The Race 10 Prize Giving proved to be one of the best that the crew of Clipper 2002 has seen.
The crews are always treated to a huge amount of local support in every port that the race visits, but the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club and the Riau Yacht Club really pulled out all the stops for the prize giving in Nongsa.
As the guests and crew arrived poolside at the Turi Beach Resort they were greeted by a feast of Balinese food, accompanied by a great show of local dances and music. There were also some great gifts given to the Race Director and fleet skippers from Batam District.
Liverpool Clipper are now proud owners of a crest from HMS Liverpool who were represented at the evening by a group of 10 from the ships company, following the two vessels' successful rendezvous in the Singapore Straits on Sunday, 4 May.
Apart from the significance to the two Liverpools meeting for the first time, there was a symbolic touch that HMS Liverpool had arrived from the west having steamed from the UK via the Gulf and Liverpool Clipper arrived from the east having raced 18,000 miles from her home city of Liverpool. The rendezvous was fittingly dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic.
Skipper Justin Taylor and the crew of Hong Kong Clipper were the star attraction of the prize giving evening however, as they claimed another yellow pennant for winning Race 10 from Hong Kong to Batam.
Justin was also presented with a beautiful silver Junk, provided by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club for the winners of the San Fernando Race 2003. As there was no San Fernando Race and no pennants marking a race to Batam, both pennants and first prize for the San Fernando Race went to Hong Kong Clipper!
"It doesn't matter what it says, as long as it is a yellow one," said one of the crew as they beamed with delight at winning their third race so far.
Back to the rest of the evening, and any event that is staged next to a swimming pool has a certain outcome, however the guys from Riau Yacht Club made sure that the evening was going to finish with a 'bang!' Subtly named 'down downs,' The Riau Yacht Club have a tradition at their events whereby they issue Tequila fines to club members for their various crimes.
Now as Commodore Tony Siddique had made the Clipper fleet honorary members of their club earlier that evening, the fines of course extended to the crew and skippers. The fun and games really began as various members from the crew were pulled up on stage to pay for their crimes, which ranged from forgetting to attach halyards to flags before hoisting, to the classic sin of blocking the heads on board.
The next day, Monday, was not surprisingly a quiet one for the fleet with many crew choosing to have a couple of day's rest in Singapore. The fleet victuallers had a reconnaissance mission into the local town here to see what kind of foods would be available in Batam and it appears that they are going to have no problems with the storing of the boats from here to Mauritius.
Today, the fleet stores have arrived and the crews are coming out of hiding once more to start getting their boats ready for the off on Thursday, 8 May 2003. One thing for certain, is that everyone is going to be very sorry to say goodbye what has become a very welcoming Clipper haven and poolside paradise of Palau Batam.
CLIPPER 2002 OVERALL ORDER AFTER RACE 10:
||Yacht / Skipper
||Jersey / Simon Rowell
||Bristol / Richard Butler
||Hong Kong / Justin Taylor
||Liverpool / Adam Kyffin
||Glasgow / Rupert Parkhouse
||London / Rory Gillard
||New York / Ross Daniel
||Cape Town / Roger Steven-Jennings