort Cakrawala and Changi Sailing Club, the Bintan Regatta makes a triumphant return for its second edition, promising an exhilarating weekend of sailing in the open waters of Lagoi Bay. Most of us can recall the setbacks we faced in its inaugural year; with thunderstorms and rough seas, the foul weather called for the races to be rerun at CSC. Nonetheless, this year promises to be bigger and better. With nature’s blessings, sunny skies and north-easterly winds are expected this long weekend, encompassing the excellent sailing conditions that await our participants.

While last year’s event saw 6 participating boats, we are thrilled to welcome 8 boats joining us this regatta: Birregurra, Born in Fire, Inuka, Silhouette, Summer Breeze, Miss Visayan, Soluna and Kublai Khan. We look forward to an exciting and memorable experience of racing and lively festivities for all involved.

Event Highlights

The regatta spans from 29th to 31st March, with Saturday and Sunday featuring three races each. All boats will depart from Bandar Bentan Telani for a mix of windward-leeward and passage races. Chief Race Officer Jhing will oversee the smooth conduct of the races aboard Skybird, the designated race committee boat. After the events of the weekend draw to a close, participants will embark on a scenic sail back to CSC on 1st April.

The opening ceremony takes place tonight to kick off the festivities. Tomorrow morning, skippers will receive race instructions and updates at the skippers’ briefing. As the sun sets on Saturday, the skies will come alive with a spectacular display of fireworks, complemented by fire jugglers and the infectious beats of a DJ for the evening’s entertainment. Finally, the regatta’s finale on Sunday night will be marked by a closing ceremony. Both the opening and closing ceremonies will take place at the Tidal Bar.

Jong Race Festival

Happening concurrently with the Bintan Regatta is the Jong Race Festival at Lagoi Bay. The word ‘Jong’ refers to traditional wooden sailing vessels that were once ubiquitous in the maritime trade networks of Indonesia. Today, the Jong Race Festival is a celebration of the country’s seafaring traditions of the past, where participants gather to build and race mini sailboats using boat-building techniques passed down from generation to generation. If you are not planning on racing, do head down to Lagoi Bay to enjoy the seascape of colourful sailboats steeped in rich tradition. Otherwise, we have the larger version back at CSC, Jong Dee.

Acknowledgements

We express our sincere appreciation to Bintan Resort Cakrawala for co-organising this regatta alongside CSC. Additionally, we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Grand Lagoi Hotel Bintan, our official accommodation partner for the event. Their support and hospitality have ensured that our participants enjoy a serene and comfortable stay here.

With the event’s plans laid out, we hope everyone is geared up for all that is to come. Wishing everyone a wonderful time in Indonesia, and best of luck to all participants racing this weekend!

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