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The Inaugural Neptune Regatta

By Val Ellis last modified Dec 22, 2010 03:19 PM

Published: 2010-12-22 15:19:52
Topics: Rallies

Only six weeks to go before the inaugural Neptune Regatta (starts 01 February) – the first regatta that we know of to lay a finish line on the equator.

If you are not yet signed up for what looks like the most ‘inclusive’ event in Asia, involving racing boats, cruising boats and even power boats, then take a look at the website and the info to date, and be there at Nongsa Point at the end of January… it’s going to be fun!

Sailing into unfamiliar waters… reconnaissance… checking the charts… selecting campsites… meeting the inhabitants… safely home again

Anyone who has read Arthur Ransome’s incomparable books will recognise the style of intro (above). The more I think about this adventure, the more I am convinced that the Neptune Regatta is very likely to find the Swallows and the Amazons waiting when the fleet gets to Pulau Buaya… (Hang on, going too fast here…)

The Neptune Regatta 2011 is growing by the minute, and now has 17 boats on the entry list - four in IRC, six in PY, one multihull and no less than six motoryachts. And as is usual on these occasions, there are a fair few who have ‘expressed interest’ and are going to be there but just haven’t got round to signing up yet. (And of course there are also those who are going to sit on the fence this time round, and then wish afterwards that they had, indeed, joined in the very first regatta to the Equator…) Check out the entry list - the potential competition! - at www.neptune-regatta.com/boats.aspxirc

Regatta Organiser Tudor John reports himself and his team well pleased with progress. 'We are still more than a month away from the 01 February start line, and things seem to going well. Our numbers are looking strong – especially for an inaugural event.'

But doesn’t racing to the Equator mean racing to the Doldrums? Not at all, says John. 'We chose February precisely because 30 years of met data shows that (on an annual basis) it has the joint highest mean true wins speed of the year, consistent true wind direction, the lowest percentage of calms, the least rainfall and the least likelihood of thunder... which is pretty much what you want, right?’

From Sail-World.com news letter

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