A fantastic Rega-a will go down in my memor5 as the best sailing ex9erience of my sailing career, roll on 2012........ Thanks for a gAeat time! Andy Woodward SY Rainbow Dream
Great organisation. Great location. Great weather. Absolutely outstanding camaraderie. Can we do it again nexJ weekend please? Simon Piﬀ Skipper, SY Rainbow Dream Winner PY Class & Class Line Honours
O N -‐ B O A R D The IRC Class will enjoy two of the longest and most challenging passage races in the region. The rest of the ﬂeet will be sleeping on their vessels for at least 2 nights (some may choose to stay aboard at Neptune Island) Outside of the Sailing InstrucHons and the relevant Cat 3 safety regulaHons, these are some pointers, along with informaHon on what you can expect: On-‐Board Recognising that IRC Vessels will minimise weight for racing, we strongly suggest that certain provisions are taken/kept on-‐board, should the wind drop. Last year we enjoyed a constant 15+ NE breeze for the passages… we all know that isn’t always the case. The rest of the ﬂeet will undoubtedly be fully provisioned with copious amounts of ﬁne foods and aperiMfs but all the same, we advise the following: • 2 litres of water per person per passage • 24 hours supply of food per passage • Suitable waterproofs • Mask and ﬁns (ﬁns as some areas have strong currents) • Electrolytes (in powder sachets found in most pharmacies) We (Neptune Organisers) will have all the necessary kit for search and rescue etc. A team of 3 BriMsh Royal Marine Commandos, who are also trained ﬁeld medics, will be available should the need arise. Please keep your radios on at all Mmes, even at anchor. (a useful )p is to use an earpiece for the radio for whoever is on watch… and have the radio on loud volume should they nod oﬀ J ) Channel numbers etc. will be published in the SI’s. Should the need arise for radio communicaMons whilst managing an incident, please have one person designated to represent the vessel and if possible, on constant standby to receive procedural instrucMons without distracMon. This should not be the vessel’s Skipper. If this is your ﬁrst Neptune and you’d like more advice or past parMcipant input, please use our social media page to post your views or comment: hRps://www.facebook.com/Neptune.RegaRa
Thanks for all your hard work chaps, best regatta we've ever done. Eldest daughter in tears now that the regatta is o v e r. O t h e r d a u g h t e r i s y o u n g e s t 'shellback' in Singapore Tim Hill C h a r t e r e r, S Y S i r i u s
Thanks to everyone (power and sailboats) who took part for making the event so worthwhile. Fab week... Stewart McLaren Skipper, SY Men At Work Winner IRC Class
N E P T U N E I S L A N D Neptune Island Neptune Island’s local name is Pulau Sikeling. The island is uninhabited and completely natural. Our job is to keep it that way. The local village is on a nearby island, Pulau Blanding. There is a populaMon of around 1,400. We employ many of the villagers to assist in making the rega[a happen. They are a very warm, friendly people and the naMve language is Bahasa Malayu. On the lay day, we are invited to visit Pulau Blanding, hosted by the villagers with a tradiMonal feast, dancing and a game of football. (Team Neptune will be picked on the day and I suspect we will get thrashed.) You’re here for 3 or 4 nights, depending on Class. It is stunningly beauMful and we are as prepared as we can be to accommodate you during your stay. We provide: AccommodaHon & FaciliHes: • Large Canvas Tents that can comfortably ﬁt 6 people with kit. There will be at least 2 tents per boat, possibly more if cruisers etc wish to sleep aboard. • Fresh water wash faciliMes (and kit wash) • Field Latrines • Security Note, We do have a limited amount of camp beds but we’re not oﬃcially supplying them as they suit some but not all. Please take your own camp bed or bedroll (the tents are on a sand base) the fold up beds are be[er as they are oﬀ the ground if it rains. The tents are water proof but oﬀ ground is be[er when it rains. Food & Water: • Free Bo[led water will be available at all Mmes. This should only be used for drinking as we will supply for a consumpMon of 2 litres per person per day and therefore be limited beyond that. The fresh river water barrelled in from Pulau Buaya is readily available for cleaning etc. • There is a temporary covered food area with BBQ’s, boiling water and a selecMon of Mnned produce, fresh meat, ﬁsh, fruit and vegetables. Most provided meals will be BBQ fare (Burgers, sausages, bacon sandwiches etc) there will be vegetable soup always on the ﬁre with tea and coﬀee. Please be advised to bring your own food if this doesn’t appeal. • Ice will be readily available to purchase from the village but it is only for cooling and not advised to be used as drinking ice.
A FANTASTIC job well done. Brilliant perforaance and no hiccups. On behalf of ever5one who parJicipated, a BIG thank you to you and the team. CONGRATS ... & looking forcard to 2012. MP Owner, MY MantAa
Thanks again for doing this. It's so oﬅen the case that "bar talk" never makes it to the nexJ level -‐ let alone delivering something as monumental and historic as this. My faith in bar talk is restored! Bravo. James HarAis MY Something Special (Winner of The Spirit of Nept]ne Award)
H A R R Y ’ S @ T H E E Q U A T O R & M O U N T G A Y R U M Many tons of equipment and provisions are being setup on Neptune Island. One of the ways that we engage the local communiMes is by employing them to build temporary faciliMes uMlising recycled local lumber and foliage. On the north side of the island is the accommodaMon and washing faciliMes. On the south side (facing the ﬂeet*) is where the bar, Harry’s @ The Equator, is set up. This will be parMally covered with seaMng and a fully stocked Mcketed bar. The south beach is also where the BBQ faciliMes and covered food area will be. Separate, but not disassociated, will be the Mount Gay Rum Beach Hut. This will be open for ‘Neptune Happy Hour’ giving free rum beverages at sun down each day. There will be a non alcoholic opMon as well but I’m not enMrely sure why. Whereas Neptune ParMcipants will enjoy a certain amount of free daily beverages, Harry’s is not a free bar. It is a Mcket/voucher transacMon bar. Books of Mckets will be on sale at Nongsa prior to seing oﬀ to the equator. To minimise on accumulaMng ‘rubbish’ we are a[empMng to have draj beer running through a tapped cooling system, not an Eski full of ice, but a proper ﬁeld-‐bar pump. This will require a power supply so volunteers will be needed to use the converted ‘bicycle generators’ during bar hours… (yeah right! We will bring a generator too) *This year the anchorage will be, weather permiing, in the lee of Neptune Island and not in the Buaya Bay area. This means that transport to and from vessels is reduced considerably and vessels can be clearly seen from the beach and bar area. For those without tenders (or even those with, and wish to have a rum or 2) the local ﬁshing boats will be running a tender ﬂeet throughout our Mme on Neptune Island. Tipping the tender drivers will not be required by trip but a hat will be put around for Mps on the last day. Please have some local currency for the village visit and Mps etc. The bar Mckets will be sold in SGD. w w w . n e p t u n e -‐ r e g a R a . c o m
What a great Regatta, It was fun, challenging, competitive well organized and safe, and you pulled it off in style. Will definitely be recommending to many more to join on the next one, William Schick Director Yacht Sales, Prometheus Marine, SY El Oro
A great Adventureâ€Ś we saw many beautiful places, great crew mates, made new friends... Chris Schuler Co-Owner, SY Mico Verde
C R O S S I N G T H E E Q U A T O R Some people take part in the Neptune Rega[a for the racing and challenges. Some people take part for the adventure and exploraMon. Most for the beauMful waters and surrounding scenery… but absolutely everybody takes part to cross the equator and join a very select few that have the right to state that they have sailed across the equator and are therefore Trusty Shellbacks. Crossing the equator to enter into the court of King Neptune is a tradiMon that dates back hundreds of years. Just by entering ‘King Neptune’ or ‘Equator’ into ‘You Tube’ you will come across dozens of videos capturing people paying homage along with Pathe Newsreel’s of presidents and royalty all being judged by Neptune & Davy Jones as ‘Slimy Polliwogs ‘and then ritually bapMsed as his new court members; ‘Trusty Shellbacks’. Neptune Rega[a parMcipants vary in their interpretaMon of the age old ritual. Some prepare ghastly concocMons and dress in full regalia depicMng retches of the deep. Others pop a champagne bo[le and raise a toast to Neptunus Rex. However celebrated, the act of crossing the equator as one ﬂeet, in the world’s only rega[a that traverses ‘The Line’, brings together a camaraderie and unity in being a member of a very select few. More people have summited Everest than have presently raced to the equator! Which is why from a racing perspecMve, winning ‘The Race to Zero’ is a very, very big deal. We encourage parMcipants to plan in advance their respecMve rituals and dress up accordingly. The best pictures of Pollywog to Shellback will win prizes and the most fun boat will win the ‘Spirit of Neptune Trophy’. To recognise the achievement; every parMcipant receives an oﬃcial cerMﬁcate and each vessel a plaque to commemorate the moment.
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Sunburned to a crisp, muscles very stiff, head quite sore and feet rather unusable but a good time nevertheless hosting the race to the equator this week, lots of partying and sailing, new friends and very fond memories. Pierre “L’Hammer” Hadamar Beach Boss, Neptune Island Advance Party
Great regatta right across the board and one that caters for everyone no matter what age or type of boat owned. It was good to have the power boats along to add that extra dimension. Already thinking about next year, Kukukerchu will be there… David Ross, Skipper of IRC Kukukerchu
P R E R E G A T T A A D V I C E AccommodaHon at Nongsa Point Marina Resort, If you are not sleeping on-‐board while at Nongsa, then we suggest that you book your rooms now. Once Nongsa Marina sells out, then we suggest staying at Turi Beach Resort which is literally around the corner. The beach walk path has been rebuilt so it’s easy access. Please make sure that you get your dates right on which nights you’re staying and make sure that you have a copy of the reservaMon conﬁrmaMon as proof. There are more people than rooms (which are close to the Marina) so this is to avoid any ‘computer errors’ when you turn up and expect a room available. We are working on a special rate but that will be agreed closer to the dates. Whatever rate you are quoted now (unless it’s less?) will be adjusted once room rates for parMcipants are agreed. Green Books (Sailing Permit for the Riau’s) The process and required documentaMon are on the Rega[a Website/NoR. You should communicate with Maria at Golden Image and explain that you’re with the Neptune Rega[a. If you are not in Singapore then email us directly and we will endeavour to assist for you with Maria. (A favour please…. don’t use us unless necessary as we are quite busy organising a rega?a that takes place in the middle of nowhere.) Green books do take a while to process, so you need to start the applicaMon in the ﬁrst week of January by the latest. Fuel, For diesel we have contact details for a bunker barge in the Singapore Straits which stocks reasonably priced, clean diesel. We use them for the Cruising Club and therefore can recommend. If you wish to purchase at Nongsa, (we are sMll working on cost but it’ll be cheaper than Singapore by a li[le) we can’t comment on the diesel's grade. If you have a petrol engine then sell it and buy a diesel…. Petrol can be purchased at Nongsa but it needs to be trucked in, so advise Nongsa well in advance. Please feel free to drop us an email if you have any further quesMons. We will look ajer you and we hope you’re excited about your forthcoming adventure to The Equator.
info@neptune-‐rega[a.com See you soon, T h e N e p t u n e T e a m
T H E M O U N T G A Y R U M
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