Pulau Besar, Malaysia: The day dawned seemingly unaware that the final day racing was about to take place at the Besar Regatta. No wind and glassy sea, set all the crews wondering if racing would take place. Thankfully a few zephyrs appeared to revive some faith and by the 11:00 start time, the Southerly had filled in and the fleet were away on a 22 nm passage race. South around Besar, across to Pulau Rawa to stage a sail past for the Sultan of Johore and round Harimau before returning via Tengah and Hujong to the Besar finish line.
After the short windward beat the pecking order had been established and on the long run to Harimau, boat speed and gybing angles played a major role in determining the outcome. Even the heavy displacement yachts fared well under spinnakers that have not seen daylight for many years. The final leg was a fine reach and for the first time the Multihull’s took line honours.
Read more here from Asian Yachting’s site: Inaugural Besar Regatta ends on high note