Malaysian battle for Monsoon Cup spot…
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Nov 27th – Pulau Duyong, Terengganu: After 3 rounds of the MMRC it all comes down to this final stage in Terengganu. The defending champion, Jeremy Koo’s (KFC Malaysia/KRT) came out strong, winning the first two stages in Lumut and Pt Klang but dipped out at the semi final stage in Johor. This opened the door for Masyuri Rahmat’s (RMNMRT 1) to come though and win the stage plus be within striking distance (3 points) of the overall leader with one round to go. At stake is the elusive spot to represent Malaysia at the season ending Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) – Monsoon Cup, starting in 7 days time. The fourth and final stage of the Malaysian Match Racing Circuit (MMRC) is held on the same boats and waters at the home of the Monsoon Cup. The main aim of the MMRC is to hone the tactical racing skills of Malaysian sailors and give them a chance to match the International lineup plus the confidence to win some races at the Monsoon Cup.
Eight Malaysian teams have fielded during the season and despite being out of the running for the MC berth, six teams are coming together at the final event. This shows their future commitment to match racing and further involvement next year. Don’t discount Hazwan Hazim Dermawan (Permai Hotel MR Team) as they still have a chance but need to win this event and something going terribly wrong with the leading duo to leave his mark. Harisfabillah Muhammad ((RMNMRT 2) and Nurul Ain Md. Isa (Ri-Yaz Heritage Sailing Team) have been in the mix with commendable performances throughout the season and quite capable of upsetting the present status quo.
Joining for the first time Mohd Saifullah’s (Terengganu Sailing Team) is a bold effort by MSN Terengganu to field a team on the circuit. They will gain valuable match racing experience by checking out the top ranked Malaysian teams and find out what is needed for future success.
T-Best Events, the organisers behind the highly successful Monsoon Cup, have partnered with the Malaysian Yachting Association (MYA), plus been endorsed by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) to bring the highly anticipated Malaysian Match Racing Circuit (MMRC) to fruition. This initiative has grown from the former one regatta qualifying championship (MMRC) in previous years for the place in the Monsoon Cup. After the first season, hopefully the experience and confidence required going forward will become evident and prevail over the next two weeks.
Skipper – Team – Overall Points
Jeremy Koo (KFC Malaysia/KRT) 69
Masyuri Rahmat (RMNMRT 1) 66
Hazwan Hazim Dermawan (Permai Hotel MR Team) 60
Harisfabillah Muhammad ((RMNMRT 2) 54
Nurul (Ri-Yaz Heritage Sailing Team) 26