Day 2 of the Pulau Besar Series started off slow, as various weather systems in the horizon kept the winds away from us for the morning, thus forcing the race committee to wait it out with the AP flag up. Initial intentions to start the day with a windward-leeward course were eventually scrapped due to the unstable winds and lack of time. When the wind finally set into a strong southerly direction at 1315, sailors were sent onto a short passage around Pulau Hujong and Pulau Tengah.
Good starts by a few of the keelboats made for an exciting first beat down south of Besar. Shardana notched another bullet in the IRC Class, displaying some good angles and boat speed on the upwind legs. They were kept vigilant by the chasing Naya, who looked a lot faster compared to day 1 – making it a thrilling 1-2 finish separated by seconds!
A cheeky overtaking move inbetween Southern Light and Windancer right after the start just demonstrates how fast Minx can be, using pure boat speed to power past the 2 yachts. Their efforts rewarded them with a 2nd placing across the line and a 3rd after corrected time. Cicak took line honours with a time of 2hrs 7mins and 33 secs, nearly 10mins ahead of the next boat. It was however not enough to secure them a podium position after handicap, settling for 5th. Windancer continue their fine form to clinch another victory to make it 2 out of 2, putting them in good stead for the final day of sailing. Close rivals southern light also thrived in the bellowing winds, completing the podium in 2nd place. Sangaree’s debut outing in this Regatta continues on a good note, another 4th place finish very commendable considering the very lean crew outfit on a physically demanding boat. last but not least, surprise new entrants Anjo’s Jest did well to keep up with the fleet until their headsail gave way – forcing them to retire from the race.
Sailors were treated to a gorgeous sunset after racing, and the usual delicious dinner spread prepared by Aseania Resort. This week is passing too quickly!
With that we conclude day 2 and are now looking forward to the signature passage to Harimau tomorrow (hopefully the winds arrive on time!) and the Regatta Closing Party thereafter.