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24 October 2003, 10:13 am
Competitive Fleet Set For Opener of 03-04 Asean Circuit
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4th Asean Regatta
Port Dickson

An exceptionally competitive fleet of the top racing boats in Asia has entered the 4th Asean Regatta to be held at Admiral Marina, Port Dickson.
The top four boats, Hollywood Boulevard, Hi Fidelity, Yo! and Pla Loma represent the fastest boats in the region and are expected to dominate the top placings in all the up coming regattas. To have them all on the water together for the first Racing Regatta of the season creates a great amount of excitement and ensures the highest standard of yacht racing possible.

Australian entry Hollywood Boulevard, is a Farr 52, built by DK Yachts in Malacca. This boat is one of the top ocean racing boats from Sydney and has competed in many of the most prestigious regattas including the famous Sydney to Hobart Race. Ray ROBERTS (AUS) the owner and skipper will be looking for a top result to add to the boats many previous victories.

Hi Fidelity a Hugh Welbourne 46' sailed by one of Asia's leading skippers Neil PRYDE, is representing Hong Kong and is a very serious contender for the major regattas in the coming season. The boat has undergone some major changes in the past few months and now has a new carbon rig and set of new North sails that are expected improve its performance to a position at the front of the fleet.

Yo! the Murray, Burns, Dovell 50' is the current top ranked racing boat in Asia and current Asean Regatta Champion. Owner Peter AHERN will be working hard to defend last year's title and use the regatta as a tune up for the racing season ahead.

Pla Loma a DK 43' the fastest boat in Singapore will have an all star crew of professionals including Bruce ANSON from Quantum sails. Keith MOORE the owner and skipper will be chasing another victory as he won the inaugural event in 1999. His boat is a light wind flyer and if the conditions are suitable will be very hard to beat.

The 4th Asean Regatta is the first and most important tune up regatta for the 03-04 Asean Circuit.

Last year the Regatta had the biggest number of the region's top race boats in any regatta apart from the King's Cup and this year indicated numbers are well up on last year.

Racing starts today through until Monday 26, with 7 races scheduled.
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