The Heritage Bay Club in Kuala Terengganu, the home of the Monsoon Cup, hosted the inaugural ISAF Grade 4 Asian Match Racing Championship and ISAF Grade 3 Malaysian Match Racing Championship, which were sailed on the Pulau Duyong basin.
KOO won the first race but received a red flag penalty at the start of race two when she barged between the committee boat and SULAIMAN. KOO convincingly won the start of the third and deciding race and was never threatened around the racecourse.
KOO's victory means that she will be the first Malaysian sailor to represent her country in an ISAF Grade WC match racing regatta.
'I am very impressed with Tiffany's skills and poise throughout the event,' said Peter GILMOUR (AUS), Monsoon Cup technical advisor and Chief Umpire for the Malaysian Championship. 'She is without doubt a worthy contender as the first official entry for the Monsoon Cup.'
'We knew what we had to do and we have a pretty good feel for both these Foundation 36 yachts and where we wanted to be on the racecourse, so we felt pretty comfortable out there today,' said MINOPRIO.
TAN commented, 'We had a pretty steep learning curve early on in this regatta as we haven't sailed the Foundation 36 yachts before, but Adam and his crew did a nice job and gave a lesson in boat handling and match racing.'
The second annual Monsoon Cup is scheduled for 29 November-3 December. GILMOUR is the reigning champion.
The two regattas were the culmination of ten days of sailing activity at the Heritage Bay Club.
First there was a Competent Crew Sailing Clinic held from 6-8 September that covered 21 hours of instruction in essential boating information, on water safe boat handling, and planning and preparing for a safe boating trip and safe operation.
Some 40 participants from the Ministry of Sports, the Malaysian Yachting Association, State Economic Planning Unit and secondary school teachers took part in the clinic. All came off pleased with the course and declared it a great learning experience. Some twelve instructors from the Western Australian Yachting Foundation came from Perth, Western Australia, to provide instruction.
On 9-10 September the Terengganu Cup corporate races were held. Teams from ASTRO, the foremost cable TV provider in the country, Equine Capital Berhad, the Royal Selangor Yacht Club and the Ministry of Sport participated. The corporate races were friendly match racing events which allowed teams to network and socialize between races.World Match Racing Tour Leaderboard
|1||Sébastien COL||FRA||1||Areva Challenge||29|
|2||Jes GRAM-HANSEN||DEN||30||Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia||27|
|3||Paolo CIAN||ITA||3||Team Viano Mercedes Benz||25|
|3||Chris DICKSON||NZL||8||BMW ORACLE Racing||25|
|5||Jesper BANK||DEN||63||United Internet Team Germany||20|
|5||Magnus HOLMBERG||SWE||45||Victory Challenge||20|
|8||Staffan LINDBERG||FIN||12||Alandia Sailing Team||16|
World Match Racing Tour Schedule
|Stage 1||Portugal Match Cup||Cascais, Portugal||18-23 July 2006|
|Stage 2||Danish Open||Copenhagen, Denmark||9-13 August 2006|
|Stage 3||St. Moritz Match Race||St. Moritz, Switzerland||15-20 August 2006|
|Stage 4||Bermuda Gold Cup||Hamilton, Bermuda||10-15 October 2006|
|Stage 5||Allianz Cup||San Francisco, USA||24-29 October|
|Stage 6||Monsoon Cup||Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia||28 November-3 December 2006|
|Stage 7||Match Race Germany||Langenargen, Germany||23-28 May 2007|
|Stage 8||Portugal Match Cup||Cascais, Portugal||01/07/2007|
|Stage 9||Danish Open||Copenhagen, Denmark||01/08/2007|
|Stage 10||St. Moritz Match Race||St. Moritz, Switzerland||01/08/2007|
|Stage 11||ACI Adris Match Race Cup||Rovinj, Croatia||01/09/2007|
|Stage 12||Locman Cup - Elba Island||Porto Azzurro, Elba Island, Italy||01/09/2007|
|Stage 13||Brasil Sailing Cup||Angra dos Reis, Brazil||01/10/2007|
|Stage 14||Bermuda Gold Cup||Hamilton, Bermuda||01/10/2007|
|Stage 15||Monsoon Cup||Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia||20 November-2 December 2007|
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