Our final day of racing around the beautiful islands of Mersing brought sailors on the longest passage yet, to Pulau Harimau. Pulau Harimau if translated to English means ‘tiger island’ is an uninhabited island, its deserted locale serves as a sweet spot for scuba diving and snorkeling. The light winds and glassy waters gave early indications of a long and arduous race – putting the sailors to a test of tactical prowess and perseverance.
Leading the fleet from start to finish, Shardana continue their unbeaten streak to cross the line first, finishing the serious with 3 bullets. Both Shardana and Cicak were the first to receive the new breeze coming from a south-easterly direction, nullifying all initial thoughts of race abandonment. Naya crossed the line 3rd just after 5pm, thus settling for 2nd place in the IRC Class.
Cicak’s line honours for the PY Class rewarded them with a well-deserved 3rd place finish after corrected time, behind Windancer and Minx, who were the last 2 boats who crossed within the time limit for the Harimau Passage. Windancer’s performance made it an unblemished record for the series, also finishing with 3 points, taking the PY Title for 2018. Minx’s 2nd place finish was the best of the 3 days, consolidating their series in 3rd. Despite finishing just outside of the time limit, Southern Light did just enough to secure their 2nd position overall, their good results from Day 1 & 2 carrying them through.
Recapping the overnight Singapore-Besar Passage Race Results, Line Honours was taken by the superfast Zanzibar, with debutants Invictus securing the IRC Title for 2018. Naya took 2nd by a close 3 minutes behind. In the PY Class, the PY Passage Race Title also went to a new entrant – Minx! They sailed well beyond expectations to cross the line before sunrise.
At the Closing Ceremony, we had the honour of having Mr Rajpal Singh, Consul-General of the Singapore Consulate-General in Johor Bahru and Encik Zamri from Jabatan Laut, Mersing gracing the event. We would also like to thank the Malaysian Marine Police for supporting our event with a patrol vessel over the past 3 days. Without the support of these Government Officials – the event would not have been able to run so smoothly.
Not forgetting the 110% support from the team at Aseania Resort, Besar Island. Their ever-accommodating staff and hard work behind the scenes to ensure the sailors’ accommodations, food, water, party, transport and other miscellaneous needs are well taken care of.
Last but not least, thank you all sailors for joining us for the 5th CSC@Besar Regatta 2018! Another magical week of sailing and partying at possibly one of the most scenic locations in Eastern Malaysia.
We look forward to seeing everyone back for this event next year – till then, happy sailing!
Photo Credits: Benjamin Loh Wei Hong