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INTRODUCTION     This  document  is  intended  for  use  by  and  lays  out  the  plans  for  the  Neptune  Regatta  Motor  Yacht  Rally  and  cuts  to  the  chase  of  what  can  be  expected  by   and  what  is  expected  of  participating  motor  yachts.  Please  also  read  the  Neptune  “Participants  Handbook”  which  you  should  have  had  emailed  to  you,  but   if   not,   is   available   off   the   regatta   website:   http://www.neptune-­‐regatta.com/myiinstruction.aspx   (we   also   suggest   you   read   the   ‘Sailing   Instructions’   the   directives  under  which  the  sailing  yachts  race.  This  will  give  you  a  full  picture  of  what  they  are  up  to:  http://www.neptune-­‐regatta.com/instruction.aspx  )     The  Neptune  Regatta  and  Rally  seeks  to  bring  together  both  motor  and  sailing  yachts  that  will  together  explore  seldom-­‐visited  Indonesian  waters.  These   areas  are  sparsely  populated,  stunningly  beautiful  and  all  within  not  much  more  than  an  easy  day’s  sail  from  the  Singapore  Straits.     If  that  then  is  the  ‘why’,  let’s  have  a  look  through  who,  when  and  where,  together  with  some  dos  and  don’ts.     Itinerary   The  Neptune  Regatta  and  Rally  springs  into  action  on  Sunday  10th  February  at  Nongsa  Point  Marina  and  Resort  (NPMR)  and  continues  through  to  the  final   farewell,  also  back  at  Nongsa  on  Saturday  16th  February.  Here’s  a  breakdown  of  the  daily  activities:       Date   Time   Location   Description   Coordinates  (WGS84)  

12  noon   -­‐6pm   Sunday   10th  Feb  

7pm    

Registration  of  yachts  &  crew  plus  safety  inspections  (more  on  these  below).   It  is  expected  that  all  yachts  will  arrive  in  sufficient  time  to  clear  customs  and   immigration  as  well  as  regatta  registration  before  6pm.   Nongsa   Point   Marina   and  Resort  

Isolated   danger  

N01˚12.470’   E104˚05.925’  (+50m   radius)  

Nongsa   Entrance  

N01˚12.1’   E104˚05.8’  

 

If  you  haven’t  been  into  Nongsa  before  BEWARE  of  the  rock  directly   in  front  of  their  entrance  channel,  often  (but  not  always)  marked  by   a  small  black  isolated  danger  buoy.   Skippers’  Briefing  –,  this  pre-­‐race  briefing  is  an  opportunity  for  skippers  and   navigators  to  be  briefed  on  any  last  minute  changes  to  the  routing,  anchorage  and   other  navigational  details,  together  with  a  talk  through  expected  tide  and  weather   predictions.  

n/a  


Date  

Monday   11th  Feb  

Tuesday     12th  Feb  

Time  

0905  

0805  

Location  

Leg  1   Nongsa  to   Karas   Besar  

Leg  2   Karas   Besar  to   Buaya  

Description  

Coordinates  (WGS84)  

Nongsa   The   IRC   Racing   yachts   will   be   flagged   off   first   at   8am   and   the   motor   yachts   will   be   flagged   Start   off   at   9am   from   a   start   boat   about   0.5nm   east   of   the   entrance   to   NPMR.   Look   for   the   Committee  boat  that  is  anchored  and  displaying  an  orange  flag.   The   Motor   yacht   fleet   will   then   proceed   first   east   and   then   south   through   Selat   Riau   Lobam  Gate   (E.  End)   between   Batam   and   Bintan   to   the   overnight   anchorage   on   the   southern   side   of   Pulau   Karas  Besar.   As   yachts   pass   by   Pulau   Lobam   (east   of   the   rhumbline)   they   will   be   checked   through   a   Karas  Besar   ‘gate’   the   lies   between   a   committee   boat   anchored   close   SW   of   Pulau   Lobam   and   Finish   Pencaras  Island.  When  boats  are  2nm  out  form  the  gate  they  are  to  call  “Lobam  Gate”  on   Ch72  so  that  their  identity  can  be  established.   Karas  Besar   From  there,  yachts  will  proceed  to  the  finish  line  off  Pulau  Karas  Kechil.   Anchorage  

N01˚  12.2’   E104˚  06.5’  

Motor  yachts  will  be  given  the  first  start  and  will  be  flagged  off  at  8am  from  a  start  line   Karas  Besar   S.E.  of  the  anchorage.   Start   A  gate  will  be  in  place  in  Selat  Pengelap.  A  boat  may  be  stationed  at  the  coordinates  given   with  Selanaga  Island  to  the  East.  This  is  to  check  sailing  yachts  through  and  it  is  helpful  if   S.  Pengelap   motor  yachts  also  pass  through  this.   Gate   From   here   to   Pulau   Pompong   to   the   SW,   waters   can   be   quite   choppy   as   SW   bound   (W.  End)   currents   through   Selat   Pengelap   meet   NW   bound   currents   through   Selat   Temiang   as   Pompong   discussed  in  the  Recce  Report.   potential     WPT   Off   Pulau   Pompong   is   a   charted   rock.   Skippers   are   reminded   that   Admiralty  and  Indonesian  Charts  disagree  on  the  precise  location  of  this.   See  Recce  Report  for  details.   Neptune     Island  Finish   From  here’s  it’s  a  straight  run  to  the  Leg  finish  off  Neptune  Island.  

N00˚  42.7’   E104˚  21.4’  

N00˚  58.6’   E104˚  14.2’   N00˚  44.3’   E104˚22.3’   N00˚  44.4’   E104˚  20.2’  

N00˚  29.9’   E104˚  19.6’   N00˚  22.6’   E104˚  14.8’   N00˚  07.7’   E104˚  14.0’  


Date  

Tuesday     12th  Feb  

Time  

Arrival  

1005   Wednesday   13th  Feb  

1900  

Location  

Description   For   yachts   without   their   own   tender   wishing   to   put   personnel   ashore,   there   are   fast   RIBs   on   hand,   please   call   sign   “Neptune   Island”   on   CH72   for   tender   assistance.  There  will  also  be  other  small  local  fishing  vessels  on  hand  carrying  a   Neptune  ensign.  Should  you  be  concerned  about  an  approaching  unmarked  and   vessel,  please  call  on  Ch72  for  assistance.   Neptune   Please   note   that   the   beach   has   coral   heads   exposed   at   low   tide.   A   safe   foot   Island   route   through   these   will   be   staked   out   and   it   is   advised   to   check   with   “Neptune   Island”  the  safest  approach.   Folk  wishing  to  stay  onshore  in  tents  may  do  so,  please  speak  to  Bob,  the  ‘Beach   Boss’   who   will   assign   you   accommodation   (we’re   aware   that   you’re   MY   is   far   more  comfortable  but  it  really  is  a  worthwhile  experience  for  one  night  at  least)   Today’s   the   day   that   your   crew   (and   you?)   get   to   pop   their   Pollywog   cherries   and  (Neptune  willing)  become  Trusty  Shellbacks.   Motor  yachts  will  be  given  the  first  start  and  will  be  flagged  off  at  10am  from  a   start  line  south  of  the  Buaya  Anchorage.   From  there  they  will  head  south  to  a  Committee  boat  that  will  be  anchored  (as   Leg  3   near  as  damn  it)  on  the  Equator.  Boats  are  to  pass  between  the  Committee  Boat   The  Race   on  your  port  side  and  a  buoy  on  your  starboard  side  (the  Southbound  gate).   to  Zero   Having  crossed  the  line,  you  are  a  liberty  to  stay  in  the  Southern  Hemisphere  for   as   long   as   you   wish,   with   the   proviso   that   all   yachts   must   return   to   and   pass   through  the  start/finish  line  before  1700hrs   Yachts  wishing  to  head  north  are  to  pass  between  the  Committee  Boat  on  your   port  side  and  a  buoy  on  your  starboard  side  (the  Northbound  gate).   All  participants  are  requested  to  come  to  Neptune  Island  to  celebrate  Crossing   the   Line.   The   bars   are   open   and   participants   are   welcomed   ashore   for   Neptune’s   equatorial  Mount  Gay  Rum  sundowners.   Party   Folk  returning  to  their  yachts  via  there  own  dinghies  are  (of  course)  expected  to   do  so  before  they  have  too  much  to  drink.  If  a  little  too  tipsy,  we  will  arrange  a   Neptune  island  team  member  will  drive  you  back      

Coordinates     Neptune   Anchorage  

N00˚  07.7’   E104˚  14.0’  

Neptune  Pier  

N00˚  07.91’   E104˚  13.94’  

Start/Finish  

In  the  vicinity   of  the   anchorage.  

Equator  Gate  

N00˚  00.0’   E104˚  14.0’  

Neptune  Pier  

N00˚  07.91’   E104˚  13.94’  


Date  

Time  

Thursday   14th  Feb  

All  Day  

Friday   15th  Feb  

0905  

Location  

Description   Today   is   a   ‘Lay   Day’.   In   sailing   regatta   terms,   this   is   a   spare   day   during   which   earlier  races  that  may  have  been  abandoned  can  be  re-­‐run.  This  rarely  happens   to  be  honest,  so  please  consider  this  a  day  off.   The  villagers  of  Pulau  Blanding  (1nm  NW  of  Neptune  Island)  have  ‘offered’,  some   say   challenged,   the   fleet   to   a   game   of   football   on   their   sand   pitch.   Each   sailing   yacht   has   been   requested   to   volunteer   one   crew   to   join   ‘Team   Neptune’.   Any   Motor  yacht  crew  wishing  to  join  in  are  more  than  welcome  to  do  so.  Kick-­‐off  is   currently   anticipated   at   2pm.   This   is   a   wonderful   opportunity   for   the   fleet   to   Pulau  Blanding   meet   with   the   locals   and   explore   their   exceptional   village   on   their   terms.   The   fleet  is  requested  not  to  land  alcohol  on  Pulau  Blanding  (the  bar  will  be  open  on   Neptune   Island.)   There   is   a   lot   to   see   at   the   village   and   we   are   guests   of   some   very  warm  and  welcoming  people.  It’s  well  advised  to  spend  some  time  there.   Alternatively,   motor   yachts   may   of   course   wish   to   take   the   opportunity   to   up   anchor  and  go  exploring.  Any  skipper  intending  to  do  so  is  respectfully  asked  to   inform  the  Regatta  Committee  accordingly  and  to  confirm  their  safe  return  to  the   anchorage.   The  journey  back  north  begins.     The   start   line   is   in   the   same   positions   as   Tuesday’s   finish   and   start   lines   and   Leg  4   motor  yachts  will  be  given  the  first  start  and  will  be  flagged  off  at  10am.   Buaya  to  Karas   You  will  have  already  seen  the  route  so  there  is  not  much  more  to  say  than  that   Besar   since   you   will   be   heading   north   for   the   next   two   Legs   and   therefore   into   the   (expected)  North  East  Monsoon,  please  be  ready  to  expect  more  sea  spray  over   your  bows  than  you  had  coming  down.  

Coordinates    

Pulau  Blanding   Pier  

N00˚  09.06’   E104˚  14.2’  

Neptune  Island   Start  

N00˚  07.7’   E104˚  14.0’   N00˚  22.6’   E104˚  14.8’  

Pompong  Mark   S.  Pengelap   Gate   (W.  End)  

N00˚  30.0’   E104˚  20.0’  

Karas  Besar   Finish  

N00˚  42.7’   E104˚  21.4’  


Date  

Time  

Location  

Coordinates      

Description    

Saturday   16th  Feb  

0805  

7pm  

Karas  Besar   The  journey  north  comes  to  an  end  today.   Start   Motor  yachts  will  be  given  the  first  start  and  will  be  flagged  off  at  10am  from  a   new  start  line  N.E.  of  Pulau  Karas  Besar.   Lobam  Gate   Leg  5   Although  it  is  most  unlikely  that  motor  yachts  will  be  finishing  after  dark,  please   Karas  Besar  to   beware  of  an  unlit  pier  a  few  hundred  meters  before  the  finish.   Nongsa   Unlit  Pier     The  port  end  of  the  finish  line  is  the  Turi  Beach  Resort  pier  and  the  starboard  end   will  be  a  laid  yellow  buoy  directly  off  this.  Whilst  there  is  ~6m  of  water  at  the  end   Nongsa  Finish   of  the  pier,  it  is  not  advised  to  hug  the  coast  too  close.   NPMR   Prize  Giving  and  Closing  Reception   n/a  

N00˚  44.8’   E104˚  21.9’   N00˚  58.6’   E104˚  13.6   N01˚  11.84’   E104˚  06.39’   N01˚  12.00’   E104˚  06.16’   n/a  

Some  Dos  and  Don’ts      Do  enjoy  yourselves…  the  primary  objectives  are  that  we  all  have  a  fun  week  and  explore  new  cruising  grounds.    Do  speak  to  the  Organisers  Tudor,  Ferret  and  Beach  Boss  Bob  if  there  are  things  you  don’t  understand.    Do  please  go  with  the  flow  as  whilst  we’ve  done  our  best,  there  may  be  a  couple  of  points  that  will  need  amending  for  next  year.    Do  maintain  a  listening  watch  on  Channel  72  (the  NPMR  Channel)  as  this  will  be  used  for  start  sequences  and  other  communications.    Do  feel  free  to  explore  on  your  passages  South  and  North  BUT,  please  bear  in  mind  that  these  waters  are  not  the  best  charted  in  the  world  and  that   back  up  and  rescue  is  limited.    Do,  if  going  “off  piste”,  please  inform  the  nearest  committee  boat  beforehand  and  again  once  back  on  track  so  we  can  account  for  everyone.  We   don’t   want   to   start   a   search   and   rescue   operation   only   to   find   the   missing   yacht   behind   an   island,   out   of   VHF   range,   quietly   enjoying   starlight   evening  meal.   X Don’t  cut  across  the  bows  of  a  sailing  yacht,  it   may  look  like  they’re  waving  and  shouting  hello,  but  I  can  guarantee  it  won’t  be  a  five-­‐fingered  wave   and  it  certainly  won’t  be  ‘hello’  they’re  shouting.  The  sailing  yachts  are  racing  and  the  wake  of  a  powerboat  will  slow  her  down,  significantly  so  in   light  winds.   X Don’t  expect  a  five-­‐star  ‘Kenyan  luxury  safari’  camp  on  Neptune  Island  but  It’ll  have  what  you  need  and  is  stunning.     There  you  go,  more  Dos  than  Don’ts,  which  can’t  be  a  bad  thing.  Have  a  great  time  and  let  us  know  if  there  is  anything  we  can  help  with,  however  please   read  the  Participants  Handbook  first      


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