Troy YAW's mainly home grown team on Ulumulu are emerging heroes in Miri and are forging ahead as Malaysia's only full blown racing class competitor. Carrying the distinctive colours of Sarawak and named after the Mulu National Heritage Caves they have competed at six major regattas since purchasing the yacht and taken every opportunity to promote their state and Miri Marina during these events.
Losing only one race, by 36 seconds to Chris GOODWIN's Ambil Angin, they have shown tremendous improvement under Australian skipper Ray ROBERTS to record a run away win in the IRC Racing class and lift the impressive Borneo Perpetual trophy for the second time.
In Club Racing Paul SCHOLTEN sailing two handed with Steve CORRIGAN on Burragah and clinched the overall title with a one, two in the final two races and had done enough in the earlier races to leave Bob GREEN's Star of Siam from Brunei in second spot. A scratch crew led by Richard KHO from Kutching sailed the Tourist Commission's Sarawak Seahorse into third place.
In the Cruising class Michael BATHAM's Sea Quest broke the tie coming into the final day with two convincing wins over Dennis SHEPHERD's Southerly Change. This left Ron FITZPATRICK's Columbus the early leader in third after suffering some damage and being forced to retire from two races.
Away from the water, having seminars to discuss future regatta developments in the region and how to improve on the present entries seems to have become the flavour of the month in Asia.
Recently at Boat-Asia in Singapore, and now here in Borneo, representatives from local yacht clubs, sailing associations and boat owners have thrown around a few ideas. The overall consensus is to develop sailing on the local scene by introducing keelboat racing and have some yachts available for charter so competitors can fly in, do the regatta then return home, thereby avoiding lengthy and expensive yacht deliveries.