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The Star reported on 30 December 2007 that :

There is a lot more to Port Klang than just port activities. 

Royal Selangor Yacht Club  

A second home to ‘yachties’ from all over the country, the Royal Selangor Yacht Club stands proudly today, with a typically Malaysian profile as well as a nautical theme with its cascading roof reminiscent of a sail, which shouldn’t surprise anyone as the club is, after all, a sanctuary for lovers of the sea.
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Backdated News (Rivals for Langkawi Regatta 2007 as reported in The Star)


TLDM confident of giving rivals a hard time

 LANGKAWI: The Royal Malaysian Navy (TLDM) sailing team believe they are capable of challenging for top honours in the fifth edition of the Royal Langkawi International Regatta (RLIR), which begins today. 

Although renowned for their prowess in the smaller “dinghy-sized” vessel competitions, the Navy boys made the bold move to sail into uncharted waters in the racing class last year in their newly-acquired yacht Zuhrah. 

Despite being wet behind the ears, the only all-Malaysian set-up in the competition came close to producing a major upset, finishing second in the overall standings. 

Along the way, Zuhrah also won one of the six races, pushing the vastly experienced Swedish outfit, Ericsson V060, into third place. 

All set: The Royal Malaysian Navy sailing team skipper Malik Sulaiman (right) and his crew getting their yacht Zuhal ready for today’s first race of the Royal Langkawi International Regatta. – K.E. OOI / THE STAR

TLDM are now wiser to the demands of the racing class competition and will be utilising Zuhrah’s identical 52-foot sister boat Zuhal for this year’s challenge. 

And team skipper Malik Sulaiman believes that his more experienced crew would once again give the big boys a run for their money. 

Despite the high optimism, Malik conceded that Zuhal would start as the underdogs. 

“Although we gave an encouraging performance last year, we are not the favourites to win. Our competitors are all seasoned campaigners, who have been competing in the South-East Asian waters consistently,” he said. 

“We have been unable to compete outside Malaysian waters in the racing category for the past 12 months but I have to admit that we are better prepared compared to last year’s challenge.” 

Two Australian-registered yachts are the early favourites for the Prime Minister’s Challenge Trophy. 

Three-time winner Peter Ahern, who skipped last year’s competition after disbanding his Yo! outfit, returns to Langkawi with his new-look Yo!2 team. 

Defending champions Ulumulu-Quantum Racing, an Australian-Malaysian collaboration between team owners Ray Roberts and Troy Yaw, are also expected to be among the frontrunners. 

Besides Zuhal, Malaysia will also have another racing boat in the competition. Matahari, skippered by Royal Selangor Yacht Club’s Vincent Chan, are making their debut in the big boat category. 

Although the Malaysian Navy would start as the underdogs in the racing category, they will be the team to beat in the sports boat category. 

Since the regatta began in 2003, the Malaysian Navy have successfully kept a stranglehold on the sports boat overall title. 

Said Malik: “Our strong point has always been in the dinghy-sized boats, which we have been sailing in since we were young. 

“The Royal Malaysian Navy have a proud reputation to protect in the sports boat category and we will be going all out to maintain our winning streak.” 

This year, the Navy boys can breathe a little easier in the absence of their fiercest rivals, the Phuket-based Somtam Express. 

But the Malaysians will still need to work hard to defend the title as strong challenges can be expected from the MYCQ team from Queensland and entries from the Singapore and Thailand sailing squads. 

SEA Games 2007 closes with 2 golds from Sailing (The Star – 15 December 2007)


A double from sailors, but manager Malik disappointed target not met

NURUL Elia Anuar and Mohd Romzi Mohamad restored Malaysia’s pride by delivering two gold medals in the sailing competition, which ended at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya yesterday. 

The 16-year-old Nurul saved her best for last, winning the decisive final race to snatch the Laser Radial gold. 

Nurul won Race 12 ahead of Siobham Tam of Singapore. Both finished with 14 points from six victories and five six-second place finishes each. But Nurul was awarded the gold by virtue of winning the final race. Thailand's Sai Chimsawat took the bronze on 30 points. 

Nurul, who hails from Negri Sembilan, was delighted to bag the gold in her maiden appearance in the Games. 

“I was optimistic that I could get the gold after the first few days when I led the competition,” said Nurul, who previously competed in the Laser 470 Open class and won a bronze in the Doha Asian Games last year. 

“But the Singaporean gave me a tough fight and it was mentally tough to focus because I was behind by one point going into the race today. This win will give me the confidence to do well in future outings.” 

Nurul will also be making attempts to win a place in the Olympics from the Laser Radial World Championships in Auckland in March. 

Romzi's victory in the International Laser competition, which is another Olympic event, also augurs well for Malaysia. 

He finished third in the final race and garnered a total of 13 points. He was the winner in seven of the 12 races and also secured four second-place finishes. Singapore's Koh Seng Leong finished on 16 points for the silver and Manat Phothong of Thailand took the bronze on 30. 

While the Malaysian team managed to better the one-gold haul from Manila two years ago, manager Malik Sulaiman was disappointed that they fell short of the National Sports Council's (NSC) target of three. 

“It was a mixed outing for us. Our team are made up of youngsters, not more than 22 years of age, and the stress of competing in such a competitive environment got to them after the first few days,” said Malik, a silver medallist in the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games. 

“We had to do a lot of motivation work to get them to handle the challenges because this was the first SEA Games for almost all of them.” 

Malaysia also got two silver and two bronze medals yesterday. 

Mohd Asri Nazrin won the final Race 11 to secure silver in the boys' Optimist and another came from the combination of Nurul Ain Isa-Noor Balqis Yaacop in the women's 470. 

The bronze medallists were Alissa Chew (girls' Optimist) and Hairuddin Han (Super Mod). 

On Wednesday, Malaysia won bronze in the team Optimist racing. 

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Komitmen Terhadap Kemampuan di Sukan SEA 2007 – Laporan seperti di NST Online


NST Online » Sport
THE strong winds in the Gulf of Thailand could severely affect Malaysia's five-gold target in sailing in the Sea Games in Pattaya.

2007/12/02

Sea Games / Sailing: Winds could hamper gold target bid

With the average wind speed of 18 knots not conducive for handling sails, the Malaysian team — who arrived at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club sailing venue on Nov 19 to get acclimatised — could struggle to achieve their target.

However, team manager Abdul Malik Sulaiman said the wind speeds have dropped to 8-10 knots in the past two days, and he hopes it would remain steady till the competition is over.

“We have young sailors in our team and they are used to lighter wind speeds. I am hoping the wind will not blow too strong during the competition. But at least it gives us a chance to prepare for any eventuality,” he said.

Malaysia have a large team of 24 sailors competing in 11 of the 16 sailing events, with the Malaysian Yachting Association looking to the 2010 Asian Games.
“A number of countries have sent young teams here as they are also looking ahead to bigger tournaments later. Only Thailand appears to have a number of experienced sailors and they will probably win most of the gold medals.

“But that does not mean we cannot achieve our target of five gold as I think we have a decent team to do so,” added Malik.

The optimist events — boys, girls and team — and the laser radial and standard events are Malaysia's best bet for gold while Rufina Tan, the 2006 Doha Asian Games optimist gold medallist, will partner Mabel Tan in the International 420.

Berita Penglibatan di Sukan SEA 2007 seperti Laporan NST Online


NST Online » Sport WINDSURFING, a sport made famous on the high-wave shores of Hawaii, makes its debut at the Sea Games with the hope of securing a permanent place in the Games programme.

2007/12/04

Sea Games/Windsurfing: Sport wants in on Games programme

Although the skill levels of the region's windsurfers can hardly be considered world class, they will still expect to put on a mesmerising show at Pattaya City's Jomtien Beach, a renowned tourist spot in Thailand.

Ian Low, and Yap Leong Soon are the Malaysian trailblazers in this high-risk sport where battling gusting wind and huge waves are only some of the dangers facing the surfers.

Included as part of the sailing programme, windsurfing offers four gold medals in the lightweight, heavyweight, youth and Formula categories when action begins on Friday. Team manager Malik Sulaiman, however, is reserved of Malaysia's medal chances in windsurfing.

“Thailand are expected to dominate the events, that is probably why it's being held. But our surfers could spring a surprise as Leong Soon has a lot experience surfing in Australia and New Zealand and is ranked third in the region,” said Malik.
Leong Soon, 45, will compete in the Formula windsurfing while 17-year-old Ian debuts in the youth category.

But sailing gold medal hopefuls remain in the traditional optimist and laser categories where Malaysia are aiming to rake in five gold medals.