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Old November 29th, 2006, 12:03 PM   #1
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Monsoon Cup Terengganu - Sailing World Match Racing Tour

The World Match Racing Tour is the world’s leading professional sailing series, featuring America’s Cup teams, skippers, Olympic Gold medalists and World Champions in the ultimate one-on-one test, a “race of truth.”

The World Match Racing Tour was created in 2000 to unite the world’s best match-race regattas under one banner. The goal was to afford more international coverage for the events, and create interest by crowning an overall Tour champion at the end of the year.

Through its first six years the World Match Racing Tour has become a proving ground for experienced match-race teams, America’s Cup teams and up-and-coming stars of the match-racing discipline.

Match-racing is a discipline of sailing that pits two crews against each other, one-on-one, on a short racecourse. The short course means that the races are quick, and it places an emphasis on boathandling, and knowledge of tactics and rules. Mastery of these critical areas of racing leads to great success no matter what discipline of the sport.

The fields for each event usually number between 10 and 12 crews, although some events have up to 16 crews competing. Skippers receive invitations to the events based on their World Match Racing Tour standing and their world ranking.

Each event’s format consists of one or a series of round robins. The rounds help whittle the field to either quarterfinalists or semifinalists (depending on event format), and then the finalists.

The 2005-’06 World Match Racing Tour features nine events with total prize money surpassing $800,000. There are three new events on the Tour calendar, in Switzerland, Malaysia and Brazil.
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The Monsoon Cup is part of World Match Racing Tour international sailing circuit, and the Tour’s first Asian venue.

It debut in 2005, and has put Pulau Duyong, Terengganu on the world sailing map, attracting the world’s top ranked sailors to compete in this prestigious event

MONSOON CUP SET TO BECOME SAILING’S RICHEST EVENT

KUALA TERENGGANU, Malaysia (Nov. 8, 2006) - The World Match Racing Tour resumes its 2006-’07 season at the end of the month with Stage 6, the Monsoon Cup, Nov. 29-Dec. 3 in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.

In its second year the Monsoon Cup has gained prominent status on the World Tour. It offers the richest prize purse for a sailing event, MR1 million (approximately $275,000), an increase of more than two and a half times last year’s purse, with the winner set to earn MR250,000 (approx. $68,000).

The Monsoon Cup was created last year to bring world class professional sailing to Malaysia and Southeast Asia. The inaugural event created an unprecedented economic return for Malaysia and the region of Terengganu. That success prompted the signing of Richard Mille Watches as title sponsor, which has helped increase the prize purse.

“The World Tour is delighted to see the Monsoon Cup increase its prize money so substantially in such a short amount of time,” said World Tour President Scott MacLeod. “Organizer Datuk Patrick Lim and his team deserve a lot of credit for setting a new standard on the tour.”

The Monsoon Cup will be the last ISAF Grade WC match-race regatta before next year’s Louis Vuitton Cup and America’s Cup and the last opportunity for crews to gain practice and interact with the on-water umpires.

Monsoon Cup 2005 winner and 2006 World Champion Peter Gilmour, skipper of PST, is back to defend his title against the likes of Ian Williams and Team Pindar, the current World Championship leader.

There also are four Cup syndicates in the mix, including Alinghi (Peter Holmberg), Luna Rossa Challenge (James Spithill), Areva Challenge (Sébastian Col) and Team Shosholoza (Paolo Cian).
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watch the TV teasers with various celebs here
http://www.monsooncup.com.my/index.p...=252&Itemid=43



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2007 Monsoon Cup update

World Title At Stake At Monsoon Cup

Monsoon Cup 2007
Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia

The 2007 ISAF Match Racing World Champion will be decided at the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia, where racing begins tomorrow.
The stars of the match racing world are lining up in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia for the 15th and final stage of the 2006-07 World Match Racing Tour. Twelve teams are entered, including the top six from the current Tour leaderboard and three teams from the 32nd America’s Cup. Featuring amongst the line up is reigning and four-time World Champion Peter GILMOUR (AUS), however this time round the Aussie is out of the title race.

Instead it is Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) and his Saba Sailing Team who are in pole position after winning both of the previous two World Tour events in Bermuda and Brazil. RICHARD tops the World Championship standings on 140 points and also currently holds the #1 position in the ISAF World Match Race Rankings - he is without doubt the form sailor on the Tour.

Team Pindar’s Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) had led the World Championship standings for most of the season, but RICHARD’s back-to-back victories have pushed him back into second place, eight points behind the leader. Also in with a shot at the title is Paolo CIAN (ITA) of Shosholoza, Sebastien COL (FRA) of Areva Challenge and Bjorn HANSEN (SWE) of Team Apport.net. Click here for more on the contenders.

Entry List

Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) – Saba Sailing Team
Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) – Team Pindar
Paolo CIAN (ITA) – Shosholoza
Sebastien COL – Areva Challenge
Bjorn HANSEN (DEN) – Team Apport.net
Peter GILMOUR (AUS) – PST
Jesper RADICH (AUS) – Radich Racing Team
Staffan LINDBERG (FIN) – Alandia Sailing Team
Katie SPITHILL (AUS) – Team Acuity
Torvar MIRSKY (AUS) – Torvar Mirsky Team
Adam MINOPRIO (NZL) – BlackMatch Racing
Tiffany KOO (MAS) – Selangor UK Halsey Gapurna

About Stage 15

The Monsoon Cup is the final Stage, of the 2006-07 season. In its third year the Monsoon Cup has maintained its prominent position on the World Tour. Offering the richest prize purse for a sailing event, RM1 million ($300,000).

The Monsoon Cup 2007 is the final ISAF Grade WC match race regatta this year and will see a new ISAF Match Racing World Champion crowned. To ensure the Monsoon Cup is an absolute thriller championship points from the event count double and must be included in the series score, guaranteeing a fight to the end with any one of five of the top teams able to win the World Championship.


Duyong Island at the mouth of the Terengganu River plays host to the Monsoon Cup where the purpose built sailing facility acts as a grandstand overlooking the racing area making a spectacular setting for this final event. The Monsoon Cup will be sailed in the identically matched and supplied Bakewell-White designed Foundation 36’s with five crew. Live coverage on Saturday and Sunday between 1400-1600 (UTC +8), including the semi-finals and finals, will be shown on Eurosport, Star Sports Asia, Showtime Arabia and Sky NZ.

Monsoon Cup - www.monsooncup.com.my
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2007 Monsoon Cup

Women Match Racing at Monsoon Cup
6:36 PM Wed 28 Nov 2007

'Tiffany Koo (MAL) at the helm, Monsoon Cup 2007' Guy Nowell
In this year's prestigious Monsoon Cup, the last and deciding round of the World Match Tour, there are two women skippers competing, Malaysia’s own Tiffany Koo and Australia's Katie Spithill, with the only all womens team, Team Acuity.

Both women have a love for match racing and have been invited to this event after outstanding performances in the past twelve months.

This is Tiffany Koo’s second entry into the Monsoon Cup and after a few very close and indeed nail biting finishes last year, Tiffany and her team are looking forward to finishing higher up the leaderboard this time around.

After winning the Malaysian Match Racing Championship for the second year running, Tiffany gained automatic entry into this year’s Monsoon Cup. She is well know for her local and international participation in sailing events and recently competed at the China Cup in Shenzen.

She started sailing at the age of eight in Optimists, and progressed quickly through the single-handed junior ranks, winning the Malaysian Junior championship early on in her career. She loved sailing and grabbed every opportunity to better her performances in the junior ranks, winning the 2001 Byte World Championship and a Gold medal in the Laser Radial class at the 2001 Southeast Asian Games.

Koo abandoned sailing the smaller boats to take up match racing and do more big boat sailing. She currently drives and trims headsails on the Hong Kong 75-footer Jelik, owned by Hong Kong sailing identity and one of her sponsors, Frank Pong.

Her brother Jeremy is also an outstanding sailor and was involved with Team China in their recent America’s Cup bid. His involvement opened a door for Tiffany to spend time training in Europe and to improve her match racing and general sailing techniques.

‘We had some very close races in last year’s Monsoon Cup. We won our debut race against rival Wearn Haw Tan from Singapore, then we were leading James Spithill just metres from the finishing line, only to be beaten by a second.

‘We’ve learned a lot over the last year,’ concluded Koo.

At just 23, she is Malaysia’s leading Womens Match Racer, currently ranked 102 on the Women’s World Match Race Ranking.and is excited that ISAF voted to include Womens Match Racing at the 2012 London Games.

When asked ‘would she like to be at the Games’, Tiffany replied ’Very much, but there are not a lot of girls sailing in Malaysia. All my crew here are men. Even with guys on the boat, we are very light, we are all small framed anyway … in this regatta we will be 90kg under the limit.’

For her assault on the Monsoon Cup this year, Tiffany’s UK Halsey Gapurna Team consists of brother Jeremy, Ong Khing Sing, Looi Sing Yew and Chris Mitchell.

She explained that without her sponsors UK Halsey, Selangor Gapurna and Frank Pong, she and her crew could not campaign at this level and she is sure she will glean further valuable experience from being pitted against her more experienced match racing opponents and is hoping to win a flight or two in the process.

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Dream come true for ardent mariners
Saturday December 1, 2007
By R.S.N.Murali
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TERENGGANU is blessed with long stretches of pristine beaches, islands, relaxed culture and sumptuous gourmet.

In a nutshell, it is a boater’s heaven as it just has so much in the way of stunning natural resources and a cruising ground that is among the finest in the country.

While boat owners can enjoy boating all year-round in comfort - and many have recognised the charms of Terengganu - there never has been any decent facilities for them to entrust their boats.





Safe haven: Yachts participating in the Monsoon Cup
berthed at the marina in Terangganu’s Heritage Bay.




But the Monsoon Cup has changed all that.

While visiting and cruising boats could only travel the whole coastline before, they now have a facility that is on par with global standards.

Heritage Bay will impact the boating scene here in a big way in providing a venue for a boat owner to keep his sailing pride in a proper facility.

The Monsoon Cup is seen as a key factor in the development of the international marine scene as yachts in transit will now have a suitable destination.

Previously, when yachts departed Singapore their next marina was Pattaya in Thailand.

Yachtsmen saw the charms of the Terengganu coastline as they sailed past but they couldn't stay for long.

It must be noted that although the Monsoon Cup has successfully entrenched Terengganu on the international sailing scene, the sailing season only lasts as long as the monsoon wind blows.

Apart from luring boat owners by providing the marina, the state government should also look into the potential of promoting game fishing; the fish are there all year.

Game fishing is a huge industry in other parts of the globe but not in Malaysia as there are not many proper sport-fishing boats around.

Game fishermen would certainly be keen to visit this part of the world if such an activity was promoted.
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Monsoon Cup now a benchmark
Monday December 3, 2007
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Best of the lot: Abdullah and Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh
leading the applause for Williams at the Heritage Bay Club, Marina and
Resort in Kuala Terengganu yesterday.


KUALA TERENGGANU: The Monsoon Cup's success has made it a benchmark for international watersports organisers.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said that since its introduction in 2005, the event had carved a niche in the international sailing arena and won admiration from marine industrial captains, globally.

The third Monsoon Cup witnessed a thrilling finish as Briton Ian Williams of Team Pindar defeated four-time World Match Racing Tour champion Datuk Peter Gilmour and Team PST 3-1 in a gripping final run.

Abdullah said the Monsoon Cup had become a catalyst of growth for Terengganu and the country.

“Today we witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between a local and a Dutch company for the manufacturing of luxurious mega yachts with an investment close to RM1bil,” he said after presenting prizes to the winner at the Heritage Bay Club, Marina and Resort here yesterday.

“There are enquiries from more potential investors, particularly around Pulau Duyong,” he added.

Spin-off investments from the Monsoon Cup include a collaboration between Disneyland and an animation centre here beginning Jan 26, apart from the RM6bil investment in Teluk Kalong Industry in Kemaman and RM1bil for Tasik Kenyir.

The event also complements the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) programmes.

Abdullah said the locals also enjoyed brisk sales during the Monsoon Cup.

One trader managed to sell 100,000 pieces of songket and another petty stall operator had managed to make RM2,000 in profits in two days, mostly from foreigners, he added.

Abdullah also announced the setting up of an international sailing school at Pulau Duyong, to churn out professional sailors and to promote water sports among youths.

“The school could even become a regional institute for South-East Asia,” he said.

The MoU, signed between local boat builder Destini Marine Sdn Bhd and Dutch-based Conoship International BV, was for the construction of 20 units of luxurious yachts for the European market.

Destini Marine chairman Datuk Abdul Malek Abdul Hamid represented the company while Euroshipyard managing director Philipe Swolfs represented Conoship.

Abdul Malek said the first four yachts would be delivered in July, adding that most of the construction materials would be sourced in Terengganu.

Swolfs said it was the first time they were awarding a contract to build mega yachts to a South-East Asian company.
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COMING AGAIN!

Monsoon Cup set to boost tourism
Tuesday May 19, 2009
By STUART MICHAEL



Gilmour: ‘It is an event that has put Malaysia
on the world map for sailing sports.’


THE Monsoon Cup, the final leg of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) 2009, promises to open more doors of opportunity to a wide range of society with the staging of the 5th edition of the premier sailing event in Pulau Duyong, Terengganu, from Dec 1 to 6.

For 2009, the Monsoon Cup in Terengganu will be the final leg of the World Match Racing Tour, which started in Marseille, France, in March.

The event, dubbed “the Formula One of Sailing”, is expected to boost the tourism industry and bring in business for locals in the state, which would be most welcome particularly in the current difficult economic environment.

Monsoon Cup race adviser Datuk Peter Gilmour said the event had gained wide popularity and a following among sailing enthusiasts and the public in the past four years.

“It is an event that has put Malaysia on the world map for sailing sports. It was a thrilling and exciting race last year – an apt way to close the season for WMRT 2008 – which was won by Bahrain Team Pindar,” he said.

Gilmour said he expected a larger number of spectators to attend the event this year; with its worldwide exposure through different channels of media, conventional TV, Internet (played out as real time, news and new media delivery formats), as well as through traditional newspapers and magazines, the public was now well aware of the Monsoon Cup, he said.

“The Monsoon Cup sits well with foreigners, who find it a more cost-effective event to attend as they can holiday here simultaneously.

“Despite the economic challenges, the International Tourism Board is still confident that Terengganu will be able to achieve its targeted increased influx of tourists for the year,” he said.

Gilmour added that the Monsoon Cup provided an excellent opportunity to discover talented young sailors, and in the last few years, three youths had shown their mettle at sailing – New Zealander Adam Minoprio, 24, and local champions Nurul Ain Md Isa, 23, and Tiffany Khoo, 25.

“Both these winning teams in the Malaysian Match Racing Championship – the Perak sailing team under Nurul Ain in 2008 and the UK Halsey Sapurna team under Tiffany in 2007 – proved that they have the capability to clinch the World Champion title in the future.

“Victory at such a level can only enhance the significance of sailing, both locally and internationally, thus sending the message that the sport is gaining popularity among people of all ages who have the right opportunity and platform.

“And, that is the aim of staging of the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia. We are committed to honing the skills of these young talents to represent the country in various international races, including the Asean region, World Championships and, ultimately, the Olympic Games, and try to win Malaysia’s first medal.

“This is realistically achievable over a 10-year period,” Gilmour said.

He added that the Monsoon Cup was the first step for the young talents to gain opportunities for international exposure and to be under the tutelage and mentoring of some of the world’s renowned sailors and coaches, thus encouraging them to compete in world championships like the SEA Games, Olympics, World Match Racing, America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race.

“After all, the sailing industry is wide open at all levels,’’ he pointed out.

The organisers are also preparing to organise the Asian Match Racing Championship from Nov 9 to 12 and the Malaysian Match Racing Championships from Nov 23 to 26.

WMRT is one of three International Sailing Federation (ISAF) events with “Special Event” status alongside the America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race. The WMRT uses the same one-on-one, match race format (course, rules, umpires) as the America’s Cup. However, the WMRT races take place in identical, event-supplied racing yachts for a true test of skill and teamwork.

Boats range from 30 to 40 feet (9.14 to 12.19 metres) with a crew of four to six members on each yacht. Each event lasts five days with racing held as close to shore as possible for a unique spectator and hospitality experience; television coverage reaches over 600 million households in 75 countries through 34 broadcasters.

For those who will be part of this year-end final leg of the WMRT in Malaysia, the organisers have designed a 10-day/nine-night package or a week-long Monsoon Cup package that includes tours of the turtle sanctuary and Terengganu’s heritage spots.

For more details, visit www.monsooncup.com.
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Monsoon Cup fetes supporters
Tuesday May 26, 2009

The Monsoon Cup held an appreciation night recently to thank the various government agencies, sponsors and members of the media for their concerted support during the event last year.

More than 80 guests were treated to a scrumptious array of food and drinks at the popular Sino@Alexis Bangsar.

The evening kicked off with a welcome address by race adviser for The Monsoon Cup Datuk Peter Gilmour.

He said: “This evening is our way of demonstrating our gratitude for the invaluable support shown by the various parties for an event that has put Malaysia on the world map for sailing.

“The Monsoon Cup has been a runaway success for the past four years and now has a huge following globally. With your support, the final leg of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT 2008) received wide coverage and interest among the local and international communities. It also helped boost Malaysia’s tourism, particularly making Terengganu a prominent holiday destination.”

Gilmour added that his team was looking forward to working with the relevant parties once again for the staging of the 5th edition of The Monsoon Cup at Pulau Duyong from Dec 1 – 6, 2009.

Guests were also treated to a presentation of photographs of the event last year. At the end of the evening, each guest received a sweet token of appreciation in the form of a luxury chocolate door gift.
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Monsoon Sailing School Offers Opportunity To Learn Sailing From World's Best
July 14, 2009 20:15 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, July 14 (Bernama) -- Potential sailors in the country will have an opportunity to learn the art of sailing from professionals through a Monsoon Sailing School workshop, held at the Water Sports Complex in Putrajaya from Aug 14-17.

Monsoon Cup Race advisor Datuk Peter Gilmour said the workshop, held under the patronage of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, will see three prominent sailing coaches from Australia and the United States, countries renown for producing world-class sailors, sharing their knowledge.

"It is a perfect training opportunity for teams vying to participate in the Malaysian and Asian Qualifiers of the Monsoon Cup since participants will be training on the actual yachts used in the Monsoon Cup," Gilmour said in a statement, Tuesday.

Monsoon Cup will be the final race of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) and held at Pulau Duyong in Terengganu from Dec 1-6.

He said the event was a follow-up from the success of the recently completed sailing event, the Heritage Bay Cup, which was held for local sailing enthusiasts at Pulau Duyong.

The programme is expected to cater for both experienced and amateur sailors with both theoretical and on the water sessions, aimed at improving their sailing skills and techniques.

Some of the lessons to be taught in the programme, include dial-ups, circling, leads/push, the hook and shift left.

The Monsoon Sailing School was initiated by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in collaboration with Malaysian Yachting Association (MYA) as part of efforts to promote the sport in Malaysia and the region.

Registration for the school is open to the public from within the region at a subsidized participation fee of RM1,250 per person and includes course material, use of boats, accommodation, all meals as well as a certificate of participation.

Aspiring sailors are advised to contact Aima at +6017-315 9345, (e-mail: coachaima@gmail.com) or Mira at +603 2283 3324, +6016 338 5341, (e-mail: mira@tbest.com.my) or visit the mss.monsooncup.com.my website for further information.

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Sailing team want to race in the Monsoon Cup
Friday July 17, 2009
By M.AZHAR ARIFF

KUALA TERENGGANU: Feeling more confident after winning the Heritage Bay Cup last month, the Duyong Heritage Sailing Team is all geared to participate in other events to gain further exposure and experience in sailing.

The team of Hasnuddin Hashim, Mohd Nazairi Zaidi, Kamaruzaman Arifin, Amran Abd Rahman, Azman Hasni and Salim Yunus, led by Mohd Rais Hashim, is looking forward to participating in more sailing regattas, at both local and international levels.

“Looking at our performance during the finals of the Heritage Bay Cup, we are confident that with more training we can make in-roads into the competitive world. Our goal is to compete in the Malaysian qualifiers, with the ultimate dream of being invited to race in the Monsoon Cup against the teams of the World Match Racing Tour end of this year,” said Hasnuddin when met here recently.

It was a neck-to-neck race on June 23 but Duyong Heritage Sailing Team managed to beat Ri Yaz Team and defending champions Team Terengganu in unpredictable weather conditions with wind recorded at three knots.

Mohd Rais attributed his team’s victory to sailing clinics and practice sessions with coach David Mills, the yacht manager of Monsoon Cup.

He said the victory was even more meaningful for his team, made up of childhood friends, because of the event theme “For Local Champions.”

The Heritage Bay Cup, in its second edition, is held by the organisers of Monsoon Cup to encourage interest in sailing and hone the skills of Malaysian competitive sailors.

With world-class facilities such as the F36 yachts and the Monsoon Cup match-race course at their disposal, the novices have the chance to help raise the standard of local racing.
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Monsoon training school sails into Putrajaya
Friday July 31, 2009

PETALING JAYA: Sailing enthusiasts can learn the finer points of the sport at the Monsoon Sailing School to be held in Putrajaya next month.

Initiated by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in collaboration with the Malaysian Yachting Association, the event will be held from Aug 14 to 17 at the Water Sports Complex in Putrajaya.

Three renowned sailing coaches from Australia and the United States will be invited to share their knowledge and skills with participants who will also get to train on the actual yachts used in the Monsoon Cup, as four F-36 match racing yachts will be brought in from Terengganu.

The four-day programme consists of theoretical and on-the-water sessions designed to improve the participants’ skills and techniques. Those with no sailing experience can also try out at special sessions.

“We believe this initiative will hone the skills of sailing sports enthusiasts in Malaysia,” said Monsoon Cup race adviser Datuk Peter Gilmour, adding that he hopes to unearth talent and cultivate people’s interest in the Monsoon Cup and other match racing events.

Two weeks ago, Gilmour, who has won the prestigious Match Cup Sweden seven times, was inducted into the Match Cup Sweden Hall of Fame.

Calling it a great honour, Gilmour hoped his induction would motivate young sailors to believe they can achieve the honour, too.

Registration for the Monsoon Sailing School is now open. The participation fee is RM1,250 per person and includes course materials, use of boats, accommodation, meals and a certificate.

For more info, log on to mss.monsooncup.com.my.
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Monsoon Sailing School to feature Aussie and American coaches
Saturday August 1, 2009



THE REAL THING: Enthusiasts who join the Monsoon Sailing School
will train on the actual yachts used in the Monsoon Cup.

THE Monsoon Cup organisers, under the patronage of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, will hold the Monsoon Sailing School conducted by three renowned sailing coaches from Australia and the United States, countries known for producing world-class talents in sailing.

The inaugural event will be held from August 14 to 17 at the Water Sports Complex in Putrajaya.

According to Monsoon Cup race adviser Datuk Peter Gilmour, it would be the perfect training opportunity for teams vying for places in the Malaysian and Asian Qualifiers of the Monsoon Cup as they would train on the actual yachts used in the race.

Four F-36 match racing yachts will be brought over from Terengganu for the event.

“As the organiser, we believe this initiative will hone the skills of sailing enthusiasts.

“It is open to all sailors from Malaysia and the region. It is our aspiration to spot more talents through the school and get more people interested in competitive sailing, particularly the Monsoon Cup,” Gilmour said.

He added that the school was a follow-up to the recently-completed Heritage Bay Cup held for local sailing enthusiasts in Pulau Duyong, Terengganu.

“The school and the Heritage Bay Cup are part of the Monsoon Cup’s contribution to the sports tourism industry and local communities which have supported the event through the years,” he said.

To take part, prospective participants should have some sailing experience.

The school aims to provide experienced and amateur sailors with theoretical and on-water sessions aimed at improving their sailing skills and techniques.

Skills expected to be taught include dial-ups, circling, leads/push, the hook and shift left.

However, members of the public with no sailing experience are welcome as there will be special try-sailing sessions.

Registration is now open to everyone in the region.

The subsidised participation fee of RM1,250 per person will cover course materials, use of boats, accommodation, all meals and a certificate of participation.
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Thrilling end seen for WMRT
Saturday October 3, 2009 By R.S.N. MURALI

KUALA TERENGGANU: Variation of venues, shifts in weather patterns and different boat designs can only mean more excitement in the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), which will wrap up for the year with its final round in Malaysian waters during the Monsoon Cup at Pulau Duyong here in December.

With just two more races, the penultimate round in Bermuda and the final here, the WMRT ranking changes as the venue moves from one location to another and the sailors compete on skills, knowledge and endurance.

King Edward VII Gold Cup in Bermuda started yesterday and would end on Oct 5, while the Monsoon Cup is from Dec 1 to 6.

The champion, to be crown in Pulau Duyong, will be the best sailor in taming the weather, conquering new venues and taking control of the boat during the world-class race.

The last two European races in St Moritz, Switzerland and Denmark (Aarhus) provided the best examples of how the different elements of weather, location and boat designs provided excitement for racers and spectators alike.

St Moritz in the Swiss Alps is the only high-altitude race in the WMRT series. Held at the St Moritz Lake Resorts, the competitors faced winds of 13 to 15 knots with glaring sun.

The small lake does not permit the use of normal match racing circuits. The smaller circuit also meant that a new, smaller boat was required.

St Moritz Match Race uses the Blu26, a 26-foot boat that is a lot smaller and lighter than the Monsoon Cup F36 (36 feet). Blu26 requires only four crew members and they must not weigh more than 350kg in total.

“Blu26 is small and very light compared to the F36 and gives more advantage to younger sailors like Adam Minoprio and Torvar Mirsky since they are used to the Optimist boat in dinghy sailing,” said Peter Gilmour, a match racing competitor and race adviser for Monsoon Cup.

Predictably, Minoprio won in St Moritz and took the lead in the ranking.

In Aarhus, it was another story. This second-largest Danish city hosted the event on the Jutland peninsular’s east coast, some three-and-a-half hours from Copenhagen, where the country’s powerful match racing circuit has its roots.

This event used a different boat, the D37, a standard boat at match racing events in Scandinavian countries.

The challenge for the sailors was to conquer the unusual wind pattern in the peninsula.

Gilmour noted that, although the Danish sailors played down the home advantage, it was local hero Jes Gram-Hansen who came out tops, dropping just one race out of five to his young countryman Peter Wibroe.

He said it was one of the most exciting races in WMRT, considering that Gram-Hansen has had a year’s sabbatical from match racing.

The outcome in Aarhus reshuffled the top placings.

Torvar from the Mirsky Racing Team became leader with 88 points, unseating Minoprio from BlackMatch team (New Zealand) who only managed to grab fifth place in Aarhus.

The latter, with 86 points, dropped to second in the overall ranking.

Mathieu Richard (France) from French Match Racing Team is now in third place with 72 points, while Gilmour from Yanmar Racing is in fourth place.

Rounding up the top five is last year’s champion Ian William (Great Britain) from Team Pindar with 70 points.

The next race in Bermuda will offer yet another change in climate and set of boats.

The boat, known as International One-Design, will push sailors to the limit of their skills and knowledge.

To complete the series, the Monsoon Cup awaits with its F36 boats and unpredictable tropical weather.

With the race for the world title still wide open, all eyes will be on these last two races, with many expecting it to be down to the wire.
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