Bintan Regatta 2024 (Day 1)

Well, perhaps we spoke too early about the great conditions we expected this weekend. The weather played tricks on us instead, teasing us with its inconsistency throughout the day. As a result, our initial plan to pump out 4 races was cut short to 3. Missing out on a passage race today was unfortunate, but the quick windward-leeward races brought their own thrill on our first day of racing in Bintan.

As we readied to leave the marina, the heat was intense, and there was barely a breeze to be felt. Yet, after we commenced the first race, passing clouds brought a brief sprinkle of drizzle. By the time we reached race 3, a heavy downpour had descended which reduced visibility immensely, obscuring the cylindrical buoys under a blanket of rain. This left our sailors to navigate the waters blind, but they displayed grit in finishing the race in such dramatic conditions.

With 3 races down, we have an official set of provisional results in Lagoi Bay, a privilege we did not have last year. In the PY class, Born in Fire and Silhouette are the main contenders for first overall. The former demonstrated great prowess with a bullet and two second-place finishes, while Silhouette also put on an impressive performance, despite losing out on race 3 after accounting for handicaps. Following Silhouette, Birregurra holds third position just ahead of Summer Breeze. Notably, although race 3 was the toughest of them all, Summer Breeze was still able to cross the finish line and achieved first place on corrected time.

Among the multihull class, there was a fiercely contested fight between Miss Visayan and Soluna. The outcome of each race was unpredictable, for they exchanged positions constantly in each leg. Currently, only 1 point separates the two trimarans, and so it will take until the final race tomorrow to determine our champion. Kublai Khan have not yet made their way into the top 2, but tomorrow presents another opportunity for them to make their mark.

The first day of racing in Lagoi Bay truly offered a distinct experience from the waters of CSC. The expansive open space available was eagerly leveraged by many, enabling boats to sail as far into the distance as they desired. With the refreshing change of scenery, we hope everyone is invigorated for more racing tomorrow. Rest well, and see you again on water!


Bintan Regatta 2024 Results PY Day 1

Bintan Regatta 2024 Results Multihull Day 1

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