Raja Muda regatta fleet set sail in November
Published: Tuesday, 06 June 2017
Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta (RMSIR) will see its fleet set sail from Port Klang on November 18 and maintain its regular course along Malaysia’s west coast to the finish line.
(Photos: Guy Nowell / RMSIR - Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta 2016)
The world-class event will see participating boats going via the Straits of Malacca to the various destinations at the islands of Pangkor, Penang and Langkawi in an attempt to win the Raja Muda Cup, among other prizes. This year’s RMSIR will run from November 18-25.
The RMSIR is organised annually by the RSYC in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and the Malaysia Sailing Association; assisted by the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) and Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). The RMP’s Marine Police play an instrumental role in escorting the boats out to the starting points and back to the finish line in the whole regatta.
Tourism Malaysia and Selangor Tourism have returned as main sponsors for this year’s RMSIR, along with container port Westports Malaysia and Scottish whisky brand Old Pulteney. Also returning to the fold is veteran Race Officer, Jerry Rollin, who will be overseeing race management for the 2017 RMSIR.
Jeff Harris, RSYC Commodore and RMSIR Chairman, said: “We are pleased to welcome our sponsors and Race Officer back to the RMSIR, an event which continues to bring the regional sailing community together. We would also like to express our appreciation to the sailing community for its continued support – we were pleasantly surprised to have sailors sign up for the RMSIR even before the Notice of Race was officially issued.
“As regular sailors know, conditions along the west coast of Malaysia can very enormously. Fortunately, the RMSIR has experienced reasonably consistent winds that have allowed us to continue racing. There will be no major changes to the tried and tested passage race courses this year but the race committee will constantly review the smaller details of all race courses as things progress.”
The RSYC recently released its Notice of Race for the RMSIR, which officially signals that registration for the regatta is now open. This year’s event retains it usual Class 1 to Class 7 categories along with the Class 0 division (Transpac 52 yachts). There are also Early Bird deals for those who register by 1 October 2017 at www.rmsir.com.
Singapore’s SY Mystic River, skippered by Daniel Pang, was the first entrant to sign up – the Hanse 400e boat will be joining Class 5 in a non-IRC cruising class.
The RSYC will set up RMSIR race offices at Penang’s Straits Quay marina – which is managed by former RMSIR alumnus, John Ferguson – and the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club (RLYC). Berths are available at the RLYC, which now has a 44-room boutique hotel.