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Racing and the Experience
The Regatta will have a number of classes but for the point of this overview, the A-Fleet Racers and Cruiser/Racer Yachts can expect racing along the following lines:
The diagram on the left depicts the route (clockwise) from Nongsa Marina south to Equator and back. The coloured points show both rest points and gates used depending on class.
The different stages are reflected below using the coloured points as the A to B, B to C etc. marks. This is merely a rough visual. The exact marks and gates will be published in the Neptune Sailing Instructions.
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windward leeward races while the cruising fleet passage race to the jump off point for the equator, Pulau Buaya.
‘THE RACE TO ZERO’ A 85 Nautical Mile passage race through the Riau Islands to be the first to cross the equator.
'Neptune's Lay Day'
A relax at the anchorage of Pulau Buaya on virgin white sand beaches as the rest of the fleet completes THE RACE.
‘The Nongsa Retreat’
The passage race back North to Nongsa Marina
a final windward leeward for racers to gain points in the fight for the Neptune Cup while the slower fleet returns to Nongsa Marina.
‘The Karas Sunset’
a passage race to south of Batam to a serene anchorage in the lee of Karas Besar.
a passage race down to Puala Buaya crossing through the beautiful Indonesian isles.
‘ZERO – THE RACE’
the entire Neptune fleet race to the equator and back.
the penultimate passage north as the last of the fleet leaves Neptune’s Realm.
‘The Nongsa Return’
final passage for racer/cruisers returning back to Nongsa Marina.
Route will be discussed with the participating fleet to coincide with ZERO - THE RACE and enjoy the beauty of the southery islands.
Neptune Regatta Recognisance
The Neptune Regatta architects are a group of sailing enthusiasts, ‘Yachties’, that have a tremendous amount of collective experience in sailing, sprint racing and passage racing. Recognising that the southern section of the Neptune takes place in ‘quiet waters’ off the beaten track, a recognisance of anchorage points and the areas deemed to be potentially ‘challenging’ took place in February 2010. The team consisted of an A-Fleet Racing Navigator, a Cruiser/Racer Skipper, a regatta organiser and a Motor Yacht Skipper. The unanimous conclusions of the team are that the course and waters that will be passed through are sailable. Details of the recognisance and navigational advice will be in the Neptune Regatta Sailing Instructions.
One of the many little Isles
Rendezvous at Pulau Buaya
The Neptune Regatta is designed for an array of yachts to partake in. Whether pure Racing Yachts (A-Fleet), Cruiser/Racers, Modern Family Cruisers or beautiful Classics, each vessel will converge to the protected anchorage Pulau Buaya and has access to some of the most beautiful white coral sand beaches in the world. Once anchored, a relax on the beach at sundown, be ready to see an explosion of stars taking in both the northern and southern hemisphere constellations. There are too few places in the world where we can be reminded of the outstanding beauty and complexity of our
Crossing the Line in ‘ZERO – THE RACE’
The Equator divides and influences in many forms: romance, historical debate, sporting prowess, the navigational latitude of zero and even a country’s name. Crossing the line has long been held as a seafarer’s baptism to the Court of Neptune with ceremonies for the uninitiated going back hundreds of years. Even today whether on a cruise liner, naval vessel, yacht or ship, the attraction and excitement of crossing the equator and subsequent ceremony appeals to young and old.
With this in mind, the Regatta also takes into account the importance of paying homage to Neptune and allows for a ‘time window’ of ceremony once each boat crosses the line. On completion of ceremonies or when the ‘time window’ closes… the race restarts with the Fleet competing for the
Following ‘ZERO-THE RACE’, a beach BBQ and evening’s relaxation will ensue, welcoming new members to Neptune’s Court and inevitable anecdotes of previous crossings.
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