Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2008 – Video Show


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About Malaysian Regatta on Final Day of RLIR 2008


The Star Online > SportsMalaysian yachtsmen capable of the taking on the big boys

LANGKAWI: The just concluded sixth Royal Langkawi International Regatta (RLIR) witnessed the coming of age of Malaysian sailors in the racing class categories.

Although the local sailors are more comfortable competing in the smaller dinghy, optimist and sports boat events, the ability to take on the big boys in the racing classes has begun to take root.

Despite their modest preparation, the Royal Malaysian Navy entrants Zuhal and Navy Janda Baik managed several top-five finishes over the five-day Racing Class competition. They were sixth and seventh respectively in the nine-boat overall standings.

Joyful: Quantum Racing skipper Ray Roberts (sixth left) and crew lifting the Prime Minister�s Challenge Trophy on Friday

But it was the performance of the all-local Mata Hari crew in the IRC class that made heads turn.

Skippered and funded by Vincent Chan, the Mata Hari crew, made up of seven men and two women who are all former national sailors, were in the hunt for the IRC overall title till the very end of the final race.

Although they faltered at the crucial moment to settle for third spot, their courageous display could herald the start of a new dawn for keelboat racing among Malaysians.

Among the Mata Hari crew were 2002 Busan Asian Games medallists Andrew Yeow and Looi Sing Yew.

Said Vincent: �I am surprised with Mata Hari�s good performance. My crew only took up keelboat racing seriously about three years ago, and we cherish the experience of competing against the top yachts.

�But Malaysian teams are at a disadvantage because of the lack of competitive practice in the country. Right now, there are only two regattas (Royal Langkawi and Raja Muda Selangor), and both events are held between November and January. It leaves the local racing yachts idle for the rest of the year.

�Thailand host four regattas a year, and local competitors would benefit if another regatta is held in the middle of the year, preferably in the East Coast.�

Apart from the two local regattas, Malaysia also hosted the Monsoon Cup challenge in Kuala Terengganu, contested in a one-on-one race match format and featured mostly foreign participations.

The Miri Yacht Club in Sarawak also hold an annual regatta, but its location failed to attract entries.

Zuhal skipper Lt Commander Malik Sulaiman agrees that Malaysian racing yachts could make a bigger impact if they are exposed to more competitions.

�Malaysian teams are still inexperienced in the racing categories. Teams like (RLIR overall champions from Australia) Quantum Racing compete in about 20 regattas a year, while we only take part in two. The best way to improve is by competing more often against world-class opponents.

�It costs a lot of money to manage a crew and transport the yacht to an overseas tournament. Even competing in a local regatta costs a team about RM15,000. We plan to compete in regional regattas, but we need the approval of the Malaysian Navy�s Sports Club who fund our expenses,� said Malik.

On the organisation side, the RLIR organisers� decision to bring forward the annual competition from February to January was a masterstroke.

The RLIR is now sandwiched between the Phuket King�s Cup and the Singapore Straits Regatta, allowing more yachts to stop and compete in Langkawi while heading south from Phuket to Singapore.

Due to the rescheduling, this year�s competition in the blue riband Racing and IRC classes managed to attract some of the top competitors in the region.

The decisions to introduce an under-25 sports boat youth category and host races close to the Kuah Jetty to get the public interested in the competition were also plus points for the RLIR.

Sydney-based Quantum Racing skipper Ray Roberts believes that the RLIR is catching up with the popularity of the King�s Cup as the best-organised and most competitive regatta in South-East Asia.

Prime Minister�s Challenge Trophy: Quantum Racing (Aus)

Royal Langkawi Yacht Club Commodore�s Challenge Cup: Sofa So Good (Bri)

LADA-IRC Class Challenge Trophy: Phoenix (Jpn)

Langkawi Sports Class Trophy: Raimond Land (Aus)

Malaysia Multihull Challenge Cup: Motor Inzi (Bri)

Skipper Made Debutant Remarks for Malaysia Tourism


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Quantum Racing has done it again

Langkawi, January 11 – The Royal Langkawi International Regatta (RLIR) 2008 witnessed an outstanding sailing performance by Quantum Racing from the racing class, skippered by Ray Roberts who again, won the Prime Minister’s Challenge Trophy. Being champion in 2007, they held on to the title and once again, proved to be invincible.

Today marks the last day of the fleet racing that took place at Tanjung Lembong, Kuah for five consecutive days. All classes faired well amidst stiff competition.

Other classes such as club cruising, premier cruising multihull, IRC, sports boat and firefly were won by Sofa So Good (John Ramsden), Xcatriot (Bob Brindley), Phoenix (Neils Degenkolw), Navy1 (Mohd.Razali B. Mansor), and Moto Inzi (Roger Kingdon) respectively.

Skipper Malik Sulaiman of team Zuhal (Team Malaysia) said that there was a lot to learn from the international sailors who had a great deal of experience prior the race. Team Zuhal came in seven in the racing class category.

The most exciting and challenging match area was nearer to Toba Island, which is located at the south of Langkawi. As the area had strong currents, the greatest challenge for them was to not to make any mistakes and make the wind work for them.

After a long sunny race and to celebrate the victory of many, there was a prize giving ceremony at the yacht club presented by Tourism Minister, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor at the dinner to mark the close of the regatta.

Conclusion Remarks by BERNAMA


BERNAMA gave a positive feedback on the Malaysian performance in Langkawi Regatta 2008, dated 13th January 2008:

January 13, 2008 16:17 PM  

Local Sailors Shine In RLIR 2008

By Ahmad Muliady Abd Majid

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 (Bernama) — It has been a good outing for local sailors who took part in the five-day Royal Langkawi International Regatta (RLIR) which came to an end Saturday.

In the sixth edition of the event, held at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, they managed to put up strong challenges to renowned competitors and some even captured podium positions in a number of categories.

Among them were Vincent Chan who led team Mata Hari that came out third in the International Racing Club category and Mohd Razali Mansor who skippered Navy 1 that won second place in the Sport Boat category.

Their achievements in the event that drew 36 teams from 14 countries, have lifted up the names of local sailors as serious challengers in future competitions.

It is a good sign for the development of the sport in Malaysia.

However, one has to admit that experience and equipment often play a major part in such competitions.

It was the lack of both elements that caused team Zuhal, captained by Lt Commander Malik Sulaiman, failing to be among the best three overall. Despite that, it was not a disappointment, said Malik.

It would only fire up the team to strive even harder, he added.

He said the race, in itself, enabled the participants to gain experience and the local sailers who were able to learn from it were the real winners because the event served the best platform for them and the future generations to gauge whether they were in the right path.

Helmsman Mohd Khairul Sharil was also satisfied with the achievement of his Navy Janda Baik team after being placed sixth overall in their international debut at RLIR 2008.

The race was won by defending champion Quantum Racing of Australia which was led by Ray Roberts. Team Jelik from Hong Kong was second while Hi Fi, also of Hong Kong, was third.

— BERNAMA

Langkawi Regatta Is Concluding for A Good Delivery on Its Final Day


Reported by The Star Online, dated 13 January 2008:

The Star Online >


Malaysian yachtsmen capable of the taking on the big boys

LANGKAWI: The just concluded sixth Royal Langkawi International Regatta (RLIR) witnessed the coming of age of Malaysian sailors in the racing class categories. 

Although the local sailors are more comfortable competing in the smaller dinghy, optimist and sports boat events, the ability to take on the big boys in the racing classes has begun to take root. 

Despite their modest preparation, the Royal Malaysian Navy entrants Zuhal and Navy Janda Baik managed several top-five finishes over the five-day Racing Class competition. They were sixth and seventh respectively in the nine-boat overall standings. 

Joyful: Quantum Racing skipper Ray Roberts (sixth left) and crew lifting the Prime Minister’s Challenge Trophy on Friday

But it was the performance of the all-local Mata Hari crew in the IRC class that made heads turn. 

Skippered and funded by Vincent Chan, the Mata Hari crew, made up of seven men and two women who are all former national sailors, were in the hunt for the IRC overall title till the very end of the final race. 

Although they faltered at the crucial moment to settle for third spot, their courageous display could herald the start of a new dawn for keelboat racing among Malaysians. 

Among the Mata Hari crew were 2002 Busan Asian Games medallists Andrew Yeow and Looi Sing Yew. 

Said Vincent: “I am surprised with Mata Hari’s good performance. My crew only took up keelboat racing seriously about three years ago, and we cherish the experience of competing against the top yachts. 

“But Malaysian teams are at a disadvantage because of the lack of competitive practice in the country. Right now, there are only two regattas (Royal Langkawi and Raja Muda Selangor), and both events are held between November and January. It leaves the local racing yachts idle for the rest of the year. 

“Thailand host four regattas a year, and local competitors would benefit if another regatta is held in the middle of the year, preferably in the East Coast.” 

Apart from the two local regattas, Malaysia also hosted the Monsoon Cup challenge in Kuala Terengganu, contested in a one-on-one race match format and featured mostly foreign participations. 

The Miri Yacht Club in Sarawak also hold an annual regatta, but its location failed to attract entries. 

Zuhal skipper Lt Commander Malik Sulaiman agrees that Malaysian racing yachts could make a bigger impact if they are exposed to more competitions. 

“Malaysian teams are still inexperienced in the racing categories. Teams like (RLIR overall champions from Australia) Quantum Racing compete in about 20 regattas a year, while we only take part in two. The best way to improve is by competing more often against world-class opponents. 

“It costs a lot of money to manage a crew and transport the yacht to an overseas tournament. Even competing in a local regatta costs a team about RM15,000. We plan to compete in regional regattas, but we need the approval of the Malaysian Navy’s Sports Club who fund our expenses,” said Malik. 

On the organisation side, the RLIR organisers’ decision to bring forward the annual competition from February to January was a masterstroke. 

The RLIR is now sandwiched between the Phuket King’s Cup and the Singapore Straits Regatta, allowing more yachts to stop and compete in Langkawi while heading south from Phuket to Singapore. 

Due to the rescheduling, this year’s competition in the blue riband Racing and IRC classes managed to attract some of the top competitors in the region. 

The decisions to introduce an under-25 sports boat youth category and host races close to the Kuah Jetty to get the public interested in the competition were also plus points for the RLIR. 

Sydney-based Quantum Racing skipper Ray Roberts believes that the RLIR is catching up with the popularity of the King’s Cup as the best-organised and most competitive regatta in South-East Asia. 

Prime Minister’s Challenge Trophy: Quantum Racing (Aus) 

Royal Langkawi Yacht Club Commodore’s Challenge Cup: Sofa So Good (Bri) 

LADA-IRC Class Challenge Trophy: Phoenix (Jpn) 

Langkawi Sports Class Trophy: Raimond Land (Aus) 

Malaysia Multihull Challenge Cup: Motor Inzi (Bri) 

Merumus Pencapaian di Regatta Langkawi 2008


Turut dilaporkan seperti di Harian Metro Online:

Pelayaran tagih jurulatih asing

Oleh BAZLY AZMI
bazly@hmetro.com.my

KEBERKESANAN penganjuran Regatta Diraja Antarabangsa Langkawi (RLIR) 2008 menghadirkan sinar kejayaan terhadap program pembangunan perahu layar Majlis Sukan Negara (MSN) dan Persatuan Pelayaran Malaysia (MYA) yang dimulakan sejak 2004.Program perintis berbekalkan 28 pelayar di bawah Projek Elit Gemilang 2010 berpangkalan di Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan itu mula menuai hasil berbekalkan kejayaan meraih dua pingat emas, satu perak dan empat gangsa pada Sukan Sea Korat, Disember lalu.

Pengurus skuad pelayaran Sukan Sea Korat, Leftenan Komander Malik Sulaiman (gambar) berkata, edisi keenam RLIR membuka lembaran baru terhadap arena perahu layar negara ini apabila penganjur bersama, MYA-KFC bersetuju menganjurkan kejohanan di setiap negeri bermula Februari ini.

“MYA amat berbesar hati dengan pembabitan syarikat swasta untuk bekerjasama dalam program pembangunan sukan pelayaran negara ini.

“Saya yakin jika usaha ini berterusan, Malaysia bakal memiliki skuad pelapis mantap menjelang kejohanan utama dunia.

“Malah, kami amat berharap Malaysia bakal melahirkan pengganti Kevin Lim yang pernah beraksi di dua temasya Sukan Olimpik (Sydney dan Athens), demi meneruskan kesinambungan cabaran negara dalam acara ini,” katanya.

Mengulas kekurangan pembabitan skuad penuh negara pada RLIR bersandarkan enam penyertaan berbanding 36 pasukan dalam lapan kategori, Malik menambah, faktor itu berpunca promosi dan penyebaran maklumat yang kurang meluas.

“RLIR terbuka kepada mana-mana pasukan yang berminat menyertainya malah banyak bot luar negara membuka peluang kepada kru tempatan beraksi bersama mereka pada kejohanan ini.

“Ramai yang tidak sedar mengenai peluang ini, sekali gus menyekat minat mereka untuk beraksi pada RLIR. Mungkin promosi perlu dipertingkatkan termasuk melalui internet pada edisi berikutnya supaya kita dapat saksikan pertambahan wakil Malaysia,” katanya.

Malik menyifatkan arena pelayaran di Malaysia kini terbahagi kepada tiga tahap berdasarkan program pembangunan kendalian Kementerian Belia dan Sukan (KBS).

“Selain program elit yang menjalani latihan di Pusat Pelayaran Antarabangsa Port Dickson dan Langkawi, KBS turut mewujudkan skuad pelapis iaitu pelayar yang bernaung di bawah persatuan negeri.

“Malah, program pembangunan iaitu pencarian bakat baru melalui kejohanan negeri menyaksikan negara tidak kekurangan pelayar muda untuk menggantikan mereka yang meninggalkan arena ini.

“KBS juga sudah membeli beberapa buah bot untuk tujuan latihan dan pendedahan kepada pelapis di Pelabuhan Klang.

“Malah, TLDM (Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia) bersetuju melatih mana-mana individu berdaftar dengan program KBS yang berminat mendalami ilmu pelayaran,” katanya.

Justeru, Malik berharap, KBS mempertimbangkan hasrat melantik kepakaran luar untuk ilmu pelayaran sebenar terutamanya dalam kategori tinggi seperti Racing, IRC dan Sports Boat.

Tambahnya: “Tiada jurulatih di Malaysia yang benar-benar pakar mengenai pelayaran termasuk perlumbaan ‘Fleet’ dan ‘Match’. Contohnya di RLIR dan Regatta Raja Muda Selangor kerana formatnya berlainan.

“Jadi, kita perlukan jurulatih asing untuk mendedahkan ilmu pengendalian terhadap pelapis kerana negara luar lebih pakar mengenai sukan ini.

“Bukan kita tidak memiliki jurulatih berkaliber tapi tahapnya masih belum mencukupi untuk melahirkan pelapis bertaraf bintang.

“Kita juga sedang menuju ke arah itu melalui Skim Kejurulatihan Kebangsaan, jadi saya harap situasi terbabit sedikit sebanyak dapat membantu.”

Pelayar yang mula mewakili negara pada Sukan Sea 1995 itu kini mengharapkan lebih banyak pihak terutamanya badan bukan kerajaan berganding bahu melahirkan pelayar pelapis pada masa depan.

“Pembelian bot supaya menjadi platform terbaik kepada golongan muda negara untuk mendekati sukan pelayaran.

“Malah, kami di MYA dan TLDM sedia membantu dalam aspek latihan dan teknikal.

“Mungkin langkah itu membantu menambah bilangan wakil negara yang beraksi pada RLIR edisi depan terutamanya Racing kerana sasaran MYA adalah menambah dua lagi penyertaan berbanding dua yang sedia ada.

“Selain itu, saya amat berharap Malaysia mempunyai wakil ke Olimpik menjelang kempen kelayakan terakhir di New Zealand, Februari depan. Peluangnya tetap ada sekalipun agak tipis,” akhirinya.

Mengulas Hari Penutup Regatta Langkawi 2008


Seperti dilaporkan di Berita Harian, 12 January 2008:

Jangan pandang rendah Janda Baik, Zuhal

Oleh Mohd Fadzrie Hazis

PENCAPAIAN dua wakil negara dalam kelas Racing, Navy Janda Baik dan Zuhal yang sekadar meraih tempat keenam dan ketujuh daripada sembilan pasukan di Regata Antarabangsa Diraja Langkawi (RLIR) membuktikan peserta negara masih jauh di belakang pasukan terbaik yang bertanding pada edisi kali ini.

Bagi kapten Zuhal, Lt Komander Malik Sulaiman, kepincangan ketara wujud pada pasukan kapal layar tempatan ialah kekurangan pendedahan beraksi di kejohanan regata antarabangsa.

“Kami perlu beraksi dalam lebih banyak regata di masa depan, kini kami hanya beraksi di RLIR dan juga Regata Raja Muda yang diadakan November lalu. Ia jelas tidak mencukupi, berbanding pasukan lain yang beraksi dalam 20 regata setahun.

“Kami juga kekurangan dana untuk membiayai penyertaan di kejohanan luar negara dan juga untuk meningkatkan lagi keupayaan bot kami berbanding pencabar lain.

“Saya berpuas hati dengan komitmen pasukan saya, yang berusaha sebaik mungkin, tetapi tiupan angin di beberapa hari terakhir juga tidak menyebelahi kami. Saya berharap di masa depan, lebih banyak syarikat korporat tempatan tampil memberi sokongan kepada pasukan tempatan di RLIR,” kata Malik.

Navy Janda Baik menamatkan saingan perlumbaan kelapan di tempat ketujuh, dengan catatan dua jam 24.23s untuk menduduki tempat keenam keseluruhan dengan pungutan 46 mata penalti.

Zuhal pula mengakhiri saingan kelmarin di tempat kelapan dengan catatan 2:25.27s untuk menduduki tempat ketujuh keseluruhan dengan hanya 48 mata.

Kapten Quantum Racing, Ray Roberts yang mengemudi pasukan muncul juara buat kali ketiga berturut-turut beranggapan bahawa pasukan tempatan seperti Zuhal dan Navy Janda Baik mempunyai potensi namun, mereka harus kekal dalam satu pasukan buat masa yang lama kerana pasukannya sendiri juga berlayar bersama selama lapan tahun.

“Mereka mempunyai potensi untuk meningkat, tetapi jika mahu menjadi pencabar utama, mereka harus dikekalkan dalam satu pasukan buat tempoh yang lama dan beraksi di seberapa banyak kejohanan yang boleh.

“Hanya dengan cara itu mereka boleh meningkatkan lagi keupayaan mereka sebagai satu pasukan yang mantap. Dengan beraksi sebagai satu pasukan untuk tempoh lama, ia mampu memberi pengalaman kepada satu-satu pasukan itu untuk bangkit daripada kesilapan mereka dalam perlumbaan.

“Setiap pasukan pasti melakukan kesilapan dalam perlumbaan regata, begitu juga dengan kami, tetapi kelebihan pengalaman kami membolehkan kami bangkit,” kata Roberts.

Sementara itu pasukan MYA-KFC pimpinan Rizal Mahadi, berjaya mengakhiri saingan kelas Sports Boat bawah 25 tahun di tempat kedua dengan 16 mata, MYA-KFC menamatkan saingan hari terakhir di tempat keempat dengan catatan, 1:25.06s.

Pasukan pimpinan Vincent Chan, Mata Hari berjaya mendapat tempat ketiga keseluruhan dalam acara IRC dengan 15 mata, dan kedua dalam kelas IRC Premier Cruser dengan 11 mata.