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KUALA LUMPUR, , Nov 9 (Bernama) -- The Monsoon Cup is just weeks away and

preparations are underway to crown the ISAF Match Racing World Champion at the

season ending leg of the World Match Racing Tour on 22-27 November 2011 at the

five star Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina Resort & Spa.

Away from the World Championships, there is another trophy that awaits local

champions. MOTOUR Tourism Cup is a sailing regatta that is organized for

industry players in Terengganu. The Tourism Ministry Terengganu Office works

hand in hand with Tbest Events, organizers of the Monson Cup to give industry

players a chance to sail on the Foundation 36 yachts that are used in the main


Last year, the Tourism Ministry Terengganu Office team sailed off with the

title. Its deputy director Mazshida Ruslal said: "Now it''s time to defend our

title as sailing kings of the Pulau Duyong basin but we are a little worried

about the Malaysia Association of Hotels team. They had two teams; Permai Hotel

and Ri-Yaz competing in the Malaysian Match Racing Championships (MMRC) recently

so they should be in a better shape than us," said Mazshida.

A total of 6 teams will take part in the regatta on 19 November. Participating

teams are from the Malaysian Budget Hotel Association (MBHA), Malaysian

Association of Travel and Tour Agents (Matta), Terengganu Tourism Association

(TTA), Terengganu Travel Guides Association (TTGA) and Tourism Malaysia.

"Chances are, there will also be a team from the Terengganu Press Club and we

expect every competing team to give their best at wresting the title from us.

The competition is very important for every tourism industry player as each and

everyone of us need to know as much as possible about sailing and match racing

so we can better sell the sport and event to tourists," she added.

Mazshida said the Monsoon Cup has become one of the most important tourism

products of the state since its inception in 2005. "We have to be familiar with

the product if we expect to sell it to potential visitors and there is no better

way to learn about the Monsoon Cup than going out sailing and racing on its

Foundation-36 boats,” she said.

About Monsoon Cup

Monsoon Cup ( grew from a simple vision to a world-class

experience attended by the cream of the crop in yacht racing. A not-to-be missed

yacht race event, Monsoon Cup is the last leg of the prestigious World Match

Racing Tour, a professional sailing series featuring nine World Championship

events across the globe.

Monsoon Cup brings together the world’s top sailing teams who will battle it out

for a championship trophy and one of the highest prize money awarded for a match

racing event.

About the ISAF World Match Racing Tour

The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the leading professional sailing series

featuring World Championship events across the globe, sanctioned by the

International Sailing Federation (ISAF) with “Special Event” status.

The World Tour awards over US$1.75million in prize money with points awarded at

each event culminating in the crowning of the “ISAF Match Racing World

Champion”. The prize fund includes a US$500,000 overall prize pool for the top

nine teams in the Championship. Events take place in identically supplied racing

yachts to place the focus on team work and skill. Racing takes place close to

the shore for the general public to follow the races as virtual on-the-water

stadiums. Media and television highlights coverage reaches in excess of 183

countries around the world.



1. Ian Williams/GAC Pindar 106

2. Francesco Bruni / Bruni Racing 100

3. Torvar Mirsky / The Wave Muscat 99.8

4. Peter Gilmour / YANMAR Racing 78.8

5. Bjorn Hansen / Mekonomen Sailing Team 75

6. Damien Iehl / French Match Racing Team 74

7. Johnie Berntsson/Berntsson Sailing Team 73.2

8. Jesper Radich / Adrian Lee & Partners 71.2

9. Mathieu Richard / French Match Racing Team 69.6

10. Phil Robertson / WAKA Racing 56

11. William Tiller / Full Metal Jacket Racing

12. Jeremy Koo / Abdullah Chan/KRT


Stage Date Event Location Teams Boats Winner

1 May 10 – 15 Match Race France Marseille, France 12 J80 Damien Iehl

2 May 24 – 29 Match Race Germany Langenargen,Germany 12 Bavaria 40 Francesco


3 June 7 - 12 Korea Match Cup Gyeonggi, Korea 12 KM36 Bjorn Hansen

4 June 22 - 26 Portimao Portugal Match Cup Portimao, Portugal 12 SM40 Ian


5 July 4 – 10 Match Cup Sweden Marstrand, Sweden 16 DS37 Ian Williams

7 Aug 30 – Sept 4 St Moritz Match Race St Moritz, Switzerland 12 BLU26 Torvar


8 Oct 3 - 9 Argo Group Gold Cup Hamilton, Bermuda 24 IOD

9 Nov 22-27 Monsoon Cup K.Terengganu,Malaysia 12 F36

For full information on WMRT, please visit:

Facebook Group name – Monsoon Cup Malaysia

Twitter Profile name – MonsoonCup



Name: Mira Navaretna

Tel: +603 7954 2204 (o)

Mob: +6016 338 5341 (m)


Website :

Name: Rahyu Waris

Tel: +603 7954 2204

Mob: +6012 3544 945



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