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The world’s only Equator Regatta, the Neptune Regatta is back again this year from 10th -16th February 2013, offering expansive sailing challenges and experiences. Whether it be for pedigree racing yachts, family cruiser yachts, catamarans or motor yachts, the Neptune is designed to cater for all categories of experienced sailors who wish to join the elite few who have sprint-raced across the equator.

The Equator, -  that imaginary line that separates the earth’s northern from the southern hemisphere - 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, or even a plane, the attraction and excitement of crossing the equator and subsequent ceremony appeals to young and old.

Aside from the unexplainable desire to cross the equator and check whether the water changes direction when emptying from the galley sink, the regatta also takes participants on a voyage through virgin sailing waters of Indonesia’s indescribable beauty.
 
The Neptune Regatta will take place entirely in Indonesian waters with start and finish at Nongsa Point Marina in Batam (N 01° 11’.86” & E 104° 06’.00”). Nongsa Point Resort is the yachting entryway to Indonesia and is only 11 miles from Singapore.

The Race takes the clockwise course south to the magnificent sailing ground of the Riau islands, south of Batam. Here, volcanic peaks rising in the distance on the larger islands of Temiang, Singkep and Lingga, which rest behind a multitude of tropical islands smaller in size and shapes that lead to the jump off point for the equator at Pulau Buaya (N 0 10’.5” & E 104 13’.5”), which offers protected anchorage and stunning white coral beaches.

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 Trident Cup.

Passage Races through tropical beauty, clear green waters, sailing past breath-taking vistas, combined with a sprint race over the equator, ZERO – THE RACE, altogether make the Neptune Regatta a yachting event unmatched in any sailing calendar.

More Information available at: www.neptune-regatta.com
Photo courtesy by : www.neptune-regatta.com